RES Kicks Off in Las Vegas
The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) opened the doors on the 31st annual National Reservation Economic Summit (National RES) today. The event is taking place at the Mirage, and will last until Thursday, March 16th. RES is the most-attended economic development event in Indian Country, bringing together tribal leaders, entrepreneurs, government officials, suppliers, and many more to do business and learn more about the top-of-mind economic development topics. For 2017, the presenting sponsor of National RES is the Native American Financial Services Association (NAFSA).
This will be the first RES for new President and CEO Chris James, who took over the helm of the National Center at the beginning of the year.
“We have a packed and substantive agenda, and I look forward to welcoming thousands of attendees from across the U.S. to our 31st annual National RES,” said Chris James. “Whether you’re an established business or just getting started, RES has something to offer as you attempt to reach the next level of success. This week, RES is where Indian Country comes to do business.”
National RES 2017 will feature time-honored programs and events, as well as new offerings essential for any tribal or Native-owned business to be successful.
Highlights of RES include:
-An all-day business bootcamp for attendees to get a condensed version of RES in a single day.
-Consultation with the Department of Interior on its proposed revisions to the Indian Trader Act, as well as a dialogue on the status of the Indian Incentive Program.
-A workshop on how to prepare applications for a Native CDFI. Chris James has previously managed his tribe’s CDFI, and worked with CDFIs while at the U.S. Department of the Treasury.
-A Department of Commerce panel on new initiatives and programs that can help tribes with their economic planning.
-A Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo to match Native businesses with corporate and federal procurement opportunities.
-A panel session with other leading Native organizations to discuss their shared agendas and mutual initiatives to advance the interests of Indian Country.
-Updates on Federal legislation to keep attendees informed on Federal Native American policy with key staff from the U.S. Congress.
-The first panel with past 40 under 40 recipients to discuss their paths and future opportunities in the diverse fields in which they’ve distinguished themselves, and how they can spur mentorship in Indian Country.
In addition, RES will showcase Native art in its American Indian Art Market, and businesses will set up booths to discuss their products and services through the National RES business trade show.
Each day, RES will host informative sessions with subject-matter experts and leaders across diverse fields. Topics include energy, tribal economic diversification, technology and innovation, the Small Business Administration’s 8(a) program, contracting, taxation, e-commerce, STEM and tribal workforce development, finance, women in business, tourism, gaming, marketing and social media, broadband development, access to capital, infrastructure, agriculture, health care, and water resources.
About The National Center:The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development 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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