2014 ANA Panel Review Recruitment

ANA is currently in the process of organizing the 2014 Objective Panel Review.  Please visit the ANA Panel Review webpage ANA Panel Review webpage for more information and directions on how to apply to be an ANA reviewer.

You will be notified when ANA receives the form and if any additional information is required.  ANA plans to identify a pool of potential facilitators and reviewers selected by April 1, 2014.  If selected for the potential pool of panel participants, you will be required to participate in training in order to be assigned to a panel review session.

ANA plans to hold Panel Review during the last week of April through the month of May.  Listed below are thetentative dates and are subject to change.

Session 1: Native Languages: Esther Martinez Initiative (EMI) and Preservation and Maintenance (P&M), Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)

Monday, April 28 – Friday, May 9, 2014

Session 2: Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS), Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)

Monday, May 12 – Friday, May 23, 2014


The FY 2014 Administration for Children & Families (ACF) Administration for Native Americans (ANA) Funding Opportunity Announcements (FOAs) are now published. See a full list of the FOAs, including information on how to apply. The application period will close on April 15, 2014.

ANA’s FOAs are in the following areas:

  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance
  • Native American Language Preservation and Maintenance – Esther Martinez Immersion
  • Social and Economic Development Strategies (SEDS)
  • Sustainable Employment and Economic Development Strategies (SEEDS)
  • Environmental Regulatory Enhancement (ERE)

ANA project funding is available in short-term development of 12, 24, and 36 months. All ANA community projects must be completed by the end of the project period or supported by alternative funds. Pre-application trainings are taking place soon. Please go to your region’s website for training and technical assistance information about project and proposal development and project implementation at no cost to you.

FROM ACF


ACF Releases Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web Page

As part of President Obama’s Early Education Plan, the Administration for Children and Families (ACF) will support States and communities in expanding high-quality early learning to infants and toddlers through the Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships. Through these partnerships, Early Head Start (EHS) grantees will partner with center-based and family child care providers who agree to meet EHS Program Performance Standards and to provide comprehensive, full-day, full-year, high-quality services to infants and toddlers from low-income families.

ACF has launched an Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page. The launch includes the following resources:

Please continue to check back with this site regularly, as ACF will update this page with new resources as they are developed.

The Early Head Start-Child Care Partnerships Web page is now published:

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ecd/early-head-start-child-care-partnerships


Revision of Agency Information Collection for Public Law 102-477

Attached is the corrected Federal Register Notice–Tribal Consultation meeting for Revision of Agency Information Collection for Reporting Systems for Public Law 102-477 Demonstration Project.  The date of the consultation was corrected.

Copies of the draft forms can be viewed at:

http://www.indianaffairs.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/Consultation/index.htm

ACA Update


What you need to know about the Affordable Care Act Exemption

as an American Indian/Alaskan Native!

Under the Affordable Care Act, every individual needs to have health coverage or make a payment on their federal income tax return known as the “shared responsibility payment”.

However, American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and other people who are eligible for services through the Indian Health Service, tribal programs, or urban Indian programs (like the spouse or child of an eligible AI/AN) don’t have to pay the “shared responsibility payment”. This is called an exemption.

If you have health insurance through your employer or have health care through a government sponsored program such as Medicare, Medicaid, CHIP, Veterans Affairs or TRICARE, there is nothing you need to do—you are covered.

How does the exemption work for American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs)?

Members of federally recognized tribes may apply for an exemption through the Marketplace or handle it on their federal tax return for the 2014 year in when they file in 2015. A copy of the Marketplace form can be accessed athttp://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/tribal-exemption.pdf.

AI/ANs who aren’t members of federally recognized tribes, but who are eligible for services from the Indian Health Service, tribal programs, or urban Indian programs (known as I/T/Us), must apply for an exemption through theMarketplace. They’ll need to verify their AI/AN status or eligibility for services through an I/T/U.

Please note, you may use one application per tax household when you apply for the exemption.

What you will need to apply for exemption:

·         Documents showing tribal membership or eligibility for services from the Indian Health Service, a tribal health care provider, or an urban Indian health care provider (I/T/Us).

