SBDC Lead Center

Montana Department of Commerce
Office of Tourism and Business Development

Street Address:
301 S. Park Avenue
Helena, MT 59601

Mailing Address:
PO Box 200505
Helena, MT 59620-0505

Fax: 406.841.2871

Hours of Operation:

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State Direcor

Chad Moore, SBDC State Director

Chad came to the SBDC in 2016. Prior to joining the Lead Center, Chad was a Business Advisor in Billings. He assisted in major expansion plans for businesses through incentive programs, and also managed the Business Expansion and Retention Resource team at Big Sky Economic Development. Chad is a Montana State University graduate and a certified NxLeveL instructor. He has experience in marketing, new client development, grant management, business planning, strategic planning and overall business coaching. His expertise has helped businesses understand the marketing landscape in today’s business environment, secure capital for employee training and offset business expenses through expansion incentives.

Associate Direcor

Lori Gilliland, SBDC Associate Director

StateStarLori has been with the Department of Commerce and the Small Business Development Center since August 2009. She holds a Bachelor's Degree in Information Systems Management & Business from the University of Great Falls. Lori's areas of expertise include federal grant management, financial review, program review, and state contracting.



PR Specialist

Lexie Hildebrand, SBDC Public Relations Specialist

Lexie Hildebrand joined the Montana SBDC’s Lead Center in October 2018. Prior to joining the Montana SBDC, Lexie worked as an independent marketing consultant for businesses in the Bitterroot Valley. Creating content and marketing for a variety of events and businesses, Lexie developed a well-rounded marketing and graphic design background.

As the Small Business Development Center Public Relations Specialist at the Lead Center, Lexie leads the marketing effort for all Montana SBDCs. Working closely with the 10 regions, Lexie develops marketing strategies to help reach SBDC target markets. Lexie’s areas of expertise are digital and social media marketing, graphic design, and branding. Lexie holds a certificate in Hub Spot InBound Marketing. Lexie is a 2018 graduate of the University of Montana with a Bachelor’s in Business Administration- Marketing.