Create & Elevate


Entrepreneurs often lack the extra dollars to focus in on their marketing needs. For start-ups looking to grow and expand their business, basic tools such as a logo and website can make a huge difference. Create & Elevate is a marketing event hosted by NABIN, bringing entrepreneurs and industry professionals together to conceptualize and create materials that will boost business and attract a steady customer base. Guest speakers, business counselors, and graphic designers collaborate with NABIN clients to develop new logos, websites, and strategic plans. More than just an information session, Create & Elevate provides each small business with tangible materials to use every day to become more visible.



RANDY L BARTON – Graphic Designer :

Randy L. Barton is a multi-disciplined artist, designer, dancer, DJ, live performance painter & music producer who utilizes 15 years of experience as a DJ to entertain crowds of all genres. He carries on tradition with his visionary live painting performances fused with his turntable poetry & experimental earth dancing.


DANIEL TULLIE – Graphic Designer :

New Mexico born, Arizona raised, Diné photographer and design consultant, Daniel Tullie is half of the creative force – along with Jemez Pueblo artist, Jaque Fragua – behind ROBUST LABB, a Nomadic Design Studio that focuses on working with indigenous businesses and artists. Daniel studied visual communication at Scottsdale Community College and his works include front-end web design, identity + branding, book layout + design for print, audio editing for a weekly podcast, and maintaining a small business online sales system for a nationwide health movement.


ROCKY TANO – Graphic Designer

Rocky Tano (President/CEO of OBSIDIAN, Inc.), is a tribal member of the Diné Nation and originates from the Kayenta, Arizona. Mr. Tano is a graduate of Northern Arizona University, earning his Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Visual Communication and remains active as an alumnus of NAU. Mr. Tano has gathered and strategically applied many critical principles gained from working effectively in the design industry for the past 12 years. Designing websites that are effective, captivating, empowering and unique to Native America require a careful prescription of balance and understanding. Mr. Tano appreciates and always advocates the profound effect that creative design can bring to a cause, society, or nation.


BRET CARPENTER – Business Counselor

Currently works for the Coconino Small Business Development Center as a Business Analyst.  He has extensive experience in marketing, business operations, business plan development, financial analysis and applying technology within businesses environments. He supports businesses from the earliest stages of start-up through growth and expansion.  His goal is to assist businesses, institutions and entrepreneurs to be more successful in their endeavors.  He does this through gaining understanding of their working structures, finances, marketing practices and applying best practices within those structures.


TRISH RENSINK – Business Counselor

Business Counselor at NACET, as well as an accomplished organizational development professional; focused on creating aligned organizations where each individual works passionately toward the success of the organization. She has spent over 20 years transitioning corporate needs into programs and systems to enable culture change and employee performance. She has worked as a small business consultant with a national firm with repeated successes in improving profitability, improving employee performance and accountability, increasing sales, restructuring financials, and reducing production costs. She has designed and implemented strategic and business plans, marketing strategies, inventory management systems, incentive plans, and succession planning. She has presented at national conferences and been active in the American Society of Training and Development.


ERIC MARCUS – Guest Speaker

The Executive Director of the Sustainable Economic Development Initiative of Northern Arizona, he led this non-profit, public/private economic development organization promoting sustainable economic prosperity in Northern Arizona through ecological health, social equity, and a resilient economy. He developed “Dollars for Dreams” micro-lending and credit/financial education program supporting small, home-based and entrepreneurial businesses including applying for and receiving grant funding.



From Black Mesa, Az.  Hongeva has worked for Navajo Parks & Recreation, and Navajo Division of Natural Resources for a total of 8 years, she has heavily promoted travel and tourism on Navajo Nation.  She also speaks Navajo fluently, and is most recently known for her voice as C3PO in the Star Wars: Episode IV New Hope dubbed in the Navajo language, which has gained international attention for the Navajo Tribe. Currently, she works at Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort as a Casino Host. She has been on the board for Arizona American Indian Tourism Association since 2008 and currently planning for the Indian Festival Entertainment the week of Super Bowl XLIX, January 29-31, 2015.

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