Kathy Meyer (White Earth Ojibwe) recently accepted the National Native American Woman Owned Business Award for Maple Grove, Minnesota-based Meyer Contracting, Inc. from the National Center of American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED). The nonprofit organization honored Meyer at its 25th Annual Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair (RES2011) held March 14-17 at the Las Vegas Hilton in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meyer formed Meyer Contracting in 1984 with her husband LeRoy to create a better future for their kids. The only American Indian- and female-owned heavy construction contractor in the state of Minnesota, according to a company press release, Meyer has excelled as a businesswoman and set new heights for the greater American Indian community.
Since Meyer tragically lost her mother in an alcohol-related accident at a young age, she has steadfastly pursued a successful future for herself, her family and all American Indians. Her determination to defy the stereotypes of American Indians has paid off. She became the first in her family to graduate high school, the first to earn a college degree and now is making strides as an American Indian, female entrepreneur.
Now Meyer holds leadership positions at the local and national level, including the National Association of Minority Contractors (NAMC), Association of Women Contractors (AWC), Minnesota American Indian Chamber of Commerce (MAICC) and most recently the Native American Community Development Institute (NACDI).