Great Northern Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center is hosting a business plan competition throughout a seven-county region in Northeastern Montana consisting of Valley, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Daniels. The goal of this event is to attract new entrepreneurs and support existing businesses in Northeastern Montana by uniting communities in a common goal of economic development. Through many generous sponsorships from local businesses and chambers of commerce in the region GNDC will award two prize packages of $5,000; one to a startup business and one to an existing business.
The Minnow Tank finale will be held September 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow where fourteen finalists will present their business plan live to a panel of five judges, one judge being the audience! Support your favorite entrepreneur by planning to attend the Minnow Tank finale on September 22nd; tickets will be available at the door or by calling GNDC. If you are a new or existing business interested in applying for Minnow Tank, or if you have questions about the event, contact Shandy Hanks or Mark Sansaver at (406) 653-2590, or visit www.gndc.org.
Stop by Busted Knucle for a pint, and to meet the staff of GNDC - your local Certified Regional Development Corporation! We will be celebrating the CRDC program's contribution to Montana's economy, raffling off some great prizes, and enjoying delicious beer from one of our favorite small businesses!
Stop by Doc Z's for a pint, and to meet the staff of GNDC - your local Certified Regional Development Corporation! We will be celebrating the CRDC program's contribution to Montana's economy, raffling off some great prizes, and enjoying delicious beer from one of our favorite small businesses!
Please join us for a reception generously hosted by Nemont for appetizers from the Slipper and a great discussion on cooperatives. A panel of local co-ops will be discussing co-op careers, the positive impacts co-ops have on our economy and any questions you may have.
PowerHouse Montana is an online platform designed to connect Montana women to the mentors and resources they need to succeed. It is a source for entrepreneurs, leaders and change-makers alike. Register yourself or nominate another powerhouse in your community and grow your network straight from your computer.
Join us as we work to create a brighter future for Montana women and girls - because when women prosper, communities thrive! www.powerhousemt.org
The PowerHouse: Montana initiative is a series of monthly gatherings across the state of Montana. These events were created to encouraging mentorship, and networking opportunities among Montana women.#PowerHouseWolfPoint
Homebuyer Education Class provided by Great Northern Development Corporation in partnership with NeighborWorks Montana, a HUD approved Housing Counseling Agency
Friday, March 23rd 9am to 5pm at Great Northern Development Corporation, 233 Cascade Street, Wolf Point
A class for potential homebuyers of all income levels. The purpose of the class is to teach potential homeowners about the process of purchasing a home. Homebuyer Education classes provide information on all aspects of homeownership with an emphasis on pre-purchase including the following: Steps to Homeownership, Mortgage Basics, Lender role/loan programs, Realtor Role/buy-sell contracts, Importance of Home Inspections & Appraisals, Affordability Analysis, Spending Plans, Homeowners Insurance & Closing your loan.
Homebuyer Education teaches skills and provides tools for basic financial management including budgeting, saving, credit, and debt management. It teaches about the Homebuying process, its complexities and costs. And most importantly helps families to become successful long-term homeowners. Upon completing the course, attendees will receive a certificate of completion.
Potential homebuyers of all income levels are eligible to attend, first time homebuyers as well as repeat homebuyers. A non-refundable fee of $40 per household is to be paid at registration.
For more information or to register please contact Housing Counselor Brianna Vine at 653-2590 ext 204 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The Innovate Montana Symposium is Montana's signature annual business and networking event, connecting innovative ventures from diverse industries with economic opportunity. Over the course of two days, we'll provide the insights, tools, and collaboration that foster thriving businesses and communities in our state. The event's high impact speaker series will be paired with focused breakout sessions so inspiration is directly channeled into action plans. Brain dates and social events will make sure the right people are in the room for creating new ventures and powerful partnerships.
Learn how to develop a marketing budget, determine your competitive advantage, and reach and grow your audience affordably. Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Media will take you through the process so you can leave knowing how to move forward.
