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GFDA Top 10 9-8-13

1) GFDA's Board unanimously approved our updated strategic plan that will guide our efforts over the next two years. Our next step is to put together performance measures in a dashboard enabling the Board and investors to track our progress.

2) GFDA's Loan Committee approved two loans, an $85,000 loan to help finance a business expansion in Glacier County, and a $600,000 loan to support the expansion of an agri-processing company in Great Falls.
3) Met with a client to discuss progress on their GrowthWheel 360 Growth Plan. The business had achieved success on all of its 30 day goals and even a portion of its 60 day goals! We discussed next steps on its 90 day goals and 1 year goals and new issues that may need to be added to their GrowthWheel.
4) Held an initial meeting with a client regarding development of their GrowthWheel plan. Looked at all 20 focus areas and determined it was most important to start with Customer Service. Next steps will be to facilitate plans related to Networking, Marketing, Sales and Service, and Communication and Public Relations. If you want to see how GrowthWheel can help grow your business, contact Rebecca Engum at 1-406-771-9032 or
5) The inaugural meeting of the Great Falls Marketing Alliance attracted 20 marketing professionals from a wide variety of businesses and organizations across the city. We discussed ways to use the Great Falls brand marketing strategy and cooperative efforts to get greater bang for the buck on marketing efforts for tourism, retail, employee recruitment and business investment. We've heard from so many additional folks who couldn't make it that we're going to schedule another brainstorming meeting in October. For more info, contact Jolene Bach at
6) Networked with technology companies at the Montana Technology Connections event in Bozeman.
7) Our next offering of Thought Patterns for High Performance is half full! If you're on the fence regarding this unique opportunity to invest two days in understanding personal habits, beliefs and behaviors and their impact on your business, don't delay. Past participant Paul Leach, President of Loenbro, said, "It blew me away. I've read a lot of leadership books, taken classes, and this was out of the box, absolutely incredible and provided the resources for me to have a fresh, new way of looking at myself and my business that I'm still using." Contact Rebecca Engum to register now,
8) GFDA has been invited to participate in the first ever SelectUSA Investment Summit in Washington, DC in October to network with companies from dozens of countries interested in setting up new operations in the U.S.
9) Had a brief discussion with an entrepreneur during Start-Up Spark! about a very unique idea that would fit well downtown. We discussed options for locations, market support and the resources available in our Start-Up Kit for starting market research. The next Start-Up Spark! is Monday, September 9th at noon at our new SBDC Business Training Center in GFDA's office, 300 Central Avenue, 4th floor.
10) Be part of the team to help grow and diversify our economy and support the creation of high wage jobs! Join a GFDA working committee. Our Business Development, Business Strategy, Public Policy and Investment Committees are open to all GFDA investors. Contact Jolene Bach to learn more,
Lots of congratulations to go around this week! Congratulations to CTA Architects & Engineers on their 75th anniversary! Congratulations to the C.M. Russell Museum on its diamond jubilee! Congratulations to all involved in creating the new disc golf course in the West Bank Riverfront Park! Congratulations to NeighborWorks Great Falls, Great Falls Public Schools and Great Falls College MSU on the kick-off of another year-long effort where students from CMR, GFHS and the College each build a complete house for a Great Falls family!

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