NCAIED: Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference

September 4-7, 2017

The Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is another multifaceted event from The National Center which will feature unparalleled access to respected tribal leaders, members of congress, federal agency representatives, state and local elected officials and top CEO’s, on a national platform.  Attendees will benefit from high caliber networking, teaming opportunities, business development sessions, American Indian Artisan Market, Business Leaders Forums, and much more. It’s just one more example of how The National Center is building bridges of opportunity for today’s American Indian Enterprises.

Northwest Enterprise Development Conference is being held at the beautiful Tulalip Resort Casino.


Native Student Travel Scholarships: Connecting STEM And Justice

Are you an American Indian or Alaska Native student in science, tech, engineering, or math (STEM)?

Apply now for sponsorship to visit Philadelphia and attend the International Association of Chiefs of Police Conference (IACP) onOctober 21-24, 2017.

The National Institute of Justice is looking for five qualified undergrad or grad students to attend this conference, which brings together thousands of professionals from federal, state, local, and tribal organizations.

Attendance will aid you in exploring applications of your STEM training to issues of criminal justice and public safety. You will have the opportunity to interact with scientists and attend panel discussions on the most urgent issues facing communities and innovative, evidence-based solutions.

Learn more about the conference.


  • American Indian or Alaska Native, at least 18 years of age.
  • Full-time undergrad or grad student at an eligible academic institution, in a STEM field.
  • Commitment to the entire conference and travel days.


Funding includes registration, airfare, lodging, ground transportation, baggage, meals, and incidental expenses. You would fly from your home airport to Philadelphia on October 20, 2017, and return on October 25, 2017. Decision notices will be sent to all applicants by August 30, 2017.


Please submit the following items to by June 30, 2017:

  • Completed application form (see page 2).
  • Verification of current enrollment and standing.
  • Transcripts (unofficial accepted).
  • Resume or Curriculum Vitae.
  • Statement of Interest in public safety and/or criminal justice.
  • Academic Advisor’s Statement of Support.

For more information on this opportunity, email us at

NNDF: FREE CDFI Financial Officers Workshop

Do you know a Native CDFI with an accountant? A grant manager? Would you like join with some other Financial NNDF-Image-768x768Officers and learn best practices?

Please join the NNDF as we will be hosting a free workshop in Portland Oregon on July 12-13 to cover such things as “buckets” and “classes” and “audit preparation.”

This event is free if you RSVP before June 9th. After June 9th there will be a $220 fee for the workshop.

To register or for more information, please contact: or call at (509) 633-9940

USDA is Seeking Applications for Community Development Grants

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is inviting applications for grants to support economic development in rural communities. The grants are being provided through USDA’s Rural Community Development Initiative (RCDI) Program in order to strengthen the rural economy.

The grants are not provided directly to businesses or individuals. Instead, qualified intermediary organizations receiving RCDI grants will provide technical assistance and training to help nonprofit organizations and communities develop their capacity to undertake housing, community facility, or economic development projects. Grant amounts will range from $50,000 to $250,000.

Nonprofits, low-income rural communities, and federally recognized tribes are eligible to apply. Applicants must have capacity-building experience for these types of projects, and they must provide matching funds at least equal to the RCDI grant. Grants are awarded through a competitive process.

The deadline to apply is Tuesday, July 25, 2017. In Oregon, application should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Community Programs
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204

For more information, including details on how to apply, see page 24281 of the May 26 Federal Register.

USDA is Seeking Applications for Grants to Help Repair Housing in Rural Communities

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is seeking applications for grants to make housing repairs for low- and very-low-income rural residents. The funding is being provided through USDA’s Housing Preservation Grant Program.

Under this program, USDA does not provide funding directly to homeowners. Instead, the sponsoring organizations receiving Housing Preservation Grants helps to repair or rehabilitate housing for low-income rural residents. The grants may be used to resolve health or safety issues, make accessibility modifications, or make energy efficiency improvements to lower utility costs.

Town and county governments, public agencies, federally recognized tribes, nonprofits, and faith-based organizations are eligible to apply.

Applications are due by July 17, 2017. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Faith Harris, Multi-Family Housing Specialist
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Suite 1801
Portland, OR 97204

For additional information, including details on how to apply, see page 25228 of the June 1, 2017, Federal Register.

