USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Ag Producers and Rural Business Owners

USDA Seeks Applications for Grants to Help Socially-Disadvantaged Agricultural Producers and Rural Business Owners

The deadline to apply is July 24, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for grants to support technical assistance for socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers and rural business owners.

Up to $3 million will be awarded nationwide this year through USDA’s Socially-Disadvantaged Groups Grant (SDGG) Program to help small businesses retain and create jobs in rural areas. The maximum amount an individual applicant may receive is $175,000.

The grants are not provided directly to businesses or individuals. Instead, qualified organizations receiving these grants will provide technical assistance and training to socially-disadvantaged agricultural producers or rural businesses. The technical assistance may include leadership training and support developing feasibility studies, business plans, and strategic plans.

Cooperatives, groups of cooperatives, and cooperative development centers that serve socially-disadvantaged groups are eligible to apply. Applicants may be based in any area, but the groups they serve must be located in eligible rural areas. USDA defines a socially-disadvantaged group as one whose members have been subjected to racial, ethnic, or gender prejudice because of their identity without regard to their individual qualities.

Electronic applications are due by July 24, 2018, while paper applications are due by July 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to the USDA Rural Development State Office:

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

To discuss a potential application or to learn more about the application process, contact a Business and Cooperative Programs staff member at (541) 278-8049 x129. You can also find additional information on page 24719 of the May 30, 2018, Federal Register.

Human Resources Officer position in the Portland U.S. Attorney’s office

A vacancy for the Human Resources Officer position in the Portland U.S. Attorney’s office is posted and accepting applications online (link and closing dates to vacancy announcement are below). Please feel free to share the announcements with your members and anyone who may be interested in the opportunity.

If you plan to apply, please ensure:

  • your resume is up-to-date and reflective to support your qualifications for the position,
  • you make note of the required documents section of the vacancy announcement, and
  • you attach the applicable documents to your application.
  • Merit Staffing (current or former federal employees, preference eligible candidates, special appointing authorities, and non-competitive eligible candidates):

o   Opening Date: 5/31/2018

o   *Closing Date: 6/13/2018 (8:59 p.m. PST)

OEN Workshop: Is Your Startup Missing Out On Tax Credits?

June 6, 2018 11:30 AM
(503) 222-2270

Does the mention of taxes make your heart skip a beat? Do you know what the new tax reform bill means for your company? Are you sure you’re taking advantage of all applicable tax credit opportunities?

Join OEN and KPMG for a high-level update around tax reform aimed at the non-tax professional. This session will cover R&D Tax Credit opportunities, how companies are planning to tackle the implementation, and what’s new in the tax law.

How can the recent changes to the research and development tax credit benefit you? 
The R&D tax credit provides cash savings and a more immediate return on investment. A start-up company with annual gross receipts (revenue, interest income, royalties, etc.) of less than $5 million can now apply up to $250,000 of its R&D tax credit against its payroll tax. Furthermore, an eligible small business, a company with average gross receipts of $50 million, can use the credit to offset their alternative minimum tax.

What is the Research Tax Credit?
The research tax credit is an incentive to encourage investment in research and development of new or improved products or processes. The IRS’s definition of R&D activity is broad and applies to many industries. Eligible expenditures include in-house wages, supplies, and contract research/outside consulting. The credit benefit is equal to approximately 4-6% of eligible expenditures.

New ways to use the R&D tax credit
The new rules are particularly attractive for qualified small businesses that invest in new or improved products or processes, but were unable to obtain a tax benefit under the former R&D tax credit rules.

What changed?
Previously the R&D credit could only be used by companies generating a profit and regular tax liability .These changes are aimed at making it easier for start-ups and small businesses that may not be yet be profitable or paying alternative minimum tax to benefit from the credit.

Who is eligible for the payroll tax opportunity?
Start-ups with less than $5 million in gross receipts and no more than 5 years of revenue.

Who is eligible for the Alternative Minimum Tax Opportunity?
Business with average gross receipts over the last 3 years of $50 million or less.

Registration begins at 11:30 a.m. The workshop will kick off at 12:00 p.m. with time for networking from 1:00 to 1:30 p.m. Lunch and beverages will be provided. 

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Cost: Free for OEN members and $10 for non-members. If you prefer to tune into the webcast version, the cost is free for OEN members and $10 for non-members. *Sorry, no refunds*

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Workshop Leaders

Tom Mahler

Tom Mahler

Tax Managing Director, Methods and Credits, KPMG
Tom oversees the Research Credit Services group for the Pacific Northwest, assisting clients with value-added research credit studies that drive cash tax savings and reduce effective tax rates. He works with all sizes of businesses from start-ups to large multi-national corporations.


