Top Ten 9/25

Independence Bank celebrated the opening of their Great Falls location at 901 River Drive North. Independence Bank has nine branches in Montana. The Great Falls location is a full-service bank with expertise in agriculture, commercial, consumer and residential real estate lending. Congratulations to Independence Bank on the expansion! We are proud to have helped with extensive brownfield assessments of this riverfront site.

GFDA’s Top 10

Here is our Top 20 for this week celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success.

1) The Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in Great Falls is now accepting applications for its first class of students who will start next summer! See TheElectricAlluvion Health won a $400,000 grant to open a child care center as part of its redevelopment of the former Roosevelt School. The new program will provide 40 employer-sponsored childcare slots; see TheElectric. The A&K Diner opened in Great Falls; see KRTV.

2) Visit Great Falls reports that August was Great Falls’ best month for hotel room demand on record! The Great Falls market occupancy was 84.5% and ADR was $132.35, with many properties reporting higher occupancy and ADR. The Office of Tourism has recently updated the “Fast Facts” sheet available on BrandMT, Fast-Facts-Funding-20B.pdf (mt.gov). The 2021 Montana tourism impacts were significant, with 12.552 million non-residents visitors spending over $5.15 billion while supporting 47,810 Montana jobs. This tourism spending also contributed $387.84 million in state & local taxes.

3) Dr. Tiffany Hensley-McBain with McLaughlin Research Institute has received her first National Institutes of Health (NIH) grant. Learn more about how the funds will advance the institute’s research on Alzheimer’s in our Announcement of the Week.

4) Pitched Great Falls Montana to 23 Site Selectors from across the US at the Site Selector Guild Fall Forum! We also listened to what they need when they are searching for locations for their clients. Site Selectors represent large and mid-size company’s looking to expand, re-shore, or locate initial operations. There are 384 metropolitan statistical areas (like Great Falls) and 543 micropolitan statistical areas in the United States. We build strong relationships with site selectors and companies so that we rise to the top of their searches.

5) Congratulations to automotive entrepreneur Mike Schneider and his team on finalizing the acquisition of Jim Taylor Motors in Fort Benton! Mike moved to Fort Benton from Spokane in 2019 to begin the process of acquiring this business. The purchase was finalized September 7th with the name and product lines remaining the same. Source: The River Press

6) Last chance to register! Our Health and Bioscience Economic Development Strategy consultants will be back in town for a working retreat on September 28th. The Tripp Umbach team will join us in-person to share the results of their study and facilitate working groups with key players in our local health bioscience and education community. Retreat registration is available here.

7) Hosted an aerospace and defense company site visit facilitated by the Montana Department of Commerce. This company is looking for a manufacturing and testing location. Our job is to showcase Great Falls Montana as their best location. The schedule included site locations and meetings with business partners Montana Air National GuardNorthwestern Energy, and Great Falls Airport Authority. Thank you the many partners that come together to make site visits like this a success!

8) Catching up on a few things I missed in the Top 10 over the past couple of hectic months. TheElectric ran a great story on the multiple park improvement projects completed by the City of Great Falls using the park and recreation special district. TheElectric also wrote about the City of Great Falls adopting the latest international building codes as required by state law. KFBB ran a great story featuring Blackfeet artists who participated in the 2022 ArtsFest Montana in Downtown Great Falls. The Great Falls Tribune has been running a series about local artists and musicians.

9) Submitted our first low interest loan participation in the new Montana State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program to help a local business to expand. We’re processing several more potential deals to move projects forward that otherwise could not. These funds are limited and will be put to work very quickly to help our economy recover and come back stronger than ever. If you have a business startup or expansion planned that could benefit from a loan participation, contact Jill at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-590-1056.

10) Yaron Goldman, CEO of Rib and Chop House, will be among the presenters at Invest Downtown to talk about their new downtown location. Invest Downtown 2022 will be on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon at the Newberry. We have some great tools that are available to help in your Downtown project. If you have been looking to start or expand your business in Downtown Great Falls, contact Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406.836.0136. Invest Downtown 2022 is presented by Northwestern Energy.

11) USDA recently announced details of a $300 million investment in a new Organic Transition Initiative that it says will help build new and better markets and streams of income for farmers. Columbia Grain has made sizable investment across Montana and North Dakota to increase capacity and efficiency at 5 locations to better serve producers and offer more delivery options for commodities in this initiative. For more information on this program contact Columbia Grain or Justin at GFDA 406-590-1301.

12) We received our executed agreement from the EPA to launch a second Brownfield revolving loan fund that will enable us to help finance more redevelopment projects throughout Cascade County.

13) Lock in long-term fixed interest rates and lower your equity requirements for business real estate acquisitions, renovations, and expansions and long-term equipment purchases. SBA 504 rates for September, including all fees, are 5.437% fixed for 25 years, 5.338% fixed for 20 years, and 5.320% fixed for 10 years. Some refinancing is also eligible. Contact Jill Kohles at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406-590-1056.

14) The Made in Montana Food & Gift Tradeshow will be held in Helena on March 10-11, 2023. Exhibitor applications open October 19th and spaces sell-out fast. The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center is offering a series of excellent workshops and trainings this fall.

15) We are already planning for IGNITE 2023! This event is our annual kickoff where we announce projects and major investments in the Great Falls area that are starting or finishing in 2023. If your project, or one you know of, meets these criteria please reach out to Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org.

16) Brett, Christian and Jake participated in the International Economic Development Council’s annual conference in Oklahoma City, sharing and learning economic development trends and innovations. Jake and I presented an interactive session on housing and childcare that attracted over 100 economic developers from around the world. Met with federal economic development leaders, BNSF, colleagues in Alberta and North Dakota, and site selection consultants. We were the only Montana economic developers at the conference. Christian is a speaker on an upcoming IEDC webinar on Downtown Revitalization called Down by the Storefront on October 6th.

17) Join our great economic development team! GFDA is looking to add a Business Development Officer to expand our efforts to attract investment in food, ag and bio processing industries in the region. Help existing businesses to expand and new businesses to start-up. Target and pursue companies elsewhere to expand into our region. Here is a complete position description. Send cover letter and resume to Brett at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. GFDA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

18) We issued our FY2022 Audited Financial Statement — another clean audit! Our Executive Committee approved an agreement with the Great Falls Business Improvement District which shares the salary and benefits expenses of our Downtown Business Development Officer — 50% City of Great Falls Downtown TIF District, 25% BIDF, and 25% GFDA. Thank you for supporting downtown economic revitalization!

19) GFDA is able to continue our work because of the support from our public partners and INVESTORS. Without them, we couldn’t provide our clients the tools resources they need to help them succeed. Recent investments include: Advance Division—Energy West and Northwestern Energy. Their continued support in our work is helping to drive the growth in our community. If you want to join our team of investors, contact Investment Director Jenn Gallmeier at 406-781-9499 or Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org.

20) This week we submitted a major grant application to the Community Development Financial Institution Fund, part of the United State Treasury. The Equitable Recovery Program was created as part of the ARPA Act to help areas most impacted by the pandemic to recover. If we win an award, which we won’t know until 2023, we will use the funds to help finance workforce housing developments in census tracts most affected by the pandemic throughout the Golden Triangle — the 13-county Great Falls trade area.

We have great momentum headed into the fall season. Let’s keep moving projects forward and help entrepreneurs, businesses, and developers to announce new projects!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

Here is a Growth Highlights for the Great Falls Montana Trade Area. Our Menu of Services and Staff Team handout. Here is our GFDA 2022Q2 Quarter Index. In case you missed it at Ignite 2022, we unveiled our new We Are Great Falls video!

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

September SBA 504 Loan Rates

The 25-year loan effective rate (including all fees) came in at 5.437%; 20-year at 5.338%; 10-year equipment loan at 5.320%; and, 20-year refinance 5.352%; 25-year refinance 5.450%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Events, Business Training, and Opportunities
Cost of Living in the Great Falls metro remained competitive in 2022Q2 at 87.8% of the national average, according to the C2ER (the Council for Community and Economic Research). Compare our local rate to Bozeman’s 121.8%, Denver’s 111.0%, Boise’s 109.3%, or Spokane’s 102.7%. Use our Cost of Living Calculator when trying to recruit new employees from our of town.

Early Stage Montana presents the 2022 Montana Startup Summit September 29-October 1 in Bozeman, a three-day weekend celebrating Montana’s innovation.

