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.
VENTURE CAPITAL INFORMATION & ASSISTANCE
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.
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.
The Rocky Mountain Venture Capital Association supports entrepreneurship and investment throughout the Rocky Mountain Region.
The Frontier Angel Fund is a group of accredited investors dedicated to providing equity capital to early and mid-stage entrepreneurial companies. It is a member-managed, pooled fund - that is, it reviews deals together and then votes to invest its pooled capital. Its typical group investment is in the range of $100,000 to $200,000. Members have the option of investing from their personal accounts alongside the fund. Its primary focus is on companies in Montana and the inland Pacific Northwest.
- Community Development Block Grant
- Board of Investments Programs
- Montana Facility Finance Authority
- Research and Commercialization
- Workforce Training Grants
- Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund
- MicroBusiness Finance Program
Federal Business Finance Information
- Department of Agriculture - USDA
- Rural Business Service Programs
- Small Business Administration
- Bureau of Indian Affairs
- Small Business Innovation Research
- Community of Science
- Catalog of Federal Domestic Assistance
- Another useful research tool for federal grants is the www.grants.gov web site.