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Our Montana economy depends on local entrepreneurs taking risks to create job opportunities for themselves and other Montanans. At the same time, private enterprise sometimes needs a boost that can only be provided by the public sector. This is where the Business Resources Division comes in. 
We offer key finance, technical, and information assistance for private business, local and regional development corporations, and local communities aimed at improving, enhancing and diversifying Montana’s economy.
Employee Recognition: Christine Bell
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program Manager, Christine Bell, and MTIP Consultant Marti Elder were applauded for providing outstanding service to SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) applicant Mark Lambrecht on behalf of GTUIT, LLC of Billings. (Read More)Business Resources Division Start-Up Checklist
A Business Start-Up Checklist is available for businesses looking for a place to start; numerous resources, links, and contact information are listed to help your business get off the ground.
Business Resources Division Finance Programs
Loan and grant programs are available to businesses across the state; some may be available and useful to your business.
Business Resources Division Technical Assistance Programs
Technical assistance services are available to individuals and businesses in the form of one-on-one counseling, research and development grant proposal assistance, and market research assistance.
Business Resources Division Information Programs
Several programs provide information, such as economic information related to market research, census data and facts, and the characteristics of our Montana population. 
Business Resources Division Current News
The Made in Montana Trade Show for Food & Gifts Moves to Helena
January 13, 2014
For the first time in its history, the Made in Montana Trade Show will be held in Helena, March 21-22, 2014. Exhibitor registration is still open! Read the article in the Business Quarterly, or find more information online at
Business Resources Division Programs Adjust Wage Requirements for Economic Development Grants
December 20, 2013
Effective January 1, 2014, the Montana Department of Commerce's Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program and the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) Program will adopt new qualifying wage requirements for applicants to the programs... (read more)
New Census Data Released
December 18, 2013
The U.S. Census Bureau for the first time released statistics compiled in certain categories at the county level from the American Community Survey (ACS) 5-year survey. The Census and Economic Information Center (CEIC) of the Montana Department of Commerce analyzes the data and makes the information available to the public on its website... (read more)
Montana Department of Commerce Economic Development Funds Awarded
December 12, 2013
The Montana Department of Commerce awarded a total of $337,975 in economic development funds to four organizations to promote business growth across the state... (read more)
Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology Releases Request for Proposal for Proposal for Fiscal Year 2015
December 11, 2013
The Board of Research and Commercialization Technology announced the release of the Fiscal Year 2015 Request for Proposals for research and commercialization projects. The board has approximately $650,000 in grant funds for fiscal year 2015... (read more)
Apply for Funding Online
August 23, 2013
Applications for funding are now required to be done online. Read the article in the BRD Summer 2013 Newsletter, or find more information online at