Great Northern Development Corporation

Your compass to economic development in Northeast Montana

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

Small Business Development Center

SBDC Director, Shandy Hanks

406-653-2590 or 406-980-0052

Mission: To provide tools and guidance to help small businesses achieve success.

As part of a statewide network of resource and technical service providers, the Wolf Point Small Business Development Center (SBDC) provides confidential business counseling for small business owners and entrepreneurs. Services are provided at no charge and are designed to assist those looking to develop and enhance the financial, managerial and technical skills needed to compete and succeed in today's complex business environment. 

Seven counties in Northeast Montana are serviced by the Wolf Point SBDC office, they include: Daniels, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan and Valley.

The Wolf Point SBDC is funded by the Small Business Administration, Montana Department of Commerce, and Great Northern Development Corporation.

Areas of Assistance Include:

New Business Checklist

Business Planning

Market Planning & Research

Cash Flow Analysis

Organizational Structure

Mission Statement

Goal Setting

Financial Analysis


Management Development

Workshop & Training Events


To schedule a counseling session, fill out the Request for Counseling Form at 

or contact SBDC Director Shandy Hanks at (406) 653-2590 or


Sherman Inn

Wolf Point, MT

"2015 Business of the Year"

               Pictured are Karen and Guy Huber, Owners; Nicole Huber, Manager.

               Pictured are Karen and Guy Huber, Owners; Nicole Huber, Manager.

GNDC is honoring the Sherman Inn as "Business of the Year" for 2015. They received an award plaque and registration to the "Invest in Success" small business conference in Havre on March 15 & 16, 2016.

The Sherman Inn is a locally owned business purchased by Guy and Karen Huber in 2009. The business is a full service hotel, restaurant, lounge, casino and meeting/banquet center. The Sherman Inn is a long established business that continues to support many community organizations and school functions as well as provides employment for approximately 50 community residents.

Since it is their goal to continually improve the quality of service they provide for their guests and customers, they have made many improvements through the last 7 years. The most recent renovations include updates to the guest rooms, dining room, lobby, lounge, and kitchen. Karen comments that it is a work in progress with more to come. Congratulations to the Sherman Inn for their outstanding business performance.

"We received excellent help from Great Northern Development and feel we couldn't do this without the support of our local community"

~ Karen & Guy Huber

The Montana SBDC Program is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration

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