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There are a number of valuable resources available to businesses in southwest Montana in addition to those housed at Montana State University. Many of these services are offered on a little or no-cost basis.

Planning

Career Transitions

Contact: (406) 388-6701, www.careertransitions.com

Career Transitions is a private, non-profit job training organization promoting job readiness and lifelong learning through adult education and training programs. Founded in 1981, Career Transitions also manages the area’s farmer’s markets. The organization offers a variety of assessment tools exploring skills and interests in order to match job goals, training proficiencies and career paths. Classes focus on areas such as verbal and written communication, interviewing, resumes and cover letters, computer literacy, advanced software training and accounting.

Human Resource Development Council (HRDC)

Contact:  (406) 333-2537, www.thehrdc.org

HRDC of District IX is a non-profit community action agency dedicated to strengthening the community through innovation and leadership in the areas of: housing, food & nutrition, child & youth development, senior empowerment, community transportation, home heating, energy, and safety & community development. Established in 1975, the organization serves Gallatin, Park and Meagher Counties.

Job Service of Montana

Contact (406) 222-0520, www.montanajobs.mt.gov

Job Service of MT maintains 24 ‘One-Stop Centers’ throughout the state, including one each in Bozeman and Livingston. The centers provide customer-focused employment and training opportunities that prepare, train and connect a highly skilled workforce to the business community. All services are federally funded and available to the employer and job seeker at no cost.

Montana Women’s Business Center (WBC)

Contact: (406) 587-3113, www.MontanaWBC.org 

WBC was established in 2009 and is one of over 100 women’s business centers across the country. Prospera Business Network proudly hosts the program, which is partially funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration. The Montana WBC provides the necessary tools and support to help women establish, grow and sustain businesses throughout the state of Montana. It is focused on providing business counseling, training, mentoring and networking services. The Montana WBC gives women the opportunity to excel in business and contributes to the growth of economies throughout the state. It is a critical resource to those who are economically or socially disadvantaged.

Montana World Trade Center (MWTC)

Contact: (406) 243-6982, www.mwtc.org

MWTC works to increase international trade through public-private partnerships, business networking and student education. Since its inception, MWTC has undertaken a dual role as consultant and advocate, assisting member businesses to establish and strengthen international commercial capabilities while striving to develop untapped international trade opportunities. The MWTC is located in Missoula on the campus of the University of Montana.

Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District (NRMEDD)

Contact: info@nrmedd.org, http://nrmedd.org

NRMEDD is comprised of public officials and business representatives from Park and Gallatin Counties. Every five years the District prepares a Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy.

Prospera Business Network

Contact: (406) 587-3113, www.ProsperaBusinessNetwork.org 

Prospera is a member-supported nonprofit economic development organization in southwestern Montana whose purpose is to advance, challenge and inspire our regional business communities. Prospera is dedicated to encouraging and supporting business expansion, retention and relocation by providing access to business consulting, financing, professional development and economic research.

Service Core of Retired Executives (SCORE)

Contact: (406) 586-5421, www.scorebozeman.org, www.score.org

SCORE is a nonprofit association dedicated to helping small businesses get off the ground, grow and achieve their goals through education and mentorship. SCORE is a U.S. Small Business Administration resource partner and matches retired and working business counselors with existing, start-up and prospective small business people in need of expert advice at no charge or at very low cost.

Bozeman Small Business Development Center (SBDC)

Contact: (406) 728-9234, www.mtcdc.org, www.sbdc.mt.gov

SBDC, operated by the Montana Community Development Corporation is part of a statewide network of resource and technical service providers that assist start-up and existing businesses. Professional staff provide free, confidential, one-on-one business counseling and low-cost training programs to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The SBDC is a partnership between the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), Montana Department of Commerce, regional economic development organizations and the Montana higher education system.

Small Business Administration (SBA)

Contact: Wayne Gardella, (406) 586-5421, www.sba.gov/about-offices-content/2/3126

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America’s future, and to helping the United States compete in today’s global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established, the bottom line mission remains the same; the SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. Through an extensive network of field offices and partnerships with public and private organizations, SBA delivers its services to people throughout the United States, Puerto Rico, the U. S. Virgin Islands and Guam.

The Montana Small Business Development Center

Contact: Sean Becker, (406) 522-9234 ext. 250

Montana Community Development Corporation’s (MCDC) Small Business Development Center (SBDC) offers the support you need to develop the small businesses that nourish the economic life of communities throughout Montana. Whether it’s turning your vision into a viable business, solving a pressing business problem or expanding your enterprise into new levels, our talented staff can work with you to build the financial, managerial and technical skills you’ll need to see your business prosper.

Montana Department of Commerce

Contact: (406) 841-2700, www.commerce.mt.gov

The Department of Commerce is committed to the state’s vision for economic prosperity and serving the many citizens, communities, businesses, and organizations. Commerce also acts as an information broker for businesses and communities in the economic and community development areas.

MSU Extension Services – Park County

Contact: Katie Weaver, (406) 222-4156

MSU Extension is a statewide educational outreach network that applies unbiased, research-based university resources to practical needs identified by the people of Montana in their home communities. Serving the four areas of agriculture and natural resources, family and home, community and youth development, and yard, garden and energy, MSU Extension strives to improve the quality of people’s lives.

