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Sept. 12-15 Grant Writing & Grants Management Training
Sante Fe, New Mexico

This unique training will dedicate two (2) full days to Grant Writing and two (2) full days to Grants Management.

Registration is FREE for Native Americans and those working within Indian Country! For employees, new to grant management, you will learn the skills needed to successfully manage federal awards. Experienced grant professionals will keep up-to-date on changing regulations, increasing their expertise as well. When the training is complete, attendees will have a deeper understanding of general and federal grant management requirements and gain a deeper expertise in the implementation of the new OMB 2 CRF Part 200.
Sept. 13-15

2017 Indian Housing Conference
Vineland, Minnesota

The 2017 Minnesota Indian Housing Conference will bring together tribal leaders, tribal housing board members, tribal professionals from housing, social services and health services, along with federal, state and local government housing professionals and practitioners. Additional attendees are expected from both for-profit and non-profit financial industries. Together they will discuss homeownership, affordable rental housing, tax credit financed development post compliance, various types of supportive and homeless housing, tenant relations, Board of Directors’ roles regarding financial responsibilities and housing issues and compliance. The host location for the 2017 Indian Housing Conference is the Grand Casino Mille Lacs in Vineland, Minnesota. Lodging for the conference must be reserved directly with the casino hotel at 1.800.626.5825. To receive the conference room rate, you will need to identify that you are with the 2017 Indian Housing Conference.

Grand Casino Mille Lacs is located approximately 90 minutes north of Minneapolis/St. Paul on US Highway 169. You can access driving directions to the casino hotel at
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Sept. 13-15

Minnesota Indian Housing Conference MNIHC hosted by the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
Vineland, MN

Participants and topics include presentations by the Federal Home Loan Bank, Greater Minnesota Housing Fund, the Minnesota Housing Finance Agency, to help prepare Indian Housing professionals for ways to develop and sustain housing in Indian Country in the upper Midwest. For more information and to register, contact Linda Adams at or (218) 679-3368

Sept. 19-20

Admissions and Occupancy Training
Best Western Plus Clocktower
Billings, MT

Participants can expect to gain an understanding how NAHASDA policies and program requirements impact the Admission and Occupancy process. Training topics include eligibility, waitlists, rent calculations, collections, inspections, and lease compliance.

Trainer: Christine Dennis
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Sept. 19-21

Basic Accounting
Chicago, IL

This is a BASIC accounting course teaching elementary accounting concepts with an emphasis on the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) program requirements. Since administrative capability is a requirement for all tribes receiving Indian Housing Block Grant program funding, it is important that personnel working in accounting have a thorough understanding of basic accounting fundamentals. This course will also help those who are working outside of accounting to become familiar with accounting, which will also help them in performing their jobs.
• Learn the purpose of accounting and its role in the tribal housing organization.
• Gain an understanding of the fundamentals of accounting principles.
• Learn and practice basic accounting transactions related to receipts and expenditures.
• Become familiar with record keeping and accounting practices related to tenant accounting, disbursements, and payroll.
• Learn the importance of providing accounting information through financial reporting.
Who should attend? Persons working in accounting or finance, either for tribes or tribal housing programs, who are new to the accounting area. Non-accounting personnel such as program managers, department heads and BOC/Council members, who would also like to gain a better understanding of accounting practices, are also encouraged to attend.

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Sept. 20

Rural Gateway Peer-to-Peer Conference Call - The State of Rural America (CONFERENCE CALL)
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The Office of Rural Housing and Economic Development (ORHED) invites you to take part in our next Peer-to-Peer conference call. Scheduled for September 20, 2017, this call will offer participants the opportunity to learn more about current conditions and trends in Rural America through the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Economic Research Service (ERS).

