Are you ready to start or grow your business?

The team at Big Sky Economic Development can help you determine the best next steps to realize your vision and connect you with services and experienced professionals to assist you along the way.

Our team of experts can assist with:

  • Long-term financing tools for major fixed assets
  • Providing tools and guidance for small business success (such as business planning, financial projections, trainings, and so much more)
  • Transitioning or active-duty service members, veterans, national guard/reserve member, or military spouses thinking about business ownership
  • Co-working space, mentorship, training, and coaching
  • Contracting Your Business’s Goods/Services with the Government

The goal of the SBDC is to provide tools and guidance to help small businesses succeed. For an individual that is looking to start a new business or expand their existing business, the SBDC network is the best place to start. The SBDC network supports ten regional centers across the state, focusing on free one-on-one counseling and low cost training in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, strategic planning, loan packaging, financial projections and market research to help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, innovation and success. Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Montana Department of Commerce. Learn More

For small businesses needing SBDC assistance sign up here.

If you are a transitioning or active duty service member, Veteran, national guard or reserve member, or military spouse aspiring entrepreneur or small business owner in Montana, Wyoming or Utah seeking to start, purchase, or grow your business, the Veterans Business Outreach Center (VBOC) Program is your one-stop shop and can assist you by providing transition assistance programs, business training and workshops, business tools and resource referrals, tailored business counseling and mentoring in-person and online. Funded in full by a partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the SBA. Learn More

Home of the SBA 504 Loan, financing Montana business. The SBA 504 Loan program is a long-term financing tool used by eligible small businesses. The program provides long-term, fixed rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings. Big Sky Economic Development Corporation [Big Sky EDC] is accredited by the US Small Business Administration (SBA) as a Certified Development Company (CDC) for the State of Montana. Learn More

Federal, state and local agencies need Montana businesses. Small businesses often have a competitive advantage. APEX can show you how to pursue government contracts to diversify your customer base and grow your business. Dedicated to showing your company how to find, bid and win government contracts. Our team of specialists help make the contracting process clearer and easier so you can concentrate on pursuing opportunities. Montana APEX is made possible by Big Sky Economic Development and its partner organizations across the state. This procurement technical assistance center is funded in part through a cooperative agreement with the Defense Logistics Agency. Learn More

Rock31 is Billings’ only creatively inspired coworking space that offers a range of customizable membership tiers, amenities and resources that are as unique and valuable as your entrepreneurial spirit and ambitions – for any business and at every stage of career development. Whether you’re looking for a day pass walk-in, reserving a workspace by the month (or longer) or looking for the convenience of a ‘virtual’ office location – Rock31 is your business accelerator and coworking space. Learn More