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As you plan your business in our region, we have tools like Size Up that you can use now to see what competition exists in the market; conduct business industry analysis; map your competitors, customer base, and suppliers; find the best places to target your advertising and perform demographic analysis.
Another tool for your success is Live Plan, an interactive business planning tool that you can use for your start-up or to transition your existing business for expansion. Through this online tool you can work on your business plan when it’s convenient for you and get the benefit of one-on-one coaching from one of our Small Business Development Advisors.
Here is a glimpse at the variety of industries calling the Great Falls Region home:
Chef Lyndsay Gutierrez, cooking instructor and entrepreneur, opened Nourish Food Truck in early 2020. Lyndsay moved to Great Falls to take advantage of our way of life to raise her family. It helps that our cost of living is just 93% of the national average, leaving more room in your budget for magnificent adventures.
“Why wouldn’t you do what you love? Be your own boss?”
Craft butcher shop and deli Central Avenue Meats opened their doors in downtown Great Falls in May 2020. Geraldine (a small nearby town) native Drew Hicks came back to the area after several years in Denver. The first-time business owners says:
“The business community downtown has been incredible! People receiving no direct benefit were simply helping us because they want to see us succeed.”
First Call Resolutions (FCR) chose Great Falls as the location for their first center outside of Oregon. The boutique call center now employs over 400 associates in downtown Great Falls. President Katheryn Carnahan says:
“Working with GFDA really set us up for success. They assisted us in selecting the location of our newest 300-seat call center, connected us with grant opportunities, and assisted us in welcoming our new clients into Great Falls.”
Chef Matt Black of Harvest Craft Kitchen, a farm-to-table restaurant specializing in creative sandwiches, recognized the massive growth potential downtown and opened his restaurant with that growth potential in mind:
“Great Falls is super affordable. There’s a lot of good stuff going on in the downtown as far as development and organizations that are helping small businesses. The community of Great Falls is very receptive to new businesses.”