News Release

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is proud to announce the hiring of Jason Lambert as a Business Development Specialist. Jason was brought on the team as a part of the recent Minority Business Development Agency grant that the National Center is using to facilitate Native Edge Institutes to the East Coast. Jason will be responsible for the National Center's East Coast outreach and providing support for economic development, managing resources, and consulting and building business relationships with small businesses, which started with last week's Native Edge Institutes in Orlando, Florida, and Cherokee, North Carolina. He was a 2011 recipient of the National Center's Native American 40 Under 40 Award.  

"We are thrilled to welcome Jason into the National Center family," said National Center President and CEO Chris James. "The National Center will use his expertise and skills to broaden business and economic development for tribes and Native American entrepreneurs on the East Coast. A past winner of the Native American 40 Under 40 Award, Jason's addition will further emphasize the 'national' in the National Center – from the Qualla Boundary in Western North Carolina to the interior of Alaska."   

A member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians, Jason has over 10 years of experience as a supervisory and personnel manager. He was the Dean of Workforce Innovations and Economic Development at Southwestern Community College, as well as owning his own company, JL Strategic Solutions, LLC. He also served as the Director of Commerce for the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians where he led strategies used to increase development for the tribe. He currently serves on various boards for several notable Native American tribes and organizations such as the Cherokee Historical Association Board of Trustees, the Tennessee Valley Corridor, as well as previously serving on the United South and Eastern Tribes Economic Development and Entrepreneurship Committee.  

Jason has a Bachelor of Arts in political science and a minor in American Indian studies from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He also has a Master's in Public Administration from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Jason currently lives in Whittier, North Carolina, just outside the Eastern Cherokee trust lands with his wife and two sons. 

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.