Studio G is Arrowhead Center’s world ranked student business accelerator program. In 2019, Studio G was ranked as one of the Top 20 University Business Incubators in the world by UBI Global. Studio G’s mission is to help students start and grow businesses. Studio G is open to students and recent alumni at New Mexico State University & Studio G Sites. For a complete list of Studio G Sites, and to apply visit, studiog.nmsu.edu.

The American Indian Business Enterprise (AIBE) program’s mission is to support Native American-owned ventures in New Mexico. Founded in 2019 through support from the Minority Business Development Agency, AIBE is open to all Native American entrepreneurs in New Mexico. For more information arrowheadcenter.nmsu.edu/program/aibe/

AGENDA

WELCOME INTRODUCTIONS 12:00PM – 12:15PM

Welcome: Rachel Livingston       |      Introduction: Brooke Montgomery

KEYNOTE SPEAKER 12:20PM – 12:55PM

Ahsaki Baa LaFrance-Chachere, Founder/CEO of Ah-Shi Beauty, the first Native American owned and operated luxury skincare and cosmetics brand in the United States.

Ahsaki is a proud (Navajo) tribal member and African American woman.

“The odds were against me as I faced social and economic challenges as a dark-skinned Native American. This gave me the fuel I needed to build Ah-Shi Beauty. I get to showcase that we as Native Americans/Indigenous people are diverse. We are not the pervasive image the media continue to perpetuate.”

In Navajo, Ah-Shi means: “This is me, This is mine.” Ah-Shi Beauty – This is my Beauty! My customers set their own beauty standards. It is my responsibility that when my customers look in the mirror, they see themselves, feel empowered and continue to love the skin they are in.

Ah-Shi Beauty has the opportunity to help the 500+ recognized reservations that are ignored.

“I am in the position to expand and scale to exponential heights. As the face of the brand, I am always pushing the narrative to show the world that we are here and our indigenous beauty will be recognized and respected.”

 

BRANDING & MARKETING PANEL 1:00PM – 1:35PM

Micaela Brown is the Founder & CEO of a cosmetics brand, mentor/advisor at a technology incubator/accelerator, an entrepreneurship mentor for the Department of State’s YLAI, and provides consulting in the private sector for ecommerce, digital marketing/advertising, branding, and product development. Her work is featured in publications such as Forbes, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, USA Today, Harper’s Bazaar, Refinery 29, OK!, and Marie Claire. In 2016 Micaela founded Blush & Whimsy, a skincare and cosmetics company, that has been featured in the GRAMMY Gift Bags, Oscars Gift Bags, Cannes Film Festival, and The Real Housewives of New York event in the Hamptons.  Micaela is a British-American Project Fellow, 2018 Windsor Castle Society of Leadership Fellows, and in 2017 became a Fellow of The Royal Society of the Arts. She has served on the British American Project USA Executive Committee since 2014. Micaela was formerly an international trade and development consultant in Washington, D.C. with Target Market International, LLC., USAID contractor for Chemonics International, and International Trade Specialist with the US Commercial Service.

Justin Muehlmeyer is a partner of Peacock Law P.C. and Registered Patent Attorney practicing all aspects of intellectual property, including patent, trademark and copyright prosecution, licensing and litigation. He is a member of the firm’s Aerospace and Outer Space Practice Group, Dental Practice Group and Trademark Practice Group, and also practices regularly in the fields of electronics, mechanics, and consumer products. Committed to encouraging the growth of Albuquerque’s growing tech and creative arts communities, Justin speaks regularly on intellectual property to inventors, entrepreneurs, artists, musicians, dancers, authors and engineers.

Justin has served on the Board of the IP Section of the New Mexico State Bar for years, including as its chair, and directs the State Bar’s annual Pro Bono Intellectual Property Law Clinic. He came to Peacock Law in 2015 from the New Mexico Supreme Court, where for two years he served as an attorney judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Daniels.

