About Us

The Montana Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) certified Business Consultants offer free one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs statewide. The SBDC Lead Center is located at the Montana Department of Commerce in Helena and supports ten centers, each hosted by economic development and higher education institutions.

The SBDC network is a nationally accredited program through America's SBDC. Over the course of its 28-year history, the SBDC has assisted more than 29,000 Montana entrepreneurs and nearly 6,500 businesses. In 2016, the SBDC network helped launch 73 new businesses, counseled clients for 6,667 hours, and hosted 85 training seminars to reach 1,276 participants. The SBDC also created or retained 616 jobs in Montana, and helped small business owners launch or grow their companies by working with clients to access more than $45 million in financing.

Each local SBDC offers the following services areas for start-ups, existing and expanding businesses:

  • Financial Analysis
  • Business Planning
  • Operations Assistance
  • Marketing & Social Media Assistance
  • Training & Workshops
  • Entrepreneurial Development
  • Loan Packaging Assistance

Read our latest news or view press kit to find out more information.

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Annual Report



Our Annual Report provides stats on our productivity and economic impact.  Success stories featured are also on our success story page.

We are proud to showcase the collective strength of our network, individual accomplishments of our Business Advisors, and the support of our host organizations. We work hard to maintain the highest level of quality for the entrepreneurs of Montana.

Our success is Montana's success!

 

 

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Invest in Success was the Montana SBDC's annual statewide conference designed by our Business Advisors. It focused on leading businesses with relevant, on-trend workshops and sessions. Attendees enhanced their financial, managerial and technical skills, all invaluable assets to entrepreneurship. 

Our conference is on hiatus in 2017, replaced by our Shark Tank event and business track classes by our advisors at the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation in March 2017.

Find out more about Invest in Success by visiting our conference webpage from 2016.

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SBDC program partners are key organizations or individuals who are working in concert with our network to achieve a common goal and contribute significantly to our organization’s ability to achieve results. Below are the partners that help make our network a success, including the Montana Department of Commerce, the Incumbent Worker Training Program at the Montana Department of Labor & Industry and our Business Advisors' host organizations.

     Montana Technology Innovative Partnership   Montana Manufacturing Extension Center   Montana Women's Business Center   Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center    Montana Food and Agriculture Development Network    US Small Business Administration

          Montana Department of Labor & Industry               Montana Business Expansion and Retention

 

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The Montana SBDC Advisory Council is comprised of members who have demonstrated an interest in supporting and promoting small businesses and assistance activities. Each member is appointed by the Governor. Members are selected to represent a broad range of backgrounds and skills, including not only those who have experience in small business ownership and operations, but also those who are in leadership positions in statewide economic development, holding positions in government, education and the non-profit sector. The State SBDC Advisory Council Members serve for terms of two years, commencing when the appointments are made.

The Council is created for the purpose of acting in an advisory capacity as provided in 2-15-102 MCA: furnishing advice, gathering information, making recommendations, and performing activities that may be necessary to comply with federal funding requirements and does not mean administration of the program or setting policy. The purpose of the council is to leverage support for the SBDC Network, and to provide advice to the SBDC State Director of matters related to strategic planning, best practices, and solving marketing and funding challenges.

2017-2019 appointments to be announced.

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