Do you have open government contracts? Is your SAM.gov registered due to renew in the next few months? SAM.gov continues to have issues with the transition of the new validation process. It is recommended that businesses start early to renew their registration to keep from going inactive. If you are having trouble getting through the process, contact Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org for assistance.

We’re co-hosting the Montana Economic Development Conference at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls November 14-16; see Montana Economic Developers Association. The Building a Winning Montana Team conference will feature exciting panels discussing key Montana economic development issues such as housing, business attraction, talent attraction, tourism and economic development, tribal economic development, and value added agriculture. Keynotes will bring perspectives from other states and provinces, and from leading Montana industry associations and state leaders. Workshops include economic development ethics, new financing collaborations, and supporting local entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Download preliminary agenda. Sponsor a session! Contact Rebecca Myers at medaexec@gmail.com or Jenn Gallmeier at Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Worlds of Work! (WOW). WOW is a career expo pioneered by West Alabama Works. Though NOT a typical job fair, this event opens new avenues of opportunity for middle school students they never knew were possible. The Chamber’s goal this first year is to have sixteen Worlds, each representing one of Montana’s sixteen recognized career pathways. On October 18th, 2022, WOW will be held at Great Falls College – MSU and the University of Providence (inside and outside) from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Area 8th graders will be divided into groups and will have a navigator who will guide them to each of the worlds, where they will explore for approximately 20-25 minutes before traveling to the next world. WOW Varsity, the block for high school students, will be in the late afternoon, and will include sophomores only for this first year. Check out the West Alabama WOW. Contact Scott Wolff for more info at swolff@greatfallschamber.org.

The Montana Innovation Partnership is offering a number of trainings and an accelerator program for companies interested in pursuing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The Montana Food & Beverage Show will be held November 7th in Missoula. Register at: AGR.MT.GOV/FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE-SHOW.

Montana STEP grants can pay for 75% of your international export marketing efforts up to $10,000. The Montana TechLink Center at MSU is offering a new round of workshops on how to win Small Business Innovation Research funding.

What’s it like to live in Great Falls Montana? Get a glimpse through the Great Falls 2022 Livability Magazine! Livability Great Falls is a tool for recruiting people from outside our community and is one of the tools for our Talent Attraction campaign. We also have a Email List to share resumes of trailing partners and others and we promote Hot Jobs – jobs that would entice people to move here. If you are recruiting people from outside Great Falls, click here to join our recruiter email list and learn more.

We have migrated our pre-business workshop for early stage and pre-venture startups to a self-paced, video-facilitated, online format. Business Basics for Startups is now live and ready for beta testing. If you’d like to check out the content and provide feedback, we’d appreciate it. Click here to check out the new modules and resources. Please direct feedback to Rich at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Attention Veteran-Owned Businesses! In less than a year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) will transfer to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As of January 1, 2023, all functions of VA’s CVE will be handled by the SBA. To help make this a seamless transition, we encourage all self-certified SDVOSBs to complete the verification process through the VA now before the transfer becomes effective. Please start the verification process at https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/. For more information on starting the verification process, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The best resource we scan daily to stay abreast of business and community innovation is MATR.net (Montana Associated Technology Roundtables) which we are proud to help sponsor. Sign up for their free newsletter.

We’ve released the Great Falls Childcare Demand Assessment that shows a need for additional childcare facilities to serve 580 children in Great Falls. For assistance with childcare facility business planning, contact Rich Gannon at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-836-2078.

Join the Trailing Partner Email Group specifically for employers to share resumes of trailing spouses/partners across the Great Falls region with other employers looking to hire. “Your (Live in Great Falls) website is very impressive and helpful! Great Falls looks amazing, and we love what we’ve seen real estate-wise, and business-wise.” This quote was from an email sent to us from a couple considering relocation to Great Falls. We will be sharing their resumes (with their permission) on the Trailing Partner Email Group.

We’ve released the Great Falls Housing Market Assessment that shows a need for over 450 new housing units per year in the immediate Great Falls area. For assistance with housing development, contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-403-4937.

Visit our relocation website LiveInGreatFalls.com. This website was the #1 request we got from local recruiters and HR professionals for aiding in attracting talented workers to Great Falls. The Great Falls At-A-Glance two-pager is a great complementary resource that highlights Great Falls for people unfamiliar with our community.

We have Brownfield Clean-Up money that we want to put to work! Our low interest Brownfield Loans can be used to clean up hazardous materials including but not limited to lead paint, asbestos, etc. Are you working on a project that could use some clean up? Call Lillian today to discuss eligibility 406.750.1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Of our online business planning tool, LivePlan, one said: “LivePlan is Awesome!” The LivePlan tool is helping her streamline her strategy in preparation for presenting to bank partners. We offer LivePlan licenses for free to active clients. Learn more about LivePlan on our website.

All of our recorded monthly business strategy webinars are available online for viewing anytime, click them out here.

 

 

 

 

 

Top Ten 9/18

If you are looking for something fun and exciting to do with the family and connect them with agriculture, check out the Applestem Cornmaze and Pumpkin Patch in Craig. Join Raina Blackman at her farm for an experience that includes a cornmaze, pumpkin patch, petting zoo, grain train, tube slide, hay jump and more. The farm and cornmaze is open from September 17 to October 30. In the summer, Applestem boasts a beautiful sunflower farm with over 30 species of sunflowers.

GFDA’s Top 10

Here is our Top 17 for this week celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success.

1) The O’Haire Motor Inn in downtown Great Falls, home of the famous Sip’n Dip, is going retro with a new facade that evokes the early days of the inn. The renderings look great! See KRTV and TheElectric’s Business Bites.

2) We approved our first low interest loan participation in the new Montana State Small Business Credit Initiative (SSBCI) program to help a local business to expand. We hosted a training for commercial lenders in the region in partnership with the Montana Department of Commerce. We’re processing several more potential deals to move projects forward that otherwise could not. These funds are limited and will be put to work very quickly to help our economy recover and come back stronger than ever. If you have a business startup or expansion planned that could benefit from a loan participation, contact Jill at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-590-1056.

3) Brick House Bakery opened at 721 6th Street SW in Great Falls; see TheElectric’s Business Bites. Great Falls students broker ground on the 45th High School House; see KRTV.

4) We approved providing two phase two brownfield hazardous material assessments, one for a redevelopment on the 10th Avenue commercial corridor in Great Falls and one for Alluvion Health’s redevelopment of the former Roosevelt School. EPA approved close-out of our long-time Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund which means we can now make clean-up loans and grants throughout Cascade County and 100 miles from the country borders. We’re working with EPA to launch our second Brownfield Revolving Loan Fund next month. If you are undertaking redevelopment of a property that may contain hazardous materials, including lead paint or asbestos, contact Lillian Sunwall for help at 1-406-750-1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org

5) The Montana Innovation Partnership (MTIP) is holding a SBIR/STTR Funding virtual lunch and learn session on September 22nd at Noon. Learn how MTIP has achieved a client SBIR/STTR grant award success rate of over 41%. More info and registration here.

6) We’re starting to develop a fantastic lineup for Invest Downtown 2022 on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon. Save the date. We also have some great tools that are available to help in your Downtown project. If you have been looking to start or expand your business in Downtown Great Falls, contact Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406.836.0136.

7) Accelerate Montana is offering two free online accelerator programs, Reimagining Retail and The Future of Food and Beverage. The programs kickoff the last week of September and run through November with weekly materials and evening learning labs. More info and registration here.

8) Lock in long-term fixed interest rates and lower your equity requirements for business real estate acquisitions, renovations, and expansions and long-term equipment purchases. SBA 504 rates for September, including all fees, are 5.437% fixed for 25 years, 5.338% fixed for 20 years, and 5.320% fixed for 10 years. Some refinancing is also eligible. Contact Jill Kohles at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406-590-1056.

9) Our Health and Bioscience Economic Development Strategy consultants will be back in town for a working retreat on September 28th. The Tripp Umbach team will join us in-person to share the results of their study and facilitate working groups with key players in our local Health Bioscience and education community. Retreat registration is available here.

10) A big topic around Downtown Great Falls this week has been CPACE, Commercial Property Assessed Capital Enhancement. Are you a building owner and have been considered doing some energy efficient upgrades? Well, CPACE may just be the tool for you. Call Christian at 406.836.0136 if you would like to learn more about this program to help you save money.

