Bozeman Regional Small Business Development Center

Counties Served: Gallatin, Park

Staff:

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Jeff Turczyn, Regional SBDC Director
406.587.3113 | jturczyn@prosperamt.org

Originally from Michigan with a B.S. in Civil Engineering from Michigan Technological University, Jeff has been a resident of Bozeman for the past 27 years.  He and his wife, Suzie, have raised three boys in Bozeman whose ages are now 20, 23 and 27.  Jeff spent 21 of his 27 years in Bozeman as the owner and manager of Lone Mountain Gymnastics and Swim School orchestrating a major expansion of the business in 2006 with accolades from Prospera Business Network as Entrepreneur of The Year in 2008.  Lone Mountain’s expansion included renovating an old steel warehouse on the corner of Rouse and Oak which made them the anchor business for what is now known as Bozeman’s Cannery District development.  Lone Mountain’s expansion included the addition of a warm water instructional swimming pool and swim program as well as an academic pre-school.  After selling his business in 2017 Jeff is now excited to be joining the Prospera Business Network utilizing his skills and knowledge to assist the developing small business community in Gallatin and Park counties.  Although extremely busy, Jeff and his family have also managed to take full advantage of Montana’s outdoor recreational activities including hiking, mountain biking, skiing/snowboarding and boating. 

 

Jason Nitschke

Jason Nitschke, Zero to Five Senior Child Care Business Advisor
406.402.2455 | JasonN@ZerotoFive.org

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Jason joins Zero to Five Montana as a Senior Child Care Business Advisor after eight years in economic development as Vice President with the Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) and Regional Director of the Great Falls area Small Business Development Center (SBDC). He will be delivering educational opportunities and one-on-one consultation support to entrepreneurs and communities starting, growing, and expanding childcare and early education solutions.

Since 2014, he has advised and trained nearly 4000 entrepreneurs and business professionals, helped start over 100 businesses, supported 2800 jobs, and helped in attracting nearly $75M in capital investment into area businesses. He was the 2022 recipient of the U.S. Small Business Administration’s (SBA) Boots to Business Instructor of the Year, a national award recognizing the top five presenters of the SBA’s Introduction to Entrepreneurship curriculum for active-duty military and veterans. In 2018, he was named the Montana State SBDC Star honoring the top 1% of business advisors in the U.S.

Prior to joining the economic development community, Jason owned two businesses and spent 16 years as a print and broadcast journalist. He is an award-winning broadcaster, native Montanan, and is a proud daughter-dad. Jason holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Political Science from the University of Montana and a master’s degree in Communication from Hawaii Pacific University-Honolulu.

He is a certified business advisor, Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), and certified Profit Mastery and PeerSpectives facilitator.