At NNDF we LOVE the smell of diesel!

This is a prime example of what the Northwest Native Development Fund was created for.  We are honored to be able to provide assistance to entrepreneurs in our region.jerry-ford-redbones

Here is a note we received from Jerry Ford, owner of Redbone Logging:

“I want to Thank NNDF for the approval on my loan to purchase my very own Log Skidder. This piece of equipment is going to be a huge asset to Redbone Logging. I have been leasing a skidder since last year’s salvage and now I can finally put some payments to something I will own myself. 

“A year ago when I started Redbone Logging it was a struggle because I was starting all over and had no money. I was begging and borrowing just to get fuel to work. I kept saying to myself… ‘just someone give me a chance because I know I can do this.’ Now NNDF is helping me with this loan and I am so thankful.“I really needed this loan, so I contacted NNDF. They have been so helpful and fast to respond, I am so glad I went that route. Again, ‘Thank You’ Ted and The Whole Staff and Committee! The Redbone Logging Family appreciates this and will not let you guys down.”We have every confidence that Jerry and Redbone Logging will do just that.

The Northwest Native Development Fund has been serving the people of the Plateau Indian Tribes for 6 years and has provided almost a million dollars in financing.

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.

NNDF Receives Financial Assistance Grant

Northwest Native Development Fund Announced as a 2017 CDFI Fund Award Recipient

 

Nespelem, Washington (October 10, 2016) – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) is the recipient a $500,000 grant from the U.S. Department of the Treasury’s Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund).

This grant will allow the NNDF to continue its goal of helping individuals create and build assets such as, but not limited entirely to, homes and small businesses.  The NNDF accomplishes this by providing financial and technical assistance services for those who may not qualify for other sources of funding.  They leverage their available resources with local lenders and technical assistance providers.

“We are truly grateful for the CDFI Fund award this year,” said Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund. “This comes at a pivotal time for the NNDF in making more small business loans to Natives in the Plateau region of Eastern Washington. We can bring more vital financing to the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations where small business financing is incredibly difficult.”
About the CDFI Fund

Since its creation in 1994, the CDFI Fund has awarded more than $2.2 billion to CDFIs, community development organizations, and financial institutions through the CDFI Program, the NACA Program, the Bank Enterprise Award Program, the Capital Magnet Fund, and the Financial Education and Counseling Pilot Program. In addition, the CDFI Fund has allocated $43.5 billion in tax credit allocation authority to Community Development Entities through the New Markets Tax Credit Program, and $852 million has been guaranteed in bonds through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program.

To learn more about the CDFI Fund and its programs, please view the Fact Sheet or visit the CDFI Fund’s website at www.cdfifund.gov.
About The Northwest Native Development Fund

The Northwest Native Development Fund seeks to foster economic and financial independence for Native people by assisting in the development of personal assets through financial and entrepreneurial education as well as providing access to capital through creative lending products. NNDF will promote this mission by increasing home ownership and economic opportunities.

For more information on the NNDF, go to www.thenndf.org.

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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.

The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

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The NNDF A Little Loan Fund That Could… Help a New Restaurateur

Tribal member Theresa Desautel-Gilcrist opens up the first restaurant in the Colville Tribes new Government Center

February 4, 2016 – Nespelem Washington.

In November of 2014, Theresa Desautel saw an opportunity. The Colville Tribes had just opened a brand new multi-million dollar government center that would house the entire Tribal administration. Hundreds of employees would be working in the new, state-of-the-art building. All those employees needed to eat.

Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist approached the Tribe with a proposal to operate a cafeteria in the new building, offering healthy, tasty fare for breakfast and lunch. The new cafeteria would be operated by a private person, a Tribal member, rather than the government. The Tribal administration liked her idea and said, “Yes” to her proposal.Theresa sign

There was one problem. Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist needed start up capital and some help with her business plan. The Northwest Native Development Fund has established itself as the “go to” local organization for both funding and business expertise for budding native entrepreneurs. Theresa turned to the Northwest Native Development Fund for help and the staff at NNDF went to work helping her make her dream come true.

