We at Bear Paw Development understand that this is a trying time for small business owners in our region and are committed to assisting our communities in navigating through this unforeseen and very unfortunate situation.

Director of Small Business Development, Joe LaPlante, jlaplante@bearpaw.org, 406-399-1557

Director of Loan Services, Tiffany Melby, tmelby@bearpaw.org, 406-265-9226

Director of Food and Ag Development, Michael Peter, mpeter@bearpaw.org, 406-697-2389

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