The National Center Brings Native Edge Institutes to the East Coast 

Published January 15, 2019

One-day events in Orlando, Florida & Cherokee, North Carolina provide participants with procurement and technology training and one-on-one consulting

MESA, Ariz. — The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) will host its first Native Edge Institutes (NEI) on the East Coast on February 19th and February 21st. These will take place in Orlando, Florida, and Cherokee, North Carolina respectively. Both events will be facilitated by GovContractPros and ArcticIT (a Doyon, Limited Company). These NEIs will provide participants hands-on training in federal and corporate small business programs, as well as how to leverage those programs to enter the supply chain of large prime contractors. They will also provide valuable insights in technology and cyber security.

The first Native Edge Institute took place last year in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and have since traveled to Seattle, Washington, Tulsa, Oklahoma, and Anchorage, Alaska. Orlando and Cherokee will be the first two in the eastern United States. NEIs started with the generous funding from KeyBank Foundation, and are being continued in part through a grant from the Minority Business Development Agency.

“We are thrilled to continue our Native Edge Institutes in 2019 with our first two East Coast events,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “Through the help, support, and expertise of the Minority Business Development Agency, KeyBank Foundation, ArcticIT, and GovContractPros, new parts of the country will have access to the valuable programming provided through our NEIs. We hope to see you in Florida, and in my hometown in North Carolina.”  

The one-day events only cost $49 (lunch included). Program topics and sessions will include: 

  • Leveraging the Mentor-Protege and Joint Venture programs
  • Staying small and surviving the mid-size
  • Financing Alternatives
  • Compliance reviews for size and status
  • Updates on Certifications: 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone, SDVOSB, Woman-owned, including economic disadvantaged
  • Mentoring sessions with contracting experts and practitioners
  • The Evolution of Technology 
  • Latest on the Dark Web, and Protecting Tribal Assets  

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