Assiniboine / Blackfeet / Chippewas / Cree / Crow / Gros Ventre / Kootenai / Little Shell Tribe of Chippewa / North Cheyenne / Pend d' Oreilles / Salish / Sioux

Entrepreneurial Resources

The information on this page is intended to help provide resources for starting and maintaining a business

Building Native Industry

New Online Courses Designed to Help You Start a Business

Lakota Funds launched the Building Native Industry Institute, a program designed to enable Native entrepreneurs to access a variety     of business education courses, complete with videos and downloadable worksheets, while overcoming common challenges, such as distance     and time restraints, regularly related to accessing business education in rural areas. This online platform houses an abundance of     virtual trainings designed to help improve skills in the areas of starting, growing, running, managing finances for, and marketing a     business. Each course also incorporates a pre- and post-test so that entrepreneurs can gauge how they have improved their skills in     the course matter.

Montana Secretary of State

How to Launch a New Business in 8 Steps

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.

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Starting a Business

Are you thinking about starting a business of your own? Congratulations! It’s a huge step, and you’ll need to be prepared. That’s where SBA comes in: In this section, we have brought together the resources you need to get started. Whether you’re sitting down to write your business plan, wondering about your legal obligations, or researching your financing options, you’ll find the information you need right here.

SBA provides assistances primarily through its four programmatic functions: Access to Capital (Business Financing), Entrepreneurial Development (Education, Information, Technical Assistance & Training), Government Contracting (Federal Procurement), Advocacy (Voice for Small Business).

U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA)

Native American Business Primer

The U.S. Small Business Administration has launched a new online tool that helps Native American entrepreneurs prepare for business ownership. The Native American Small Business Primer: Strategies for Success (PDF) is a free online business course developed for Native American entrepreneurs that gives an overview of basic business principles and of the SBA’s programs and services that help business owners get started.

The new primer is an important tool for American Indians, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian business owners that can lend in our nation’s overall economic health through business ownership and creating new jobs. Our ultimate goal is to help spur job creation and to stimulate economic and business development in our Native American communities.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Starting a Business

Listed in the above website are links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business, as well as information to assist in making basic business decisions. The list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business. Information about specific industries can be found on the Industries/Professions webpage.

Great Falls Chamber of Commerce

Tools for Business Success

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has just added this exceptional resource for your use at no charge. It is packed with information and resources to help your new or start-up business.

Rocky Mountain Indian Chamber of Commerce

Moving Commerce for Native Country is our Business

Your success as an entrepreneur is our priority. We strive to help you promote your business, provide resources to leverage your success, and forge alliances that foster growth for your company. Serving the Rocky Mountain region for two decades, we are committed to bridging economic collaboration among corporations, American Indian-owned businesses and Tribes.

Montana’s Tribal Colleges

Blackfeet Community College

        P.O. Box 819

        Browning, Montana 59417

 

Chief Dull Knife College

        P.O. Box 98

        Lame Deer, Montana 59043

 

Fort Belknap College

        P.O. Box 159

        Harlem, Montana 59526

 

Fort Peck Community College

        605 Indian Avenue

        Poplar, Montana 59255

 

Little Big Horn College

        1 Forest Lane

        Crow Agency, Montana 59022

 

Salish Kootenai College

        P.O. Box 70

        Pablo, Montana 59875

 

Stone Child College

        RR 1 Box 1082

        Box Elder, Montana 59521

Financial Resources

Montana Indian Equity Fund

Montana Indian Equity Fund Grants for Indian Business Owners

The Montana Indian Equity Fund is a grant to assist a current Native American business or a new Native American business owner. The funds are available only to enrolled members of Montana’s federally recognized tribes in Montana and to enrolled members of the Little Shell Chippewa Tribe.