The Executive Director of the NNDF, Ted Piccolo, noted some of the challenges Theresa faced, “Revenue projections for restaurants are difficult. Projections for a café, on a Reservation, in a brand new building of this size are even more difficult,” he said, “but things are always easier when the owner dives right into the project and Theresa really did.”

Entrepreneurs with a new business idea often find that start-up capital is extremely difficult, and often impossible, to get. Trying to get that kind of financing for a Tribally owned building on an Indian Reservation adds to that challenge. It most often entails more difficulties than an outside bank can address. However, the Northwest Native Development Fund was established to meet challenges just like this and has built itself upon doing those difficult deals. The specialized vision of the NNDF allows it to see true potential, accurately assessing the capabilities of the prospective native entrepreneur and then providing the financing needed.

Piccolo said, “In the case of Red Willow Café’, the market was there. The customers were right there in the building. The owner, Theresa, was burning the midnight oil leading up to the opening and the Tribal government administration really wanted a private individual in there who could service their employees. There was just many reasons a financing entity in the right place, with the right philosophy of lending, would take the opportunity to partner with Mrs. Desautel-Gilcrist.”

Eight weeks later the Red Willow Café’ opened its doors. Inside were 5 new employees and a whole new line-up of foods for the Nespelem area including healthy salads, sandwiches, soups, and smoothies. It might have seemed normal for Seattle, but for this small proud community located in the heart of the Colville Indian Reservation it is new and exciting. Very exciting.

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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

 

Nominate Someone Today! It’s easy!

Do you know a person or business who deserves to be recognized for their contributions to the Native owned business community?

The Bear Award is given to a person or business or group who has been an advocate for the Native business community. Do you know someone who has been an advocate for Native businesses? Past winners include Dave Bonga from the Kalispell Tribe and Shivon Brite. Both have been quietly supporting businesses in Indian country.   If you know someone who does not get enough recognition then nominate them. It’s free and easy to nominate them. Simply go to THIS website and send in your nomination. We will then process your nomination. (The Bear in Native culture is often recognized as a protector of the little ones in the forest.)

Salmon Award is given to a person or business or group who has gone out of their way to buy Native. This can be a person or a business or an organization. Maybe you know a purchasing agent with a business or organization who tries to support Native owned businesses by purchasing Native products or services. Past winners include Wild Horse Casino and Resort and Gary George and Charlene “Sam” Wilson. Both were recognized for going out of their way to try to purchase Native products and services. We often encourage others to “Buy Native,” so now let’s recognize and celebrate people who do. Please go to this WEBLINK and make your nomination online. (In the Northwest Native culture the Salmon is recognized as providing for our people. He gives of himself. He is trade for our people.)

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Nominate Your Favorite Native Business of the Year!

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

2014 Gala everyone had a great time!

Do you know a Native business owner in Washington State? The Northwest? Want to see them be recognized for their products, services or successes? We are looking for three kinds of nominees.

The Advocate: Or as we call it the “Bear” award. Do you know a person or organization who has been an advocate for Native owned businesses? That person or organization who, like the bear, looks out for others. Strong, dependable. Too often these people or companies go unnoticed. We want to award them in front of hundreds of their peers. All you have to do is go to this link and provide your nomination for the Bear award.

The Purchaser: Or as we call them, the “Salmon” award. Do you know a person or business who makes a strong effort to buy from Native owned businesses? Purchase Native products or services? We are forever encouraging people to “Buy Native” and yet we very seldom actually recognize them when they do. So let’s recognize a person or business who “Buys Native.” Then go to this link and nominate your selection for the Salmon Award.

Meet last year’s award winners, L to R: Charlene Sam Wilson (Salmon Award), Connie Shaver (Eagle Award) and Shivon Brite (Bear Award)

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Online nominations HERE. Or you can email your nominations to damariso@thenndf.org.

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