Kalispell Regional Small Business Development Center

Counties Served: Flathead, Lake, Lincoln
Address

Flathead Valley Community College
777 Grandview Drive
Kalispell, MT 59901


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Flathead Valley Community College is looking to fill the Kalispell Small Business Development Center Regional Director position. The Missoula SBDC is assisting all clients in this region until the position is occupied. Please contact the Missoula SBDC for assistance with your small business needs. 

Staff:

Flathead Valley Community College is currently looking to fill the Kalispell Small Business Development Center Regional Director position. The Missoula SBDC is assisting all clients in this region until the position is occupied. Please contact the Missoula SBDC for assistance with your small business needs.

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Call Jenn at: 406.243.4770 Jennifer.stephens@mso.umt.com

Jennifer Stephens brings 10+ years of grassroots and formal economic development experience to her role as Missoula SBDC Regional Director. A Montana native, Jennifer earned a B.A. in Journalism from Gonzaga University and an MBA at the University of Montana. Jennifer has been a business advisor with the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana for the past two years during which she has taken part in over 530 meetings with the nearly 650 entrepreneurs registered with the LaunchPad.

Together with her husband, Nathan Stephens, she co-founded the Montana Web Designers & Developers Association in 2005 to enable tech professionals across the state to network and grow their businesses. She continues to assist with client management for her husband’s business, Groundswell Media Productions.

With hands-on business management experience and training, Jennifer has a passion for working with small and micro-enterprise businesses as well as helping new startups see the potential for future growth. Recently recruited as an advisor to Missoula’s Kiva Zip program, Jennifer is excited to help Montana business access an additional funding stream through microlending. Passionate about providing opportunities for Montanans, Jennifer helped start and continues on the core advisory team for Montana Code School, Montana’s first computer programming bootcamp which takes students from little or no coding knowledge to junior dev level in 12 weeks.

Jennifer also helps organize Missoula’s 1 Million Cups events and has been active in organizing Startup Weekend events across the state in Missoula, Bozeman, and Butte. She was a core planning team member for Missoula Barcamp events for seven years along with Harold Shinsato and Nathan Stephens which brought together approximately 100-150 technologists, artists, and change agents for Montana’s first annual unconference loosely patterned on the O’Reilly FooCamps.

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Jordan Stordahl, SBDC Business Advisor
406.243.4770

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Jordan Stordahl joined the Missoula Small Business Development Center as a Business Advisor in March 2020. Prior to joining the SBDC team, Jordan was employed as a workforce consultant for Job Service Kalispell. During her tenure at Job Service Kalispell, Jordan spearheaded a new Employer of the Month social media campaign in addition to planning the annual Flathead Valley Job Fair attended by 75 local employers and over 300 job seekers.

As a Small Business Development Center Advisor in Missoula, Jordan utilizes her background in social media management, communications and client relationships to serve and problem solve with local entrepreneurs. Jordan graduated in 2014 from Bridgewater College in Bridgewater, VA with a bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Jordan’s next goal is to complete the University of Montana’s Masters in Business Analytics Program.

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Christine Littig, SBDC Business Advisor/ COVID Specialist
406.243.4770 Christine.Littig@mso.umt.edu

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Christine has been an anchor to Missoula's small business community for more than twenty-five years. A successful restaurant owner, she started and later sold Missoula's renowned RedBird restaurant, and recently sold Bernice's Bakery after thirteen years of ownership.

During the covid-19 pandemic Christine served as Project Coordinator with the Missoula Economic Partnership's Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy for Missoula County. She represented a deep commitment to local smal businesses' success and was integral in diverse voices being heard throughout the process. In addition, Christine collaborated with the University of Montana's Pursue Your Passions program to secure a Women's Business Center for Missoula. This is now the Women's Entreprenuership and Leadership Lab (W.E.L.L WBC).

As a business advisor, Christine leverages her vast knowledge of Missoula's small business ecosystem, an extensive professional network, and her expereince as a 5th generation Montana to support clients in meeting their professional goals. 

Since joining the SBDC in 2020, she has also served as the Covid Specialist. Christine brings an understanding of cafe sanitation practices, innovative and createive problem solving, business plan execution and evaluation, work culture and organization and leadership training. 

She is a University of Montana graduate, a mother, a partner, a chef and succesful businesswoman, and a devoted civil servant to the Missoula and larger Montana community.