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Montana Tribal Tourism Businesses Court International Clients

HELENA, Mont. – Five tribal tourism businesses last week traveled to North Dakota to sit down with international tour operators interested in bringing more visitors from overseas to Montana’s Indian Country.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017
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Naming and Logo Contest Announced for Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program

Students have until April 17 to submit their designs

St. Ignatius School, Flathead Reservation

The State Tribal Economic Development Commission is asking students to help create a logo and name for its new Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces Funding to Help Build Blackfeet Community College’s Health Science Facility

The new 9,200 square-foot facility will allow the college to expand its nursing and public health programs.

Governor Steve Bullock Thursday awarded $400,000 in Community Development Block Grant Economic Development funding to Glacier County for the construction of a health sciences facility at Blackfeet Community College.

Thursday, March 23, 2017

46 New Producers, Native American Pavilion Featured at 19th Annual Made in Montana Tradeshow

2016 Made in Montana Tradeshow

More than 145 craftspeople, food producers, artists, and entrepreneurs will kick off small business week at the Montana Department of Commerce during the 19th annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow and Expand 27 Native American Businesses

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary announced a total of $320,000 in grant funding to twenty-seven Native American business owners to help grow and expand their businesses. The funds are being made available through the Indian Equity Fund (IEF) Small Business Grant Program. Eighty-five Native American businesses across Montana applied to the program this year.

Tuesday, December 6, 2016
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Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow and Expand 26 Native American Businesses

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced 26 Native American business owners will receive $320,000 in grant funding to grow and expand their businesses.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Governor Bullock Announces Statewide Organization to Help Native American Businesses Grow, Expand, and Create Jobs

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock today announced the certification and funding of the statewide Native American Development Corporation (NADC) in Billings with $420,000 to help native owned businesses grow, expand, and create more jobs on reservations and in Native communities.

Thursday, June 30, 2016
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Gov. Steve Bullock and Director Meg O'Leary Award $65,000 Through NACS Program

Brennin Grainey and Tammy Fragua present a check for $65,000

Governor Steve Bullock and Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary present Brennin Grainey (far left) of Glacier Bank and Tammy Fragua (second from left), owner of Flathead Raft Company, a check for $65,000 from the Native American Collateral Support Program that secured a $225,000 loan with Glacier Bank.  Photo by Canon Luerkens.

Tuesday, May 10, 2016
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Governor Bullock and Director O'Leary Announce Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

Fort Peck

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the recent award of $65,000 to support economic development efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes. The funds will support a Business Development Manager position, which will manage several projects critical to economic success on the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
 
“This grant will support efforts by the Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes to continue to build and strengthen their regional economy,” said Bullock. “We are pleased to be able to support tribal entrepreneurial ventures, create and retain jobs, and further develop infrastructure on reservations.”
 
Available through the Indian Country Economic Development (ICED) program, Director O’Leary said the funds will help the tribes bring new and existing projects to fruition.

Tuesday, July 14, 2015
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