Press Releases & News

Read and enjoy statewide SBDC headlines below. Press can access a press kit by clicking this link.


Commerce, Miles Community College Partner to Open New Small Business Development Center

Miles City

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.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Honoring the Backbone of Montana’s Economy

Small Business Week is April 30-May 6

Photo of Pam Haxby-Cote courtesy of the Montana Standard.

As a business owner myself, I know firsthand Montana is a great place for entrepreneurs. Like many small businesses, our restaurant in Butte is family owned and operated. When my husband was laid up after surgery, my daughter stepped in to keep the place running. We pride ourselves on not only running a business, but building a community, too. I know we’re not alone in this, as business owners in every corner of the state play big role in building our communities.

Monday, May 1, 2017

Montana SBDC Lead Center Marketing and Public Relations Specialist Wins National Award for Excellence

HELENA, Mont. –Montana’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Marketing and Public Relations Specialist Rebecca Ziegler has been named the 2017 Montana “State Star,” a national award recognizing outstanding performers from America’s Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC).

Tuesday, April 25, 2017
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Helena SBDC Regional Director Wins 2nd Place at Business Startup Challenge

The SBDC would like to congratulate Helena Regional Director Brandon Orr, hosted by Helena College, for taking home second place at the 28th annual statewide John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge last week. His business, Ryffit, creates custom sheet music books, and Orr plans to leverage YouTube influencers with large audiences and generate revenue for both parties through the books. Orr beat out 14 other competitors for the second place win of $7,500, only surpassed by Cowboy Cricket Farms, SBDC Shark Tank second place winner in March.

Friday, April 21, 2017
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Welcome NEW Wolf Point SBDC Regional Director!

Join us in welcoming Shandy Hanks to the Wolf Point Small Business Development Center at the Great Northern Development Corporation!

Wednesday, March 29, 2017
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