GaryDavis2-e1340910124838Welcome to the new design of the National Center Newsletter. As Indian Country’s national economic development organization, the National Center’s newsletter allows us to be proactive in keeping you up to date with national news and information that inspires, innovates, engages and drives a beneficial bottom line result for economic development across Indian Country.  If you have ideas that you feel are important to include, or subjects to explore in the newsletter, please let me know by emailing:

The National Center continues to take a proactive approach to business development for all of Indian Country; we are not focused on just one region or group in Indian Country. We are interested in elevating the greater economic good of Indian Country. With that in mind, we continue the expansion of our Regional Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events across the United States. Our next Regional RES, RES Arizona, is coming up soon and will be held October 22-24, 2013 at the Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, Arizona. No matter where your business is located, come to RES Arizona to create new
opportunities and relationships important to the growth and betterment of your business.

Aside from the great array of business activities and opportunities scheduled at RES Arizona, we are excited to also include the Indian Progress in Business Awards (INPRO), our longest standing special gala event, into the agenda of RES Arizona this year.  During RES Arizona, the National Center will award thousands of dollars worth of scholarships to American Indian college students pursuing business degree’s, award American Indian businesses and entrepreneurs, corporations at our INPRO Business Awards and welcome our newest class of the National Center’s “Native American 40 under 40”.  Our Business
Student scholarship applications and Native American 40 under 40 nomination applications are still available, but the September 2, 2013 deadline is fast approaching. For more information visit:

Check out the video in the center of this newsletter for more information on our, “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition – a new way that the National Center is literally “kickstarting” new business or “expanding” existing business in Indian Country – by infusing an American Indian owned business with $20,000 in cash. No strings
attached and no ROI expected! We just want one thing: for the winner of the competition to be successful and help grow the economy of Indian Country. The competition will happen at RES Arizona, so enter today!

In the weeks and months ahead, we will be rolling out new National Center business development programming and services that will allow you to engage, train, partner, team and utilize the National Center to grow and enhance your business like never before.

In closing, I am excited by the vast amount of economic opportunity that exists for our American Indian tribes and entrepreneurs, both domestically and internationally. The National Center will continue to advocate and develop every opportunity in business that allows for American Indian people to create sustainable economic development for
today, and most importantly for future generations of our people. We understand that the attainment of this goal is not a solo mission. The success of our mission will not be measured by the success of one, or a few. It will require a cooperative approach, inclusive of all whom envision a self sufficient and sustainable economy that supports all tribal nations and subsequent economic opportunities made available to each American Indian entrepreneur whom endeavors to better themselves, their family and their community by defining their future, themselves. Therefore, the National Center has never been more committed to, “Putting Indian Country to Work” by ensuring, “We Mean Business for Indian Country!”


Gary Davis
President and CEO