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Small Business Workshop and Open House



Please join us for a Small Business Workshop and Open House

Open to anyone and everyone

December 3, 2018 6:30 pm until 8:30 pm

Colstrip City Hall

Brought to you by: MT AFL-CIO, MCC, DCC, CDKC, Job Service, SEMDC and SBDC


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Lt. Governor Mike Cooney Presents Grant Funds for MCC Armory Project


Lt. Governor Mike Cooney presented two grants for the MCC Armory purchase – a CDBG grant for $650,000 and a Coal Board grant for $50,000.

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Miles Community College to Purchase Former Armory Building


Dr. Stacy Klippenstein, President of Miles Community College (MCC), announced recently that the final funding pieces were in-place to allow MCC to purchase the former Armory site in Miles City.

MCC teamed up with the regional economic development group, Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC), to identify, structure and secure funding for the purchase. SEMDC provided grant research, structuring assistance, and the submission of three (3) of the grants needed to secure the nearly $1.49 million dollar project. Other funding came from private sources and MCC.


“We are honored to receive the funding to secure the purchase of the former Armory,” states MCC President Klippenstein. “The Armory will enable us to strengthen our CDL and Heavy Equipment Programs to further meet the regional workforce demands. The partnerships formed between Custer County, the City of Miles City, SEMDC, as well as many other agencies and people were vital to this project. We are grateful to everyone involved in helping secure funding for the Armory purchase.”

The new site and building will provide much needed space for the expansion of MCC’s Heavy Equipment and CDL programs. These popular programs are intended to train students and help bridge the employment gap with regional heavy equipment, transportation, and construction operations.

Special thanks go out to not only SEMDC but also Custer County and the City of Miles City for teaming up to apply for a Montana Department of Commerce Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) of $650,000. The Montana Coal Board also granted $50,000 to the cause. The Eastern Montana Brownfield Coalition contributed $21,000 for environmental assessments and the federal Economic Development Agency (EDA) rounded out the grants package with over a $529,000 award.

Other support and assistance came from the Miles City Area Economic Development Council (MCAEDC), Great West Engineering, the Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Montana Military Affairs and the Montana Job Service – Miles City Office. Also included in this list are Montana elected officials: Rep. Ken Holmlund, Rep. Geri Custer and Senator Duane Ankney. All three of the Montana Congressional Staffs also contributed.

“It was our pleasure to partner with MCC on this success story,” noted SEMDC Executive Director Jim Atchison. “Our Grant Administrator, Julie Emmons, deserves special credit as she did most of the heavy lifting on this very challenging funding structure. She found a way to make it happen and MCC, including the entire region, will benefit for years to come,” added Atchison.

For more information, contact Jessie Dufner at MCC, 874-6226 or visit their website at

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Invest In Success Small Business Seminar March 15-16, 2016


The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network invites you to our 7th annual Invest in Success (IIS) small business conference March 15 & 16, 2016 in Havre at MSU-Northern! The IIS conference provides hundreds of Montana entrepreneurs essential business workshops on leadership, marketing, financial management, operations and technical training for specific industries. This year we are expecting over 200 attendees and 25 vendors. The 2016 conference will help you “Solve Problems by Creating Opportunities,” and learn how to meet business challenges with strategic solutions. Our goal is for you to come away with new ideas to set higher standards for performance outcomes. For more information on breakout sessions, our Shark Tank live pitch business plan competition, and our Keynote Speaker, visit

What’s happening this year?

Tuesday, March 15:

  • Tours of “Havre Beneath the Streets” and “Wahkpa Chu’gn Buffalo Jump” – Starts at 2:00 PM
  • Evening networking reception featuring the Triple Dog Brewing Company – Starts at 6:00 PM
  • Opening Reception featuring Triple Dog Brewing Co., Vendor Tradeshow, Silent Auction for Montana Job Service Employer Committee (JSEC), and Networking with Montana business owners

 Wednesday, March 16:

  • Registration opens at 7:30 AM; Breakout Sessions Begin at 8:30 AM
  • Luncheon and Keynote Speaker Paul Leach of Loenbro 12:15 PM
  • “Shark Tank” Live Business Plan Competition Starts at 3:00 PM
  • Door Prize Winners Announced at 4:30 PM (Grand Prize: New Laptop for your Business!)


