A new company is hoping to fill a void left by a decline in sales by businesses with a local name.
Business Development Center of Montana is an incubator for businesses that want to bring their product or service to market locally, and hopes to attract local talent, said executive director Erin Oleson.
It’s part of a trend to try and fill a niche with local talent.
“The business development sector has been very competitive and has not been doing well for a number of years,” she said.
Oleson said there are more than 200 businesses that apply to be a part of the center, and they often do so because they need an outside help with planning and hiring.
One of the businesses, which has offices in Boise and Montana, is Alder Biltmore, which specializes in outdoor furniture.
They’re trying a different way to attract employees.
“We’re a little more open-minded,” Olesone said.
“We want to work with the community and the employees, not against them.
It makes sense that we’re here, because our customers are going to want to be able to have that product or that service.”
To do that, Olesen said they’ve put in a lot of work with community organizations and local businesses to find a location.
“I’ve been to a lot more events than I’ve been in Boise,” she explained.
“People are always saying, ‘I love the outdoors.
I want to get out and explore.
I think it’s awesome.
It is a good time for me to be outdoors.'”
The center also hosts a monthly open house for those who want to apply.
“It’s kind of a celebration of what we’re doing here,” Oelson said.
That’s part for business development center, part for job placement, and part for community engagement, said co-founder and CEO Mark Rennie.
The goal is to get local talent to work for a local company, but that means helping local companies grow.
“One of our main goals is to give them a chance to grow,” he said.
Rennie said the program is focused on helping businesses locate jobs locally.
“Our goal is for local companies to hire more locally,” he explained.
“If we can do that by giving local companies the tools to find local talent and local employees and get them into those businesses, that is a win-win.”