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Top 11 for the week of April 27th

1) Five years ago GFA and First Interstate Bank partnered to finance Avmax Montana coming to Great Falls. Avmax just made the final payment on our $250,000 loan and continues to grow. If you know any aircraft mechanics who want to come home to Montana, Avmax could put them to work!
2) Our business strategy team worked with a local entrepreneur looking to sell their business. We helped to review historic financials, sales growth, industry standard comparisons and financial rations to prepare for the sales process. If you hear of a local business owner wanting to sell their company, please let us know. We hate to lose any business! 
3) Worked with a company getting ready to compete for government contracts, assisted a manufacturer with ideas for employee recruitment, and worked on labor data for an energy company considering Great Falls. Thank you to our wonderful Great Falls Job Service for always responding quickly with labor data!
4) Made appointments with companies, site selectors and brokers for upcoming Corenet Global and Recon marketing trips.
5) Pacific Steel & Recycling increased its donation to MSU Great Falls to over $125,000, allowing construction to start on the Child Development Center. GFDA partnered with the Chamber and the Great Falls region state legislative delegation to secure state funding for this important step forward. Over 40% of students at the college are parents.
6) Participated in the Montana SBDC Invest in Success small business conference in Missoula that featured a range of workshops such as marketing, marketing technology, branding, and leadership. One business owner said, "The Patent Law workshop alone saved me $15,000."
7) Started work on a grant application to EPA for a City-wide brownfield assessment project that will help property owners and developers to pay for environmental testing of buildings and land with redevelopment potential.
8) High Plains Financial held a Members meeting and approved bylaw amendments, the final step in securing permanent status from SBA as a 504 loan CDC.
9) High Plains Financial Board Chair, Dan Majerus of Stockman Bank, appointed this year's Nominations Committee, including State Senator Brad Hamlett, rancher Wendy McKamey and Sheila Rice of NeighborWorks Great Falls.
10) Soroptimist Village's application for Low Income Housing Tax Credits scored first in the state, allowing renovation of the village to start.
11) Jennifer Rogers started work as our new Lending Associate.
 
Congratulations to the Confero Sports Foundation for securing the Class AA and B-C softball tournaments in Great Falls for 2013 and 2014!
 
Congratulations to NeighborWorks Great Falls on another successful year, building or renovating 31 homes with the support of 1,039 volunteers!
 
Congratulations to the Great Falls Symphony on a rousing conclusion to its 53rd season!
 
Finally, congratulations to the Great Falls Animal Foundation for progress on the new Animal Adoption Center. The building is looking great!

 

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