The ERS at the USDA's mission is to inform and enhance public and private decision making on economic and policy issues related to agriculture, food, the environment, and rural development. Activities to support this mission involve a comprehensive program of economic research and analysis, including development of economic and statistical indicators, on a broad range of topics spanning the four goal areas of USDA:

  • Assist rural communities to create prosperity so they are self-sustaining, repopulating, and economically thriving;
  • Ensure that national forests and private working lands are conserved, restored, and made more resilient to climate change, while enhancing water resources;
  • Help America promote agricultural production and biotechnology exports as America works to increase food security;
  • Ensure that all of America's children have access to safe, nutritious, and balanced meals.
Sept. 25-29

National Tribal Transportation Conference
Tucson, AZ

The 20th Annual National Tribal Transportation Conference is the premier event for more than 500 tribal, federal, state, and private transportation professionals from across the USA. NTTC will provide information and resources for all who are committed to improving the transportation infrastructure of Indian country and the safety of those who live, work and travel the roadways of Indian lands. More information is available at

Sept. 26

Internal Control Requirements under the Uniform Guidance (On-Line)
Registration: For more information and To Register, click here

Description: Agencies will become familiar with the concepts of internal control under the COSO framework now a requirement under the Uniform Guidance. We will review the overall requirements, methods to implement the framework, possible technical assistant to implement, sample controls, and potential findings.

Sept. 26-28

HUD Part 58 Environmental Review Training (FREE)
New York, NY

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Sept. 26-28 Indoor Air Quality in Tribal Communities
Tulsa, Oklahoma

This entry-level course is designed to provide an understanding of common
indoor air quality (IAQ) problems in tribal homes and schools. The course includes an overview of
indoor air pollutants and their health effects, and tips for solving IAQ problems. There will be hands-on
practice with a comprehensive assessment checklist used to identify IAQ problems. This course
consists of lectures and a tribal case study, demonstrations, small-group activities, and a building
Topics Include:
· Indoor air concerns in tribal communities
· Overview of building science
· Mold and its health effects
· IAQ pollutants and cancer
· IAQ and asthma
· Hazardous materials in homes and schools
· Combustion products
· Equipment for assessing IAQ
· Outreach: prevention of IAQ problems
· Collaboration and resources
For more information and Registration, click here
Sept. 27-28

Financial Management and Recordkeeping Training
Phoenix, AZ

This course covers the basic administrative requirements that pertain to the use of Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) funds distributed to tribes and tribal housing programs in accordance with the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA). During this course, students will learn how to develop financial planning strategies for a tribal housing program, the basics of developing an operational budget for a tribal housing program, and how to budget for various projects under NAHASDA. Students will discuss the skills required to perform the responsibilities related to sound financial management and the methods for complying with 2 CFR 200. Students will also participate in skill building exercises and case studies.

Registration and Event Info: click here


Oct. 3-4

Maintenance Training
Sleep Inn & Suites Bismarck
Bismarck, ND

Participants at this 2-day interactive training will receive instruction based on real-life examples on how to successfully operate an effective maintenance program. The training will discuss budgeting and oversight, policies, staff roles in carrying out a range of maintenance activities, work order systems, preventative maintenance, unit turn-around, health and safety violations, homeowner maintenance, and team safety.

Trainer: Wayne Mundy
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Oct. 3-5 HUD/NAIHC Grant Writing Training
Tampa, FL

This course design will enable participants to learn how to prepare proposals designed for affordable housing projects or programs, such as housing construction/rehabilitation, program capacity building, community project/facilities, and infrastructure. Through a hands-on project development approach, course materials cover maximizing benefits through leveraging, matching project goals to funder’s goals, and preparing a statement of need, project description, implementation schedule, financial feasibility analysis, and project sustainability plan. Participants will be required to write key components of a grant and analyze an actual grant application. To Register, click here
Oct. 3-5

Leveraging IHBG Resources/Grant Writing Training
Tampa, FL

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Oct. 8-12 United and Southeastern Tribes [USET] Annual Meeting
Cherokee, NC

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Oct. 9-11 16th Annual Native Hawaiian Convention
Honolulu, Hawaii

