June 03, 2014

Subject: June Update from Native PTAC

Welcome to June! The Strawberry Moon, Camas Ripe Moon, Birth Moon, Fish Spoils Easily Moon.

In this newsletter, find out more about upcoming classes, conferences and events, resources, news and opportunities.

Welcome Aboard, Trish!

We are pleased to introduce our newest, full time, Junior Business Counselor, Trish Johnson! Trish (Tlingit and Dakota Sioux) has been with us part time since October 2013, so many of you have already talked to her on the phone or received her emails. Trish comes to Native PTAC with a degree in Accounting, and is currently working on an additional degree in Business Administration. Trish has extensive experience with System for Award Management and Dynamic Small Business Search profiles and registrations.

Trish is well versed in the legal structure of Alaska Native Corporations and Alaska Native Villages. She very badly wanted us to include a reference to J. R. R. Tolkien and G. R. R. Martin, but we refused.


We are happy to be offering several classes in the next few weeks. Mark your calendars! We are always open to new topic ideas, we’d love to hear your suggestions! Drop us a line at Info@NativePTAC.org.

OMWBE Certification Workshops: Washington State needs certified small businesses! Please join Native PTAC and the WA State Office of Minority & Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE) for this workshop intensive. The purpose of this class is to help MWBE contractors through the process of getting certified by the Washington State Office of Minority and Women Business Enterprises. Attendees will need to collect and bring documents in order to fill out their paper work.

June 19 th
1pm to 3pm        OMWBE Certification Workshop          Registration
Tri-City Regional Chamber of Commerce, 7130 W. Grandridge Blvd. Ste. C, Kennewick, WA 99336

June 24rd  
10 am to 12pm        Meet the Prime – Korsmo Construction Subcontractor Fair  More Information
Foss Landing 1940 East D Street, Suite 300 Tacoma, WA  98421

June 26th 
9 am to 11 am    Intro to Government Contracting       Registration
1pm to 3pm     Veteran Owned Business Certificaton     Registration
Norm Dicks Government Center, 345 6th Street, Bremerton, WA 98337

Conferences and Events Native PTAC will be attending (bunch on the calendar we may want to pull)

June 5, 2014 NW Military Employer Summit, Clackamas, OR

June 8 -11, 2014 National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2014 Mid Year Conference Anchorage,AK

June 11 -14, 2014 Celebration 2014, Juneau, AK

June 13, 2014 Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises Open House & Good Bye Party for Mick Matsuzawa! Olympia, WA

June 17 – 18, 2014 National 8(a) Association 2014 Summer Conference , Anchorage, AK

June 17-18, 2014 NUWC Keyport’s Biennial Industry Days, Keyport, WA

June 18, 2014 Washington State 25th Annual Centennial Accord Meeting,Olympia, WA

Don’t forget to plan ahead, there are many more details of these and other events listed on our calendar

The Office of the National Ombudsman

The National Ombudsman’s mission is to assist small businesses when they experience excessive or unfair federal regulatory enforcement actions, such as repetitive audits or investigations, excessive fines, penalties, threats, retaliation or other unfair enforcement action by a federal agency.

As an impartial liaison, the Office of the National Ombudsman directs reported regulatory fairness matters to the appropriate federal agency for high-level fairness review and works across government to address those concerns, reduce regulatory burdens, and help small businesses succeed.

Click here for full article.

Supplier Survey

GSA’s FAS Office of Integrated Technology Services (ITS) is re-evaluating its approach to strategic sourcing by focusing on “category management”.  They are seeking input from both their suppliers and agency customers through two surveys.

GSA “Voice of the Supplier” Tool
GSA Blog post explaining survey

What is Indian Preference?

When seeking opportunities within Tribal procurement and employment, it is fairly common to find the phrase “Indian Preference Applies”. For businesses and individuals first looking into working within Indian Country, this can be a surprising term. What does this mean? Is this legal?

