‘Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition’ Coming to RES Arizona


The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is bringing its “Twenty Grand Business Plan Competition” to the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) Arizona at Wild Horse Pass Hotel and Casino in Chandler, October 22-24, 2013.

RES Arizona is being presented by Chukchansi, Inc., the diversified holding company for the Picayune Rancheria of Chukchansi Indians. Along with Native American Financial Services Association, Chukchansi also hosted RES California, another regional RES event, recently hosted at Pechanga Resort and Casino in Temecula, California, June 17-19.

The multifaceted RES Arizona event will likewise feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, state and locally elected officials, as well as top CEOs.

The business plan contest will feature both start-up and established Native American businesses, vying for the chance to win a $20,000 cash award from The National Center. The business plans and presentations will be judged by a panel consisting of accomplished entrepreneurs and business leaders. The winner will be determined based on several criteria: business structure, financial viability, personal abilities, business experience, and the quality of the plan. The deadline for participants to complete the submission process is 6 p.m. Pacific Time on Friday, September 27, 2013.

“Attending events like RES Arizona help small businesses make connections and opportunities that are imperative for small businesses to flourish,” Derrick Watchman, chairman of The National Center and CEO of Navajo Nation Gaming Enterprises, said in a press release.

The “National Center Golf Tournament” will kick-off the business trade show at the beautiful Whirlwind Golf Club on October 22, 2013. For more information about RES Arizona or to register to attend, go to http://www.NCAIED.org. For More information about the Twenty Grand Business Plan competition, contact the NCAIED offices at 480.545.1298 or email businessplan@NCAIED.org. For RES sponsorship opportunities, email sponsor@NCAIED.org.