Great Northern Development Corporation

Your compass to economic development in Northeast Montana

"It only takes one action to start a ripple effect." - Anonymous

6:00 PM18:00

Powerhouse: Wolf Point

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!

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

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5:00 PM17:00

Minnow Tank Finale

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

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Homebuyer Education Class
9:00 AM09:00

Homebuyer Education Class

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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

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Innovate Montana Symposium 2017
to Jul 13

Innovate Montana Symposium 2017

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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.

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Real Colors Personality Workshop
1:00 PM13:00

Real Colors Personality Workshop

Date: Wednesday, October 19th

Time: 1-4pm

Trainers: MSU Extension Agents Roubie Younkin & Ardis Oelkers

Location: GNDC Conference Room

Cost: $20.00

Contact: Lorene Hintz, 653-2590 or



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

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MEDA 2016 Fall Conference
to Oct 14

MEDA 2016 Fall Conference

"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
Get Outside!
State Legislative Leadership update (invited)
Gubernatorial Forum (invited)
Working it Out - Multigenerational Workforce
Closing by Polson Mayor Heather Knutson

Main Contact:
Gloria O'Rourke
Phone: 406-563-5259

Click Here for Agenda

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USDA Town Hall Meetings to Gather Local Input
to Sep 20

USDA Town Hall Meetings to Gather Local Input

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

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Rural Business-Cooperative Service Informational Webinars
to Sep 29

Rural Business-Cooperative Service Informational Webinars

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

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

2-3:30pm EST

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

2-3:30pm EST

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

1-2:30pm EST

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

and more.


September 29, 2016

2-2:30pm EST

Local Food Financing and Cooperative Business Models

Speaker & Facilitator: Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development










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Glasgow Tourism Business Education Roundtable
12:00 PM12:00

Glasgow Tourism Business Education Roundtable

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,

Media Contact

Dax Scheiffer, Director

Voices of Montana Tourism

Phone: 406-539-1026

Click here for website

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Labor Day
8:00 AM08:00

Labor Day

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

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2016 NADC Economic Development & Procurement Conference
to Aug 4

2016 NADC Economic Development & Procurement Conference

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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Innovate Poplar, Small Business Roadshow
5:00 PM17:00

Innovate Poplar, Small Business Roadshow

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FREE- Open to the Public

Tuesday, May 24, 5pm

at The Poplar American Legion Supper Club

Join us for a casual evening of networking, sharing ideas, and discussing innovative ways to promote small business success in Poplar, MT. Learn about the tips and resources for jump starting your ideas, while hearing from successful entrepreneurs in your area.


Nellie Garfield, Owner of Napa Auto Parts

Elaine Boyd, Owner of Rosa's Fabrics and Quilting

Terry Pawlowski, Owner of Round Towne

For more information please call 406-444-5634 or visit Refreshments will be provided.

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2016 INVEST IN SUCCESS Small Business Conference
to Mar 16

2016 INVEST IN SUCCESS Small Business Conference

The Largest Small Business Conference in Montana.

Invest in Success is an annual statewide conference designed by SBDC Business Advisors that focuses on leading businesses into the future with relevant, on-trend workshops and sessions. Attendees will enhance their financial, managerial and technical skills, all invaluable assets to entrepreneurship. Highlights include:

  • Shark Tank Live Pitch Competition with $5,000 prize!
  • Tours: Havre Beneath the Streets and Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump
  • 20 Workshops to improve your business and strategies
  • more

Click here to visit the SBDC website for more information.

Registration is now open; register now!




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You think you’re just a drop in the ocean...but look at the ripple effect one drop can make!
— Anonymous