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, or visit

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.

Montana Business Resource Division

Finance Programs

Funding opportunities for Certified Regional Development Corporations(CRDCs), Local and Tribal Governments, and businesses in Montana.

Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Fall 2011 Newsletter


Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Summer 2010 Newsletter


Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC)

Native American Loan Fund

The MCDC Native American Loan Fund is meant to provide Native American entrepreneurs and business owners financing to start or grow their business. Collateral and owner equity requirements are flexible as are the terms for the loan.

Montana Department of Commerce

Montana Finance Information Center

The Montana Finance Information Center provides summary information for the most significant financing resources available from state, federal, and local institutions.

MIBA Small Business Resource Provider Guide

Small Business Resource Provider Guide

The Montana Indian Business Alliance has developed this Resources by Region Section to assist Indian entrepreneurs and small business owners seeking to start or grow their businesses on and off reservations. The Small Business Resource Provider Guide lists programs, entities, institutions and professional organizations available to assist small businesses in their efforts to succeed.

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