405 16th Ave East
Polson, MT 59860
Resource/Expertise: Project Development, Program Management, Grant Writing, Business Mentoring, Organizational Development
BillieLee Project Consulting
Billie Lee has become a full-time Professional Consultant to Organizations and Local Governments in western Montana. I recently retired as founder and Executive Director of Lake County Community Development Corporation, a 501(c)3 non-profit located in rural Northwest Montana. Under my leadership and counsel, three non-profit affordable housing organizations and two additional local economic development organizations were formed to serve populations in Sanders and Mineral Counties, in addition to Lake County; and the Lake County Community Development Corporation was certified by the State of Montana as a Regional Development Organization serving Lake, Mineral and Sanders Counties and the Flathead Indian Reservation. I have been involved with community development and affordable housing projects throughout the region since 1992, generating and managing grant and loan funds as necessary to build affordable housing, to rehabilitate and/or install community-infrastructure and to develop the area’s rural economy. Relative to economic development, I led a 12-member volunteer board to establish a $4 million revolving loan fund for small businesses; established a business counseling center that provides technical assistance in business development, start-up and planning; business financials; accounting systems; contracting with the government; marketing and management. The Mission Mountain Food Enterprise Center, a project of Lake County Community Development, is an innovative food-business incubator that features a commercial kitchen for specialty food producers, a processing area for juicing, small-grains milling and dehydration of local production, and a business incubator that provides technical assistance on small business and cooperative development, development of value-added food products and marketing of local agricultural production. I have been actively involved with local and State organizations that impact public policies regarding community development issues and work regularly with funding agencies, engineers, municipalities and peer groups. Before retiring and establishing my consulting business, I managed a staff of 12.5 FTE’s, with an annual operating budget of $180,000 and a program budget of $800,000. My career prior to 1992, when I returned to my Montana roots, included upper-level management in a variety of both large and small for-profit and non-profit corporations; and small business consulting on management, entrepreneurship, product marketing, strategic planning, and team development.
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