STRATEGIC PARTNERS

As our name indicates, a spirit of partnership defines Missoula Economic Partnership. We exist, in large measure, to foster connections. While the Partnership does run several of its own programs, most of the resources that matter to growing businesses and those considering a move to Missoula are provided by other organizations and private sector entities around the area.

We are pleased to call the following organizations partners in the work we do. Our goals would be impossible to accomplish without their talent, expertise and effort.

Associated Employers
Associated Employers is a not-for-profit voluntary membership association committed to the success of employers, their employees and their businesses. Founded in 1916, AE serves more than 750 businesses and organizations throughout the region as a premier human resources outsourcing specialist. Its professional staff provides expert advice, support, information, research and training in a wide range of human resource and business development areas. Read more> 

Destination Missoula
Destination Missoula is the official convention and visitors bureau for the Missoula area. The nonprofit organization works in conjunction with the Montana Office of Tourism and Missoula’s tourism region for the state, Glacier Country Tourism. Read more >

Governor’s Office of Economic Development
This state office advises the governor on public policy issues that relate to economic development in Montana. In addition, this office leads the state’s business recruitment, retention, expansion and start-up efforts. Read more >

Hellgate Venture Network
Hellgate Venture Network facilitates networking — both online and offline — among entrepreneurs and advisers engaged in building growth businesses in Missoula and the surrounding Western Montana area.  Read more >

Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce
The Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce works to best support a thriving, growing local business community — because for every successful city or town, a vibrant and interconnected business community is its foundation. With a professional staff working for a dedicated and involved membership of local businesspeople and business leaders, the Chamber is collaborating with the Missoula Economic Partnership to specifically support economic development work. Read more >

Missoula Building Industry Association
The Missoula Building Industry Association is a nonprofit, membership-based association of builders as well as plumbers, bankers, excavators and a variety of other professionals whose businesses relate to the Missoula building industry. More than 100 different types of businesses belong to MBIA. Read more >

Missoula College
Missoula College is the two-year college of The University of Montana in Missoula. The college offers more than 30 different programs leading to a career or transfer to the four-year campus. Read more >

Missoula County Airport Authority / Missoula International Airport
The Missoula International Airport — MSO — is a 2,700-acre commercial airport that serves a catchment area that exceeds 200 miles. Read more >

Missoula County Public Schools
Missoula County Public Schools serves the city of Missoula and many outlying areas with educational quality that strives to compete with top schools across Montana and the nation. Read more >

Missoula County Public Schools, Adult Education Division
Lifelong Learning is not just taking classes; it’s an attitude, it’s a choice. And it’s available to every citizen in the Missoula area. Read more >

Missoula Development Services
The Missoula Development Services group performs a wide range of city government functions including planning and zoning, historic preservation, engineering services, code compliance, regional transportation planning, and programs that promote sustainable transportation options. The office was created in 2013 to consolidate and simplify all aspects of the city’s work with property owners, builders and developers. Read more >

Missoula Downtown Association
Established in 1975, the Missoula Downtown Association is a private, nonprofit, membership-based organization. Its mission: “Promote, support and enhance the vitality of downtown for the betterment of the community.” Read more >

Missoula Downtown Business Improvement District
Under the auspices of the Missoula Downtown Association, the Downtown Business Improvement District of Missoula was created in 2005 to fund and manage a variety of ongoing efforts to improve Missoula’s business center. Downtown BID efforts focus specifically on enhancing streetscapes, conducting maintenance, and improving security and safety for the Downtown Business District. Read more >

Missoula Job Service
Located on the south end of downtown, the Missoula Job Service offers a growing menu of programs and services to support employers, employees and job seekers. From information resource to hands-on help, the Missoula Job Service works with all levels of employment — entry level to senior staff. Read more >

Missoula Midtown Association
Missoula Midtown Association works to enhance, connect and develop the neighborhoods, businesses and organizations that operate in the middle of Missoula. Read more >

Missoula Organization of Realtors
The Missoula Organization of Realtors® — a membership organization of licensed Realtors and other real estate professionals in the greater Missoula area — is a source of real estate and housing information. The group maintains databases on market trends/analysis and other statistics, find a Realtor and available properties. Read more >

Missoula Redevelopment Agency
The city agency works with public and private entities to promote and improve economic vitality, job creation and civic investment. MRA’s most visible work involves the public streetscapes, sidewalks, parking structures, trails and lighting that go to the safety, comfort and ease of travel throughout the business core. Read more >

Missoula Small Business Development Center
For an individual that is looking to start a new business or expand their existing small business, the Montana SBDC network is the best place to start. The Montana SBDC network supports ten centers around the state, focusing on counseling in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, training and workshops and loan packaging assistance to help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, expansion, innovation and success. Read more >

The Montana Associated Technology Roundtables
Creative entrepreneurial climates and successful companies develop and grow through active networking. Launched on that basis, The Montana Associated Technology Roundtables promotes connection and sharing of information among entrepreneurs, investors and businesspeople throughout Montana — and among those around the world who are interested in Montana business. Read more > 

Montana and Idaho Community Development Corporation
For more than 25 years, the MICDC has served Montana by providing business financing, consulting services and business training that can transform the lives of individuals and strengthen community prosperity. Read more >

Montana Department of Commerce
Under the umbrella of the Montana Department of Commerce, its Business Resources Division comprises a variety of programs aimed at improving, enhancing and diversifying Montana’s economic and business climate. Working closely with the private sector, the Governor’s Office, other state department divisions and state agencies, economic and community development partners, and federal and private programs, the division strives to enhance the economic base of Montana through business creation, expansion and retention efforts. Read more >

Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center provides technical, business management, growth services and engineering assistance statewide to small and mid-sized manufacturers. Read more >

Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
Under the auspices of the Montana Department of Commerce, the Montana Technology Innovation Partnership program delivers no-cost consulting services to researchers and technology-based businesses engaged in developing and commercializing innovative technology. Read more >

Montana World Trade Center
The Montana World Trade Center at The University of Montana dedicates its activities and initiatives to growing Montana’s export and trade capabilities through a combination of education, consultation and global economic development. The office acts simultaneously as consultant and advocate. Read more >

Mountain Line Transportation
Mountain Line operates public bus transportation in the Missoula area, helping community residents and university students get to where they need to go for work, fun and study. Read more >

The University of Montana Office of Technology Transfer
Technology transfer at The University of Montana is managed administratively by the Office of Technology Transfer, located within the Office of Research and Development. In short, the office serves as a liaison between UM’s research community and the private sector regarding intellectual property, commercialization and business development opportunities. Read more >

The University of Montana School of Extended and Lifelong Learning
Based on The University of Montana campus, the School of Extended and Lifelong Learning extends UM’s reach to students on campus and off campus, to adult community members and to professionals seeking to advance their career-based knowledge. Read more >

USDA Rural Development
Part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, USDA Rural Development provides financing for small businesses in predominantly rural areas of Montana and across the nation. Read more >

U.S. Small Business Administration
The federal government supports the creation and success of small businesses through many means, with the Small Business Administration being a central focus point. From my-idea-is-forming to startup to established operation, SBA offers help in writing business plan documents, understanding legal requirements, securing financing, growing a business, expanding into new markets including exporting, and more. Read more >

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