HELENA, Mont. – The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) program at the Montana Department of Commerce is partnering with Miles Community College to host a new SBDC location to grow economic development in Southeastern Montana.
“Together SBDC and Miles Community College will provide access to business development resources, supporting the entire region and strengthening the economy,” said SBDC State Director Chad Moore.
The Regional SBDC center hosted by the college will serve Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, and Wibaux counties from its centralized location in Miles City.
Entrepreneurs in southeastern Montana will have new resources available to them thanks to Miles Community College, including the school’s educational opportunities and strategic plan to develop the region’s workforce.
“Benefits of our partnership include having a valuable small business developer in Miles City, expertise on our campus, new and revitalized small business training, a strong connection with Miles City Area Economic Development Council and Southeastern Montana Development Corporation, and more visibility of the college’s offerings,” Miles Community College President Stacy Klippenstein said.
SBDCs are funded in-part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Department of Commerce, and regional hosts in economic development and higher education. Miles Community College is Montana’s tenth SBDC to provide tools and guidance for small business success.
“We are excited about this opportunity to help serve this region of Montana,” Klippenstein said.
Montana’s SBDC and the college are currently seeking an SBDC Regional Director, an employee of the college under contract to meet SBDC’s mission and goals. To apply to the Miles City SBDC Regional Director position, visit https://www.milescc.edu/Employment/.
About Montana Small Business Development Centers
The Montana SBDC Network, is a program nationally accredited through America's SBDC, began in 1989. Over the course of its 28-year history, the SBDC has assisted more than 29,000 Montana entrepreneurs and nearly 6,500 businesses. The SBDC Lead Center in Helena oversees administrative operations with satellite offices throughout the state. SBDC's certified Business Consultants provide one-to-one consulting to small businesses at no cost to clients. For more information, visit sbdc.mt.gov.
In 2016, the SBDC network helped launch 73 new businesses, counseled clients for 6,667 hours, and hosted 85 training seminars to reach 1,276 participants. The Montana SBDC also created or retained 616 jobs in Montana, and helped small business owners launch or grow their companies by working with clients to access more than $45 million in financing.