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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.
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
New Faces, New Ideas: Promoting International Trade in Montana
August 4, 2014
 
The Office of Trade and International Relations at the Montana Department of Commerce has undergone a series of changes over the last several months. Following the retirement of Mark Bisom, the Department is excited to announce that Lonie Stimac has been hired as the new Bureau Chief. (read more)
 
 
State's Investment in Research and Commercialization Paying Big Dividends
May 7, 2014
 
Economic Impact Study Conducted by Bureau of Business & Economic Research Shows Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology has "Outsized Impact" on Montana's Economy. (read more)
 
 
Governor Bullock Announces Bio-Medical Research Grant Award to Billings' Health Partners
April 25, 2014
 
Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary today announced the award of $95,500 dollars in grant funding to St. Vincent Healthcare Foundation at the Crohn's Disease Collaborative Research Forum in Billings. (Read More)
 
 
Governor Bullock Announces Bio-Medical Research Grant Award to McLaughlin Research Institute
April 21, 2014
 
Governor Steve Bullock announced the award of $904,500 dollars in grant funding to the McLaughlin Research Institute (MRI) for Biomedical Sciences to help establish The Montana Center for Aging Research and Memory Care (“Center”) through the Montana Department of Commerce Bio-Medical Research Grant Program. (Read More)
 
 
Employee Recognition: Christine Bell
March 25, 2014
 
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)
 
 
Made in Montana Tradeshow to Highlight Montana's Unique and Authentic Products
March 20, 2014
 
The Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts will make its Helena debut tomorrow at the Lewis & Clark County Fairgrounds with more exhibitors and more unique and authentic products than ever before. (Read More)
 
 
Montana Department of Commerce Awards Funds for Business Expansion and Job Creation Projects
March 7, 2014
 
The Montana Department of Commerce recently awarded over $855,000 in economic development funds to nine organizations to promote business growth across the state. Funds were awarded through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF), Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant (WTG) Program, Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) Program and the Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED) Program. (Read More)
 
Economic Development Funds Awarded to Flathead County for MontanaSky Networks Expansion
March 7, 2014
 
The Montana Department of Commerce recently awarded $148,342 to Flathead County through the Community Development Block Grant – Economic Development (CDBG-ED) Program.  The funds will be used to assist MontanaSky Networks, LLC with a data center expansion project.  The expansion will result in five full-time equivalent jobs, of which three will be made available to low and moderate-income workers. (Read More)
 
Economic Development Funds Awarded for Submittable, Inc. Expansion
March 7, 2014
 
The Montana Department of Commerce recently awarded $112,500 to Missoula County through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) Program.  The funds will be used to assist Submittable, Inc. with the purchase of equipment and a lease rate reduction which will enable Submittable to expand its business.  The expansion will result in at least 15 new jobs at the company. (Read More)
 
 
Economic Development Funds Awarded to the City of Townsend for Broadwater Health Center
March 7, 2014
 
The funds will be used to assist the Broadwater Health Center to purchase a used computed tomography (CT) scanner and a lead-lined modular unit. The project will create two (2) new full-time equivalent jobs and will retain eight (8) full-time equivalent jobs. (Read More)
 
Made in Montana Tradeshow Gears up for March Event in Helena
February 4, 2014
 
It’s time for Montana retail store owners and wholesale buyers to register for the 2014 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts.  The annual show moved to Helena this year and promises to be the biggest ever with over 120 exhibitors hoping to get their products on store shelves next season. (Read More)
 
2014 Montana Small Business Conference to Focus on Embracing Technology
February 4, 2014
 
The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will be hosting their fifth annual Invest in Success small business conference April 16 and 17 at Montana Tech in Butte. The Montana SBDC Network is a statewide network of ten regional service centers serving all 56 counties in Montana. The SBDC staff offer professional business counseling to emerging and growing small businesses. (Read More)
 
The Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food & Gifts Moves to Helena
January 13, 2014
 
For the first time in its history, the Made in Montana Tradeshow 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 www.madeinmontanausa.com/tradeshow.asp.