NNDF In The News

The Northwest Native Development Fund was in the news recently for our efforts in micro-enterprise development in the region.

Check out this news story from the Public News Service.


Pull quote mania here:TedOFN

In Okanogan County, the Northwest Native Development Fund is having its second Small Business Gala to honor not just business owners but those who are their best customers. Executive Director Ted Piccolo says every week is Entrepreneurship Week in northern Washington. “For folks like us, we’re looking around thinking, ‘Well, join the party!’” he says. “It’s what we do every day, working with microenterprise and small business.” Piccolo says his group also is congratulating a new group of Indianpreneurship graduates, who have taken a rigorous 10-week course to emerge with a business plan, and working to help market the area’s Native American artists. – See more at: http://www.publicnewsservice.org/2014-11-17/livable-wages-working-families/nurturing-local-global-entrepreneurs-in-wa/a42883-1#sthash.lkgxEXsT.dpuf

In all actuality it is not us doing the hard work. It is all those entrepreneurs out there fighting the elements and the odds to make it happen.

NNDF Recognized For Exemplary Service

NNDF Executive Director Elected to National Board

NCNBOARD2Tuesday October 14th, NNDF Executive Director, Ted Piccolo was elected to the Board of the Native CDFI Network (NCN).

The NCN is the leading advocacy body for the Native CDFI Industry.


Two-­‐time Grammy Nominee, Randy Wood, to headline 2nd Annual Native Business Awards Gala

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERACOULEE DAM WASHINGTON – On November 21st, the Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) will be holding its Second Annual Business Awards Gala Dinner at the Northern Quest Resort in Airway Heights. Renowned singer, dancer, and speaker Randy Wood will headline the entertainment. Mr. Wood is the first Native American to ever be nominated in the “Native American Music Awards” category, including the 2002 Grammy and JUNO awards for his first solo recording album. His third recording album won Best Traditional album at the 2005 Native American Music Awards. His second Grammy nomination came in 2006 for his song “Our love will never die.”

“We could not be more excited at the prospect of Mr. Wood coming to perform for us this November,” said Ted Piccolo, NNDF Executive Director. “We thought last year’s event was great but this year’s gala is going to be an extra special event,” Piccolo said.

The event will honor three members of the local native community for their work on behalf of native business development. The Eagle Award will be given to honor the Native Business of the Year, the Salmon Award to honor the Native Purchaser of the Year, and the Bear Award for the Native Business Advocate of the Year. Those receiving these prestigious awards will be announced at the event.

The 2013 Native Business Awards Gala drew over 100 people and was sponsored by Sterling Savings Bank, The Colville Tribes, and the Northwest Area Foundation. The event was attended by local business owners, civic and tribal leaders, representatives from the finance industry, and high school youth leaders.

This year the NNDF is expecting twice as many attendees. In addition to the bestowing of the prestigious business awards and the entertainment from Mr. Wood, the event this year will also feature a silent auction. The proceeds of the auction will help promote local Native Artists.

The NNDF’s Eagle, Salmon and Bear Awards

The NNDF has designed special awards to recognize the significant contributions of Native entrepreneurs and business people to the economic development of the local native community.

The Eagle Award is presented to the Native Business of the Year. In Native Culture, the eagle is recognized, as being a visionary. He exemplifies someone who possesses great courage and wisdom. The 2013 Eagle Award went to Claw Construction, a Native owned company in Coulee Dam Washington.

The Salmon Award recognizes a person, business or government organization who purchases Native products and services. The salmon have always provided for Native people, also the salmon have been a major source of trade for the Native people in the Pacific Northwest. It is appropriate that the award recognizing someone for supporting Native businesses is compared to the salmon. The first recipient of the NBN Salmon award was Wildhorse Resort/Casino and their COO Gary George.

Finally, the third award is the Bear Award and recognizes the Native Business Advocate of the year. The Bear is recognized in Native Culture as a protector of the woods. The Bear is seen as wise and someone who will stand up for the smaller animals in the forest. As such the Native Business Advocate of the year possesses those same attributes as the 2013 Bear Award winner David Bonga does.

NNDF Executive Director, Ted Piccolo, believes this growing event serves an important purpose in the development of the entrepreneurial spirit in the Native community. “I am glad to see real public support and recognition for the entrepreneurial spirit in the native community,” said Piccolo.

“The Eagle, the Salmon, and the Bear represent important symbols in the Native community and we think it is appropriate for those who are leading and building businesses to be recognized and honored with these awards,” he added.

Piccolo and the NNDF staff are happy to see the awards dinner become an annual event and celebration for business people and entrepreneurs from the local Native community. Doors to the event will open at 5:00 pm for early view of auction items and meet the entertainer. Auction and networking event begin at 5:30. Ticket costs are $15 per person or $12 per seat to sponsor a table of 10.

Reservations are not required, but the NNDF requests that those who want to attend RSVP, as seating is limited.
“Together with our sponsors and grant partners, we have worked to keep the cost affordable so that everyone can participate in supporting business growth in the Native community,” Piccolo said.
For more information, or to RSVP to attend, contact Matt Pleasants at 509-634-2626 or via email at info@thenndf.org.

The Northwest Native Development Fund was established in 2011 and 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. Since 2011, the NNDF has had over a $17 Million Dollar impact on the Colville and Spokane Indian Reservations.