Council for Native Hawaiian Advancement (CNHA)
This national convention is the largest gathering of organizations, policy makers, legislative representatives and federal agencies involved in Native Hawaiian community development. CNHA hosts the Convention to mobilize leadership and community to network and share best practices on a vast array of topics ranging from cultural perpetuation, health and education to housing and economic development to the arts and youth. Over the course of three days, attendees can expect to see policy discussion and development, community networking and outreach, and special presentations from many sectors of community work. The Convention is critically important in setting our policy agenda for the coming year through special caucuses and a Policy Roundtable.
Oct. 10-12

Admissions & Occupancy Training (Association of Alaska Housing Authorities)
Anchorage, AK

Admissions & Occupancy is a three-day interactive course designed to enhance the job performance of Admissions and Occupancy staff and other tribal housing professionals working on Admissions and Occupancy issues. The course will cover Admissions and Occupancy program management with topics to include the application and selection process, eligibility for housing assistance, calculating annual income, determining monthly rental or homeownership payments, occupancy standards, collections practices and compliance, effective communication techniques with residents, lease agreement compliance, and collections. Participants should bring with them copies of their Admissions and Occupancy policies so that they can practice applying them to case studies and role-playing exercises presented during this course. The course will also examine how maintaining high standards in the Admissions and Occupancy program affects the overall management of tribal housing programs. Participants are also encouraged to bring calculators. Click HERE to register or for more information.

Oct. 10-12

Environmental Review Training
Reno, NV

Under the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA) (25 U.S.C. 4101 et seq.), HUD provides grants, loan guarantees, and technical assistance to Indian tribes and tribally designated housing entities (TDHE) for the development and operation of low-income housing in Indian areas. Grants are made to eligible recipients under the Indian Housing Block Grant (IHBG) program. Grantees receiving funds under this program are responsible for meeting the requirements of NAHASDA and its implementing regulations, including compliance with HUD’s environmental regulations 24 CFR Part 50 and Part 58.

Learn the ins and outs of environmental review. This 3-day training will offer IHBG Grantees the skills to successfully carry out an environmental review. Training will include detailed instructions on meeting the legislative and regulatory requirements of environmental review, assistance in devising standard procedures for conducting and documenting an environmental review, specific instruction for carrying out environmental review responsibilities, levels of environmental review, and key steps in the environmental review process. As we answer questions common to the environmental review process, tribes and TDHEs will be encouraged to share advice and best practices, to help you avoid common pitfalls.

Training begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 4:30 PM each day.

A special segment providing an overview of the Lead-Based Paint requirements (24 CFR Part 35) that apply to IHBG funded activities will be presented on the afternoon of Day 3.

To Register, Click Here.

Hotel Location:
Whitney Peak Hotel
255 N. Virginia St.
Reno, NV 89501
Tel: 775.398.5400

Oct. 19

Demystifying the Self-Monitoring Process

Self-Monitoring is the means by which the Tribe or TDHE fulfills its public trust responsibilities and is empowered to monitoring its own projects, collect project data and documentation, keep staff engaged, conduct inspections of HUD-funded projects and improve and evaluate program project performance in accordance with performance objectives and measures. Section 403(b) of NAHASDA, 24 CFR § 1000.502(a) and Self-Determination dictate that recipients of IHBG funds are responsible for monitoring grant activities, ensuring compliance with applicable federal requirements and monitoring performance goals under the IHP. The recipient is responsible for preparing at least annually; a compliance assessment in accordance with section 403(b) of NAHASDA; a performance report covering the assessment of program progress and goal attainment under the IHP; and an audit in accordance with the Single Audit Act, as applicable. The recipient's monitoring should also include an evaluation of the recipient's performance in accordance with performance objectives and measures. Where the recipient is a TDHE, the grant beneficiary (Indian tribe) is responsible for monitoring programmatic and compliance requirements of the IHP and NAHASDA by requiring the TDHE to prepare periodic progress reports including the annual compliance assessment, performance and audit reports. This webinar covers self-monitoring as required by ONAP and is designed to assist in developing an effective program to monitor activities and ensure compliance and internal controls. Discussion includes the basics in development of an organizational system to meet compliance requirements. For more information and to register, click here.

