& Relocation Guide
Whether you are an entrepreneur just starting up a new business or you’re looking for ways to grow your existing company, Montana West has the resources you need to help your business thrive.
“Montana West Economic Development has been a pivotal part of us being here and being successful in this project. Our business is thriving. Their ability to provide us with answers when we have questions is a huge resource even beyond their economic abilities to help small businesses. Hat tip to MWED!”
Read our monthly business bulletin with upcoming events, community connections, news, and resources you can use. If you would like your business to receive the bulletin consider becoming a member of MWED.
Looking for business services to help your company grow? Search through our member directory for local businesses that are invested in the Flathead Valley. If you would like your business to be added to the directory consider becoming a member of MWED
Business Relocation Guide
If you are new to the Flathead Valley or looking to relocate your business download our Business Relocation Guide for resources on local demographics, government, workforce statistics, business incentives, and more.
MONTANA SITE SELECTOR
The Montana Site Selector service provides a reliable source for connecting business owners with available properties and statistical analysis of the surrounding area. Whether you are looking to open your business in Montana or to expand an existing business, the Montana Site Selector service assists you in your search.
Montana Labor Market Portal
Find current labor, unemployment, wage, and income data for Montana and Flathead County.
GIS, REAL ESTATE, AND TRAFFIC DATA
Flathead County GIS
The authoritative source for exploring and downloading GIS data in Flathead County, Montana. Discover engaging apps and maps that highlight specific industry needs.
City of Kalispell GIS
The GIS Portal for the City of Kalispell, Montana. Includes data on city infrastructure, development, permits, services, crime, and more.
City of Whitefish GIS
The GIS Portal for the City of Whitefish, Montana. Includes data on city infrastructure, development, permits, services, and more.
Flathead County Property Tax
Look up property tax information with the Flathead County Land Information System.
Search real estate information for Montana and Flathead County.
MDT Traffic Data
Utilize this map if you are looking for Annual Average Daily Traffic. The Traffic web map contains a basemap, a set of data layers, which include interactive pop-up windows with information about the data, and navigation tools to pan around and zoom in to the map.
Montana Grant Programs
USDA Rural Development
USDA Rural Development forges partnerships with rural communities, funding projects that bring housing, community facilities, business guarantees, utilities and other services to rural America. USDA provides technical assistance and financial backing for rural businesses and cooperatives to create quality jobs in rural areas.
State Trade Expansion Program
The State Trade Expansion Program (STEP) is a Federal grant administered by Export Montana. Montana exporters can apply for 75% reimbursement up to $10,000 for eligible international marketing activities.
Tourism Grant Program
The Tourism Grant Program awards funds to projects that strengthen Montana’s economy through the development and enhancement of the State’s tourism and recreation industry. Funds are awarded annually to projects that develop and enhance tourism and recreation products that have the potential to increase non-resident visitation.
Workforce Programs and Resources
Incumbent Worker Training Program
Incumbent Worker Training Program is a grant funding resource, helping to off-set a portion of skills-based training costs for incumbent (existing) workers employed by Montana’s small business.
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program
Work Opportunity Tax Credit Program has been integral to job creation by giving employers a tax credit when they hire qualified individuals with persistent and significant barriers to employment.
Registered Apprenticeship Program
Being a Montana Registered Apprenticeship sponsor will help your business recruit quality employees and invest in the future of your company. You’ll build committed workers, training them to meet your specific need.
WorkForce Flathead brings together education and workforce development partners from across the region to help solve some of the most important challenges our community faces – access to a strong and talented workforce. We believe everyone in Montana should have the right skills to fill the jobs of today and have the ability to adapt to the jobs of tomorrow.
Recruitment Strategies for Employers
Flyer provided by Job Service Kalispell provides recruitment strategies for Flathead Valley employers and best practices.
Retention Strategies for Employers
Flyer provided by Job Service Kalispell provides retention strategies for Flathead Valley employers and best practices.
USDA RURAL ENTREPRENEUR RESOURCE GUIDE
The guide features firsthand stories from Rural Development customers on ways USDA programs and services have helped them start or expand Montana businesses. It also contains information on how rural entrepreneurs can use USDA and other Federal programs to access financing and other assistance.