The “Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs” list serves to elevate awareness of the innovation, professionalism, competence and tenacity demonstrated by Native entrepreneurs across Indian Country. Native Business is rolling out profiles of these 50 Native entrepreneurs online, in no particular hierarchy, to document and memorialize their innovation and self-determination. The inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs recognizes leaders across 13 business sectors, demonstrating the diversity of industries where Natives are making an impact. Among the entrepreneurs recognized in our Consulting sector is Stephine Poston, Founder of Poston & Associates, LLC.
Serving as the lead event planner for the historic honoring for the first Native Congresswomen, Deb Haaland and Sharice Davids, was a hallmark achievement of Stephine Poston’s storied career.
“My company, Poston & Associates, LLC, was committed to hosting more than a reception, so to speak, but creating an experience for Indian Country,” Poston told Native Business of the January 3, 2019 event. More than 1,000 people registered to attend the celebrity-studded celebration (actor Mark Ruffalo among them).
Poston, a member of the Pueblo of Sandia, founded Poston & Associates, LLC (P&A) in 2002, following 11 years serving as a public relations analyst for the Pueblo of Sandia, and prior to that, an eight year career with the federal government. P&A handles media relations, event and meeting planning, marketing and branding, strategic planning and facilitation, film and video production, and fundraising development.
Headquartered on the Pueblo of Sandia, just outside Albuquerque, New Mexico, P&A’s current and recent clients include: the Native American Bar Association, the Native American Budget & Policy Institute, the Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition, the Southwest Tribal Housing Association, Americans for Indian Opportunity, Native Women Lead, Acoma Tribal Housing Authority, Jicarilla Apache Housing Authority, Island Mountain Development Group, Zuni Pueblo Housing Authority and Navajo Agricultural Products Industry.
Poston also co-founded Native Women Lead, a nonprofit that recently hosted its second Native Women’s Business Summit to cultivate a safe and inclusive space to foster, start, grow and build Native women-owned businesses and leaders.