·      Social Security numbers (SSNs), if you have them.

·      Information about people in your tax household.

If you get this exemption:

·      You will receive an Exemption Certificate Number that you’ll put on your federal income tax return.

·      You can keep the Exemption Certificate Number for future years without submitting another application if your membership or eligibility for services from an Indian health care provider remains unchanged.

Where can you get help with the application?

·      Online at: HealthCare.gov

·      By phone: Call the Health Insurance Marketplace Call Center at 1-800-318-2596.

·      In person: There may be counselors in your area who can help. Visit HealthCare.gov or call 1-800-318-2596 for more information.

Being exempt from the “shared responsibility payment” doesn’t prevent you from enrolling in a Marketplace health plan, Medicaid, or the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP). These options are still available to you. You might qualify for certain protections under Medicaid or CHIP, or for lower costs on monthly premiums and no out-of-pocket costs on private insurance through the Marketplace. For more information on this, please visit http://marketplace.cms.gov/getofficialresources/publications-and-articles/health-insurance-marketplace-what-it-means-for-american-indians-and-alaska-natives.pdf.

Events


Conferences Update

 

Second International Conference on Heritage/Community Languages
March 7-8, 2014 ♦ Los Angeles, CA

CAL is a proud sponsor of this conference focusing on heritage/community language studies as a multi-disciplinary field. Browse our list of presentations online. Learn more about the conference.


Tribal Energy Program Review

March 24-28

Denver, CO

Recognizing tribes’ increasing interest in energy efficiency and renewable energy, this annual Program Review is a gathering that enables tribes to meet and learn from other tribes that are pursuing energy sufficiency through efficiency and/or renewable energy projects, and to share in each other’s successes. This unique forum provides an excellent overview of the wide range of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects under way in Indian Country, and includes an overview of the Tribal Energy Program and a series of presentations by tribes exploring or deploying weatherization, energy efficiency, and renewable energy technologies across the nation. Attendees will also learn about our internship program and hear directly from young and inspiring Native American students. For more info., contacttribal@go.doe.gov.  Registration is FREE:   Register now.

Resources


One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage Festival Photo Gallery

In celebration of International Mother Language Day on February 21, the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage has posted a new “Festival Photo Gallery” showcasing the many cultural experts who so generously shared their language revitalization efforts and cultural traditions as part of the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program at the 2013 Smithsonian Folklife Festival. Visit the Festival Photo Galleries at http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/One_World_Many_Voices/galleries/asl.aspx and explore the many other resources featured on the One World, Many Voices website at http://www.festival.si.edu/2013/One_World_Many_Voices/index.aspx

The Smithsonian extends our sincere thanks to everyone who helped to make the One World, Many Voices: Endangered Languages and Cultural Heritage program possible through their invaluable support, advice, assistance, participation, and research.


Navajo Language Films by Melissa Henry

Trailer for Horse You See (2012) by 2014 NACF Film Fellow Melissa Henry (Navajo)

One of the innovative artists working to ensure future generations of children speak Dinétah, is Navajo filmmaker Melissa Henry (2014 NACF Film Fellow).

With the support of a 2014 NACF Film Fellowship, Henry will complete the third in a trilogy, by making the film “A History of Navajo Wool: As Told by Baa Baa.”


Center For Applied Linguistics

Featured Publications

 

Foundations of Bilingual Education and Bilingualism, 5th Edition
The fifth edition of this bestselling book from Multilingual Matters provides a comprehensive introduction to bilingualism and bilingual education. In a compact and clear style, its 19 chapters cover all the crucial issues in bilingualism at individual, group, and national levels. Learn more.
Guiding Principles of Dual Language Education
Grounded in evidence from research and best practices, the guiding principles described in this CAL publication were developed to help dual language programs with planning and ongoing implementation. Learn more.

