NOVA Corp., an Albuquerque-based information technology company owned by the Navajo Nation, has been named the American Indian Business of the Year by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development.
NOVA received the award Thursday at the National Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nev., during the Small Business Showcase and Award Luncheon.
“We are very blessed at the NOVA Corporation to enjoy the kind of success that allows us to accomplish one of our key missions, which is giving back to the Navajo Nation,” NOVA CEO John Snider said in a statement. “Helping our Native community is a major part of the reason we exist, so we are very humbled to receive the NCAIED American Indian Business of the Year.”
NCAIED President Gary Davis said the award is in acknowledgement of the success of NOVA as a tribally owned business and its “demonstration of excellent corporate citizenship,”
NOVA competed against dozens of companies throughout the country. Qualifications included that the businesses must be tribally owned or tribal-member-owned, successful and demonstrate a history of excellent corporate citizenship.
NOVA also received recognition for the various programs it has for giving back to the Navajo Nation, such as its endowment fund, scholarships and internships, and response to emergency monetary resource requests initiated by the Navajo Office of Emergency Management for winter and flood relief.
NOVA also advocates for the betterment of all Tribal 8(a) businesses.