Miles City Regional Small Business Development Center

Counties Served: Carter, Custer, Dawson, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure, Wibaux

Staff:

Regional Director

Tracy Baker, SBDC Regional Director
406.874.6168 | bakert@milescc.edu

Tracy Baker joined the Montana SBDC, hosted out of the Miles Community College (MCC), as the Regional Director for the Miles City area in September 2018. Prior to joining the Montana SBDC Tracy worked as the Executive Director for the Miles City Area Economic Development Council and a Loan Officer for South Eastern Montana Economic Development Corporation. In cooperation with Miles Community College, Tracy doubles as the Workforce Development and Community Outreach Coordinator for MCC.

As the Small Business Development Center Regional Director in Miles City, Tracy assists entrepreneurs from 9 counties in business planning, financial assistance, market research, and loan packaging assistance. She also advises existing businesses on marketing, growth and retention, infrastructure development, and financial analysis. Baker recently complete the National Development Council Economic Development Finance course.

 

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.