Northwest Native Ventures to Offer Training to Native Businesses in Washington, Oregon & Idaho

Kauffman & Associates, Inc. was recently awarded a Minority Business Development Agency Grant of $300,000 to launch Northwest Native Ventures (NNV)—a business incubator for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian entrepreneurs in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.

Northwest Native Ventures will offer free training and technical assistance on:

  • SBA 8(a) federal contracting certification and other certifications/programs
  • Federal contracting best practices
  • Strategic business management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Cost and expense management

March 2019 Northwest Native Ventures Bootcamp

In addition, Native-owned businesses in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon can apply to be one of 15 participants in NNV’s upcoming three-day business boot camp in Spokane, Washington.

The Bootcamp will include trainers from:

  • Hogan Entrepreneurial Leadership Program at Gonzaga University
  • Small Business Administration
  • Minority Business Development Agency
  • Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The Native American, woman-owned Kauffman & Associates, Inc. (KAI) is based in Spokane, Washington, and on Capitol Hill. KAI provides support to Tribes; Tribal organizations; foundations; private-sector businesses; and regional, state and federal agencies. The firm counts expertise spanning diverse specialty areas, including public health, education and economic development.

KAI Founder and President Jo Ann Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Indian Tribe stated: “We are excited and grateful for this opportunity to assist Native businesses in the Pacific Northwest as they look to grow to the next level.”

KAI was one of 10 organizations awarded more than $3 million in MBDA grants to support programs for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian-owned enterprises. MBDA is an agency of the U.S. Department of Commerce that promotes the growth of minority-owned business through the mobilization and advancement of public and private sector programs, policy, and research.

Learn more about Northwest Native Ventures at For more information about the Native Ventures Bootcamp, contact Elizabeth Bohnee at (509) 789-2867 or





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