Henry Jake Foreman MCRP is a specialist in facilitation, development, and implementation of engaging learning experiences for students of all ages and has created a variety of curricula around education, health, and entrepreneurship. He is the founder of Karuna Colectiva, a social enterprise that delivers the principles of engagement, innovation, and application through mentorship, bicycling, and cooperative economics. He is also the Program Director of NMCC’s Financial & Business Basics course that is designed to help build a solid foundation to form and grow business ideas with a personal financial plan for success. Participants learn the tools used to effectively conceptualize, plan and implement their financial goals and business ideas through hands-on learning experiences with a community of peers and mentors. Henry recently developed the Digital Media & Marketing Basics course and just launched the Native Farmer in Residence program earlier this year. Indigenous methodologies and epistemologies guide his philosophical and research approaches to working with youth and communities to promote the health of our biosphere.

FUNDING YOUR BUSINESS PANEL 1:40PM – 2:15PM

Ebetuel (Beto) Pallares was born in Cd. Juarez, Chihuahua, Mexico and raised in El Paso, TX.  He began his career as a management consultant focused primarily on the telecom industry. He’s also been a start-up entrepreneur, a telecom executive, and restaurateur, a nonprofit director, a venture capitalist, and a professor. Beto’s investment expertise is in seed and early stage venture investments, as well as venture fund creation. He currently advises a family office on fund commitments and direct investments into private operating companies, and is the general partner/fund manager of two funds. Beto enjoys being involved in entrepreneurial transformation, particularly in the Borderplex region where he incorporates best-in-class mentorship, tech tools and resources for start-up founders and aspiring investors. He teaches entrepreneurship and strategic management at New Mexico State University where he holds the Bill and Sharron Sheriff Endowed Chair in Entrepreneurship.  Beto is a Kauffman Fellow and a Presidio Fellow and over the years has served on the board of over two dozen private companies.  He also serves on the board of Exagen, Inc. (NASDAQ: XGN).

Johanna Nelson, EDD-Strategic Programs Manager Johanna is a Certified Economic Developer through the International Economic Development Council and is a past fellow with the Council of Development Finance Authorities. She holds an MBA in Organizational Development and a Bachelor’s of Science in Industrial Technology. She has owned several small businesses and currently operates an ecommerce business in her spare time.

COMEDIAN 2:20PM – 2:35PM

Marc Yaffee’s diverse comedy career has landed him in 43 states and 11 countries spanning 4 continents. Additionally, Marc may be the only comedian with the distinction of air, land, and sea comedic credits. He’s entertained Alaska Airlines passengers at 30,000 feet, performed on a flat-bed truck for U.S. Marines in Iraq (while getting his head shaved), and done comedy for Holland America Cruise ship passengers on the high seas.

Marc is a co-star of the historic Showtime special, Goin’ Native; the first-ever all-Native cable special. His new comedy special, Mid-Laugh Crisis, got over 2 million Facebook views in its first 8 days after release.

Marc Yaffee is a founder and co-star of the Powwow Comedy Jam (2010 National Indian Gaming Association Entertainers of the Year). Additionally, Marc has also been seen on PBS, FNX, The Latino Laugh Festival, and Comics Unleashed. He’s performed six times overseas for Armed Forces Entertainment and he won the Ventura Comedy Festival’s “Funniest Person Contest” in 2012.

 

M.C

Garrett Weinzierl is a podcaster, graphic designer, founder of Amove.tv, and a Jedi in training. Garrett produces and hosts multiple gaming, tech, and pop-culture shows like The Angry Chicken, Into the Nexus, Let’s Talk About Star Wars, and Embrace the Spoilers. When he isn’t producing his own online entertainment, he can be seen guesting on shows like the Daily Tech News Show, Pixels, and The Instance. Garrett graduated from the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Florida. After working many jobs just to pay the bills, he started podcasting as a hobby. That hobby grew into tens of thousands of downloads a week, an active community of gamers and hobbyists, and a steady source of income thanks to that same community and the crowdfunding platform Patreon. The platform Garrett helped build through podcasting also became a source of recurring graphic design freelance clients. You can find Garrett’s work at Nomoonart.com and Amove.tv

CONCLUSION OF THE CONFERENCE 2:40PM – 3:00PM

              Announcement of the Grand Prize, Second Place Prize, and Third Place Prize for the Big Idea Competition.