Posted: Oct 13, 2013 3:28 PM by MTN News - Great Falls
GREAT FALLS - A center that's dedicated to helping Montanans start businesses is getting some help of its own.
The Montana Cooperative Development Center recently received a $200,000 grant from the USDA to help the group with its work with people to form sustainable business plans.
About 78% of the grant will go directly into starting new businesses, with the rest going toward running the Center.
MCDC CEO Brian Gion says when people think of coops they think of agriculture, but that isn't always the case.
"We'll help anybody who wants to start any type of business. We've done grocery stores, we've done transportation coops, we've done ag marketing co-ops. We just did a yoga and wellness co-op," he explained.
MCDC has helped form 48 businesses over the past nine years, which Gion says has brought nearly $11 million into Montana each year.
Click here to learn more about the MCDC.