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Thu, Jan 30


Native American Bank HQ

Native Edge Institutes - Denver

Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA)

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Native Edge Institutes - Denver
Native Edge Institutes - Denver

Time & Location

Jan 30, 2020, 8:30 AM

Native American Bank HQ, 201 N Broadway, Denver, CO 80203, USA

About the event

** Download the required 7(j) Self-Certification Form Here.  Copies will also be available on-site. **

Hosted by the Native American Bank, N.A.

201 North Broadway, Denver, CO 80203

Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and The Small Business Administration

January 30, 2020

8:30 AM – 9:00 AM: Welcome and Opening Remarks

Chris James - President and CEO, The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development  

Frances Padilla - District Director, Colorado District Office, U.S. Small Business Administration

Shannon Ward - Senior Vice-President and Chief Lending Officer, Native American Bank

Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce (Invited)

9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Working with the Aerospace Industry, Colorado’s #1 Private Employment Concentration

Jay Lindell, Aerospace and Defense Industry Champion, State of Colorado

Reid Aronstein, Global Business Development Manager, State of Colorado

9:30 AM – 10:00 AM: Latest Updates from the Colorado American Indian and Alaska Native Economic Impact Report

Lieutenant Governor Dianne Primavera 

10:00 AM – 10:15 AM: Networking Break

10:15 AM – 11:30 AM: Overview of Small Business Contracting and Tribal 8(a) Program Development

John Shoraka, Founding Partner, GovContract Pros (10:15 am – 10:35 am) 

Thomas Leland, Partner, Holland & Knight Denver Office (10:35 am – 10:55 am)

Joanna Sandoval, Business Opportunity Specialist and Native American Outreach Liaison, U.S. Small Business Administration Colorado District Office (10:55 – 11:15 am )

Q&A (11:15 am – 11:30 am)

11:30 AM – 11:45 AM: NCAIED, Procurement Technical Assistance Center Overview, PTAC

11:45 AM – 1:15 PM: Luncheon 

Betsy Markey, Executive Director, Office of Economic Development & International Trade, State of Colorado

1:15 PM – 1:45 PM: Cybersecurity and Its Importance for your Small Business Success

Holland & Knight Law Offices

1:45 PM – 2:15 PM: Leadership and Management in Contracting

John Shoraka, Founding Partner, GovContract Pros

2:15 PM – 2:30 PM: Networking Break

2:30 PM – 3:30 PM: Access to Capital Panel Moderated by Native American Bank 

Veronica Lane, Business Development Officer, Native American Bank

First Nations Oweesta Corporation

Colorado Lending Source

Accion International 

3:30PM–4:30PM: Roundtable Discussions: Join us for small group discussions from our expert speakers and local mentors for follow-up questions and in-depth discussions: (Roundtables cycle in three 1⁄2 hour rotating sessions) please sign in at each table

Roundtable #1) Aerospace Industry

Roundtable #2) Tribal 8(a) Contracting

Roundtable #3) PTAC

Roundtable #4) Cybersecurity 

Roundtable #5) Leadership 

Roundtable #6) Access to Capital 

4:45 PM – 6:00 PM: Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce Networking Reception


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