The grant funds may be used for a variety of activities including the purchase of new equipment or the development of a new product line. The fund requires a minimum of dollar to dollar match which may include collateral such as cash, collateral, or loan funds such as a tribal loan fund, a micro loan program, or a commercial lender. Examples of collateral may include inventory, supplies, equipment, tools or vehicles that are part of the activity of the business.

To find out more about the Montana Indian Equity Fund Grant, if you qualify and if you need additional information or assistance please contact Philip Belangie, Indian Entrepreneur Development Program Manager, at (406) 721-3663, pbelangie@mt.gov or visit http://entrepreneur.mt.gov/indianequityfund.mcpx

Montana Secretary of State

Need help launching a new business adventure? (PDF)

Ensuring Montana is a place where businesses can grow and thrive is a top priority for Secretary of State Linda McCulloch. The Business Services Division is committed to working in close partnership with entrepreneurs to assist the success of each business endeavor.

Bootstrap Montana Loan Program

Bootstrap Montana Loan Program (PDF)

Providing 0% loans – ranging from $5,000 to $20,000 – to Montana entrepreneurs for projects that generate revenue from out-of-state clients, customers or businesses. “Bootstrapping” refers to the business development philosophy of growing a company without the aid of outside (equity) investment capital.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS)

Starting a Business

Listed in the above website are links to basic federal tax information for people who are starting a business, as well as information to assist in making basic business decisions. The list should not be construed as all-inclusive. Other steps may be appropriate for your specific type of business. Information about specific industries can be found on the Industries/Professions webpage.

Minority Business Entrepreneur Magazine

Online magazine dedicated to the success of minority and women business owners.

Building Native Industry Institute

Lakota Funds, a member of the South Dakota Indian Business Alliance

Enabling Native entrepreneurs to access a variety of business education courses, complete with videos and downloadable worksheets, while overcoming common challenges, such as distance and time restraints, regularly related to accessing business education in rural areas.

American Independent Business Alliance

American Independent Business Alliance

AMIBA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization helping communities launch and successfully operate programs to support community-based enterprise and entrepreneurism, build local wealth and prevent the displacement of independent businesses by major corporations.

Browning Community Development Corporation

Visit this private, non-profit organization created to foster social and economic improvements on the Blackfeet Reservation through business mentoring and financial education.

Tools for Business Success

The Great Falls Area Chamber of Commerce has just added this exceptional resource for your use at no charge. It is packed with information and resources to help your new or start-up business.

Montana Community Development Corporation

Montana CDC works with first-time borrowers who are unfamiliar with the financing process or those in Montana who have limited equity or collateral.

Montana Small Business Development Center

The Montana SBDC program’s two primary services are providing individualized counseling and training in the areas of business plan preparation, starting a business, financial planning, market research & analysis, loan packaging, accounting, promotion & selling, and business management skills.

Native American Community Development Corporation

Working with Native communities to address underlying factors that inhibit economic development and the productive use of available financial capital.

Procurement Technical Assistance Center

The NADC PTAC’s mission is to maximize the number of capable American Indian owned companies in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions in the government marketplace.

Tribal Colleges

Blackfeet Community College

P.O. Box 819

Browning, Montana 59417

 

Chief Dull Knife College

P.O. Box 98

Lame Deer, Montana 59043

 

Fort Belknap College

P.O. Box 159

Harlem, Montana 59526

 

Fort Peck Community College

605 Indian Avenue

Poplar, Montana 59255

 

Little Big Horn College

1 Forest Lane

Crow Agency, Montana 59022

 

Salish Kootenai College

P.O. Box 70

Pablo, Montana 59875

 

Stone Child College

RR 1 Box 1082

Box Elder, Montana 59521

Entrepreneurial Resources

Building Native Industry Institute

Learn how to start your business on the right track with these new online courses. Access These Courses Anywhere, Anytime!

