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Once you’ve proven a business model and are ready to scale up your operations, thinking intentionally about growth can be daunting. There’s growth capital, hiring new team members, relinquishing control and trusting your team to handle things, and expanding your product line or service to reach new markets. Montana has the people and resources to make business growth sustainable, keep you on target, and help you achieve your goals.

FRONTIER ANGELS

A Montana-based angel investment network of 100+ investors.

www.frontierangels.com

next frontier capital

A venture capital fund based in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana.

www.nextfrontiercapital.com

linn grove ventures

Investors in innovative technology to solve problems and sustain growth in agriculture, animal health, food production, and medical health.

www.linngroveventures.com

alaska growth capital

An innovative, alternative lending company based in Anchorage, Alaska doing business throughout the northwestern United States.

www.alaskagrowth.com

equity crowdfunding

Similar to traditional crowdfunding, but instead of selling a product, you sell a piece of your company. There are dozens of platforms that have emerged to facilitate this, and Montana has special equity crowdfunding allowances.

www.csimt.gov/securities/capital-formation/equity-crowdfunding/

state of montana grants

The Montana Departments of Commerce, Labor and Industry, and Agriculture offer grants and assistance for growing businesses. The Montana Board of Investments also offers low interest loans for locally-owned enterprises.

Homestake venture PARTNERS

Pursues broad-based economic strength and community resilience by directly supporting the growth of small and mid-sized businesses.

homestakeventurepartners.com

alaska growth capital

An innovative, alternative lending company based in Anchorage, Alaska doing business throughout the northwestern United States.

www.alaskagrowth.com

STATE OF MONTANA GRANTS

The Montana Departments of Commerce, Labor and Industry, and Agriculture offer grants and assistance for growing businesses. The Montana Board of Investments also offers low interest loans for locally-owned enterprises.

EQUITY CROWDFUNDING

Similar to traditional crowdfunding, but instead of selling a product, you sell a piece of your company. There are dozens of platforms that have emerged to facilitate this, and Montana has special equity crowdfunding allowances.

www.csimt.gov/securities/capital-formation/equity-crowdfunding/

sba loans

The Small Business Administration offers loans to start or expand your business.

www.sba.gov/funding-programs/loans

FEDERAL GRANTS

The federal government offers a wide variety of grants for businesses of all sizes.

www.grants.gov

banks

A comprehensive list of Montana banks and branch locations.

banking.mt.gov/Portals/58/Bank_List.pdf

Training: Resources within Montana

Big sky economic
DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION

Offers Billings area ventures mentorship and training sessions to help launch, grow, and strengthen businesses.

Great Falls
Development Authority

Offers Great Falls area ventures resources and support for all phases of growth.

Innovate Montana
Symposium

An annual Innovate Montana event focused on helping entrepreneurs and startups launch, grow, and gain funding.

innovatemontanasymposium.lpages.co/ims2018/

Made in Montana
Trade Show

The state’s premiere tradeshow for promoting and marketing Montana products.

madeinmontanausa.com/tradeshow

Small Business
DevELOPMENT Centers

10 Montana centers focused on counseling in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, training and workshops and loan packaging assistance to help small businesses achieve their goals.

sbdc.mt.gov

Food and Ag
Development Centers

Offers Billings area ventures mentorship and training sessions to help launch, grow, and strengthen businesses.

agr.mt.gov/FADC

Montana Manufacturing
Extension Center

A statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center that helps manufacturers succeed by assessing their operations and providing insight and solutions to help them grow.

www.montana.edu/mmec/

Montana Code School

Offering programming and coding courses that work for your schedule.

www.montanacodeschool.com

Big Sky Code Academy

A second Montana-based training center offering programming and coding courses that work for your schedule.

www.bigskycodeacademy.org

PROSPERA

A Bozeman-based economic development team that offers training seminars and support resources.

www.prosperamt.org

For Employers

Montana has great resources for providing a trained and skilled workforce, so you have the right people to fill positions in your growing business.

MontanaWorks is the source for information on Montana's Registered Apprenticeshp Program and Eligible Training Providers requirements. The Montana University System has 16 four-year and two-year campuses preparing the next generation of Montana’s skilled workers to continue growing and strengthening our economy.

Capital

next frontier capital

Partnering with mission-driven, talented entrepreneurs to build Montana technology companies of impact, utility, and value.

www.nextfrontiercapital.com

HOMESTAKE VENTURE Partners

Strengthening communities by helping investors find local business opportunities.

www.homestakeventurepartners.com

Montana DEPT. OF COMMERCE

The Montana Department of Commerce offers a number of grants for every phase of business creation and growth, from Business & Feasibility Planning to Workforce Training.

www.marketmt.com/Programs/Finance#Business-Planning-and-Feasibility-2396