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Old 01-10-2002, 05:53 PM
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Default Eastern Plains RC & D Launches New Program

From: "Ray Trumpower" <trumpwer@midrivers.com>

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 10, 2002

The Eastern Plains RC & D Launches New Program to Connect Eastern Montana
Entrepreneurs with Angel Investors

The Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc. and Billings-based LocalFund.com
announce the launch of the first online Angel Investor Network in eastern
Montana.
The Eastern Montana Angel Investor Network provides a private and secure
method for matching accredited investors, otherwise known as angel
investors, with Montana entrepreneurs.

Over the past several years there has been a significant increase in new
business ventures in the state of Montana. Through its involvement with
regional entrepreneurs, the Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc., a 16-county
economic and human development organization based in Sidney, Montana,
realized that new eastern Montana business startups need a way to connect
with investors, and investors needed to access available investment
opportunities. The Eastern Montana Angel Investor Network was created to
bridge this gap, enabling entrepreneurs to access capital, and investors to
develop their portfolios.

Through the Eastern Montana Angel Investor Network, startup and existing
Montana businesses can present their business plan summaries online to
accredited investors, as defined by the Securities and Exchange
Commission. Investors can then contact the entrepreneurs directly and
arrange for a face-to-face meeting.

"Investors are now able to see investment opportunities that they otherwise
would not have had access to," said Cliff J. Grant, President of
LocalFund.com. "We are pleased to provide the infrastructure for a network
that will have such a positive impact on the economic development of
eastern Montana."

Over the past year, Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc. has seen many private
investors from around the country that are interested in investing in
eastern Montana companies. This is an exciting development that fulfills
the needs of angel investors and eastern Montana ideas, and opens new
opportunities for both the investment and entrepreneurial communities.

Inc. magazine recently ranked Montana third in the nation for the number of
start-up ventures per capita. This entrepreneurial atmosphere reflects the
do-it-yourself attitude that dominates Montana, and the need for capital to
support these ventures.

The Eastern Montana Angel Investor Network can be accessed online via the
new Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc. homepage at http://www.eprcd.org

About LocalFund.com

LocalFund.com, Inc., a Montana company based in Billings, was chosen to
provide the infrastructure for the Eastern Montana Angel Investor
Network. LocalFund.com offers entrepreneur/investor networks for economic
development organizations.

About Eastern Plains RC&D Area, Inc.

Authorized in 1992, Eastern Plains RC&D encompasses 16 counties in eastern
Montana: Carter, Custer, Daniels, Dawson, Fallon, Garfield, McCone, Powder
River, Prairie, Richland, Roosevelt, Rosebud, Sheridan, Treasure, Valley,
and Wibaux. The Eastern Plains Resource Conservation and Development Area,
Inc. (RC&D) is an IRS 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization.

Contact: Mike Carlson

Coordinator
406.433.5024
eprcd@midrivers.com


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"We must attempt things so great that they are doomed to failure unless GOD
intervenes"~Henry Blackaby
Ray Trumpower
RR1 Box 1030
Fairview Mt 59221
406-742-5259 (Phone and Fax)
trumpower@midrivers.com
Chairman-EPRC&D(http://www.eprcd.org )
Fairview Chamber (http://www.midrivers.com/~fairview)
proprietors Korner Motel
(http://travel.state.mt.us/categories...31&Sit=eID=3D1)



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