11) The Center for Community Ownership is presenting a workshop series on “Local Investing in Montana.” This four-part “pay what you can” online series will run from Oct. 4th through Nov. 1st. The content will be a deep dive into practical strategies for investing locally to support entrepreneurs, and boost our local economies. All of the details on the four part workshop can be found here. For those not quite ready to commit to the full workshop series, there will be a free introductory webinar on Sept. 27th that will provide an overview of the topic. More information and registration about the introductory webinar can be found here.

12) Our regional Procurement Technical Assistance Center exceeded all of its goals for its program year that ended on July 31st. We had 166 active clients. Our outreach efforts to serve new clients paid off. We helped 109 new clients which was 191% of our program goal. 102 of these new clients had small business concerns that we were able to help with which was 179% of our program goals. We held 10 trainings, 250% of our program goal. If we can help your business get into government contracting, expand or diversify your government contracting, or earn a special certification to become more competitive in winning government contracts, reach out to Shannon Clancy at 1-406-590-1184 or SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org.

13) We signed up to exhibit at the SelectUSA Canada Day foreign direct investment event in Toronto in November, part of our targeted business attraction lead generation efforts.

14) We are already planning for IGNITE 2023! This event is our annual kickoff where we announce projects and major investments in the Great Falls area that are starting or finishing in 2023. If your project, or one you know of, meets these criteria please reach out to Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org

15) Heidi Gibson, our Resource Director, participated in a Basic Economic Development Course in Washington, learning about the fundamentals of what we do and why we do it to build a stronger regional economy.

16) Join the best economic team in the galaxy! GFDA is looking to add a Business Development Officer to expand our efforts to attract investment in food, ag and bio processing industries in the region. Help existing businesses to expand and new businesses to start-up. Target and pursue companies elsewhere to expand into our region. Here is a complete position description. Send cover letter and resume to Brett at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. GFDA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

17) Great Falls is booming, we are seeing exciting growth like never before. A lot of that is thanks to our team of INVESTORS. Recent investments include: Premier Division—Cascade County; Advance Division—General Distributing Co. By investing in GFDA, they are investing in the community. We couldn’t continue the work we do without them. If you are interested in helping to grow the region, contact Investment Director Jenn Gallmeier at 406-781-9499 Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org. 

Have a great week!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

Here is a Growth Highlights for the Great Falls Montana Trade Area. Our Menu of Services and Staff Team handout. Here is our GFDA 2022Q2 Quarter Index. In case you missed it at Ignite 2022, we unveiled our new We Are Great Falls video!

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

September SBA 504 Loan Rates

The 25-year loan effective rate (including all fees) came in at 5.437%; 20-year at 5.338%; 10-year equipment loan at 5.320%; and, 20-year refinance 5.352%; 25-year refinance 5.450%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Events, Business Training, and Opportunities
Cost of Living in the Great Falls metro remained competitive in 2022Q2 at 87.8% of the national average, according to the C2ER (the Council for Community and Economic Research). Compare our local rate to Bozeman’s 121.8%, Denver’s 111.0%, Boise’s 109.3%, or Spokane’s 102.7%. Use our Cost of Living Calculator when trying to recruit new employees from our of town.

We have nine great companies ready to launch our next PeerSpectives Roundtable cohort. If your company is growing and experiencing the pains of growth, perhaps the insights of others who are going through the same thing could be beneficial. The PeerSpectives Roundtable for second stage companies will meet 10 times per year, share experiences, and work problems in real time. TWe have room for one or two more companies, contact Jason at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

A new $300 million program, the Organic Transition Initiative designed to help Ag producers transition land into organic status, was rolled out this week by USDA.  By transitioning to Organic producers have a chance to capture other markets that in many cases can yield a higher premium for their commodities.  The initiative will deliver wrap-around technical assistance, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring; provide direct support through conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support market development projects in targeted markets.  For more information on this initiative please visit the USDA website or contact Justin Loch at 406-590-1301 or Justin@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Early Stage Montana presents the 2022 Montana Startup Summit September 29-October 1 in Bozeman, a three-day weekend celebrating Montana’s innovation.

Do you have open government contracts? Is your SAM.gov registered due to renew in the next few months? SAM.gov continues to have issues with the transition of the new validation process. It is recommended that businesses start early to renew their registration to keep from going inactive. If you are having trouble getting through the process, contact Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org for assistance.

Invest Downtown 2022 will be held on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon at The Newberry and planning is currently underway. If you know of a great Downtown businesses to highlight or if you have an opportunity that is ripe for development, please email Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.836.0136.

We’re co-hosting the Montana Economic Development Conference at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls November 14-16; see Montana Economic Developers Association. The Building a Winning Montana Team conference will feature exciting panels discussing key Montana economic development issues such as housing, business attraction, talent attraction, tourism and economic development, tribal economic development, and value added agriculture. Keynotes will bring perspectives from other states and provinces, and from leading Montana industry associations and state leaders. Workshops include economic development ethics, new financing collaborations, and supporting local entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Download preliminary agenda. Sponsor a session! Contact Rebecca Myers at medaexec@gmail.com or me at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Worlds of Work! (WOW). WOW is a career expo pioneered by West Alabama Works. Though NOT a typical job fair, this event opens new avenues of opportunity for middle school students they never knew were possible. The Chamber’s goal this first year is to have sixteen Worlds, each representing one of Montana’s sixteen recognized career pathways. On October 18th, 2022, WOW will be held at Great Falls College – MSU and the University of Providence (inside and outside) from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Area 8th graders will be divided into groups and will have a navigator who will guide them to each of the worlds, where they will explore for approximately 20-25 minutes before traveling to the next world. WOW Varsity, the block for high school students, will be in the late afternoon, and will include sophomores only for this first year. Check out the West Alabama WOW. Contact Scott Wolff for more info at swolff@greatfallschamber.org.

The Montana Innovation Partnership is offering a number of trainings and an accelerator program for companies interested in pursuing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The Montana Food & Beverage Show will be held November 7th in Missoula. Register at: AGR.MT.GOV/FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE-SHOW.

Montana STEP grants can pay for 75% of your international export marketing efforts up to $10,000. The Montana TechLink Center at MSU is offering a new round of workshops on how to win Small Business Innovation Research funding.

What’s it like to live in Great Falls Montana? Get a glimpse through the Great Falls 2022 Livability Magazine! Livability Great Falls is a tool for recruiting people from outside our community and is one of the tools for our Talent Attraction campaign. We also have a Email List to share resumes of trailing partners and others and we promote Hot Jobs – jobs that would entice people to move here. If you are recruiting people from outside Great Falls, click here to join our recruiter email list and learn more.

We have migrated our pre-business workshop for early stage and pre-venture startups to a self-paced, video-facilitated, online format. Business Basics for Startups is now live and ready for beta testing. If you’d like to check out the content and provide feedback, we’d appreciate it. Click here to check out the new modules and resources. Please direct feedback to Rich at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Montana Rapid Retraining funds are available to help more people enroll in workforce training programs and expand industry-driven accelerated workforce training courses. The Great Falls Job Service can assist with Rapid Retaining Efforts. Contact Beth Schmidt at 406-791-5869 or beschmidt@mt.gov. For business strategy/planning help to take advantage of this one-time opportunity, contact our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional director, Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org

Attention Veteran-Owned Businesses! In less than a year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) will transfer to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As of January 1, 2023, all functions of VA’s CVE will be handled by the SBA. To help make this a seamless transition, we encourage all self-certified SDVOSBs to complete the verification process through the VA now before the transfer becomes effective. Please start the verification process at https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/. For more information on starting the verification process, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The best resource we scan daily to stay abreast of business and community innovation is MATR.net (Montana Associated Technology Roundtables) which we are proud to help sponsor. Sign up for their free newsletter.

We’ve released the Great Falls Childcare Demand Assessment that shows a need for additional childcare facilities to serve 580 children in Great Falls. For assistance with childcare facility business planning, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Join the Trailing Partner Email Group specifically for employers to share resumes of trailing spouses/partners across the Great Falls region with other employers looking to hire. “Your (Live in Great Falls) website is very impressive and helpful! Great Falls looks amazing, and we love what we’ve seen real estate-wise, and business-wise.” This quote was from an email sent to us from a couple considering relocation to Great Falls. We will be sharing their resumes (with their permission) on the Trailing Partner Email Group.

