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Join us at The Rise & Restore Small Business Summit to hear how industry experts and other business owners have been maintaining their business, stabilizing their profit, and protecting their team in response to COVID-19.

The Rise & Restore Small Business Summit will feature a Minnow Tank Business Plan Pitch Competition, this is a real-life competition for new and existing businesses to compete for a chance at a $5,000 cash prize.


Headwaters RC&D, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) in conjunction with the Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program is hosting a business plan competition throughout a seven-county region in Southwestern Montana consisting of Beaverhead, Butte-Silver Bow, Deer Lodge, Granite, Jefferson Madison, and Powell.  The goal of this event is to attract new entrepreneurs and support existing businesses in Southwestern Montana by uniting communities in a common goal of economic development. 


This competition will award $5,000 to a new start-up business as well as $5,000 to an existing business. In order to compete in this competition, business owners must submit their business plan to Headwaters RC&D on or before September 30th, 2020 and if their business plan is selected they will then present themselves in front of a panel of judges, on October 22nd, at the Rise & Restore Summit. Prior to the summit business owners will be screened and chosen to participate.

We at Headwaters RC&D, will be offering virtual training classes via Zoom to ensure business owners have all of the resources necessary to succeed and make it to the Minnow Tank competitionEntrepreneurs planning to compete in the Minnow Tank Business Plan competition are encouraged to attend a class. Class topics include Business Plan Basics, Marketing, and Small Business Financials. Check the schedule below to register for a business plan development class.

If you are unable to attend a class please call Headwaters RC&D to schedule an appointment with SBDC Director Julie Jaksha at (406) 533-6780 or SBDC Advisor Taylor Lovell at (406) 533-6783. Minnow Tank business plan submissions are due to Headwaters by 5:00 PM on September 30th. Submissions can be mailed to Headwaters RC&D at 65 E Broadway St- 5th Floor, Butte MT 59701 or sent via e-mail to or 

Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition Class Schedule


Thursday, August 27th

Monday, August 17th

Wednesday, August 19th

Tuesday, August 25th






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