Native Procurement Technical Assistance Center (Native PTAC) is a free, grant funded, community resource that assists Native peoples in contracting with state, local, Federal, and Native governments within AK, ID, OR, and WA.

Native PTAC helps Native firms with federal, Tribe, state and local government contracting through one-to-one assistance with government certifications and registrations, classes and workshops,  bid match opportunities, interpretation of solicitations, bid/proposal reviews, marketing advice, and contract performance support for designated socio-economic programs.

There are PTAC’s in every state and, in addition, six Native American PTACs in the country. Each Native American PTAC covers one and a half or two BIA regions. The Native American PTAC program is unique because, in addition the regular assistance PTACs provide, we help with businesses opportunities, certifications and programs unique to Native businesses and Tribal governments.

Who is eligible for services from Native PTAC?

Organizations located in the Alaska and Northwest BIA Regions: AK, ID, OR & WA

  • For-profit Businesses
    • 51% Native Owned Businesses
    • Owner(s) recognized as American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian
    • Tribal Owned, ANC Owned and NHO Owned Enterprise
  • Tribal Governments, Alaska Native Corporations and Native Hawaiian Organizations
  • Native owned Non-profit receiving or applying for federal funding

Assistance is also available for

  • Non-native owned businesses seeking to work with Native government – in conjunction with State PTAC
  • Prime Contract holders seeking Native Owned Subcontractors/ Suppliers/ Services
  • Government Agencies seeking to connect with Native Owned Contractors
Services for Small Businesses

Native PTAC provides free assistance to Native Owned Small Businesses

Individual and Group Counseling
Understanding how governments procure, the steps in the process and where your business fits in are important foundation steps. Native PTAC is here to help you lay a foundation whether your business is looking to expand or start in government contracting.

  • Business Consulting
  • Procurement Technical Assistance
  • Contracting Compliance Assistance

Assistance with Government Registrations and Certifications
Certain certifications and registrations are required to contract with various levels of governmental agencies, while others help businesses to be more competitive in the government marketplace. Native PTAC provides assistance with SAM registration. Learn more in Where Do I Start.

  • Commercial and Government Entity (CAGE) codes and Dun & Bradstreet (DUNS) numbers
  • Identification of North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) Codes
  • System for Award Management Registration (SAM)
  • 8(a) and HUB Zone Certification Assistance
  • Electronic Bid Match Opportunities System

Marketing Assistance
Native PTAC helps determine where the key markets are for your products and services. They also work to bridge opportunities between buyers and suppliers. Learn more in Marketing Assistance for Government Contracting.

  • Identification of Potential Markets
  • Marketing Review and Counseling

Interpretation of Solicitations
Native PTAC can help decipher solicitations by reviewing contract clauses, terms, definitions and requirements to ensure your interactions with bid target agencies are correct, complete and powerful. Learn more about Interpretation of Solicitations.

  • Location, Interpretation and Review of Solicitations
  • Bid and Proposal Review
  • Federal, State and Local Regulations

Specifications, Standards and Drawings
Native PTAC also helps locate necessary documents for solicitations.

All other areas of selling to the government
It is our job to assist small businesses with selling to local, state, and federal government agencies and government prime contractors. If a small business has questions in any area of selling to the government we will work to help answer those questions. This can range from packaging requirements, technology, to practicing a presentation.

  • Post-award counseling – invoicing, production, quality systems, accounting system requirements, transportation, packaging, subcontracting, and property.
  • Contract review – all the FAR clauses as well as any other terms and conditions in the contract.

Training and Seminars
Native PTAC hosts a number of training sessions and seminars throughout the year to provide the practical, hands-on information you need to do business with the government. Topics have included local procurement opportunities, government certifications, construction and bonding, and doing business with GSA. View the Calendar for current training in your area. Learn more about training and seminars.

  • Counseling, Workshops & Seminars
  • Partnership and Networking
Services for Primes and Agencies

Native PTAC supports Native Owned Small Businesses by working with Government Agencies & Prime Contractors to better understand and utilize Small Businesses with the following:

  • Partnership and Networking
  • Educational Workshops, Outreach, Training and Seminars
  • Subcontracting Compliance
  • Marketing solicitations and Call for Sub Contractors
Difference between Native American PTACs and State PTACs

The core reason for the existence of Native American PTACs (NAPTACs) can be summed up in one word: Sovereignty. The relationship between federally recognized Tribes and the United States is one between sovereign nations. This “government-to-government” principle, which is grounded in the United States Constitution, has helped to shape the long history of relations between the federal government and Tribal nations.

