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.


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

Register at: