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Business Development Specialist – American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico and Minority Business Development Agency


Russell F. Pedro is the Business Development Specialist for the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of New Mexico (AICCNM) and Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) Business Center. He is a member of the Pueblo of Laguna, Village of Paraje – one of the 19 Pueblo Indian Tribes of New Mexico, located 45 miles west of Albuquerque.

Russell is passionate about Native Small Business, Community and Economic Development. The motto he follows is: ACCESS to Capital + ACCESS to Opportunities = Job Creation & Economic Development. We are here to assist small business from all walks of life with Government Certifications including SAM Registration, Hub Zone Certifications, SBA 8(a) Certifications, Minority and Women-Owned and SDB Certifications. We also assist our members and clientele with Loan and Financial Packaging, Lines-of-Credit, Bonding, Insurance, Procurement Assistance, Procurement Packaging, Exporting and Networking. (

Russell was the recipient of the Martin Olson Memorial Scholarship; R.O. Anderson Schools of Management and the Presidential Scholarship from the University of New Mexico and attended UNM’s – Robert O. Anderson School of Management, concentrating in Entrepreneurial Studies, Travel Tourism Management and Communications. He received a Professional Certificate, from the Tuck School of Business at Dartmouth, Minority Business Program. He currently serves on the Native American Training Institute (NATI) and Giving Tree Learning Center Board of Directors.

In October 2013, Russell was the recipient of one of the Native American “40 Under 40” awards from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development and was also awarded a 2013 American Indian Entrepreneurial Leadership Award from the American Indian Business Association (AIBA). He is a proud father of his children – Julius, Max and Keanna Lane and leaves us with this statement: ‘Hush’dra’meh / Goo’meh – Stay Strong, Be Strong’

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