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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, Montana, 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. Headquartered in Seattle, the NW SBTRC assists small and disadvantaged businesses in the region by providing procurement, technical, financial and bonding assistance.

Since its inception in 2008, the NW SBTRC has assisted more than 1,800 companies with procurement and technical assistance, and over 11 companies with financial assistance through the U.S. DOT Short Term Lending Program (STLP). The Northwest SBRTC has also assisted over 300 companies obtHelping small business move forward signain their Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) certifications and SBA 8(a) certifications.

In 2013, the NW SBTRC conducted 4 Bonding Education Program (BEP) workshops; helping more than 10 companies increase their bonding capacity. As a result of the NW SBTRC’s assistance, approximately $20 million in transportation contracts have been awarded to the SBTRC clients.

The NW SBTRC also executes the U.S. DOT’s Women In Transportation Initiative (WITI), formerly called the Women and Girls Internship Program. WITI specifically places motivated female students into the transportation industry. The NW SBTRC has established program partnerships with 19 universities and colleges for their students to receive credit for participation. Thus far, over 60 female students have participated in internships at transportation agencies, large transportation prime contractors and small businesses throughout the region.

Upcoming Event Calendar - 2015

The Northwest SBTRC will be hosting and/or participating in the following events:



  •  17-18    2015 Veteran Summit – Service for Veterans, Anacortes, WA                   
  • 17        Tacoma Construction and Design Entrepreneurs, Federal Way, WA           
  •  21        Meet the Primes: ODOT Regional Symposium, Portland, OR           
  • 28        ACEC/ODOT Conference – Partnering for an Intermodal Future, Salem, OR                  


  •  7         OAME 27th Annual Luncheon & Trade Show, Portland, OR 
  • 13        2015 Central Washington Business Partnership Forum, Yakima, WA            
  • 15        Free Contractor Training with Dept. L&I, Bellevue, WA


  •  3          2015 Western Washington Partnership Forum, Tacoma, WA 
  • 11         NW SBTRC BEP Follow-up Business Training: Project Bidding & Estimating, Bellevue, WA                 
  • 16         2015 National 8(a) Summer Conference, Anchorage, WA             
  • 16-17     Bonding Education Program Workshop in Vancouver, WA


  • 8          2015 City of Seattle, Reverse Vendor Trade Show, Seattle, WA


  • tbd       Bonding Education Program Workshop Follow-Up in Portland, OR  


  • tbd       Bonding Education Program Workshop Follow-Up in Spokane, WA   


  • 11-14   AGC Annual Conference 2015, Anchorage, AK


  • tbd       Bonding Education Program Workshop Follow-up in Anchorage, AK



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: Thursday, May 7, 2015
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