Native Edge Institute-New York City, NY


Investing and Capital: Beyond Buzzwords


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


Free Small Business Development Training, Available Onsite & Via Live Webinar July 18, 2024


Open to all Native Owned and Minority Business Enterprises, MBEs, (Free Reception, and Training with lunch included)


Native Edge Institute Training

Hard Rock Hotel

NYY Room

159 W. 48th Street

New York, NY, 10036


Two great networking opportunities:

Reception: Wednesday: July 17, 2024, 5:00 EDT PM – 7:00 EDT PM (see below)

Training: Thursday July 18, 2024, Native Edge Institute Training, 9:30 AM EDT – 4:30 PM EDT


Register: Website:


Reception: No registration required Wednesday July 17, 2024, 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM Turning Rock Partners

350 Madison Ave Fl 21st floor (a short 10-minute walk from the Hard Rock) New York, NY 10017

Located on Madison Between 44th and 45th


Description: To kick off the Native Edge Institute we welcome you to a reception hosted by Turning Rock Partners, a woman run private credit and structured equity firm. The networking event will include Native Edge Institute attendees and others from the New York finance space

Thursday July 18, 2024

8:30 AM – 9:30 AM Registration and Badge pick up – Continental Breakfast


9:30 AM – 10:15 AM Welcome Remarks

Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Director, NCAIED Chris James, President & CEO, NCAIED (confirmed)


Lillian Sparks-Robinson, Board of Director, NCAIED (confirmed) Charlie Galbraith, Board of Director, NCAIED (confirmed)

Aditi Dussault, Senior Advisor, Small Business Administration (invited)

Beth Goldberg, Director of Ecosystems, Office of Field Operations Small Business Administration (invited)

Joann J. Hill, Director of Customer Experience, U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency (invited)


  • Keynote: 10:15 AM – 11:15 AM Building from Within: In this session learn what it takes to build success by building from within. Too often, we attend sessions expecting to come away with all the keys to success, but in reality, we are already successful, perhaps this success is hidden or untapped. James Anderson is not only a motivational speaker, but a successful business owner. Beyond his remarkable talents and dedication to Native business owners, James has made significant contributions to his community. First learning the ropes of early business skills at a young age to coming full circle of business development from the pow-wow grounds to observing his family, he sought out his own interests and has cultivated his skills to share with you, how he has grown, and surpassed his own definition of what is


Introduction: Kyia Jackson, Business Development Specialist, NCAIED

  • James Anderson, Entrepreneur, James Training Company & Old Southern BBQ, Motivational Speaker (confirmed)


  • 11:15 AM – 12:15 PM What Investors Want to Know: The last thing you want to do is turn off a potential investor. Learn what investors are reviewing, when considering you! Venture capitalists will want to see your company from a broad view, and understand it, in a concise, well- structured, and easy-to-read format, you will need to spell it out to them in an orderly fashion. And never tell an investor to look at your capability narrative or website, they don’t have time for that. Instead, guide them through understanding what you have to offer and why they would want to invest with you in the first


Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Director, NCAIED

  • Erin Andrew, Senior Managing Director, Turning Rock Partners (confirmed)
  • Aletha Wishloff, General Partner, Raven Capital Partners (confirmed)


12:15 – 12:30 PM Short Lunch Break (included with registration): We will take a short break to allow attendees to settle with their meal for the lunch panel speakers


  • 12:30 PM – 1:15 PM Lessons in Resilience and Strategy: Your dream to follow your passion may not be the standard norm of In this session learn how one Professional Bull Rider began his start, where his passion led to his dreams of becoming a top-notch competitor. Join us for an inspiring session with a professional bull rider, who will share some tips on staying resilient and strategic in the face of extreme challenges. Drawing parallels between the high-stakes world of bull riding and the competitive landscape of small business ownership, this session will provide insights and highlight the importance of perseverance, and adaptability. Hear from NCAIED’s friend Dakota Louis and learn how his journey has led him across turtle island and to places he never dreamed of.


Moderator: Chris James, President & CEO, NCAIED


  • Dakota Louis, Professional Bull Rider, (confirmed)


  • 1:15 PM – 1:45 PM Legal and Policy Advocacy: With extensive experience in the field, Kate will provide valuable insights into the strategies and practices that drive effective advocacy efforts. This session will equip you with the knowledge and tools needed to advance your business goals and effect meaningful change.


Moderator: Kyia Jackson, Business Development Specialist, NCAIED

  • Kate Boyce, President, KRBR Consulting LLC (Invited)


5.) 1:45 PM – 2:45 PM Capital Innovations; Livelihood of Business: When you bootstrap your business to success, you may launch your business, eventually. To be more effective it takes vision and leadership to optimize your gains. The traditionally slower forms of financing could mean a missed opportunity. In contrast, hearing from experts that understand the various obstacles to overcome when looking for capital may mean the difference of securing a viable contract, especially when the contact is working with a government agency. Strategic direction and due diligence will help you gain knowledge to understand what your business will need to create a viable outcome.


Moderator: John Shoraka, GovContractPros (invited)

  • Josh Leffler, Head of Product, TradesForward (invited)


2:45 PM – 3:00 PM Afternoon Break


  • 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM Financing your Venture: This session offers a unique opportunity to gain diverse perspectives on financial strategies that can help propel your business forward. Join us as distinguished speakers to provide insights into diverse financing


Moderator: JoAn Notah, Project Director, Az MBDA Export Center Operated by NCAIED

  • Aerek N. Stephens, Export Finance Manager, Export-Import Bank of United States (confirmed)
  • Roxanne Neilson, Director, Minority Business Development Agency Manhattan Center (confirmed)


  • 3:45 PM – 4:30 Empowering Small Businesses through Innovation and Community Collaboration: The session will aim to empower small business owners and provide insights into leveraging cultural heritage, community support, and innovative strategies for business success. By learning from the experiences and insights of these accomplished leaders, small business owners will gain valuable knowledge and inspiration to drive their own business success while honoring their cultural heritage and fostering community


Moderator: Kyia Jackson, Business Development Specialist, NCAIED

  • Hud Oberly, Founder & Creative Director, Here’s To You (confirmed)
  • Sutton King, MPH, Co-Founder and President, Urban Indigenous Collective (confirmed)


4:30 PM Closing Remarks to Online Audience and Survey


Moderator: Kyia Jackson, Business Development Specialist, NCAIED

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