I hope this month’s newsletter finds each and every one of you healthy and prospering in your business and economic development pursuits! I would like to present you with a summary of happenings from our most recent Regional Reservation Economic Summit in Arizona (RES Arizona)!

I am pleased to report that RES Arizona was our most well attended Regional RES to date, with over 500 attendees. What does that mean? Our Regional RES’s are growing! “RES Arizona”, our third Regional RES, nearly doubled the attendance of our first Regional RES, “RES Oklahoma” – which took place less than one year ago. Networking activities began with the RES Arizona Golf Tournament sponsored by Chukchansi Inc. at the beautiful Whirlwind Golf Club.  At RES Arizona we moved from two days of content, to three full days of business workshops, trainings, forums and networking opportunities. At RES Arizona we also proudly debuted our first, “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition”, launched our first ever, “National Center Energy Forum” and held our first “Diversity Luncheon”. Our “Tribal Leaders Business Forum” was insightful, filled with a great Q & A session, was literally standing room only and was presented by the NOVA Corporation.

RES Arizona also saw the launch of our “RES Events” mobile application. Our post event analytics show us that RES Arizona attendees used our RES Events app above and beyond the normal average – to further enhance their RES Arizona experience and engage other attendees. Our attendees enjoyed having speaker, trade show, agenda and attendee information all bundled conveniently into a highly interactive mobile application that they could personalize and use in the manner best suited for them. Get ready for National RES Las Vegas 2014 and download our mobile app now by searching “RES Events” in the App Store or Google Play (iOS & Android).

At the NCAIED Scholarship Awards Luncheon, sponsored by Edison International, we proudly awarded over $22,000 to several deserving Native American college students. Scholarships were sponsored in part by Raytheon, Lockheed Martin and Ongweoweh Corporation.

Our RES Arizona event came to a grand conclusion with a celebration of Native American achievement at our 38th annual INPRO Awards Gala and Native American 40 Under 40 Awards Ceremony.

The NCAIED recognizes there is a tremendous amount of business opportunity available for Indian Country to explore and engage in! The NCAIED will continue to accomplish its mission of, “Putting Indian Country To Work” by providing our Tribes, Tribal Enterprises, Native American and First Nations Entrepreneurs, as well as our private sector partners, with unprecedented business opportunities at our National and Regional Reservation Economic Summits! RES Events are simply the best platforms in the world to expand, network and innovate your business and grow the economy of Indian Country!