Brett Ross

Brett Ross

Tax Managing Director, Business Tax Services, KPMG
Brett started his career with KPMG in 2001 and has broad experience in corporate and partnership tax matters. Prior to joining the Portland office, Brett worked in KPMG Spain’s Madrid office as the U.S. Tax Desk, and was previously part of KPMG’s Federal Tax practice.


Vinh Tran

Vinh Tran

Senior Tax Manager, State and Local Tax, KPMG
Vinh’s primary areas of practice are state income and indirect taxes. He serves a broad range of clients, including global leaders in the renewable energy and manufacturing industries, both publicly-traded corporations and private companies.


Meet & Greet with Donaldson Enterprises

Southwest Corridor

When: Friday June 8, 2018
9:30 am (following OAME’s AECPT
Where: OAME
731 N. Hayden Meadows Drive
Portland, OR 97217


From Tualatin and Sherwood to Tigard and Southwest Portland, more people are choosing to live, work and play in the Southwest Corridor. The transit system here is taxed, and the roads are congested and unreliable. People walking and bicycling face unsafe conditions moving within and between local communities. Local leaders throughout this part of our region are studying the best way to address these challenges, so that residents, commuters and visitors can get around safely, quickly and efficiently for decades to come. The proposed route was developed by partner staff with informatio from the DEIS process and previous public feedback.


SWC Meet and Greet Flyer 6 8 18

PPS is looking for a Capital Planning Program Manager!!

Posting Timeline: This job is open until filled. Applications will be reviewed as received. Portland Public Schools reserves the right to make a hiring decision at any point during the posting period.

Portland Public Schools (PPS) is seeking applicants for the position of Program Manager, Capital Planning. This position will provide capital and municipal planning expertise to the District’s Facilities and Asset Management team to manage and assist in a broad range capital planning duties for the District’s over 100 school campuses.

This position will provide policy leadership and utilize best practices in the execution of student capacity planning, capital planning, municipal planning and permitting, providing expertise in education specifications and other aspects of long range facility and asset management.


Provide ongoing support to the District’s facility condition assessments
Support the upcoming development and maintenance of the District’s short and long range capital improvement plan
Develop and maintain stakeholder informed student capacity models
Analyze enrollment projections and undertake space capacity and utilization analyses to determine current and future utilization of classroom, core space and administrative needs culminating in the development of 1 and 5 year school capacity plans
Perform data analysis to support long range capital planning
Perform code analysis for application development to support land use entitlement and permit approval for capital improvements to District facilities
Provide design teams for school modernization projects education specification expertise
Candidates for this position should have a planning professional background with an understanding of capital and municipal planning practices and procedures and full range of planning skills and expertise. The ideal candidate:

Demonstrates good judgment in selection methods and techniques for analyzing alternatives and recommending solutions.
Operates with considerable independence in planning, but works well with other District departments such as System Planning and Performance, Enrollment and Transfer, Operations and Maintenance, Facilities Information and Construction and Project Management as well as with regulatory agencies such as the City of Portland and the State of Oregon.

Essential Functions

This position will need to:

Review student enrollment projections and other departments to understand classroom needs.
Maintain 1 and 5 year school capacity and utilization in Tririga facilities database.
Support the District’s Space Committee and sets agendas, maintains minutes
Develop recommendations for addressing overcrowding and under enrollment, including non-facility and facility-related solutions for presentation to District’s Space Committee.
Support District’s development of Facility Condition Assessment and related assessment and future maintenance thereof.
Support Sr. Capital Program manager in reviewing land use and transportation issues related to and supporting capital improvements to facilities.
Technical – Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:

The ideal candidate should have:

Thorough working knowledge/skill in city planning, architecture, business management, facilities management or other planning-related fields.
Strong analytical and problem-solving skills sufficient to identify needs, conduct research, and develop alternatives, proposals and solutions. Demonstrated experience and skill in using analysis to draw systematic and rational conclusions from data.
Strong organizational skills. Able to establish priorities and manage multiple activities to meet deadlines.
Demonstrated ability to work under pressure in a busy office with frequent interruptions, changing priorities and short deadlines.
Ability to read, interpret, apply or explain complex policies, rules and regulations, procedures and processes. Capable of explaining complex issues in a concise manner to faculty and staff administrators.
Demonstrated experience using computer applications including word processing, spreadsheet and presentation software with the ability to learn new software as needed. Experience with facility-inventory management database, such as Tririga, preferred.
Experience working in an educational setting and knowledge of K-12 education policies, practices and procedures.
This position may require the use of a personal automobile and requires possession of a valid driver’s license.
Working knowledge of AutoCAD or similar.


