Aug 242012

Headwaters RC&D Small Business Development Center (SBDC) and the Montana SBDC Network are bringing Bruce Baker, a nationally renowned marketing expert, to western Montana this September 24th-26th. Baker has a motto of “change or die” and will be sharing his survival philosophy with small retailers and the business community.

“We are excited to bring someone with Baker’s expertise to work with our small business owners in southwestern Montana,” said Marilyn Ross, Headwaters RC&D Interim Executive Director. “He provides practical suggestions that can help strengthen our downtowns and Main Streets.”

In a humorous and motivational manner, Baker will provide small business owners the tools they need to thrive in the current economy. Baker will be visiting Deer Lodge, Ennis and Butte.


Sept 24th: 8-11am – Seminar – Curb Appeal Reinvented/Marketing & Merchandising –  Community Center on Cottonwood
Learn how to pull customers off the sidewalk and into your store. See the good bad and ugly of retail merchandising. Create terrific displays on a tight budget.
Sept 24th: 1-5pm – Local Retail Business Visits in Deer Lodge (Individual businesses may pre-register with Headwaters for a 30 minute time slot $25.00)  

You can attend any of these sessions for $25.00 per session. The personal one-on-one coaching visit is an additional $25.00.

For more information on these opportunities contact Julie Jaksha at 406-533-6780 or

Click HERE to download the Bruce Baker poster with all dates and locations.

Aug 162012


Tri-County Fairgrounds, Deer Lodge

Sunday 19th August 2012 at 6 pm

Gates open at 5 pm


ADULTS – $8 (13 and over)

CHILDREN – $6 (6 to 12)

FREE for 5 and under.


Come rain or shine to the Deer Lodge Demolition Derby, brought to you by the Powell County Chamber of Commerce. See the drivers battle it out in the Main Event and Herby Derby for over $4,000 in cash prizes and Trophies. Fun and games with Crash The Clown.

Tickets available on the gate or in advance from MRC, Valley Foods and Keystone Drug & Gifts.

Have a vehicle and want to enter? Registration is from 3 pm to 5 pm at the junction of Prairie Lane and Sagebrush Lane. Cost is $40 or $35 in advance (prior to 5:30 pm on Friday 17th) at the Chamber Office at 1109 Main Street.

Rules & Regulations available from the Chamber Office or online at

It’s going to be a great evening, so come along and cheer for your local favorites.

Photos and videos from last years event.