Innevation to invest in

Funding Post, a company that helps investors and entrepreneurs connect, will host an event at the Switch Innevation Center on March 3.

According to Scott Kelly, regional director at Funding Post’s Phoenix office, the event will attract local representatives from places like the Vegas Tech Fund and other representatives from Silicon Valley, the Midwest, along with other parts of the country.

The event will begin at 10 a.m. and run until 4:30 p.m. at the Innevation Center offices at 6795 S. Edmond St. The location sits just south of the 215 Beltway, west of Decatur Boulevard and off of West Badura Avenue.

The cost to enter the event depends on the attendees’ goals. The price is $99 for an entrepreneur and $129 for an investor or service provider. To set up a vendor table, the cost is $700, which includes two tickets and a five-minute pitch. The final day to sign up is March 2 at noon, but event hosts prefer booth holders sign up two days prior to the event in order to secure a time slot to pitch their product.

Several knowledgeable speakers could help entrepreneurs and startup companies land an investment for their venture including George Moncrief of the Vegas Tech Fund, Scott Kelly of Funding Post and several others.

Speakers will discuss topics including the best and worst things an entrepreneur seeking capital can do when seeking investment, including how to get an investor’s attention during a pitch.

The event will include a networking party to mingle with the investment panelists, along with connecting during breaks at the show.

Funding Post has been in operation for 14 years, connecting investors with potential investments. It has hosted more than 300 sold-out events in 23 cities.

National Reservation Economic Summit heads to Las Vegas

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development will host its annual National Reservation Economic Summit at the Mirage. The National Center will be celebrating 30 years of its summit connecting tribal leaders with entrepreneurs, corporate America, government leaders and experts from several fields to network, learn and foster business ties.

“In 30 years, National RES has grown into a must-attend event for anyone who is doing, or wants to do, business in Indian country,” said National Center President and CEO Gary Davis. “Our 30th anniversary stands to be the biggest and best National RES yet, featuring our time-honored events and programs that annually gather thousands of business people together in Vegas.

“Whether you’re a large corporation looking for American Indian suppliers, an aspiring Native American business owner seeking opportunity, a government procurement officer, tribal leader or an established business professional, National RES offers you an invaluable experience.”

The National Centers’ four-day event will run March 21 to 24, and registration fees are about $1,000 to attend. There are lower-priced options available.

The event will start with an all-day business boot camp and a scholarship golf tournament at Las Vegas Paiute Golf Club Resort. The Buy Native Procurement Matchmaking Expo also will begin March 21, offering help to attendees with matching their goods or services with government and corporate entities.

On opening day, attendees will find general conference sessions and forums, along with National RES’ American Indian Art Market, which will feature Native American art, jewelry and other goods.

There will also be dozens of business development and training sessions. These sessions will present topics related to Indian country, such as energy, e-commerce, tribal cannabis, startups, corporate supplier diversity, natural resources and federal contracting.

The show will include an Interactive Access to Capital Fair, where there will be top financial institutions attending to help prospective and current business owners get the capital they need.

Free seminar, no strings — really

It’s just like winning the jackpot at the poker machine. For those reading this, you’re already hot.

Andrew Vanis of Albuquerque, N.M., the purchaser of three tickets to Brad Sugars’ Entrepreneurs Master Class at the Westin in Lake Las Vegas, thought he could pass some financial academia onto his two teenage kids and his brother. To the reader’s benefit, that part isn’t going to work out.

So Vanis is giving away the extra tickets, valued at $6,000, to learn about ways to build profits in business ventures and real estate, along with other financial pointers. The event is pegged to run March 14 to 16.

Interested parties should visit Vanis’ website at

But Vanis is looking to put the same type of team together: two teenagers and an adult. Vanis said he would like to see the tickets go to a parent that can take their two teenagers.

There are other stipulations: Vanis is looking for interested parties in the Las Vegas community that can benefit from the knowledge and put it to use in their own lives.

Vanis also is a good judge on who might be an interested party. He was formerly with Morgan Stanley and has an MBA in finance and marketing. He is a business owner and volunteer mentor for the city-sponsored entrepreneurship program in his home city.

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