Starting and running a small business requires resources. There are businesses, government groups, and nonprofits ready to help you.
We’ve compiled a list of Helena small business resources and created tools and guides to help you operate a successful business in Montana.
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Local Resources for Small Business in Helena
Using local resources can make a big difference. Here are some of the best local resources for small businesses in Helena.
To get more Montana business resources, visit our Montana Small Business Resources guide.
An initiative of the state's Department of Commerce, Brand MT works to market Montana to residents and potential visitors, boosting economic development and offering programs to certify businesses as "Made in Montana" organizations. This is particularly helpful for businesses working in the tourism industry or that otherwise work to promote Montana's towns, environment, and overall culture.
301 S Park Ave.
Helena, MT 59620
Phone Number: 406-563-5259
SCORE Western Montana
SCORE (Service Corp of Retired Executives) is a leading, nation-wide organization that has assisted millions of entrepreneurs over its 50+ years of operation. SCORE is a resource partner of the SBA that offers access to a network of experienced business leaders who donate time to mentor entrepreneurs and small business owners. They also host free or inexpensive workshops online and at 300 local chapters around the United States. Mentoring can be conducted either in person or remotely and is always free and confidential, no matter how often you take advantage of this service.
Montana Innovation Partnership
Montana Innovation Partnership provides free counseling services for any business at any stage. They are specialized in technical assistance for Research & Development funding, technology commercialization, and intellectual property. They have an online library of training material that has webinars and handouts for personal use as well. You can file an online form to request MTIP service.
Phone Number: 406-994-7788
Helena Regional SBDC
The greatest strength of the SBDC is their free, confidential, 1-on-1 business mentoring for anyone who seeks it. Sometimes in order to be considered for mentoring from one of their professional business advisors, you may have to attend a class/workshop or at least present your business plan. SBDC's are located all throughout the state and you should use the SBDC closest to your location if possible, but you can often transfer to a different location if they do not fit your needs.