A 100% Native American-owned and operated media and events company focused exclusively on business in Indian Country.
To spotlight innovation in business, inspiring change agents and sparking creativity throughout Indian Country. To champion those who dare to rise and tell the inspiring stories of Tribal nations and emerging Native entrepreneurs.
We shine a light on success, self-sufficiency, and sustainability by indigenous people across North America. We share inspiring stories of ingenuity, success and resiliency from Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations and Native businesspeople.
03. What We Do
Native Business delivers value. We empower and inspire Native business and entrepreneurship across our digital media platforms. Our website, mobile app, magazine, videos, e-newsletter and social media give life to our purpose.
A NATIVE AMERICAN OWNED MEDIA & EVENTS COMPANY
The Native Business Summit is presented by Native Business®, the only 100% Native American-owned and operated media and events company focused exclusively on business in Indian Country. Native Business is founded by Gary Davis, an enrolled member of the Cherokee Nation, and Carmen Davis, an enrolled member of the Makah Tribe who is also Yakama and Chippewa-Cree.
Gary and Carmen Davis established Native Business in July 2018 as the voice of business in Indian Country. Native Business empowers, informs and inspires economic development and entrepreneurship across Indian Country.
As a multimedia corporation, Native Business delivers breaking news and critical business insights direct to readers via NativeBusinessMag.com, the Native Business App, Native Business Podcast, Native Business Summit and more. Native Business elevates the profile of thousands of Tribally owned enterprises and Native American-owned businesses, building bridges to greater opportunity. Across its multimedia platforms and events, the company examines a diversity of issues impacting business in Indian Country, bringing solutions and pivotal conversations to the forefront.
Native Business orchestrates in-person, live virtual broadcast and hybrid conferences, tradeshows and events — with a focus on embracing innovation and delivering a high-value proposition to sponsors, partners and attendees. Native Business’ various events serve to drive self-determination, self-sufficiency, economic resilience and sustainable growth, now and for generations to come. The inaugural Native Business Summit 2019 took place in May 2019, attracting hundreds of Tribal stakeholders and Native entrepreneurs from across Indian Country to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
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Dedicated to Advancing Indian Country
Founder, Publisher & CEO
In addition to his role as CEO and Publisher of Native Business® Magazine, Gary, a member of the Cherokee Nation, serves as Executive Director of the Native American Financial Services Association. He is also a member of the Forbes Finance Council, an invitation-only organization for executives in successful accounting, financial planning and wealth management firms. Gary previously served as President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, where he oversaw the organization and expanded their Reservation Economic Summit (RES) events which fostered collaboration between Tribes, Alaska Native Corporations, Native businesses and federal agencies and U.S. Corporations in order to grow economic opportunity for Indian Country.
Gary has built a successful film and television career as an actor, including roles in Indian in the Cupboard, Mortal Kombat and House of Cards. As the first Native American rap artist, “Litefoot,” he toured across the United States, performing and speaking to packed crowds. His motivational messages about living a life of purpose have inspired Native people on reservations across North America for decades.
Mr. Davis is a recipient of the prestigious Sevenstar Award from the Cherokee Nation Historical Society, presented to a Cherokee who is accomplished in a chosen field, brought honor to the Cherokee people and serves as an inspiration to others. He has received the Department of Commerce Minority Business Development Agency National Director Special Recognition Award, was appointed as an Ambassador of the U.S. Department of Energy’s, Minorities in Energy initiative and was also appointed to the United States Small Business Administration’s Council on Underserved Communities.
In 2020, Mr. Davis was recognized by Scholastic Books in their book “Native American Heroes” and was again appointed as an Ambassador of the Equity in Energy Initiative by the U.S. Department of Energy.
Founder, Publisher & Executive Editor
In addition to her role as Publisher and Executive Editor of Native Business Magazine, Carmen, a member of the Makah Tribe, is also the President of Davis Strategy Group. Carmen Davis is both a strategic visionary and behind-the-scenes implementor, essential in guiding and overseeing every process of brand development, business expansion, nation-to-nation relationship building and more.
In addition to leading Davis Strategy Group, Carmen also oversees the Native Style clothing brand as owner, and manages Litefoot Enterprises. Named in 2009 as one of the first recipients of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s prestigious, “40 Under 40” award which recognizes up and coming community leaders from across Indian Country, she has garnered more than 20 years of nationwide business operations, marketing and media experience. A highly regarded keynote speaker in Indian Country, Carmen has delivered speeches on corporate and event stages ranging from PNC Bank to Native Women Lead’s Native Women’s Business Summit in 2019.
Prior to her current leadership roles, Carmen coordinated the largest continuous effort of outreach ever conducted to American Indian communities as president of the non-profit organization, the Association for American Indian Development, through its initiative, the Reach the Rez (RTR) program. Carmen managed RTR’s national fundraising efforts while simultaneously organizing and planning the project that entailed traveling to 450 Native communities across the United States from the Seminole and Miccosukee reservations in the lower region of Florida to the Makah reservation located at the western most point of the United States. Carmen is continuously committed to leading initiatives that have a positive and lasting impact on Native communities across North America.
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