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Senator Baucus' Staff Holding Workshops Across Montana to Help Business Make the Most of the Jobs Bill

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March 20, 2009View for printing

Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus is dispatching key staff, from Washington D.C. and Montana, to hold seven workshops across the state this month to ensure Montana's small businesses have the tools they need to apply for funding under the new Jobs Bill passed by Congress last month.

Baucus, chairman of the powerful Senate Finance Committee, was a key author of the Jobs Bill and made sure the bill was right for Montana. The bill includes more than $600 million for Montana projects, including many provisions to help small businesses survive the economic downturn.

For example, Montana's small businesses will be eligible to receive a portion of the $3 billion in rural business loans and grants through the USDA rural business program; $2.5 billion for distance learning, telemedicine and broadband programs; $150 million for Economic Development Assistance programs at EDA; $100 million for Community Development Financial Institutions.

Baucus staff will help small business owners and community leaders make sure they are taking advantage of these programs as well as filing for tax relief measures that were included in the bill.

Putting the Jobs Bill to Work for Montana:

Quick Facts of the Jobs Bill and Its Impact on Montana Including key contact info for assistance and info:

Small Business Provisions in the American Recovery and Investment Act of 2009


Helena Thursday, March 19, 2009 1:30 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Helena Chamber of Commerce 225 Cruse St., Helena

Full Story on Meeting: J.J. Adams, Aide for Sen. Baucus breaks down Montana's stimulus package


Anaconda Friday, March 20, 2009 11:00 a.m. ¬¬to 1:00 p.m.

Anaconda Court House 800 South Main St., Anaconda


Phillipsburg Friday, March 20, 2009 2:00 p.m. ¬to 3:30 p.m.

Taylor Knapp Building 212 E Broadway St., Phillipsburg


Hamilton Monday, March 23, 2009 12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Ravalli County Board of Commissioners meeting room 215 S. 4th Street, Hamilton


Polson Tuesday, March 24, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 am

Polson VFW 423 Main St., Polson


Kalispell Tuesday, March 24, 2009 1:30 p.m. to 3:00

Kalispell Flathead Valley Community College 777 Grandview Dr., Kalispell


Great Falls Wednesday, March 25, 2009 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Great Falls Development Authority Great Falls Chamber of Commerce 100 1st Ave N., Great Falls

Reader Comments:

I attended the Philipsburg meeting on March 20th. Apparently it wasn't meant for the many as no notice appeared in the local paper. Yet the majority present were local small business owners and government agents/public officials. I am neither.
In my opinion, one that seemed to be shared by a number of the audience, Mr. J.J. Adams was ill prepared for many of the bitting questions and negative comments. He couldn't give any plausible explanation as to how applying for the stimulus loans and grants would provide any good paying permanent local jobs. More agreed that the tax payers would be saddled with paying for more wasteful government handouts, with borrowed money, which would create more problems than solve.
Baucus and his aides apparently must believe their own polls that claim more people support this outrageous give away. Again, Mr. Adams was ill prepared and seemed to have more moments of lose of words than those of wisdom.
BTW You can call it whatever you want. However, a "Jobs Bill" ? Please. Don't underestimate the intelligence of the people who aren't holding their hands out begging.


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