Welcome to the Building Native Industry Institute, an online learning center designed to increase access to business education opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Building Native Industry Institute houses an abundance of virtual trainings designed to help improve skills in the areas of starting, growing, running, managing finances for, and marketing a business. Whether testing a business idea or setting up an office, these courses on the Building Native Industry Online Learning Center will provide you with the information you need to get off on the right foot.

Access these online courses by following a few simple steps! Create an account or sign in to the Building Native Industry Institute Online Learning Center. Select your course and take the pre-test. Start learning by navigating through the lessons and downloading handouts along the way. Take the post-test to see how much you’ve improved.

Contact the Building Native Industry Online Learning Center! Click here to download “How To Guides” that provide step-by-step instructions on setting up an account and taking an online course. With these guides at your fingertips, online learning will never be easier.

Small Business Resources

SMALL BUSINESS RESOURCE

The resources contained within this list are only a portion of the resources available to both large and small businesses here in Montana.  This list is just the beginning!  MIBA’s hope is that the website will be used often by people like you and, that everyone will enhance the list with corrections, additions and suggestions.

The key with each of the listed resources is eligibility.  Montana Department of Commerce programs, for example, each have differing eligibility requirements.  In the Indian Country Economic Development program, only tribes can apply.  Commerce Regional Development Officers and Program Managers help applicants sort out and understand eligibility criteria. Please feel free to ask questions and obtain clarification.

Remember that MIBA and all of the resources contained here are entities of support that want Indian-owned business to succeed!

Building Native Industry Institute

The Lakota Funds, Inc.

P.O. Box 340

Kyle, South Dakota 57752

(605) 455-2500

New Online Courses Designed to Help You Start a Business

http://lakotafunds.org/learningcenter/

Welcome to the Building Native Industry Institute, an online learning center designed to increase access to business education opportunities for entrepreneurs. The Building Native Industry Institute houses an abundance of virtual trainings designed to help improve skills in the areas of starting, growing, running, managing finances for, and marketing a business.

Whether testing a business idea or setting up an office, these courses on the Building Native Industry Online Learning Center will provide you with the information you need to get off on the right foot. Access these online courses by following a few simple steps! Create an account or sign in to the Building Native Industry Institute Online Learning Center. Select your course and take the pre-test. Start learning by navigating through the lessons and downloading handouts along the way. Take the post-test to see how much you’ve improved.

Need help with the Building Native Industry Online Learning Center? Click here to download How To Guides” that provide step-by-step instructions on setting up an account and taking an online course. With these guides at your fingertips, online learning will never be easier.

Back to Top

Administration for Native Americans

Mail Stop: 2nd Fl. West Aerospace Center

370 L’Enfant Promenade SW

Washington, D.C. 20447-0002

(877) 922-9262

anacomments@acf.hhs.gov

http://www.acf.hhs.gov/programs/ana/programs/grantee_corner/guides.html

Economic development for tribal governments and native people is critically important. The development of independent, tribally-owned businesses is an inherent part of cultural survival, and tribes have grown stronger through these efforts. ANA, in partnership with ACKCO, developed three Indian Business Guides on CDs for social entrepreneurs, tribal enterprises, and Indian business owners; each provides a step-by-step process for individuals and tribes interested in business development.

Back to Top

Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund, Inc.

P.O. Box 3029, 101 Pata Street

Browning, Montana 59417-3029

(406) 338-2992

Fax ~ (406) 338-2751

http://nacdc.org/

The mission of the Blackfeet Fund is to promote the economic and social well-being of tribal membership of the Blackfeet Reservation by facilitating the organization of financial capital for local business investment, education community members about financial and business issues, and by working with other community institutions to facilitate positive changes. It also becomes engaged in regional and national issues of importance to Indian people when such action is consistent with the overall mission.

Back to Top

Browning Community Development Corporation

P.O. Box 1218

308 1st Avenue SW

Browning, Montana 59417

(406) 338-4015

Fax ~ (406) 338-2605

info@browningcdc.org

www.browningcdc.org

Browning Community Development Corporation (BCDC) is a community based nonprofit organization dedicated to further social and economic opportunities on the Blackfeet Reservation.