We’ve released the Great Falls Housing Market Assessment that shows a need for over 450 new housing units per year in the immediate Great Falls area. For assistance with housing development, contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-403-4937.

Looking to take control of your business’s financials, increase profit, and improve your bottom line? We have had interest from businesses in scheduling a Profit Mastery course. These courses are scheduled by demand. If you are interested in taking this two-day workshop, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org or call (406) 750-0314.

Visit our relocation website LiveInGreatFalls.com. This website was the #1 request we got from local recruiters and HR professionals for aiding in attracting talented workers to Great Falls. The Great Falls At-A-Glance two-pager is a great complementary resource that highlights Great Falls for people unfamiliar with our community.

 

We have Brownfield Clean-Up money that we want to put to work! Our low interest Brownfield Loans can be used to clean up hazardous materials including but not limited to lead paint, asbestos, etc. Are you working on a project that could use some clean up? Call Lillian today to discuss eligibility 406.750.1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Of our online business planning tool, LivePlan, one said: “LivePlan is Awesome!” The LivePlan tool is helping her streamline her strategy in preparation for presenting to bank partners. We offer LivePlan licenses for free to active clients. Learn more about LivePlan on our website.

All of our recorded monthly business strategy webinars are available online for viewing anytime, click them out here.

Top Ten 9/11/22

I screwed up a few weeks ago by repeating a photo so finally here is the correct photo for: We met pulse processors from Latin America this week during the Montana Department of Agriculture tour. We discussed opportunities for processing in our region as we toured Food, Ag, and Bio Processors in the Great Falls region including Timeless Seeds in Ulm, Agrolink in Cut Bank, Columbia Grain in Chester, and Adroit Overseas in Great Falls.

GFDA’s Top 10

Here is our Top 15 for last week celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success.

1) We launched a new low interest loan participation product in partnership with the Montana Department of Commerce that will provide 50/50 loan participations with your bank or credit union. We are already processing potential deals to move projects forward that otherwise could not. These funds are limited and will be put to work very quickly to help our economy recover and come back stronger than ever. If you have a business startup or expansion planned that could benefit from a loan participation, contact Jill at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-590-1056.

2) Discount Meats, a Great Falls butcher shop locally owned by Ben and Rosy Handl, was featured in a KRTV story on how they used Growth Through Agriculture Grant funds from the Montana Dept of Ag to repair their one of a kind meat vending machines. For more information on the now open Growth Through Agriculture Grants and how they might help your value-added ag business please contact Justin Loch at 406-590-1301 or visit the Montana Department of Agriculture website.

3) The Great Falls City Commission unanimously voted to invest $1.4 million in GFDA’s Gap and Bridge Revolving Loan Fund. These funds are used to help make good deals happen that wouldn’t without our loan capital. We have a proven track record. Over the past 26 years, we have closed $51,253,885 in loans, leveraging over $255 million of investment. In the last two fiscal years, we made $12,177,798 in loans. In the first two months of this fiscal year we have made $708,000 in loans. These loans have made possible total investment of $55,009,486. The City of Great Falls is leveraging their CAREs Act money by investing it in our future economic development! Thank you! See TheElectric.

4) Signature Med Spa opened in the Hub International building in Great Falls. This business is a great addition to the Broadwater river front area. Learn more in the Announcement of the Week.

5) Please join us this Thursday, September 15th for the third in a series of STAR Roundtables with Northrop Grumman hosted by the Montana PTAC. This is an excellent opportunity for MT companies to become informed of the potential business opportunities associated with the Sentinel project (Minute Man III upgrade/replacement) and other government contracting possibilities. Sentinel is the largest federal contract in the history of the United States. $13.3 billion over a multitude of years. It will present business opportunities for companies all over the state and region. Register here.

6) GFDA and our partners won three national 2022 Impact Awards from the National Association of Development Organizations. The first award is for the Downtown Development Partnership of Great Falls and key partners NeighborWorks Great Falls, Business Improvement District, City of Great Falls, and the Downtown Great Falls Association. The second award is for our Top 10, today in its 549th edition. The third award is for our use of videos to enhance our marketing of services and the Great Falls Montana Region.

7) Our Health and Bioscience Economic Development Strategy consultants will be back in town for a working retreat on September 28th. The Tripp Umbach team will join us in-person to share the results of their study and facilitate working groups with key players in our local Health Bioscience and education community. Retreat registration is available here.

8) USDA awarded GFDA a $2 million grant to create a Meat & Poultry Intermediary Loan Program. Our application scored first in the nation! The new loan fund will help finance meat and poultry processing operations in the region to increase and diversify production, process a higher percentage of livestock raised in the region, and grow the industry in such a way as to lower operating costs for processors and create high-wage career opportunities that improve quality of life and the environment. Loans can be used to start, operate and expand meat and poultry processing facilities throughout the region.

GFDA has made 24 food processing loans totaling almost $11.5M and leveraging $67.5M. Of 19 processors that we are working with or identified, we conservatively estimated $24M in immediate capital needs among ten companies. We also have 7 other clients who wish to start a business. Our outstanding track record coupled with a strong application earned us the distinction of the highest scoring proposal. If you want to support Montana meat processing, we need to raise $200,000 in matching funds for the new loan fund.

9) We’re starting to develop a fantastic lineup for Invest Downtown 2022 on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon. Save the date. We also have some great tools that are available to help in your Downtown project. If you have been looking to start or expand your business in Downtown Great Falls, contact Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406.836.0136.

10) Tony Peres, our Small Business Navigator, was invited by the Conrad Chamber of Commerce to speak at their monthly luncheon last Thursday. Tony identified the collaborative mission of our organization and the many resources available to the thirteen counties within which we serve. While in town, Tony also actively recruited presenters for a Business Pitch to be held September 15th at Folklore Coffee in Conrad as well as meeting with entrepreneurs seeking guidance and resources for two new potential projects in Conrad. If you have a business idea or expansion and would like to pitch that idea please contact Tony at 406-750-2099 or via email at Tony@GrowGreatFalls.org.  

11) Lock in long-term fixed interest rates and lower your equity requirements for business real estate acquisitions, renovations, and expansions and long-term equipment purchases. SBA 504 rates for September, including all fees, are 5.437% fixed for 25 years, 5.338% fixed for 20 years, and 5.320% fixed for 10 years. Some refinancing is also eligible. Contact Jill Kohles at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 406-590-1056.

12) Team members Jason Nitschke, Rich Gannon and Lyndsay Bruno joined over 1,400 Small Business Development Center partners at the America’s SBDC Annual Conference in San Diego. Small business advisors from all over the country networked, shared best practices and enjoyed professional development opportunities that enhanced their skill sets to help entrepreneurs start or grow their business.

13) Join the best economic team in the galaxy! GFDA is looking to add a Business Development Officer to expand our efforts to attract investment in food, ag and bio processing industries in the region. Help existing businesses to expand and new businesses to start-up. Target and pursue companies elsewhere to expand into our region. Here is a complete position description. Send cover letter and resume to Brett at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org. GFDA is proud to be an Equal Opportunity Employer.

14) I visited the City of Hamilton, Ontario economic development team as part of their reaccreditation process, volunteering for the International Economic Development Council. What an impressive full-court economic development effort!

15) Our work is made possible by the continued support of our team of INVESTORS. They are the ones driving growth in the region. Recent investments include: Advance Level—First Interstate Bank. We are thankful and the community is thriving thanks to them and others that contribute annually to our organization. If you want to find out how you can help grow the region, contact Investment Director Jenn Gallmeier at 406-781-9499 or Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Have a creative, profitable week!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

Here is a Growth Highlights for the Great Falls Montana Trade Area. Our Menu of Services and Staff Team handout. Here is our GFDA 2022Q2 Quarter Index. In case you missed it at Ignite 2022, we unveiled our new We Are Great Falls video!

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

September SBA 504 Loan Rates

The 25-year loan effective rate (including all fees) came in at 5.437%; 20-year at 5.338%; 10-year equipment loan at 5.320%; and, 20-year refinance 5.352%; 25-year refinance 5.450%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Events, Business Training, and Opportunities
Cost of Living in the Great Falls metro remained competitive in 2022Q2 at 87.8% of the national average, according to the C2ER (the Council for Community and Economic Research). Compare our local rate to Bozeman’s 121.8%, Denver’s 111.0%, Boise’s 109.3%, or Spokane’s 102.7%. Use our Cost of Living Calculator when trying to recruit new employees from our of town.

