Indianpreneurship Graduation

On August 4th the Northwest Native Development Fund graduated 8 individuals from the 2019 Indianpreneurship course in Omak Washington. 

Indianpreneurship is the small business planing course that was created by ONABEN specifically for Indian Country. This course uses the “story telling” technique to teach people how to research, analyze and then share their particular business “story” or “plan.”



Her First Home!

Let us introduce you to Nicolette Descoteaux.  A single mother with 3 children. She enrolled in the IDA program offered by Northwest Native Development Fund in 2016. This is a matched savings program that also consists of a set of key education elements. The program would assist her with home buyer education, financial literacy training and a savings account with an 8 to 1 match (up to $4,000) and would teach healthy financial habits.  

“NNDF’s IDA program was an amazing resource.  In addition to the down payment assistance, the program included a homebuyer’s education course which was invaluable – I was able to work through the process with confidence.  I’m proud of myself and look forward to raising my children in our own home.”– Nicolette Descoteaux

We at the NNDF could not be prouder of Nicolette. She worked very hard to achieve this. NNDF’s Program Coordinator Cassandra Waters goes on to say that, “Nicolette is brilliant resilient and a genuine light to our community. She will continue to inspire those working towards similar goals.

Photo credit Roxanne Best, Roxtography.

The Northwest Native Development Fund is a 501c3 non-profit Native Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) serving the Plateau Native Community in Eastern Washington State.



FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE – February 5, 2019


Coulee Dam, Washington –The Nespelem-Coulee Dam-Grand Coulee area is in a housing crisis. The region has a difficult time keeping professionals like teachers and nurses and a major reason is the lack of housing inventory. The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) recognizes the lack of housing stock in the region and seeks to address the shortage by dedicating up to $1 million.  NNDF will set out on a mission to add up to 10 homes to the local housing market in the $150,000 – $180,000 price range.

A recent study showed that the majority of the population in this region earns between $25,000 and $75,000 with the largest group between $35,000 and $49,000. That same study showed that the cost of power in the Nespelem to Elmer City is so high so as to adversely affect everyday living expenses which in turn affects what people can afford in housing.

The NNDF will take on a two-pronged attack approach. The first is to attempt to fund and empower local builders and handy-humans. The second is to begin building median priced homes for the first-time buyer market.

The NNDF intends to reach out with a call to action for builders, contractors, remodelers, or handymen to inform them that capital is available. “While funding for any project is not a guarantee, what there is now is and emphasis on the type of deal and a willingness to get even more creative on the financing.” Said Ted Piccolo, executive director of the NNDF. “We want to keep young professionals in our region, and we recognize that those professionals want clean affordable housing. For the benefit of our community, our staff will step out front on this issue.”

The NNDF will commit up to $1 million to this effort (or an average of 10 loans at up to $100,000.)

For local contractors or do-it-yourselfers NNDF will make available a Construction/Rehab Loans.  This financing will allow the borrower 6 months before the first payment is due. There are also other aspects to the product that point the borrower to turning the property over in a short period of time.  This tool will allow a person to obtain and rehab an existing property using the old property as security. It also allows the borrower to address the cashflow problem by providing the needed capital before the project is finished and goes on the market. Of course, all is dependent upon factors such as borrower credit.

NW Native Development Fund will soon host an open house to welcome anyone who believes they have a plan for a build, a sale or whatever and all they need is financing. The NNDF hopes that by empowering the entrepreneurial hands individuals will result an uptick in the number of units available in the local housing inventory.

A second prong of attack is that the NNDF will begin constructing new homes directed at the first-time entry-level home buyer. Many of these properties will be located on the Colville Indian Reservation with some emphasis toward solar power technology in order to offset the extraordinarily high-power prices in that region.

The goal is that within two years there are 10-15 additional home owners in the region purchasing homes in the neighborhood of $180,000. Individuals who may not have otherwise been able to purchase a home.

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. For more information on the NNDF, go to or call (509) 633-9940.


