From Indian Country Comes Word: ‘Native Business’ Wants to Empower Native Entrepreneurship


Gary and Carmen Davis are a husband-wife entrepreneurial team with a string of business ventures to their credit (Red Vinyl Records, Litefoot Enterprises, Native StyleClothing and Davis Strategy Group being a partial list). The couple are also proud Native Americans — he’s Cherokee; she, Makah — who aim to strengthen the profile and success of entrepreneurs building businesses across Indian Country.


To do that, the Davises, from their base in Bellevue, Wash., have formed a multimedia/networking company, Native Business, which this November will launch a print magazine focusing on indigenous businesses; they’ll also host a “Native Business Summit” next May in Tulsa, Okla.

Further, the Davises are using their high profile in the Native community to get out their message of Native entrepreneurial empowerment and networking

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Is Entrepreneurship Your Next Career Move?

Entrepreneurship is on the rise, as new business applications are at their highest level in over a decade. While the country has lost over 10.7 million jobs since February, according to reports from CNN, new businesses launches are exploding. In the midst of uncertainty surrounding the economy and the pushme-pullyou stimulus package, American entrepreneurship is driving signs of recovery. For the week of October 3, applications for new businesses are up 40% vs. one year ago. If you’re frustrated with your career, or the lack of one, it might be time to stop looking for your next job. Why not create one instead? Is it time to launch your own business, and take matters into your own hands? Here’s how to know if entrepreneurship is your next career move:

  1. Where to Look
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Jason English on Start-up The Virtulab, his New Book, and Reshaping South African Entrepreneurship

At 42 years, Jason English has already had a career that, for most of us, would constitute a lifetime of achievement. The South African entrepreneur and business magnate has launched and scaled some of the most innovative businesses in South Africa, the United Kingdom, and the UAE, along with a great deal of philanthropy in South Africa.

We sat down with the young business leader to reflect on a career punctuated  by adrenaline and adventure, building the virtual reality start-up The Virtulab, and writing about how companies might create and embody a compelling company culture in his upcoming book “The Oros Effect.”

Jason English South Africa Dubai CG Tech
Jason English South Africa Dubai CG Tech

Jason English

Jason English. You are a member of YPO, a global leadership community of chief executives and influential business leaders, but you started your career as an engineer spanning many different industries. When you look back, how do you connect

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Shaq, Foxx set for online Black entrepreneurship special

LOS ANGELES (AP) — “Shark Tank” veteran Daymond John will host a live-streamed special aimed at bolstering Black entrepreneurship, with Shaquille O’Neal, Gabrielle Union and Jamie Foxx set to participate.

“Black Entrepreneurs Day” is aimed at providing “guidance and inspiration to the next generation of rising entrepreneurs,” according to Monday’s announcement. It’s scheduled to begin at 7 p.m. EDT Saturday, Oct. 24, on platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

While the year has been challenging for many, it’s “also created tremendous opportunities for people throughout this country to rise up to be heard,” John, the CEO and founder of the lifestyle brand FUBU, said in a statement.

Black entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to seek a share of $175,000 in grant money contributed by the special’s business sponsors. Applications for the seven NAACP-administered grants can be filed through Oct. 12 at BlackEntrepreneursDay.com, with recipients to be announced during

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Counterintuitive Ideas For Antifragile Entrepreneurship

While the importance of resilience has been understood for a long time, Nicholas Nassim Taleb has built a movement around the idea of being antifragile. Part mathematics, part philosophy, and with a healthy heap of scorn for conventional wisdom, his Incerto series lays out a collection of principles, many counterintuitive to what entrepreneurs are widely taught, for how to design systems that improve rather than break down in the presence of disorder. 

Design your company for resilience rather than speed.

There’s an old saying that the key to entrepreneurship is putting yourself in a position to be lucky. Given the failure rate of even venture-backed companies, what that really means is surviving long enough to get lucky. Research shows that successful exits take at least 8 years. As an entrepreneur, think about how the decisions you make will put you in a position to survive the eight years of uncertainty

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Shaq, Jamie Foxx and Gabrielle Union set for online Black entrepreneurship special

LOS ANGELES — “Shark Tank” veteran Daymond John will host a live-streamed special aimed at bolstering Black entrepreneurship, with Shaquille O’Neal, Gabrielle Union and Jamie Foxx set to participate.

“Black Entrepreneur Day” is aimed at providing “guidance and inspiration to the next generation of rising entrepreneurs,” according to Monday’s announcement. It’s scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. Oct. 24, on platforms including Facebook, YouTube and Twitter.

While the year has been challenging for many, it’s “also created tremendous opportunities for people throughout this country to rise up to be heard,” John, the CEO and founder of the lifestyle brand FUBU, said in a statement.

Black entrepreneurs and small business owners are eligible to seek a share of $175,000 in grant money contributed by the special’s business sponsors. Applications for the seven NAACP-administered grants can be filed through Oct. 12 at BlackEntreprenuersDay.com, with recipients to be announced during the live stream.

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