This position is classified as Construction and Maintenance Program Manager, Pay Grade 27, on the Non-Represented, Confidential, Professional and Management Employees salary schedule FLSA Exempt. New hires are typically placed at step 1: $66,828.

The Non-Represented Confidential Professional Management and Employees Salary Schedule for 260 day employees can be found here:

For more details, the complete Classification Specification can be viewed here:


Education, Training and Experience:

Bachelor’s degree in education, urban planning, business administration, facilities planning, architecture, project construction management, project management or closely related field.
The Construction and Maintenance Programs Manager requires three (3) years of experience in the designated functional program, including experience with facilities planning and construction project management; experience in a lead or supervisory role is desirable.
A Master’s degree in any of the identified or related fields will substitute for two (2) years of the required experience.
Any other combination of education and experience that would likely provide the required knowledge and abilities may be considered.
Special requirements:

Some positions in this classification may require the use of a personal automobile and possession of a valid driver’s license.
Some positions in this classification may require professional certifications and/or licensures as appropriate to the assigned area of technical expertise.
Preferred Qualifications:

Experience working in educational facilities, municipality or other public agency in a richly diverse community is preferred.

Benefits Information

Portland Public Schools (PPS) offers several competitive and comprehensive benefit packages to employees. Fringe benefits include medical, dental, vision, prescription, life and disability insurance, employee assistance program, 403(b) retirement savings plan and various leave and professional development programs. Depending on the insurance option selected by the employee, there may be an employee contribution toward insurance.

Portland Public Schools is a public employer and participates in the Public Employees Retirement System (PERS/OPSRP). Eligible employees are required by statute to contribute 6% of salary on a pre-tax basis to OPSRP/IAP, after serving six months under a PERS employer.

For more information please visit our Benefits site at

Applications open for the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators

We’re excited to collaborate with the Bush Foundation for a second year to offer a special scholarship opportunity–the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators. This scholarship is open to business creators based in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and the 23 Native nations that share the same geography.

The Bush Foundation is based in St. Paul, Minnesota, and encourages individuals and organizations to think bigger and think differently about what is possible in communities across Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota. With the SOCAP18 Bush Foundation Scholarship for Social Business Creators, leaders from these states will have the chance to attend the SOCAP conference, to build valuable connections and stronger networks. We’ll select 25 outstanding business creators who have ideas that will improve their communities and region.

Details and Application

Deadline to apply is June 30, 2018!

Scholarship recipients will receive the following:

  • Free SOCAP18 full conference pass (valued at $1495)
  • Roundtrip airfare
  • Hotel accommodations

Business creator selection process: Selected business creators will be determined by SOCAP.

Airfare and ground transportation: All business creators will be booked individually by SOCAP from the Minnesota, North Dakota and South Dakota region to San Francisco, departing Monday, October 22 and returning Friday, October 26, 2018. Transportation to and from the host hotel will be provided.

Hotel: All business creators will be housed individually in the host hotel or a similar hotel in the area.

Registrations: SOCAP18 registrations will be provided to all business creators, with full access to all the content including valuable sessions, networking events, and receptions.

Meals: Included with registration is 2-3 meals per day while at the conference

NICWA hiring Deputy Director


We’re Hiring
J o i n O u r Te a m !

Deputy Director
Are you a mission-focused leader who wants to join a leading, national Indian Country institution?
Do you enjoy taking on big projects, building strong organizational culture that values equity, and
developing internal operational excellence?

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is seeking a candidate to fill the
position of deputy director.

As the deputy director, you will lead a team of people who care deeply about eliminating child
abuse and neglect by strengthening our families, tribes, and the laws that protect them. Your
exceptional leadership and management skills will ensure that NICWA fulfills its mission, working
collaboratively within the organization and with several of our partners.

In the near term, your leadership will play an important role in implementing NICWA’s newly
approved five-year plan (2018-2023). Your keen financial management, strategic planning, and
relationship building skills will see the organization through a period of building stability and
resilience in our programs and operations to prepare to protect Native children and families during
uncertain political and economic times and long-term litigation on ICWA.

