Innovative Online Platform to Boost Indian Country Economic Development Open for Business

Innovative Online Platform to Boost Indian Country Economic Development Open for Business

Following full launch at RES DC, Native Edge is growing in membership July 28, 2015 MESA, AZ – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (National Center) Native Edge – the 24/7 cloud-based business training, networking, employment, and development ecosystem – is officially operational and open for business. The National Center unveiled the final components of the Native Edge during its recent Reservation Economic Summit in DC (RES DC), and is currently growing in membership and use. In fact within the last weeks, Tribal Tech, LLC and Cayuse Technologies have both posted new jobs to the Edge, giving users a glimpse of the possibilities created by the Edge. “The National Center has been at the forefront of expanding business opportunities for Indian County, but the Native Edge promises to be one of the most innovative and valuable tools at our disposal,” said Gary Davis, National Center President and CEO. “The Native Edge offers a one-stop, interactive shop for Native American businesses to find employees, train their work force, network with other businesses, and discover new business opportunities, and these opportunities continue to grow. After years of development, our vision for the Native Edge has finally become reality, and we encourage all of Indian Country to sign up.” The Native Edge consists of four primary components, which each feature interactive and easy-to-use materials. They include: The Hire Edge, which helps Native American business owners find employees, and job seekers to find potential employers. It also helps Corporate Diversity Recruiters exceed their diversity goals by matching them with Native American workforce. The Native to Native (N2N) Edge community allows businesses...
New Day Now Rally, Congressional Sessions Highlight Reservation Economic Summit (RES) DC Events on the Hill

New Day Now Rally, Congressional Sessions Highlight Reservation Economic Summit (RES) DC Events on the Hill

Second RES in DC features strong focus on Capitol Hill in addition to other exciting sessions, events June 18, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – The New Day Now rally featuring Native American business leaders, Congressman Bennie Thompson (Mississippi), and hundreds of American Indians gathered on the West front of the U.S. Capitol was a highlight of the second consecutive Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in DC, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center). The rally affirmed and advanced economic development in Indian Country, and served as a kickoff for a jam-packed day on Capitol Hill for conference participants. The day included a listening session with Members of Congress from both parties in the House and the Senate, a Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing on legislation key to Indian Country, and a reception for RES attendees and lawmakers. National Center President and CEO Gary Davis outlined the importance of the rally and the issues discussed in an op ed, published in The Hill on Wednesday. “The New Day Now rally was a resounding success, uniting Indian Country behind a new economic development agenda and helping to make our collective voices heard,” said Gary Davis. “The National Center is focused on addressing the stumbling blocks facing the growth of an American Indian economy. Those issues must be overcome so we can provide a more sustainable and self-sufficient Indian Country for future generations of American Indian people. We are committed to living up to our mission of meaning business for Indian Country and the great amount of support we received today affirmed that we are indeed ready for...
NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens to Lead Congressional Panel at during Upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

NIGA Chairman Ernie Stevens to Lead Congressional Panel at during Upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES)

Chairman Stevens also serves on the board of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development WASHINGTON, DC – Ernie Stevens, Jr., who serves as Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, will lead a Congressional panel during the upcoming Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Washington, DC. RES DC is hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), of which Chairman Stevens also serves as a board member. The panel is designed for lawmakers of both parties in both the Senate and the House to give RES attendees an update on important legislative developments in Indian Country. “It is an honor to be able to lead a panel with some of Indian Country’s strongest supporters,” said Chairman Stevens. “The panel is just one of many sessions planned during what will be another fantastic RES event, and I hope Indian Country turns out in strong numbers to make their voices heard in our nation’s capital.” In addition to the panel led by Chairman Stevens, RES DC will host informative and interactive sessions at the Omni Shoreham hotel throughout the week, focusing important economic development topics in Indian Country. RES DC will also feature events designed specifically to connect Native American businesses and entrepreneurs with business opportunities. Prior to the Congressional panel, NCAIED will host a New Day Now rally in front of the Capitol to affirm and advance economic development in Indian Country. “We are thrilled to have one of Indian Country’s strongest and most respected voices host the Congressional panel during RES DC,” said Gary Davis, President and CEO of NCAIED. “Our collective voices will ensure...
National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman to Testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing during RES D.C.

