American Indian-Owned Businesses Exhibit at National Development Council Conference in Detroit

Kip Ritchie, President of Greenfire Management Services

Published October 24, 2017

DETROIT – Several American Indian-owned firms are in Detriot, Michigan this week at the National Minority Supplier Development Council Conference and Business Opportunity Exchange (NMSDC). The annual convention draws 6,000 attendees who have the opportunity to network and exchange information, tools and resources to grow and scale their businesses locally and globally with a specific focus on minority supplier development.

“We like to come to let people know about about who we are and what we can do as we grow our business,” commented Kip Ritchie, president of Greenfire Management Services, based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. Greenfire Management Services is owned by the Forest County Potawaomi Community.

Greenfire Management Services is a construction management company that seamlessly ties together the varied, critical elements of a project. Greenfire forms highly skilled and experienced teams capable of organizing, scheduling, and integrating all the individual elements of a project.

Brian Bozsum of KOTA

“This is a great opportunity to explore opportunities for the set aside programs,” said Brian Bozsum, business development, KOTA, a subsidiary of LDI and the Mohegan Tribe of Indians of Connecticut. Kota is a premium provider of digital office technology solutions from the industry’s most reputable manufacturers and vendors.

Tim Knudnson, Wells Technology

Staffing a the Wells Technology booth was Tim Knudnson, the firm’s vice president of marketing. He, along with others from Wells Technology based near the Red Lake Indian Reservation in Bemidji, Minnesota, touted the company’s capabilities in manufactering products that reach the  aerospace, military, electronic, food, medical, and automotive industries. Andy Wells, a tribal citizen of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians, who started the company in 1989, was also on hand to meet and greet potential customers.

Kevin Blazer, business development analyst, Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan

Representing the Saginaw Chippewa Tribe of Michigan’s Migizi Economic Development Company was Kevin Blazer, who was there to familiarize convention attendees with the mission of Migizi. Created to manage the Tribe’s non-gaming businesses the Migizi mission is to provide for the financial security of the next seven generations of tribal members. With a diverse portfolio of businesses ranging across nine industries, from hospitality to health care, Migizi Economic Development Company serves the Great Lakes Bay Region and provides employment opportunities for tribal members and non-members alike through strategic investment and sustainable growth.

The convention ends tomorrow, Wednesday, October 25, 2017.

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