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February 2020

Triangle Pitch Night – Missouri River Urban Corridor

February 25 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
MT Pints, 215 3rd St NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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We are looking for business ideas that utilize our Urban Missouri River Corridor! Want to do a party boat? Dinner cruise? Paddle board rentals? Food truck court? Bring your ideas! The Missouri River Corridor Pitch Fest is an evening sharing, discussing, and supporting business on and along the Missouri River. What do you want to open? How do you want to help? What is missing? We want to connect ideas with people who can make them happen. We'll bring business…

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Introduction to Government Contracting

February 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Springhill Suites, 421 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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Did you know that over $9.2 billion in government contracts were awarded in Montana over the last 12 months (80,775 prime awards)? That doesn't include State and Local contracts. Governmental agencies buy everything from nuts (the nutritional kind) to bolts and any type of service you can name. If you want to check into how your business can get a "piece of the pie", join Lillian Sunwall, Vice President, Business Strategist, and Certified Procurement Professional at Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA)…

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March 2020

Profit Mastery

March 3 @ 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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$145

In our hands-on Profit Mastery workshops you'll learn to understand your financials, learn how to manage your business to increase profitability, and strengthen your relationship with your lender. Discover how to actively manage YOUR business and accomplish YOUR goals. Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world business problems and uncover how to: Overcome common business problems Understand your financial position Use tools to take active control of your finances Make effective pricing decisions Evaluate and manage cost…

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Recruitment Roundtable

March 3 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Springhill Suites, 421 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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This Recruitment Roundtable is open to all private sector recruiters and HR personnel who are trying to attract talent from out of town to live and work in Great Falls. If you want to join in a peer-to-peer conversation about best practices, perfecting corporate culture and recruiting out-of-town professionals, please RSVP!

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GFDA Board Meeting

March 5 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls College Montana State University, 2100 16th Ave S
Great Falls, MT 59405 United States
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Introduction to Government Contracting

March 5 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Bear Paw Development Corporation, 48 2nd Ave
Havre, MT 59501 United States
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id you know that over $9.2 billion in government contracts were awarded in Montana over the last 12 months (80,775 prime awards)? That doesn't include State and Local contracts. Governmental agencies buy everything from nuts (the nutritional kind) to bolts and any type of service you can name. If you want to check into how your business can get a "piece of the pie", join Lillian Sunwall, Vice President, Business Strategist, and Certified Procurement Professional at Great Falls Development Authority…

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Webinar: 3 Steps to Get Your Business on a Path to Profitable Growth

March 5 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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Entrepreneurs can get trapped in the endless cycle of sell-deliver-sell-deliver, without getting ahead. The urgent need to stay afloat financially leads to ‘strategic moves’ that are a waste of energy, focus, money, and time. Get your business out of the Survival Trap, headed toward its Sweet Spot and on a path toward profitable growth.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

March 5 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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Development Coffee

March 6 @ 7:00 am
GFPS Skyline Preschool, 3330 3rd St NE
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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Join GFDA at Skyline, the GFPS Preschool as we chat with fellow and potential investors for monthly Development Coffee

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Boots to Business

March 12 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

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Executive Committee Meeting

March 18 @ 8:00 am
Great Falls Development Authority, 405 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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Our GFDA Executive Committee meeting this Wednesday, March 18, 8:00 AM will be by conference call. Please call 1-605-475-4300, passcode 217793#.

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POSTPONED – Digital Marketing Strategies Workshop

March 18 @ 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
Springhill Suites, 421 3rd Street NW
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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This has event has been postponed due to COVID-19. Join us for a day with KRose Marketing & Consulting where we will be talking about design, content crea-tion, digital marketing, and social media management for Facebook, Instagram, e-mail marketing and web-sites. To check out more of the services they offer please visit https://krosemarketing.com/. Karoline Rose is passionate about helping small business owners define and achieve their individual version of success. This looks different for each person, but for Karoline, success…

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Virtual Meetup: Downtown Great Falls

March 25 @ 2:00 pm

Presented in partnership with the Downtown Great Falls Association and the Business Improvement District, this virtual meetup is a peer-to-peer discussion on adaptations downtown businesses have made in response to COVID-19, and how your downtown resource partners can continue to support you. Registration required for Zoom meeting information.

