Welcome to the Governor's Office of Economic Development

The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development is the state's lead organization to help businesses succeed in our state - and we take that mission to heart.  

Whether you are interested in locating your business here, starting a new one, or expanding an existing business, we are ready and able to assist you.  Let one of our team members answer any questions you have, and direct you to the best resources available to help your venture succeed. 

Contact us to get moving on your next big opportunity in Big Sky Country. 

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2015 Montana Economic Development Report

2015 Montana Economic Development Report 28 January 2016

2015 Montana Economic Development Report

Governor's Office of Economic Development

This is an exciting time for the state of Montana. We are experiencing strong business and employment growth, increasing wages, and expanding industries. Unemployment levels are nearly a full percentage point below the national average at 4 percent, and more Montanans are at work all across the state than ever before. Over the past few years, Montana has been consistently ranked among the top 10 in the nation for entrepreneurship, business climate, tax fairness, government responsibility, and income growth. Indeed, our state ranks within the top ten in nearly every economic category. While our economy and wages are growing in the private sector, in the public sector we are cutting waste, challenging every expense, aligning with the needs of the private sector, and eliminating unnecessary regulations and red tape.

Governor Bullock Announces Business Expansion Funding for Two Missoula Area Businesses, 49 New Jobs to be Created

23 July 2015

Governor Bullock Announces Business Expansion Funding for Two Missoula Area Businesses, 49 New Jobs to be Created

Governor's Office

Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O’Leary today announced the award of $367,500 in grants to fund business expansion projects for two growing Missoula area businesses. The funds are being made available through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF).

Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

21 July 2015

Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Funds for Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes

Governor's Office

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.

Montana Top State for Entrepreneurs for Third Year in a Row

Montana Top State for Entrepreneurs for Third Year in a Row 4 June 2015

Montana Top State for Entrepreneurs for Third Year in a Row

Governor's Office

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.

Governor Bullock & Ag Development Council Award Additional $110,000 to Ag Businesses

1 June 2015

Governor Bullock & Ag Development Council Award Additional $110,000 to Ag Businesses

Governor's Office

Governor Steve Bullock and the Agriculture Development Council announced the recipients of $110,718 in grant funds through the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) program. In all, seven agriculture businesses were awarded funds to assist with their development and growth.

Annual conference held to help women in business

29 May 2015

Annual conference held to help women in business

KPAX

Professional women learned some tips Thursday for being business leaders, with more than 250 ladies attending the Women to Women Conference, which focused on professional development and networking.
 

Sunburst Teams Sweep Challenge

28 April 2015

Sunburst Teams Sweep Challenge

Fairfield Sun Times

For the first time in High School Business Challenge history, three teams from one school placed in the top three spots.  Teams from North Toole County (Sunburst) High School have consistently been in the top ten throughout the spring semester.

The first place winners actually tied, with a final stock price of $108.55/share.  The third-place team ended with a stock price of $108.15/share.  All teams start with a stock price of $25/share.  First place team members receive a $750 scholarship each while third place receives $250.

Other scholarships will be awarded to a team from Plains High School who had the highest increase in their stock price between quarter four and quarter eight, increasing their stock price by $59.32 in the last four quarters.  And finally, scholarships will be awarded to a team from Ennis High School, recipients of the ‘Lottery Scholarship’ - a randomly selected team who finished in the top quartile.  These students will each receive a $250 scholarship

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