RESOURCES

Business Directory
& 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!”

Craig Koontz

Owner, Sunrift Brewing Company

BUSINESS BULLETIN

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.

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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

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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 Investment Portal

The Industry Development Program of the Montana Department of Commerce works to identify and facilitate investment in projects that capitalize on the competitive and comparative business advantages Montana offers. If you have an investment project you’d like to include please contact us.

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.

Montana Cadastral

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 LABOR MARKET PORTAL

Find current labor, unemployment, wage, and income data for Montana and Flathead County.

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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

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.

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.

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.

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