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

March 26 @ 9:00 am

Our GFDA Executive Committee will hold a special meeting this Thursday, March 26, 9:00 AM will be by ZOOM video or call in. Here are the Zoom instructions:   Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/607562208?pwd=Rm1HdzV1ZDVhMklRdDh1QS9zWTExQT09   Meeting ID: 607 562 208 Password: 089859   One tap mobile +13462487799,,607562208# US (Houston) +16699009128,,607562208# US (San Jose)   Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 253 215 8782 US +1 301 715 8592 US +1…

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Virtual Meetup: Resource Partners

March 26 @ 2:00 pm

A peer-to-peer discussion designed for partners who provide assistance to entrepreneurs across the Golden Triangle. We will discuss what you're hearing are the needs of local businesses, and how we can work together to respond appropriately and successfully to the COVID-19 crisis. Registration required for Zoom meeting information.

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POSTPONED – The Fire Within

March 26 @ 5:30 pm
Meadowlark Country Club, 300 Country Club Blvd
Great Falls, MT 59404 United States
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This has event has been postponed due to COVID-19. Read the announcement here. Each year Embark Credit Union and the Great Falls Development Authority honor exemplary women in business.

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Webinar: Marketing, Communication & Sales During the COVID-19 Crisis

March 27 @ 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

In this brief, 30-minute webinar we are hoping to give business owners some guidance on marketing, communcation and sales during the COVID-19 crisis. Evaluating a companies human and fixed assets and then being creative in how to utilize them in an alternative way will be discussed. Focus will be given to innovating by solving customer-facing problems

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Virtual Meetup – Supply Chain Disruption

March 31 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Concerns about Supply Chain Disruption? Join other businesses for a Supply Chain Disruption Virtual Meet Up, Tuesday, March 31, 2 PM; register here. We want to hear from businesses across the Golden Triangle whose supply chain has been disrupted and what you're doing about it. We'd like to hear from you in advance. Contact Barnett at Barnett@GrowGreatFalls.org.

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April 2020

2020 Small Business Summit

April 1 @ 8:00 am - April 2 @ 5:00 pm
Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel
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GFDA Board Meeting

April 2 @ 8:00 am

In observance of social distancing guidelines, this board meeting will be conducted via Zoom.   Topic: GFDA Board Meeting Time: Apr 2, 2020 08:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada)   Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/661173242?pwd=VzhNT2UyNjhoN1hIWjZxeTBXUlo3UT09   Meeting ID: 661 173 242 Password: 069789   One tap mobile +13462487799,,661173242# US (Houston) +16699009128,,661173242# US (San Jose)   Dial by your location +1 346 248 7799 US (Houston) +1 669 900 9128 US (San Jose) +1 312 626 6799 US (Chicago) +1 646…

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Webinar: Using Opportunity Zones to Start or Grow Your Business

April 2 @ 11:00 am

In this webinar, Special Assistant to the President, Ben Hobbs will discuss what Opportunity Zones are, how simple it is for investors and entrepreneurs to create funds, and the tax incentives of investing in businesses in qualifying zones. Opportunity Zones were created as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to help stimulate long-term, private sector investment into economic activity in all 50 states and U.S. Territories. Governor Steve Bullock designated 25 Opportunity Zones in metropolitan and…

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Virtual Meetup – Resource Partners

April 2 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Do you provide technical assistance to entrepreneurs across the Golden Triangle? We're holding another Resource Partner Meet Up on Thursday, April 2, 2 PM; register here. This Zoom meet up is for our resource partners across the Golden Triangle who provide assistance to entrepreneurs to share knowledge and best practices.

