Gary and Carmen Davis reflect on Native Business Magazine’s launch and major milestones in 2018, and look ahead to a prosperous new year and the inaugural Native Business Summit coming to the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma, May 13-15, 2019.
Publishers Gary and Carmen Davis founded Native Business in summer 2018. Within its first six months, Native Business launched its online news platform NativeBusinessMag.com, received noteworthy coverage by Entrepreneur Magazine, shipped the first print issues of Native Business Magazine across the globe, and planned the inaugural Native Business Summit for May 2019—in addition to securing Cherokee Nation Businesses as the summit sponsor. Native Business will carry this momentum into the new year.
As 2018 comes to a close, Publishers Gary and Carmen Davis are taking a moment to reflect on Native Business Magazine’s milestones and to prepare for the future.
NativeBusinessMag.com came online in July 2018. A trusted resource for everything that happens with economic development in Indian Country, NativeBusinessMag.com covers 24 sectors of business, such as finance, energy, federal contracting and insurance. It’s the most comprehensive site for information about opportunity and innovation in business and enterprise development across Indian Country.
“Beyond covering the latest and greatest news, Native Business profiles visionary business leaders, innovators and industry disruptors making waves across Indian Country,” said Gary Davis, Publisher, a member of the Cherokee Nation.
The launch of NativeBusinessMag.com in summer 2018 caught the attention of Entrepreneur Magazine, which published an interview with Gary and Carmen Davis about their venture that aspires to build bridges between tribes and outside opportunity. “The Davises are using their high profile in the Native community to get out their message of Native entrepreneurial empowerment and networking,” the Entrepreneur article states.
A multi-media business, Native Business released a promotional issue of Native Business Magazine in October. The issue featured Native American actor and entrepreneur Martin Sensmeier on the cover.
“Our promotional issue offers a glimpse of the relevant and timely business content created by our high-caliber editorial team, coupled with visually stunning images, layout and overall design aesthetic,” said Carmen Davis, Publisher and Executive Editor, and a member of the Makah Tribe.
In November, Native Business began shipping its debut print issue of Native Business Magazine across Indian Country. The entrepreneurship-themed issue featured veteran entrepreneurs Gary and Carmen Davis on the cover.
“We were told it was going to be impossible to achieve our goal of publishing our first print publication, and shipping it nationwide, by November,” the Davises said.
True to their word, nearly 10,000 issues were mailed to residences, tribal government offices and businesses across the United States, Canada, and as far away as Europe, that month.
The Native Business team produced and shipped another impressive print edition in 2018. The December “Finance” issue was distributed to well over 10,000 international subscribers in December. Cherokee Nation Treasurer Lacey Horn graced the cover of the finance-themed issue. “Within these pages, we share the insights and stories of Native women and men defying the odds and improving tribal economic development strategies and access to capital,” Carmen Davis said.
Most recently, Native Business wrapped its January “Energy” issue featuring Aaron M. Schutt, President and CEO of Doyon, Limited, on the cover. Indian Country will begin receiving this insightful and resource-rich edition of Native Business Magazine in the new year.
“It’s important to take a moment to celebrate just how far we’ve come in such a short amount of time,” said Carmen Davis.
As Gary and Carmen Davis look ahead, they see immense opportunity for growth and expansion. “We’re going to carry this momentum into 2019,” Gary Davis said.
Most notably, the inaugural Native Business Summit will take place May 13-15, 2019, at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Cherokee Nation Businesses will serve as the presenting sponsor of the summit. Early bird registration rates for the summit end January 31, 2019.
Gary Davis, who oversaw and expanded Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events nationwide during his nearly five-year tenure leading the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, is experienced at organizing and leading large-scale business events. (Davis has also received the U.S. Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency’s National Director Special Recognition Award, and been appointed as an Ambassador of the U.S. Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy Initiative and to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.)
The summit will feature prominent speakers and engaging panels, covering a variety of business topics, including energy, finance, technology, cannabis, gaming, infrastructure, federal contracting, healthcare, agriculture, and much more. Tribal and Native American business leaders, indigenous entrepreneurs, Alaska Native Corporations and other stakeholders in Indian Country will gain further value through the business tradeshow, informative breakout sessions, business matchmaking, a golf tournament, and plenty of networking.
Gary Davis states, “Attaining new and diverse levels of success in Indian Country requires constant evaluation of economic opportunity in order to ensure long-term viability. The Native Business Summit will help inspire financial diversity, self-sufficiency and long-term sustainability. Attendees of the Native Business Summit should get ready to feel energized. Get ready to learn and grow. Get ready to network. Get ready to be inspired.”
In 2019, Native Business will continue to produce incredible online content and monthly print issues of Native Business Magazine.
Meanwhile, the brand will expand Native Business Studios, its branded content studio. Advertisers commission Native Business Studios to consult on projects, as well as to create content and video on their behalf. “We will showcase Native Businesses using more than just the written word. Native Business Studios is the vehicle that allows us to do so,” the Davises said.
Ultimately, the Gary and Carmen Davis created Native Business to champion tribal businesses and native entrepreneurs through a multi-media platform. “We need to lift each other up,” Carmen Davis said, “to lift other Native businesses up.”
Gary Davis couldn’t agree more: “Native Business represents one of the most traditional values of our people—to be self-sufficient and self-sustaining. Native Business serves to help strengthen tribal and individual sovereignty.”
While uplifting the work of others, Native Business is carving its own path of success. “This is a legacy business. This is a legacy publication. These are legacy events,” Gary Davis said.
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