Native PTAC Upcoming Events

Native PTAC sponsored:

Brown Bag – Commercial Lending Programs for Small Businesses June 6 @ 12 pm to 1:30 PDT, Vancouver WA

Meet the Prime & Small Biz Certifications -Tunista Construction June 8 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT, Federal Way, WA

Govology Webinar – Meet the Tribe: Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska June 9 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar -The Top 10 Mistakes in Federal Contracting June 15 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar – Meet the Tribe: Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska June 16 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Meet the Tribe: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Government Contracting June 20 @ 1pm – 3pm PDT, Anacortes, WA

Government Contracting 101 June 27 @ 9:00 am – 11:00 am PDT, Everett, WA

Meet the Tribe: Swinomish Indian Tribal Community & Government Contracting June 27 @ 1pm – 3pm PDT, Anacortes, WA

Government Contracting 101  June 28 1pm – 3pm PDT,Nespelem, WA

Govology Webinar -How to Justify Increased Profit/Fee Under DoD Contracts Requiring Certified Cost or Price Data June 29 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

Govology Webinar -Reverse Auctions in Government Contracting July 13 @ 10:00 am – 11:30 am PDT*

*Reminder for Govology registration – Free registration for Active Native PTAC clients – please contact more information

Oregon Department of Energy Position Available

Oregon Department of Energy is looking to fill a Finance and Operations Manager Position.

Here is the link for this opportunity: ODOE17-0006oc Principal Executive Manager E (Finance and Operations Manager)

This will remain open for applications until June 21, 2017 at 11:59pm.

Upcoming Native PTAC Events

Marketing to Government Agencies & Prime Contractors

June 2 @ 10 am – 12:30 pm PDT, Florence OR

Location: 3757 Highway 101, Florence OR 97439-8930

This workshop will cover aspects of finding opportunities, marketing to government agencies and prime contractors, marketing materials, registrations, and the importance of Small Business Liaison Officers Expected outcomes:

  • Introduction to government procurement databases
  • Marketing tips for government agencies and prime contractors
  • Marketing strategies and research
  • How to develop elevator pitch, capability statements, business cards, etc.
  • Understanding the roles of Small Business Liaison Officers



Brown Bag – Commercial Lending Programs for Small Businesses

June 6 @ 12 pm to 1:30 PDT, Vancouver WA

Location: 1101 Broadway, Suite 100, Vancouver WA 98660

Small businesses need capital to grow and operate. What are the small business programs out there? How does your business develop a relationship with an bank or lender? Bring your lunch and join Native PTAC and representatives from Wells Fargo Bank and the Bureau of Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy & Economic Development, Division of Capital Investment to learn about the changing game in commercial lending and federal loan programs.

Social Venture Partners: Hiring Director of Learning & Equity

Social Venture Partners is currently recruiting for a Director of Learning & Equity and would like to post the opportunity on your job board. Please see the following link for more details about the organization and position.

Port of Portland’s Disparity Study June 14, 2017

Please join the Port of Portland and its consultant, Colette Holt & Associates, for a Public Informational Meeting about the Port of Portland’s Disparity Study. The purpose of the study is to ensure that disadvantaged business enterprise (DBE), airport concession disadvantaged business enterprise (ACDBE), and minority, women, service disabled veteran and emerging small businesses (MWVESB) have equal access to contracting opportunities. In an effort to ensure every opportunity for public participation in the conduct of this study, the Port of Portland will be hosting a Study Informational Meeting on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 at 1:00 p.m.

The meeting will provide an introduction to the study team; a presentation on the legal and regulatory standards; information regarding the study process and timeline for completion; and information on how to provide further input.
The meeting will be held at the following location:
Date: June 14, 2017, 1:00 p.m.
Location: Portland International Airport Conference Center 
(located inside PDX in the St. Helens Conference Room on the 2nd Floor Mezzanine Level) 
7000 NE Airport Way, Portland, OR 97218
(Parking validation for short and long term parking garages available in Conference Center reception area.)
Your input is vital to the study’s process. We encourage you to register and attend this meeting and we look forward to your participation.
Please contact the consultant conducting the Study, Colette Holt & Associates, with questions at You may also contact Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, Small Business Development Program Manager, DBELO/ACDBELO, Port of Portland and Study Manager, or (503) 415-6587.
For general information, please visit the Study’s website
Thank you in advance for your participation.