Sister Sky, Thanks for the latest auction donation!

Now search for Native Owned Businesses. Officially certified through Tribal TERO.

Do you know a government purchasing agent? A local buyer? Know a city who wants to reach out and purchase products or servies from a Native American owned business? Click HERE.

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Well now you can search the Colville and Spokane Tribal TERO offices to find business who have been officially certified through their local TERO offices. Sure the State of Washington has their own Minority Owned Business certification, however businesses who have gone through the local Tribal TERO offices have to clear a higher hurdle than State or Federal minority certifications.


Simply go HERE and click on the Colville or Spokane Tribal TERO button, enter the type of business or service you are looking for and scroll through to find the Tribal member owned business.


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.


Special Thanks To Supporters

We at the NNDF would like to thank our latest sponsor for the 2014 Native Business Awards and Gala.

Travois! Since 1995 they have been the leading housing and economic development fTravois6inancing firm in Indian Country and they have graciously agreed to be a Salmon level sponsor for the 2014 NBN Awards night.


C_Grunlose2We also want to extend a gracious “thank you” to local Native Artist Cheryl Grunlose who has donated two beautifully framed prints of her work for the silent auction. Be sure to contact Damaris at (509) 633-9940 in order to get your tickets and bid on these pieces of art.


Call for Artists!

The NNDF is welcoming donations for the upcoming Native Business Awards Gala to be held on November 21st. We will also be hosting a silent auction and are seeking arts and crafts by local Native artists.

Would you like your art to be promoted on our Facebook page? Our newsletters and blog? Would you like your art to be showcased in the silent auction at the gala held at Northern Quest? Then give Matt Pleasants a call at (509) 634-2626.

Would you like your art to be showcased on our artist webpage and directory? For free? Then call Matt! TaalahFund


We would like to thank the Taalah Fund for their wonderful donation of a turquoise bracelet for the silent auction.


Oweesta donation

We would also like to thank Oweesta for their donation of this lovely piece of pottery by Luke Langholz Designs.





These two lovely pieces of art are just a sampling of what will be available for auction at the gala. We look forward to seeing you there!


NNDF to sponsor local UFC fighter Elizabeth Phillips

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

Local UFC fighter from Omak Washington

The Northwest Native Development Fund is proud to be a sponsor of local MMA fighter from Omak Washington, Elizabeth Phillips.

Elizabeth Phillips will be fighting in Macao China on Saturday August 23rd. You can watch the fight online by going to the UFC Fight Night webpage HERE.

Good luck Beth!

Coming to the NNDF in November

Email Matt at the NNDF to get tickets to the 2nd annual Native Business Awards Gala.

November 21st at Northern Quest.

Special guest two time Grammy nominee Randy Wood.

Free Family Budgeting Workshop

Northwest Native Development Fund

Invites you to attend a free workshop: Personal and Family Budgeting

Where: NNDF Conference Room (Tribal Credit) Nespelem

When: September 27, 2014

Time: 10am-2pm

Developing a Spending Plan that Works in your life

Working with Checking and Savings

Have a Credit or Budget Question? Find the Answers Here!

To Register for Classes call Matthew Pleasants 509.634.2626

Building a Better Community One class at a time

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

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.

NNDF Receives Over $44,000 USDA Grant For Buy Local Campaign

Nespelem, Washington – September, 22, 2013. Northwest Native Development Fund (NNDF) is happy to announce the successful award of the 2013 USDA Rural Business and Opportunity Grant. The RBOG grant will help provide funding to Promote and support Native American Businesses through the creation of a Regional Native Business Network, a “Buy Local” campaign and the establishment of a “Virtual Mall.”
“We are very excited to receive this grant.” said Ted Piccolo, Executive Director of the NNDF, “we look forward to helping Native owned businesses and local businesses with the marketing efforts this grant will provide.” (Click here to for the full Press Release…)