The board and staff will appreciate your social justice values, approachability, analytical and
problem solving skills, and sense of humor. Together, we’ll continue NICWA’s legacy.
A bachelor’s degree in business administration or a related field is required with five or more
years of demonstrated experience directing, coordinating and implementing comprehensive
organizational operations, strategic planning, human resources management, events and training
planning, and technology management.

For a full job description and the required application, visit our website at or contact Human Resources at (503) 222-4044.

Job Posting – Office of Indian Education Director

The Office of Indian Education is pleased to announce that the position of the Director of the Office is now posted at USAjobs and is accepting applications until June 22, 2018. If you have questions regarding the announcement, please contact Angela Mason at 202-603-9162 or at A summary of the position and links to the announcements follows:
This position serves as the Director, Office of Indian Education (OIE), Office of Elementary and Secondary Education (OESE). The OIE administers the Indian Education Program, Title VI, Part A of the Elementary and Secondary Education Act, as amended by the Every Student Succeeds Act. The office executes program requirements and provides technical assistance for supporting local education agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, post-secondary institutions and other entities in meeting the unique educational and culturally relevant academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. Formula grants are provided to school districts and tribal schools for the purpose of meeting the unique educational needs of Indian students. In addition, discretionary grants are awarded to support tribal education agency planning and development, demonstration projects serving Indian children, professional development for American Indian/Alaska Native teachers and administrators, and Native American language projects. OIE also supports national research activities.
Program Manager, GS-340-15 (MP) (INDIAN PREFERENCE)
Program Manager, GS-340-15 (DE) (INDIAN PREFERENCE)
Tribal Tech, LLC is a contract service provider, specializing in the support of Indian education efforts and provides logistical and communications services for activities essential to the mission of the Office of Indian Education.

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

USDA Rural Development, Oregon

USDA Seeks Applications for Rural Economic Development and Job Creation Loans and Grants

The deadline to apply is June 30, 2018

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development is accepting applications for projects that promote economic development and job creation in rural areas.

Through the Rural Economic Development Loan and Grant (REDLG) Program, USDA provides zero-interest loans and some grant funds to rural utilities, which they in turn pass through to local businesses for projects that will retain or create new employment opportunities in their community. The funding may be used to assist with business start-up and expansion costs; business incubators; feasibility studies; advanced telecommunications and computer networks for medical, educational, and job training services; and community facilities that spur economic development.

New this year, the maximum loan amount has been increased to $2 million. The maximum grant amount is $300,000. Awards are made on a competitive basis to utilities that will relend the funds for local economic development efforts.

Applications are due by 4:30 p.m. PST on June 30, 2018. In Oregon, applications should be submitted to:

USDA Rural Development
ATTN: Brandon Doyle
1220 SW 3rd Avenue
Portland, OR 97204

For questions, or to discuss a potential project, contact Brandon Doyle, Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist, (541) 699-3189. For details on the program and how to apply, see page 23625 of the May 22, 2018, Federal Register.

AIANTA EMPLOYMENT OPENING: Public Relations and Media Manager

Public Relations and Media Manager
Deadline: June 8, 2018
AIANTA promotes Indian Country tourism to the world. The Public Relations and Media Manager executes the organization’s public and media relations strategies; develops and sustains relationships with mainstream and Indian Country media; engages constituents, members, potential members, partners and stakeholders using social media platforms; writes and disseminates public relations and marketing materials; manages AIANTA’s websites, including development of content to attract membership and build public awareness, annual reports, newsletters; and, establish benchmarks for ongoing evaluation of the program area. The Public Relations and Media Manager also ensures established goals and objectives are met and communicated to AIANTA members, partners and consumers through effective and efficient communications.
Skills needed:
  • Knowledge of communications planning, media strategy, public relations campaigns, and marketing techniques
  • Skill in creating media materials, newsletters, reports, marketing materials, website content
  • Ability to develop relationships with media and pitch stories, articles and photos
  • Knowledge and skill in developing social media content
  • Ability to work under pressure, multi-task, and meet deadlines
  • Ability to establish and maintain working relationships with individuals across a wide range of media, organizations, social and cultural backgrounds
  • Skill in digital photography and digital photo editing
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office programs and Adobe Creative Suite 4 programs
  • Skill at desktop and online publishing programs
  • Willingness to become skilled at new software and social media processes
  • Basic understanding of research methods for data analysis relating to public relations problems and generate alternative solutions
Please submit resume and two references by January 31, 2018 to Sherrie Bowman at For more information call 505.724.3592 or visit our websites, and