Business Workshops Aimed at Native-owned Businesses Begin September 13

Business Workshops Aimed at Native-owned Businesses Begin September 13 Main Photo

7 Sep 2023

News, Business

Everett, Wash., September 7, 2023 — Registration is now open for native-owned businesses in the region seeking guidance on basic business practices and government contracting.

The Tulalip Tribes Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) will host the classes at the Tulalip Tribes of Washington Administration building and has extended an invitation to business owners from other tribes in the region to attend.

The five-part series of workshops will cover topics such as financial literacy and credit readiness, preparing a business plan and collecting market research, and identifying government contracts and how to respond to bids.

Planning for the program followed conversations between leaders with Tulalip TERO and Economic Alliance Snohomish County (EASC) who then tapped resources like WA APEX Accelerator and Small Business Development Centers to develop and deliver the training.

“We’re excited to offer this opportunity to our community,” says Tory Chuckulnaskit with Tulalip TERO. “We want to see Native-owned businesses grow and thrive, and these sessions can really make the difference in long-term success.”

“Successful small and diverse firms contribute to the health and vibrancy of our local economy.” says Economic Alliance Snohomish County CEO Garry Clark. “The mentorship and resources available through training offered by WA and Native APEX Accelerators and Small Business Development Centers will have a direct and positive impact on business expansion and retention efforts.”

The series marks an important partnership between EASC, Tulalip TERO, Washington APEX Accelerator (formerly WA PTAC), SBDC, American Indian Chamber Education Fund APEX Accelerator, and Northwest Native APEX Accelerator. The five sessions will take place at the Tulalip Tribes Administration Building room 162 from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., on Wednesday, September 13; Monday, September 18; Tuesday, September 19; Monday, October 2; and ending Tuesday, October 3.

To register, visit

About Tulalip Tribes TERO:
Tribal Employment Rights Office (TERO) was created pursuant to the Tribes' inherent sovereign authority to self-governance, with jurisdictional capacity to create unique employment laws that govern activities within the boundaries of the reservation.
In 1996, the Tulalip Tribes Board of Directors enacted the TERO Ordinance #60 and #89. In 2012, the new TERO Code 9.05 was passed to provide preference requirements in employment and contracting within the boundaries of the Tulalip reservation.
Tulalip TERO is a member of the Pacific Northwest TERO region, which covers Washington, Oregon, Idaho, Northern California, Nevada, and Alaska. Our national organization is the Council for Tribal Employment Rights (CTER).

About Economic Alliance Snohomish County:
Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a non-profit serving as a combined economic development organization and countywide chamber of commerce. As a public/private partnership of community leaders, businesses, education, and workforce, Economic Alliance Snohomish County is a catalyst for economic vitality resulting in stronger communities, increased job creation, expanded educational opportunities, and improved infrastructure.

About Washington APEX Accelerators:
Washington APEX Accelerator assists businesses through the government-contracting marketplace. Washington APEX Accelerator’s mission is to increase the number of government contracts awarded to Washington firms so that those firms can grow through one-on-one technical assistance in all aspects of selling to federal, state, and local governments.

For more information, please contact:
Pablo Colindres Moreno
Marketing and Communications Manager
Economic Alliance Snohomish County