The UPS Foundation recently awarded the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) a $75,000 grant. The non-profit center plans to use the money to support its “Global Native Trade Center” effort, a networking campaign to increase connections and economic opportunity between tribes, communities, and businesses, according to a NCAIED press release.
The UPS Foundation, the charitable arm of UPS, which has distributed nearly $43.6 million worldwide since beginning the program in 2004, contributed the money as part of its national effort to foster professional economic development, commerce and business support nationwide and internationally.
The National Center intends to develop regional global commerce centers “dedicated to work with Indian Country.”
“We are proud that we are able to move forward in providing necessary support and connecting Tribal business interest and opportunity throughout the United States. We are now moving progressively toward a direction where we can begin to listen, implement and act as a resource for Tribal governments and individuals to improve and lead business, commerce and economic development in Indian Country,” NCAIED President and CEO Eric S. Trevan said in the press release.