Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition To Be Held In Sidney In April

Great Northern Development Corporation, Small Business Development Center is hosting a business plan competition in conjunction with the MDT Small Business Enterprise Program 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. GNDC and the MT SBE Program will award two prize packages of $5,000; one to a startup business and one to an existing business.

SBDC Director Shandy Moran, will be holding business plan development classes in each of the participating seven counties in January. Entrepreneurs planning to compete in the Minnow Tank Business Plan competition are encouraged to attend a class. These class topics include business plan basics, marketing, and small business financials. Watch the GNDC website or our monthly newsletter for the class schedule release. If you are unable to attend a class please call GNDC to schedule an appointment with Shandy Moran at 406-653-2590 ext 203. Minnow Tank business plan submissions are due to GNDC by 5 p.m. on March 1. Submissions can be mailed to GNDC,233 Cascade St. or sent via e-mail to [email protected]. Visit gndc.org/minnow-tank/ to read Minnow Tank official application guidelines and procedures.

The Minnow Tank finale will be held 5 p.m., April 12, 2022, at Sidney Event Center, where the finalists will present their business plan live to a panel of judges, one judge being the audience! Support your favorite entrepreneur by planning to attend; tickets will be available at the door, on our website, or by calling SBDC Program Coordinator Quincy at 406-650-2524.


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