Southeastern Montana Development Corporation (SEMDC) of Colstrip is pleased to announce that John Sisson has been selected as the new Director of the Small Business Development Center (SBDC).  As the SBDC Director, Sisson 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.

As a native of Southeastern Montana, Sisson has a strong attachment to the local business community, and looks forward to becoming acquainted with those who are planning a new business startup or desire to expand an existing business. “I’m excited to be on board with SEMDC,” an organization with a very successful program helpful to many businesses, offering free counseling and assistance in our growing local economy,” Sisson noted.

Jim Atchison, Executive Director of SEMDC worked with the SEMDC Executive Committee to make the selection.  “We are very excited to have someone of Sisson’s background and work ethic helping the small businesses of this region,” Atchison explained.  “With his experience and positive attitude, he will fit right in with our agriculture, construction and blue-collar clients.”

SEMDC’s SmallBusinessDevelopmentCenter is among 10 centers in Montana.  It is supported by contributions made by member cities and counties and donations made by private businesses and local banks in the communities it serves.  Since 1997 the Colstrip SBDC has assisted in retaining over 403 jobs and created another 431 jobs in the nine county region. For more information or to make an appointment with John, call 748-2990.