Center for American Indian Economic Development

The Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED), located on the campus of Northern Arizona University-The W. A. Franke College of Business, is a unique information and resource center for tribal nations and communities.

Established in 1985 by the Arizona Legislature, CAIED services include the following:

  • Training,Technical Assistance & Consulting Services
  • Other Services
    • Johnson Scholarship Foundation Business Outreach
    • Grant Evaluations
    • Tribal Leadership Summit & Conferences
    • Student Outreach

Training, Technical Assistance & Consulting Services

As a major component of CAIED services, the provision of training through educational workshops and conferences is one of the most effective ways to reach our service populations. We offer…

  • Small Business Development Workshops
  • Community Economic Development Workshops
  • Management and Leadership
  • Computer Training
  • Financial Education

CAIED provides technical assistance by helping Native American individuals and tribes identify business concepts and processes.

Consulting services is also provided in terms of studies and assessments such as market studies, economic and/or financial feasibility studies, and management assessments.

Johnson Scholarship Foundation Business Outreach

In January 2011, the Center for American Indian Economic Development (CAIED) with funds from Johnson Scholarship Foundation kicked off the Bylas Incubator/San Carlos Apache Entrepreneurship 11 month Training Program. The program intends to provide eleven workshops and eleven days of business coaching to an average of 15 participants. Goals included having a minimum of 60% of their workshop participants attend and complete the training. Three attendees will open a business within the incubator and document positive growth.  An additional three businesses outside of the incubator will open and document positive growth.  Sixty percent of the participants in the trainings will receive business coaching and 10% of the participants will receive approval of their loan application. CAIED expectations were greatly underestimated. More than 80 people attended their first workshop.

The program will run on the second Tuesday of every month until November 2011 and graduation day.

Grant Evaluations

CAIED provides grant evaluation services to funded applicants that need qualified evaluations to meet the contractual requirements. CAIED’s experience with federal and state funding processes has provided them a broad understanding of how the grant application process works as well as where the risks reside.

Tribal Leadership Summit & Conferences

CAIED hosted the Historical Forum on the “Indian Self-Determination and Education Act” on April 14, 2010. The Panel included several original members who participated and developed what became the Indian Self-Determination and Education Act.
Unedited DVDs are available
for a nominal fee.

Student Outreach

CAIED is offering a new service for NAU Native American students by holding a “Tribal Leader Luncheon” where tribal leaders and students can connect and start a constructive communication.