• “In every aspect of my business, I reflect on the words of Sitting Bull: 'Let us put our minds together and see what we can build for our children.'”

    - Duane Kuntz, Owner
    Ohitika Designs, Mandan, ND

  • “There are so many ways to leverage the resources you have. It takes persistence, but the benefits are huge.”

    - Clarence O'Berry, CEO
    Mandaree Enterprise Corporation, Mandaree, ND


American Indian Business Alliance
2016 Conference & Trade Show

“ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country”

The American Indian Business Alliance (AIBA) comprised of the North Dakota Indian Business Alliance (NDIBA); Minnesota Indian Business Alliance (MNIBA); Montana Indian Business Alliance (MIBA); South Dakota Indian Business Alliance (SDIBA); and Wisconsin Indian Business Alliance (WIBA) proudly announces the 2016 American Indian Business Conference, “ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country” to be held on November 3rd and 4th, 2016 in Bismarck, North Dakota, at the Downtown Radisson.
This American Indian Business Alliance 4th Annual conference has attracted Native-Owned businesses, tribal leaders, business development experts, community based organizations, policy makers, and financial institutions, and is recognized as the premier Indian small business development conference in the Northern Plains region.
“ABC’s of Economic Development in Indian Country” will offer sessions that highlight successful models and strategies that foster the development of private Indian businesses, both on and off reservations, and to develop policy ideas and strategies to address the challenges that Native business owners face. Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy.
The American Indian Business Alliances promote private sector Indian business through a structural tipi framework of sustainability, focusing on the four broad topical areas of Business Resources, Business Finance, Infrastructure and Governance. This year’s conference, “ABC’s of ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT IN INDIAN COUNTRY”, focuses on the four strategic areas of the “tipi”, and will offer practical and effective sessions by presenters and panelists from the region.

Program Agenda

2016 AIBA Conference Presentations & Resources

Our thanks to everyone who attended this year’s AIBA Conference and Trade Show held Nov. 3-4, at the Radisson in Bismarck.  The following links provide you with downloadable files for the various keynote and plenary session presentations.

Christianne Lind

  • Advocating and Advancing Indian Business Development – Video


Presented to: Northwest Area Foundation In Recognition of Your Dedicated Leadership and Support of Regional Indian Business Alliances


Presented To: North Dakota Department of Commerce In Grateful Appreciation For Outstanding Dedication and Support of American Indian Economic Development Efforts


Keynote Luncheon – Dr. Jessica Metcalfe

American Indian Business Alliance

  • Understanding and Capitalizing on the Buy Indian Act and Buy Native Local – Presentation and Database

Center for Indian Country Development

  • Expertise on Indian Country Economies and Development – Presentation

Revolution Advisors

Schmitt Strategies

  • Defining Economic Success for Native Owned Business – Presentation

Keynote Luncheon – Clarence O’Berry

Brek Maxon

SBA and ND SBDC Collaborating with AIBA – Presentation

Center for Indian Country Development, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis

  • Tribal Nations and the Global Secured Transactions Reform Movement – Presentation

Mike Mabin and Heidi Demars

Rez Café Explores the Merit of Forming a Native Cooperative Organization

Over 30 people participated in the Rez Café discussion.  Feedback was positive in terms of the idea of forming a Native American Artists and Cultural Preservation Cooperative.  Here are the notes from the meeting – Rez Café Notes 

The next step in the formation process will include conducting a visioning session.  Watch the NDIBA website for additional details as the process unfolds.


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