Tribal sovereignty ensures that any decisions about the Tribes with regard to their property and citizens are made with their participation and consent. There are 566 federal recognized Tribes (276 of which are serviced by Native PTAC) which enjoy a government to government relationship with the federal government.  These domestic sovereign nations have the authority to function similar to the federal government.  That is, to govern their lands as sovereigns. No two Tribal nations are the same.

Is there a difference in the type of knowledge and service the NAPTACs provide?

There answer to this is both yes and no.  NAPTACs provide all of the same services as state and regional PTACs offer:  As items listed and required in the Cooperative Agreement, workshops, seminars, SAM registration, marketing review, certification assistance, Bid Match, networking, etc.

Here are a few areas where NAPTACs differ from state and regional PTACs and may assist in:

  • Understanding of laws and certifications specific to Native (individually or tribal owned) Business
  • Ability to delegate resources to access remote locations
  • Assisting Native and non-Native firms be successful working in Indian Country
  • Tribal government procurement
  • Understanding of the cultures and communities that foster Native businesses
  • Indian Reorganization Act
  • Indian Reservation Roads
  • Indian Incentive Program
  • NAPTACs can also provide FREE work-shops and seminars for Tribal Councils, Enterprise Boards, and Staff to help educate and understand the business opportunities available.

To elaborate a bit further, the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of 1934 created many federal statutes that apply to Indian lands.  IRA tribes have access to programs/policies which can directly affect government contracts.

Public Law 93-638 is a federal law which has direct effect on procurement such as the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR).  This law gives Tribes authority to oversee all contracts relative to highway and road construction, maintenance and repair of roads servicing reservations.

Indian Incentive Program (IIP), 25 USC 1544, is another piece of legislation that is unique to Native Americans and Federal contracting.  It states “Notwithstanding any other provision of law, a contractor of a Federal agency under any Act of Congress may be allowed an additional amount of compensation equal to 5 percent of the amount paid, or to be paid, to a subcontractor or supplier, in carrying out the contract if such subcontractor or supplier is an Indian organization or Indian-owned economic enterprise as defined in this chapter.”  The TRCDC Native PTAC is uniquely qualified to assist DOD Prime Contractors in locating Native American businesses that qualify for the program, to the benefit of Native Americans businesses and Prime Contractors alike.

Indian Reservations are automatically designated both “Distressed Areas” and “HUBZones”. As a result of this, Native PTAC are particularly well versed in HUBZone applications.

These are but a few of the federal statutes that apply to Native companies. Native individuals and companies have certain statutory requirements for certification and operations which other companies simply do not have.

It is important to realize that, as opposed to individually owned 8(a) firms, a Tribal, Alaska Native Corporation (ANC), or Native Hawaiian Organization (NHO) owned firm provides opportunities and benefits to entire communities. Because of this shared community benefit, it is vital that elected Tribal and ANC officials have a clear understanding of the business opportunities for their people. NAPTACs are often invited to provide workshops and counseling to Tribal councils and economic development committees. Tribes use revenue from their economic enterprises to fund infrastructure, educational opportunities, healthcare, housing assistance, work force training, natural resource management, and an array of other programs.

There are many myths and confusion within many federal agencies which consider Native, Tribal, ANC, and NHO companies to be the same. They are not.  There are many treaties and legislation that make these distinctions. Note the SBA 1010 for 8(a) certification has separate forms for ANCs, NHOs and American Indian Tribes (AITs).

Tribes themselves are government agencies.  Many tribes have established their own procurement and certification processes. Therefore, the NAPTACs scope includes technical assistance for companies which want to contract with Tribal governments.  Each Tribe has the authority and responsibility to establish regulations to oversee commerce on the reservation.

Tribal operations can provide significant economic benefits to the greater region. For example, in Washington State during 2012, local Tribes purchased over $2.4 billion in goods and services. Washington Tribes paid $1.3 billion in wages and benefits to over 27,000 workers in their casinos, governments and non-gaming enterprises, the vast majority of whom were non-Indian. NAPTACs can work to identify opportunities that may not be advertised through more commonly known channels.

Tribal Section 17 and why choosing a business structure is important. The choice of business structure will have long-term and far-reaching consequences for a Tribal government and Tribal business. NAPTACs provide education to the Tribes in creating a Section 17. A Section 17 corporation can provide an attractive business structure for Tribes because it establishes a legal entity to conduct and manage business activities separate from the Tribe itself.

Tribal, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian communities are unique. There many different aspects of culture, tradition, history and geography. Despite these differences, the close connections within Indian Country span the continent. Word travels fast and actions speak louder than words. NAPTACs work hard to establish trust, respect, and lines of communication with their clients and communities they serve.

