Native Business Celebrates Groundbreaking Milestones & Achievements of 2019

As we close out 2019 and the current decade, we want to say thank you to our community, which is growing daily, particularly since the launch of the Native Business App this month

Propelled by your readership and support, we accomplished some exciting things at Native Business this year. 

Among our greatest milestones in 2019: 

We offer recaps of these incredible “firsts” below. Click on the corresponding links to read articles in their entirety about these groundbreaking achievements. 

We debuted the Native Business App! 

In December 2019, we launched the Native Business App, available across iOS and Android platforms!

The Native Business App delivers unparalleled value to Native entrepreneurs and Tribal business leaders, as well as those who desire to know more about Native American business and Tribal economic development in general. 

This new digital layer, the Native Business Mobile App, is drastically increasing Native Business’ readership by providing easier access to breaking news and insightful business content.

Read the full article: Native Business App Available For Download Now on iOS and Android Platforms! 

We hosted our inaugural Native Business Summit! 

In May 2019, we hosted our first-ever Native Business Summit, drawing hundreds of Tribal stakeholders and Native entrepreneurs from across Indian Country to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. 

Attendees enjoyed the opportunity to network with decision-makers, participate in business development and various trainings, hear from a top-tier slate of keynote speakers and featured presenters, as well as visit the Native Business Trade Show

As attendee Nicole Seneca shared on social media after the conclusion of our premiere event, “We all left feeling inspired & ready to conquer & keep conquering our dreams & making a difference and that is PRICELESS.”

Read the full article about our inaugural summit: Native Business Summit Inspired Attendees ‘to Conquer & Keep Conquering Our Dreams’

The second rendition of this must-attend event for Tribal leaders and entrepreneurs will take place on an even grander scale, September 1-3, 2020, at the same beautiful destination: the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. We express our gratitude to Cherokee Nation Businesses for once again serving as the presenting sponsor of our Native Business Summit. 

Stay tuned for event highlights and our roster of Indian Country’s marquee names and premier business talents who will deliver keynote speeches and lead energizing panel discussions at the second annual event.

Take advantage of heavily discounted summit pricing with our early bird rates by registering now for the Native Business Summit 2020 at

We launched the Native Business Podcast!

We introduced the Native Business Podcast for the first time at the Native Business Summit, where podcasts were recorded in front of a live audience at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma. In July, the Native Business Podcast officially debuted on 15 platforms. 

The Native Business Podcast connects listeners with dynamic news and information, thought leaders, successful Native entrepreneurs and Tribal leaders. It discusses unique trends, perspectives and insights related to business and entrepreneurship across Indian Country

Download the Native Business App for easy access to all Native Business podcasts, or visit Subscribe to the Native Business Podcast on Stitcher, iTunes, Spotify, Google Play — or whatever channel you get your podcasts!

We published eight issues of Native Business Magazine (in 2019 alone)!

November 2018 marked the release of the first print edition of Native Business Magazine. Our premiere issue, themed “Entrepreneurship,” was distributed to more than 10,000 subscribers across the United States, Canada and as far away as Europe. Print subscriptions subsequently climbed to nearly 12,000 per issue, with magazines delivered directly to Tribal businesses, Alaska Native Corporations, casinos, hotels, hospitals, schools, and every member of the U.S. Congress.

In 2019, we published eight dynamic print issues. Our “Success & Finance” issue, published in December, marked our final print edition of Native Business Magazine, as we transition Native Business to a fully digital platform — with an app, website, podcast, video and more. 

While our “Success & Finance” issue heralded the end of one chapter, and the beginning of another, we would like to take this moment to honor the great and lasting impact we’ve made through print media. We are tremendously proud of every one of the visually stunning and value-added print issues we’ve distributed since 2018. 

Among the Tribal leaders and Native business visionaries to grace the covers of Native Business Magazine are:

Our print issues also contained Native Business’ groundbreaking lists: The Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs and the Top 30 CEOs in Indian Country. 

