USDA Value Added Producer Grants Available

When farmers and entrepreneurs take raw agricultural products, like vegetables or grains, and turn them into something “value-added”, like salsa or bread, they have an opportunity to improve their own incomes they become eligible for the USDA’s Value Added Producer Grant (VAPG) program. This program helps agricultural producers enter into value-added activities related to the processing and/or marketing of new products. The goals of this program are to generate new products, create and expand marketing opportunities, and increase producer income.
Applicants may receive priority if they are a beginning farmer or rancher, a socially-disadvantaged farmer or rancher, a small or medium-sized farm or ranch structured as a family farm, a farmer or rancher cooperative, or are proposing a mid-tier value chain. Notices for applications are published in the Federal Register and posted on

Upcoming Bid Opportunity I-5 Paving & Auxiliary Lane Project


Oregon Department of Transportation

Upcoming Bid Opportunity


I5: N. Tigard Interchange to E. Portland Freeway Interchange


Become a contracting partner with the Oregon Department of Transportation on a $20 million freeway widening and paving project on Interstate 5 near Tualatin! Potential subcontracting opportunities are available in the following work areas:

Construction Survey Excavation/Grading Striping Drainage
HMAC Paving Clearing/Grubbing Pavement Grinding Hauling/Trucking
Retaining Walls Water Quality Detention Traffic Loops Traffic Control
Erosion Control Guardrail Illumination Signs
Trenching Steel Fabrication/Installation Landscaping Signals


The assigned minimum Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) goal for this project is 15%.

Prime contractors will be submitting sealed bids by 9 a.m. on Thursday, October 19, 2017Please consider contracting or working with a project prime contractor and collaborating with ODOT on this important construction project.


Learn more about the project and the details here:



Supporting documentation for this project can be found on the ODOT e-bid website:


Bidding information and documents will be available on September 14, 2017.


For project-specific information, please contact Project Manager Ron Larson via email:

Career Opportunity at the Oregon Lottery – Senior Organizational Development Consultant

The Oregon Lottery has a new job opportunity!

The Oregon Lottery is a leader in the gaming industry and an important contributor of revenue for the state’s schools, parks, watershed restoration, veterans’ programs and outdoor schools. Do you enjoy working in a changing environment where you can make a difference?  If so, the Oregon Lottery is the winning place to be!  We are looking for a Sr Organizational Development Consultant who brings strong organizational development skills combined with excellent training experience and a passion for diversity, equity, and inclusion to join our team.

The Sr. Organizational Development Consultant is responsible for leading the organizational development initiatives for the Lottery including employee development, retention programs, diversity, equity, and inclusion, employee engagement, leadership development and change management for those programs. They will understand and support the accomplishment of business priorities. They will build credible relationships with business leaders allowing for better decisions and organizational effectiveness. They will collaborate to solve complex HR-related issues. They will work independently with minimal guidance and may act as a resource for colleagues with less experience.

For more information and to apply visit our careers website


The Oregon Lottery is a leader in the gaming industry and an important contributor of revenue for the state’s schools, parks, watershed restoration, veteran’ programs and outdoor schools.  We are looking for a Contract Administration Program Manager to be the “touch-point” within the Lottery between its contract administrators and procurement analysts to develop and manage a best of class Contract Administration Program.


The Contract Administration Program Manager is a key resource for Lottery’s contract administrators and for implementation of Lottery’s Contract Administration Program.  This position provides expertise in Lottery’s business transaction processes, from straight-forward purchases of goods and services to complex transactions of Lottery’s enterprise-wide telecommunications and gaming systems, associated software and hardware, including statement of work drafting.  This position also provides expertise from knowledge of statutes, regulations, policies, procedures and industry best practices applicable to all aspects of Lottery’s contracting processes.

The Contract Administration Program Manager is the “touch-point” within Lottery between its contract administrators and procurement analysts to develop and manage a best of class Contract Administration Program.  The Contract Administration Program Manager assists contract administrators drafting and reviewing documents related to all aspects of Lottery’s procurement including but not limited to solicitation documents, memoranda of understanding, commitment letters, contracts, amendments, waiver letters and notices of breach.  This individual provides mentoring and assistance to Lottery’s Procurement Analysts in aspects related to contractor performance.  The Contract Administration Program Manager assists the Sr Manager Procurement and Contracts with drafting and interpreting procurement rules, policies and procedures.


