Announcement Of The 2022 Minnow Tank Finalists

Great Northern Development Corporation, the Small Business Development Center, and the MDT Small Business Enterprise program would like to congratulate the 2022 Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition finalists.

Finalists will present their business plan ideas to a live audience at 5 p.m., April 12, at the Richland Fairground Event Center, following the “Rise & Restore” small business summit. After businesses pitch their plans to the live audience and a panel of judges, one start-up business and one existing business will win $5,000 cash towards implementing their ideas. The “Minnow Tank” small business competition live event is open to the public, and your vote counts in a percentage of each finalist’s score. Support your favorite Northeastern Montana business by planning to attend this fun event. Register to attend the “Minnow Tank” business pitch at

Start-Up Finalists

Wolf Point Mercantile - Kathy Deserly (Roosevelt County), Annie Oakley Dog Boarding - Ruth Williams (Daniels County), Fort Peck Vacation Rentals - Aimee Kirkland (Valley County), The Garden Row – Tandi Kassner (McCone County), BB Farms Soap Co - Stephanie Smotherman (Garfield County), Blooming Cactus, Alyssa Stromberg (Sheridan County), PCS Insulation - Jamey Fieler (Richland County).

Existing Finalists

Moonlight Laserworks - Sarah Fischer (Daniels County), Conroy Care - Beth Conroy (McCone County), Y Cross Feeds - Stephanie Smotherman (Garfield County), Hurst Bows - Coltin Hurst (Sheridan County), The Rush Espresso on Wheels - Tracie Zueger (Richland County).

Are you interested in attending the “Rise & Restore” Small Business Summit, visit to check out the day’s agenda and register for this free event on Tuesday, April 12, at the Richland County Fairground Event Center.


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