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Montana is the Top State for Entrepreneurs for the Third Year in a Row

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock today highlighted a report from the Kauffman Foundation that shows that Montana, for the third year in a row, has been named the top state for entrepreneurial activity, with 540 new entrepreneurs for every 100,000 adults in a given month.  This was up from 490 new entrepreneurs in a given month in last year’s report. The report also showed that Montana’s start up density, which measures the number of startup firms per 100,000 residents, was up from 184.7 last year, to 195.7 in this year’s report.

Monday, June 8, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Business

July is Open Land Month in Montana

Support the Month Long Celebration through Events, Social Media, and More

From the Montana Association of Land Trusts:

The idea is one we can all embrace: Celebrate all the ways that open land enhances the quality of life for Montanans. Whether you are a hiker, biker, or hunter – whether you ranch the land or just enjoy the scenery – there is much to be thankful for in our beautiful state.  Governor Bullock has joined in encouraging people across Montana to observe the first ever Montana Open Land Month this July. For all of us, those who make our living from the land or simply enjoy its bounty, this is a time to honor the places and experiences we so love about Montana.

Tuesday, June 2, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Tourism & Film

Department of Commerce to Sponsor Tour of Montana Bicycle Festival

HELENA – The inaugural Tour of Montana Bicycle Festival, which will include Montana’s first-ever multi-day professional road race July 16–19, will be supported with a sponsorship from the Department of Commerce, Director Meg O’Leary announced Wednesday.

Speaking from the Adventure Cycling Association in Missoula, O’Leary joined Mayor John Engen, Tour of Montana staff and guests from the cycling industry to announce the $20,000 sponsorship.

“Montana offers incredible cycling opportunities set amidst spectacular unspoiled nature,” said O’Leary. “We recognize the Tour of Montana’s potential to grow the economy, especially through tourism, and applaud this effort to promote Montana to the world’s cycling enthusiasts. We believe it’s going to be a great event, and we’re pleased to be supporting it.”

Thursday, May 21, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel

$3.3 Million of Revolving Loan Funds Available for Montana Wood Products Businesses

The Montana Department of Commerce has over $3 million available in state and federal loan funds to assist wood product and wood processing businesses that have suffered or are suffering economic hardships.

The Department administers two different revolving loan funds, one funded by the State of Montana and one by the US Department of Commerce – Economic Development Administration.

$1,888,000 - State Wood Products Funds Available

$1,446,000 - EDA Wood Products Funds Available

The Wood Products Revolving Loan Fund Programs provide a long-term affordable lending tool to assist businesses in retaining or creating jobs providing a long-term economic benefit to the state of Montana.

For more information about the Wood Products RLF Program and how to apply for a loan, please contact Carolyn Jones, Section Manager: (406) 841-2594 or

Thursday, May 7, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Business

From the Director: New a Game Changer

The Internet continues to change the landscape of modern business. At the Montana Department of Commerce, we’re embraced the change and are leveraging the power of the Internet to help grow Montana’s economy.

Sunday, April 19, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel

New Tourism Grant Program Improves Access to $1 Million Pool

HELENA – The Montana Office of Tourism is restructuring its $1 million grant program so state financial assistance will be more accessible and inclusive.

The program is designed to strengthen the economy by developing and enhancing Montana’s nearly $4 billion tourism industry. But according to Meg O’Leary, director of the Department of Commerce, funding is available to a wide variety of businesses and organizations.

Friday, April 17, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel

Governor Bullock and Director O'Leary Announce $4 Million to Enhance Senior Housing in Missoula

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $4,035,550 in federal Housing Credits to the Missoula Housing Authority to assist with the rehabilitation of River Ridge Apartments. The River Ridge complex has 70 units available to low-income and disabled seniors. The federal funding is being made available through the Montana Board of Housing.

“Montana seniors have helped to build our state and make it a place we can all be proud to call home. This project will ensure they can continue to live and thrive in a community they love,” said Bullock. “My administration will continue to work with communities across Montana to increase access to safe, quality, and affordable housing for those who need it most.”

Monday, April 6, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Housing

Governor Bullock Attends Made in Montana Tradeshow and Presents "Best in Show" Awards

Governor Steve Bullock attended the record-breaking Made in Montana Tradeshow and presented the Made in Montana "Best in Show" Awards. During his remarks, he noted that, "Made in Montana means authentic, unique, and genuine. It means you can't find anything like it, anywhere else in the world."

Monday, March 30, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Business

Montana Heritage Commission Launches New Online Membership Service

HELENA, MT - The Montana Heritage Commission has launched a new way to allow Montana history lovers to be a part of preserving the past. The new online and mobile service allows the public to purchase or renew Personal and Gift Memberships, or history buffs can make a direct donation towards conserving Montana's historical sites.

Friday, March 27, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel

Montana Small Business Development Center Network Advisory Council Appointments Announced

The Montana Small Business Development Center Network Advisory Council appointments for 2015-2017 have been announced by Governor Bullock.

Thursday, March 26, 2015/Author: Ronja Abel
Categories: Business

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