Financing

Prospera Business Network ~ City of Livingston/Park County Revolving Loan Fund

Contact: Anjie Mikesell, (406) 587-3113, www.prosperabusinessnetwork.org

All local. All the time. As a small business owner, you work hard to deliver quality products and services to your customers. We have no doubt that your customers appreciate your attention to their needs. As a small business owner, you may need to tap into non-traditional sources of capital to help your business grow and succeed. One of those non-traditional sources are revolving loan funds. The City of Livingston/Park County Revolving Loan Funds were set up by local government agencies as a way to encourage innovation and job growth within our communities. Prospera administers these loan funds as a complement to commercial lending, lending small business capital to people who are leading our local economies by adding jobs and blazing new trails. Because 100 percent of all loan repayments stay right here in Park County, we offer small business owners a unique opportunity to reach their business goals while simultaneously building a dynamic business community. Prospera is the only local non-profit lender who can guarantee that funds stay local.

Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC)

Contact:  Sarah Fitzgerald (406) 728-9234 ext. 251, www.mtcdc.org

MCDC works with first-time business owners who are unfamiliar with the financing process or those who have limited equity or collateral.  We can also work with your bank to provide the missing financing piece to get your business started.  MCDC is the only provider of SBA microloans in Montana.

Montana Finance Information Center

Contact: Karyl Tobel, (406) 841-2732, www.mtfinanceonline.com/default.mcpx

The Montana Finance Information Center provides summary information for the most significant financing resources available from state, federal, and local institutions. The website is organized as much as possible by source and point of application. Preference for organizational purposes is given to the actual level that provides funding to businesses and local governments.
This site has been constructed by the Business Resources Division of the Montana Department of Commerce to assist the businesses and communities of Montana in achieving economic prosperity keeping in mind that the vision of prosperity to be achieved must be defined by the businesses and communities that we serve.

Workforce Training Grants

Contact: Nancy Faroni, (406) 841-2744, www.business.mt.gov/BusinessAssistance/grants.asp

We can help lower your financial burden! In addition to available low interest loans, the State of Montana also offers grant programs for Business Development and Workforce Training. As grants, these funds do not have to be repaid by the business recipient who is creating or training workers for new jobs in Montana.

Licensing, Permits, and Other Regulatory Issues

Montana Secretary of State: How to Start a New Business

Contact: Tana Gormely, (406) 444-3656, www.sos.mt.gov/Business/Startup/index.asp

Small businesses are critical to the economic vitality and stability of the Montana economy. The Secretary of State’s Office is available to help you as you launch your new business. Use this resource to help determine your business structure, reserve a business name, apply for a TaxID number and various licenses.

Montana Department of Revenue

Contact: Toll Free (866) 859-2254 or in Helena (406) 444-6900, www.revenue.mt.gov/default.mcpx

The Montana Department of Revenue administers more than 30 state taxes and fees, including income taxes, natural resource taxes, corporation taxes and other miscellaneous taxes.  The department also establishes values for all taxable property, including agricultural land, residential real estate, commercial real estate, forest land, business equipment, railroads and public utilities.  In addition, the department supervises the operation of agency liquor stores, manages the state wholesale liquor operations, and administers laws governing the sale, taxation and licensing of alcoholic beverages.

Livingston Planning Department

Contact: (406) 222-4903

Livingston’s Planning Department can help you with all of your questions relating to the City’s Growth Policy, Zoning Ordinance, Subdivision Regulations or Historic Preservation program.  In addition, this Department is also the point of contact for issues involving annexation, street abandonment or special assessments.

Park County Planning

Contact: Jeri Stevens, (406) 222-4102

The Planning Department is responsible for all land use planning activities in the County. The Planning Department administers the County Subdivision Regulations, the regulations of all zoning districts, code enforcement, administration of the sign ordinance, and implementation of the Park County Growth Policy.

Location

Livingston Business Improvement District

Contact: info@downtownlivingston.org, www.downtownlivingston.org

The mission of the District is to aid in facilitation and strengthening of commerce, provide maintenance assistance, beautify and enhance streetscapes, improve security and safety, and stimulate development and vitality in Livingston’s historic downtown district.

Livingston Chamber of Commerce

Contact: (406) 222-0850, www.livingston-chamber.com

Discover Livingston resting on the banks of the Yellowstone River surrounded by majestic mountains. Livingston delivers an eclectic blend of shops, museums, galleries, live theater and music, as well as unique restaurants for every taste. Explore Park County to experience the rivers and ranges, ranches and romance. Whether you seek the rugged outdoors or culture, cuisine and comforts, you’ll find exciting places and friendly faces here in Livingston, Park County, Montana

Park County Board of Realtors

Contact: Ernie Meador, (406) 222-8701

Montana Census and Economic Information

Contact: Mary Craigle, (406) 841-2740, www.ceic.mt.gov

Provides surveys, Census 2000, Census 2010, Montana facts, publications, and other important Montana demographic information.

Personnel

Livingston Job Service

Contact: Meagan Lannan, (406) 222-8908

The staff can assist you with all of your employment and training related needs. We strive to meet the changing needs of job seekers and employers by staying educated on the many resources available in our community and state and then communicating those to you. We also provide computers, phone, fax, copying and printing services for all your employment needs. Please visit our office, our website homepage, or give us a call to experience all the services we offer.

Gallatin College Programs

Contact: Ryan Haskins, (406) 994-6151, www.montana.edu/gallatincollege

The mission of Gallatin College Programs is to be responsive to the educational and workforce needs by developing, delivering, and continually improving quality educational programs and services that will allow individuals to achieve their goals and create opportunities that will enrich their lives. Gallatin College collaborates extensively with area industries to develop new programs and provide responsive training options that meet local workforce needs. One- and two-year workforce programs help students improve their skills and advance their career opportunities, or prepare for a career change.