Nike’s Native American & Friends Network Partners with National Center and UNITY to Provide Employment Resources for Indian Country – UNITY, Inc.

Nike’s Native American & Friends Network Partners with National Center and UNITY to Provide Employment Resources for Indian Country

The National Center, Nike’s Native American & Friends Network and UNITY come together to co-host event introducing new Native Edge portal at the Nike Factory Store at Wild Horse Pass, Gila River Indian Community

Mesa, Arizona – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (“The National Center”) is pleased to announce a joint event building on our partnership with Nike’s Native American & Friends Network and UNITY to unveil the new 2020 Native Edge portal, an online business ecosystem designed for the future of business in Indian Country. National Center experts will be onsite providing businesses counseling and the opportunity to become Members of the Native Edge.

“It’s exciting when a partnership leads to both meaningful support for Native entrepreneurs as well as to building the tools for future entrepreneurs everywhere. UNITY youth benefit greatly when organizations like NCAIED and Nike’s Native American & Friends Network develop resources to improve our youth’s leadership skills, and to support their journey in making a positive and impactful change,” said Mary Kim Titla, UNITY’s Executive Director.

When:             Thursday, April 18, 2019

Time:              10 am – 2 pm

Where:        Nike Factory Store at Phoenix Premium Outlets at Wild Horse Pass
4976 Premium Outlets Way Suite 800, Chandler, AZ 85226

The Native Edge portal is where Indian Country networks meet online for business. Native Edge members use a variety of interactive and social tools to communicate with other members of the Native Edge community, including Member Groups, and accessing the Native Edge business directory.

Through the Native Edge Hire support system, we bring together talented Native American professionals with industry leading companies looking to hire qualified applicants for full-time jobs and internships. This online portal allows individuals to upload their resumes and market their talents directly to recruiters.

The Native Edge Training module provides all members online access to a fully interactive training and skills curriculum designed to address topics most relevant to doing business in Indian Country; including content from The National Center’s Reservation Economic Summits.

The Native Edge Procurement module is an online meeting place and procurement sourcing tool for Tribes, Native American-owned businesses, corporations and federal agencies seeking Native American suppliers. Through the Native Edge Procurement, Members can search and respond to RFPs.

Native Edge 2020 also includes a groundbreaking  Native Edge Capital tool, linking Members to lenders nationwide to help them secure the capital to grow their business and boost their competitiveness in today’s marketplace. 


About The National Center     – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (“The National Center”), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – The National Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation serving over 500 clients and providing over $4Million in contracts to its clients. The National Center has nine offices throughout the nation with its home office located in Mesa, Arizona. The National Center is actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

About Nike’s Native American& Friends Network – The mission of the group is to harness the inspirational power of sport through Nike N7 – to break down barriers, educate, inspire and bring communities together.

About United National Indian Tribal Youth, Inc. (UNITY) -is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native Youth. UNITY’s mission is to foster the spiritual, mental, physical, and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native Youth and to help build a strong, unified, and self-reliant Native America through greater youth involvement. UNITY’s network currently includes 165 affiliated youth councils in 36 states. Youth Councils are sponsored by Tribes, Alaska Native villages, high schools, colleges, urban centers, and others.