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Top Eleven 3/2/15

Here's the GFDA Top 11 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
1) Signed an agreement to sell lots 3 and 4, totaling 23.5 acres, in the Great Falls AgriTech Park to Helena Chemical Company, a leading internationally-owned agricultural supplier. The company plans to build 50,500 square feet of space and create 14 jobs in its first development phase starting construction this year, and add 30,000 more square feet in a second phase. The City Zoning Commission approved a conditional use permit for the project. Helena Chemical, headquartered in Collierville, Tennessee, is owned by Marubeni which also owns Columbia Grain. Half of the lots in the AgriTech Park and 58% of the acreage are now sold or under agreement to companies that plan to start construction this year. One more rail-served 20.5 acre lot can be made ready for construction start this year. Contact Brett Doney at
2) The City Planning Advisory Board and Zoning Commission unanimously approved a minor subdivision and conditional use permit for the East End Retail Center, a 26.2 acre retail development that will anchor the east end of 10th Avenue South and create a new gateway into Great Falls. The development will include a 189,000 square foot anchor retailer, fuel station and 4 parcels for additional businesses.
3) Discussed potential financing options with an existing local company looking to purchase and renovate a new facility. Worked with an out-of-state retail developer who has completed a recent project in Great Falls and is looking for potential locations to do another project. Began working with an existing primary sector business on a potential Big Sky Trust Fund grant to assist with expansion and the purchase of equipment for their growing business. For info on financing, grants and tax incentives to help your business expand, contact Jeremiah Johnson at
4) Worked with an entrepreneur considering a start-up agri-processing plant. Discussed industry trends, market needs and regulations. Worked with an established business owner to analyze year-end financial results and projected revenue for the first quarter. Discussed three focus areas for the next quarter and developed steps to accomplish specific goals. For manufacturing coaching support, contact Rebecca Engum at
5) Worked with a client who is looking to expand their government contracting by diversifying their profile in the federal Dynamic Small Business Search (DSBS) database, updating with additional NASIC codes and keywords. Worked with the company on market research to identify new government purchasing opportunities. For assistance with government contracting issues, contact Lillian Sunwall at
6) Delivered Thought Patterns for High Performance to six business leaders looking to shift the corporate culture within their organizations. If you missed out on your chance to attend this transformative leadership training, sign-up today for the next session June 10-11. Contact Rebecca for more info at
7) Your presence is requested at the 5th annual The Fire Within celebration presented by Embark Credit Union to honor all of the amazing women business owners in our community and region on Thursday, March 26th, 6:00 PM in the Top of the Falls Room at the Great Falls International Airport. Join us for a special evening of networking and inspiration. Hors d'oeuvres provided, no-host bar. RSVP by March 19th to Lillian Sunwall at
8) Retailers and wholesale buyers should register now for the Made in Montana Tradeshow that will be held in Helena on March 27th. Register by visiting
9) Employers looking for fantastic employees should watch a free online webinar on How to Achieve Greater Success in Hiring National Guard Members and Other Veterans.  Watch at your convenience at
10) Employers also should sign-up right away for a booth at the Great Falls Community Job Fair that will be held on March 24th at the Montana ExpoPark Exhibition Hall. Register at
11) Help us spread the word that Great Falls has hundreds of great job and career opportunities available right now. As employers start gearing up for the spring, job listings this week topped 800 openings at the Great Falls Job Service. has 2,119 Great Falls job listings compiled from a multitude of online job listing sites. 716 of these listings were posted or updated in the last 7 days.
Have a great week and Untame your entrepreneurial spirit!


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