I was thrilled to have these two companies return, but I was even more impressed with the fact that they wanted to collaborate again to validate their continued support to NABA, and most importantly their support to Native American Suppliers, Native American People and to encourage Native People to get certified as an MBE so they can be effective within the supply-chain arena
Detroit, MI (PRWEB) June 28, 2010
The Native American Business Alliance (NABA) Fund is hosting its 10th Annual National Procurement and Golf Outing Networking Event on September 20 and 21, 2010, in Detroit, Michigan. This year's theme, "Renewal," supports the idea of rejuvenating, restoring and preparing a more strategic approach to business.
This year's conference is being held at the Marriott Hotel Renaissance Center in Detroit, MI, and the Western Golf & Country Club in Redford, MI. Native tribal officials, women-owned businesses and Minority Business Enterprises who are of Native and non-Native descent will come together as suppliers looking to do business with representatives from Fortune 500 Companies. In previous years, the annual national conference was taken out of the State of Michigan and hosted on Tribal Land such as Albuquerque, New Mexico, but with the economic slump happening over all the US but a good portion happening in the automotive capital, it was our commitment to stay in Michigan and to host the conference in the City of Detroit where the potential for new business development is happening and a priority for the Mayor and Council says Gant. Detroit is an entrepreneur's dream come true if you can see the vision and see what the City has to offer and what the City can become because I believe it can be a great City again.
The NABA Annual Conference offers NABA members and non-members the opportunity to network with nationally known companies. It also offers conference attendees the opportunity to conduct business face-to-face with corporate purchasing representatives interested in working with Native American-owned businesses or in doing business on tribal land. This conference is a premier event that opens many doors of opportunity to not only the many Native American businesses and tribal communities that will attend, but for MBE's and women-owned businesses as well.
The conference provides attendees with the chance to display their product or service to others who will be attending the first-time trade show included in this year's program, and is free-of-charge to all registered conference attendees. Thought-provoking, business-building workshops will be available, along with an opportunity to meet one-on-one with corporate purchasing representatives looking for suppliers to be a part of their supply-chain.
"We encourage not only our membership to get certified as a Minority Business Enterprise through their local certifying council affiliated with the National Minority Supplier Development Council, but we would like to see all Native-owned businesses prepared to do business and to see a willingness from tribes to entice these corporations to do business on tribal land because of tax incentives," said Mark Kingfish, President of Kingfish Worldwide, Inc. and newly elected Board President of the Native American Business Alliance. "The ability of corporations to function on tribal lands is key where economic development is needed because not all tribes are connected to a casino - that isn't what we are all about."
This year marks the return of two sponsors of Japanese-owned companies: Honda of America Manufacturing, Inc. and Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
"I was thrilled to have these two companies return, but I was even more impressed with the fact that they wanted to collaborate again to validate their continued support to NABA, and most importantly their support to Native American Suppliers, Native American People and to encourage Native People to get certified as an MBE so they can be effective within the supply-chain arena," says Jackie Gant, National Executive Director and an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames Tribe, Ontario, Canada.
Aside from Honda and Toyota as sponsors, additional sponsors and attendees include: DTE Energy, Kellogg Company, Choctaw-Kaul Distribution Co., Denny's Inc., Starwood Hotels & Resorts, Dakkota Integrated Systems, LLC, UPS, Inc. (Livonia), American Express, Magna International and Minority Business Development Agency and many more.
For more information on the Native American Business Alliance, including how to become a member, please contact the NABA National Office at (248) 988-9344 or go to http://www.native-american-bus.org.
Jackie Gant, National Executive Director
Native American Business Alliance
(248) 988-9344 - telephone
(248) 988-9348 - facsimile
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