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The Business Finance section includes information on a variety of state, federal and local programs that provide financing for business start-up, expansion and retention. Most programs require bank participation with equity and matching funds. The purpose of this page is to help businesses focus in on the programs that may fit them best and lead them to the more detailed program web pages and contacts for additional information.

State Business Finance Information

Montana Department of Commerce

Montana Department of Agriculture

Department of Natural Resources & Conservation

Developmental Services Division

Federal Business Finance Information

Local Business Finance Information


The Board of Investments has a relationship with Highway 12 Ventures, one of the leading early-stage venture capital firms focused on investing in the most promising start-up companies in the Intermountain West. Highway 12 Ventures is pleased to provide information, consultation, and assistance to Montana businesses that may be seeking venture capital funds. The link below connects to the firm's website.

Highway 12 Ventures

The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association includes an eight-state association with more than 180 venture capital professionals from 43 firms that invest in the region. The link below connects to their website.

Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association

The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association supports entrepreneurship and investment throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.

Frontier Fund 2 

Frontier Fund 2 is a regionally focused angel fund.  It concentrates on early stage businesses with high growth potential and the intention to exit within 5-10 years.   Contact Liz Marchi, Fund Coordinator for more information at or 406-883-4044.

Next Frontier Capital

Focus of the Next Frontier Capital is to partner with mission-driven, talented entrepreneurs to build Montana technology companies of impact, utility, and value.  Based in Bozeman, Montana this fund seeks to lead or co-lead venture investments in Montana industries with high intellectual property values.




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