PROVIDES SERVICES FOR BUSINESS EXPANSION AND RETENTION
The Governor's Office of Economic Development, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Labor and Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) formed a partnership that allows Montana to be one of several states to make the BEAR (Business Expansion and Retention) program available statewide. The Montana BEAR program is supported by local community entities that provide staff and financial support so that local business owners and operators are able to access much needed resources allowing them to improve and/or expand their businesses.
The BEAR program pulls together local business and community leaders to form a volunteer assessment team to address local needs. Assessment team members are trained in both the assessment process and in interviewing. Local area businesses who request the free service are visited by interviewers from the Assessment Team to conduct on-site surveys of the issues and needs of their local business. After reviewing the confidential survey the Assessment Team connects the client business to state, area, and local resources that that will assist with the identified needs and issues.
Montana BEAR Teams Contact Points
Need a BEAR visit? Contact Statewide Coordinators: Mike and Gloria O'Rourke, firstname.lastname@example.org, 406-563-5259
John Balsam, Kalispell, 406-756-3351, email@example.com, Flathead County Community College
Jim Davison, Anaconda Deer Lodge County, Anaconda Local Development Corporation, 406-563-5538, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Toole, Deer Lodge, 406-846-2094, email@example.com, Powell County Chamber of Commerce
Warren Vaughan, Bozeman/Gallatin County, 406-582-3130, firstname.lastname@example.org, Gallatin County Planning and Community Development
Meagan Lannan, Livingston, Livingston Job Service, 406-222-8904, email@example.com
Katie Weaver, MSU Park County Economic and Community Development Extension Agent, Park County, 406-222-4156, firstname.lastname@example.org
North Central Montana
South Central Montana
Jason Rittal, Prairie County, Dawson County, Wibaux County, Falon County, Carter County, 406- 698-3255, email@example.com