The spring session of the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority’s (RCEDA) Building Bitterroot Business series begins with the first class on Friday April 22nd. An additional course has been added so the series now includes 6 classes. We changed the curriculum to include a separate course on business entities and how it relates to raising capital. This class will be taught by two excellent attorneys and will include a primer on S-Corps, LLCs and the other business entity options, and will discuss the implications of that choice for raising money and taxes.  The business entity course used to be taught on the same day as Human Resources (HR). The HR class, taught by the Bitterroot Job Service staff, will now be two hours long and contains valuable information on hiring and other employment issues.

For more information you can contact the RCEDA at 375-9416 or the Bitterroot College at 375-0100.

The line-up of classes now include:

Business Plan I:   9-11am Fri, April 22

Learn how to write the narrative for your business plan, including the executive summary, operations, finances and marketing. Instructor: John Schneeberger, RCEDA   

Business Plan II (Financials):  9-11am Fri, April 29

Learn the basics of creating and using Profit and Loss, Cash Flow, and Balance Sheet statements. Also includes how to create financial projections. Instructor: John Schneeberger, RCEDA

Marketing:  9-11am Fri, May 6

Learn the basics of consistent marketing and getting the most out of your advertising dollar. Instructor: Cynthia Rademacher, Integrated Marketing Solutions.

Human Resources:  9-11am Fri, May 13

Frequently asked question about Human Resources:  Wage and Hour Laws, Hiring Processes, Progressive Discipline, Benefits of Contractor vs. Employee, Tax Credits when hiring, On the-Job Training, Incumbent Worker Training, Wrongful Termination, required Employer Posters, and more! Instructor: Bitterroot Job Service staff.

Choice of Business Entities and Capitalization:  9-11am Fri, May 20

Learn about  different business entities such as C-Corps, Sole Proprietorships, LLCs and their suitability for various capitalizations strategies including private placement and limited public offerings. Instructors: David Bjornson and Nick Jones, attorneys with Garlington, Lohn & Robinson and local attorney Richard A. Weber, PC

Debt and Alternative Financing:  9-11am Fri, May 27

Learn the basics of applying for a loan from banks and other lending institutions. Also learn about other sources of business financing such as development loans and grants. Instructor: Julie Foster, RCEDA


Call the RCEDA Office at 406.375.9416 or email RCEDA General Information