Gary “Litefoot” Davis to Receive National Director’s Special Recognition Award from Department of Commerce

Recognition, awarded by Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA), is for Davis’s Dedication to Native American Business Enterprises

October 20, 2015

MESA, AZ – Gary Davis, President and CEO of the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED), will receive the National Director’s Special Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA). The award, which recognizes individuals who have made a significant impact on the success of minority business enterprises nationwide, will be presented today by MBDA National Director Alejandra Castillo during the National Minority Supplier Diversity Council Annual Convention in San Diego, Calif. President Obama has declared the week of October 18-24 as National Minority Enterprise Development (MED) Week.

“I am honored to receive this award from the Minority Business Development Agency,” said Mr. Davis. “Both in my capacity as President and CEO of NCAIED and as a Native American entrepreneur, my focus has always been to promote and boost economic development in Indian Country. Our federal partners are incredibly important in this effort. Today’s recognition from Director Castillo and the MBDA shows progress has been made, but I remain committed to ensuring economic opportunity is present across Native communities.”

Earlier this year, Mr. Davis participated in MBDA’s Stakeholder Summit in Washington, DC, which sought to raise awareness and start a discussion on issues related to minority business enterprises (MBE). Additionally, Mr. Davis was appointed as an Ambassador in the Department of Energy’s Minorities in Energy (MIE) Initiative. Earlier this month, NCAIED renewed its partnership with MIE, which works to strengthen and expand innovation in energy-specific economic development and workforce development/science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education.

For 45 years, the MBDA has worked to link minority-owned businesses with the capital, contracts, and markets they need to grow. The agency advocates and promotes minority-owned business with elected officials, policy makers, and business leaders nationwide.

About the National Center: The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 40 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – we have evolved into the largest national Indian-specific business organization in the nation. Our motto is: “We Mean Business For Indian Country” as we are 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.

CONTACT: Lewis Lowe, 202-333-2234



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