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Innovate Montana:
Start Up Resources

Start up and Entrepreneurial Resources

Montana recognizes the important role state government plays in creating a pro-business climate and providing programs that incentivize the creation of quality jobs. Montana’s pro-business policies led to CNBC ranking Montana  #5 for the cost of doing business in their 2013 America’s Top States for Business survey, and the Tax Foundation ranking our state #7 for overall business tax climate.

Getting Started: R&D Assistance and Seed Capital

Board of Research & Commercialization Technology 

Provides a predictable and stable source of funding for research and commercialization projects to be conducted at research and commercialization centers in Montana.

SBIR/STTR Matching Fund Program 

Provides matching funds to Montana companies that have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Program or Small Business Technology Transfer Program.

Small Business Innovation Research Program

Helps Montana companies compete for more than $2.5 billion dollars in federal grants that have been earmarked to fund Research and Development.

MicroBusiness Development Corporations 

Can provide loan financing to microbusinesses. Loans can be made for up to $100,000 to qualified Montana microbusinesses. A qualified microbusiness has fewer than 10 employees, and gross annual revenue of less than $1,000,000

Growth-Through-Agriculture Loan and Grant Program 

Established by the Montana Legislature to strengthen and diversify Montana's agricultural industry through development of new agricultural products and processes

Indian Country Economic Development Program and Equity Fund Program 

Funded by the State to provide economic development resources to the eight tribal governments in Montana to address their greatest economic development needs.

Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund 

Provide assistance to wood and timber related businesses.  Eligible businesses may apply for up to $20,000 in loan funds for each job created or retained.

Workforce Training

Incumbent Workforce Training Grant Program 

Provides money for training to businesses with no more than 50 employees in the State.

Primary Sector Workforce Training Program 

Grants up to $5,000 for full-time job and $2,500 for part-time job for training of net new jobs that were created by a primary sector business. 

"Let me tell you how happy I am to be in Montana…it’s a great state to do business, and we recommend it to anyone."
Eric Schmidt, Executive Chairman of Google

Marketing and Trade Show Assistance

Agricultural Trade Show Assistance Program

Offers qualified agricultural companies assistance with developing existing markets and reaching new markets by exhibiting at wholesale trade shows that are consistent with a company's marketing plans and goals.

Trade Show Assistance Program

Helps companies in exploring new out-of-state and international wholesale markets through trade show exhibition