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American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California

Strengthening Our Business Community Since 1995

EXPO '11 July 24-26@
Agua Caliente Resort, Rancho Mirage

8th Annual EXPO: July 24, 25 & 26, 2011
“Building on Tradition for a New Tomorrow”
Presented By Eagle Sponsors:
Southern California Edison
AT&T • NBCUniversal
SDG&E/Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy utilities
The Walt Disney Company • Verizon
EXPO RAVEN LEVEL SUPPORTER – the U.S. Department of Interior

SUNDAY, July 24, 2011

 Sunday Special Coaching Sessions – American Indian Business Capability Building Exercises

· Time: 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.                                                                                                               
·  Coaching Session 1: American Indian Business Capacity Statement Review and Coaching From Chamber Corporate Partners – Rose Salon A
· Coaching Session 2: Entertainment Business Session Coaching from Chamber Entertainment Biz Partners – Cahuilla AF

Sunday Networking Welcome Reception – Cahuilla DEC

· Time: 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
· Call to Order: Tracy Stanhoff, Chamber President
· Welcome: Arnice Lamb, The Walt Disney Company                                                                   
· EXPO Volunteer Recognition & All EXPO ‘11 Attendee Networking  
· Location: Agua Caliente Resort Conference Area
· Eagle Sponsor Trade Show Move-In Noon – 4:30 p.m. (all other sponsors set up on Monday)

DAY 1 – MONDAY, July 25, 2011

Golf Tourney - Westin Mission Hills - Rancho Mirage, CA        

·         6:00 am registration
·         7:00 a.m. Shotgun Start
·         Welcome:  Randy Twist, Chamber Treasurer, Golf Tourney Chair
·         Box Continental Breakfast and Breakfast Burritos “To Go”
·         Lunch: Noon – Box Lunch on Course

Trade Fair Move-in & On-site EXPO Registration

  • Registration:  12:00 – 5:00 p.m.
  • Trade Fair Booth (major sponsors) & Indian Business- combo Info distribution tables
    Check-in:  Noon – 3:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Agua Caliente Resort & Casino, Rancho Mirage

Special Meeting – American Indian Biz to Biz Meeting - Palm A&B
Chamber Annual American Indian businesses meeting

  • Time:  2:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m.

Session 1 – “Annual Tribal Leader Summit”  - Cahuilla Ballroom
A Very Special Panel Featuring Top Tribal Leaders

  • Time:  3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.      
  • Lee Acebedo, Executive Director, California Nations Indian Gaming Association (CNIGA)                               
  • Jacqueline Johnson-Pata, Executive Director, National Congress of American Indians
  • Brian McDonald, Councilmember, Chemehuevi Indian Tribe
  • Sonny Skyhawk, American Indians In Film and Television
  • Steve Stallings, Councilmember, Rincon Band of Luiseno Indians, Treasurer, CNIGA
  • And more tribal leaders to be confirmed

Moderated By: Tracy Stanhoff, Chamber President


Session  2 - Native American Veterans Resource Session – Rose Salon A

  • Time:  5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m.      

Moderated By: Jeff Estep, Heritage Global Solutions

EXPO ‘11 Attendee Reception – Conference Area Foyer

  • Time:  6:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
  • Location:  Agua Caliente Resort & Casino, Rancho Mirage

Expo Leadership Dinner With Golf Awards         

  • Invocation:  Reg Elgin, member, Dry Creek Rancheria Band of Pomo Indians
  • Call To Order: Tracy Stanhoff
  • Welcome from Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  • Welcome Keynote: Walter Rhodes, Southern California Edison
  • Dinner Keynoter:

Michael Peevey, President, California Public Utilities Commission

  • Eagle Award Presentations – Tracy Stanhoff & Chamber Board

·         Golf Awards Presentation – Randy Twist, Chamber Treasurer, Golf Tourney Chair

-       1st – 3rd place Teams
-       Longest Drive, Men & Women
-       Closest to the pin, Men & Women
-       Hole in One – Sponsored by American Honda Motor Co., Inc.                                                                     
·         Raffle – Cheri Myron, Chamber Board Member, Olivia Walls, Chamber Vice President &
Sara Finseth Chamber Secretary

