RCEDA became a Procurement Technical Assitance Satellite Center in 2011. We are very proud to be part of this program that delivers such an incredible postive impact to Montana by assisting Montana businesses in selling goods and services to federal, state and local government agencies, bringing money and jobs to Montana. Please take a minute to view the 1-page impact report.
After just two years of providing courses, the Bitterroot College Program of The University of Montana is growing so quickly it is expanding its facility. In fall 2009, the Hamilton-based BCP offered six college courses in which 29 students enrolled. This fall the program expects to enroll more than 200 students in 35 courses. In addition to the BCP’s college programming, during the 2010-11 academic year the BCP served more than 300 students seeking workforce training in computer applications and business planning. Plus, another 150 students participated in cultural enrichment programming offered through the BCP’s lecture series, which included lectures More >
Notes from the meeting with Victor business owners, the citizens and the Montana Department of Transportation were sent out to all those that attended the meeting and provided an email address. In addition the Notes are posted here. RCEDA will continue to assist by posting updates to the notes and further information on our web site. A newsletter is in the works. If you have not provided your email address at a meeting and want to receive information please contact RCEDA or Mary at the Hamilton House in Victor. Thank you to the MDOT folks for attending the meeting, providing answers to More >
Community members and business owners please remember that Victor is open for business. Construction going on in and around Victor for the past two years along with our economy has put a damper on business patronage in Victor. I used to stop in Victor frequently until the most recent bought of construction, then I, like many others began taking the Eastside Hwy around the construction. I’m grateful for the recent calls from a few of the Victor businesses to let RCEDA know that business was slow as it was also a reminder that the services I value and have taken More >
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack announced on June 30 the selection of 44 community-based organizations to receive funding to promote economic growth. The funding is being provided through the Rural Community Development Initiative Program (RCDI). RCDI helps community-based development organizations, federally recognized Indian tribes and other groups promote economic growth in low-income, rural communities. “These funds support USDA’s partnership with rural America to bring increased economic opportunity to rural citizens and communities,” Vilsack said. “They will serve as investments that will help organizations build the capacity and expertise of local businesses, business owners and nonprofit groups.”
Ravalli County Economic Development Authority will More >
The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority (RCEDA), kicks off its 6th session of business planning and technology classes for summer starting with its first evening classes. Spreadsheet and accounting software classes will be offered from 6-9pm starting Thursday July 14th with QuickBooks. Excel starts the following Tuesday July 19th. “We have had requests for night classes and we wanted to try it out for the summer session and see what the response was”, says John Schneeberger of RCEDA. “We have had good attendance at our morning classes so we are using this to determine whether evening classes would be more More >
Multichannel Merchant, a leading trade magazine published by Penton Media, inc. has released its Outlook 2011: Ecommerce survey results. The trade magazines subscribers polled were asked a variety of questions in the topic categories:
- Mobile commerce
- Web site rich media usage techniques
- User generated content
- Web site redesigns and function
- Search strategies
- Payments and security
The top 8 most valuable ecommerce marketing strategies may or may not surprise you.
Download the full Outlook 2011: Ecommerce report.
One making an analysis of these survey results would soon see that trends seem to waffle this way or that depending on the ever-changing dance that occurs between the merchant and customer. The thing that More >
Internet Retailer magazines March 2011 business e-mail marketing survey reflect some interesting trends. Depending on your type of business, how you conduct your email marketing and how you address other various considerations, some businesses are reporting up to a 25% increase in their online sales.
The survey shows that overall 53.6% of the respondents reported only 10% of their sales came from e-mail marketing, while 5.4% reported a 25% increase. 25% of the respondents reported a low of only 0.5% increase in sales. Nearly a third of respondents did not know how much they earned. Apparently indicating that no measurement of More >
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 More >
Friday, March 25 from 9:00 – Nooon – $15.00 at the Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center – Call 375-9416 to register or pay at the door
The sale of equity in your company is one way to raise capital for start-up or expansion. Small businesses can offer equity interest in their companies for capital provided they follow the rules that exempt them from much of the regulations governing the sale of securities. This workshop will cover the two ways most suitable for small business: the private placement and the limited public offering. David Bjornson, PC will be the instructor for the Limited Public Offerings and Richard More >