Economic Resilience: How to Maneuver and Build Your Business During Unprecedented Times

February 18, 2021 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Coushatta Casino Resort
777 Coushatta Dr
Kinder, LA 70648

FREE 1-Day Onsite Training
Native Edge Institute – Kinder, Louisiana
Coushatta Casino Resort: 777 Coushatta Dr, Kinder, LA
Two ways to participate:
Limited Seats Available
to Observe Social Distancing, and

Agenda Topics Include:
Economic Opportunities working with the Coushatta and Chitimacha Tribes of Louisiana,
Procurement Technical Assistance Centers of Louisiana,
Marketing your small business while leveraging business certification and their benefits,
Supplier Diversity with Entergy Corporation,
Overview of Small Business Government Contracting, Set-aside programs, Updates, New Rules and
Access to Capital


Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and
Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency


Economic Resilience: How to maneuver and build your business during unprecedented times
Thursday February 18, 2021 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST
February 18, 2021
9:00 AM – 9:30 AM: Welcome Remarks
Chris James, President & CEO, NCAIED (tentative)
David Sickey, Chairman Coushatta Tribe (confirmed)
Melissa Darden, Chairman Chitimacha Tribe (confirmed)
Chad Marchand, Vice-President, NCAIED (confirmed)
9:30 AM – 10:15 AM: Economic Opportunities working with the Coushatta and
Chitimacha Tribes of Louisiana
In this session we will learn about the various Economic Development Opportunities working
with the Coushatta and Chitimacha Tribes learn about bid opportunities, forecasts, and learn how
to leverage your business to do business with the various departments and enterprises, and how
they are giving back to their community.
Moderator: Chad Marchand, Vice-President, NCAIED
• Richard Picard III, Director of Public Relations & Advertising (confirmed)
• Emerald Skye Byrd, Marketing Digital Manager, Public Relations & Special Events,
Coushatta Casino Resort (confirmed)
10:15 AM – 10:30 AM Break
10:30 AM – 11:15 AM: Procurement Technical Assistance Centers: Program Services
This session you will learn about how the PTACs provide local, in-person counseling and
training services for you, the small business owner. They are designed to provide technical
assistance to businesses that want to sell products and services to federal, state, and/or local
governments, you will learn about various ways on how to best market yourself and how to get
involved with Government Contracting for your small business, the various programs and
services will be discussed.
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Manager, NCAIED
• Crystal Pierce, Procurement Specialist, NCAIED PTAC (confirmed)
• Dr. Gayle Flowers, PTAC Manager, and Jen Whittington, PTAC Contracting Assistance
Specialist, NWLA PTAC with the Louisiana PTAC (confirmed)
11:15 AM – 12:00 PM: Marketing your small business while leveraging business
certifications and their benefits
Patricia Luna is President and CEO of Maclovia, LLC a successful professional services federal
contractor located in Northern Virginia. Patricia will share her journey and evolution of starting
her small, woman-owned and minority owned business of Hispanic descent and describe the
steps she took to navigate the 8(a)-application process, and successfully market and win 8(a)
contracts. She will provide information on how to build your brand and capability statement, and
will highlight how marketing, innovation, partnerships, and diversification were important for
her business success.
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Vice-President, NCAIED
• Patricia Luna, Maclovia Solutions (confirmed)
12:00 PM – 1:00 PM Lunch Break Sponsored by the Coushatta Resort & Casino
We will hear from two former recipients of the National Centers national 40 under 40 award
winners and learn more about what they are creating in their communities since being honored at
the 40 under 40 event.
Moderator: Chad Marchand, Vice-President NCAIED
• Jeremy Zahn, Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana American Indian Center of Houston
• Adam Crepelle, Gulf States American Indian Chamber of Commerce (confirmed)
1:00 PM – 1:45 PM: Supplier Diversity with Entergy Corporation
Moderator: Linzee Lejeune, Public Relations Coordinator, NCAIED
• Rivers Frederick, Supplier Diversity TBD (confirmed for webinar)
We will hear from Entergy Corporation’s Supplier Diversity Team and learn about the various
small business goals, opportunities and learn more about Entergy’s diverse plan to work with
diverse suppliers to help them understand Entergy’s business practices, policies, and requirements
to strengthen and align small minority businesses to capitalize on business opportunities and
achieve their goals. Entergy Corporation is an integrated energy company engaged primarily in
electric power production and retail distribution operations. Entergy owns and operates power
plants with approximately 30,000 megawatts of electric generating capacity, including 8,000
megawatts of nuclear power. Headquartered in New Orleans, Louisiana, Entergy delivers
electricity to 2.9 million utility customers in Arkansas, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas. Entergy
has annual revenues of $11 billion and approximately 13,600 employees.
1:45 PM – 3:00 PM: Overview of Small Business Federal Contracting, Set-aside Programs,
Updates, New Rules & Regulations
This session will train nascent federal contractors regarding the benefits of participating in
various small business contracting and set-aside programs. We will review eligibility criteria,
affiliation concerns, program benefits, and discussions on how to maintain eligibility. Small
Business Contracting Programs to be discussed include the 8(a) Business Development,
HUBZone, Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Women Owned Small Business
and Economically Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business Programs. And review the
New Rules and Regulations.
Moderator: Chad Marchand, VP NCAIED
• John Shoraka, GovContractPros (confirmed)
3:00 PM – 3:15 PM Break
3:15 PM – 4:00 PM: Louisiana Small Business Development Center, Program & Services
with a focus on Access to Capital
Learn how the Louisiana Small Business Development Center can help your business with an
array of services, from marketing, access to capital, quickbooks, contracting and more. All
businesses evolve over time. One constant is the need for capital. The right capital can achieve
growth, job creation and accomplished mission and vision while inadequate preparation can
result in catastrophic losses.
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Manager, NCAIED
• Elizabeth Jimney, Administrative Manager, Marketing & Training Specialist, LSBDC
4:00 PM: Survey and Closing Remarks


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