SPECIAL NATIVE ROCK CONCERT Music by Micki Free, Don Chapman & Friends

·         Desert Buffet
·         No-Host Cocktails

DAY 2 – Tuesday, July 26, 2011

EXPO Breakfast – Main Ballroom

  • Time:  8:00 a.m. – 9:50 a.m.
  • Call To Order:  Tracy Stanhoff
  • Welcome: Ileana Winterhalter, AT&T
  • Invocation: TBD
  • Buffet Breakfast
  • American Indian Business Entrepreneur Education Message: 
    • Bridget Wilson, UC Berkley
  • Thunderbird Award Presentation - Tracy Stanhoff & Chamber Board


EXPO Breakfast Presentation

“Keynote Presentation & Interactive Panels” Sponsored By Southern California Edison

  • Morning Keynote:
  • Time:  8:35 a.m. – 8:55 a.m.
  • Don Chapman, Senior Advisor on Native American Affairs To Secretary Locke,
     U.S. Department of Commerce

Session 3 – Part One Winning RFP Review Panel – 9:00-9:50

A Review of a Winning Construction RFP and a Winning Product RFB
Moderated By:
Scott Vowels, Northern California Minority Supplier Development Council Featuring:  The Chamber’s Entire Advisory Council Membership

Break-Out Session A

“Speed Networking with Corporate, Government and Tribal Enterprises”          
One on Ones - A Table to Table - Interactive Exchange -Please Sign Up With Chamber                                                 

  • Time:  10:00 a.m. – 11:40 a.m.
  • Location: Conference Center Foyer

Expo Luncheon – Main Ballroom

  • Time:  11:45 a.m. – 1:20 p.m.
  • Call to Order:  Tracy Stanhoff
  • Invocation:  Sylvia Ballin, Board of Directors, MWD
  • Welcome: So Cal Gas Co/SDG&E, Sempra Energy utilities
  • Lunch Served
  • Keynote: Benita Fortner, Director of Supplier Diversity, Raytheon
  • Keynote: Juana Majel, Pauma Band Of Mission Indians, 1st Vice President, National Congress of American Indians

After Lunch Presentation

Session 3 – Part Two
Winning RFPs – A Review of An Actual Winning Service RFP

Presented by the American Indian Chamber Education Fund PTAC
Moderated by:
Venessa Gleich, AICEF Program Manager & Lora Morrow, NAVFAC SW

Featuring:  The Chamber’s Entire Advisory Council Membership                                               

  • Time:  1:30 p.m. – 2:20 p.m.

Break-Out Session B

 “Speed Networking with Corporate, Government and Tribal Enterprises”         

One on Ones - A Table to Table - Interactive Exchange -Please Sign Up With Chamber                                                 

  • Time:  2:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
  • Location: Conference Center Foyer

 Beverage Break

  • On-going during afternoon One on Ones.                                                                            

Session 4 - EXPO Roundtable – Cahuilla Ballroom

“Wrap-Up & Planning For The Future”

Feedback from our Chamber Advisory Council                 

  • Time:  4:10 p.m. to 5: 00 p.m.     
  • Ice Cream Social

Special Attendee Raffle  - EXPO ‘11 Adjourns     5:15 p.m.

Additional Meetings Tuesday, July 26, 2011

SBA Native American e200 Course – Class Members Only                                           

  • Time:  4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.      
  • Location:  Palm Salon A

DAY 2  TUESDAY, July  26, 2011

Junior American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California Program

Presented by

Southern California Edison, the Walt Disney Company, Hal Hays Construction, Inc., Wells Fargo, Verizon, Glow Electric Company, Inc., SDG&E/Southern California Gas Company, Sempra Energy utilities

·    Location:  The Show @ Agua Caliente Resort & Casino, Rancho Mirage

  • Arrival & Check-In & Lunch

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

  • Special Junior American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California Session

With EXPO Luncheon  

12:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.

1:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

  • Youth Sessions
  • 13-22 Ages
  • Moderated By: Arnice Lamb, The Walt Disney Company & Bridget Wilson UC Berkeley with Cora Gaane, Wells Fargo, Alan Tafoya, Native Actor
  • And all our Academic Advisors

Junior American Indian Chamber of Commerce of California
Adjourns 4:00 p.m.                                                                              

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