NNDF Housing Press Release 2-5-2019

NNDF Receives $770,000 Award from U.S. Treasury CDFI Fund



CONTACT: Ted Piccolo

September 20, 2018                                                   (509) 633-9940


Coulee Dam Washington – The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) learned yesterday that they will become the recipient of a $770,000 award for the expansion of services and to increase the volume of their small business lending. The NNDF will use the $770,000 award as seed to grow their lending capital fund and increase the current portfolio to $5 million dollars by the year 2020.

“We are happy, humbled and excited that the CDFI Fund saw fit to invest in our little company,”said Ted Piccolo NNDF Executive Director. “We have already provided over $3 million dollars in small business financing and this award will help us leverage to larger financing dollars in order to fuel small businesses in Eastern Washington.”

The NNDF provides credit builder loans for people who are struggling to increase their credit scores while avoiding predatory lending operations. They also provide free family budgeting workshops, small business marketing workshops and an extensive business planning course. All of this financial education is tied to over $3 million dollars in small business financing and over $100,000 in consumer/credit builder lending.

The CDFI Fund’s Native Initiatives generates economic opportunity for Native Communities by supporting the creation and expansion of Native CDFIs like NNDF though the Native American CDFI Assistance Program (NACA Program) and Capacity Building Initiative trainings. The Native CDFIs, in turn, help to create jobs, establish or improve affordable housing, and provide accessible financial services and counseling within their communities.

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Put Your Name On A Great Evening!

Sponsor the Native Business Awards Gala


Come and celebrate the 10th Anniversary of the Northwest Native Development Fund and sponsor a wonderful evening of music, arts and small business recognition.

On September 14th the NNDF will be hosting our 4th annual Native Business Awards and celebrating the Native Business Network. Each year we take notice to honor three special awardees.

  • Eagle Award (Native Business Of The Year)
  • Salmon Award (Native Purchaser/Supporter Of The Year)
  • Bear Award (Native Business Advocate Of The Year)

We will also be recognizing award winning Native Artists from throughout the year and welcoming Raye Zaragoza as special musical entertainment for the evening.

We at the NNDF thank you for your consideration of being a proud sponsor of the 3rd Annual Native Business Awards Gala and Art Auction. Your support for this event will help build, promote and celebrate the growing Small Business community within Indian Country of Washington State.

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.

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  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 to us 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

504 Fir St. Coulee Dam WA, 99116 – (509) 633-9940 –

NNDF Announcing Raye Zaragoza to perform live at September Gala

The NNDF can proudly announce that Raye Zaragoza will be performing live at the 4th annual Native Business Awards Gala and Dinner on September 14th 2018. This annual event will also mark the 10 year anniversary of the Northwest Native Development Fund.

Please mark your calendars for September 14 and be sure to come and join us as we celebrate the Native Small Business of the year, outstanding Native artists and ten years of NNDF.

Tickets can be purchased online HERE for $20. They include dinner, artists evening, entertainment, awards ceremony and networking.

Raye Zaragoza is an award-winning singer, songwriter, and performer whose multinational heritage (Native American (O’odham), Mexican, Taiwanese and Japanese) deeply informs her music. This perspective can be heard in her independently released song “In the River,” a response to the construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation in North Dakota. The quiet yet powerful track resonated strongly with listeners and went viral in late 2016, garnering half a million views on the video, national media coverage, and a Global Music Award and Honesty Oscar.

Raye’s debut album, Fight For You (independent, 2017), displays her compassion, dedication to justice and equality for all, and keen eye for the seemingly small daily moments that become our most meaningful memories. About the record, Raye says, “This album is about finding yourself and finding your voice. It’s about maturing and realizing that you can make a difference if you so choose.”

Native CDFI Loan Underwriting Training

September 13-14

Small Business Loan Underwriting Training

With NNDF and Oweesta

This event is for loan officers, CDFI accountants, Executive Directors.

Would you like to see how other Native CDFI’s intake, underwrite and process small business loans? Walk through the process of underwriting different small business loans?

Save this date and book your rooms under the Northwest Native Development Fund room block at the Centennial Hotel (formerly Hotel RL) in Spokane Washington. The special NNDF rate for this event is $95 per night. Room block dates are available Wednesday September 12 through Friday September 14. View room block flyer HERE.

