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Senator Richard Burr is keynote speaker for Tribal Economic Summit set for today and tomorrow at UNC

Registration for first-ever summit still open and slots still available for social this evening from 6-8 p.m. at Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina headquarters on N.C. 711 in Pembroke

PEMBROKE – Sen. Richard Burr will be the keynote speaker for the upcoming Lumbee Nation Economic Summit June 1-2 at Givens Performing Arts Center and the University Annex at UNC Pembroke. The registration fee for the two-day event is $75.Dr. Freda Porter has been instrumental in planning the first-ever Economic Summit. She is President of Porter Scientific in Pembroke. “The summit promises to be a pivotal event in bringing together individuals across the state to encourage connections, build relationships, and gain information to promote success for their businesses,” said Porter, who is organizing the event. “The summit is already generating a lot of response from the public and we expect a large crowd.” The summit is strongly supported by the U.S. Government as well as the State of North Carolina. Porter said it would be a “conduit to new opportunities for today’s American Indian enterprises.”The summit starts June 1 with an evening welcome social at the Lumbee tribal headquarters on N.C. 711 just east of Pembroke. Confirmed keynote speakers include: Deputy Assistant Secretary of Navy for Installations, Energy, and Environment, the N.C. District Director of U.S. Small Business Administration, North Carolina Senator Burr, Director of N.C. HUB office, and a key Energy Resources and Renewable Energy professional. Porter said there would be more than 150 people at this event. Tribal leaders, Congressional members, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials, primes, and top chief executive officers are expected to attend. “Government buyers will present forecasts of opportunities and talk about doing business with Federal, State and Local Government,” Porter said. “The summit is an opportunity for local businesses to partner and network.”The focus of the summit is to bring together companies from across the state to give them an opportunity to connect, gain information, meet resources, and build relationships that will result in growth for their business. Another highlight is the business expo and American Indian Artisan Market.“The summit showcases local talent and achievements and energizes the dialogue to rapidly grow new and broader economic opportunities in our region," Porter said. To register, visit on the web.For more information, contact at Anne Priest (910) 521-0703 or on the web.


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