Next Week in Albuquerque: The National Center’s Native Edge Institute

Published July 18, 2018

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.   — There is still space available for The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s (The National Center) first Native Edge Institute (NEI), taking place in one week on July 24th at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Facilitated by GovContractPros, NEI will provide both growing and advanced government contractors training in federal and corporate small business programs, including how firms can leverage those programs to enter the supply chain of larger prime contractors. The NEI is supported through a generous donation from KeyBankFoundation and is being hosted in collaboration with the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico.

“Our first Native Edge Institute is just around the corner, and there’s still time to register for what will be a great event,” said Chris James, President and CEO of the National Center. “NEI will combine the National Center’s time-honored programming with outside expertise that will give attendees the leg up they need to be successful contractors, including important updates on new rules, regulations, and programs. I look forward to a very successful event and look forward to strong attendance from Indian Country.”

All NEI New Mexico attendees who register and fill out a survey will also have a change to win registration, hotel, and airfare for the 2019 Reservation Economic Summit, taking place in Las Vegas, NV from March 25-28.

Session leaders and keynote speakers include:
Charles “Charlie” Smith; Director of the US Department of Energy’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU). Mr. Smith serves as the lead advocate for enhancing the use of small businesses to meet the Agency’s range of missions.
John Garcia, New Mexico District Director for the U.S. Small Business Administration. Mr. Garcia is responsible for the statewide delivery of SBA programs and services to the 33 counties in New Mexico.
A. John Shoraka; Managing Director of GovContractPros. Prior to joining GovContractPros, Mr. Shoraka was the Associate Administrator of Government Contracting and Business Development at the U.S. SBA.
Elijah J. Williams; Co-Founder/ Director of GovContractPros. Mr. Williams was a Senior Advisor at U.S. SBA, where he was responsible for managing a $90 billion federal small business supply chain and applicable small, disadvantaged, women, and service disabled veteran-owned business contracting programs.
Monica Jojola, President of Montech Inc. Montech is an award-winning, certified U.S. Small Business Administration 8(a), Women Owned Small Business, and American Indian Corporation that offers professional and technical support services for federal and state clients and commercial customers.
This one day event only costs $49 (lunch included). An updated agenda for NEI is below. To register, please click here.


8:30 – 8:45 a.m.: Welcome from the National Center

8:45 – 9:30 a.m.: Overview of Small Business Contracting and Set-aside Programs
This session will train nascent federal contractors regarding the benefits of participating in various small business contracting and set-aside programs. We will review eligibility criteria, affiliation concerns, program benefits, and discussions on how to maintain eligibility. Small Business Contracting Programs to be discussed include the 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone, Service Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Women Owned Small Business and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business Programs.

9:45 – 11:00 a.m.: Update on New Rules, Regulations and Programs
Do federal contracting rules and regulations seem overwhelming or confuse you? Well let us tell you about the importance of rules and regulations, provide you with awareness of newly issued ones, and discuss how they can be leveraged to maximize your participation in small business contracting and set-aside programs. We will discuss the new All Small Mentor Protégé Program, opportunities to Joint Venture under the mentor protégé program, the new similarly situated rule and challenges to small business contracting like consolidation, bundling, and strategic sourcing.

11:15 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.: Working Your Way into the Supply Chain of Large Primes
Are you interested in growing your business? Do you want to become a subcontractor or perhaps a protege of a large firm? If you answered yes to any of those questions, then this session is for you. This panel presentation will provide you with best practices, tips, and advice from the Department of Energy (DOE), large prime contractors, and small business – who have successfully become a part of Large Prime Supply Chains.

12:30 – 1:30 p.m.: Luncheon with Keynote Speaker, Charlie Smith (DOE OSDBU Director)
Join Mr. Charlie Smith, OSDBU Director, DOE, as he provides insights into doing business with DOE.

2:00 – 3:30 p.m.: Roundtable discussions
Join us for small group discussions with experts who will share advice from their many years of supporting small businesses in the federal contracting arena. These experts will also facilitate opportunities to learn from and connect with your fellow government contractors. Roundtable topics and participants include: 1) DOE, 2) American Indian Chamber of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Center, 3) Financing Alternatives, 4) the Basics of Federal Small Business Programs and Certifications, 5) Advanced Mentor-Protégé, Joint Ventures, and All Small Mentor Protégé Program.

2:00 – 4:00 p.m.: Mentoring and one-on-one contract ready counseling with NCAIED AIPTAC and other NM resource partners
Training participants will be able to sign up the day of the event to schedule individual mentor meetings to discuss your business challenges and receive advice from experienced practitioner

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