Small Business Development Center

The Havre Small Business Development Center (SBDC) is part of a state-wide network of resource and technical service providers that assist start-up and existing businesses. The SBDC professional staff provides confidential business consulting, training and information to small business leaders and potential entrepreneurs. With assistance from our staff, business leaders can develop and enhance the financial, managerial and technical skills they need to compete and succeed in today's complex business environment.

Our services are provided free of charge and funded by the U.S. Small Business Administration, Montana Department of Commerce and local lenders.

Areas of Assistance

Entrepreneurs recognize great opportunities, but sometimes have trouble getting financing from a traditional bank to turn the opportunity into a reality for different reasons:

  • Your business is a start-up
    You haven’t been in business very long
    You’ve had a minor historical credit issue
    You have limited equity or collateral
    The business real estate may be contaminated

If any of the reasons listed above are preventing you from getting a conventional loan, Bear Paw Development can help.

Technical assistance in writing business plans for new and existing businesses, financial analysis, planning and state and private capital sources.

  • Assistance with marketing research, analysis and strategy as well as advertising, packaging and promotion.
  • Training in all areas of business management and referral to business professionals as needed.
  • One-on-one counseling for existing and start-up business management.
  • Pre-Counseling (Preparedness List)

To schedule a counseling session, simply give us a call at 406-265-9226, or fill out the Request for Counseling Form at​

The SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. SBA’s funding is not an endorsement of any products, opinions, or services. All SBA funded programs are extended to the public on an non-discriminatory basis. Reasonable arrangements for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least one week in advance. Contact Joe LaPlante at 48 Second Avenue, Havre, MT 59501. 406-399-1557

Joe LaPlante

Director of Small Business Development

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