montana business assistance connection


Lewis & Clark Brewery
helena, montana

montana business assistance connection




Edge Marketing + Design
helena, montana

MBAC March Board Meeting

Mark your calendars! The next MBAC public board meeting is scheduled for March 21st at 3:30pm, and it will take place at the Downstairs Conference Room located at 225 Cruse Avenue.

Join us to connect with your community and make your voice heard. We hope to see you there!

Comprehensive economic Development Strategy

The Montana Business Assistance Connection region Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS) provides guidance for local and regional economic and community development planning. It builds upon established initiatives to create jobs and increase capital for businesses and economic development. In addition, it focuses on issues that enhance the quality of life for residents in the region.

2021 Helena Area Labor Report

Being the state capitol, Helena has historically weathered recessions well. Eighteen months since the start of the pandemic, regional unemployment is back to pre-pandemic levels, and Helena continues to attract young professionals, specialized manufacturing operations, tech companies, and outdoor enthusiasts.

the mbac region:

Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Meagher Counties




employed workers



top 10 fastest growing

private sector industry clusters


Population of Helena

latest news

MBAC/GEDD Board Meeting

MBAC will be finalizing their board positions at the next board meeting on February 20th 2024 at 3:30 pm at the Chamber Conference room at 225 Cruse Ave, Helena.

Post COVID Grant & Loan Applications

  What is the 2021 City of Helena Loan/Grant Program? To assist Helena entrepreneurs in growing and improving businesses, MBAC has secured funding from the City of Helena to assist small businesses in completing projects with an 80% loan and 20% grant. The range of...

FILLED » Community and Economic Development Coordinator

MBAC is looking for a dynamic, self-starting professional to join the Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC) team as a Community and Economic Development Coordinator. MBAC works to catalyze community and business projects throughout the MBAC/Gateway Region:...

FILLED » AmeriCorps Planning Grant Coordinator

The position funded by this planning grant will work closely with the Governor’s Office of Community Service, MBAC and Montana Economic Developers Association to investigate the creation of a state wide Economic Opportunity Corps (EOC). The EOC will work with regional...

Introducing New Staff – Summer 2021

Charmayne Kaminski,Loan OfficerCharmayne Kaminski joins the MBAC team as a Loan Officer. Charmayne grew up in Helena and received her Bachelor of Science Degree from Montana State University – Bozeman. She has worked in the banking industry for over a decade as a...

Request for Proposal – Lincoln, MT Community Master Plan

  RFP Summary. MBAC is currently working with the community of Lincoln, Montana, on a downtown master plan. The community is requesting the assistance of a qualified firm to develop a master plan to guide local decision-makers, ensuring that the community can grow...

FILLED » Rural Community Development Coordinator

The MBAC/GEDD Rural Community Development Coordinator is a full-time position that will work in Broadwater and Meagher Counties and report to and assists the MBAC Executive Director. This position promotes economic vitality in the rural communities of White Sulphur...

FILLED » MBAC Loan Officer

The MBAC Loan Officer is a full-time position that will report to and assist the MBAC Director of Lending with promoting, managing and growing a commercial and alternative energy loan portfolio using revolving loan funds ("RLF") comprised of federal, state, county,...

Memories Leading to the Future for Showdown Montana

One of Katie Boedecker’s first memories of growing up in Showdown Montana is waking up to the sound of ski boots trudging through the lodge. Katie’s family has owned and operated the Showdown ski area for almost half a century. Living in Showdown allowed her to learn...

Welcome Helena WINS Director: McKinley Winkle

McKinley Winkle,Helena WINS Director McKinley Winkle is a Helena native and attended Capital High School before graduating from Montana State with honors in 2020. McKinley received a B.S in Business Marketing as well as cheered and served on the Student Athlete...

MBAC Welcomes New Staff

Anne Pichette, Community Development Manager Raised in Helena, Anne Pichette has been working in State and local government positions for nearly two decades. In addition to her degree in economics, she has been working in community and economic development...

March 2020 Newsletter

an entrepreneur isn’t someone who owns a business.

It’s someone who makes thiNGS happen.