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Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona 

On Friday August 23, 2019, the Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona (NWEAZ) 2nd Anniversary Celebration culminated with an elegant reception for nearly 200 guests at the Anthony B. Shelde Building at the Wild Horse Pass. Guests included Arizona state leaders, tribal leaders, non-profit organizations, event sponsors, Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona members, and volunteers. Gila River Indian Community Lt. Governor Robert Stone welcomed guests and devoted his full support to the mission and vision of the Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona. The event schedule included a video presentation showcasing regional stories of Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona members, a panel discussion, the preliminary results of a first-of-its-kind data reporting the number of Arizona Native Women Entrepreneurs, and awards recognition.

The evening’s event also released two major announcements. One, Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona announced its interim Board of Directors: Bleu Adams (Chair), Debbie Nez-Manuel (Treasurer), Mabel Tsosie (Secretary), and who in turn appointed Cherylee Francis the Executive Director. The second announcement declared publicly, by Local First Arizona Director of Rural Programs Liza Noland, the partnership between Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona and Local First Arizona who will serve as Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona’s fiscal sponsor.

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In response to the preliminary data results, Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona has re-opened the #NWEAZ survey monkey link to engage even more women-owned businesses. The survey will close on September 20, 2019.


Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona (NWEAZ) was founded in 2017. The mission of Native Women Entrepreneurs of Arizona is to be a supportive, social network advancing Native Women Business Owners through advocacy, leadership and data.

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