State of Montana Business Services Division
Flourishing businesses are critical to the economic vitality and stability of Montana. The Business Services Division is committed to working in close partnership with entrepreneurs who want to start, expand, or close a business in the state, as well as with out-of-state businesses seeking to open offices within Montana.
Specifically, the division is responsible for registering businesses and maintaining private-sector documents directly related to business. These include such documents as corporate charters, applications for assumed business names, and registration of trademarks.
Small businesses are critical to the economic vitality and stability of the Montana economy. The Secretary of State’s Office is here to serve you as you launch your new business venture.
Do you need help starting a business or assistance in helping your business grow to become more profitable? The Montana Small Business Development Centers (SBDCs) focus on the creation, retention and expansion of small businesses. Each year, theMontana SBDC network counsels more than 1,500 entrepreneurs and existing business owners through direct assistance and referral. Contact your local SBDC office for more information on how they can assist you.
The SBDC Network provides:
- -one-on-one business counseling and assistance with business plan development, financial management, market feasibility, and international trade at no cost to you
- -low-cost training in topics include business start-up, marketing, taxes, business plans and cash flow analysis SBDC offices offer customized local assistance to meet small business needs in their regional service areas. The SBDCs are a key access point to a broad network of public and private resources at the community level.
Since 1999, the network has assisted over 7,000 businesses with:
- -new ventures, growth and expansion
- -securing $117.6 million in financing
- -creating or retaining over 4,600 jobs
From start-up to third generation family business to high-tech corporations, the Montana Small Business Development Centers can provide one-stop technical assistance to businesses enabling them to compete more effectively in the domestic and global economies.
Chamber Member Financial Institutions have the experience to answer your questions and provide an array of services to meet your small business loan needs. Please contact the local lenders:
Altana Federal Credit Union: 800-221-2359
Bank of Red Lodge: 406-446-3208
First Interstate Bank: 406-446-1422
Wells Fargo: 406-446-1620
For employee/employer requirements, the latest ADAA regulations, Quickbooks and Marketing assistance, please also contact The Department of Labor and Industry, The Workforce Services Division at http://wsd.dli.mt.gov/ or call them at 406-444-4100.