You’re Invited to the 2018 Native Strong Comedy Slam Benefiting the Notah Begay III Foundation

Thursday, April 19, 2018
The Smith Center Las Vegas, NV
6:30 pm – 9:00 pm Cocktail Reception
9:00 pm Comedy Slam

Sponsorship Opportunities

Reserve Your Table Today

Dear Ravers,

We know there are a lot of activities during NIGA, but here’s one you can’t miss. This event has developed into “the event to attend” during NIGA to network with the right folks in a beautiful setting and laugh so hard that your stomach hurts the next day, all while supporting a very important cause.
It’s the 4th annual Native Strong Comedy Slam on Thursday night, April 19 at 9:00 pm, at the stunning Smith Center in Las Vegas.

Join us for three extremely funny Native American comics, Ernie Tsosie, headliner Howie Miller and our long-time event host Larry Omaha. This evening of laughs benefits the Notah Begay III Foundation and its critically important work addressing the health and fitness of Native American youth. We’re thrilled that this event is an official event during the Indian Gaming Tradeshow and Exposition and is once again endorsed by Chairman Ernie Stevens, Jr. and the National Indian Gaming Association.

We can’t be more delighted to be hosting this event at the nationally-renowned Smith Center. Attendees and sponsors can choose from a variety of seating options with tables on the floor and on the balcony, perfect for your groups of four, six or eight, as well as individual tickets. Please view the layout and packages here.

Your evening begins at 6:30 pm for cocktails on the outdoor courtyard. Enjoy conversations with the comics and over 200 of Tribal gaming’s industry leaders and supporters. The show begins at 9:00 pm inside the Myron’s Cabaret Jazz room.

The best part of the night? Well, besides the gorgeous venue, the gut-busting laughter, the premiere networking with key leaders in our industry … it’s a wonderful evening for an excellent cause: keeping Native American youth healthy through the efforts of the Notah Begay III Foundation.

We have sold out every year … so make sure to reserve your seat today by going to our Comedy Slam website.

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Why do I know more about your product than your employee?


By Deana Scott, Raving CEO

We now live in an age where our customers are more educated about our product than ever before. According to a recent study conducted by Forbes, 82% of consumers do research online before they ever venture into a retail establishment to make a purchasing decision. Additionally, a study by GE Capital Retail Bank found consumers are spending an average of 79 days gathering information before purchasing a major item.

What happens after the research when the customer arrives? Let me give you an example.

Recently I spent hours researching online for a new running shoe. Once I determined the shoe I wanted, I made a special trip to visit the store that carried the brand. I was sold on the customized sizing process that included measuring stride, width, etc. Now, this might sound excessive, but for me, finding the right shoe meant the ability to run or not. My experience was fabulous from the moment I walked into the store. The on-property experience exceeded the expectations I had created before arriving. The welcome, the personalization, the purchase and the warm departure all met my expectation.

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Raving’s Solutions Magazine January 2018 Issue

Your New Raving Strategic Solutions Magazine has arrived!

Check out what's inside!


Are you joining the Raving team at the end of the month in Durant, OK for the 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference? Be sure to pick up your free copy of the magazine at registration! 

From your favorite columnists:

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How Non-Engaged Employees Affect Your Bottom Line


By Deana Scott, Raving CEO

My son graduated from college this year and recently landed his first “adult” job. It was amazing to watch him enter this next stage of his life. (And yes, paying the last tuition bill did provide a greater reason to rejoice!) I observed his anticipation of his first day. He shared his excitement of seeing his first workspace, his office computer, He told me about his first meeting and his new hire training. And then I began to wonder when this “honeymoon period” would wear off. You know what I mean, right? It’s that span of time where possibilities and expectations of changing the world and making a positive impact are endless. Having hired hundreds of employees over the years, I can tell when a new hire has moved from the “honeymoon period” to the “reality stage.” At first, everything is new, and they are eager to engage, and then it happens, not showing up as early, asking fewer questions, boredom, and complaining about the free lunch in the EDR.

According to a recent Gallup State of the Workplace Survey, only 33% of employees are engaged at work, which means 67% of our employees are checked out. According to Gallup, “Employee engagement is the outcome of actively engaging employees through a strategy that drives improvement.” The difference between an engaged employee and a non-engaged employee is huge. Engaged employees are proactive and looking for ways to improve the guest experience or innovate. A non-engaged employee is disengaged and is actively sabotaging the organization.

This issue becomes even more complex as many regions are facing record low unemployment rates making it even more difficult to hire people with experience.

The question is, does this problem lie with the employee or the culture of the organization?

I realize it is easier to blame the issue on the employee by saying things like, “We can’t get good employees in this area,” “Nobody stays because we don’t pay enough,” “The workforce today is lazy,” and so on. I believe it is this attitude that is responsible for the lack of engagement. If we instantly find a way to justify the situation it will never be completely resolved. These excuses are ways to justify the lack of performance and prevent us from truly creating a strategic plan to improve the culture of the organization. Yes, a strategic plan. Labor is our highest controllable expense, and more importantly, these are the people who are responsible for direct communication with our guests and ultimately creating our brand experience.

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Our Raving Partners Invite You To Durant!

Hard to believe, but these are not paid actors. These are our Raving Partners inviting you to our January Conference!


Raving’s 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference
Raving NEXT

January 29-31, 2018
Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK
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Yes, our Raving Partner’s had a lot of fun doing this video. That excitement? It’s for real! Heck, it’s our 20th!

We’ve got a new one day program, Raving NEXT; we’ve got topics that are critical to what Tribal casinos are facing today; we’ve got a lot of new folks for you to meet.

