National Center to Enhance 'Native Edge' With UPS Foundation $75K Grant

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The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) recently received a $75,000 grant from the UPS Foundation, which drives corporate citizenship and philanthropic programs for UPS (NYSE:UPS). The grant will be used to further develop the Native Edge, the National Center’s innovative online platform designed to give Indian country the edge in business.

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"The UPS Foundation is honored to support the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s efforts to expand and enhance the Native Edge," said Eduardo Martinez, president of the UPS Foundation and chief diversity and inclusion officer at UPS. "Our goal is to fund powerful programs that make a lasting difference to the global community."

The online platform – found at www.nativeedge.com – features four components:

-The Hire Edge, which helps Native American business owners find employees, and job seekers to find potential employers. It also helps Corporate Diversity Recruiters to meet and exceed their diversity goals by matching them with Native American workforce.

-The Native to Native (N2N) Edge Community allows businesses to network with each other and initiate new relationships.

-The Training Edge, which provides business owners and their employees with interactive tools and training sessions to help in their professional development.

-The Procurement Edge, which is a database for both federal and corporate procurement opportunities, which also allows for Native-owned businesses to partner and team with each other.

Basic membership is free of charge, and includes access to the Hire Edge and N2N Edge Community. Access to the Training Edge and Procurement Edge is possible through a low monthly or yearly subscription fee.

"The National Center is incredibly grateful to have the support of the UPS Foundation as we continue to promote and advance the Native Edge," said Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center. "The Native Edge is already transforming the way Indian Country does business by providing both employers and job-seekers with an online platform to match skills and talent with the best jobs. The UPS Foundation’s generous contribution will enable us to expand the platform’s reach even further, opening up its benefits to an even wider audience. We look forward to continuing our strong relationship with the UPS Foundation in the years ahead."

About the National Center:

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: "We Mean Business For Indian Country" as we are actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.