Welcome to TPI


Where Preparation Meets Opportunity

The Tribal Procurement Institute (TPI) is a cooperative agreement which provides training, technical, assistance, events, and opportunities for Tribally-owned and American Indian-owned businesses. Throughout our eight-state region, we help our clients build and enhance their capacity to increase federal, state and local government contracting opportunities.


Upcoming Events and Trainings



            for IL, IA, MN, MI, ME, NY, MA and WI 

click the calendar above for a detailed list of contracting events in your area

    January 17, 2014 


   An OTIE WORKSHOP for Native American Owned Small Businesses


   For More Information contact Chris Cornelius at TPI PTAC at 920-496-7432 or Click Here

   March 12 - 13,  2014


   Northbrook, IL

   For More Information and Registration CLICK HERE


   Find an event near you

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Government Contracting 101, 8(a), HUBZone Program, WOSB Advantage, Market Research, Veterans' Guide, Business Opportunities, and more



Government Contracting 101; Selling to the Government; 8(a)  Business Development Program & Native American Tribal Information; The Certification Process for 8(a), HUBZone, Woman Owned and SDVOB, Finding Opportunities, GSA Schedules, Joint Ventures and Teaming, Selling to DOD; SBA Updates for Native, Tribal and Rural Businesses, and more

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TPI PTAC now serves eight states:  Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Michigan, New York, Maine, Massachusetts and Illinois.  If your business is at least 51% Native-American owned and resides in any of the eight states we serve, we urge you to contact us by e-mail or at 920-496-7430 to see if government contracting is right for your business. To learn more about what is needed to get started, click here.



October 16. 2013

Minority businesses recognized for their success in Wisconsin 

WEDC announces minority, woman-owned business awards at Marketplace 2013 conference

Among the winners were:

"Menominee Tribal Enterprises, Neopit, received the minority-owned Outstanding Large Business Award. The company, owned and operated by the Menominee Tribe of Wisconsin, manufactures cabinets, furniture and millwork, and employs 150 people from local communities. Runner-up in this category was Superior Support Resources, Brookfield.

Belonger Corp., West Bend, received the minority-owned Outstanding Small Business Award. Founded in 2000 with one employee and four customers, this Native American Indian-owned enterprise is a mechanical, plumbing and wastewater specialty trades company with customers in 23 states. First runner-up was The Quest Co. in Waukesha. Second runner-up was Big Horn Trucking LLC in Oneida."

For more information and the source visit http://inwisconsin.com/press_releases/minority-businesses-recognized-for-their-success-in-wisconsin/

July 2, 2013

Small Businesses Receive 22.25 % of Small Business Contracts in FY 2013

By John Shoraka, SBA.  In FY 2012, the federal government made real progress toward delivering 23 percent of all federal contracting dollars to small businesses, with 22.25 percent going to small businesses compared to 21.65 percent in FY 2011. . . Read More 

Small Business Administration Announces 2013 Wisconsin Business Awards

One of the Tribal Procurement Institute's clients is among those being honored.  

Congratulations to Jean Marie Thiel of Belonger Corporation as a graduate from the 8(a) Business Development Program.  

Click Here for more information regarding the 28th Annual Small Business Administration Awards Breakfast

May 7, 2013

SBA Finalizes Rule Adopting Changes to Contracting Program for Women-Owned Small Businesses

WASHINGTON –An interim final rule published in the Federal Register and effective immediately will amend regulations to the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Women-Owned Small Business Federal Contract Program allowing for greater access to federal contracting opportunities for women-owned businesses as a result of the National Defense Authorization Act of 2013 (NDAA) signed in January . . . See more

From Indian Country Today Media Network: 

The Growing Economic Might of Indian Country 

Mark Fogarty - March 15, 2013. The financial impact of Indian gaming beyond Indian country is fairly well-known. . . .  Read more

GSA Helps Small Businesses Grow

The U.S. General Services Agency has published a blog article regarding on our events in which they participated.

Please visit their blog here.

SBA Launches 2013 Emerging Leaders Initiative

The U.S. Small Business Administration launched its 2013 Emerging Leaders executive-level training initiative, formerly known as e200, in 27 cities and communities across the country.  Since 2008 the initiative has trained more than 1,300 promising small business owners in underserved communities, and continues to expand its impact helping small businesses grow and create jobs.

For more information click here

Tribal Leaders Meet in Green Bay to Increase Federal Contracts

Levi Rickert, editor-in-chief in Native Currents. Feb. 1 2013

GREEN BAY, WISCONSIN – The "2nd Growing Your Capacity with Federal Contracts" workshop in Green Bay on Tuesday attracted some 100 attendees to learn more about growing tribal business by utilizing the Small Business Administration and US General Services Administration opportunities.  Read more here

Tribal PTAC Hosts Second Annual 'Growing Your Business with Government Contracts' Conference

Gale Courey Toensing • Indian Country Today Media Network.com • January 22, 2013

Most people would agree that going from zero to $5 million in government contracting in one year is a good track record for a new non-profit organization that helps tribal governments and Native businesses get government contracts . . .  Read entire article 

SBA Regional Administrator and Wisconsin District Director to Speak with Regional Native American Leaders

WWW.MARKETWATCH.COM Press release. MILWAUKEE, Jan. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Tribal, rural business contracting opportunities and issues addressed

U.S. Small Business Administration Regional Administrator Marianne Markowitz and Wisconsin District Director Eric Ness will be speaking on SBA support for tribal, native, and rural businesses at a regional contracting conference on Tuesday, January 29, 2013 at the Radisson Hotel and Conference Center, Green Bay. . . READ MORE

INDIAN COUNTRY TODAY article entitled Tribal PTAC Provides Businesses Priceless Help in Federal Contracting   READ IT NOW

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