The Navajo Nation-owned information technology company NOVA Corporation will sponsor the Tribal Business Leaders Forum at this year’s National Reservation Economic Summit (RES), March 11-14 at the Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino in Las Vegas.
Now in its 27th year, the National RES is hosted annually by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) to gather aspiring and successful Native businesses and enterprises to promote interaction and sharing of business development ideas and strategies with the ultimate goal of further advancing the economy of Indian country.
“The NCAIED is pleased to bring together leadership from Washington, D.C., and respected executives from across Indian country to take part in our Tribal Business Leaders Forum at National RES Las Vegas 2013,” said Gary Davis, president and chief executive officer of NCAIED, in a press release. “The discussions to take place at the Tribal Business Leaders Forum will focus on creating long term and sustainable economic growth for our Tribal Nations. We are extremely pleased to join with NOVA Corporation in presenting our first Tribal Business Leaders Forum and welcome the attendance and support of the White House, Members of Congress, the Department of Commerce and the Minority Business Development Agency.”
NOVA Corporation–with offices in Window Rock, Arizona; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Chambersburg, Pennsylvania; and Columbia, Maryland—provides IT services like data center optimization, cyber security, network and enterprise services, and managed services to the Department of Defense and other federal departments, as well as commercial clients.
“The NOVA Corporation is proud to sponsor the Tribal Business Leader Forum in partnership with NCAIED. We are confident that this event will create opportunities to identify and diminish obstacles in creating a better economy for Indian country,” said John Snider, president and chief executive officer of NOVA Corporation, in a press release. “We are committed to improving the economic condition of the Navajo People; this is our opportunity to contribute to NCAIED’s mission of developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership.”
The forum welcomes the confirmed attendance of United States Congressmen Benny Thompson (D-Missouri), Raul Grijalva (D-Arizona), and Donald Young (R-Alaska). The moderator of the forum will be Mr. David Hinson, national director of the Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). Also participating will be Ms. Dee Alexander, senior advisor on Native American Affairs for the Department of Commerce, and Mr. Charles Galbraith, associate director of the White House Office of Public Engagement.
The forum is being organized in two parts. The first half will offer members of Congress the opportunity to dialogue with Native corporations and learn more about their successes, dividends they have given back, and communities they have helped. The second half of the forum will focus on building bridges amongst tribes and tribal enterprises whom have had successes across various sectors and industries including, but not limited to, 8(a) contracting, agriculture/global enterprise and trade, oil and gas, gaming, and energy.