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Montana-made Spirits May Soon be in Highball Glasses All Over the World

Support from Department of Commerce Puts Bigfork-based Whistling Andy on the Map for International Success

Brian Anderson and Lisa Cloutier, the husband-wife creators of Whistling Andy, opened their Bigfork-based distillery on New Year’s Eve almost 10 years ago. They believe it’s the oldest operating distillery in Montana. That makes Lisa and Brian old pros at trying new things.

Wednesday, July 22, 2020

Governor Bullock Announces Emergency Loans Now Available for Small Businesses in Montana

SBA approves Montana’s request for emergency small business loans

Governor Steve Bullock

Governor Steve Bullock today announced that small businesses across Montana impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Commerce Director Rice Announces Opening of New Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program

Montana Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice announced Wednesday the Department is now accepting applications for the Montana Historic Preservation Grant Program. The new grant program is designed to support the preservation of historical sites, societies and museums in Montana. 

Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Supporting a Community-Led Effort to Boost Eastern Montana Tourism, Business

Guest Column by Tara Rice

Makoshika State Park, Montana

As the folks responsible for promoting the vibrant, charming towns and stunning landscapes across our state, we know that Montana’s strong economy is driven in part by a thriving tourism and outdoor recreation economy.

Thursday, November 7, 2019

Montana Featured in United Airlines’ Hemispheres Magazine

Look for Montana in the September issue of the on-flight magazine

United Hemispheres Magazine Cover

Travelers aboard United Airlines flights during the month of September will get a taste of why companies choose to grow and invest in Montana. 

Thursday, September 12, 2019

Commerce’s Tourism Grant Program Accepting Applications

The Montana Department of Commerce is currently accepting applications for its Tourism Grant Program. Up to $750,000 will be awarded to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the State’s tourism and recreation industry.

Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Grants Available to Assist Native American Businesses Through Commerce’s Indian Equity Fund

Blackfeet Tours is a past Indian Equity Fund recipient.

The Montana Department of Commerce’s Indian Equity Fund is accepting applications for grants that assist start-up or expanding Native American businesses in Montana.

Tuesday, July 23, 2019

Economic Development Creates Opportunity, Prosperity in Montana

Economic Development Week Is May 6–11

Commerce Director Tara Rice and Agriculture Director Ben Thomas talk with a small business owner

Column by Tara Rice, Montana Department of Commerce Director

Friday, May 3, 2019
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