Update From the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center
There have been a number of reports released recently with data and policy information relevant to tribal nations. These include:

Funding Opportunities

Three funding opportunities under HRSA’s Healthy Start Program have been reopened through Monday, March 31, 2014. For details and links to each Funding Opportunity Announcement (FOA), visit the Healthy Start technical assistance webpage at www.hrsa.gov/grants/apply/assistance/healthystart/.

Pending available funds, grants will be for an initial period of nine months – from September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015, with the possibility of annual continuations thereafter for up to four years.

From closely examining best practices over Healthy Start’s 22 year history, the program is being redesigned to further increase accountability, efficiency and expand services to ultimately improve health outcomes.

All eligible organizations are encouraged to apply. Organizations that applied for the previous Healthy Start funding opportunities that closed in January 2014 may also apply. In particular, we are looking for organizations that:

  • Serve eligible communities in need of Healthy Start services based on perinatal indicators;
  • Demonstrate a track record and capacity for successfully performing Healthy Start activities, as described in the FOA; and
  • Are poised to engage in Healthy Start activities upon the potential receipt of funds in September.

If your organization is interested in applying, please:

We hope to work with you to improve the health of mothers and children across the country.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

Corporate Capabilities

CORPORATE CAPABILITIES STATEMENT

WHO WE ARE: 

Bowman Performance Consulting (BPC) began offering professional consulting, scientific research, and evaluation services in 2001.  BPC’s main office is located in Shawano with several regional offices throughout the state.  BPC provides culturally responsive and contextually applicable services to hundreds of national clientele across multijurisdictional contexts: public, private, non-profit and tribal sectors.  BPC’s clients and projects also span many interdisciplinary areas:  health, human services, education, governance, economic development, and justice.

BPC develops projects, provides training/technical assistance, and designs studies that not only complete the scope of work on time and within budget, but engages clients in a meaningful way so the skills, capacities, and resources are increased as an intentional result of BPC working with you.  When we say that, “BPC works with you and not on you” we truly mean it!  Our job is not done unless the client is more equipped and empowered to do the job after BPC leaves the job site.  As a client of BPC you can expect to be authentically engaged, thinking critically, and making decisions based on measurable targets and data.

WHAT WE SELL:  BPC services fall under four main categories:   research, development, implementation, and evaluation:

  1. Research services involves studies to document baseline information; test ideas, programs, or theories; and/or to find innovative solutions to problems.  Examples:  feasibility studies, policy studies, workforce studies, literature reviews, customer service studies, or market studies/analysis.
  2. Development services include creation of new policies, programs, organizational, or systemic processes that support long-range efforts by the organization.  Examples:  professional development for staff; board or leadership training; policy and handbook development; creation of a strategic plan; or development of funding proposals. 
  3. Implementation services are better known as technical assistance and these services help the client to fully develop ideas, programming, or organizational structures.  Examples include:  implementation support for new grants or programs; monitoring and providing feedback on new policy/procedural implementation; working on certifications/accreditations; or providing support for implementation of a new strategic plan or workforce practice learned through trainings.
  4. Evaluation services help the client understand the short and long-term impacts by developing common performance metrics and indicators so changes in the human, program, organizational, or systems are documented.  Data is generated for intended changes to document baselines and so short-term impacts are noted and supports or hindrances for changes are known (process/implementation data).  Trend data is gathered over a longer time frame to know the annual or longitudinal (multiple year) impacts of programs, policies, procedures, or other organizational/systemic strategies (outcome data).  Examples include:  needs assessments; external grant evaluations; setting up monitoring/performance systems; or data retreats using evaluation or research data generated by the client and/or BPC to make data-driven and strategic decisions about programming, workforce, or organizational initiatives.

