Welcome to the Montana Entrepreneur Site
The mission of Montana Entrepreneur is to expand existing resources for Montana entrepreneurs and business owners, especially programs and organizations that provide individualized business counseling and support access to capital. Since 2007, Montana Entrepreneur has focused on the development of business in Montana's Native American communities. In addition, the program has provided services to Montana's Veterans and the disabled seeking self-employment. To assist Montana Entrepreneur with its current mission of supporting Native Americans, the program has partnered with the State Tribal Economic Development Commission (STEDC), the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs, the Department of Commerce's Small Business Development Center Bureau (SBDC), and the Indian Country Economic Development Program (ICED). In Montana's Indian Country, the program partners with Native American organizations with missions to develop private sector Native American owned businesses as well as the banks and community loan funds that count Native Americans as their clients.
Goals and Objectives
Access to Capital: The Montana Indian Equity Fund
The Entrepreneur Program manages the Montana Indian Equity Fund. The Fund provides grants of up to $14,000 to new and existing Native American Business owners who are enrolled in Montana tribes. Click here for more information on the fund.
Business Counseling: The Montana Indian Entrepreneur Program
The Montana Indian Entrepreneur Program provides business counseling to Native American entrepreneurs and business owners. The program has two primary aspects: first, it contracts with Native American community-based organizations that support business development and provide business counseling in their communities; second, it supports the professionalization of the Native American Business Advisors Network. Participation in the network is open to all Native American business owners and their communities. Click here for more information on the program.