Oct. 19-20 Fall 2017 Tribal Environmental Health Forum
Chandler, AZ

The Southwest Environmental Health Sciences Center hosts “Indigenous Environmental Stewards: Bridging Tribal Communities to Healthy Futures,” an open forum for tribal community members, tribal leaders, university professionals, students interested in environmental health, educators, and tribal environmental and health professionals to explore and create action plans for the important environmental issues that impact the health of tribal communities. To register, click here.
Oct. 24-25 HUD/NAIHC Procurement & Contract Management
Oklahoma City, OK

This training course provides guidance for recipients and sub-recipients of Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) on the procurement of supplies, materials, equipment, and services necessary for the efficient and economical operation, maintenance, development, rehabilitation, and modernization of low-income housing programs in compliance with applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders, and regulations, including 24 CFR Part 1000 and 2CFR Part 200. To Register, click here
Oct. 30 - Nov.3 Tribal Meetings & Event Planning Webinar Albuquerque, NM
Trainer: Cielo Gibson & Charmagne Dolphin

Participants will learn how to deliver a comprehensive homebuyer education program designed to help educate prospective native homebuyers on how to become successful homeowners. The curriculum is specifically tailored for Native American communities.
Participants will also learn the most effective methods to help potential homebuyers determine what is best for them; to build a new home or to buy an existing one. Other areas covered in this curriculum include understanding the mortgage loan process, how to prepare a family budget, how to improve credit profiles, how to avoid the pitfalls of predatory lending, foreclosure prevention strategies, and how the family can maintain the home and their personal finances after the purchase. Instructors specialize in homebuyer education and include culturally relevant teaching techniques in the classroom. For more information and to register, click here


Nov. 2 APR Process

Completing an Annual Performance Report (APR) as required by the Office of Native American Programs (ONAP) and Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHSDA) can be overwhelming. This webinar will simplify the process by presenting a straightforward strategy to develop an effective and basic system to collect the information necessary to complete an APR. The APR review process is a part of HUD’s oversight responsibility, as outlined in the NAHASDA regulations at 24 CFR § 1000.520. At least annually, HUD will review each recipient's performance to determine whether the recipient: 1. Has carried out its eligible activities in a timely manner, has carried out its eligible activities and certifications in accordance with the requirements and the primary objective of NAHASDA and with other applicable laws and has a continuing capacity to carry out those activities in a timely manner; 2. Has complied with the IHP of the grant beneficiary; and 3. Whether the performance reports of the recipient are accurate.” Participants will learn about relevant statutory and regulatory requirements and other useful resources. Register Now
Nov. 6-7

Board of Commissioners
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: TBD

The Board of Commissioners training will demonstrate what governing bodies and leaders need to know about the funding structure and the Indian Housing Block Grant. Other topics will include; What does it mean to designate a TDHE to administer the Tribe’s block grant; Fiduciary responsibilities of the tribal governing body or Board of Commissioners; Conflicts of interest; Financial responsibilities of housing authorities and tribes have to meet; Admission, procurement, and management policies; Federal laws prohibiting housing discrimination; What happens when HUD monitors your program; Day to day operations – how to make decisions, address complex issues; The relationship between the governing body and the Executive Director/CEO/Tribal Department Head; Developing Housing – Challenges and new ideas; Common problems facing Housing Programs; Responding to constituents; Current Legal issues, including opportunities such as “Lands into Trust”.

Registration coming soon

Nov. 7-8 Procurement and Contract Management
Albuquerque, NM

This training course provides guidance for recipients and sub-recipients of Indian Housing Block Grants (IHBG) on the procurement of supplies, materials, equipment, and services necessary for the efficient and economical operation, maintenance, development, rehabilitation, and modernization of low-income housing programs in compliance with applicable Federal laws, Executive Orders, and regulations, including 24 CFR Part 1000 and 2CFR Part 200. Click here for the agenda
To register, CLICK HERE
Nov. 7-9

NAHASDA & Tax Credit Compliance Professional (NTCCP) Training
Scottsdale, AZ

For more information and To Register, click here.

