KeyBank Foundation supports American Indian and Alaska Native businesses with a grant commitment to the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

This year’s RES drew some 2, 500 attenees. Native News Online photo by Levi Rickert

Published March 7, 2018

LAS VEGAS – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) announced it has been awarded a competitive grant from the KeyBank Foundation to support Native American businesses nationwide. KeyBank Foundation is the non-profit charitable organization funded by KeyCorp. The funds, which amount to $300,000 over two years, will be used to create a new program called National Center Technical Assistance and Procurement program, or NCTAP. The announcement was made during the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) in Las Vegas, which is the largest economic development event in Indian Country taking place this week at the Mirage Hotel and Casino.

“Native American-owned businesses provide high-quality products and services used by corporations and government agencies alike,” CEO Chris James said. “KeyBank Foundation’s grant will significantly expand and grow the National Center’s programs and expand services to concentrated markets and new sectors. I thank the KeyBank Foundation for their continued support of the National Center, as well as American Indian and Alaska Native communities. They are a true corporate leader and I look forward to sharing the success stories and the grant’s impact to our communities and business owners alike.”

NCTAP will be open to tribal governments, tribally owned businesses, tribal corporations, Alaska Native Corporations, and Native American entrepreneurs nationwide. The funding will also enhance the National Center’s existing Procurement and Technical Assistance Centers and Native Edge Institutes. NCTAP will focus on both public and private sector procurement opportunities, technical assistance, and training as well as success coaching support for businesses in their growth stage of development.

“We are proud to support the National Center for American Indian Economic Development. Promoting and expanding the economic self-sufficiency of Native America remains a priority to build sustainable economies and invest in the quality of life in our communities,” said William M (Mike) Letting, EVP, National Executive, Agribusiness & Native American Financial Services. “We stand with the National Center and its innovative and groundbreaking programs as they are a critical part of accomplishing this goal.”

“KeyBank’s purpose is to help clients and communities thrive,” said Margot Copeland, Chair & CEO, KeyBank Foundation. “The KeyBank Foundation is focused on transformative philanthropy that supports our neighbors and communities. Our partnership with the National Center for American Indian Economic Development will help support economic benefits that improve our communities.”

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