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.http://www.socialventurepartners.org/portland/opportunities/director-learning-equity/

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 portofportland_study@mwbelaw.com. You may also contact Kimberly Mitchell-Phillips, Small Business Development Program Manager, DBELO/ACDBELO, Port of Portland and Study Manager, Kimberly.Mitchell-Phillips@portofportland.com or (503) 415-6587.
For general information, please visit the Study’s website portofportland.disparity-study.com.
Thank you in advance for your participation.


Nixyaawii Chamber Luncheon

Wednesday May 31 @ 11:30-1:00

Tamastslikt Cultural Institute

Presentation By:

Professor Robert J. Miller

Please RSVP to the NIXYAAWII Chamber’s May Luncheon


Tamastslikt cultural institute is graciously hosting this event and the kinship cafe is providing a delicious lunch!

Member fee of $15 and non – member fee of $17.

OAME 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show

OAME 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show
Date: 5/11/2017

Time: 10:00 AM TO 3:00 PM

Oregon Convention Center

777 N.E. MLK Jr. Blvd.

Hall “D”
Portland, OR 97232


Event Description:

The Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs is presenting its 29th Annual Luncheon and Trade Show.

Over 130 small and large business exhibitors will be under one roof to help you network your business.

State, county and federal government agencies also attend the event to find opportunities with small business.

Luncheon runs from 12pm-1:30,iIndividual luncheon tickets are $85.00

Tradeshow admission is free and runs 10am-12pm, 1:30-3pm


May 10th OAME MWESB Summit and Reception

May 10th OAME MWESB Summit and Reception

Date: 5/10/2017
Time: 3:00 PM TO 6:00 PM

Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs
731 N. Hayden Meadows Dr.
Large Conference Room
Portland, OR 97217


Event Description:
OAME (Oregon Association of Minority Entrepreneurs) will kick off its trade show season with our first event of the week.

Join other businesses throughout the State of Oregon and Washington as we congregate, get to meet each other and discuss “What is Working” and “What is Not Working.”

FREE and open to the public.

3pm-4:30pm MWESB Summit
4:30pm-6pm Reception with appetizers and no-host bar



Proposal Response Workshop for Small Businesses


Date: April 24, 2017

Time: 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Location: Metro Regional Center Council Chamber Room 600 NE Grand Ave. Portland, OR 97232

Professional service businesses are invited to attend this free workshop. This workshop will prepare you for future contracting opportunities with Metro. Learn about doing business with Metro and how to respond to RFPs. Work with staff from the State of Oregon to register for ORPIN and COBID (Formally Minority, Women owned Small Emergent Businesses) certification. Attendees are eligible for 2 free hours of one on one proposal writing assistance.

Bonus! The best way to grow your business is building relationships! Join us for a no-host Happy Hour immediately following this Proposal Workshop. Networking with fellow participants and members of the Metro team.

Happy Hour Venue: Spirit of 77: 500 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd, Portland, OR 97232 http://www.spiritof77bar.com/

Register at: https://metroproposalresponseworkshop42417.eventbrite.com

CONTACT: suzanne@donaldson-enterprises.com

OMSI Family Science Night for the Portland Area Native Community

When: Monday, March 13 from 6-8pm

Where: OMSI—1945 SE Water Ave, Portland (map included here: https://www.omsi.edu/program/family-science-night)

What: The museum exhibition halls will be open including the featured exhibition Art of the Brick, the Life Science Lab, and the Physics Lab. We will also be setting up special space science related activities for the evening.

(Planetarium and Theater shows are not included.)

Who is invited: Everyone affiliated with the Native community in the Portland area, with a special invitation to families with children.

Price: Free

If there are any Native organizations, including AISES of course, that would like to have a table or set up relevant activities, please tell me by March 1. We would love to have you!

I am working on a flyer and will send that along ASAP. Feel free to send this email as well.

Kyrie Thompson Kellett

Senior Learning & Community Engagement Specialist

Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

1945 SE Water Avenue

Portland Oregon 97214

O 503 797 4633  |  F 503 797 4500

kkellett@omsi.edu  | www.omsi.edu

Work Hours Tuesday, Thursday morning, & Friday

facebook.com/omsi.museum  |  twitter.com/omsi

AIANTA’s Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship Program

Apply for AIANTA’s Tourism and Hospitality Scholarship Program. Established to provide American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students with financial assistance to earn a degree or certificate in the hospitality, tourism, recreation, culinary arts or related fields. AIANTA will award three (3) individuals who have met all scholarship application criteria. AIANTA would like to encourage Indigenous students to build their careers in the the tourism industry while sustaining and strengthening their cultural legacy.
Award Amount:
$1,000 per academic year (Fall/Spring semester only), $500 per semester
Deadline for applying:
July 28, 2017 for the Fall 2017 semester
December 1, 2017 for the Spring 2018 semester
Applicant Requirements:
  • Must be of American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian descent (student must show documentation).
  • Must be a high school senior or or an existing student accepted into an accredited higher institution at time of application.
  • Must submit a letter of acceptance from college/university or technical /vocational institution.
  • Must be enrolled as a part-time or full-time student.
  • Must have and maintain a GPA 2.5 or above (ALL current or future undergraduate and graduate college students are encouraged to apply).
  • Scholarships are available for certificate and associate programs, undergraduate and graduate students – online colleges are acceptable.
  • Scholarships must be used for books and/or tuition.
  • Must fill out scholarship application completely to be considered.
  • Awardee agrees to authorize AIANTA to use their photograph and any information provided in advertising, fundraising, or publicity in any media.
  • Awardee agrees to return to AIANTA 12 volunteer hours to AIANTA, a tribe, national park, or public lands institution within the awarded year to be eligible for the following year. A letter of proof must be submitted by August 18, 2017 to the AIANTA office
 Click here for Application 
For More Information
Contact: Sherrie Bowman
American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
2401 12th St NW
Albuquerque, NM  87104

2017 Governor’s Marketplace Conference

The Governor’s Office and the State of Oregon have made it a priority to create equity in public contracting and procurement; bringing opportunities, access and connection for small business to thrive in Oregon.
The Governor’s Marketplace Conference brings together industry professionals, public agencies and private organizations, diversity practitioners and small businesses to build valuable relationships. Small businesses will learn about opportunities, and local resources available.
If you are a small business who has interest in contracting with public agencies and/or private organizations, please attend this extraordinary event.
The Governor’s Marketplace activities will include:
Continental breakfast and networking
Training for startup, established and growing businesses
Workshop for diversity practitioners and agency buyers
Luncheon with an engaging panel of professionals
Reverse vendor exhibitor fair
The training portion of the day is set up as a three path system. Each path will address and provide resources dealing with understanding the marketplace, financial and technical suppport, certifications, and public contracting and procurement as they relate to your business today. Business owners will be able to select the path that best suits their business needs.

The link for business attendees is: https://oregongmp2017.eventbrite.com


Date: March 23
Time: 7:30 am – 4:30 pm
Salem Convention Center
200 Commercial St SE
Salem, OR 97301 United States