Where can I find more information about the conference?
Visit for more information on breakout sessions, the Keynote Speaker, Shark Tank and more.

How do I register for Shark Tank?
Registration for Shark Tank is live through Submittable. You cannot register for Shark Tank here. If you participate in Shark Tank, you will receive free admission. Do not register on this site if you are a Shark Tank participant! Please go to to register. Applications close Feburary 19.

Where can I find out more about the presentations?
Download the PDF here.

Can I change my mind about the breakout sessions later?
Yes. If you select a breakout session you no longer wish to attend, please feel free to change the day of.

Where are the conference accomodations?
The BestWestern Plus Great Northern Inn (406) 265-4200(406) 265-4200 has a conference rate of $89/night for one or $99/night for two. The room block closes on February 23, 2016.

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2014 Energy Open Scholarship Awarded at Miles Community College


Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) announced last week that it has awarded the 2014 Energy Open Scholarship to Ms Sandra Moller of Volborg.


The Scholarship is sponsored by Southeastern Montana Development for Miles Community College (MCC). It is intended to be used with the Heavy Equipment program at MCC, which is in its 8th year.  The $500 Scholarship is used to off-set the cost of books and tuition. The very popular program is intended to train students and help bridge the employment gap with regional heavy equipment operations.  Courses in this program are instructed by Jerry Forman and Dale Marcil.  For more information on the Heavy Equipment program contact MCC at 800-541-9281 or online at


“It is our pleasure to partner with MCC on the Heavy Equipment Program and assist deserving students with their education through this Scholarship. It’s good to see such committed and dedicated students as Sandra,” noted SEMDC Executive Director Jim Atchison.


The funding for the Scholarship is made available through SEMDC from the Energy Open Conference and Golf Tournament. The Energy Open was created to “showcase the economic benefits of responsible energy development.”  The 11th Annual Energy Open was held August 21st and 22nd.


SEMDC is a regional non-profit economic development group that was established in 1997 to stimulate and encourage economic activity in the four (4) Counties of Custer, Powder River, Rosebud and Treasure. Today, SEMDC continues to work with various groups and individuals in the public, private and non-profit sectors to help create and retain jobs in eastern Montana.  Since 1997, the Colstrip based group has documented assistance in creating or retaining over 925 jobs and over $33 million dollars in totalprojectscompleted.For more information contact SEMDC at 748-2990 or visit their website at


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Understanding the Basics of Serving on Public Boards


Presented by MSU Local Government Center and MSU Extension Staff, Wednesday, June 13th, 6pm at the Haugo Center, Riverview Villa in Forsyth, MT.  Snacks and refreshments will be provided.  Please RSVP by calling 406-346-7320.

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MCC Workforce Development to Offer CNA Training

(Miles City, MT) – The Miles Community College Workforce Development Program will be offering a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) training beginning March 12th. This class will feature both a theory and clinical portion for the enrollee.  The online theory portion of the class will run March 12th thru May 4th, while there will be five clinicals throughout the course that are held in the MCC Nursing Arts Lab. Read the rest of this entry »
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Miles Community College Offers CDL Courses


(Miles City, MT) – The Miles Community College Workforce Development program is offering a CDL Basics course as well as a refresher course this spring. The Commercial Driver’s License Basics course will be offered in four different sessions while the refresher course has two sessions to choose from. Read the rest of this entry »

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MCC Workforce Development Classes for 2012


Miles Community College Workforce Development program is pleased to announce the upcoming spring courses.  The schedule offers a wide range of specialties to local businesses for training opportunities. Read the rest of this entry »

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Governor Schweitzers Energy Intern Program



Energy businesses and organizations across the state have signed up for Governor Schweitzer’s Energy Internship Program being conducted by his Office of Community Service. This program will provide Montana businesses relating to energy with 100 interns who will in turn receive a $2000 scholarship toward their tuition. If your business has not already considered and applied to participate in the program you may do so at Read the rest of this entry »

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