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Entrepreneurs who want success and demand resources to guide growth decisions and activities have the opportunity to schedule an appointment with Jason Nitschkefrom the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). Through the SBDC, entrepreneurs receive, at no cost, confidential, one-on-one counseling regarding the essentials for growth and success. This includes marketing and industry research, customer profiling, competitive analysis, developing and deriving feedback from budgets, utilizing financial statements as decision making tools, evaluating financing options based on specific needs, understanding the negotiating process to ensure beneficial deals and much more.

In 2007, the SBDC had contact with over 300 businesses, with 105 of those contacts becoming clients with long-range goals. The SBDC also coordinated 25 trainings for 311 businesses. These trainings consisted of the Women Entrepreneur Network, the Great Falls Entrepreneur Network, Small Business Expo, NxLeveL, Intellectual Property and Inventor’s Roundtable, and Government Purchase Card Showcase. The SBDC was a guest speaker at 12 engagements, including Development Councils, Associations, and Special Interest Groups.

The efforts of the SBDC cover over a 17,000 square mile, 7 county region, that includes Glacier, Toole, Teton, Pondera, Cascade, Judith Basin and Fergus counties. To date, the SBDC has worked directly with clients to secure $924,200 in financing and start eight businesses.

The SBDC is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the US Small Business Administration. Before a meeting with the SBDC can be extremely beneficial, a direction to focus on is necessary. To request a specialized one-on-one coaching session with our Small Business Development Director, complete the New Client form at

Funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Al! opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Jason Nitschke, P.O. Box 949, Great Falls MT 59403, 406-771-9022.

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