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Press Release


May 31, 2006

“Indigenous nations and communities around the globe are under pressure to develop sustainable economic development strategies.”

(Albuquerque, NM) “Indigenous nations and communities around the globe are under increasing pressure to develop long-term sustainable economic development strategies,” says Anderson Schools of Management Professor Raul DeGouvea. “We feel that the University of New Mexico has an important role to play in helping them to succeed.”

The Anderson Schools of Management at the University of New Mexico will host the first annual International Indigenous Business and Entrepreneurship Conference (IIBEC) at Sandia Resort & Casino from June 19-22, 2006. The conference, organized by Professor DeGouvea, who is the Chairperson of Anderson’s Department of Finance, International, and Technology, will bring together international and domestic academics, indigenous entrepreneurs, and policy-makers who are involved in indigenous business and entrepreneurship. The conference agenda will include three days of academic workshop sessions, receptions, luncheons, a gala banquet, an Indigenous business expo, and cultural performances.

Participants will be traveling to Albuquerque from around the world. “Canada is pleased to participate in this first annual international indigenous business and entrepreneurship conference,” said Rosi Niedermayer, Trade Commissioner for Aboriginal International Business Development, Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade Canada. "Building on close commercial ties already existing between our two countries, this conference will provide a forum to strengthen collaboration between the public and private sectors and create new opportunities for the companies participating,” Niedermayer says.

According to DeGouvea, “Indigenous entrepreneurship is at the core of current and future economic development for indigenous nations and communities around the globe.” To this end, IIBEC 2006 will give participants the opportunity to share ideas, and to build awareness of issues, directions, and trends that are filtering into indigenous entrepreneurship globally. “The conference will explore the diverse environment of indigenous entrepreneurship, covering a variety of topics which affect and permeate indigenous entrepreneurships of all sizes and structures,” says DeGouvea.

Members of the public are invited to attend the conference, with registration fees ranging from $50 for students to $450 for corporate and government attendees. For more information, visit


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The School was founded in 1947 and now offers more than a dozen concentrations at the BBA and MBA levels and is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business in the top 20% of business schools in the nation. The School is funded by the State of New Mexico and further support is generated by The Anderson School of Management Foundation. For more information, the public can visit, email, or call (505) 277-6471.