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Conference Focus

Private business development and entrepreneurship often take a “back seat” in Tribal economic development strategic planning. Yet, the private business sector forms the backbone of vibrant and robust free enterprise economies worldwide.

The 2008 Minnesota Indian Business Conference (MNIBC), being held October 28 - 29, 2008, will be groundbreaking in its strategic approach to business development, focusing on Indian entrepreneurism and private Indian businesses both within our tribal communities and throughout the State of Minnesota . Conference sessions will offer thought-provoking examinations of topics such as financial institution lending to private Indian businesses, sound tribal policies that will support and sustain business growth, and the tribal governance and legal infrastructures necessary for developing healthy private sector economies.

Hear from prominent national and local leaders and experts in Indian business, law and policy development as well as Minnesota tribal leaders and Indian business owners as they critically examine and discuss challenges to and opportunities for sustainable business growth. Engage in dialogue about the need for and learn about the tools available to develop and enhance the foundational tribal legal and governmental infrastructures that are crucial for business-supportive environments.

Who Should Attend?

The MNIBC is a “must” for Indian business owners and artists; tribal leaders; tribal policy and law makers; tribal judges and legal counsel; tribal economic, business and community developers and other tribal government staff; community development corporations; foundations and not-for-profits; Indian college students and tribal college faculty; federal, state and local elected leaders and agency staff; and lenders interested in tapping into the unlimited business potential in our reservation communities.

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Registration Information


To register online click your selection below and you will be redirected to an online registration form.

To register by mail, print the conference brochure (includes registration form)

I want to sponsor a scholarship(s) at $150.00/scholarship
(see the sponsorship brochure for details about this and other sponsorship opportunities)

This site is sponsored and supported by the UMD Center for Economic Development (UMD CED). To register and make payment online you will be redirected to the secure UMD CED shopping cart.

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Hotel Information Room Rate

$ 54.00 if reserved by Oct. 7, 2008. ($ 79.00 after Oct. 7, 2008)

Treasure Island Resort & Casino
5734 Sturgeon Lake Road
Welch , MN 55089

Call 1-800-222-7077 for your room reservation

Ask for MN Indian Business Conference room block

For driving directions, see

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More Information

Registrants with dietary or accessibility concerns please contact
Pamela Standing 1.218.847.9554

For additional information about the MNIBC 2008, please contact:

Pamela Standing 1.218.847.9554 , or

Madonna Yawakie 1.763.424.6257

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Conference Planning Committee

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