Published: November 12, 2019
Writer: Cassie McClurecassie@mcclurepublications.com

WHAT: Members of the media are welcome at the ribbon cutting for the American Indian Business Enterprise program. Arrowhead Center, New Mexico State University’s entrepreneurship and innovation center, has been awarded a grant by the U.S. Minority Business Development Agency to establish the American Indian Business program. The $260,000 grant will expand Studio G, a business accelerator for students and recent alumni, to the American Indian Community.

WHEN: 9:30-10:30 a.m.

WHERE: Arrowhead Center, 655 Research Dr., Las Cruces, New Mexico.

Agenda
9:30 a.m. – Introduction and Special Announcement by Kramer Winingham, director of NMSU Arrowhead Center’s Studio G.

9:35 a.m. – NMSU Strategic Goals for Diversity and Inclusion, Social Mobility, and Service to the Broader Community by NMSU Provost Carol Parker.

9:45 a.m. – Video clip of support for the American Indian Business Enterprise Program by U.S. Sen. Tom Udall.

9:50 a.m. – Video clip of support for the American Indian Business Enterprise Program by U.S. Sen. Martin Heinrich.

9:55 a.m. – Collaboration between Navajo Technical University and the Arrowhead Center for Economic Development by Ben Jones, director of the Navajo Technical University Kellogg Business Development Ke’yah Advanced Rural Manufacturing Alliance.

10:05 a.m. – Arrowhead Center’s Unique Capabilities for Economic Development Across the State and the Benefits of Implementing AIBE Program at NMSU by NMSU Arrowhead Center CEO Kathy Hansen.

10:15 a.m. – Ribbon cutting.

10:20 a.m. – Refreshments.

10:30 a.m. – Tour of Arrowhead Center Genesis B, C and Studio G.

Organizational Partners
Navajo Technical University believes that every student has the innate ability and intelligence to learn and acquire technical skills. Students have knowledge about their abilities and skills to enhance their personal, social, economic and cultural values. A disciplined learning environment, with innovative and viable community-based academic and vocational curricula, will produce a competent, educated and self-reliant participant of the Navajo Nation in the world of work. Students, faculty and staff will provide value to the Diné community through research, community engagement, service learning, and activities designed to foster cultural and environmental preservation and sustainable economic development.

The NMSU American Indian Program offers services that help American Indian students succeed and achieve their post-secondary goals. The AIP is committed to supporting students on both a personal and an academic level. The AIP nurtures student success by connecting students to on-campus resources and support services, which help students acclimate to NMSU’s diverse campus.

Indian Pueblo Opportunity Center at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center provides a place where artisans and small-scale farmers can better their crafts in a way that is educational, inspirational, and sustainable. The center will serve as a hub of creativity and opportunity that helps promote economic and social mobility in a safe environment for each individual.

NMSU Indian Resources Development works diligently to assist New Mexico Indigenous students in becoming agriculturalists, engineers, natural resources scientists, and business people prepared to contribute to the effective development and management of tribal resources. IRD collaborates with the State of New Mexico, the federal government, tribal communities and others to in supporting New Mexico tribes with their economic development efforts in the same focus areas.

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