Indian preference is a unique legal right that tribal members have that entitles them to first consideration at all employment, training, contracting, subcontracting, and business opportunities that exist on, and in some cases, near reservations. There are no federal laws which prohibit Indian Preference. Tribes are exempt from title VII of the Civil Rights Act and several other employment laws. Numerous court cases have upheld this exemption. Court rulings have held that Indian preference is a political preference, not a racial preference, and as such, do not violate the dictates of federal employment law.

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Request for Native American Subcontractors – Salmon River Hatchery Spawning Improvements, Quinault Indian Nation

Doyon Management Services invites you to bid on the Salmon River Hatchery Spawning Facilities Improvement project.

Description of Project: The project involves the demolition of existing facilities consisting of the concrete spawning raceways, concrete retaining walls, and wooden shed cover for replacement hatchery improvements needed for pollution control and efficiency.

This project includes concrete forming and placement of slabs, footings and retaining walls; erection of a prefabricated metal or wood framed building with insulated wall panels, rollup door, installing drains with galvanized metal grating; construction of concrete fish holding raceways, aluminum gates, remote hydraulic gates, electric power crowders, aluminum fish lift to a EA-l000B Electro anesthesia, metal insert slots for wood dam boards, installation of large diameter HDPE pipe, installation of electrical power and lights for building.

Click here for more info.

RFP – Community Based Interpretive Design Services – Nisqually Indian Tribe

The Nisqually Indian Tribe is seeking interpretive planning services for a community-based design process for up to six interpretive panels to be installed at the new Nisqually State Park parking lot. Nisqually State Park is located approximately 7 miles from Eatonville, WA. The final product will include fabrication-ready panel design as well as a graphic design template for future interpretive projects at the State Park.

Click here for more info.

Pre-Submittal Outreach Conference – WA DES – Fort Worden Building 202 Renovation

6/12/14, 11:00 to 1:00 P.M.                          Fort Worden State Park,  Schoolhouse Building 298 – Room D, Port Townsend, WA

The Department of Enterprise Services (DES) invites you to attend a Pre-Submittal Conference to discuss the upcoming Bid for Project No. 2012-050. The Pre-Submittal Conference is an opportunity for interested general and subcontractors to learn about the project. Attendees will meet the Project Manager and will learn about the diversity expectations for the project. The conference is also an opportunity for interested contractors and sub contractors to network and share suggestions for ensuring an inclusive, open and competitive process.

Click here for more info.

Washington State Seeks Native Businesses!!!

The Washington Department of Enterprise Services (DES) is actively seeking to identify Native Businesses as they develop a concept for a construction project with a Northwest Native American emphasis. The project is in the IDEA/CONCEPT phase and has not yet been funded. The timeframe will likely be a late 2014/ early 2015 project. Servando Patlán, Business Diversity & Outreach Manager with Contracts & Legal Services Division of DES, is looking to demonstrate that the project could potentially be done entirely by Native businesses, including initial design, site work, construction, finishing and commissioning.

This is a great opportunity to profile your business and to highlight the capacity of our Native business community!!!

Gather the following: Name of Firm, Contact Information (address, phone, email, website), Capability Statement, and Insurance and Bonding (if applicable)

Send information and further questions to:

Servando Patlán, Business Diversity & Outreach Manager
Phone 360-407-9390
Contracts & Legal Services Division of The Department of Enterprise Services

NOTE:Our goal under Economic Development is to report financial and job growth through our assistance as an aggregate to clients and partners. If your company is awarded a contract related to this opportunity (or other opportunities) and/or added jobs, please let us know. We greatly appreciate your attention to this detail which allows this program to continue to provide services at no-cost to you. Award Reporting

Native PTAC, which serves as a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), is funded in part through a cooperative agreement from the Department of Defense (DOD) through a program that is administered by the Defense Logistics Agency (DLA). The content of any written materials or verbal communications of the PTAC does not necessarily reflect the official views of or imply endorsement by DOD or DLA.

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