WHO WE SELL TO:  BPC provides culturally responsive and contextually applicable services to the public, private, non-profit, and Tribal sectors.  Our primary target markets are the educational, academic, economic development, health, and Native American communities.  We work in a “multi-jurisdictional” manner to support collaborative projects that enrich all who participate.  Often these customers work together on joint projects but have lowered capacity, working knowledge, practical experiences, and/or sensitivity to the culture, context, or community needs that the projects are being implemented into.  BPC serves to work “with” clients and not “on” them in order to build authentic partnerships and active participants in the project.  Through grant funded projects (public and non-profit sources); government sponsored initiatives (Public and Tribal Governments); and private sector partnerships BPC provides services where these target markets all meet by building capacity, strengthening coalitions, and supporting effective and evidence or research based programming.  Uniquely, BPC’s multijurisdictional projects and services have been carried out through projects in the disciplines of:  health, education, human services, justice, economic development, transportation, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). BPC’s value-added client services allow the greatest opportunity for success so positive changes can be institutionalized and targeted resources are leveraged and sustained after the project ends.

FINANCIAL SUMMARY:  BPC is an award winning and nationally credentialed professional service organization that generates revenue through services on a fee-per-client basis not contingency.  Seeking long-term projects (3 to 5 years), BPC has had organizational stability since 2001 through multi-year grant evaluations, research projects, and technical assistance/development projects to sustain, expand, and deepen our service offerings to a national clientele.  Since 2001, our annual organizational revenues have ranged from $450,000 to $900,000 that has been generated by 8-10 multi-year projects (on average).  BPC tracks how our projects are awarded and over 85% our awards come not by competitive bids but rather by repeat clients and/or through word-of-mouth based on our high quality, on time, within budget, and valued added services.  Yes, BPC is a vendor but we’ve grown to have a reputation of being a partner for collaborative and sustained improvement efforts.  BPC’s reputation has resulted in many state, national, and Tribal awards as well as appointments to boards, committees, and task force groups across the country.  Our high quality services, strong business operations, and consistent performance over the years have helped to secure certifications and credentials in the academic and business community.  Certifications include:  Woman-owned Business Enterprise, Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Minority-owned Business Enterprise, What Works Clearinghouse/U.S. Department of Education Scientific Evaluator, Culturally/Contextually Responsive and Trained Evaluator, Native American / TERO Certified Firm, and former 8a certified organization.  A full list of BPC’s certifications and credentials can be found at www.bpcwi.com.

SOCIAL ENTREPRENEUR & PHILANTHROPIC SUPPORT:  Because BPC is a small business, our efforts for strategic partnering, leveraging resources, and running a lean business is critical to our organizational success and financial health.  BPC is a social entrepreneurial organization that wants to leverage our resources (time, money, supplies, etc.) to contribute to the communities we work in and the causes near and dear to our hearts.  Therefore beyond traditional prime or sub-contracting, BPC contributes via pro bono work with colleagues and pattering organizations on task forces, committees, boards, and through presenting/publishing. Additionally BPC volunteers in and outside of the Shawano, WI community and provides sponsorship through events that are important to BPC’s mission.  Examples of BPC’s volunteerism and philanthropy include:  Domestic Abuse Food & Clothes Drives, Bras for the Cause (Breast Cancer Awareness), Melanoma Awareness Sponsorship, Memorial Bike Rides (Ovarian & Prostrate Cancer), Memorial Golf Tournaments, sponsoring local businesses/entrepreneurs in Chambers of Commerce or U.S. Small Business Administration training events, Coats/Food for Children Drives (for at-risk and low socio-economic children/families), and providing Native American, urban, and rural student scholarships for college, travel abroad, and/or work internship experiences.

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Packers Seeking Applicants for Fourth Year

Nicole Bowman had the privilege of being a part of the Packers Mentor-Protege Program and wants to pass along their call for applicants for the coming year.

*About Bowman’s Mentor Protege Match

*Bowman’s Celebration of Success at the Program’s Completion

Packers Mentor-Protégé Program seeking applicants for fourth year 

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program is seeking mentor and protégé applicants for its fourth year of partnerships to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding areas.

Protégé companies in the program will be matched with mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to improve their competitive standing. The mentor-protégé relationship requires at least a 12-month commitment.

Five matched companies currently finishing their year in the program are Miron Construction, Neenah, and Current Electrical Services, Green Bay; RR Donnelley, De Pere, and Strength of the Hands, De Pere; Bay Towel, Green Bay, and Ascher’s Janitorial Services, Abrams; The Boldt Company, Appleton, and Bonnie Kratz Photography, Luxemburg; and Integrys Energy Services, De Pere, and JT Engineering, Green Bay.

