American Indian Chamber of Commerce

Corporate Partners

Thank you to our CORPORATE PARTNERS . . . . . .




TURQUOISE CORPORATE PARTNER – The Supplier Diversity and Development program is an integral part of our APS Procurement organization and of our corporation’s business plan. Supply Chain Management’s vision is to help APS spend its money smarter, without compromising quality, safety or service. Without question Minority, Women, Veteran, Service-Disabled Veterans and HUBZone Enterprises have a role to play.





TURQUOISE CORPORATE PARTNER – As a business entity, Salt River Materials Group, which includes the businesses formerly known as Phoenix Cement Company and Salt River Sand & Rock, donates funds to help the elderly, the hungry, families in crisis, wildlife and animal welfare, those who are mentally and physically challenged, education efforts, and children’s causes. We assist schools and municipalities with needs as varied as lights and scoreboards for ball fields, ADA approved ramps and outdoor basketball courts, landscaping, and sponsorships of cultural and historical events, as well as events that bring tourist dollars, attention and prestige to our local areas.





SILVER CORPORATE PARTNER – Salt River Project. www.srpnet.com

As one of the nation’s largest public power utilities, SRP provides reliable, reasonably priced electricity and water to more than 2 million people in Central Arizona.

The SRP environment of inclusion

More than 100 years ago, a diverse group of laborers, ranchers, farmers and merchants established what is now the Salt River Project, and shaped what would become the thriving greater Phoenix metropolitan area.

Today, SRP reflects the same spirit of inclusion that our founders displayed over a century ago. Diversity remains at the core of our organization and supports our tradition of improving the quality of life for the consumers and communities we serve in central Arizona.

Customers and shareholders
We seek to meet the unique needs of our electric customers and water shareholders through continual research, communication and improvement.

We support diversity in the communities we serve through organized volunteer initiatives, financial contributions and educational programs that address underserved needs.

Supplier relationships
We encourage new and varied business partnerships and facilitate the fair treatment of suppliers through our corporate practices and policies.

Our supplier diversity team provides a central point of contact for diverse suppliers interested in doing business with SRP.

We foster a culture of integrity, openness and respect among our employees through hiring, training, and workplace programs, but most importantly, through the daily actions of the people throughout our organization.

At SRP, diversity is woven into our mission of ensuring the vitality of the Salt River Valley.





Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona (BCBSAZ) is committed to helping Arizonans get healthier faster and stay healthier longer. With a focus on connecting people with the care they need, BCBSAZ offers health insurance and related services to nearly 1.5 million customers. BCBSAZ, a not-for-profit company, is an independent licensee of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association. The company employs nearly 1,500 people in its Phoenix, Chandler, Flagstaff and Tucson offices.


To provide the best value in health insurance and related health services to improve the quality of life for Arizonans


We will be recognized as Arizona’s trusted and effective leader in health insurance and related health services operating as an independent, not-for-profit, local Blue Cross Blue Shield Plan.


  • We keep our promises
  • We take pride in doing the right thing
  • We treat others the way we want to be treated
  • We are responsible stewards of our customers’ premium dollars
  • We are responsible for maintaining BCBSAZ’s heritage of service to the customer and community







SILVER CORPORATE PARTNER – The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a non-profit organization, founded and directed by American Indians, committed to Business Development for Indian People. The National Center is the first national organization solely dedicated to developing American Indian economic self-sufficiency through business ownership. The National Center is the host for largest American Indian business conference in Indian country. RES2012 was the largest ever as 4,000 people attend this year’s at the new Mandalay Hotel and Casino.

In 1969, a small group of seven American Indian community leaders visualized the alleviation of many American Indian problems by improved economic conditions. These dynamic individuals based in Los Angeles, California combined their efforts to start a grass roots economic development organization. Dedicated to assisting American Indian economic and enterprise development, their activities originally concentrated on urban populations of American Indians in California. Fittingly, they named the organization “UIDA” which stood for the Urban Indian Development Association.

Our early successes working with both government agencies and corporations led to expansion of services as well as innovative partnerships. An example of this is the “Council of Ten” that was formed by Joe Angello of Bank of America in the early 1970’s. This advisory council was the forerunner to the current National Resource Council. Council members supply time, resources and financial support to facilitate our mission.

UIDA underwent a name change in the late 1980’s. Working with several influential U.S. Senators The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development was born. The name change was reflective of the expanding scope of work and changing nature of our role in urban and reservation-based business development. During the same timeframe the organization moved from California to Arizona and now owns a 10,000 square foot building in Mesa, Arizona which currently serves as the corporate headquarters.