This intensive, three-day training course is designed to provide tribal housing professionals with an overview of the federal Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program, and how the program can complement other tribal housing initiatives. The course provides both a general explanation of the program and describes detailed procedures and requirements for continuing operational compliance under the LIHTC and the Native American Housing Assistance and Self-Determination Act (NAHASDA) programs.

Individuals that successfully pass the NAHASDA & Tax Credit Compliance Professional (NTCCP) exam at the end of the NAHASDA-LIHTC compliance certification course and
• Demonstrate a minimum of 2 years’ experience in NAHASDA-LIHTC related projects
• Complete Certification of Work Experience
• Execute the NTCCP Code of Professional Responsibility will receive an NTCCP certification. The NTCCP certification is a unique national certification that acknowledges expertise in both the NAHASDA and LIHTC programs.

Nov. 8-9 Tribal Council
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: Cielo Gibson
Location: Dimond Center Hotel 700 E Dimond Blvd Phone: (907)770-5000

This two-day training will provide attendees with a comprehensive introduction to the roles and responsibilities of Tribal Council members with regard to the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA). Topics include Conflict of Interest, Procurement, Tribal Council Roles and Responsibilities under NAHASDA, Strategic Planning, Compliance and Monitoring, Reporting and Record keeping, and AONAP Assistance. Other major topics to be addressed include determining eligibility and the Indian Housing Plan/Annual Performance Report. This course provides the foundation for tribal council members to be successful in applying applicable rules and policies to conflict resolution and decision-making. Case studies, group discussions, and hands-on exercises will be applied to reinforce NAHASDA concepts. To register, click here.
Nov. 14-15

The Southern Plains Indian Housing Association (SPIHA)
Marksville, LA

Quarterly Summer Meeting

Hotel Reservation Code: SPAN15G,
Paragon Casino & Resort
711 Paragon Place, Marksville, LA 71351,

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Nov. 14-16

NAHASDA Intermediate Training
Wyndham Garden Oklahoma City Airport Hotel
Oklahoma City, OK

If you’ve ever left a NAHASDA training saying, “Wait! I’ve got more questions!”—this training is for you. To dig in deeper, Intermediate NAHASDA will skip lightly over the history. Trainers will use detailed case studies to illustrate how NAHASDA is applied in real world housing situations. Areas discussed to include eligible activities, eligible families, useful life, audits and records retention, inspections and admissions, relocation, and Indian Preference. Participants will leave the session with increased ability to take rules and regulations and use these to create and run more effective and compliant housing programs.

Trainers: Sonja Key & Cielo Gibson
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Nov. 14-16 Low Income Housing Tax Credit
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: Robin Thorne
Location: Dimond Center Hotel 700 E Dimond Blvd Phone: (907)770-5000

AAHA will be hosting this three (3) day training on Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and will provide attendees with an in-depth introduction to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program. This class will cover the LIHTC program and how it works, determining the value of tax credits for a projects, compliance monitoring requirements, applying income limits, requirements for calculating income and how to identify lease requirements and annual recertification for the LIHTC Program. To register, click here.
Nov. 16 Audit Review

This webinar covers the step-by-step process Area ONAPs will follow when reviewing audits performed by Independent Public Accountants when HUD is or is not the cognizant or oversight agency, as well as audits issued by the OIG. Audits provide useful information about a recipient’s financial position, use of its resources, internal controls, and compliance with HUD regulations. Findings Identified in the audits and the recipient’s actions to resolve findings provide information for the risk assessment and on-site monitoring strategies. Register Now
Nov. 29-Dec. 1 Federal Indian Law
New Orleans, LA

The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) will conduct a training session on Federal Indian Law on November 29– December 1, 2017. This training session will benefit the stewards of tribal sovereignty including tribal government officials, tribal councils, tribal court personnel and tribal po-lice officers. This training offers practical advice on protecting tribal sovereignty in light of recent negative opinions by the U.S. Supreme Court. It examines the status of sovereign immunity, tribal civil and criminal juris-diction, adjudicatory v. regulatory jurisdiction and Indian gaming issues. 
This session is essential for new tribal council members and others vested with the duty to administer tribal government programs. Each participant will receive a comprehensive training manual and a certificate of achievement. For more information and to rigister, click here.


