The Montana Business Assistance Connection catalyzes community leaders, stakeholders, and opportunities driving prosperity, our economy, business vitality, high quality job growth and the enhancement of quality of life throughout the region.


The Montana Business Assistance Connection (MBAC) was created with the expressed purpose of improving the economy and livability of Lewis and Clark, Broadwater, and Meagher counties. We help businesses start up, improve, expand, relocate or transition to new ownership.

MBAC professionals and our key partners (SCORE, SBDC, Job Service, Chamber) mentor businesses. This is done by getting to know the business model, the people involved and specific needs. We help you identify potential opportunities but at the same time minimize risks. These services prepare your team to obtain financial resources and secure capital. Our strategic partnerships with traditional lending institutions, as well as access to more than a dozen different types of loan funds, make it possible for businesses to gain financing for which they may not normally qualify.

Our ultimate goal is to improve the standard of living for all citizens by enhancing the area business climate, diversifying the local economy, expanding the tax base, and enhancing local employment opportunities. Since our inception in 1999, we have leveraged private and public capital resources and professional business development assistance to directly create and retain hundreds of area jobs and injected millions of dollars of capital into the regional economy.



Jim McCormick

Commissioner, Lewis and Clark County

Past President

Dan Mazurek

Commercial Loan Officer, Opportunity Bank

Vice President

Klint Fisher

Principal Director, SMA Architects


Jenny Taylor

St. Peter’s Health


Vickie Rauser

Councilwomen, City of Townsend


General Board Members

Andres Haladay

Commissioner, City of Helena

Jamie Schell

Mayor, City of East Helena

Dustin Stewart

Edge Marketing 

Darrel Folkvord

Broadwater County Commission


City Council, White Sulphur Springs

Cathy Burwell

CEO/President, Helena Chamber of Commerce

Victor Sample

Appointed Broadwater County Representative