Montana Small Business Development Center Network

 Small Business Development Centers

The Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program has been vital to SBA’s entrepreneurial outreach for more than 30 years. It has become one of the largest professional small business management and technical assistance networks in the nation. With

nearly 900 locations across the country, SBDCs offer free one-on-one expert business advice and low-cost training by qualified small business professionals to existing and future entrepreneurs.

The SBDC program includes special focus areas such as, green business technology, disaster recovery and preparedness, import and export assistance, veterans assistance, procurement assistance, electronic commerce, technology transfer and regulatory compliance. A number of SBDC networks have specialized programs or centers dedicated to these focus areas.

During the past thirty years, through a unique mix of federal, state and private sector resources, the SBDC program has increased its return on investment. Through federal grants, SBDCs in every state and territory provide the foundation for the economic growth of small businesses. These small businesses, in turn, advance local and regional economic development through the generation of business revenues, job creation and job retention. This return on investment is demonstrated by fiscal 2010 outcomes, where SBDCs:

• Assisted more than 13,600 entrepreneurs to start new businesses – an estimated 37 new business starts per day.

• Provided counseling services to over 107,000 emerging entrepreneurs and nearly 102,000 existing businesses.

• Provided training services to approximately 380,000 clients.

The efficacy of the SBDC program has been validated by a nationwide impact study. Of the clients surveyed, more than 80 percent reported that the business assistance they received from the SBDC counselor was worthwhile. Similarly, more than 50 percent reported that SBDC guidance was beneficial in making the decision to start a business. More than 40 percent of long-term clients, those receiving 5 hours or more of counseling, reported an increase in sales and 38 percent reported an increase in profit margins.

For information on the SBDC program, visit To schedule an appointment for counseling or to see the seminar schedule, contact the center nearest you from the list below.

Billings SBDC

Rebecca Hedegaard, SBDC Director

Beth Adams, Business Advisor

Big Sky Economic Development Authority

222 N. 32nd St., Ste. 200

Billings, MT 59101

406-254-6014 • 406-256-6877 Fax

Bozeman SBDC

Sean Becker, Business Advisor

Montana Community Development Corp.

222 E. Main St., Ste. 202

Bozeman, MT 59715

406-728-9234 ext. 250

Butte SBDC

Julie Jaksha, SBDC Director

Southwest Montana Headwaters RC&D

65 E. Broadway, 2nd Fl.

Butte, MT 59701

406-782-7333 • 406-782-9675 Fax

Colstrip SBDC

Jaimi Balsam, SBDC Director

Southeastern Montana Development Corp.

6200 Main/P.O. Box 1935

Colstrip, MT 59323

406-748-2990 • 406-748-2990 Fax

Great Falls SBDC

Rebecca Engum, SBDC Director

John Mack, Business Advisor

Great Falls Development Authority, Inc.

300 Central Ave., Ste. 406

Great Falls, MT 59401

406-771-9032 • 406-454-2995 Fax

Havre SBDC

Joe LaPlante, SBDC Director

Bear Paw Development Corporation

48 2nd Ave., Ryan Bldg.

Havre, MT 59501

406-399-1557 • 406-265-5602 Fax

Helena SBDC

Dan Anderson, SBDC Director

Montana Business Assistance Connection, Inc.

225 Cruse Ave.

Helena, MT 59601

406-447-1512 • 406-447-1514 Fax

Kalispell SBDC

Chris Parson, SBDC Director

Kalispell Area Chamber of Commerce

15 Depot Park

Kalispell, MT 59901

(406) 756-3836 

Missoula SBDC

Amita Patel, SBDC Director

Denis Blackstun, Business Advisor

Montana Community Development Corp.

110 E. Broadway, 2nd Fl.

Missoula, MT 59802

406-728-9234 • 406-542-6671 Fax

Montana Lead Center

Ann Desch, SBDC State Director

Small Business Development Center

301 S. Park Ave./P.O. Box 200505

Helena, MT 59620-0505

406-841-2747 • 406-841-2728 Fax

Wolf Point SBDC

Lorene Hintz, SBDC Director

Great Northern Development Corporation

233 Cascade St.

Wolf Point, MT 59201

406-653-2590 • 406-653-1840 Fax

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