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Development Coffee

April 3 @ 7:00 am

Join GFDA virtually as we chat with fellow and potential investors for monthly Development Coffee. Topic: GFDA Development Coffee Time: Apr 3, 2020 07:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://zoom.us/j/943572267?pwd=Q0JrUEVSaTF1dmNZSm9NK2tSU2FnZz09 Meeting ID: 943 572 267 Password: 033540 Use your computer audio or call one of these two numbers: Dial: 1-669-900-9128 Meeting ID: 943572267# OR Dial: 1-346-248-7799 Meeting ID: 943572267#

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QuickBooks

April 3 @ 9:00 am - 11:00 am
$25

This is a 2-hour online workshop. The presentation will use slides from QuickBooks Desktop, but the concepts and menu options will also apply to the QuickBooks Online platform. For those new to bookkeeping and experienced folks alike! This QuickBooks course is designed to help entrepreneurs and business managers understand how to best manage their money. And isn't it all about maximizing your profit? QuickBooks Pro Advisor Wendy Weissman, owner of Wendy J Weissman, CPA PC in Great Falls, will take…

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Webinar – Prepare for Government Contracting During COVID-19

April 3 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In this brief, 30-minute webinar we are hoping to give business owners guidance on how to prepare to do business with government agencies during the COVID-19/coronavirus crisis. Topics will focus primarily on the federal government, but we'll also touch on state and local procedures and opportunities. Our goal is to get business not currently set up into the appropriate systems and then search for solicitations.

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Virtual Meetup – Small Businesses

April 8 @ 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm

Share with and learn from other small businesses at a Small Business Virtual Meet Up, Wednesday, April 1, 2 PM; register here.This is a peer to peer discussion for small businesses across the Golden Triangle. Our business situation is changing daily. What is of most concern to your business right now and for your continued operations. We'll have Coaches on the line and encourage you to submit questions in advance to Jolene at JSchalper@GrowGreatFalls.org.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Course

April 9 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

This month, The LaunchPoint will be offered digitally in response to COVID-19 guidelines for social distancing. Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies…

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Webinar: Business Resiliency Guide

April 24 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In this brief, 30-minute webinar we will provide business owners possible ways to make your business tougher and may enable it to recover more quickly, including: Staffing problems Incentives for customers to not cancel jobs, or services “Shoe leather” marketing Customer referral/loyalty programs Online freelancing options Strategic, and informal partnerships with your competitors Digital product creating Guerrilla marketing Selling non essential assets Beating your customer’s expectations

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Evolving Federal Contractor Cybersecurity Requirements

April 27 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm

If your company plans to do business with the government, cybersecurity plans are now required for compliance. This three hour workshop with nationally recognized presenter, Adam Austin, will step companies through the process of getting compliant with cybersecurity requirements. Description: Adam Austin, Cybersecurity Lead at Totem.Tech--a small business DoD prime contractor--will lead a workshop on the evolving cybersecurity requirements for Federal government contractors. The workshop will focus on the two "complimentary and concurrent" DoD cybersecurity compliance frameworks: the DoD 800-171…

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May 2020

Development Coffee

May 1 @ 7:00 am

GFDA investors, developers and business people throughout the Golden Triangle, we want your experienced input. How can we recover as quickly as possible and get back to growth and diversification? Time: May 1, 2020 07:00 AM Mountain Time (US and Canada) Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81650354265?pwd=cFo5YWNsK0poRVQ5dit6SnJ0UFZwQT09 Meeting ID: 816 5035 4265 Password: 807700 TOPIC This Development Coffee will focus on: 1) What suggestions do you have for city and county officials to expedite projects that have been delayed by the COVID…

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Webinar: Reopening Best Practices During COVID-19

May 1 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In this brief 30-minute webinar, we will provide some of the basics business owners will need to take into account as they reopen their business during the COVID-19 crisis.

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GFDA Board Meeting

May 7 @ 8:00 am

In observance of social distancing guidelines, this board meeting will be conducted via Zoom. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88902131095?pwd=MVJSVXZkNEt0MCtQSzJPMWZhS3pKZz09 Meeting ID: 889 0213 1095 Password: 317117 For best audio, we recommend using your computer, but if you need to dial by phone: +16699009128,,88902131095#,,1#,317117# US

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Webinar: Reopening Best Practices During COVID-19

May 7 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In this brief 30-minute webinar, we will provide some of the basics business owners will need to take into account as they reopen their business during the COVID-19 crisis.

