The Association of Procurement Technical Assistance Centers is the professional organization of and for DLA-funded Procurement Technical Assistance Programs. APTAC supports the PTACs by providing them important information, professional networking, comprehensive training opportunities and a voice in national government contracting assistance and policy arenas.
Small Business Information Blog
Native PTAC provides assistance to existing businesses with government contracting needs. This can include fine tuning general business practices to include government contracting, but for assistance with starting a business or developing general business practices, we recommend contacting these nationally available SBA Programs.
Counselors to America’s Small Business is America’s premier source of free & confidential small business advice for entrepreneurs. Get biz advice today SCORE is a Resource Partner with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Find your local SCORE center. www.score.org
Women’s Business Centers (WBC’s)
The Office of Women’s Business Ownership is an integral component of Entrepreneurial Development’s network of training and counseling services. It oversees a network of Women’s Business Centers. The centers are designed to assist women achieve their dreams and improve their communities by helping them start and run successful businesses, regardless of social or financial disadvantage, race, ethnicity or business background. Find your local WBC. WBC Directory
Office of Small Business Development Centers
SBDC Business Advisors have certified broad-based skills and significant experience as business owners or managers. SBDCs provide one-on-one, confidential assistance at no charge for management and technical business affairs such as:
- Start, purchase or sale of a business
- Choosing and incorporating new technology
- Financial management
- Business plan development
- Market plan development
- Business research
Find your local SBDC advisor. ASBDC
Programs and services to help you start, grow and succeed The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. IRS — Small Business and Self-Employed Tax Center http://www.irs.gov/businesses/small Find it Fast! Know what you’re looking for and want to find it fast? Select business topics using our A-Z listing, or by business type such as sole proprietor, corporation, etc. We also provide links to major business subjects, such as Business Expenses, which provides a gateway to all related information on that subject.
The SBDC National Information Clearinghouse serving the Small Business Development Center Network and America’s small business community.
Entrepreneurial Law Clinic https://www.law.washington.edu/Clinics/Entrepreneurial/Default.aspx
The Entrepreneurial Law Clinic (ELC) is an innovative clinic serving entrepreneurs throughout the Pacific Northwest. Guided by pro bono supervising attorneys who specialize in critical fields, students provide early stage legal and business counseling to clients through a comprehensive audit memo process, which may be followed by a discrete follow-up project after the initial quarter of representation. As a participating clinic in the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) Law School Clinic Certification Program, the ELC also files trademark and patent applications on behalf of clients.
Past clients have included: 1) a business center providing entrepreneurship advising services to tribal members, 2) an organization selling natural products with proceeds benefiting those with disabilities due to mental illness/disorders, 3) a startup focusing on a novel approach to career development and placement services, 4) a “Yelp”-style business for the deaf community, and 5) a digital art exhibition. In addition, the ELC has undertaken a number of community outreach projects, including presentations to targeted audiences on topics of law, entrepreneurship, and art. If you are interested in the clinic’s services, please fill out our online application. Please direct any questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or 206-616-5854.
General Business Resources
- DocStoc – resource for business and personal document templates
- Nolo – resource for legal information
- Business USA – a centralized, one-stop platform for businesses to access services to help them grow and hire.
- The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI)
- Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN)
- Council for Tribal Employment Rights
- Native CDFI Network
- Native American Contractors Association (NACA)
- National Native American Purchasing Association
- American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers
- Oregon Directory of American Indian Resources
- Oregon Native American Chamber (ONAC)
- Our Native American Business Network (ONABEN)
- National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
- American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA)
- Tribal C-Store Summit Group
Articles and References
- Searchable BIA Tribal Directory Map
- Culture Card – SAMHSA
- Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act (ANCSA)
- An Introduction to Indian Nations in the United States
- Bureau of Indian Affairs – Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development
- Guide to Tracing Your American Indian Ancestry
- The Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development
- The Indian Incentive Program*
- Native CDFI Network
- Oregon Directory of American Indian Resources
- The Basics of Tribal Employment Rights Ordinances (TERO)*
- What is Indian Preference?*
- What is a Native Owned Business?*
- Tribal Government and Native American Resources | USA.gov*
- Alaska Regional Development Organizations – ARDORs
Grants & Opportunities
Start A Snowball, Inc. is a non-profit organization committed to empowering kids to engage in philanthropy. In order to help kids kick off their philanthropy efforts, Start a Snowball awards $100 in seed funding for projects taken on by individuals or organizations. To be eligible, projects must be led by youth between the ages of 5 and 18 and have the intention of doing good. Visit the Start a Snowball website for complete program guidelines and separate application instructions for individuals and organizations.
The National Endowment for the Arts is accepting applications from small and midsize organizations for projects that extend the reach of the arts to underserved populations. Through the Challenge America grants program, NEA will award grants of $10,000 to professional projects that have a $10,000 match from an outside funder. Applicants are encouraged to consider partnerships among organizations, both in and outside the arts, as appropriate to their project. For complete program guidelines and application procedures, visit the NEA website.
Alaska Washington Native Business & Resource Directory is a resources for finding ANC, Tribal and Native owned business contacts. Find us on pg 9 & 41 View magazine