We have nine great companies ready to launch our next PeerSpectives Roundtable cohort. If your company is growing and experiencing the pains of growth, perhaps the insights of others who are going through the same thing could be beneficial. The PeerSpectives Roundtable for second stage companies will meet 10 times per year, share experiences, and work problems in real time. TWe have room for one or two more companies, contact Jason at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

A new $300 million program, the Organic Transition Initiative designed to help Ag producers transition land into organic status, was rolled out this week by USDA.  By transitioning to Organic producers have a chance to capture other markets that in many cases can yield a higher premium for their commodities.  The initiative will deliver wrap-around technical assistance, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring; provide direct support through conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support market development projects in targeted markets.  For more information on this initiative please visit the USDA website or contact Justin Loch at 406-590-1301 or Justin@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Early Stage Montana presents the2022 Montana Startup Summit September 29-October 1 in Bozeman, a three-day weekend celebrating Montana’s innovation.

Do you have open government contracts? Is your SAM.gov registered due to renew in the next few months? SAM.gov continues to have issues with the transition of the new validation process. It is recommended that businesses start early to renew their registration to keep from going inactive. If you are having trouble getting through the process, contact Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org for assistance.

Invest Downtown 2022 will be held on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon at The Newberry and planning is currently underway. If you know of a great Downtown businesses to highlight or if you have an opportunity that is ripe for development, please email Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.836.0136.

We’re co-hosting the Montana Economic Development Conference at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls November 14-16; see Montana Economic Developers Association. The Building a Winning Montana Team conference will feature exciting panels discussing key Montana economic development issues such as housing, business attraction, talent attraction, tourism and economic development, tribal economic development, and value added agriculture. Keynotes will bring perspectives from other states and provinces, and from leading Montana industry associations and state leaders. Workshops include economic development ethics, new financing collaborations, and supporting local entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Download preliminary agenda. Sponsor a session! Contact Rebecca Myers at medaexec@gmail.com or me at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Worlds of Work! (WOW). WOW is a career expo pioneered by West Alabama Works. Though NOT a typical job fair, this event opens new avenues of opportunity for middle school students they never knew were possible. The Chamber’s goal this first year is to have sixteen Worlds, each representing one of Montana’s sixteen recognized career pathways. On October 18th, 2022, WOW will be held at Great Falls College – MSU and the University of Providence (inside and outside) from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Area 8th graders will be divided into groups and will have a navigator who will guide them to each of the worlds, where they will explore for approximately 20-25 minutes before traveling to the next world. WOW Varsity, the block for high school students, will be in the late afternoon, and will include sophomores only for this first year. Check out the West Alabama WOW. Contact Scott Wolff for more info at swolff@greatfallschamber.org.

The Montana Innovation Partnership is offering a number of trainings and an accelerator program for companies interested in pursuing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The Montana Food & Beverage Show will be held November 7th in Missoula. Register at: AGR.MT.GOV/FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE-SHOW.

Montana STEP grants can pay for 75% of your international export marketing efforts up to $10,000. The Montana TechLink Center at MSU is offering a new round of workshops on how to win Small Business Innovation Research funding.

What’s it like to live in Great Falls Montana? Get a glimpse through the Great Falls 2022 Livability Magazine! Livability Great Falls is a tool for recruiting people from outside our community and is one of the tools for our Talent Attraction campaign. We also have a Email List to share resumes of trailing partners and others and we promote Hot Jobs – jobs that would entice people to move here. If you are recruiting people from outside Great Falls, click here to join our recruiter email list and learn more.

We have migrated our pre-business workshop for early stage and pre-venture startups to a self-paced, video-facilitated, online format. Business Basics for Startups is now live and ready for beta testing. If you’d like to check out the content and provide feedback, we’d appreciate it. Click here to check out the new modules and resources. Please direct feedback to Rich at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Montana Rapid Retraining funds are available to help more people enroll in workforce training programs and expand industry-driven accelerated workforce training courses. The Great Falls Job Service can assist with Rapid Retaining Efforts. Contact Beth Schmidt at 406-791-5869 or beschmidt@mt.gov. For business strategy/planning help to take advantage of this one-time opportunity, contact our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional director, Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org

Attention Veteran-Owned Businesses! In less than a year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) will transfer to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As of January 1, 2023, all functions of VA’s CVE will be handled by the SBA. To help make this a seamless transition, we encourage all self-certified SDVOSBs to complete the verification process through the VA now before the transfer becomes effective. Please start the verification process at https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/. For more information on starting the verification process, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The best resource we scan daily to stay abreast of business and community innovation is MATR.net (Montana Associated Technology Roundtables) which we are proud to help sponsor. Sign up for their free newsletter.

We’ve released the Great Falls Childcare Demand Assessment that shows a need for additional childcare facilities to serve 580 children in Great Falls. For assistance with childcare facility business planning, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Join the Trailing Partner Email Group specifically for employers to share resumes of trailing spouses/partners across the Great Falls region with other employers looking to hire. “Your (Live in Great Falls) website is very impressive and helpful! Great Falls looks amazing, and we love what we’ve seen real estate-wise, and business-wise.” This quote was from an email sent to us from a couple considering relocation to Great Falls. We will be sharing their resumes (with their permission) on the Trailing Partner Email Group.

We’ve released the Great Falls Housing Market Assessment that shows a need for over 450 new housing units per year in the immediate Great Falls area. For assistance with housing development, contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-403-4937.

Looking to take control of your business’s financials, increase profit, and improve your bottom line? We have had interest from businesses in scheduling a Profit Mastery course. These courses are scheduled by demand. If you are interested in taking this two-day workshop, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org or call (406) 750-0314.

Visit our relocation website LiveInGreatFalls.com. This website was the #1 request we got from local recruiters and HR professionals for aiding in attracting talented workers to Great Falls. The Great Falls At-A-Glance two-pager is a great complementary resource that highlights Great Falls for people unfamiliar with our community.

We have Brownfield Clean-Up money that we want to put to work! Our low interest Brownfield Loans can be used to clean up hazardous materials including but not limited to lead paint, asbestos, etc. Are you working on a project that could use some clean up? Call Lillian today to discuss eligibility 406.750.1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Of our online business planning tool, LivePlan, one said: “LivePlan is Awesome!” The LivePlan tool is helping her streamline her strategy in preparation for presenting to bank partners. We offer LivePlan licenses for free to active clients. Learn more about LivePlan on our website.

All of our recorded monthly business strategy webinars are available online for viewing anytime, click them out here.

Top Ten 9/4

 

Photo Captions
1) Touro grand entry with two story windows, atrium, and student common area. Sletten Construction is the contractor with 20 subs.
2) Rabbi Krupka describing student activity in the atrium.
3) Student apartments under construction.

 Are you ready for medical students in Great Falls? Touro College of Medicine Montana is getting ready! The building is well under construction as we saw when Touro Executive Vice President University Ombudsman Rabbi Krupka gave us a tour and made the college come to life sharing Touro’s vision! Hopefully the Council on Accreditation (COA) gives a green light for the school to begin accepting applicants soon. Construction is set to be completed in December.

GFDA’s Top 10
1) Local developer Silver Stone Enterprises plans to build a 432-unit apartment complex in Great Falls at the intersection of 2nd Avenue North and 38th Street North. GFDA is excited to be working with Trace Timmer and his team in support of the project. See TheElectric. The Housing Market Assessment we commissioned last year in partnership with NeighborWorks Great Falls and the Great Falls Association of Realtors documented market demand for 1,880 new rental units and 2,540 new for-sale housing units in the Great Falls commute shed. Those figures did not include demand stemming from the Touro College of Montana Medicine, the USAF Ground Based Strategic Deterrent mission, or population growth over the last year.

2) Cost of Living in the Great Falls metro remained competitive in 2022Q2 at 87.8% of the national average, according to the C2ER (the Council for Community and Economic Research). Compare our local rate to Bozeman’s 121.8%, Denver’s 111.0%, Boise’s 109.3%, or Spokane’s 102.7%. Use our Cost of Living Calculator when trying to recruit new employees from our of town.

3) GFDA was happy to assist a long-time client, Ox & Son Towing & Recovery, LLC with a bridge loan in the amount of $708,000. This bridge loan is allowing time for their bank to finish its permanent financing package without interrupting the client’s expansion plans. If your business has a need or capital hurdle that may need some creative thinking and financing please reach out to Jill Kohles at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org to discuss your different options.