Plus, we are committed to more organized interaction between you and your peers as well as designing a more interactive classroom. In addition to our popular small group workshops, we’ve added tools like interactive polling, an attendee engagement website and roundtables. After all, not everyone learns in the same way, and we want you to get the most out of your time with us. 

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I Think We’re Onto Something Here … NB3FIT Week Expands in 2017

In November of 2016, a movement took place. More than 10,000 young people from 110 tribes and Native American communities participated in a group exercise for one hour on one day. This “appeal” was created by NB3F, an organization founded by golf broadcaster and the first Native American four-time winner of the PGA Tour, Notah Begay III. NB3F’s focus is to reverse the epidemic of type 2 diabetes facing children in Indian country and that 50% of Native youth are facing a life of obesity and unfulfilled years fighting health problems. Creating NB3FIT Week during Native American Heritage Month is one of many steps in changing these statistics.

This year, NB3F expanded option to have the event any day during the week of November 5 – 11,  allowing participating organizations scheduling flexibility. According to the organizers, they had several locations that hosted events each day of the week!

According to Justin Kii Huenemann, President and CEO of the Notah Begay III Foundation (NB3 Foundation) early data shows that:

  • 91 Native American communities participated in NB3FIT Week
  • 20 states across the country were represented
  • Over 100 events were scheduled

The stats above don’t include the Kid’s Quest locations that participated. According to Ann Zenor, Senior Creative and New Business Development Strategist, “NB3 Fit Week was celebrated at all Kids Quest locations from Connecticut to California! To support the NB3 initiatives, we asked all center Play Pros to come up with fun games that would keep the children moving! During that week, we kept the kids busy with physical challenges. Activities ranged from pick-up basketball games and obstacle courses in the gym to timed races through our Quest play pieces and sessions of some serious climbing on our rock walls! To incentivize our Native families, children received their play time at Kids Quest for 50% off the hourly rate at all Tribal properties.”

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Onboarding the Lumpys


By Steve Browne, President, Raving Service

Yup, you know who they are: those brand new, rookie employees, babes in wonderland …
What we in the past in this gaming business used to call “lumpys.”
Not only did we call them lumpys, or lumps, but we put them through the rite of passage that we were sure would make them better employees …  at least those who survived.
But what a difference a few years makes. In the new gaming world, new employees are to be cherished, welcomed with open arms, and made to feel wonderful for their choice of a gaming career, or even, the choice of accepting employment at OUR company … at OUR property.

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Raving News: Register today for the premiere tribal marketing conference


Raving’s 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference
Raving NEXT

January 29-31, 2018
Choctaw Casino Resort, Durant, OK
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This January marks the twentieth anniversary of Raving’s signature National Indian Gaming Analytics and Marketing Conference. It also signifies a change of guard: the company is now a tribally owned business. Raving’s CEO, Deana Scott, along with her husband Brady Scott, an enrolled Coquille Tribal member, purchased the firm from gaming industry veteran Dennis Conrad. We want to thank you for your support and help us bring in the next two decades.

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Press Release – Northern Nevada’s Involvement in NB3FIT Week 2017

PRESS RELEASE – November 2017


Battling an Epidemic: Northern Nevada’s Involvement in NB3Fit Week, a National Health Initiative


Reno, NV – Native American Indian communities are facing an epidemic.  One out of two Native children born since 2000 will develop type 2 diabetes and 81% of Native adults are overweight or obese and 45% of 2-5 year olds are overweight. NB3Fit Week, November 5-11, 2017, is a national movement which moves this issue to the forefront, bringing together thousands of Native American youth across the country in physical activity as well as promoting drinking clean water and eating healthy foods.

A “movement” created

In November of 2016, the inaugural event, more than 10,000 young people from 110 tribes and Native American communities participated in a group exercise for one hour on one day. The “movement” was created by NB3F, an organization founded by golf broadcaster and the first Native American four-time winner of the PGA Tour, Notah Begay III.  Local Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe had over 50 kids show up for their 90-minute cross-training event. Tribal organizations across the county held walks and hikes to Native field games and obstacle courses. This year, NB3F changed the event from a day to a week, allowing participating organizations scheduling flexibility. Several tribes across the country have already registered their event for 2017, including, for the first time, the University of Nevada Reno, Native American Alumni Chapter.

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Tell your story and inspire others – Submit Your Tribal Spirit Entry Today!

We’re asking you to share your story …
it’s more important than ever

For a number of reasons, Tribal gaming organizations are seldom recognized for their history of uncommon generosity and support that they provide to non-Native and Native organizations and communities. 

This November, we ask you to share a story about how your tribal organization has come together to raise awareness, raise funds, or offer assistance to people and to causes in the past year.

Free to enter - Share your story today!

We listened to your feedback and the entry process is now easier than ever. No categories, no fees, just your story. 

Deadline to submit is November 30, 2017. 

Each property can submit up to three entries. Here are the questions you will be asked:

  1. In a nutshell, tell us your story ...
  2. Who was impacted?
  3. How much did the event raise (if applicable)?
  4. How does this event bring value to your community and why do you do it?

People's Choice Award - Cast your vote December 15!

We've decided to put the decision-making in your hands this year with the People's Choice Award; voting will open December 15, 2017. The five entries with the most votes will be entered into a drawing for the chance to win up to $500 donated to the charity of their choice!

Celebrate with us!

We will draw prizes for the five winners of the People's Choice Awards during the Tribal Spirit of Giving Celebration Luncheon on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at Choctaw Casino Resort - Durant during Raving's 20th National Indian Gaming Analytics & Marketing Conference. We'd love for you to join us at the luncheon and celebrate the Tribal Spirit of Giving with us! Sam McCracken, Nike N7 Visionary, will present the keynote luncheon.

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