Back to Top

Census and Economic Information Center, Montana Department of Commerce ~ Susan Ockert, Senior Economist

301 South Park – Room 107

Helena, Montana 59620-0505

(406) 841-2740

Fax ~ (406) 841-2731

sockert@mt.gov

www.ceic.mt.gov

The Census and Economic Information Center (CEIC) provides demographic and economic data and analysis, GIS support, technical assistance and training. CEIC assists Montana businesses and communities along with schools and government agencies to access and use this information for decision-making.

Back to Top

Consumer Credit Counseling Service of Montana, Inc.

2022 Central Avenue, P.O. Box 2326

Great Falls, Montana 59401-2326

(406) 761-8721

Fax ~ (406)761-8622

www.cccsmt.org

CCCS provides programs and develops partnerships to help youth, individuals, and families in achieving economic independence.

Back to Top

First Interstate Foundation

P.O. Box 7113

Billings, Montana 59103-7113

(406) 255-5393

Fax ~ 255-5311

www.firstinterstate.com

The mission of First Interstate Foundation is to assist the First Interstate Bank family in being a leading corporate citizen in the communities we serve. The foundation achieves its mission by carrying out First Interstate’s Commitment to Community. It provides resources and leadership to community development efforts that assist low and moderate income communities and individuals as well as neighborhood projects and activities.

Back to Top

Fort Belknap Tribal College’s Small Business Development Center

P.O. Box 159

Harlem, Montana 59526

(406) 353-4672

Fax ~ (406) 353-2774

http://www.fbcc.edu/sbdc

Fort Belknap’s Small Business Development Center’s mission is to provide education, training and technical assistance to community members to encourage a self-sufficient lifestyle within the Fort Belknap Reservation.

Back to Top

Fort Peck Community College Bookstore

P.O. Box 398

Poplar, Montana 59255-0398

(406) 768-3213

Fax ~ (406) 768-3213

www.fpcc.edu

The college serves the constituency of the reservation populations by maintaining an occupational training program based on the needs of the people living on and near the reservation and on potential employment opportunities available in the region. FPCC serves the people of the Fort Peck Indian Reservation and northeastern Montana as a medium of Indian awareness, enabling increased self-awareness. The college serves the people by initiating and supporting community activities and organizations based on the needs and wishes of community members.

Back to Top

Fort Peck Tribal Workforce Development Programs ~ Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes ~ Fort Peck Indian Reservation

P.O. Box 1027

Poplar, Montana 59255-1027

(406) 768-5815

Fax ~ (406) 768-5812

www.fortpecktribes.org

To assist in developing and maintaining knowledgeable, self-sufficient individual and economic prosperity throughout wholesome Fort Peck Reservation communities.

Back to Top

Golnar Management Services

112 South 7th Street

Livingston, Montana 59047

(406) 222-9670

s.golnar@bresnan.net

Golnar Management Services provides skill and experience in helping your business or organization to meet the challenges it faces in a rapidly changing world.

Back to Top

Governor’s Office – State Capitol ~ Coordinator of Indian Affairs

P.O. Box 201001

Helena, Montana 59620-0801

(406) 444-3713

Fax ~ (406) 444-1350

To serve the Montana delegation in the Federal Congress as an advisor and intermediary in the field of Indian affairs; and act as a liaison for representative Indian organizations and groups, public and private, whenever the state coordinator’s support is solicited by tribal governmental entities. To provide assistance to tribal councils or their official designees requesting assistance on any matter relating to education, health, natural resources, and economic development on Indian reservation lands.

