Harwood’s Bunkhouse Hotel: Success on the Divide

Dateline, Jackson Montana

The Bunkhouse Hotel, located a short drive from the mountains nestled between the continental divide trail, ski resorts, and a number of natural hot springs makes the perfect getaway for any traveler seeking solitude and relaxation. Previously the hotel served as the International Order of Odd Fellows Lodge (IOOF Hall). It served the fraternal organizations for many years until the Lodge disbanded near the turn of the century.

Visiting the hotel now it is easy to understand the vision Rick Harwood had when he decided to take on this project, however local and national banks did not share the vision and the project nearly missed being grounded on take-off.Harwood, a Montana Native American who lives in Eastern Washington, ran into some unfortunate circumstances a few years earlier. As a result Mr. Harwood’s credit had taken a terrible hit and there was little to no chance that funding would be available. That was until Rick contacted Northwest Native Development Fund. Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of NNDF, saw the potential and felt compelled to see this project through.

Rick Harwood, Owner and Operator of the Bunkhouse Hotel, purchased the building on Valentine’s Day 2015 in the quiet town of Jackson, MT, population 29. At the time the soon-to-be hotel had seen better days, standing as merely a “shell” with no pluming heating system or walls of any kind. Harwood saw potential, and after a few favors and putting in hours hammer to nail, the Bunkhouse Hotel opened in May 2015. Today, the Bunkhouse is a fully licensed hotel, eatery, tavern, laundromat, and even houses the town’s U.S. Post Office in the front lobby. Guests are invited to stay and enjoy the relaxed atmosphere of an old-west era boutique with authentic cowboy décor and ambience, all while taking in the breathtaking scenery surrounding the hotel in the Big Hole Valley of Montana. The main floor provides a relaxing living area and multiple adorable single bed private rooms as well as a full laundry area and private bathrooms. Upstairs you will find the perfect group setting for any retreat, or an opportunity to meet a new friend in the “Bunkhouse” lodging area; a large room with multiple beds, a living area with a large screen television and private bar, the ultimate group lodge.

Since working with NNDF, Rick was able to rebuild his credit nearly 100 points and reestablish his historically good credit. The Bunkhouse Hotel and Rick Harwood serve as a paradigm to the success the Native CDFI industry works towards every day. The diamond in the rough, the unfunded vision, and the development fund that believes misfortune can be turned into success with the right amount of work and guidance and some help from “the little loan fund that could.”

Plateau Native Art Show!!

NNDF-Art-Show-Poster-SocialSEPTEMBER 2ND, DON’T BE LEFT OUT!

Mark you calendars for the 3r Annual Plateau Native Art Show in Grand Coulee Dam Washington. A huge array of Native Artists will be in attendance.

This event grows more and more every year. This year we are expecting upwards of 20 artists. There will be food vendors and entertainment.

When: 8am-6pm, Saturday September 2nd

Where: North Dam Park, Grand Coulee Dam WA.

Contact: If you would like to show/sell your art at the show contact Cassandra at cassandraw@thenndf.org.

This event is made possible with generous support of the First People’s Fund.

NNDF, the little loan fund that could

During these increasingly changing times we would like to take a moment to remind folks of the many lives and busineShane.sses that the Northwest Native Development Fund has impacted over just a few short years.

  • NNDF has made over $90K in Employee loans since 2010.
    • Demand for this product has fluctuated, reaching a peak in 2013 of $22K and leveling out to a recent annual average of $13K. We attribute this decline in requests to the success of our financial coaching and family budgeting classes.
  • Small Business and Enterprise Loans total $2 million since 2011.
    • Requests for small business and larger enterprise loans have increased dramatically in the past two years in response to our increased presence and credibility within the Colville and Spokane tribal markets

Since our beginning  in 2009 the NNDF has financed small business projects to the event that we have helped to create over 300 jobs. Now THAT’S a big impact for a small loan fund.

buy localThe NNDF has brought funding to a region that has been terribly overlooked by traditional lending institutions. We have worked to get many people out of the payday loan cycle that has devastated so many lives.

And the NNDF has provided many many financial and business education classes and workshops to help people start new businesses, grow existing businesses, save for a home or to repair their credit.

  • Over 300 Jobs
  • Over $2 million in financing
  • $ Thousands saved out of high interest scams

The Northwest Native Development Fund… We do a lot with just a little.

