Getting Started

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