Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) of Colstrip is pleased to announce that Jaimi Balsam has been selected as the new Director of theSmall Business Development Center.  As Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Balsam will provide confidential business counseling and training services on everything from creating a business plan to ongoing operational and financial technical services.  These services are provided on a no fee basis to both existing and start-up business in Carter, Custer,Dawson, Fallon, Powder River, Prairie, Rosebud, Treasure and Wibaux Counties. 

Balsam noted “I am really excited about this opportunity because easternMontana contains some of the most resourceful people, and I look forward to helping those individuals realize their dream of developing a successful small business.”    

Jim Atchison, Executive Director of SEMDC worked with the SEMDC Executive Committee to make the selection.  “We are very excited to have someone of Balsam’s background and energy helping the small businesses of this region,”Atchison explained. 

SEMDC’s Small Business Development Center is among 10 centers inMontana.  It is supported by contributions made by member cities and counties and donations made by the private and local banks in the communities it serves.  Since 1997 the SBDC at Colstrip has assisted in retaining over 360 jobs and created another 370 jobs in the nine county region. For more information or to make an appointment with Jaimi, call 406-748-2990.