The Contract Administration Program Manager works under general supervision of the Sr Manager of Procurement and Contracts.  The Contract Administration Program Manager works independently and efficiently, often under very tight time constraints, and works collaboratively with others.


For more information and to apply on line click

Announcement: Welcome Amber Faist to ONAC

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ONAC staff and board are pleased to introduce Amber Faist as our Marketing and Business Intake Coordinator. Amber will be connecting Native owned businesses to services in order to accelerate and assist business owners into the next stage of business development. She will be working alongside the Small Business Technical Assistance Partnership (SBTAP) program through Prosper Portland. The SBTAP is a citywide program that leverages the power of a partnership network committed to increasing the success of 1,000 underrepresented entrepreneurs.

Amber has a bachelor’s degree in Business Entrepreneurship and has demonstrated experience working within Tribal administrative offices and with Tribal youth ages 8-18. Amber is a 2017 graduate from the Oregon LEAD cohort for leadership development from Native American Youth & Family Services (NAYA). She is a Coquille Tribal member and looks forward to serving Oregon’s Native entrepreneurial network.

Please feel free to contact Amber with any questions and to introduce yourselves to our newest employee. She will be in the ONAC offices Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9am-1pm, and can also be reached via email Mondays through Fridays. Thank you all for your continued support of ONAC.


Oregon Native American Chamber

4445 SW Barbur Blvd, Ste. 102

Portland, OR 97239


Washington County Employment Opportunities


August 21st Employment Opportunities, OREGON

Human Resources Division

Washington County Public Services Building, 155 N First Avenue Ste. 270

Hillsboro, OR 97124


Job Opportunities with Business Oregon

We are now recruiting for an Program Analyst 4 (Program & Policy Coordinator) and an Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (SRF & ICF Project Coordinator) within the Economic Development Division.

These are permanent, full-time positions located in Salem.

These recruitments opened, August 11, 2017 and will close August 21, 2017.

You can view the recruitments on the following links:

Program Analyst 4 (Program & Policy Coordinator)

Operations and Policy Analyst 3 (SRF & ICF Project Coordinator)

For those who are interested in applying and need to create an online applicant account, please go to the Applicant E-Recruit FAQ’s. 

Do you need help patenting your idea?

The Small Business Legal Clinic is accepting applications for clients looking for help with the patent process.

Ideal candidates:
• Have a well‐developed idea (prototypes and/or drawings)
• Have an idea related to apparel or mechanical, electrical,
or software engineering
• Meet low‐income requirements of the clinic

Applications are due by August 23, 2017. For more information or to apply, please visit:‐sblc‐continues‐patent‐program

All are encouraged to apply. Fees will be on a sliding scale at a significantly
reduced rate. Call Julieanna Elegant at 503‐768‐6947 for questions.

Request for Proposal – Clark County, WA

Clark County, Washington has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) funding a residential weatherization program for income-eligible residents of Clark County.  We would like to ensure that as many minority contractors as possible are made aware of this opportunity.  Please reference RFP number 726 at the link listed below for more information.

Contractors for this program will perform the following types of work:

  1. Building energy analysis
  2. Attic insulation
  3. Crawl space insulation
  4. Sidewall insulation
  5. Furnace repair or replacement
  6. Heating duct sealing and insulation
  7. Water heater and water pipe insulation
  8. Weather-stripping and caulking
  9. Installation of ventilation system to meet American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers, Inc. (ASHRAE) 62.2 (indoor air quality standards)
  10. Blower door assisted air sealing
  11. Other draft reduction and energy-saving measures
  12. Client education

The County is anticipating funding adequate to weatherize approximately 115 homes/units in one year, although the contract may be extended to 6 years.  The estimated average price to be paid by the County per home/unit is $7,800.

ONAC is Hiring

The ONAC Business Intake & Marketing Coordinator is responsible for the coordination of ONAC programming related to marketing and outreach, business intake, and referral to business services.
Classification:          Part-Time, Non-Exempt
Salary/Wage:             $18-25/Hour
Location:                   Portland, OR
Closing Date:            July 31, 2017
The role is equal parts heart and mind requiring leadership and passion about Native American communities AND the keystone that is small business ownership.