Back to Top

Little Big Horn College

P.O. Box 370, One Forestry Lane

Crow Agency, Montana 59022-0370

(406) 638-3118

Fax ~ (406) 638-3169

http://www.lbhc.cc.mt.us/

Little Big Horn College, a 1994 Land Grant Institution is the Crow higher education and cultural center that grants Associate of Arts and Associate of Science degrees and certificates in areas that reflect the developing economic opportunities and social needs of the Crow Indian Reservation and surrounding communities, offering instruction by traditional and distance education methods. The college is dedicated to the professional, vocational and personal development of individual students for their advancement in higher education or in the workplace and inspiring Crow and American Indian Scholarship. The college is committed to the preservation, perpetuation and protection of Crow culture and language, and respects the distinct bilingual and bicultural aspects of the Crow Indian community. Little Big Horn College is committed to the advancement of the Crow Indian family and community building.

Back to Top

Minority Business Development Agency

1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

(888) 324-1551

http://www.mbda.gov/main/who-is-mbda

The Minority Business Development Agency (MBDA) is part of the U.S. Department of Commerce. MBDA is the only federal agency created specifically to foster the establishment and growth of minority-owned businesses in America.

Back to Top

Montana Arts Council

P.O. Box 202201

Helena MT 59620-2201

(406) 444-6430

Fax ~ (406) 444-6548

mac@mt.gov

Indian Art Market Development Specialist

335 Seiwert Lane

Billings, Montana 59105

(406) 545-8983

www.art.mt.gov

art.mt.gov

The Montana Arts Council is the agency of state government established to develop the creative potential of all Montanans, advance education, spur economic vibrancy and revitalize communities through involvement in the arts.

Back to Top

Montana Cooperative Development Center

P.O. Box 3027

Great Falls, Montana 59403-3027

(406) 727-1517

Fax ~ (406) 727-2864

www.mcdc.coop

To promote and develop cooperatives to meet the economic and community needs of rural Montana.

Back to Top

Montana Department of Agriculture

303 North Roberts Street, P.O. Box 200201

Helena, Montana 59620-0201

(406) 444-2402

Fax ~ (406) 444-9442

http://agr.mt.gov/business/GTA.asp

To protect producers and consumers and to enhance and develop agriculture and allied industries.

Back to Top

Montana Department of Commerce

Business Resources Division

301 South Park – Room 107

Helena, Montana 59620-0505

(406) 841-2730

Fax ~ (406) 841-2731

http://www.mtfinanceonline.com/brdbusinessfinance.mcpx

The Business Resources Division assists businesses and communities of Montana in achieving economic prosperity. The Department of Commerce through its employees, community partners, public outreach, and media contacts enhances economic prosperity in Montana; fosters community led diversification and sustainability of a growing economy; maintains and improves our infrastructure, housing and facilities; and promotes and enhances Montana’s positive national and international image.

Back to Top

Montana Department of Commerce

Primary Sector Workforce Training

301 South Park Avenue

Helena, Montana 59601

P.O. Box 200505

Helena, Montana 59620-0505

(406) 841-2744

Fax ~ (406) 841-2732

http://businessresources.mt.gov/wtg/default.mcpx

The Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant program is a state-funded program that provides grant funds to businesses for training of new and existing full-time workers. Full-time is defined as a predominantly year round position requiring an average of 35 hours of work each week. No more than $5,000 of grant funds will be provided for training each full-time employee.

Back to Top

Montana Department of Transportation

Civil Rights Bureau

2701 Prospect Avenue

Helena, Montana 59620-1001

(406) 444-6331 TTY ~ (800) 335-7592

Fax ~ (406) 444-7685

DBE Supportive Services Program, Civil Rights Bureau

2701 Prospect Avenue

Helena, Montana 59620-1001

800-883-5811

Fax ~ (406) 444-7685

http://www.mdt.mt.gov/

The purpose of the DBE program is to create a level-playing field on which certified DBE companies can compete fairly for MDT federally funded highway projects.

