Strengthening Tribal Economies and Native Businesses: Attend the 2014 Regional Indian Business Alliance Summit

When: Monday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Where: Radisson Hotel, Bismarck, ND

If you’re interested or involved in supporting the growth and development of tribal economies and Native American businesses, plan to attend the 2014 Regional Indian Business Alliance (IBA) Summit scheduled for Monday, December 8 – Tuesday, December 9, in Bismarck, North Dakota.

This 2-day event will draw entrepreneurs, educators, developers and leaders from a multi-state region. The Summit is sponsored by Indian Business Alliances from North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Minnesota and Wisconsin. Joining as a co-sponsor is the Coalition of Indian Housing Advocates and Native Developers (CIHAND).

Over 30 presentations and panel discussions will provide attendees with a wealth of networking and learning opportunities including the following topics:

  • Success Stories from Tribal Enterprises and Indian Entrepreneurs
  • Capitalizing on booming energy, ag, IT and tourism growth
  • How to Secure Government Contracts (8a, DBE, GSA, etc.)
  • Building Business through Buy-Indian and Teaming Arrangements
  • Improving Access to Capital through CDFI’s and other Sources
  • Best Practices in Uniform Commercial Code (UCC) Development

Keynote speakers include Waylon Honga and Bill Lecaine. Mr. Honga, a member of the Hualapai Tribe which built the Skywalk in the Grand Canyon, will discuss cultural values related to building a robust tribal economy. Mr. Lecaine, a direct descendant of Chief Black Moon who fought with Sitting Bull in the Battle of the Little Big Horn, played for 15 years as a hockey star with UND, the Pittsburg Penguins and the IHL’s Port Huron Flags/Wings. He will discuss the topic of “finding success” in business and life, and being a positive role model.

The Summit is especially designed to benefit:

  • Current and aspiring Native entrepreneurs
  • Elected tribal leaders and support staff
  • Tribal economic development and tourism professionals
  • Tribal administrators, educators and students
  • Government agencies, corporations and foundations serving Indian Country

Reserve your hotel room before November 7, by calling the Radisson Hotel at 701.255.6000. Mention the NDIBA room block to secure a discounted rate. Pre-registration rates are $95 before November 7, $125 after November 8 – December 3 and $150 from December 4 to the day of the event. Students are $25.00. Full registration fees include refreshment breaks and two luncheons.

For more information about the Summit, click here or contact Annette at 250-0728 or


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