Montana Business Resources

Business Licensing Guide

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development wants to make the licensing and permitting process as simple and painless as possible for your business. Here you’ll find the necessary contacts for getting your business up and running. There is no general business license for the State of Montana. However, some┬ácities do require a local business license. Check with your City’s government offices.

Business Filing Forms

* Assumed Business Names – To register a new business name
* Limited Partnerships
* Limited Liability Partnerships
* Limited Liability Companies
* Nonprofit & For-profit Corporations
* Trademarks – Montana only
* Miscellaneous

Search a New Business Name with the Secretary of State

Small businesses are critical to the economic vitality and stability of the Montana economy. The Secretary of State’s Office offers support and step-by-step information you as you launch your new business venture.

Montana Small Business Development Center

From the Department of Commerce, help starting a business or assistance in helping your business grow to become more profitable.

Help to Start a New Business

Small businesses are critical to the economic vitality and stability of the Montana economy. The Secretary of State’s Office is here to serve you as you launch your new business venture. The information included on this page may not be inclusive of all the requirements you may need to successfully start your business. It is recommended that you seek appropriate legal and/or financial advice before making important business decisions

Small Business Administration

Information about the SBA, an organization dedicated to maintaining and strengthening the nation’s economy by aiding, counseling, assisting and protecting the interests of small businesses.

File Your Annual Report Online

This service allows you to file your annual report with the Secretary of State’s Office.

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics Information for Montana

Monthly labor statistics from the U.S. Department of Labor & Industry.

Tax Information

Tax forms plus information about taxes, licenses, fees and permits, electronic filing and payment, due dates, tax incentives, business tax assistance, the tax appeal process, and much more.

Montana Business Resource Program

From the Department of Commerce, a variety of programs aimed at improving, enhancing, and diversifying Montana’s economic and business climate.

Montana World Trade Center

A nonprofit organization whose purpose is to help businesses establish and strengthen their international commercial capabilities.

Montana Film Office

A central information source for on-location filmmakers. The Montana Film Office works with producers to find locations that fit their script, as well as act as their liaison through every phase of production.

Montana Technology Groups

* Montana Associated Technology Roundtables
* TechLink Center (MSU)
* Burns Telecomm Center (MSU)