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How can the Department of Commerce help you?

Finance information:

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Loan and Grant Programs for Hospitals, Medical Centers, Correctional and other Public Facilities:

  • The Commerce Community Development Block Grant Economic Development Program can be accessed by applying through your local community for job training, loans and infrastructure improvements. The CDBG – Public Facilities program can also make grants for public facilities in some cases. The requirements differ from the Economic Development component.
  • The Montana Facility Finance Authority is the primary issuer of municipal bonds for Montana's health care organizations, continuing care residential programs and community service providers. Created in 1983 to provide not-for-profit health care providers with access to low-cost capital, the Authority's statutory powers have been expanded to beyond the traditional health care arena to the point where the legislature changed its title from the Montana Health Facility Authority to the present title. The majority of the Authority's financings have been completed on behalf of acute care hospitals; however, we have also provided capital for nursing homes, assisted living facilities, retirement facilities, outpatient centers, homes for persons with developmental or mental disabilities, chemical dependency centers and pre-release centers. Many other facilities are also eligible for the Authority financing programs.
  • The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Program  Job Creation grants at Commerce can provide financial assistance through local and tribal governments.  Funding is based on anticipated job creation.

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Grant Programs for Local Governments to Improve Infrastructure for Businesses:

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Relocating a Business to Montana:

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Starting or Managing an Existing Business:

Business Planning/Business Tools:

  • One-on-one individualized, no-cost counseling from a business advisor, self-help templates, on-line counseling, training courses and low-cost business management training at Small Business Development Center
  • Training courses for business management at Entrepreneur Training

Registering Your Business/Business Licenses and Permits:

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Business Legal Structure/Business Entity Descriptions and Forms:

Registering a Business Name:

Grants to Start or Expand a Business:

  • Grants are not available except in specific circumstances:
    • Refer to MTIP for businesses that want assistance to become competitive to apply for federal Research and Development funds.
    • Refer to Finance Information Center website for SBA programs, local RLFs, SBDCs for SBA Community Express Loan Program, CDBG/EDA for larger community projects, etc
    • The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology (MBRCT) encourages economic development through investment in research projects that have a clear path to commercialization.
    • The Montana SBIR/STTR Matching Funds Program (MSMFP)  is designed to award grant funds to Montana companies that have been awarded a Small Business Innovation Research Program or Small Business Technology Transfer Program (Federal SBIR/STTR Program) Phase I award and that, if the opportunity to do so is available, intend to apply for a Federal SBIR/STTR Program Phase II award. 

Matching Grant Programs for Business Development:

Business Marketing Tools:

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Loans/Grants for Businesses:

Business Statistics: