National RES 2015 Yields New Opportunities, New Events, and Lasting Business Relationships

National RES 2015 Yields New Opportunities, New Events, and Lasting Business Relationships

Our 29th Reservation Economic Summit (RES) was certainly one to remember, marked with new events, new partners, new topics, and most importantly: new and lasting business relationships. We will certainly use what we learned at National RES to grow and expand future RES events, and stay on the cutting edge of business development in Indian Country. Perhaps the aspect of the conference that stood out to me most was our new events – and just how packed they were. We kicked off Monday with a Business Boot Camp, designed to give Indian entrepreneurs the training and information they need to launch or grow their business. The opening session also featured the Buy Native Procurement Expo, which was done in conjunction with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Though we are just a few weeks removed from RES, we have already heard from attendees who were able to secure contracts as a result of the expo. Check out our success stories section for examples of how RES can help grow your business. For the first time, we hosted an Interactive Access to Capital Fair, which gave RES attendees a chance to discuss their potential projects with major financial institutions such as Wells Fargo, PNC, Native American Bank, Key Bank, and others. And in what’s become a major topic in Indian Country, we hosted a panel on the recent Department of Justice Memorandum on growing marijuana on tribal lands – a topic that we will continue to discuss in the coming months. Indeed, the session attracted the attention of none other than CNBC. I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the strong...
Letters of Success from National RES Las Vegas 2015

Letters of Success from National RES Las Vegas 2015

(PHOTO: Craig Williams, Vice President of Engineering for DME Electronics, is holding a custom display of wired electronic aerospace electrical connectors. In the center is George Williams NCAIED AIPTAC Program Manager and left is Lynn Williams, President and owner of DME Electronics.) I am still amazed at the meetings we had at the Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo during National RES 2015. My company, DME Electronics, is a Native American and woman-owned business that provides electronic components to defense and aerospace industries, and we benefitted greatly from the invaluable advice and insight from our potential customers. I am now working hard to improve the marketability of my business based on these high-value meetings. Even in the short time since RES, I have already secured bids from two companies to train us to achieve needed AS9100 certification – the quality management criteria designed specifically for the aerospace industry. Achieving this certification was suggested by the large aerospace companies with whom we met at RES. But most importantly, we have already received orders from two of these large primes we met with at RES. WOW! We could not have done this without all the assistance from the NCAIED American Indian Procurement Technical Assistance Center, the U.S. SBA, and My Business Matches. -Lynn Williams DME Electronics The National RES 2015 opening reception event was awesome with a professional touch! Along with enjoying the Native American culture of various nations, there were delicious snacks and pleasant background music. However, the best was yet to come. The opening day But Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo was filled with excitement and a spirit of building business...
The National Center honors those who have contributed to advancing business in Indian Country

The National Center honors those who have contributed to advancing business in Indian Country

As a part of this year’s National RES, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development honored Native American business leaders and those who have made significant contributions to advancing economic development in Indian Country. The award winners spanned businesses large and small, and also included categories for tribal leadership, gaming, women-owned business, volunteers, and public advocates. We are proud of all of our winners and look forward to their continued contributions to Indian Country. Below is a list of winners. Corporate Advocate of the Year: Comcast NBCUniversal American Indian Business of the Year: Gila River Telecommunications Volunteer of the Year: Mabel Tsosie, President of Spottedhorse Infosystems, LLC Tribal Gaming Visionary: Victor Rocha, Owner and Editor of Pechanga.net Tim Wapato Public Advocate of the Year: Lance Gumbs, Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association Small Business Empowerment Award: Stephen Mills, Founder, President, and CEO of AQIWO, Inc. Native Woman Business Owner of the Year: Victoria Vasques, Owner and President of Tribal Tech, LLC American Indian Leadership Award: George Tiger, Principal Chief of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of...
Chairman of the NCAIED Board of Directors to Participate in Panel at Tribal Energy Conference

Chairman of the NCAIED Board of Directors to Participate in Panel at Tribal Energy Conference

