Bitterroot Star – November 24, 2010 by Michael Howell

When Commissioner Jim Rokosch first conceived of the idea of establishing a micro-loan program to assist small businesses in the valley that did not qualify for traditional bank loans, Commissioner Carlotta Grandstaff immediately jumped on board. The idea was that the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority’s (RCEDA) loan program at the time was geared more towards helping larger businesses and projects while the small entrepreneur could easily fall through the cracks. Rokosch and Grandstaff successfully lobbied their fellow commissioners, got RCEDA to back them up, and a micro-loan program was put More >