Call The Centennial Hotel Spokane to book your room under the room block toll free: 1-844-733-3305 and ask for Mary Jean Jacob. Or you can email Mary Jean at and refer to the Northwest Native Development Fund block code NORT0912.

Classroom space is limited to 40 individuals. If you want to insure that you have space at this event register ONLINE HERE.  If you have any questions please contact Cassandra at (or call (509) 633-9940)  in order to secure your registration. Cost for the training is $150.

— Draft Agenda —

Wednesday Arrivals


  • NNDF- Essentials of gathering information for Small Business loan underwriting.
  • Oweesta/NNDF – Underwrite and analyze small business #1. Walk through analysis.
  • Oweesta/NNDF – Underwrite and analyze small business #2.
  • Closing Day for both loans. Perfecting the deal.
  • 4:00 Wrap


  • Rewriting a failing loan
  • Procedures when a loan fails
  • Managing your loan portfolio
  • Lunch keynote with Chrystel Cornelius
  • 5:30 pm Gala and Native Business Awards
    • Attendees are invited to join the NNDF as we celebrate our 10 year anniversary. Workshop attendees are encouraged to join us for the Friday night Native Business Awards Gala. As a paid attendee of the workshop you will get free attendance to the awards night, dinner and entertainment. We just ask that you RSVP for that event as well because our seating is limited.

Save the Date Loan Underwriter Training September 13-14

Do you know a Native CDFI with a Loan Officer who would like to learn more about underwriting small business loans? How about a Native CDFI who has an accountant that would like to learn more about CDFI accounting? Would they like join with some other Loan Officers and Financial Officers and learn best practices?

Please join the NNDF as we will be joined by First Nations Oweesta Corp in hosting a workshop in Spokane Washington on September 13 & 14 to walk through the process of underwriting, closing and following up on small business loans. And a secondary training  on maintaining your CDFI financials.

As an added benefit, the evening of the second day the NNDF will be hosting our 4th annual Native Business Awards Gala and all course participants are welcome to join us in an evening of celebrating Native Entrepreneurship.

The cost of this event is $150. A hotel block is available at the Centennial Hotel Spokane. Please contact Cassandra at for more information or to reserve your spot today.

Space for this event will be limited to 40 individuals.

NNDF Featured in Wells Fargo Annual Report

One of our funding partners, Wells Fargo Bank, has highlighted their relationship with the NNDF in their annual report. This is a very significant document and it is truly an honor to be noticed not just once but TWICE in their annual report.

Note on page 2 there is the picture of the owner of Red Willow Cafe’ and then again on page 32 there is a story about the NNDF relationship with Red Willow and some more pictures.

Thank you Wells Fargo for your relationship and helping us to fund the dreams of Native Entrepreneurs in the great Pacific Northwest.

See the full report HERE.

The full url address is here:


January 8, 2018
Contact: Ted Piccolo (509) 633-9940


The NNDF recently received a $32,000 grant from the First Nations Development Institute of Longmont, Colorado. This award will support the efforts of the NNDF’s Plateau Native Arts Project.

“We are really excited to receive this grant from FNDI. This will greatly help our already growing arts program,” said Ted Piccolo NNDF executive director. “This will help us expand our annual Art Show, open an arts gallery for tourists, and provide more training for our local artists.”

The expanded Plateau Native Arts Project will incorporate an arts gallery in the Grand Coulee Dam area during the high traffic tourist months that will become a training and gathering space for local artists in the off season. The additional funding from FNDI will help expand the already growing Plateau Native Art Show held over Labor Day Weekend and will help the NNDF to provide more artists in business training for artists in our community.

“We have quite the artist population living quietly in our community right now,” said Piccolo, “We hope to be able to provide support for these folks and see this area eventually become a hub for artists in the Plateau Region of Washington State.” The grant timeline for this project will run from January 2018 to January 2019. The NNDF expects to host at least three training sessions that will match up experienced artists with young artists. For more information about the NNDF contact Ted Piccolo at (509) 633-9940 and for more information on the artists program contact
Cassandra Waters at (509) 633-9940.

The NNDF is a non-profit certified Native Community Development Financial
Institution (CDFI). The primary mission is to help individuals within our geographic
boundary to build assets by bringing financing and training resources. Follow us on, or our website at

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