The National Center is actively working with Department of Energy and energy producers to increase minority involvement in the industry DENVER, CO – Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the Board of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center), participates in a panel at the Ute Tribe Energy Conference and Expo in Denver, Colorado. The conference, which started Tuesday, is billed as “an international gathering of energy producing Tribes, governments and companies envisioning a path forward towards a more sustainable future.” In addition to Chairman Watchman, the conference features representatives from the Department of Energy, the American Petroleum Institute, the Environmental Protection Agency, and many tribal leaders. The National Center is a sponsor of the event. “The National Center is very excited to participate and sponsor the Ute Tribe Energy Conference and Expo,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Energy will play a large part in the United States’ economic future, and presents employment and economic development opportunities across Indian Country. Advancing opportunities in the energy sector is just one more way in which the National Center means business for Indian Country.” Chairman Watchman participated in a panel entitled “Jobs, Jobs, Jobs,” which includes representatives from the Department of Energy and the American Petroleum Institute. In addition, National Center Board Member Michelle Holiday has been named an ambassador in the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative, which seeks to leverage professional networks, expertise, and financial resources of the private sector to build the capacity of minorities to succeed in energy sector careers and business opportunities as well as to further efforts to mitigate and adapt...
PTAC Success Stories

PTAC Success Stories

New NCAIED PTAC Procurement Specialist makes Debut at RES D.C. 2014 Kristi Long is the NCAIED PTAC’s newest employee. She has over 16 years of government contracting experience, having worked as a contracting officer with the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service. She holds the Warrant Level II Contracting Officer Certification and is a graduate of the University of Phoenix in Albuquerque, NM. Kristi has been with the PTAC since April 2014. During that short time, Kristi has already made a very positive impact on the program. Kristi’s intimate knowledge of the purchasing policies and methods used by the Bureau of Indian Affairs and Indian Health Service has been a great asset in assisting her clients. At the RES D.C. 2014 conference, Kristi was asked to participate in several breakout sessions, and was specifically requested by the Bureau of Indian Affairs to be a panelist in a session entitled “The Buy Indian Act: Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) and Indian Health Services (IHS)-Regulations and Enforcement.” Kristi was commended both by her fellow panelists and audience participants for her first-hand knowledge of the subject matter. In addition to the valuable counseling she has been providing her clients, Kristi’s efforts have already resulted in client contract awards. Dee St. Cyr of Bear Woman Enterprises describes how Kristi provided assistance that ultimately led to a contract award for her company: I started Bear Woman in 2011 and struggled to get even the smallest contracts. It wasn’t until I signed on with the PTAC that things started to turn around. Kristi Long made the difference. Within the first week I was...
Opening business opportunities for Native Americans

Opening business opportunities for Native Americans

BY GARY DAVIS / THE HILL’S CONGRESS BLOG / 10 JULY 2014 Click Here to view Op/Ed as first published on TheHill.com We’re living in historic times for Indian Country – and, despite the heavy news coverage, it goes far beyond the name of the professional football team that calls our nation’s capital home. Four weeks ago, President Obama visited the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation in North Dakota – only the third visit to a reservation by a sitting president. While in North Dakota, Obama pledged to continue and expand his administration’s work to create new economic opportunities, improve Indian schools, and address critical health issues on reservations and across Indian Country. During RES DC, the Senate Indian Affairs Committee held a hearing to discuss how we could encourage investment in Indian Country – a hearing in which I was honored to participate. Significantly, the hearing occurred during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (National Center) Reservation Economic Summit in Washington, DC (RES DC). Through RES DC, the National Center seeks to bring Indian Country to our nation’s capital to expand business opportunities, entrepreneurship, and provide networking opportunities with leaders in government, business, and tribes. Though this is our first conference in DC, RES is the largest and longest-running American Indian business event in the country. RES DC featured great speakers and presenters from across many government agencies and leaders in top corporations such as Lockheed Martin, Microsoft, and the Nova Corporation, and we also announced the launch of our online business development and training initiative, the National Center Edge portal. The National Center Edge initiative will provide 24/7 online access and training to Indian Country...
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