The National Center Will Host Next Native Edge Institute in Tulsa, Oklahoma
One-day event will provide participants with procurement-related business training and winning strategies

September 11, 2018

TULSA, OK – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) will host its next Native Edge Institute (NEI) on October 29th at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. NEI Oklahoma will once again be facilitated by GovContractPros and will provide both growing and advanced government contractors hands-on training in federal and corporate small business programs, including how firms can leverage these programs to enter the supply chain of larger prime contractors. The NEI is supported through a generous donation from Key Bank Foundation, which was announced earlier this year at RES, and is being hosted in collaboration with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma (AICCO). The NEI will take place on the morning of the 29th, in conjunction with the 10th anniversary celebration of the Native American 40 under 40 awards.

“We are thrilled to continue our Native Edge Institutes with an event in the heart of Indian Country at the River Spirit Casino Resort in Tulsa,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “NEI combines the National Center’s time-honored programming with outside expertise to give attendees the leg up they need to be successful contractors. Hosting the NEI in conjunction with the 10th anniversary of our 40 under 40 awards will also give attendees the opportunity to network with some of the best and brightest in Indian Country. We are especially appreciative of the support from KeyBank Foundation, as well as the AICC of Oklahoma, and look forward to seeing you in Tulsa in October.”

The one-day event only costs $49 (lunch included). Program topics and sessions will include:

  • Leveraging the Mentor-Protege and Joint Venture programs
  • Staying small and surviving the mid-size
  • Financing Alternatives
  • Tribal, ANC, and NHO Strategies
  • Compliance reviews for size and status
  • Updates on Certifications: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone, SDVOSB, Woman-owned, including economic disadvantaged 
  • Mentoring sessions with contracting experts and practitioners

“As part of our ongoing effort to provide opportunities to our members, the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Oklahoma is excited to partner with the National Center to bring the Native Edge Institutes to Oklahoma,” said Annetta Abbott, AICCO Executive Director. “Joint collaborations such as NEI helps AICCO further our mission of growing business in Indian Country.”

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About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

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