Small Business Resources for Indian Entrepreneurs

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

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.


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Administration for Native Americans

Mail Stop: 2nd Fl. West Aerospace Center

370 L'Enfant Promenade SW

Washington, D.C. 20447-0002

(877) 922-9262

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.


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Blackfeet Reservation Development Fund, Inc.

P.O. Box 3029, 101 Pata Street

Browning, Montana 59417-3029

(406) 338-2992

Fax ~ (406) 338-2751

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.


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Browning Community Development Corporation

P.O. Box 1218

308 1st Avenue SW

Browning, Montana 59417

(406) 338-4015

Fax ~ (406) 338-2605

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


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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

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.


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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

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


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First Interstate Foundation

P.O. Box 7113

Billings, Montana 59103-7113

(406) 255-5393

Fax ~ 255-5311

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.


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Fort Belknap Tribal College’s Small Business Development Center

P.O. Box 159

Harlem, Montana 59526

(406) 353-4672

Fax ~ (406) 353-2774

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.


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Fort Peck Community College Bookstore

P.O. Box 398

Poplar, Montana 59255-0398

(406) 768-3213

Fax ~ (406) 768-3213

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.


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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

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


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Golnar Management Services

112 South 7th Street

Livingston, Montana 59047

(406) 222-9670

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


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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.


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Little Big Horn College

P.O. Box 370, One Forestry Lane

Crow Agency, Montana 59022-0370

(406) 638-3118

Fax ~ (406) 638-3169

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.


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Minority Business Development Agency

1401 Constitution Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20230

(888) 324-1551

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.


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Montana Arts Council

P.O. Box 202201

Helena MT 59620-2201

(406) 444-6430

Fax ~ (406) 444-6548

Indian Art Market Development Specialist

335 Seiwert Lane

Billings, Montana 59105

(406) 545-8983

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.


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Montana Cooperative Development Center

P.O. Box 3027

Great Falls, Montana 59403-3027

(406) 727-1517

Fax ~ (406) 727-2864

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


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Montana Department of Agriculture

303 North Roberts Street, P.O. Box 200201

Helena, Montana 59620-0201

(406) 444-2402

Fax ~ (406) 444-9442

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


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Montana Department of Commerce

Business Resources Division

301 South Park - Room 107

Helena, Montana 59620-0505

(406) 841-2730

Fax ~ (406) 841-2731

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.


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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

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.


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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


Fax ~ (406) 444-7685

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.


* 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


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Montana Women's Business Center

Prospera Business Network

2015 Charlotte Street, Suite 1

Bozeman, Montana 59718

(406) 587-3113

Fax ~ (406) 587-9565

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.


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National Tribal Development Association

RR 1 Box 694

Box Elder, Montana 59521

(406) 395-4095

Fax ~ (406) 395-4096 or or


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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

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.


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S & K Holding Company

56749 Highway 93

Ronan, Montana 59864

(406) 883-4317

Fax ~ (406) 675-2363

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.


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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 or

Guiding Montana businesses to success.


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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

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.


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


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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

Provide decent, safe, and sanitary affordable housing.


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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

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.


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United States Small Business Administration

U.S. Small Business Administration

10 West 15th Street

Helena, Montana 59626

(406) 441-1081

Fax ~ (406) 441-1090

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.


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