Portland, OR – February 24, 2006 –

Sonal Shah, president of Northwest Software, Inc. (NSI), Beaverton, received the prestigious 2006 Summit Award as a Minority (owned) Business Entrepreneur. The Northwest Minority Business Council ceremony was held at The Westin Hotel in Seattle on January 27th.
The Summit Award is for NSI’s effort as a staffing agency in developing new ways to place women and other minorities in good jobs. In Sonal’s acceptance speech, she mentioned: NSI views strategic alliance as a core growth strategy. We must continue to focus on our core EZRecruit technology and staffing services, and align strategically with complementary partners in order to increase total customer value.” NSI’s innovative software, EZRecruit, simplifies and dramatically speeds the process. Sonal also acknowledged Washington Mutual Nordstrom and Starbuck’s for their support, along with other clients. NSI has been in business for 18 years. In 2002, Sonal was named Oregon’s Small Business Person of the year by the U.S. Small Business Administration. *At the same Seattle ceremony, Blake Nordstrom received the 2006 Summit Corporate Award for Nordstrom’s active leadership in doing business with businesses owned by women and minorities.

About Northwest Software
Founded in 1988, we developed “EZRecruit”, a state-of-the-art recruiting and applicant tracking system that delivers unparalleled value. We also use EZRecruit internally to serve your temporary and full-time staffing needs. Northwest Software, Inc. is located at 1800 NW 169th Place, Suite 150-B, Beaverton, OR 97006, phone (503) 629-5947, and can be found on the web at Contact Chetan Shah at 503-629-0303 or email for more information.
About Northwest Minority Business Council
About Northwest Minority Business Council (NMBC) - Based in the Pacific Northwest, the NMBC is one of the largest regional councils of the National Minority Supplier Development Council. Since its founding, the NMSDC has grown and expanded to 39 regional councils representing over 3500 corporate members and more than 16,000 certified minority business enterprises (MBE).