4) The Great Falls region is gearing up for the decade of construction starting as early as 2025 for the major USAF Ground Based Strategic Deterrent mission. The Air Force projects that the construction on base at Malmstrom AFB and in missile fields in the region will create 7,201 direct and indirect jobs with project labor income of $540 million and total economic output in the region of $1,080 million.

5) THIS WEEK we are launching a new low interest loan participation product in partnership with the Montana Department of Commerce that will provide 50/50 loan participations with your bank or credit union. We are already processing potential deals to move projects forward that otherwise could not. These funds are limited and will be put to work very quickly to help our economy recover and come back stronger than ever. If you have a business startup or expansion planned that could benefit from a loan participation, contact Jill at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-590-1056.

6) Thirty four business professionals and entrepreneurs joined the September presentation of our Small Business Webinar Series. Managing the Human Side of Change explored the cycles of employee engagement and the triggers leading to job satisfaction or turnover. Special thanks to our presenter, Robert Farmer, Senior Vice President of People Solutions at Clearwater Credit Union in Missoula, as well as our collaborating partners at the University of Montana and MSU-Extension. Our Small Business Webinar Series originally launched in September 2017 and has compiled a recorded library of 62 topics, training 1,165 people statewide during the live presentations.

7) Great Falls is home to a new Mexican restaurant, La Cocina Restaurante in the former Fox Farm Diner building. First time entrepreneurs Antonio Verbera and Josefa Davis have made their dream of business ownership a reality. Learn more in the Announcement of the Week.

8) Reconnected with European Site Selectors at the Transatlantic Business Council’s annual meeting. Is our community ready for more foreign direct investment? We think so but learned a lot from the companies making these decisions. Call Jolene for further discussion, 1.406.760.4481.

9) Our Health and Bioscience Economic Development Strategy consultants will be back in town for a working retreat on September 28th. The Tripp Umbach team will join us in-person to share the results of their study and facilitate working groups with key players in our local Health Bioscience and education community. If you and your business would like to be part of the conversation and/or the retreat, please contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.orgRetreat registration is available here.

10) The planning for Invest Downtown Great Falls is in full swing. Keep your calendars open for October 20th from 10 AM to Noon and be on the lookout for registration coming soon. If there’s a Downtown business that you think would be a great success story or if you have an opportunity for a new business Downtown, contact Christian at 406.836.0136 or CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org.

11) Our team of INVESTORS are driving growth in the region. Without their commitment to support GFDA, we wouldn’t have the resources to continue working towards our mission. Recent investments include: Leadership Division—Church, Harris, Johnson & Williams, P.C., Guy Tabacco Construction; Community Division—406 Attorneys. They are invested in growing Great Falls. If you want to find out how you can invest in the community, reach out to Investment Director Jenn Gallmeier at 406-781-9499 or Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Hope you enjoyed a wonderful Labor Day Weekend!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

Growth Highlights for the Great Falls Montana Trade Area. Our Menu of Services and Staff Team handout. Here is our GFDA 2022Q2 Quarter Index. In case you missed it at Ignite 2022, we unveiled our new We Are Great Falls video!
Great GFDA Career Opportunity!We’re adding a second Business Development Officer to focus on growing the Food, Ag & Bio Processing Industries in the region. Download Career Opportunity.

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available

If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

August SBA 504 Loan Rates

The 25-year loan effective rate (including all fees) came in at 4.977%; 20-year at 4.886%; 10-year equipment loan at 4.962%; and, 20-year refinance 4.900%; 25-year refinance 4.990%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Events, Business Training, and Opportunities
The third in a series of STAR (Strategic Teaming Alliance Roundtable) Roundtables with Northrup Grumman and other Prime contractors will be held September 15th at 8:00 AM (MST). This roundtable is designed to be a resource for small businesses to learn how to team up and/or bid on government contracts available on or near the missile wing Air Force bases and beyond. For more information on this event, contact LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org or register here.

We have nine great companies ready to launch our next PeerSpectives Roundtable cohort. If your company is growing and experiencing the pains of growth, perhaps the insights of others who are going through the same thing could be beneficial. The PeerSpectives Roundtable for second stage companies will meet 10 times per year, share experiences, and work problems in real time. TWe have room for one or two more companies, contact Jason at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Montana Department of Agriculture has recently started accepting applications for the annual Growth Through Ag program. Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) is a grant and loan program designed to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry. There is a basic “pre-application” process that applicants must submit by September 12th. For more information visit the GTA page, or contact Rich Gannon at 406-836-2078 or email RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

A new $300 million program, the Organic Transition Initiative designed to help Ag producers transition land into organic status, was rolled out this week by USDA.  By transitioning to Organic producers have a chance to capture other markets that in many cases can yield a higher premium for their commodities.  The initiative will deliver wrap-around technical assistance, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring; provide direct support through conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support market development projects in targeted markets.  For more information on this initiative please visit the USDA website or contact Justin Loch at 406-590-1301 or Justin@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Early Stage Montana presents the2022 Montana Startup Summit September 29-October 1 in Bozeman, a three-day weekend celebrating Montana’s innovation.

Do you have open government contracts? Is your SAM.gov registered due to renew in the next few months? SAM.gov continues to have issues with the transition of the new validation process. It is recommended that businesses start early to renew their registration to keep from going inactive. If you are having trouble getting through the process, contact Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org for assistance.

Invest Downtown 2022 will be held on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon at The Newberry and planning is currently underway. If you know of a great Downtown businesses to highlight or if you have an opportunity that is ripe for development, please email Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.836.0136.

The new CDL truck driver training program at Great Falls College MSU will launch in August. Eight local employers are partnering to get it started, but more are needed. Thank you to Sysco, Meadow Gold Dairy Farmers, Gusto Distributing, City of Great Falls, REIC – Midway, Warden Paper, Holman Aviation, Hoven Equipment for partnering with the college! See CDL Business Partnership Framework. Congratulations to the College, Great Falls Job ServiceGreat Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and industry leaders for putting this together! Contact Tammie Hickey for more info at 406-771-5104 or tammie.hickey@gfcmsu.edu.

We’re co-hosting the Montana Economic Development Conference at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls November 14-16; see Montana Economic Developers Association. The Building a Winning Montana Team conference will feature exciting panels discussing key Montana economic development issues such as housing, business attraction, talent attraction, tourism and economic development, tribal economic development, and value added agriculture. Keynotes will bring perspectives from other states and provinces, and from leading Montana industry associations and state leaders. Workshops include economic development ethics, new financing collaborations, and supporting local entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Download preliminary agenda. Sponsor a session! Contact Rebecca Myers at medaexec@gmail.com or me at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Worlds of Work! (WOW). WOW is a career expo pioneered by West Alabama Works. Though NOT a typical job fair, this event opens new avenues of opportunity for middle school students they never knew were possible. The Chamber’s goal this first year is to have sixteen Worlds, each representing one of Montana’s sixteen recognized career pathways. On October 18th, 2022, WOW will be held at Great Falls College – MSU and the University of Providence (inside and outside) from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Area 8th graders will be divided into groups and will have a navigator who will guide them to each of the worlds, where they will explore for approximately 20-25 minutes before traveling to the next world. WOW Varsity, the block for high school students, will be in the late afternoon, and will include sophomores only for this first year. Check out the West Alabama WOW. Contact Scott Wolff for more info at swolff@greatfallschamber.org.

The Montana Innovation Partnership is offering a number of trainings and an accelerator program for companies interested in pursuing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The Montana Food & Beverage Show will be held November 7th in Missoula. Register at: AGR.MT.GOV/FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE-SHOW.

Montana STEP grants can pay for 75% of your international export marketing efforts up to $10,000. The Montana TechLink Center at MSU is offering a new round of workshops on how to win Small Business Innovation Research funding.

What’s it like to live in Great Falls Montana? Get a glimpse through the Great Falls 2022 Livability Magazine! Livability Great Falls is a tool for recruiting people from outside our community and is one of the tools for our Talent Attraction campaign. We also have a Email List to share resumes of trailing partners and others and we promote Hot Jobs – jobs that would entice people to move here. If you are recruiting people from outside Great Falls, click here to join our recruiter email list and learn more.

