Calling All Artists!

What: Plateau Native Art Show/Market
When: July 18, 19
Where: Grand Coulee, Hwy 155 across from Coulee Hardware

By showing your art work you will be automatically available for judging and perhaps awarded one of three cash prizes for your award.

Want to be part of a free event in which someone else will advertise and publicize? Want to reach out to potential art buyers from outside the local region? Want to have someone else do the work of setting up and taking down the venue? Want to be at the start of a cool new vibe for Plateau Region Artists? Again, want it all at NO CHARGE?

The Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) is currently coordinating a new two day out-door art show/market in Grand Coulee Dam Washington and is looking for area Native artists to come show off their talents and sell their art !

The event will take place mid-summer (July 18,19) in the heart of Grand Coulee Dam Washington. Middle July is the peak of tourist season and there will be thousands of visitors from around the State including the Puget Sound area. Bring business card, artwork and contact information.

We are looking for ten to twelve artists to fill out the FREE booths that the NNDF will set up and take down. All you will need to bring is your table and your art ! You may be sharing space with other artists. Help build the vibe!

Because the free space is limited we are seeking hard RSVP’s for this event. Call or email Rhonda St. Pierre at (509) 634-2626 or We will ask for a photo of your art and/or description of what you wish to sell. If you are not RSVP’d you will have to make room for those who have guaranteed that they will come. If you do RSVP and do not show, you will not be eligible for the end of year art awards.

By RSVP’ing and taking part in this event you will be automatically eligible for the judging and awarding for one of three cash prizes. There will be an end of year award going to 1st place $400, 2nd place $200, and 3rd place $100. These awards will be given out at the third annual NNDF Gala to be held in May of 2016. Another great event to be noticed and show your work.

Tell your friends, help get the word out and make this into something special ! Look forward to seeing you in July!

Big Taste, Small Town Burgers


‪Small Business Spotlight!


Who: S & T Burgers

Where: Nespelem WA

No one needs to tell Seanette Hodge and Terrance Gallaher about hard work. They have been doing it their whole lives. Whether it be for the local school or working in the woods.

But now they have taken their hard work and pointed it in the direction of building their own food stand business. And hard work it is to turn a vacant street corner in Nespelem Washington into a thriving little meeting place for lunch time patrons.

S & T Burgers owner/cook Terry has developed a reputation of whipping up the best burgers in town. And the NNDF has even utilized them as caterers for some of our events. If you want some real personal service they are eager to please.

A year ago S & T came to the NNDF for some financial assistance and technical assistance. We were able to provide some micro-financing and a small amount of guidance to help them cut some of their costs. “We are happy to report that they have fulfilled their financial obligations AND they are a thriving little business filling a void in the small town of Nespelem,” said Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of the Northwest Native Development Fund.

Congratulations S & T and here’s to many more years of service to your community.

Native Awards Gala Draws 100’s

The 2014 Native Business Awards Gala drew hundreds of attendees.

The night was elegant, light, fun and a great way to set off the holiday season.

Here are a few pictures from the evenings event.


Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Hundreds of attendees had a great time and enjoyable evening.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Attendees had an opportunity to view and bid on work by local artists.

Wondering if they should "up" the bid?

Wondering if they should “up” the bid?

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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:

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.

Want to bid on a Virgil “Smoker” Marchand original sculpture?

Have you ever wanted to own an original piece by renowned Colville artist Virgil “Smoker” Marchand?


The Salmon Chief

This beautiful piece is being crafted especially for the Native Business Awards gala on November 21st by Smoker Marchand.

You can be the proud owner of the “Salmon Chief.”

Virgil “Smoker” Marchand is a world renowned artist, sculptor, painter. He is an enrolled member of the Colville Confederated Tribes and his work can be seen at many public places in both the United States and Canada.

The NNDF is overwhelmed by Smoker’s donation. He is a true leader in the community and a supporter of the Small Business community in Indian Country. A great big heartfelt “thank-you” goes out from the NNDF to Smoker Marchand.

John GrantThere are many other items up for bid at the silent auction. There is a numbered limited edition John Grant print, pottery piece by Luke Langholz, turquoise bracelet, a couple of vacation packages and much more.

Immediately following the silent auction we will have the dinner buffet and entertainment by 2 time Grammy nominee Randy Wood and following the dinner and entertainment there will be the presentation of the Native Business Awards.

SANYO DIGITAL CAMERADon’t forget that immediately following the silent auction there will be a dinner and entertainment by 2 time Grammy nominee Randy Wood.

Evening begins with the silent auction at 5:30

Tickets are only $15 each or purchase a table of 10 for $120.

Tickets are selling fast so be sure to order yours ahead of the event by emailing Damaris Ortiz at

Call Matthew at (509) 634-2626.

A Most Awesome Event Cometh!

Native Business Awards Gala With Grammy Nominee Randy Wood!

November 21st, Northern Quest Resort, 5:30pm

Tickets $15 gets: Dinner, Silent Auction, Music/Entertainment, Awards Presentation

Call Damaris or Matt: (509) 634-2626, Email:

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Save the Date! Get Your Tickets Now!

Mark your calendars! Spread the word! November 21st.

Time is running out to pre-purchase your tickets for the 2nd annual Native Business Awards Gala.

Call Damaris at (509) 633-9940 to order your tickets. $15 per person or you can purchase an entire table at $12 per seat.

You get dinner, entertainment, silent auction items and of course the Native Business Awards presentation.
Pre-order your tickets today and pay for the tickets when they are delivered to your office!!!

$15.00 per ticket or $120.00 for a table that seats 10 people (Includes Buffet Dinner, Silent Auction, Awards, & Live Entertainment)
Location & Time: Northern Quest Casino at 5:30 PM

Special Guest: Randy WoodSANYO DIGITAL CAMERA

Randy is 2 time Grammy nominee singer, drummer, story teller. The NNDF is delighted to have Mr. Wood attend our event and provide our guests with an inspirational evening.


Special Appearance: Elizabeth Phillips

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

Ms. Phillips is a female MMA Fighter who has been featured in two UFC fights just this year. She is an up and coming talent from Indian Country and was raised on the Colville Indian Reservation. A true inspiration of dedication discipline for the youth of our region.

To pre-order contact Matt Pleasants at 509-634-2626 or by email

NNDF Recognized For Exemplary Service

Another great donation from Sister Sky!

Another special thanks goes out to Sister Sky for yet another donation item for the silent auction.

This is a $100 dollar gift certificate to go along with the two item gift set.

Sister Sky is a nationally recognized Native American, Woman Owned spa and beauty products company. Their items can be found in some of the most prestigious hotels in the country as well as online. You can find their products and order online HERE and you can also attend the Native Business Awards Gala on November 21st and bid on the two pack gift set AND the $100 gift certificate.