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GFDA Top 14 July 15

Here's the GFDA Top 14 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward! 
1) Worked with an out-of-state utility-scale energy company that visited Great Falls to search for potential sites.
2) Provided workforce training, financing, incentive, tax and utility information to an industrial prospect looking at Great Falls as a potential expansion location.
3) Worked with an entrepreneur who is considering a start-up primary sector energy support business in the Great Falls area. Reviewed the business plan and discussed financing options including debt and equity. Worked through monthly revenue projections for an established business and discussed sales messaging that could increase revenue.
4) Met with an established business owner to discuss workforce recruitment and retention strategies; discussed interview questions to better screen candidates, pay structure, performance expectations and leadership. Visited with another business owner about the business selling process, strategies to find potential buyers and ways to ease the sale.
5) Closed a $244,000 SBA 504 loan with Bullfrog Spas of Great Falls to help finance the company's beautiful new store at 326 Central Avenue West in partnership with Prairie Mountain Bank. SBA 504 loans lock in low fixed interest rates for 20 years for business real estate purchase or construction and equipment, and reduce equity required to as low as 10%. Loans closed this month have an effective rate of 4.952%. For more info, contact your bank loan officer or Jennifer Rogers on our team at 1-406-350-1204 or We offer 504 loans statewide!
6) Construction started on the new Starbucks on 10th Avenue South!
7) Work has started on the Interstate 15 corridor study to look at improving access in Great Falls to support growth.
8) Signed up to exhibit, network and pitch Great Falls at the Montana Petroleum Association's Annual Meeting on August 27th in Billings. For more information or to register for the event, visit
9) Thank you to US Bank for increasing its annual investment in the Forward Great Falls movement to become our newest Advance Division Investor! Team Forward Great Falls is producing results! Find out how your company can join our team. Contact Jolene Bach at 1-406-750-4481 or
10) Congratulations and thank you to the following Forward Great Falls Investors who have been appointed to lead key industry networks as part of the Main Street Montana Project: Dick Anderson of Dick Anderson Construction who will co-chair Housing and Construction; William Coffee of Stockman Bank who will co-chair Financial Services; Rob Ferris of Vision Net who will co-chair Interconnectivity/Telecommunications; Niles Hushka of KLJ and Bob Rowe of Northwestern Energy who will co-chair Energy and Utilities; and, Greg Thayer of Montana Milling who will co-chair Food and Agriculture. For more info, visit
11) We're looking for a fantastic new Business Coach - Small Business Development Center Director. If you know a creative, dynamic leader who can help entrepreneurs start and grow successful companies throughout the Great Falls region; an experienced professional who wants to join a fun, aggressive team, earn a great salary ($50,000-60,000) and benefits, and make a big difference in growing and diversifying our economy, please have them send a cover letter and resume to Brett Doney at EOE
12) Entrepreneurs thinking about launching a new business should sign-up for the Glacier Startup Weekend that will be held in Kalispel September 19-21! Startup Weekend is a global grassroots movement of active and empowered entrepreneurs who are learning the basics of founding startups and launching successful ventures. For more info, visit
13) The Great Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau is looking for volunteers to join the amazing team up at the Visitor Center! Stop by the Visitor Center or call the Center at 771-0885.
14) There are 868 job openings posted at the Great Falls Job Service. Have you taken a minute to spread the word? As Voyager fans shout at Centene Stadium when there are runners on base, "Bring Them Home!!!" Access listings at
Congratulations to Gene Thayer, former GFDA Board Chair, on being named the 2014 Paris Gibson Awardee!
Congratulations to Miller Coors and Montana barley growers on the new state-of-the-art elevator in Power!
A huge shout-out to Great Falls College MSU, the Great Falls Job Service and Great Falls Public Schools for a very quick turn-around on producing important information and welcoming materials for a hot prospect! It's wonderful to have such great team members!
Untame your entrepreneurial spirit! 


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