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    As Butte’s economic development organization we are lucky to work on a variety of projects throughout our great community.  We have been working on projects throughout every sector, and have found one unified need across all businesses and employers:  Workforce.  This, however, is of no surprise to us, and we’re excited to be on the forefront of ensuring that Butte-Silver Bow has a strong, ready workforce to ensure existing and new employers that the team they need is here and ready to go to work.  There are many unique attributes from our mining heritage that are visible throughout Butte, but our work ethic and ability to "get the job done" is one trait of that past that is visible everywhere you look.

    At the BLDC we’re not in the business of sitting around waiting for things to happen, and knowing how important workforce is we’ve been developing programming and opportunities to help train our local employees, recruit in great individuals for those companies that need them, and ensure that our workforce is strong.  In the coming months, we will be working with partners at the job service to offer career fairs, employee training, symposiums for young professionals and striving to grow our workforce across all sectors.  In today's economy it is jobs that follow where there are good employees, and in Butte, we are doing everything we can to make sure our workforce is strong and that our employers know that we are here to help.  We look forward to partnering and collaborating with you in our future efforts regarding workforce.

Thank you,

Joe Willauer

Come help us celebrate the entrepreneurial-spirited women of Butte on International Women's Day (March 8th) at the Thornton Building Ballroom (65 E. Broadway.) We encourage the women business owners & entrepreneurs to introduce themselves to the community while we raise a glass and celebrate their success and future successes.  We will be joined by guest speaker and Butte extraordinaire, Pam Haxby-Cote, who will share some inspiring words with us as well.

Open house from 5-7pm. Toast at 6 pm. $10 per person. Bring business cards.

Food & Beverages sponsored by Taco Del Sol and Headwaters RC&D

Are you interested in learning the best practices of Human Resources (HR)? Attending this workshop, you will learn all 10 of these HR categories and why they’re important, how to implement the best practices, and pitfalls to avoid. As a business owner or manager, this is the perfect starting point, if you have employees or plan to have them in the near future.

1. Setting Expectations with Job Descriptions
2. Employee Handbooks – Advantages of Policies & Procedures
3. Unique MT Employment Laws
4. Recruiting – Screening & Selection
5. Effective Orientations
6. Retention – Compensation & Benefits Packages
7. Resolving Conflict – Proper Communication
8. Documentation – Discipline or Coaching
9. Performance – Outstanding and Needs Improvement
10. Separations – Avoiding lawsuits

As a bonus, each participant may choose one practical template to implement into their business.

March 14th
Thornton Building - 2nd Floor Conference Room
65 E. Broadway, Butte MT
$25 per person

Register at:

50 spaces available. Register by March 13th at 5:30.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Montana Department of Commerce. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.

Headwaters RC&D and the Butte Local Development Corporation (BLDC) are excited to announce the kick-off meeting for their new Brownfields Development Program.  The meeting will be hosted in the 2nd-floor conference room at the Thornton Building, 65 E. Broadway, at 12:00 P.M.

Headwaters RC&D has received funding from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct Phase I and II Brownfields assessments in the seven-county region and will be soliciting eligible projects beginning immediately.  The funds are applicable to sites that have been impacted by petroleum as well as hazardous materials and are designed to support the redevelopment of the property, leading to economic growth.

This meeting will include staff from Headwaters RC&D, the BLDC, as well as the Department of Environmental Quality and both contractors.  The meeting will include an introduction to the program, identification of potential sites, as well as an opportunity to ask questions of the experts.

Please register for the training at the following link:

Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the undersigned. Thank you for helping to promote this very important meeting about the new Headwaters Brownfields program.

Beverages and snacks will be provided.

For more information please send us a message.
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SBDC Day is a national, collective proclamation of the success and impact America’s Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) have across the nation in economic development and the small businesses community. The third annual America’s SBDC Day will take place on Wednesday, March 20, 2019.

SBDC Day will unite the nearly 1,000 SBDC centers across the country and the hundreds of thousands of clients they serve by sharing, in real time, the success stories and notable impacts SBDCs collectively have on the small business community at large. Share your SBDC story using #SDBCDay to join the conversation!
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Please join us on March 28th at 5:30 at the Carpenter's Union Hall (156 W. Granite St.) for our March Mile High Innovation Network meet-up.  We will hear from MTPR radio host, Nora Saks, about her recently released podcast, "Richest Hill."  We will also have a facilitated discussion regarding Butte's story and how our community members are telling it or want to tell it.  We will also hear from Clark Grant, Director of KBMF, and he will share the radio station's history and current goals as well as a provided tour of the station and Carpenter's Hall.  

Beverages and apps are provided, and as always, there is no cost.

The Butte Building Active Communities Initiative group invites you to an upcoming Inclusive Healthy Community Design Workshop and Inclusive Walk Audit training. For this free training, the BACI team is excited to bring Mark Fenton to Butte. Mark is a nationally recognized speaker and facilitator who instructs on how to build environments, policies and programs that encourage people to walk, bike and use public transit more often. Active community design leads not only to health benefits but to economically, environmentally and socially thriving urban and rural settings where people of all ages and abilities can lead long and vibrant lives.

Those who would find this training valuable include those working in health, disability, planning, public works, parks and recreation, economic development, schools, housing, transit, elected and appointed officials, researchers, and the business and advocacy fields. The general public is also invited.
This training will be held over two partial days – April 1-2 – at the Northwestern Energy building:


  • Monday, April 1 – 9 a.m.-4 p.m. – Inclusive Walk Audit Facilitator Team Training – the goal is to prepare interdisciplinary teams of facilitators to collaborate to lead walk audits, including the subsequent implementation of programmatic, project and policy interventions that would improve an area for walking, biking and transit, and to understand the range of ideas that are generated by a walk audit.
  • Tuesday, April 2 – 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. – Inclusive Healthy Community Design Workshop – the goal is to create reflective practitioners attuned to inclusivity in their day-to-day work and to integrate this perspective into broader policy and infrastructure decisions in the community.

To register for this training, please visit: Spots are limited, so please register soon.

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In recognition of National Economic Development Week, we will be hosting a week full of economic development-themed events, workshops, training, and more.  This is a collaboration between local, state-wide, public, private, education, and government partners to educate and elevate Butte-Silver Bow's economic growth through educational training and opportunities to connect with resources, employers, and workforce. 

We look forward to releasing details on the programming to the public soon.  Stay tuned by providing your email below:
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