Date: Wednesday, October 19th
Trainers: MSU Extension Agents Roubie Younkin & Ardis Oelkers
Location: GNDC Conference Room
Contact: Lorene Hintz, 653-2590 or email@example.com
PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 7TH
What You Will Learn
Real Colors personality testing helps people:
- Learn to work together
- Break down organizational silos
- Increase work productivity
Real Colors is:
- A fun, interactive workshop
- Will provide you with skills to understand human behavior
- Will provide skills that are easy to incorporate into everyday life
The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors Personality Instrument:
- A user-friendly, intuitive tool
- Identifies four personality types common to all people
- Gold, Green, Blue and Orange
"Working Toward the Future - Sustainability and Culture in Economic Growth"
Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) 2016 Fall Conference Features:
Welcome by CSKT Tribal Vice-Chairman and Yamncut Drum Group
Economic Development and Native American Tribes - How it Works
Entrepreneur Assistance and Success Stories
How do they do it? Government Contracting
Table talks with agency representatives & hot topics
MEDA Awards Luncheon
State Legislative Leadership update (invited)
Gubernatorial Forum (invited)
Working it Out - Multigenerational Workforce
Closing by Polson Mayor Heather Knutson
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) News Release
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture agencies will hold town hall meetings at 18 locations across Montana to discuss opportunities for and barriers to maximizing access to USDA programs and services.
In early 2016, 13 Montana counties were designated as "StrikeForce" counties, a rural growth and opportunity initiative launched by USDA in 2010 in economically challenged areas to improve USDFA services by building partnerships to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths.
Montana leaders from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Food and Nutrition Service will listen to concerns from local citizens and community leaders at town hall meetings:
September 19, 2016 Culbertson County Building, 1:30PM
307 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, MT
September 20, 2016 Poplar Greet the Dawn Building, 9AM
605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, MT
John George, (406) 449-5000 ext. 101
September is “Rural Development Month” at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
September 14, 2016
Stories 2-3:30pm EST
Nature+Commerce: Recreational Business Development Success
Facilitator: Angela Callie, RBS Community Economic Development
Speaker: Rob Riley, Northern Forest Center
September 16, 2016
USDA Rural Development Programs for Native American Entrepreneurs
Facilitator: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development
Speakers: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development, Bill Hamilton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Small Business Development Services
September 22, 2016
Stronger Economies Together: Regional Planning & Business Development Success Stories
Facilitator: Hiwot Gebremariam, RBS Community Economic Development
Speakers: Larry Wright, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension; Janice Stroud-Bickes, USDA Rural Development in Virginia; Martha Walker, Virginia Tech University Cooperative Extention; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University; Paul Johnson, Jill Reese, USDA Rural Development in Oregon, Amanda Heoy, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (tentative)
September 27, 2016
Cooperatives as a Tool for Community Solutions
Facilitator: Margaret Bau, USDA Rural Development, Co-op Basics
Converting existing businesses to employee ownership, Rob Brown, Cooperative Dvelopement Institute, Maine
Turning trailer parks into resident owned communities, Diane Gasaway, Northwest Cooperative Dvelopement Center, Washington
From farmworkers to farm owners, John Flory, Latino Ecomonic Development Center, Minnesota
September 29, 2016
Local Food Financing and Cooperative Business Models
Speaker & Facilitator: Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development
Voices of Montana Tourism will be in Glasgow to host a business education roundtable with local business leaders on the hi-line. The event issponsored by Montana Lodging and hospitality Association, Montana restaurant Association, and Cottonwood Inn and Suites.
Please RSVP to Dax Schieffer, email@example.com
Dax Scheiffer, Director
Voices of Montana Tourism
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
*source: United States Dept. of Labor
Native American Development Corporation
NADC 8th Annual Conference
"Nation Building-Empowering Economic Development"
August 3-4, 2016, Northern Hotel, Billings, Montana
The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2016 NADC Conference held on August 3-4, 2016 at the Northern Hotel in Billings, MT.
Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy on reservations through private sector and community/tribal activities. The annual conference has attracted Native-owned small businesses, Tribal Leaders and prime contractors from the region as well as gained national attention as the premier economic development and procurement conference in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions.
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