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Rural Business Development Grant Workshop

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development Montana’s Business and Cooperative Program, in partnership with the Montana Cooperative Development Center and Headwaters RC&D, will host a workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 26, for town leaders, state agencies, nonprofits, higher educational institutions, Federally-recognized tribes, and rural cooperatives to discuss the USDA Rural Business Development Grant (RBDG) program. 

The workshop will begin at 9 a.m. (MST).  The morning session, which will last until noon, will cover the Application Process and include insights from a panel of successful applicants.  After lunch, the Award and Servicing session will being at 1 p.m. and last until 3 p.m.

Please email Lea McGiboney if you would like to receive an invite for this informative, all-day event!

Hourly Schedule

RBDG Workshop Schedule

From 9 am - To Noon
Rural Business Development Grant
RBDG Application
From 1 pm - To 3 pm
Rural Business Development Grant
Processing and Servicing


Oct 26 2021


9:00 am



More Info



  • Lad R. Barney
    Lad R. Barney
    Business & Cooperative Programs Director (Montana Rural Development) - USDA

    Lad Barney currently serves as the Montana Business & Cooperative Programs Director for USDA Rural Development. Prior, he served as Area Director for RD Missoula & Kalispell offices since August 2008. Lad has also worked as the Director of the Small Business Development Center at the Kalispell Chamber of Commerce for five years. In late ‘90’s and early 2000’s, Lad was Operations Manager and Lead Sales Consultant for two technology solution providers – one in Kalispell, MT and one in Vancouver, WA, in addition to starting a technology-based Montana business immediately after degrees from the University of Montana. Go Griz!

    Firmly believing that not a single dollar of USDA’s Business programs cannot be delivered successfully without a partner’s assistance or advocacy, Lad prioritizes USDA resources to growing that capacity, with existing partners and new. Lad is committed to continuing the good momentum of program delivery positioning staff, financial and other resources to being flexible to respond to changes that exist within federal programs, state resources and the business community on a daily basis.

    Lad is blessed to be married to wife Kristin and has three children (19, 17, and 12) so any extra time is spent with them happily, including softball, football, recitals, and everything else. Being close to Glacier Park and in Montana, a lot of time is spent getting away from it all (hunting, fishing, snowshoeing, running, etc.)

  • Lea McGiboney
    Lea McGiboney
    Business & Cooperative Programs Specialist - USDA Rural Development

    Lea McGiboney is a Business and Cooperative Programs Specialist with USDA Rural Development’s Rural Business Services. In this role, Lea leads a team providing all aspects of financing including loans, grants, and guarantees and has successfully served a range of clients, including townships, Tribal entities, non-profit economic development organizations, small businesses, agricultural producers, and lenders.
    Before joining USDA Rural Development in 2007, Lea worked for eight years for a diverse range of organizations, including non-profit economic development organizations and banks, and was responsible for lending, loan administration and outreach.
    Lea holds finance specialist certifications from the American Bankers Association, Risk Management Association and National Development Council and can be reached at 406-770-4291, 406-750-8768 or by email at

  • Tracy McIntyre
    Tracy McIntyre
    MCDC - Executive Director

    A native of Eureka, Montana, McIntyre served 12 years as the Lead Economic Developer for North Lincoln County. During her tenure, she averaged over $1 million in investment into the community annually, counseled over 35 businesses every year, led the creation and development of a Business Incubator and provided leadership for the Tobacco Valley Industrial District. McIntyre also worked on other projects, including major infrastructure, trails, amenities, business attraction, economic development, and workforce training that have all positively impacted the community of Eureka.

    In 2016, McIntyre started her own consulting company, Rural Economic Designs, LLC, to bring her knowledge of community leadership and collaboration, project development and administration, and strategic planning to other rural communities and businesses. During this time, McIntyre brought in over $3.5 million to her rural community clients.

    McIntyre has also been an active board member of the Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) for 10 years and completed two terms as President; the second woman ever to hold that position. She remains actively engaged in a number of regional and statewide efforts, including serving on the Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force, and serving as a member of the Montana Ambassadors.

    McIntyre engaged with MCDC during her career both as a private entrepreneur and director of her area’s economic development.

  • Vonda McGarvey


  1. My apologies for being unable to attend today’s scheduled workshops. We seem to be having a combination of internet connectivity issues. If you decide to capture the workshops on YouTube, please let me know at and I’ll be able to view the proceedings, with some delay, from another physical location. Thank you. Sincerely, John Driscoll

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