Last year's AIBL 2011 Business Plan Competition first place winners were from the Montana State University Billings AIBL Chapter. Pictured, from left, are Zoey MCrea, A.J.Otjen (chapter advisor), Heather Wilson,Yvonne Phelan, Curtis Wallette, John Beartusk, and Angela Deputee. AIBL 2011 was held in Phoenix, Arizona.

American Indian Business Leaders Conference Honors Elouise Cobell

ICTMN Staff
3/29/12

The theme of this year’s American Indian Business Leaders 18th Annual National Business Conference (AIBL 2012) is “Inspiring a New Generation of Warriors.”

To inspire those warriors, the conference will recognize and honor Elouise Cobell, who AIBL calls “one of Indian country’s true leaders and warriors.”

AIBL 2012 is expected to bring more than 250 students to Denver for the three-day conference April 12-14.

A highlight of the conference is the AIBL National Business Plan Competition on April 13. AIBL chapter members create business plans as a team and present them to a panel of judges, who pick first, second and third place winners.

“The competition is intended to provide an educational experience for AIBL Chapter members through learning the process of creating and pitching a business plan,” said Tina Begay, Navajo, AIBL interim executive director, in a press release.

She says this year’s event will be the most “informative and exciting” conference yet.

“There are so many bright, young, educated, leaders and warriors in Indian country.  The AIBL 2012 student chapters work very hard all year to prepare and raise money in order to travel and participate in the national conference each year. It is extremely rewarding for AIBL to be able to offer this forum for all business students to meet and share their business activities, current and future, with AIBL Chapters Nationwide.”  Tina adds, “We encourage all business students and AIBL supporters to attend the AIBL 2012 National Conference to experience the competitions, great real-world business presentations, awards recognition, and networking opportunities.”

For more event information visit the AIBL website, e-mail info@aibl.org, or call 877-245-2425.

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