The U.S. Small Business Administration joined the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) at its National Reservation Economic Summit (RES) March 17-20 to sign a strategic alliance memorandum (SAM) to widen our reach to Native American entrepreneurs and boost entrepreneurship opportunities.

The alliance will strengthen organizations' goals to support the creation, development and expansion of small businesses in the American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian communities.

In addition to the SAM signing, SBA Office of Native American Affairs (ONAA) Assistant Administrator Chris James, Region 9 Administrator Donna Davis, Office of Government Contracting and Business Development (GCBD) Associate Administrator John Shoraka and Nevada District Director Ed Cadena took part in two workshops on SBA resources and on the Affordable Healthcare Act. Assistant Administrator James addressed the summit before the signing of the Strategic Alliance. SBA's District Office staff supported the event by providing resources to conference participants.

"We are proud and honored to be part of one of the largest entrepreneur and economic summits for Native American small businesses," said Bob Holguin, Nevada Deputy District Director. "Opportunities for Native American owned businesses include government contracting, business development and other programs that are designed to help entrepreneurs start, grow and manage their businesses."

"At SBA, we're working hard to increase and strengthen the number of successful Native-American owned businesses, and to provide the tools they need to build strong businesses and create jobs," added James.