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Kauffman & Associates, Inc., awarded Minority Business Development Agency grant to assist Native businesses

New organization, Northwest Native Ventures, will offer training to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian businesses in Washington, Oregon, and Idaho


February 13, 2019

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

KAI is a Native woman-owned business. It 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.

"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," said KAI President and Founder Jo Ann Kauffman.

NNV offers free training and technical assistance on:

SBA 8(a) federal contracting certification and other certifications/programs

Federal contracting best practices

Strategic business management


Cost and expense management

In addition, Native-owned businesses in Washington, Idaho, and Oregon can apply to be one of 15 participants in NNV's upcoming 3-day business boot camp in Spokane, WA. For more information about the boot camp, contact Elizabeth Bohnee at (509) 789-2867 or

About KAI

Founded in 1990 by Kauffman, a member of the Nez Perce Tribe, KAI improves the health, education, environment, and economic status of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and other disadvantaged populations. Its clients include federal and state agencies, tribal governments, tribal organizations, foundations, and private-sector businesses.

Learn more about NNV at


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