START & MAINTAIN
A BUSINESS
THE MONTANA SECRETARY OF STATE’S OFFICE WANTS TO HELP YOUR BUSINESS THRIVE! HERE ARE SOME HELPFUL RESOURCES IN STARTING AND MAINTAINING YOUR BUSINESS IN MONTANA, WITH INFORMATION ON BUSINESS PLANNING, GRANTS, FINANCING, AND OTHER VARIOUS TOOLS TO KEEP YOUR BUSINESS GOING AND GROWING.
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Start Business

Starting a business is much more than just having an idea.
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Maintain Business

We know operating a business is hard work.
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Grow Business

Growing a business is a good problem to have.

Small Business Resources

If you have tax related questions please contact an accountant. If you have questions about the type of entity that applies to your business, please contact a business attorney.

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Montana Chamber of Commerce
Montana Chamber of Commerce

Since 1931, the Montana Chamber of Commerce has championed economic development and a favorable business environment in the Treasure State. For our members, we promote legislation that supports you as a small, medium or large business owner. We also offer programs, services and action to educate members, improve their businesses and accelerate change. We encourage businesses of any size to join our ranks to strengthen our voice and yours.

Montana District Office for Small Business Association
Montana District Office for Small Business Association

The U.S. Small Business Administration has delivered millions of loans, loan guarantees, contracts, counseling sessions and other forms of assistance to small businesses.

United States Rural Business Development Grants in Montana
United States Rural Business Development Grants in Montana

This program is a competitive grant designed to support targeted technical assistance, training and other activities leading to the development or expansion of small and emerging private businesses in rural areas which will employ 50 or fewer new employees and has less than $1 million in gross revenue.

US Department of Health & Human Services
US Department of Health & Human Services

The Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization (OSDBU) helps small businesses in their pursuit of health and human services-related contracts.

Montana Small Business Development Center Network
Montana Small Business Development Center Network

The Montana Small Business Development Center’s (SBDC) certified Business Consultants offer free one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs statewide. The SBDC Lead Center is located at the Montana Department of Commerce in Helena and supports ten centers, each hosted by economic development and higher education institutions.

Small Business Association National Resource Guide
Small Business Association National Resource Guide

Resources for starting and growing your business (PDF Guide).

VA Small and Verteran Business Programs
VA Small and Verteran Business Programs

VA Small and Veteran Business Programs implement the requirements to aid, counsel, assist, and protect the interests of small and Veteran business concerns.

SBA – Writing a Business Plan
SBA – Writing a Business Plan

Learn how to write a business plan quickly and efficiently from the SBA.

Business Tax Credits – IRS
Business Tax Credits – IRS

Information and forms to claim your business tax credits from the IRS.

Income Tax Credits – State of Montana
Income Tax Credits – State of Montana

Montana has several tax credits for both individuals and businesses.

SCORE
SCORE

Is the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors, with more than 10,000 volunteers in 300 chapters. As a resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), SCORE has helped more than 11 million entrepreneurs through mentoring, workshops and educational resources since 1964.

Southeastern Montana Development Corp
Southeastern Montana Development Corp

This organization’s primary purpose is stabilizing businesses and encouraging growth of business in Southeastern Montana.

Big Sky Economic Development/Big Sky Finance
Big Sky Economic Development/Big Sky Finance

Big Sky Finance can help Montana businesses finance commercial real estate and large pieces of equipment utilizing the SBA 504 loan program. The program offers long term, fixed rate financing with as little as 10% down.

Montana Business Assistance Connection
Montana Business Assistance Connection

The Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC) was created with the expressed purpose of improving the economy and livability of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Meagher counties. We help businesses start up, improve, expand, relocate or transition to new ownership.

SBDCNet
SBDCNet

The SBDC National Information Clearing house serves the Small Business Development Center Network and America’s small business community provides help writing a business plan.

SBDC Locations in Montana
SBDC Locations in Montana

Locations for the Small Business Development Center Network.

Small Business Bonding
Small Business Bonding

The Small Business Administration provides the basics to assist new business on bonding requirements and best practices.


**Bonding and Insurance requirements may also be needed for your business, and you should contact an insurance agent for information to assist you. Sometimes confused with insurance, bonding helps ensure that the job you’ve been hired to do is performed and that the customer is protected against losses from theft or damage done by your employees. The most common businesses that bond employees are general contractors, temporary personnel agencies, janitorial companies and companies with government contracts.

101 Small Business Marketing Ideas
101 Small Business Marketing Ideas

The Balance Small Business provides 101 ideas to market your small business.

Marketing Cheat Sheet
Marketing Cheat Sheet

Marketing your Small Business for Dummies Cheat Sheet. Being smart with marketing ensures the success of your business by attracting more customers, and keeping them coming back.

SBA – Marketing & Sales
SBA – Marketing & Sales

Your marketing plan is key to growing your business. Learn how to utilize the best marketing strategies with a template from the US Small business Administration.

Tivity Studios
Tivity Studios

Everything you need to sell your products and market your business online.

The SOVRN
The SOVRN

Resources on marketing your business and Montana Brand Development.

We are your first step…

For every Montana business, the Secretary of State’s Office is where you should start. Search for business names of your potential business to see if it’s already being used. You can also see what type of business structure you may register. The Secretary of State’s Office strongly recommends that you consult with an attorney, accountant, financial advisor, and/or banker to help you determine which structure best suits your need.
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