Native Edge Institutes – Oregon
Diversity and Inclusion

Brought to you by The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) and
Powered and funded in part by: The Small Business Administration and Special Thank You to Nike
Free Onsite Training Open to all Native Owned and Minority Owned Businesses

*Lunch included

Location: The Nike World Headquarters, One Bowerman Drive, Beaverton, OR 97005
Covid Vaccinations Required: Nike will email those attending onsite
Thursday, October 27, 2022, 9:30 AM PDT – 3:00 PM PDT
(Roundtable discussions from 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM for onsite participants)
9:30 AM – 10:00 AM Welcome Remarks
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Director, NCAIED
Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the Board, NCAIED
Chris James, President & CEO, NCAIED
Sam McCracken, Nike N7

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Overview of Small Business Federal Contracting, Set-aside Programs,
Updates, New Rules & Regulations: This session will train nascent federal contractors regarding the
benefits of participating in various small business contracting and set-aside programs. We will review
eligibility criteria, affiliation concerns, program benefits, and discussions on how to maintain eligibility.
Small Business Contracting Programs to be discussed include the 8(a) Business Development, HUBZone,
Service-Disabled Veteran Owned Small Business, Women Owned Small Business and Economically
Disadvantaged Women Owned Small Business Programs. And review the New Rules and Regulations.
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Director, NCAIED
• John Shoraka, GovContractPros (confirmed)
12:00 PM – 12:15 PM Short Lunch Break – we will take a short break to allow attendees to settle with
their meal to hear the next panel discussion.
12:15 PM – 1:00 PM TBD Lunch Panel – Business Diversity & Inclusion: What is Nike looking for?
Business growth is fueled by the belief that diversity, in all its forms, fosters creativity and accelerates
innovation. We know that leveraging different perspectives, experiences and backgrounds generates unique
ideas and makes our value chain stronger. To enable this work, we will continue to build a roster of suppliers
who can actively support our business requirements, while also sharing our commitment to diversity, equity,
and inclusion. Learn how to register your business with Nike and the onboarding process.
Moderator: Chris James, President & CEO, NCAIED
• Sam McCracken, Nike (confirmed)

1:00 PM – 1:45 PM SBA Loan Programs and Access to Capital: In this session learn how the Small
Business Administration work with banks and lending institutions to offer SBA guaranteed loan programs
to assist small businesses. While SBA itself does not make loans, it does guarantee loans made to small
businesses by private and other financial institutions. Join us to learn more about these programs to help
understand how an SBA guaranteed loan can be used to help start or grow your business. A). Overview of
SBA Guaranteed loan programs. B). Common misconceptions about SBA loans. C). Basic eligibility
Moderator: Yvette Fielder, Program Manager, NCAIED
• Anna P. Shapiro, Economic Development Specialist, U.S. Small Business Administration
1:45 PM – 2:30 PM: Unlock your Export or Import Potential: In this session learn how you can
unlock your global market potential to increase your profits, reduce market dependence, and stabilize
seasonal sales. Connect with SBA resources and partners to your exporting journey.
Moderator: Erin Abrahamson, Chief of Staff, NCAIED
• Jim Newton, SBA (invited)
2:30 PM – 3:00 PM Systems Building to Support Native Entrepreneurship in the Northwest: As
organizations, agencies, and departments focused on small business, how are we addressing the great need
for resources, training, education, and opportunity for prosperity with deep cultural competency at the core.
This is more than replicating systems and structures that serve dominant culture, this is calling into
existence the tribal and native economies of the future.
Moderator: Emerald Skye Byrd, Public Relations Coordinator, NCAIED
• James Alan Parker, Chippewa Cree Tribal Citizen, Executive Director, Oregon Native American
Chamber (confirmed)
• Amber Faist, Coquille Tribal Citizen, T/A Program Director, Oregon Native American Chamber
3:00 PM Closing for online participation, short break for onsite roundtable participation
3:00 PM – 4:00 PM Roundtable Discussions: Join us for small group discussions with local mentors and
our expert speakers for in-depth discussions. We will rotate three (3) times, every 15-20 minutes.
Table #1 – Federal Contracting & Certifications, John Shoraka, GovContractPros (confirmed)
Table #2 – Business Diversity & Inclusion, Sam McCracken, Nike (invited)
Table #3 – SBA Table: Anna P. Shapiro, Economic Development Specialist, Loans Program (confirmed)
and Jim Newton, International Trade (invited)
Table #4 – Oregon Native American Chamber: James Alan Parker, Executive Director, and Amber Faist,
T/A Program Director

Closing Remarks: Derrick Watchman, Chairman of the BOD, NCAIED and Chris James, President &
4:00 PM: Survey, please scan our QR code and fill out our survey so we can continue to bring NEI’s to