Northwest Software Receives Minority Business Award



Beaverton, OR, February 16, 2005 - Sonal Shah, president of Northwest Software, Inc. (NSI), Beaverton, received the prestigious 2005 Summit Award as a Minority (owned) Business Entrepreneur. The Northwest Minority Business Council ceremony was held at The Westin Hotel in Seattle on February 11th. Sonal and her husband, Chetan, are natives of India who became U.S. citizens in the 1990s. They have a son, 12, and daughter, 9.

Sonal Shah’s Award Speech

The Summit Award is for NSI’s effort as a staffing agency in developing new ways to place qualfied people in good jobs, including women and other minorities. In Sonal’s acceptance speech (Click here), she recognized NSI’s "strategic alliance with Nordstrom’s* in creating the Lead Diversity Staffing Model". The model is a new kind of partnership that includes women and minority suppliers. NSI’s innovative software, EZRecruit, simplifies and dramatically speeds the process. Sonal also acknowledged Washington Mutual and Starbuck’s for their support, along with other clients.

NSI has been in business for 17 years. In 2002, Sonal was also named Oregon’s Small Business Person of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

*At the same Seattle ceremony, Nordstrom received the 2005 Summit Corporate Award for its active leadership in doing business with businesses owned by women and minorities

About Northwest Software, Inc. Founded in 1988, NSI developed “EZRecruit”, a state-of-the-art recruiting and applicant tracking system that delivers unparalleled value. NSI uses EZRecruit internally to serve its customers temporary and full-time staffing needs - with unparalleled speed. Northwest Software, Inc. is located at 1800 NW 169th Place, Suite 150-B, Beaverton, OR 97006, phone (503) 629-0303, and can be found on the web at Contact Chetan Shah at 503-629-0303 or email for more information. For more information, please visit

About EZRecruit™ EZRecruit is a unique e-recruiting service that delivers speed in recruiting. For more information, please visit

About Nordstrom - In 2003, Nordstrom spent $577.5 million with minority- and women-owned businesses and total expenditures have exceeded $5.27 billion since the program’s inception.Click here for more information regarding Nordstrom’s supplier diversity programs.

About the Northwest Minority Business Council 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.

Barb Valdez

Victor Valdez
Northwest Minority Business Council