Dec. 4-7 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference Pittsburg, PA

The 2017 National Brownfields Training Conference is the premier brownfields and land revitalization event. Attendees will enjoy opportunities to participate in training events, observe success stories first hand during mobile workshops, listen to experts regarding best practices for meeting brownfields challenges, and network with thousands of other stakeholders. For More Information, click Here
Dec. 5-7 Contract Administration & Procurement
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: AAHA Contractors
Location: Marriott Downtown 820 West 7th Avenue Phone: (907)279-8000

This interactive three-day training will provide attendees with a formal workshop on Procurement and Contract Administration. The training will provide information and guidance under the Native American Housing and Self‐Determination Act (NAHASDA) for housing authority staff and tribal members to understand and meet the program requirements for procurement and contract administration. To register, click here.
Dec. 7 Demystifying the Performance Monitoring Review

The purpose of ONAP’s on-site and remote performance monitoring reviews are to: 1) Fulfill the public trust responsibilities by ensuring that HUD grants are implemented in a timely manner and in compliance with applicable requirements; (2) Identify trends that indicate superior, satisfactory, or deficient performance; (3) Develop and implement action to reinforce, improve, correct or supplement recipient performance as appropriate; and (4) Identify and validate technical assistance accordance with the NAHASDA as well as other applicable regulations and statutes. Monitoring is an ongoing process that assesses the quality of a program participant’s performance over a period of time. Monitoring provides information about program participants that is critical for making informed judgments about program effectiveness and management efficiency. It also helps in identifying instances of fraud, waste and abuse. A performance monitoring review consists of a thorough review of all information available in both the Area ONAP's and Tribe or TDHE’s files and databases concerning a grant recipient’s use of HUD funds. Participants in this webinar will learn how on-site and remote monitoring reviews are conducted at the grant recipients' organizations and housing authorities or TDHEs. Register Now
Dec. 13-15 Tribal Constitutions, Tribal Codes & Federal Limitations
Las Vegas, NV

The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) assists tribes throughout Indian Country in drafting and revising tribal constitutions, and codes. This session examines model codes on subjects, in both criminal and civil jurisdiction. The objective of this session is to provide tribal leaders, judges, attorneys and staff responsible for drafting tribal laws with the tools to increase their equality of self-governance, enhance the efficient operation of tribal government and assure tribal members that their tribal government is responsive and fair. Time will be allocated to address your specific problems and priori-ties. Bring copies of your code provisions that trouble you. Participants will receive a comprehensive training manual and a certificate of achievement. To register, click here.
Dec. 13-15 Sacred Sites, NAGPRA & Project Monitoring
Las Vegas, NV

This session examines legislative and policy tools created to meet the challenges that Native Americans face in seeking to protect a spiritual site and other culturally relevant resources. Additionally, the training provides an introduction to monitoring at road construction, energy development and other public projects to ensure that mitigation measures are implemented and cultural resources are protected. Case examples will be discussed. Participants will receive a comprehensive reference manual and a certificate of achievement upon completion of the course. To register, click here.





Jan. 23 QuickBooks Intermediate Workshop
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: AAHA Contractors
Location: Dimond Center Hotel 700 E Dimond Blvd Phone: (907)770-5000

AAHA will host a 1 (one) day training on QuickBooks Intermediate. The training will include topics such as Multiple Users, Remote Access, Creating Custom Fields, Lists, NAHASDA focused Accounts Receivable, Accounts Payable and Payroll. To register, click here.
Jan. 24 QuickBooks Advanced Workshop
Anchorage, AK

Trainer: AAHA Contractors
Location: Dimond Center Hotel 700 E Dimond Blvd Phone: (907)770-5000

AAHA will host a 1 (one) day training on QuickBooks Advanced. The training will include topics such as Prepayment, Classes, Lists, Reporting, Journal Entries, and Advanced Tools. To register, click here.