We have migrated our pre-business workshop for early stage and pre-venture startups to a self-paced, video-facilitated, online format. Business Basics for Startups is now live and ready for beta testing. If you’d like to check out the content and provide feedback, we’d appreciate it. Click here to check out the new modules and resources. Please direct feedback to Rich at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Montana Rapid Retraining funds are available to help more people enroll in workforce training programs and expand industry-driven accelerated workforce training courses. The Great Falls Job Service can assist with Rapid Retaining Efforts. Contact Beth Schmidt at 406-791-5869 or beschmidt@mt.gov. For business strategy/planning help to take advantage of this one-time opportunity, contact our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional director, Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org

Attention Veteran-Owned Businesses! In less than a year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) will transfer to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As of January 1, 2023, all functions of VA’s CVE will be handled by the SBA. To help make this a seamless transition, we encourage all self-certified SDVOSBs to complete the verification process through the VA now before the transfer becomes effective. Please start the verification process at https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/. For more information on starting the verification process, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The best resource we scan daily to stay abreast of business and community innovation is MATR.net (Montana Associated Technology Roundtables) which we are proud to help sponsor. Sign up for their free newsletter.

We’ve released the Great Falls Childcare Demand Assessment that shows a need for additional childcare facilities to serve 580 children in Great Falls. For assistance with childcare facility business planning, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Join the Trailing Partner Email Group specifically for employers to share resumes of trailing spouses/partners across the Great Falls region with other employers looking to hire. “Your (Live in Great Falls) website is very impressive and helpful! Great Falls looks amazing, and we love what we’ve seen real estate-wise, and business-wise.” This quote was from an email sent to us from a couple considering relocation to Great Falls. We will be sharing their resumes (with their permission) on the Trailing Partner Email Group.

We’ve released the Great Falls Housing Market Assessment that shows a need for over 450 new housing units per year in the immediate Great Falls area. For assistance with housing development, contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-403-4937.

Looking to take control of your business’s financials, increase profit, and improve your bottom line? We have had interest from businesses in scheduling a Profit Mastery course. These courses are scheduled by demand. If you are interested in taking this two-day workshop, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org or call (406) 750-0314.

Visit our relocation website LiveInGreatFalls.com. This website was the #1 request we got from local recruiters and HR professionals for aiding in attracting talented workers to Great Falls. The Great Falls At-A-Glance two-pager is a great complementary resource that highlights Great Falls for people unfamiliar with our community.

We have Brownfield Clean-Up money that we want to put to work! Our low interest Brownfield Loans can be used to clean up hazardous materials including but not limited to lead paint, asbestos, etc. Are you working on a project that could use some clean up? Call Lillian today to discuss eligibility 406.750.1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Of our online business planning tool, LivePlan, one said: “LivePlan is Awesome!” The LivePlan tool is helping her streamline her strategy in preparation for presenting to bank partners. We offer LivePlan licenses for free to active clients. Learn more about LivePlan on our website.

All of our recorded monthly business strategy webinars are available online for viewing anytime, click them out here.

Top Ten August 30

Great Falls Development Authority Small Business Development Center in conjunction with the Choteau Chamber of Commerce hosted a Business Pitch event at Copper Creek Coffee in Choteau this week.  Five entrepreneurs pitched their ideas to create new businesses to an energy filled audience creating positive round table discussion that helped further these ideas towards becoming reality.  Are you interested in hosting a Business Pitch in your community?  If so please reach out to our Small Business Navigator Tony Peres at 406-750-2099 or Tony@GrowGreatFalls.org.

GFDA’s Top 10
Here is our Top 14 for last week celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy — Montana’s Golden Triangle. And, sharing business resources and skill-building opportunities to empower your success.

1) Delta Airlines is expanding service to Great Falls, converting from single-class 50 passenger jets to two-class 76 passenger jets. See KRTV and TheElectric.

2) Big Sandy Organics is a local company that has been working with our small business and government contracting advisors. Recently their product Kracklin’ Kamut, was featured online in Food and Wine Magazine under “Best Snack Every State – Montana”. It’s exciting to see unique products from Montana getting such great exposure.

3) The Great Falls City Commission approved downtown tax increment funds to support the work of the Downtown Development Partnership including our Downtown Business Development Officer position that we created in partnership with the Business Improvement District (BID) and ArtsFest Montana, a great BID project. See TheElectric.

4) The Cascade County Commission approved the property tax abatement for the major Calumet Montana Renewables project. See TheElectric.

5) Jake and Jolene submitted a case for Great Falls to an exciting business in response to a lead from our friends at the Montana Department of Commerce. The proposal highlighted that Great Falls has the best Montana has to offer, and at a fraction of the cost of other markets in the state. The company is now planning a trip to Great Falls to see for themselves what opportunity is here to locate their business. If you know of a company that would be a great fit for Great Falls, put our business attraction resources to work and contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or Jolene Schalper at JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org.

6) Farm and ranch retail business Western Feed Corral has expanded operations at their Vaughn Road location. Close proximity to the Northwest Bypass and available commercial lots makes this area rip for more development. Learn more in the Announcement of the Week.

7) Met with Northwestern Energy leadership to discuss critical gas and electric transmission issues that affect our region and most of Montana. GFDA’s board has voted to create a task force to work on transmission capacity issues.

8) Plans are moving forward to redevelop a historic downtown Great Falls building to create 50 affordable apartments. The Great Falls City Commission approved a $1.2 million Community Development Block Grant loan for The Madison Apartments project. See TheElectric.

9) A new $300 million program, the Organic Transition Initiative designed to help Ag producers transition land into organic status, was rolled out this week by USDA.  By transitioning to Organic producers have a chance to capture other markets that in many cases can yield a higher premium for their commodities.  The initiative will deliver wrap-around technical assistance, including farmer-to-farmer mentoring; provide direct support through conservation financial assistance and additional crop insurance assistance, and support market development projects in targeted markets.  For more information on this initiative please visit the USDA website or contact Justin Loch at 406-590-1301 or Justin@GrowGreatFalls.org.

10) Shelby Safari recently re-opened in Downtown Shelby, in addition to providing a great place for kids to play they have recently added frozen yogurt and snacks to their customers, read the full article in The Shelby Promoter.

11) With harvest season wrapping up across most of the Great Falls region, its nice to see a portion of our crops staying right here in the area and being turned into a value added project. Farm Power Malt in Power Montana and Golden Triangle Brew Co. in Fort Benton were featured in a news story this week on KRTV focusing on crops being taken from farm to brewery.  Breweries are a big business across Montana and its even greater when they can use products grown right here in Montana.  For more information on value added agriculture or how you might be able to start and grow your ag based business please contact Justin at 406-590-1301 or Justin@GrowGreatFalls.org.

12) The Great Falls Health and Bioscience Economic Development Strategy Retreat is scheduled for September 28th. Our consultants from Tripp Umbach will join us in-person to share the results of their study and facilitate working groups with key players in our local Health Bioscience and education community. If you and your business would like to be part of the conversation and/or the retreat, please contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org. Retreat details will be available next week.

13) We expect to soon launch a new low interest loan participation product in partnership with the Montana Department of Commerce that will provide 50/50 loan participations with your bank or credit union. These funds are limited and will be put to work very quickly to help our economy recover and come back stronger than ever. If you have a business startup or expansion planned that could benefit from a loan participation, contact Jill at JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

14) GFDA relies on our team of INVESTORS. With each check, they are helping our community make positive changes & take control of our future. Recent investments include: Advance Division—Pacific Steel & Recycling; Leadership Division—Admiral Beverage, Pepsi of Great Falls. They are committed to long term support which will help our region grow. If you want to join the team that is driving the growth in the region, Contact Investment Director Jenn Gallmeier at 406-781-9499 or Jenn@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Still catching up on great Top 10 content!

Brett Doney

President & CEO

Here is a Growth Highlights for the Great Falls Montana Trade Area. Our Menu of Services and Staff Team handout. Here is our GFDA 2022Q2 Quarter Index. In case you missed it at Ignite 2022, we unveiled our new We Are Great Falls video!

Great GFDA Career Opportunity!
We’re adding a second Business Development Officer to focus on growing the Food, Ag & Bio Processing Industries in the region. Download Career Opportunity.