The program is administered by AFF Research LLC (AFFR). AFFR has consulted in the field of supplier diversity for 13 years, and has worked on the Lambeau Field redevelopment project and is working on the current stadium expansion project. AFFR assists their clients in designing and implementing comprehensive supplier diversity program. They also provide guidance to entrepreneurs.

“We’ve been very pleased with the mentor-protégé program’s growth over the past three years,” said Anna Steinfest, President/CEO of AFF Research. “A number of local companies have come together to form lasting relationships that help improve business in Northeast Wisconsin. With the third season of the program currently underway, we’re happy to begin accepting applications for yet another successful year of fostering business growth.”

Questions and requests for protégé applications should be directed to AFFR at 920-884-5006 or via e-mail at aff@affresearch.com.

More information on the Mentor-Protégé program can be found online at www.packers.com/community/mentor-protege.html.

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request Bowman Performance Consulting

Bowman Performance Consulting  271 River Pine Drive, Shawano, WI  54166  ♦  Phone:  715-526-9240  ♦  Fax:  715-526-6028

Bowman Joins “Connect!” Panel to Provide Help to Entrepreneurs

Nicole Bowman will be presenting September 25th on the Connect! panel.  The event will be at the Neville Museum from 1-4 pm. The free, local, informative presentation is provided in partnership by Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Advance Green Bay Area Economic Development, Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protege Program, and Sam’s Club.

RSVP to Celestine Jeffreys, diversity manager, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce cjeffreys@titletown.org.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013   1-4pm
Neville Public Museum
201 Museum Place, Green Bay

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Celebration of Success! Bowman Graduates from Packers Mentor-Protege Program

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Nicole Bowman and Mike Murphy

May 28, 2013 the second Green Bay Packers Mentor Protege Program enjoyed a Celebration of Success at Lambeau Field. Bowman was one of several matched with mentors in April 2012. The program matched established mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to protégés seeking to improve their competitive standing. The program’s partnerships aimed to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding area. Bowman was matched with Vince Schamber of Wipfli. More about Bowman’s match.

At the Celebration the audience enjoyed hearing from Anna Steinfest of AFF Research (video clip of Bowman and Steinfest), Mike Murphy of the Green Bay Packers, Mayor Schmidt, Congressman Ribble, and others. Bowman’s celebration continued with staff and associates of BPC at Curly’s Pub in Lambeau Field.

More About the Program

(from http://www.packers.com/community/mentor-protege.html)

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program

Mentor-Protégé ProgramThe Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program was established in 2011 to pair emerging minority- and woman-owned companies (protégés) with established, knowledgeable, and committed companies (mentors) that can provide exposure, appropriate training, resources and experience not readily available to the protégé companies.

The Packers and AFF Research, LLC, administrators of the Mentor-Protégé Program, are committed to the continuing success of the program and to the community of businesses that benefit from it.

Mentors

Any firm, large or small, can be a mentor. The firm must be in good standing and demonstrate a commitment and capability to assist in the development of a protégé small business.

Protégés

The program is currently seeking more protégés. Interested companies should visithttp://affresearch.com/pdfs/ProtegeRequirements.pdf for a list of requirements. A protégé company is a minority- or woman-owned Northeast Wisconsin business in good standing and certified as an M/DBE or W/DBE by an approved governmental or private agency. Among other criteria, a 12-month commitment is required, along with a willingness to provide exchanges and information to the appointed mentor, resulting in an established and mutually beneficial partnership.

Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2013

Miron Construction, Neenah, and Current Electrical Services, Green Bay; RR Donnelley, De Pere, and Strength of the Hands, De Pere; Bay Towel, Green Bay, and Ascher’s Janitorial Services, Abrams; The Boldt Company, Appleton, and Bonnie Kratz Photography, Luxemburg; and Integrys Energy Services, De Pere, and JT Engineering, Green Bay.

Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2012

The Growth Coach, Green Bay, Wis. and Door County Interiors and Design, Egg Harbor, Wis.; Wiplfi, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and IProcureDirect, Green Bay, Wis.; Wiplfi, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and Bowman Performance Consulting, Shawano, Wis.; Score, Green Bay, Wis. and Key Elements Healing Arts Center, Green Bay, Wis.; and Strategic Management Associates, Green Bay, Wis. and Sabamba Alpaca Ranch, LLC, De Pere, Wis.

Mentor-Protégé Program Partnerships of 2011

Lathrop & Clark LLP, Madison, Wis. and Heart at Work Unlimited, LLC, Suamico, Wis.; Schreiber Foods, Inc., Green Bay, Wis. and Kirchner Computer Consulting, Inc., Green Bay, Wis.; The Growth Coach, Green Bay, Wis. and About Body, LLC, Green Bay, Wis.; Tweet-Garot Mechanical, Inc., Green Bay, Wis. and Global Refractory Installers and Suppliers, Inc., Green Bay, Wis.; and Wipfli, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and Almost Nuts! LLC, Denmark, Wis.

Board of Directors and Consultants

The program is overseen by a board of directors that includes chairperson John Hartmann, M.D., co-founder and CEO of Visonex; vice chair Lorri Kieff, CEO of Bay Area Consultants; Quasan Shaw, entrepreneurship coordinator, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College; Laurie Radke, president, Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce; and Phil Hauck, group facilitator, TEC.

Consultants to the program include Aaron Popkey, Green Bay Packers; Greg Kuehl, Green Bay/Brown County Professional Football Stadium District; and Rhonda Borowicz, Green Bay Packers.

Program Co-Creator and Administrators

The program is administered by AFF Research LLC (AFFR) and its President/CEO Anna Steinfest.
AFFR assists their clients in designing and implementing comprehensive supplier diversity. They also provide guidance to entrepreneurs. AFFR has consulted in the field of supplier diversity for 10 years, and has worked on both the Lambeau Field redevelopment project and post-redevelopment projects.

For testimonials from past participants of the program, visit http://affresearch.com/index.htm.

Questions and requests for mentor or protégé applications should be directed to AFFR by telephone at 920-884-5006 or by e-mail.

 

Custom Training and Consulting Upon Request

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Packer Mentor Protege Program: May 28, 2013

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After all her hard work, it’s time to celebrate!

Read about Nicky’s journey with the Packers Mentor-Protege Program.

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MATCHES COMPLETED FOR SECOND SESSION OF PACKERS MENTOR-PROTÉGÉ PROGRAM

The Green Bay Packers Mentor-Protégé Program has completed the matches for the second session. The program matches established mentor companies that can provide technical, managerial, financial or other guidance to protégés seeking to improve their competitive standing. The program’s partnerships aim to foster business growth, economic development and job creation in Brown County and the surrounding area.

The five partnerships named April 2012 are The Growth Coach, Green Bay, Wis. and Door County Interiors and Design, Egg Harbor, Wis.; Wiplfi, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and IProcureDirect, Green Bay, Wis.; Wipfli, LLP, Green Bay, Wis. and Bowman Performance Consulting, Shawano, Wis.; Score, Green Bay, Wis. and Key Elements Healing Arts Center, Green Bay, Wis.; and Strategic Management Associates, Green Bay, Wis. and Sabamba Alpaca Ranch, LLC, De Pere, Wis.

“This program has proven to be a great resource for smaller, local businesses,” said Packers President/CEO Mark Murphy. “Both mentors and protégés from our first session indicated a high level of satisfaction and success. We’re excited to begin our second session and continue to foster business relationships that help smaller firms.”

The program is administered by AFF Research, LLC (AFFR). AFFR assists its clients in designing and implementing comprehensive supplier diversity programs, and also provides guidance to entrepreneurs. AFFR has worked on targeted business participation and workforce diversity at Lambeau Field for the past 12 years.

Questions about participating in the Packers Mentor-Protégé program should be directed to AFFR by telephone at 920-884-5006 or by e-mail to aff@affresearch.com.

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