Services:

* To help small disadvantaged businesses equally participate in contracting opportunities funded by USDOT * Receive funds for Training Expenses * Receive one-on-one Technical and Training Assistance * Eligible for USDOT Short-term Financing Program * Receive Contracting Opportunity Announcements * Consultant –Assistance or Student Internship Services * Free attendance to Workshops

Back to Top

Montana Women’s Business Center

Prospera Business Network

2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1

Bozeman, Montana 59718

(406) 587-3113

Fax ~ (406) 587-9565

http://www.montanawbc.org/

The Montana Women’s Business Center (WBC) is a program of Prospera Business Network and is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. Established in October 2009, the Montana WBC is one of over 100 business centers across the country. We provide the necessary tools and support to help women establish, grow and sustain businesses throughout the state of Montana.

Back to Top

National Tribal Development Association

RR 1 Box 694

Box Elder, Montana 59521

(406) 395-4095

Fax ~ (406) 395-4096

www.ntda.info or info@ntda.info or http://www.indiancreditoutreach.com/

Back to Top

Office of Field Policy and Management, Helena HUD – Montana Field Office

100 Neill Avenue # 27

Helena, Montana 59601

(406) 447-1480

Fax ~ (406) 449-5052

http://www.hud.gov/

HUD’s mission is to increase homeownership, support community development and increase access to affordable housing free from discrimination. To fulfill this mission, HUD will embrace high standards of ethics, management and accountability and forge new partnerships–particularly with faith-based and community organizations–that leverage resources and improve HUD’s ability to be effective on the community level.

Back to Top

S & K Holding Company

56749 Highway 93

Ronan, Montana 59864

(406) 883-4317

Fax ~ (406) 675-2363

www.skholdingcompany.com/

S & K Holding Company’s primary function is to identify opportunities and create mechanisms and support systems that will assure that the tribe and tribal members can take advantage of economic opportunities available in the region. S& K Holding Company also functions as an interface between tribal member entrepreneurs and tribal government in exploring joint venture business partnerships between the private and public sector.

Back to Top

Small Business Development Center

710 1st Avenue North

Great Falls, Montana 59401

(406) 453-8834 ext. 107

(866) 483-2557 ext. 107

Fax ~ (406) 454-2995

www.gfdevelopment.org or sbdc.mt.gov

Guiding Montana businesses to success.

Back to Top

South Eastern Montana Development Corporation: Small Business Development Center

6200 Main Street

P.O. Box 1935

Colstrip, Montana 59323-1935

(406) 748-2990

Fax ~ (406) 748-2990

sbdc@bhwi.net

www.semdc.org

We assist businesses by providing guidance for financial analysis and projections, business planning, training and marketing assistance. We consult at no cost to you in a confidential friendly environment. We provide additional resources and contacts for professional services, training, and advice.

Services:

* Financial Technical Assistance * Business Plans * Marketing Assistance * Training * Entrepreneurial Development * Business start-up workshops

Back to Top

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

7 West 6th Avenue

Helena, Montana 59626

(406) 447-1487

Cell ~ (406) 799-6602

Fax ~ (406) 449-5052

http://www.hud.gov/local/index.cfm?state=mt

Provide decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing.

Back to Top

United State Department of the Interior: Bureau of Indian Affairs ~ LOAN GUARANTY PROGRAM

316 North 26th Street

Billings, Montana 59101

(406) 247-7963

Fax ~ (406) 247-7978

http://www.bia.gov/WhoWeAre/AS-IA/IEED/DCI/index.htm#

The program was established by the Indian Financing Act of 1974 to stimulate and increase American Indian entrepreneurship and employment through establishment, acquisition or expansion of Indian-owned or Native Alaskan owned economic enterprises. Loans may be made to finance Indian-owned businesses organized for profit.

Back to Top

United States Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration

10 West 15th Street

Helena, Montana 59626

(406) 441-1081

Fax ~ (406) 441-1090

www.sba.gov

Maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interest of small businesses and by helping families and businesses recover from national disasters.