Billings Regional Small Business Development Center

Counties served: Yellowstone, Big Horn, Carbon, Golden Valley, Musselshell, Petroleum, Stillwater, Sweet Grass, Wheatland

Staff:

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Lorene Hintz, SBDC Regional Director
Email
406.254.6014

Lorene Hintz, previously a Senior Business Advisor, took over as the Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at Big Sky Economic Development in September 2020. She also manages the Rock31 Expert Mentor Network, the Big Sky Trust Fund Job Creation and Worker Training grant assistance program to provide capital and workforce training to basic sector businesses. As the Billings Regional Director, Lorene also manages the Big Sky Trust Fund Job Creation and Worker Training grant assistance programs which provide capital and workforce training to basic sector businesses. 

Her experience includes 16 years of retail business ownership, co-owner of Hintz Trucking, and 16 years as an SBDC Senior Business Consultant. Lorene is a passionate advocate and champion for small business owners and entrepreneurs. She was recognized as the Montana State Star in 2010 and continues to support business owners, promote opportunities, and inspire growth in start-up and existing businesses.

Lorene was named America’s SBDC State Star in 2010, is a member of Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA), Accredited Business Consultant (AASBD), Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), certified Nxlevel trainer, Profit Mastery consultant, accredited Business Planning Advisor, Intuit QuickBooks trainer, and a certified Core Four trainer. Past experience includes 16 years of retail business ownership, co-owner of Hintz Trucking, and 14 years of SBDC business consulting. Lorene strives to recognize needs, promote opportunities, and inspire growth in start-up and existing businesses.

Billings Senior Business Advisor

Kevin Scharfe, Rock 31 Program Manager, SBDC Senior Business Advisor
406.254.6014

Kevin Scharfe is a product designer and entrepreneur whose innovative camping line was nominated for the global innovation awards in 2014, and featured on the "I Want That!" show, CBS New York, and in the Nikkei Marketing Journal. He also spent 3+ years working as a creative director for a neuroscience based tech startup developing a web and mobile corporate wellness app before coming to Big Sky Economic Development. He now runs an entrepreneurial development center, Rock31 designed to help entrepreneurs transition from concept to commercialization.

Kevin is a proud owner of a U.S. Utility Patent, is a certified Neurozone associate, and licensed as a class 4 (Vocational) educator in the state of Montana.

Billings Project Support Specialist

Kayla Vokral, SBDC/Operations Project Support Specialist
406.254.6014

Kayla is a Business Advisor for the Small Business Development Center at Big Sky Economic Development. Kayla joined the Big Sky Economic Development team in July 2019. She assists clients with market research, financial projections, and business plan development. She is the key team member who schedules and facilitates the on-line training in the Billings region.
Having previous experience in running a small business helps her understand the obstacles and roadblocks entrepreneurs face so she can provide support while they are on their journey.

Trainings Provided at Center:

  • Pre-business Workshops
  • NxLevel
  • Custom Trainings in Marketing, Cashflow and Accounting