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Innovate Montana: Small Business Roadshows is a community event where business owners, startups and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to network, share ideas and learn innovative ways to grow or start a small business. Innovate Montana works closely with local economic development staff, Chambers and community organizations to ensure that each Road Show is uniquely tailored to the community.

What is Innovate Montana?

Innovate Montana is a web based campaign that connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to take their ventures to the next level of success in a global economy.  Through a statewide network of partner organizations and events, Innovate Montana aims to create a statewide entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem.  This website serves as a digital information clearinghouse centered on entrepreneurial training programs, existing business networks, financing opportunities and other resources. In addition to the website, we also host Small Business Road Shows across Montana. Innovate Montana is run by the Governor’s Office of Economic Development.

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What is a Small Business Roadshow?

Innovate Montana wants to connect entrepreneurs from all across the state. Rural and Urban. Large and Small. Tech and Retail.

So in 2015 we started the Innovate Montana: Small Business Road Shows. The Road Shows go to communities of all sizes and showcase the best entrepreneurs from all of the varied industries in Montana.

It is a community event where business owners, startups and potential entrepreneurs are encouraged to network, share ideas and learn innovative ways to grow or start a small business and revitalize communities. Innovate Montana works closely with local economic development staff, Chambers and community organizations to ensure that each Road Show is uniquely tailored to the community.

Who attends a Road Show?

Everyone and anyone who is interested.  Business owners, community leaders, potential entrepreneurs and those who are just interested in learning and helping your community.

Innovate Montana also invites local resources such as the Small Business Administration and Small Business Development Centers to be in the room to help answer questions and make connections.

I don’t have a small business, should I still attend?

Absolutely! Every person in the community is an important part of the Entrepreneurial Ecosystem- it's about  creating a welcoming space for new entrepreneurs to set up shop.  And who knows, you might just walk away with a great idea and new business partner.

Who puts on the road show?

Innovate Montana partners with Chamber of Commerce, Local Economic Development groups, or any person with organizational skills and a passion for their community.  Innovate Montana wants the Road Shows to be a community event and to make sure every stop is a meaningful opportunity for those involved.  If you are interested in a road show for your community, please contact us and check out our community tool kit.

What other cities have you done these in?

Road Shows have been held in Lewistown, Eureka, Troy, Polson, Glendive, Harlowton, and White Sulphur Springs.