Starts: September 14th, 2017 8:30 AM
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Sky Ute Casino
14324 CO-172
Ignacio, Colorado
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Indian Biz Expo Four Corners: In partnership with Southern Ute Indian Tribe

September 2017

Sky Ute Casino & Resort, 14324 CO HWY-172, Ignacio, CO 81137


All Day Expo Tickets: $25* (Free for Southern Ute Tribal Members)
Booths: $50

*Includes Breakfast, Lunch, Workshops, Matchmaking, and Power Hour Social (Cash bar)

Join us for the First Annual Indian Biz Expo Four Corners, in partnership with Southern Ute Indian Tribe.  

 For Room Block/Discounted Hotel Accommodations, call 970-563-7777 and mention RMICC Indian Biz Expo

Event Highlights (note, there are 15min breaks between each element):

830a - Breakfast Opening, Invocation Southern Ute Tribal Chairman Clement Frost, Color Guard Southern Ute Veterans Association, welcome remarks from Southern Ute Councilman Kevin Frost.  

9:45a Workshop Flight 1
OPTION 1 - Intro to Starting a Business/Beware of Pitfalls  (Beginners) Presented by Mary Shepard, SBDC
OPTION 2 - Doing Business with Tribes (Intermediate)

10:45a Workshop Flight  2:  
OPTION 1 - Access to Capital & Lending (Beginners) Presented by Mary Shepherd, SBDC
OPTION 2 - Evolution of Technology for Businesses by Alan Young (Intermediate)

11:45a Lunch Keynote Address Eric Hensen/Chickasaw Nation - Research Fellow with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.  

1:15p - 245p Business Matchmaking - Buyers and sellers have targeted 10-15min windows to meet.   You must sign up online, filling out the form complete with product/service codes.  You must be scheduled for this event to participate. 
3p - Open Outdoor Power Hour Social (cash bar) - Bring your stack of business cards.  Network and meet the other Expo Attendees in a light Social Atmosphere.  This is a great way to learn what businesses are in the market and how you can cross exchange/refer products/services.
**The Southern Ute Indian Museum welcomes you to see its exhibits and will be open throughout the day (10 – 5), FREE to public.  Additionally, the Museum will be offering a guided "Behind the Scenes" tour at 4:45.  Deadline for signup for Tour is Friday September 8*



 2017 Indian Biz Expo Recap


There is no charge for the matchmaking, provided by NCAIED/IBM.  

Special thanks to our partners with NCAIED PTAC for matchmaking event partnership.



Southwestern Eggs Benedict- A Toasted English muffin topped with Sliced

Canadian bacon and Poached Egg, Topped in a Rich Green Chile Hollandaise Sauce

Sautéed Breakfast Potatoes and Sliced Fruit

Basket of Danish, Croissants or Muffins


Petite Filet with a balsamic reduction glace, chicken madeira, mashed potatoes, fresh green beans with smoke house bacon. 

Field greens salad, bread and butter, and dessert/Chocolate Lava Cake

Vegetarian option:  Vegetarian Lasagna

Reception/Power Social on Lawn featuring Jazz Selections: 

Fruit Tray

Domestic cheese and crackers

Bruschetta with balsamic reduction

Mini Crab cakes with remoulade sauce

Green chile meatballs

Keynote Address

Eric Henson is a citizen of the Chickasaw Nation and has been a research fellow/affiliate with the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development since 1998. He is also an Executive Vice President with the economics consulting firm Compass Lexecon.  


Mr. Henson was born in Amarillo and raised in the oil-producing Permian Basin of West Texas. Mr. Henson has a Master’s Degree in Public Policy from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University, an MA in Economics from Southern Methodist University, and a BBA in business economics from the University of Texas at San Antonio. At Harvard, Mr. Henson’s Master’s thesis examined the importance of a uniform commercial code for economic development on the Crow reservation, and he attended Harvard as the Kennedy School’s Christian Johnson Native American Fellow. Mr. Henson is a primary author of The State of the Native Nations: Conditions under US Policies of Self-Determination, which was published by Oxford University Press.


In his role with Compass Lexecon, Mr. Henson engages in economics consulting from the Boston, Massachusetts and Tucson, Arizona offices. Mr. Henson has a special interest in Native American economic development and self-governance and his consulting work on behalf of Native Americans includes analysis of damages arising from the federal government’s denial of funds required to provide health services to community members, measurement of harms stemming from the federal government’s failure to complete a large-scale irrigation project in the Southwest, and evaluation of the impacts of continued development and potential expansion of coal production on a Montana reservation.


In addition to his work in support of Indian tribes, Mr. Henson provides economic and financial analysis in the areas of oil and gas valuation, antitrust claims, and market structures. Recent projects have involved calculation of appropriate discount rates and evaluation of price forecasts in the energy sector, analysis of the structure of various crude oil and natural gas marketplaces, examination of the factors influencing the value of crude oil and natural gas at the point of production and at market centers, and the assessment of value-added services by various market participants operating between the wellhead and points downstream.


Prior to joining Compass Lexecon, Mr. Henson was an industry analyst at Fidelity Investments in Boston, where he assisted in the development of quantitative models to forecast outperformance of S&P 500 industry groups. He also programmed econometric software and macros to process performance reports. From 1995 to 1996, Mr. Henson was the manager of the United States Economic Database at Haver Analytics in New York City.



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