Open House COME VISIT!

Come for the fun and frivolity!Open House

Be sure to stop by our new location and say hello! We want to see you and learn your name. See what the NNDF does, how we can help and maybe you know someone who might benefit from our services. We will be giving away a Kindle Fire as a door prize among other things. However you must 1) RSVP on our Facebook Event Page or call 633-9940 or email cassandraw@thenndf.org. 2) Then show up and bring your business card for the drawing. You do not have to be present to win but we do need you to RSVP and then show up. After all… Frivolity does have a price.

When: March 31st

Time: 11am – 7pm

Where: 504 Fir St. Coulee Dam WA

RSVP: (509) 633-9940, Please RSVP so that we know how much frivolity to order!

Now Hiring!

Administrative Assistant

Duties and Responsibilities – Grants Administrator/Human Resource

Now-Hiring-imageThe grants administrator’s responsibilities will include reporting and implementing various funding streams. The administrator will also work with
the Executive Director during the planning and writing process in order to
be aware of the uses of potential funding. In all, he/she has the
ability to perform grant program design and implementation, com
pliance and grant reporting. The successful applicant will report to the executie director and will play a leadership role while supervising th
e staff during the impleentation of grant related activities. He/she will work closely with the fund raising team in order to make the grant process work effectively and efficiently. The position requires a methodological and analytical approach to meet such requirements. They also need to provide clear communication of proper rules and regulations for approving grants, its specifications, requirements and objectives across all departments of the organization and the management.

Human Resource administrator will ensure all personnel files are up do date. Will monitor state and Federal employment rules and regulations to ensure that the organization is compliant. Will track, monitor and report employee time cards, vacation time, retirement plan.

Duties and Responsibilities of a Grants Manager

  • Managing and supporting the grants requirement and implementation for the organization
  • Identify and develop strategies to optimize the grants administration process
  • Perform relevant research to identify available grant opportunities and evaluate the results
  • Directly involve in grant writing by coordinating with grant writers or coordinators
  • Oversee if the grants are implemented according to the operational and financial needs of the organization
  • Keep the relevant staff informed about upcoming deadlines and deliverables, thereby ensuring smooth completion of work responsibilities
  • Oversee if other grant staff (coordinators, writers and administrators) is complying with their job responsibilities
  • Oversee the job of invoicing, accounting, reporting, and other administrative functions to ensure successful execution of grant process
  • Prepare financial or budget plans and allocation along with the planning and finance department in accordance with each requirement
  • Analyze the budget trends and make recommendations for cost control and reduction for various grants
  • Provide detailed reports to the funders and the board of directors with respect to the organization’s progress
  • Monitor paperwork and other related documents connected with grant-funded programs
  • Maintain records of all payments and receivables and prepare monthly records for all grant related activities

Essential Skills and Abilities

  • Excellent project management skills with experience in managing and supervising administrative projects
  • Posses supreme organizational skills
  • Strong command over written and verbal communication
  • Excellent interpersonal and presentation skills
  • Good understanding of the organization’s overall business and its objectives
  • Possess good knowledge of planning and strategizing financial and budgeting issues
  • Ability to work within a team and provide support to the Organization Staff
  • Ability to perform in cross-functional team approach and job responsibilities
  • Experience with basic financial management skills including developing and monitoring budgets and financial reporting
  • A multi-tasker with strong ability to work under under pressure
  • Ability to prioritize work, meet deadlines and produce quality results on time with attention to detail.
  • Proficient in using computers with related knowledge of software programs and Internet. Proficient in Microsoft office products is essential (Excel, Word, Outlook).

 

Educational Requirements

A bachelors degree is preferred or experience that will relate to the position advertised.  An understanding of accounting terms and financials is preferred.

 

Compensation

This is an hourly position at $15-$20 per hour DOE.

Full time employees receive a retirement package.

Health benefit stipend.


Native preference will be given.

Download application Click here —>Employment application

And send resume’ and cover letter to tedp@thenndf.org.

 

 

 

 

 

Buy Local Buy Native Billboards Arrive

elmer-city-signDriving through Elmer City Washington on highway 155 might look a little different these days. That’s because the NNDF has placed two billboards one facing northbound traffic
and one facing southbound traffic. Thank you to Native owned contractor Claw Construction for erecting the signs for us.

