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Start A Business in Montana

A starting point to find information from different sites to help you create or expand your business in Montana.


A Business Start-Up Checklist is available for businesses looking for a place to start; numerous resources, links, and contact information are listed to help your business get off the ground.

Montana Department Of Commerce - Small Business Development Centers

Governor's Office of Economic Development

Secretary of State Office

  1. New Businesses
  2. Application for Reservation of a Business Name (PDF)
  3. Business Forms
  4. Business Links
  5. Business FAQ's

Department of Revenue

  1. One Stop Business License
  2. One Stop Business Forms

Small Business Admistration for Montana


Taxes & Licenses

The State of Montana does not require that all businesses hold a general business license. However, there are certain types of businesses that are required to register and be licensed by the state.

SBDC Business License Guide is a tool to help individuals discover which state, federal or local office they need to contact for professional licenses and business certifications.

The Internal Revenue Service requires every business who hires employees, or is a partnership or corporation have a federal tax identification number. To obtain one, visit the link or call the IRS toll-free at 1-800-829-4933.

To apply for a state withholding tax ID number contact Department of Revenue at (406) 444-6900.

Under state law, some professions -- such as architects, barbers, chiropractors, and dentists -- must be licensed. To determine whether you need a professional license, contact the Business Standards Division of the state Department of Labor and Industry at (406) 841-2300.

Every city and county has specific requirements about doing business within its jurisdiction. Call or visit your county courthouse or city offices to find out what particular requirements exist in your area.


Unemployment Insurance

To apply for a state unemployment insurance tax ID number contact the Montana Department of Labor and Industry at (406) 444-3834.

Department of Labor and Industry


Workforce Information

Workforce Services Division

Resources for those interested in launching a business, helping a business to grow or increasing profitability. Also information on Montana business laws and regulations.