Northwest Software, Inc. selected as 2003 Supplier of the Year

Beaverton, OR, October 9, 2003 — Northwest Software, Inc. (NSI), an IT consulting and project solutions firm, has been selected by the Northwest Minority Business Council as the "2003 Supplier of the Year". This is the council’s highest state-level honor given annually to an outstanding supplier.


Victor Valdez, Executive Director of Northwest Minority Business Council, said: "Northwest Software was one of many excellent nominees for the ’Supplier of the Year 2003’ award. An independent awards committee chose Northwest Software primarily because of its innovations in the staffing industry, its 15-year track record, and its steady growth. The company has survived economic downturns by deepening relationships with current customers and creating new ones." David Chinchar, Chair of the council’s board presented the award to Sonal Shah yesterday at the Meydenbauer Center in Bellevue, WA.

Accepting this prestigious award, NSI’s President, Ms. Sonal Shah, said, “I am honored to receive this award on behalf of our great employees and customers. I thank you for your loyalty, and belief in this organization. Special thanks to those customers who have embraced minority suppliers as a way to do business... Trust, innovation, ethics, and integrity are realistic goals that are not beyond our grasp but within our reach, and are the keys to success. You have the choice of being a "me too" supplier, or you may choose to differentiate yourself by innovating. We chose innovation. Towards that goal, we’ve invested over 40 people-years in EZRecruit developing many patented innovations based completely on Microsoft™ technology. Northwest Software brings a new dimension with unmatched value in the staffing industry and is therefore able to compete with larger companies on a National level. With EZRecruit we are also able to include selected best-in-field diversity suppliers at the second tier and minimize our customer’s transaction costs. As a result, even in this soft economy, our Global 1000 customer base is expanding."

About Northwest Software, Inc. Northwest Software, Inc., is a global Information Technology Consulting Services Company headquartered in Beaverton, Oregon. NSI provides Information Technology services either on a staff augmentation or per-project basis, drawing from a pool of diverse, highly skilled talent including IT professionals, software engineers, and seasoned project managers located locally and internationally. NSI has grown from a staff augmentation company to one that can also provide complete solutions. The company has delivered over 1000 person-years of IT consulting services to hundreds of satisfied clients. For more information, please visit

About EZRecruit™ EZRecruit™ is a unique e-recruiting service that uses powerful search and screening capabilities along with real-time Internet connectivity to automate the recruiting process from candidate sourcing to final hiring. Working around the clock and without supervision, EZRecruit™ goes beyond applicant tracking to help employers build relationships with candidates, contractors, recruiting portals, and vendors. The EZRecruit™ service is designed for companies of all sizes, and recruiting across all disciplines. EZRecruit™ is available as an ASP-based service, and the software is also available for lease or purchase. For more information, please visit

About Northwest Minority Business Council (NMBC) - The Showcase 2003 Minority Business Conference is one of many programs and services available through the Northwest Minority Business Council such as: supplier/buyer referral services, educational programs, financing, networking, dissemination of contracting and bid opportunities, and MBE/Corporate directories. The Northwest Minority Business Council is the regional affiliate of the National Minority Supplier Development Council (NMSDC). Through a network of forty councils across the country, over 3500 major corporations have direct access to more than 15,000 certified minority businesses across the country.


For more information, please contact:

Chetan Shah
Northwest Software, Inc.

Victor Valdez
Northwest Minority Business Council