This center, operated by Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc., serves a seven-county region based in Butte, with a part-time office in Dillon. The center offers business services and technical resources for value-added agriculture and local food project development as well as agricultural sector energy efficiency and alternative energy development.
The center has worked closely with business start-ups and expanding businesses across Southwest Montana to start, grow, and strengthen their business by offering technical assistance with business planning, marketing, and product development.
Successful business start-ups in the Headwaters region include Quarry Brewery and Head Frame Spirits.
Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. has a long standing history of working to support and improve the quality of life and economic sustainability in this region by focusing its resources on business financing, entrepreneurial training, infrastructure development and community planning. Contact the Headwaters RC&D's Food and Agriculture Development Center for more information relating to your food, agriculture or energy related project.
From aiding in the creation of a business plan to providing technical assistance to community groups, Headwaters RC&D is improving the economic and social well-being of the Southwest Montana region through conservation, development, and proper use of natural and human resources. We provide technical assistance for natural resource, community development, and economic development projects and programs.
Joe Willauer, originally from eastern Washington, has been surrounded by agriculture his whole life. With a Master’s degree in Urban and Regional Planning and a love for fly fishing, it was only natural that he should settle in Twin Bridges, Montana and become the Food and Agriculture Development Center manager at Headwaters RC&D in 2013. According to Joe, the planning process for a city is similar to that of a small business, so his transition has been an easy one. Joe also has experience in online marketing, including website building and social media.
Joe helps clients hone in on what they want their business to become, then provides them with assistance in business, financial, and marketing planning. His favorite part about being a Food and Ag Center Director is working with the clients. "The amount of passion, drive and determination shown by our clients makes me excited to help them with their business," says Joe. "Each of our clients is an entrepreneur, and full of awesome ideas. Their energy level for their business is contagious, and it is very rewarding to be able to work with people who have this buzz."