How Native PTAC and our 4 state PTACs work together?  The ultimate goal for Native PTAC is to see our clients succeed. The Native PTAC often work cooperatively with WA, ID, OR and AK state PTACs to help non-Native firms identify and perform on projects on Indian reservations, cross promote events, and provide additional resources and networking opportunities. With ideal situations, it is common for Native PTAC and adjoining State PTACs to refer clients to specific individuals with particular areas of expertise.

Ultimately, the Native PTAC program is hosted by Two Rivers CDC to bring economic opportunity, diversity and well being to our Native communities.


Service Commitment

What to expect from Two Rivers CDC Native PTAC…

  • Individualized business counseling
  • Support with bid proposals
  • Information on all government levels: local, state, and federal
  • Identification of bid opportunities
  • Registrations & Certifications
  • Training events
  • Networking / matchmaking events
  • Federal Acquisition Regulations
  • Procurement Award History
  • Confidentiality concerning your company pertaining to any third party, with exception of our funding sources, without express consent by your company

What we expect of our clients…

  • Communications
    • Meet with Native PTAC and receive 30 minutes of counseling time and/or attend a Native PTAC event every 12 months.
    • Changes in your company”s POC
    • Let us know your service needs
    • Updates in company capabilities
  • Return our Survey
    • How is it going?
    • Report any Federal, State or Local Contract or Subcontract Awards Information
Stay Active

As a federally funded program, Two Rivers CDC through Native PTAC must provide assistance to the business community that we quantify or report to our funding agency. In order to maintain an Active client status with us and receive our free services and notifications, clients are required to:

  1. Have a signature on file requesting services, and
  2. Respond annually to our brief surveys regarding our assistance and contracts awarded, and
  3. Annually, meet with a counselor in person, over the phone or through email discussion, or attend a Native PTAC sponsored event, and
  4. If requested, participate in a success story – a brief write up highlighting assistance provided.

We greatly appreciate the value you place on our services.

Not Native Owned or Outside AK, WA, ID, OR

For a comprehensive list for other PTACs around the country, use the Defense Logistics Agency’s (DLA) site.

The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers, APTAC, contains contact information for PTACs across the country and resources. However, this is a membership organization and might not list all PTACs.

Small Businesses in AK, WA, ID, OR? Contact the PTAC for your state: Alaska PTAC, Oregon GCAP, Idaho PTACWashington PTAC

Native owned small businesses outside our area? Contact your local center or one of the other Native American PTACs
Here are the Native American PTACs, their regions and websites as of 9/13/2015

  • American Indian Chamber Education Fund – PTAC – Covers entire Pacific and Western BIA Regions: CA, NV, most of UT and AZ – including Hopi Reservation – excluding Navajo Nation
  • National Center For American Indian Enterprise Development – PTAC (formerly UIDA Business Services) – Covers entire Southwest and Navajo BIA Regions and half of Eastern BIA Region: AL, CO, CT, FL, LA, MS, NC, NM, RI, SC, parts of UT and AZ – only Navajo Nation excluding Hopi Reservation
  • Native American Development Corporation – NADC PTAC – Covers entire Rocky Mountain and Great Plains BIA Regions: ND, NE, SD, WY & MT
  • Native Diversification Network PTAC (NDN-PTAC) – Covers the entire Midwest and Eastern BIA regions: AL, AR, CT, DC, DE, FL, GA, IL, IN, KY, LA, MD, MA, ME, MO, MS, NC,NH, NJ, NY, OH, PA, RI, SC, TN, VT, VA, WV, IA, MI, MN, WI
  • Tribal Government Institute – Covers entire Eastern Oklahoma and Southern Plains BIA Regions: KS, OK, TX
  • Two Rivers CDC Native PTAC – Covers entire Northwest and Alaska BIA Regions: AK, ID, OR and WA – excluding Flathead Reservation MT.
  • These states do not have Native American PTAC representation: HI. Native Owned businesses should seek assistance from their regional/ state PTAC. If they have questions specifically relating to Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Hawaiian Natives or working with tribes, they should connect with the closest Native American PTAC.


Out of Native PTAC Scope

Two Rivers CDC operates Native PTAC under a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Our cooperative agreement parameters are very clear on how we may assist our clients. Among the services we are not authorized to provide:

  • General business training or small business development counseling*
  • Assistance to individuals interested in starting a new business*
  • Marketing on behalf of clients
  • Business Funding
  • Legal Counsel
  • Tax Advice
  • Industry and Employee development related training

*These services are available through Two Rivers CDC and may be fee based

Please be aware that Two Rivers CDC or any of its programs does not provide any services, counsel, or referrals for the Gaming and Marijuana industries.

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