Our May 2019 issue unveiled the inaugural class of the Native Business Top 50 Entrepreneurs, announced in our first-ever, double-cover issue featuring leaders of the two largest Tribes in the country. (One cover featured Navajo Nation President Jonathan Nez and Vice President Myron Lizer, and the other cover displayed Then-Cherokee Nation Principal Chief Bill John Baker.)

Our September/October “Leadership” issue revealed our first-ever list of the Top 30 CEOs in Indian Country. The profiles dive into the mindsets, mentalities and methodologies of the Top 30 CEOs at Tribally owned enterprises. These top executives lead businesses across an array of sectors. Many of them oversee world-renowned gaming empires, and others lead major businesses in federal contracting, construction, natural resources, financial services and other industries.

Native Business accompanied a delegation from the MHA Nation on a visit to the Dutch Ministry and Netherlands! 

In March 2019, the Native Business team traveled to the Netherlands with a delegation from the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara (MHA) Nation to meet with the Dutch Ministry and operators of the most innovative agricultural technology in the world. 

The trip was part of Chairman Mark N. Fox’s “Food Sovereignty” initiative to empower the Tribe to produce its own food. 

Read the full article: MHA Nation Delegation Travels to the Netherlands to Meet With the Dutch Ministry & Innovative Leaders in the Agriculture Industry 

Native Business also created the short film “Food Sovereignty,” highlighting the MHA Nation’s trip and plans to convert compressed natural gas from its numerous oil wells to power sustainable greenhouses (or “glasshouses” as they call them in the Netherlands), and debuted it at the Native Business Summit.

Watch our short film “Food Sovereignty” below to learn more about the MHA Nation’s mission. The film is also available for streaming on Native Business’ YouTube channel

We represented business in Indian Country on multiple corporate & federal stages!

Native Business Founders and Publishers Gary and Carmen Davis represented Native Business at numerous corporate and federal events in 2019, playing a vital role in driving business forward in Indian Country. 

Through raising awareness of Tribal cultures and Indian Country’s critical contribution to the national economy, Native Business is helping to build bridges to opportunity between Tribes, Native American entrepreneurs, corporations, and federal and local governments.

Native Business’ most notable speaking engagements of 2019 include:  

  • For the third consecutive summit, Gary Davis, Native Business Founder, Publisher and CEO, served as Master of Ceremonies of the National Tribal Energy Summit (NTES) in Washington, D.C.
  • Gary Davis delivered a keynote address during the inaugural Native American Heritage Month event for Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR) at Naval Base Coronado South near San Diego, California, on November 13th. The event was broadcast to all NAVAIR bases across the country. 
  • Gary and Carmen Davis participated in PNC Bank’s inaugural event celebrating Native American Heritage Month at PNC’s headquarters in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on November 7th. The fireside chat-style event was live-streamed company-wide and to two universities in Michigan. 
  • On Indigenous Peoples’ Day at Amazon’s corporate campus in Seattle, Washington, Gary Davis spoke about Indigenous inclusion and representation.
  • Gary Davis hosted the U.S. Department of Commerce, Minority Business Development Agency’s (MBDA) 2019 Minority Enterprise Awards on September 9, 2019. 

Read the full article: Native Business Leadership on the Corporate & Federal Stages in 2019 

We expanded our digital footprint and audience! 

Today Native Business reaches hundreds of thousands of Native Business subscribers through our digital platforms including our Native Business App,, Native Business Podcast, Native Business Video and e-newsletter

Thank you to each of you for your continuous support and loyalty. 

As we say goodbye to 2019, we prepare to offer you even more stories you’ll love in 2020, in addition to new podcast episodes, new Native Business videos, and an even more impactful and energizing Native Business Summit. 

Check back on New Year’s Day for an update on the innovative path we’re blazing forward in 2020. 

From our team to yours, we’re wishing you a happy, exciting and successful new year!




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