Family Budgeting Class In Spokane Washington

Are you tired of living pay check to pay check with what seems like no hope of changing?

Come to the Family Budgeting Workshop at the American Indian Community Center in Spokane Washington.

When: October 22nd,

Where: American Indian Community Center

Call: Rhonda or Cassandra at (509) 634-2626

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Upcoming Indianpreneurship Course! Wellpinit Washington.

Mark your calendars everyone. The NNDF will be hosting a two day workshop on entrepreneurship.

When: July 12-13

Where: Spokane Indian Housing Office Wellpinit Washington

Time: 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Information: Contact Olivia Wynecoop, oliviaw@thenndf.org or call (509) 634-2626.

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The NNDF Funding Dreams

Financing in Indian Country has always been difficult. Yet the Northwest Native Development Fund is working hard to provide capital to Tribal members expanding existing businesses in the forest products industry.FullSizeRender

Corby Turner has been working hard to grow his wood cutting business where he provides firewood to the Colville Senior wood program. For the last three years Mr. Turner has been working his “day job” while also building his own wood cutting and firewood program.
m. Mr. Turner’s new business expansion hopes to add an additional two employees to his operation.

Mr. Shane Innes and his company “Innes Wood IMG_5132Products” has been a client with the NNDF for a number of years and we have had the opportunity to help Mr. Innes grow his business from tree thinning on the Colville Indian Reservation to providing forest thinning for the National Forest Service as an 8a contractor. Shane’s new business expansion hopes to also add an additional two jobs.

With the recent spate of wildfires in the Pacific Northwest both Mr. Innes and Mr. Turner have undertaken to develop a fire suppression aspect of their forest service businesses.

These are just two more examples of our local Tribal members working hard and growing their businesses.

Toni Jo Hall For Native Business Awards Gala!

The Stage Is Set For A Fun Filled Evening!

If you have not seen Tonia Native Business Awards GalaJo Hall perform you are definitely missing something. Ms. Hall has become somewhat of an internet sensation by performing and recording her very own “Auntie Beachruss” character. Now come out and join the NNDF and friends for an evening of fun, laughs, art and dinner.

Last year there were over 200 people who joined for our event with Grammy Nominee Randy Wood. This year looks to be even larger.

The event is set for April 22nd at Northern Quest Resort and Casino. Tickets are on sale now. You can purchase them online HERE or you can call Rhonda St. Pierre. Tickets are numbered for the incredible silent auction. Tickets are only $15 dollars and that provides you with a meal, entry into the silent auction and the hilarious comedy of Tonia Jo Hall.

Now you can also become a sponsor of this incredible event. Would you like to be part of an even that makes everyone happy? An evening where hundreds of people recognize the hard work and dedication of hard working Native Business Owners, artists and those who support them? By sponsoring this event you help the NNDF continue to provide services to entrepreneurs. You will help this wonderful event continue. You will have your name up in lights on the big screen so everyone will know that YOU TOO stand with these hard working people.

Eagle Sponsor $2,500:

  1. Will receive all of the benefits of the Salmon Sponsor, PLUS;
  2. Live recognition from the emcee of the event on the evening of the event;
  3. A table (Seating 10)

Salmon Sponsor $1,500:

  1. Salmon Sponsor will receive a minimum of three weekly expressions of appreciation in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. A footnote of thanks and appreciation on all emails delivered regarding the event, before and after the gala;
  3. A mention in any materials that are printed from the time sponsorship is confirmed up to the time of the event and to include any relevant post event publications;
  4. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event;
  5. Logo and company name included in video presentation at the event.Screen Shot 2016-02-01 at 4.32.57 PM

Bear Sponsorship $1,000:

  1. Bear sponsor will receive a minimum of a once weekly expression of appreciation in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event;
  3. Logo and company name included in video presentation at the event.

Hummingbird Sponsorship $500:

  1. Initial thanks for sponsorship in NNDF social media marketing (Facebook, Twitter);
  2. Logo and company name in printed materials distributed at the event.
  3. Logo and company name included in the video presentation at the event.

Please contact Damaris Ortiz at (509) 633-9940 or email damariso@thennf.org. If you would like your logo to be presented in the materials please be sure to have your marketing department include them in your email along with something wonderful we can say about your organization in the video presentation!

The NNDF is a 501c3 Non-Profit Corporation and all contributions are tax deductible

 

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