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Investor Zoom with Sen. Tester to discuss COVID Economic Recovery

May 12 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

GFDA Investors are invited join Senator Tester for a Zoom call to discuss COVID-19 economic recovery.

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The LaunchPoint

May 12 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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Investor Zoom with Sen. Daines to discuss COVID Economic Recovery

May 13 @ 10:00 am - 11:00 am

GFDA Investors are invited join Senator Daines for a Zoom call to discuss COVID-19 economic recovery.

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Webinar: Protecting Your Business From Liability During Reopening

May 15 @ 11:00 am - 11:30 am

In this brief 30-minute webinar, we will step business owners through the liability concerns when reopening following the COVID-19 shutdown. Employment and labor law attorney with Church, Harris, Johnson, Williams P.C. in Great Falls, Bobbi Berkhof, will inform entrepreneurs why following local, state, and federal recommendations may help protect the business from lawsuits potentially stemming from employees and customers.

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June 2020

Website Boot Camp: Converting to Online Sales

June 2 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm

One thing that the Covid crisis has taught businesses is that they need to diversify their revenue streams and look to different markets for their customers.  These new customers maybe down the street, in the next town, another state or across the globe.  As such businesses need to have a strong digital presence now more than ever, including a fully functioning e-commerce website.   Our Website  Boot Camp will take take business owners who have no online store to a fully…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

June 17 @ 8:00 am

Please visit https://growgreatfallsmontana.org/about/governance/executive-committee/ for the agenda and Zoom meeting information.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

June 17 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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Boots to Business

June 18 @ 8:00 am - June 19 @ 5:00 pm
Airmen and Family Readiness Center Great Falls, MT 59403 United States + Google Map

Modules 1-4 6/18/20 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) Modules 5-8 6/19/20 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM (MDT) This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org. COVID-19 UPDATE: Malmstrom Air Force Base is allowing in-person training for this event. Social distancing recommendations and mask wearing will be enforced for…

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Destination Creation Marketing Workshop

June 30 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Have your sales been affected by COVD19? If you could would you increase your revenue, sales, traffic, and profitability?  The Destination Creation Course helps businesses do just that. You will define your unique positioning statement about products and services you do better than anyone else. You will pinpoint your most profitable customers and reach more people like them. The proven 14-point business success strategy developed by internationally-known business consultant Jon Schallert teaches techniques to increase your ability to attract customers who are…

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July 2020

GFDA Board Meeting

July 2 @ 8:00 am

Please visit https://growgreatfallsmontana.org/about/governance/board-of-directors/ for the agenda and Zoom meeting information.

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Webinar – Tackling Unemployment Insurance

July 9 @ 11:00 am

In this webinar, we'll discuss addressing the challenges, barriers, team-building, resources, and mindset it will take for entrepreneurs to navigate reopening a business during Covid-19. Presenters Dena Johnson and Kevin Scharfe will discuss how the right state of mind and pivoting your business model can help build consumer confidence and employee buy-in during this challenging time.

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Development Coffee

July 10 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, July 10th at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email TSchreiner@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.781.9499…

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GFDA Executive Committee Meeting

July 15 @ 8:00 am

Please visit https://growgreatfallsmontana.org/about/governance/executive-committee/ for the agenda and Zoom meeting information.

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The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop

July 23 @ 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don't know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before,…

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August 2020

GFDA Board Meeting

August 6 @ 8:00 am

Please visit https://growgreatfallsmontana.org/about/governance/board-of-directors/ for the agenda and Zoom meeting information.

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Webinar – Best Practices for PPP Forgiveness

August 6 @ 11:00 am

This brief 30-minute webinar will walk attendees through the best practices, reporting procedures, and forms to maximize the forgiveness of your Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loan.

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Development Coffee

August 7 @ 7:00 am

Developers, investors and business professionals throughout the Golden Triangle: join us Friday, August 7th at 7 AM as we continue our virtual installment of Investor Development Coffee. Come share and learn from other members with questions, concerns and updates about projects throughout the region. Now more than ever, keeping in touch and discussing how we find opportunities in the trade area is crucial. Join us via Zoom. If you would like to attend the meeting, email TSchreiner@GrowGreatFalls.org or call 406.781.9499…

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