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September 2018

Saturday, September 22
Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition - 9/22 - Glasgow, Montana
5:00 PM
Cottonwood Inn
Great Northern Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center is hosting a business plan competition throughout a seven-county region in Northeastern Montana consisting of Valley, Garfield, McCone, Richland, Roosevelt, Sheridan, and Daniels.

The goal of this event is to attract new entrepreneurs and support existing businesses in Northeastern Montana by uniting communities in a common goal of economic development. Through many generous sponsorships from local businesses and chambers of commerce in the region GNDC will award two prize packages of $5,000; one to a startup business and one to an existing business.

SBDC Director Shandy Hanks will be holding business plan development classes in each of the participating seven counties. Entrepreneurs planning to compete in the Minnow Tank Business Plan competition are encouraged to attend a class. Class topics include Business Plan Basics, Marketing, and Small Business Financials.

Check the schedule below to find a business plan development class coming to your location. If you are unable to attend a class please call GNDC to schedule an appointment with SBDC Director Shandy Hanks at (406) 653-2590 ext 203. Minnow Tank business plan submissions are due to GNDC by 5:00 PM on July 27th. Submissions can be mailed to GNDC at 233 Cascade Street or sent via e-mail to Please visit to read Minnow Tank official application guidelines and procedures.

The Minnow Tank finale will be held September 22, 2018, at 5:00 PM at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow where fourteen finalists will present their business plan live to a panel of five judges, one judge being the audience! Support your favorite entrepreneur by planning to attend the Minnow Tank finale on September 22nd; tickets will be available at the door or by calling GNDC. If you are a new or existing business interested in applying for Minnow Tank, or if you have questions about the event, contact Shandy Hanks or Mark Sansaver at (406) 653-2590, or visit

Class Schedule

Wolf Point, May 16th 10:00-12:00, GNDC 233 Cascade Street

Glasgow, May 16th 2:00-4:00, Senior Center 328 4th Ave S

Jordan, May 18th 10:00-12:00, Senior Center 942 Jordan Ave

Circle, May 18th 2:00-4:00, Senior Center 212 Main Street

Sidney, May 23rd 2:00-4:00, Richland County Extension 1499 N Central Ave

Plentywood, May 29th 10:00-12:00, Jubilee Room 100 W Laurel

Scobey, May 29th 2:00-4:00, Nemont Friendship Room 2 Railroad Ave


All are invited - John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge Live Pitch Event! - 4/13 - Missoula

Montana Launches State-Wide Business Plan Competition With Up To $50,000 In Capital Investments - - Have you started your application yet? Do you know someone who should enter?
Contact: Shandy Hanks or Mark Sansaver at (406) 653-2590, or visit

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