Throughout the years, the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED) has always evolved to meet the growing needs of the American Indian business community. One area that we continue to develop is our events. The National Center produces six signature events annually with the Reservation Economic Summit (RES) & American Indian Business Trade Fair being the premier event. RES is the largest and longest running American Indian business event in the nation. For more information on the National Center and it’s many programs, log onto






CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – America’s Friendliest Airport®

not just a saying; it’s a way of being at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. We’re proud to be known as America’s Friendliest Airport®. One of the key reasons we have that title is due to our amazing Navigator volunteers, who are the model of outstanding customer service every day. Customers notice our helpful Navigators and know to seek them out when visiting the airport. In fact, Navigators provide such great support they have been honored with numerous awards, including the Governor’s Tourism Award and most recently, the AzLTA Stars of the Industry Award. Their efforts to deliver outstanding customer service are beyond compare.

Navigators aren’t the only ones providing excellent customer service at Sky Harbor. Every employee strives to serve our customers so we may live up to our title of America’s Friendliest Airport®. If you encountered an employee who made your experience easier or more positive, let us know about it! Customer service is second only to safety and Security, and the best way for us to serve you is to learn about any concerns or challenges you may have had while visiting Sky Harbor. Please use one of our e-comment cards to share your experience.

Our goal is to ensure everyone has a pleasant experience from the moment you walk into the door until your plane takes off. Sometimes, circumstances happen that prevent you from having the best experience; if that happens, we’re here to help! It’s easy to drop or misplace small items at an airport, but travelers can lose big items, like their cars, too. There are several parking lots at Sky Harbor and it’s not uncommon to forget where you left your vehicle. Our free motorist assistance program can help you find your vehicle or help with other things, such as a flat tire or a dead battery. And the next time you visit, be sure to pick up a complimentary card found in the elevator banks and write down your parking location so you won’t need to remember where you parked; just remember where you put the card! Or use your phone to take a picture of where you parked for easy reference.

We wish you pleasant travels and look forward to serving you on your next visit to America’s Friendliest Airport®.

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CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – Wood, Patel & Associates, Inc. (Wood/Patel) is proud to be a locally owned and operated full service civil engineering firm that has continuously served Arizona communities since 1984. We have successfully worked with Native American communities since 1992 and are always looking for new teaming opportunities. All of our offices (Phoenix, Mesa and Tucson) share the same passion for value-added services.  This is reflected in our trademark Mission: Client Service™ philosophy embraced by each employee. We take ownership of projects and adapt our methods specifically to our clients’ needs. We are pleased to share our clients selected Wood/Patel for an unprecedented eighth year in a row as Arizona’s #1 civil engineering firm, as ranked by client satisfaction (Ranking Arizona; The Best of Arizona Business 2004-2011, 12 or more engineers). Please visit our website at or contact Tom Gettings ( or (602) 335-8500) to discuss potential partnering opportunities.


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CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment offers a convenient, memorable entertainment experience in Tucson, Sahuarita, and Why, Arizona. Amenities include unmatched gaming options, fine dining, the Monsoon Nightclub and world-class sporting events, music concerts and comedy sets at the Diamond Center. Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment also offers one of the region’s finest convention centers and high-tech meeting facilities.

An enterprise of the Tohono O’odham Nation, Desert Diamond Casinos & Entertainment has been in the gaming and entertainment business for almost 30 years, beginning in 1984 with the opening of Papago Bingo in the Tucson area.

In 1993, the first Desert Diamond Casino was opened on Nogales Highway. Six years later, a smaller facility opened in Why, Arizona. The third Desert Diamond Casino near Sahuarita was opened in 2001. In 2007, the original casino on Nogales Highway was replaced with a new casino, hotel and convention center complex.


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CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – The Native American Contractors Association’s (NACA’s) mission is to enhance self-determination through preservation and enhancement of government contracting participation based on the unique relationship between Native Americans and the federal government.

NACA Strives to:
Preserve and enhance the rights of Native enterprises in government contracting; monitor and advocate policies, regulatory actions, and legislative matters to preserve our contracting rights; build strong alliances between members and with other minority and non-minority organizations with similar goals; implement a strong public relations strategy; and embrace good value to the government and national interests emphasizing the use of best practice models and sustained ethical practices and policies.

Call 202-758-2676 or go to to find more information.

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CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – Gila River Sand & Gravel Corporation is a construction aggregate producer. It produces and sells rock and sand products to customers who then use these products to produce concrete or asphalt all throughout Arizona. It also sells base course aggregate commonly know as ABC for the use in road construction and as a base sub structure for houses and buildings.

Gila River Sand & Gravel now has sand & gravel available to residential customer at wholesale prices. See our product list and contact us for more information and pricing.

To contact the Gila River Sand & Gravel, call 520-796-1145 or log on to their website at




CORAL CORPORATE PARTNER – Kitchell was established in 1950 by Sam Kitchell. Our roots are in general contracting and construction management services in the Western United States. As the construction industry grew, Sam Kitchell recognized the need for improved, flexible methods for meeting construction challenges. Kitchell’s many innovations in building processes, diversity of services and experienced team of professionals have earned a stellar reputation for superior performance.

Over the course of several decades, we have proven our long-term stability and financial strength, achieving many milestones and continuing to raise the bar for the entire construction industry.

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