National Center Board Chairman Derrick Watchman to Testify at Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing during RES D.C.

Indian Affairs Committee hearing one of many exciting events at RES DC June 3, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (National Center) Chairman Derrick Watchman will testify at a June 17th Senate Indian Affairs Committee hearing. The hearing will take place during the upcoming Reservation Economic Summit DC (RES DC), occurring at the Omni Shoreham Hotel from June 15th-18th. Mr. Watchman, who serves as President and CEO of the Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprise, will use his expertise in banking and finance to discuss the challenges tribes and Native American business owners face, and how they can overcome barriers to capital. The hearing will be streamed lived to RES DC participants. “The National Center is pleased Chairman Watchman will be able to shed light on the challenges Native businesses face to the people who craft national policy,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “The hearing is one of many informative events that will take place during RES DC, and another great way to make sure our voices are heard in the nation’s capital. Leaders like Chairman Watchman are invaluable for ensuring that we enter a new day for economic development in Indian Country.” Prior to his current position, Mr. Watchman served as Vice President and Senior Relationship Manager at JP Morgan Chase Bank’s Native American Banking Group. He provided tribal financial and banking services, including structuring over $500 million in tribal credit transactions and treasury services. He also worked at Wells Fargo Bank handling Native American banking and financing and with Prudential Capital Corporation as a private placement banker. The hearing is...
The National Center Heralds Appointment of Cisco Minthorn as Commerce Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs

The National Center Heralds Appointment of Cisco Minthorn as Commerce Secretary’s Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs

The National Center has long advocated for elevating Native American affairs within the Department of Commerce March 26, 2015 WASHINGTON, DC – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is pleased with the Department of Commerce’s recent decision to name Cisco Minthorn as its Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs. Minthorn has a distinguished career working in public policy, and in particular, on issues important to economic development in Indian Country. The National Center has long advocated for the elevation of an Office of Native American Business Development within the Department, as authorized by Congress nearly 15 years ago. Minthorn’s appointment is an important step in the process of ensuring the Department has the necessary staff and resources to address the unique economic concerns of Indian Country. “We thank the Department of Commerce and Secretary Penny Pritzker for listening to our concerns and appointing Cisco Minthorn as Senior Advisor for Native American Affairs,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Cisco has a strong commitment to elevating Native American issues, and his appointment is a step toward codifying a stand-alone Office of Native American Business Development at the Department of Commerce. This office will help fulfill the significant duties of the Secretary to further the business and economic development, trade, and tourism interests of Indian Country – actions for which our organization has long advocated.” In January, Davis testified before the Senate Indian Affairs Committee’s first meeting of the 114th Congress. His testimony specifically called for elevating and adequately funding a stand-alone Office of Native American Business Development within Commerce – an action 15 years overdue and...
Leading Native American Business Event to Return to Las Vegas, March 9th-12th

Leading Native American Business Event to Return to Las Vegas, March 9th-12th

National Reservation Economic Summit (RES), presented by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, to take place at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino 30 JANUARY 2015 Las Vegas, NV —The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (National Center) will host its National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) from March 9th – 12th at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas. National RES is another multifaceted event from the National Center, which will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, federal agency representatives, elected officials, and top CEOs. Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking opportunities, business development sessions, a business tradeshow and expo, American Indian Artisan Market, procurement sessions, business matchmaking, and much more. The National Center is now in its fifth decade, and National RES is the country’s leading Native American business event. “While our regional RES events have been tremendous successes, we are looking forward to once again returning to Las Vegas for our signature national event,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “National RES 2015 will connect Indian Country to business opportunities across many different sectors and fields. We will host business leaders, tribal representatives, and many others from across the U.S. in Las Vegas in a few weeks.” The event kicks off with a scholarship golf tournament on Monday, March 9th. The opening day will feature a business boot camp, covering such topics as access to capital, communications, accounting, workforce development, and others. Monday also features the “Buy Native Procurement Expo” powered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. National RES will place a heavy focus on energy, and high-level officials within...
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