Cost-Effective Rail-Served Industrial Sites Available
If your company needs a rail-served, BNSF-Certified, shovel-ready site with all municipal services at your door, we have lots available for immediate construction in the Great Falls AgriTech Park. Contact Jolene Schalper at 1.406.750.4481 or JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org

August SBA 504 Loan Rates
The 25-year loan effective rate (including all fees) came in at 4.977%; 20-year at 4.886%; 10-year equipment loan at 4.962%; and, 20-year refinance 4.900%; 25-year refinance 4.990%. These rates are FIXED for the life of the loan and are inclusive of all fees. If you would like to find out how to get financing for commercial real estate and equipment at potentially lower rates than you’re paying for your home mortgage, please contact Jill Kohles at 406-590-1056 or JKohles@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Events, Business Training, and Opportunities
The third in a series of STAR (Strategic Teaming Alliance Roundtable) Roundtables with Northrup Grumman and other Prime contractors will be held September 15th at 8:00 AM (MST). This roundtable is designed to be a resource for small businesses to learn how to team up and/or bid on government contracts available on or near the missile wing Air Force bases and beyond. For more information on this event, contact LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org or register here.

We have nine great companies ready to launch our next PeerSpectives Roundtable cohort. If your company is growing and experiencing the pains of growth, perhaps the insights of others who are going through the same thing could be beneficial. The PeerSpectives Roundtable for second stage companies will meet 10 times per year, share experiences, and work problems in real time. TWe have room for one or two more companies, contact Jason at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Montana Department of Agriculture has recently started accepting applications for the annual Growth Through Ag program. Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) is a grant and loan program designed to strengthen and diversify Montana’s agricultural industry. There is a basic “pre-application” process that applicants must submit by September 12th. For more information visit the GTA page, or contact Rich Gannon at 406-836-2078 or email RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Early Stage Montana presents the 2022 Montana Startup Summit September 29-October 1 in Bozeman, a three-day weekend celebrating Montana’s innovation.

Do you have open government contracts? Is your SAM.gov registered due to renew in the next few months? SAM.gov continues to have issues with the transition of the new validation process. It is recommended that businesses start early to renew their registration to keep from going inactive. If you are having trouble getting through the process, contact Shannon Clancy at SClancy@GrowGreatFalls.org for assistance.

Invest Downtown 2022 will be held on October 20th from 10 AM-Noon at The Newberry and planning is currently underway. If you know of a great Downtown businesses to highlight or if you have an opportunity that is ripe for development, please email Christian at CLeinhauser@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.836.0136.

The new CDL truck driver training program at Great Falls College MSU will launch in August. Eight local employers are partnering to get it started, but more are needed. Thank you to Sysco, Meadow Gold Dairy Farmers, Gusto Distributing, City of Great Falls, REIC – Midway, Warden Paper, Holman Aviation, Hoven Equipment for partnering with the college! See CDL Business Partnership Framework. Congratulations to the College, Great Falls Job Service, Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce and industry leaders for putting this together! Contact Tammie Hickey for more info at 406-771-5104 or tammie.hickey@gfcmsu.edu.

We’re co-hosting the Montana Economic Development Conference at The Newberry in downtown Great Falls November 14-16; see Montana Economic Developers Association. The Building a Winning Montana Team conference will feature exciting panels discussing key Montana economic development issues such as housing, business attraction, talent attraction, tourism and economic development, tribal economic development, and value added agriculture. Keynotes will bring perspectives from other states and provinces, and from leading Montana industry associations and state leaders. Workshops include economic development ethics, new financing collaborations, and supporting local entrepreneurs and existing businesses. Download preliminary agenda. Sponsor a session! Contact Rebecca Myers at medaexec@gmail.com or me at BDoney@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce announced the inaugural Worlds of Work! (WOW). WOW is a career expo pioneered by West Alabama Works. Though NOT a typical job fair, this event opens new avenues of opportunity for middle school students they never knew were possible. The Chamber’s goal this first year is to have sixteen Worlds, each representing one of Montana’s sixteen recognized career pathways. On October 18th, 2022, WOW will be held at Great Falls College – MSU and the University of Providence (inside and outside) from 7:30 AM – 6:00 PM. Area 8th graders will be divided into groups and will have a navigator who will guide them to each of the worlds, where they will explore for approximately 20-25 minutes before traveling to the next world. WOW Varsity, the block for high school students, will be in the late afternoon, and will include sophomores only for this first year. Check out the West Alabama WOW. Contact Scott Wolff for more info at swolff@greatfallschamber.org.

The Montana Innovation Partnership is offering a number of trainings and an accelerator program for companies interested in pursuing Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) or Small Business Technology Transfer (STTR) grants.

The Montana Food & Beverage Show will be held November 7th in Missoula. Register at: AGR.MT.GOV/FOOD-AND-BEVERAGE-SHOW.  

Montana STEP grants can pay for 75% of your international export marketing efforts up to $10,000. The Montana TechLink Center at MSU is offering a new round of workshops on how to win Small Business Innovation Research funding.

What’s it like to live in Great Falls Montana? Get a glimpse through the Great Falls 2022 Livability Magazine! Livability Great Falls is a tool for recruiting people from outside our community and is one of the tools for our Talent Attraction campaign. We also have a Email List to share resumes of trailing partners and others and we promote Hot Jobs – jobs that would entice people to move here. If you are recruiting people from outside Great Falls, click here to join our recruiter email list and learn more.

We have migrated our pre-business workshop for early stage and pre-venture startups to a self-paced, video-facilitated, online format. Business Basics for Startups is now live and ready for beta testing. If you’d like to check out the content and provide feedback, we’d appreciate it. Click here to check out the new modules and resources. Please direct feedback to Rich at RGannon@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Montana Rapid Retraining funds are available to help more people enroll in workforce training programs and expand industry-driven accelerated workforce training courses. The Great Falls Job Service can assist with Rapid Retaining Efforts. Contact Beth Schmidt at 406-791-5869 or beschmidt@mt.gov. For business strategy/planning help to take advantage of this one-time opportunity, contact our Small Business Development Center (SBDC) regional director, Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org

Attention Veteran-Owned Businesses! In less than a year the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Center for Verification and Evaluation (CVE) will transfer to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). As of January 1, 2023, all functions of VA’s CVE will be handled by the SBA. To help make this a seamless transition, we encourage all self-certified SDVOSBs to complete the verification process through the VA now before the transfer becomes effective. Please start the verification process at https://vetbiz.va.gov/vip/. For more information on starting the verification process, contact Lillian Sunwall at LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

The best resource we scan daily to stay abreast of business and community innovation is MATR.net (Montana Associated Technology Roundtables) which we are proud to help sponsor. Sign up for their free newsletter.

We’ve released the Great Falls Childcare Demand Assessment that shows a need for additional childcare facilities to serve 580 children in Great Falls. For assistance with childcare facility business planning, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Join the Trailing Partner Email Group specifically for employers to share resumes of trailing spouses/partners across the Great Falls region with other employers looking to hire. “Your (Live in Great Falls) website is very impressive and helpful! Great Falls looks amazing, and we love what we’ve seen real estate-wise, and business-wise.” This quote was from an email sent to us from a couple considering relocation to Great Falls. We will be sharing their resumes (with their permission) on the Trailing Partner Email Group.

We’ve released the Great Falls Housing Market Assessment that shows a need for over 450 new housing units per year in the immediate Great Falls area. For assistance with housing development, contact Jake Clark at Jake@GrowGreatFalls.org or 1-406-403-4937.

Looking to take control of your business’s financials, increase profit, and improve your bottom line? We have had interest from businesses in scheduling a Profit Mastery course. These courses are scheduled by demand. If you are interested in taking this two-day workshop, contact Jason Nitschke at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org or call (406) 750-0314.

Visit our relocation website LiveInGreatFalls.com. This website was the #1 request we got from local recruiters and HR professionals for aiding in attracting talented workers to Great Falls. The Great Falls At-A-Glance two-pager is a great complementary resource that highlights Great Falls for people unfamiliar with our community.

We have Brownfield Clean-Up money that we want to put to work! Our low interest Brownfield Loans can be used to clean up hazardous materials including but not limited to lead paint, asbestos, etc. Are you working on a project that could use some clean up? Call Lillian today to discuss eligibility 406.750.1253 or LSunwall@GrowGreatFalls.org.

Of our online business planning tool, LivePlan, one said: “LivePlan is Awesome!” The LivePlan tool is helping her streamline her strategy in preparation for presenting to bank partners. We offer LivePlan licenses for free to active clients. Learn more about LivePlan on our website.

All of our recorded monthly business strategy webinars are available online for viewing anytime, click them out here.