The Bigfork Area Chamber of Commerce is happy to partner with people who can help you start, grow or maintain your business!
On the shores of Flathead Lake, with Jewel Basin and the Swan Mountain Range surrounding it, it is no surprise that people flock to Bigfork. It is the beauty and recreational opportunities that bring so many unique business owners and entrepreneurs to our area. The Flathead Valley is one of Montana’s fastest growing counties, and Bigfork, located on its eastern edge, is proud of its vibrant art scene, outstanding schools and dynamic businesses. With Glacier National Park, Whitefish Mountain Resort and Blacktail Ski Area all within 45 minutes, Bigfork is the the ideal spot for business success – both now and in the future.
There are many reasons to choose Bigfork: 6th Best Overall Business Tax Climate in the Country, No sales tax, One of only two state governments operating “in the black”, Competitive Utility Rates, Clean abundant water,Pro-business communities and easily accessible elected officials, 2011 Legislature Workers Compensation Reform.
The Bigfork Economic Development Group meets the first Tuesday of each month at 8:15 am at the Bigfork High School Community Room. These round table discussions are open to everybody and tackle issues related to internet availability, affordable housing and business development. This group does not meet in July, August or January.
Montana West Economic Development
Montana West connects new and existing businesses to the resources they need to accelerate their growth and leverage their investment. Services include: connections to expertise, demographic information, financing and incentive resources, industry trends, workforce assistance, site selection, gap financing lending programs, and grant programs for business development and expansion.
Small Business Development Center (part of SBA)
Assists small businesses with business & marketing plans, solving technical & management problems; financing; one-on-one business counseling, liaison between lenders and borrowers, etc.
Flathead Job Service
Assistance on HR issues – from hiring interviewing, reference checking, employee retention & training, wage, hour & employment laws. Jobs’ website matches employers with workers.
Montana Secretary of State
Business Services Division
Telephone: (406) 444-3665
There are many steps to consider when you have your own business. The Secretary of State’s Business Services Division is a great resource every step of the way. (https://sosmt.gov/business/start-maintain-grow/#resources)
Grant funding to assist eligible Montana small businesses offset the cost of training for their existing (incumbent) workers. Its intent is to create a stronger workforce through developing employees and strengthening small business for Montana residents. Click here for more information
We offer loans, grants and loan guarantees to help create jobs and support economic development and essential services such as housing, health care, first responder services and equipment, and water, electric and communications infrastructure. We promote economic development by supporting loans to businesses through banks, credit unions and community-managed lending pools. Find out more here.