Billings Regional Small Business Development Center

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



Lorene Hintz, SBDC Regional Director


Lorene Hintz, Regional Director for the Small Business Development Center at Big Sky Economic Development, manages the Big Sky Trust Fund Job Creation grant program. As an Accredited Business Consultant, Lorene is a passionate advocate and champion for small business owners and entrepreneurs. She provides business technical assistance, marketing research, financial analysis/projections, loan packaging, and one-on-one consulting.

Her experience includes 16 years of retail business ownership, co-owner of Hintz Trucking, and eighteen years as a Small Business Development Center Regional Director. Lorene strives to recognize business owners' needs, promote opportunities, and inspire growth in start-up and existing businesses. She is a volunteer mentor for entrepreneurial development programs across the state, including Early-Stage Montana, Rock31, Veteran's Business Outreach Centers, and the Women's Business Center. 

Lorene was named America's SBDC State Star in 2010 and 2022, is a member of Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA), Accredited Small Business Consultant (ASBD), Certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), certified NxLevel trainer, Profit Mastery consultant, and a certified Core Four Trainer.


Billings Project Support Specialist

Kayla Vokral, SBDC/Operations Project Support Specialist

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.