7G BPC: Seven Generation Business Plan Competition

“Building Tomorrows Indigenous Entrepreneurs Today”


Established in 1985, the NAU Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) provides training, technical assistance and consulting services, business outreach, grant evaluations, host tribal forums/summits/conferences, and financial literacy education. NAU CAIED serves the twenty-two tribes of Arizona from working with tribal leaders to tribal entrepreneurs to working with tribal youth.

CAIED has a commitment to helping create initiatives and entrepreneurial endeavors among tribal communities. Thus, the 2017 Business Plan Competition was created. The Business Plan Competition seeks to train and support the next generation of Native entrepreneurs and business owners. The importance of developing business ideas and plans is by positioning Native communities at the forefront of economic sovereignty. CAIED is teaming up with Partnership With Native Americans and Kitchell Construction to hose the Business Plan Competition.

Partnership With Native Americans is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit organization committed to championing hope for a brighter future for Native Americans living on 60 reservations in the Southwest and Northern Plains. Collaborating for 25 years with our reservation partners and outside resources, we provide consistent aid and services for Native Americans.

This business plan competition is open to high school and college/university students. There is a total limit of 16 teams that will be allowed to enter, up to three (3) teams from each school/community is allowed. Each teams can have no more than five (5) members per team. CAIED and/or one of its partners will be providing monthly trainings for all entrees beginning in February 2017.


  1. Students must be enrolled at least part-time in a high school, college or university.
  2. Teams must have a majority (51%) of their team members enrolled in a Federall Recognized Tribe.

Who should participate?

  • Students with an idea to start a business
  • Students who have an investment idea
  • Students interested in enhancing their conceptual, organizational, written and oral
  • presentation skills
  • Students that wish to demonstrate their ability to clearly communicate an idea to a group of experts and peers

For more information contact Crystal Cree: Crystal.Cree@nau.edu | 928-523-7319. Application of Intent can be faxed to 928-523-5990 or emailed to crystal.cree@nau.edu.

This event is sponsored by the Johnson Scholarship Foundation.