Business Focus: Getting Bank & Credit Union Ready

Where: Copper Creek Coffee
When: August 1, 10a – 11a

Put your business startup idea into action with Business Focus: Getting Bank & Credit Union Ready. Learn essential steps and strategies to secure loans and credit lines. Small Business Advisor Rich Gannon will guide you through financial documentation, effective communication with lenders, and presenting your business in the best light.

Understand the importance of accurate financial statements and develop skills to articulate your business goals and financial projections. By the end of the session, you’ll be equipped with the knowledge and tools to navigate the loan application process successfully. Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable insights and enhance your chances of obtaining financing.

Reach out Tony Peres with questions at

The Great Falls Development Alliance is a nonprofit organization serving a 13-county region and hosts a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and a Montana Food & Ag Development Center. GFDA works on business attraction, business retention/expansion, business start-ups, and a wide range of efforts to make our region more competitive in attracting private investment and retaining/attracting talent. Learn more at

PCQI Workshop in Great Falls for Food Manufacturers

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The Great Falls Development Alliance and MMEC are partnering to host an in-person, 3-day training course on the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulations in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).

WHEN: Wednesday, August 16 – Friday, August 18

WHERE: 405 3rd Street NW, Great Falls, MT

Does your company need a Preventive Controls Qualified Individual(PCQI) on staff to fulfill the requirements of the Preventive Controls for Human Food regulation of the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA)? This course, taught by MMEC instructor Claude Smith, is the standardized curriculum recognized by the FDA.

Choteau Business Pitch-In

GFDA Business Pitch In Flyer

Do you have a business idea, but don’t know where to start? Are you looking to grow your existing business?

Great Falls Development Authority Small Business Development Center will be hosting a pitch event at Copper Creek Coffee this month and are looking for presenters to pitch their business idea or plan!  

What is a Business PITCH IN?

It’s a few hours to give BUSINESS-MINDED dreamers, thinkers, makers, innovators, entrepreneurs, and community members the space to share ideas, pitch crazy stuff, and meet like-minded peeps.

Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made requested at least two weeks in advance by contacting Tony:

For more information contact:
Tony Peres
Small Business Navigator
Great Falls Development Authority

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration.

GFDA RFP: Lead Generation Services

Get more about the RFP details on the GFDA website.

The Great Falls Montana Development Authority is seeking a firm(s) with economic development business attraction experience to provide lead generation services.

We have a wide-open view of what types and scope of lead generation services could provide the highest ROI. We seek a long-term relationship with the selected firm(s) to boost our attraction results.

We anticipate executing an annual contract(s) with the selected firm(s) in the range of $25,000-$75,000 per annum. We may engage the selected firm(s) to provide additional research, strategic planning and/or other economic development services.

An electronic copy of the proposal should be submitted in PDF format by email, Dropbox or other electronic file sharing method by 5:00 PM MST on Friday, March 27, 2020 to Brett Doney at

Ignite 2020 – Jan. 20 – Great Falls

Register: Ignite 2020!
Friday, January 20th
7:30AM – 10:30AM
Meadow Lark Country Club
300 Country Club Blvd
Great Falls, MT 59404

Questions? Give GFDA VP Jolene a call at 406.750.4481.

Ignite has become the premier business event to kick off the new year in Great Falls. Happening this year on January 10th, 2020, Ignite quite literally “sets the stage” for business announcements in the upcoming year.

The event is a fast-paced, exciting, and high energy breakfast that allows business developers, entrepreneurs, officials, and educators to share the room with two hundred other community businesses and leaders so that they may, for the very first time, unveil their upcoming projects.

The format is simple and quick – five-minute presentations on business startups, expansions, real estate developments and capital projects that will either start of open in 2020. Ignite is an exceptional way to gain insight into the year ahead!

Mark Your Calendar: The LaunchPoint: A Pre-Business Workshop 1/23/20

Thursday, January 23 – 4:00 PM-5:00 PM

Have you been thinking about an idea and always wondered if you could make it a business? Are you a business owner but not a business school graduate? Are you passionate about the thing you do and don’t know how to turn that passion into profit? Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before, during and after you open your doors.

To join this presentation from the comfort of your home, office, or mobile device, register here.