Julie has worked for Headwaters as the Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Regional Director for over 13 years. She was promoted in 2018 to Headwaters/Butte Local Development Corporation (BLDC) Regional Director for both organizations and is responsible for overseeing the SBDC program, FADC program, and the Headwaters RC&D/BLDC lending team. During her tenure with Headwaters, they have expanded programming, offered new and unique services, and provided greater economic development outreach to support rural southwest Montana. Before her career with Headwaters, Julie was a commercial lender with 19 years of experience in banking and financial expertise. She was awarded the ASBDC National State Star Award in 2014 and became the first SBDC Regional Director in Montana to receive the award twice when she won it again in 2019.
Julie is an accredited small business consultant (AASBC), a certified Economic Development Finance Professional (EDFP), certified Edward Lowe Perspectives facilitator, certified Profit Mastery trainer, certified Core Four Trainer, certified Facilitative Leadership for Social Change, and is currently earning her certification as a Business Incubation Manager (BIM). Julie has been tapped as a presenter for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism, Innovate Montana, DBE Small Business Summit, Montana Petroleum Association, and the EPA Brownfields Region 8 Conference in Denver.
Julie’s robust background in lending enables her to assist clients in ascertaining the necessary capital to succeed. It takes “dollars and sense” to make substantial projects take off, and Julie knows precisely what it takes to get that done. Julie prides herself on working with diverse user groups to find solutions that work for everyone. She has a strong background in managing local government, state, and federal grant funds. She can get the right people to the table to help small business owners and entrepreneurs achieve success. Julie has an extensive background in public/private partnerships project execution and can manage complex projects that help clients elevate and accelerate their successful path to launching, managing, or growing their business.
She is active with Montana Ambassadors, Montana Economic Development Association (MEDA), and the Leadership Montana program. She serves on various boards, including the Montana Youth Soccer Association, Our Lady of the Rockies, Butte Food-Co-Op, Center for Advanced Mineral, Metallurgical, and Materials Processing Advisory Board at Montana Tech and the City of Butte Silver-Bow Planning Board. Julie founded the Headwaters Women of Business networking group and launched the Local Crowd Crowdfunding site for Butte.
Julie resides in Butte with her husband Steve, her two daughters, Hailey and Kenzie, and their springer spaniel, Timber. Her son Seth is currently getting his attending law school in Oregon.