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PHOENIX A roster of national speakers will share their experiences and expertise doing business on and beyond Indian country. Expo AIGA, claiming to be the Southwest's foremost gaming & business summit and trade show, will run November 6-8 at Casino del Sol in Tucson.
“There's no conference like this in Indian country,”
said Valerie Spicer, executive director of the Arizona Indian Gaming Association.
"We know that tribes want to spur more economic development, on and off their reservations, and many businesses want to learn how to partner with tribes. This forum connects tribes and tribal enterprises with potential business partners to benefit everyone."
EXPO AIGA features two tracks – Gaming and Business – with panels that are timely, informative and useful. The Business track's community relations panel, If You're Not at the Table, You're On the Menu— Food for Thought, focuses on successful outreach models for influencing policy and communicating values that affect public opinion. Glenn Hamer, president & CEO of the Arizona Chamber of Commerce and Industry, and Kevin Allis, executive director, Native American Contractors Association are two of the panelists for that session.
"As tribes and tribal enterprises consider how to do business beyond borders internationally, or with newly formed partnerships, it's important to identify and take advantage of government contracting opportunities that exist because of the unique relationship between Native Americans and the federal government. We can enhance these opportunities by building alliances among our own members and with minority and non-minority organizations with similar goals,”
"Arizona will benefit as Tribes go beyond their borders to build support and advocate for their economies. We all benefit when we all grow jobs."
said Glenn Hamer.
"As online gaming gains traction in the gaming industry, Indian country needs to be prepared for the eventuality of online poker and possibly full-blown gambling. I want us to see online gaming through the eyes of the entrepreneurs already profiting from it. Even if a tribe decides against going online, there will be plenty of business opportunities to pursue,"
commented Victor Rocha, Owner of Pechanga.net.
Trends of Today, the Headlines for Tomorrow brings together a stellar panel of experts in public policy, economics and gaming who discuss the future of the entertainment dollar, how to get more market share and what this means for the gaming industry.
In addition to outstanding panelists, Paul Rodriguez, star of film, TV and concerts, will perform at the closing luncheon, Friday, November 8, a fun and entertaining close to an All Access Event.
Arizona Indian Gaming Association represents 17 Tribes representing more than 90 percent of the Indian citizens living on reservations in Arizona.
Expo AIGA, gaming & business summit and trade show
November 6 – 8
Casino del Sol
posted October 30, 2013 8:50 am edt