Northwest Region SBTRC: Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington

About Us

The Economic Alliance of Snohomish County (EASC) serves as the Northwest Small Business Transportation Resource Center (NW SBTRC), a regional office of the U.S. Department of Transportation, Office of Small Business. The NW SBTRC executes the U.S. DOT’s small business assistance programs throughout the states of Alaska, Idaho, Oregon and Washington. The goal of the NW SBTRC is to increase the ability of small businesses to compete for and enter into transportation-related contracts at the local, state and federal levels throughout the region.

The Northwest SBTRC will continue to offer services at its EASC location in Everett, WA, with access to meeting space at Sound Transit and Community Transit. Sound Transit and Community Transit are recipients of FTA funding and are located in Seattle and Everett, WA. The NW SBTRC will periodically be on-site to utilize meeting space at both offices, providing technical service to DBE firms who are interested in doing business with USDOT Funded Recipients. The NW region technical assistance includes procurement assistance (bid preparation and invoice preparation), small business certification application assistance, bonding assistance and financial assistance which include Short Term Lending Program (STLP) and other government lending programs.  

The following are highlights of NW SBTRC successes since its inception in 2008 in the Northwest Region:

  • Provided assistance and outreach to more than five thousand SDBs in Northwest Region.
  • Provided assistance to approximately fifty (50) firms in submitting STLP applications and other lending programs; awarded loans totaling $4 million.
  • Assisted more than forty one (41) firms in obtaining/increasing their bonding, with a total of $66 million.
  • Assisted and placed sixty five (65) interns at transportation agencies, prime and small contractors for the Women and Girls in Transportation Initiative (WITI). Twenty (20) WITI participants obtained a full time position at transportation agencies/firms.
  • Assisted approximately 100 small and disadvantaged businesses in the Northwest Region to obtain more than $40M in contract from transportation and non-transportation projects.
  • Hosted the regions’ biggest transportation small business summit, North Puget Sound Small Business Summit (NPSSBS), for two consecutive years. The Summit attracted by 800 people, 100 exhibitors; and more than 70 firms engaged in transportation-related matchmaking sessions with more than twenty small business trainings were conducted during the summit.

 NW SBTRC Exhibit table

Northwest SBTRC Contact Information:

Lily Keefe
Project Director, SBTRC
Phone: (425) 248-4222
Phone: (206) 718-7250
Marselina Alicia
Project Coordinator, SBTRC
Phone: (425) 248-4222
Fax: (425) 745-5563
808 134th St. S.W., Suite 101
Everett, WA 98204

Regional Links for Businesses:


Sound Transit – Diversity Program

Tim Callaghan
Senior Administrative Specialist
(206) 689-4914
Sound Transit Website

Washington State DOT – Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO)

Jackie Bayne
Business Development & Compliance Consultant
(360) 705-7084

Washington State Office of Minority and Women’s Business Enterprises (OMWBE)

Edwina Martin-Arnold
(360) 664-9776

King County

Sandy Hanks
(206) 263.9717

Port of Seattle - Office of Social Responsibility

Mian Rice
Small Business Manager
(206) 787-7951

City of Seattle - City Purchasing and Contracting Services

Forrest Gillette
Senior Strategic Advisor
(206) 684-3081
U.S. Small Business Administration
M. Catharine Powers
Underwriting Marketing Specialist
Surety Bond Guarantee Program - Area Office Four
(206) 553-8541

Other Links:

Washington Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC)

Native PTAC

Washington Small Business Development Centers (SBDC)


Oregon Association Minority Enterprises (OAME)

Matt Rutter
Director of Programs & Marketing
(503) 249-7744 ext. 110
Association of General Contractors (AGC) Oregon-Columbia Chapter
Karla Holland
(503) 685 8319
Oregon DOT – Office of Civil Rights
Tiffany Hamilton
Interim Small Business Program Manager
(503) 986-4355


Johnell Bell
Director of Diversity and Transit Equity
(503) 962-2217

Governor’s Office of Economic & Business Equity

Cheryl Myers
Director of Economic & Business Equity
Office of Governor John Kitzhaber
(503) 986-6522

OR Office of Economic & Business Equity website

Oregon Government Contract Assistance Program (GCAP)

Lisa Brookshier
Procurement Counselor
Government Contract Assistance Program
(503) 630-6847
City of Portland
Tiffani Penson
Minority Evaluator Program & Supplier Diversity Officer
(503) 823-7785

Port of Portland

Bobbi Matthews
Small Business Development Program Manager
(503) 415-6590
Michelle DePass
Senior Procurement Analyst, MWESB Finance and Regulatory Services
(503) 813-7596


Alaska DOT – Civil Rights Office

Norma Lucero
Support Services Coordinator

National 8(a) Association

Cory Carroll

Association of General Contractors (AGC) Alaska

Barbara Rowland
Membership/Marketing Coordinator

Alaska Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) 

Nolan Klouda
Project Director


Idaho DOT

Elizabeth “Liz” Healas
DBE Program Coordinator

Idaho PTAC

Gary Moore
Program Manager
208-334-2650 ext. 2140
Updated: Friday, June 9, 2017
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