Development Resources Business Development

The Downtown Missoula Partnership recognizes and supports the contributions of all businesses to a vibrant and healthy Downtown. Missoula was initially established as a trading post and continues to serve as a regional hub for commerce, culture, education, healthcare and much more.

We celebrate and support small and large businesses as key economic and cultural components of a vibrant Missoula community, and we encourage all citizens to support and collaborate with Downtown Missoula’s businesses.

Below is a comprehensive list of resources to assist businesses with licensing, zoning, financing and more. The Professional Services tab is a library of contacts comprised of Missoula Downtown Association members that can be helpful. We encourage you to contact them to help answer questions and to provide solutions.

For additional information and assistance, please contact Linda McCarthy, Executive Director for the Downtown Missoula Partnership.

Linda McCarthy
Executive Director
Downtown Missoula Partnership
218 East Main Street
Missoula, MT 59802
Phone: 406-542-4238
Email: [email protected]

City Services

City of Missoula
Missoula MT 59801
(406) 532-6001

City of Missoula Development Services
Developmental services guides the city’s growth by working with the development community to create high quality development and redevelopment. All of the city’s development services — planning, zoning, permitting, building, engineering and transportation– are under one roof.
435 Ryman
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 552-6630

City of Missoula Redevelopment Agency (MRA)
MRA partners with public and private entities to improve economic vitality, create jobs and encourage investment in the Urban Development Districts. It invests in public improvements such as parks, trails, streets and sidewalks. MRA manages Missoula’s Tax Increment Financing (TIF) programs.
140 W. Pine Street
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 552-6160

City of Missoula Historic Preservation Commission (HPC) 
The Historic Preservation Commission focuses on retaining and protecting Missoula’s communal character by providing information, guidance, and resources to community members, property owners, and elected leaders with focus on preservation, restoration, rehabilitation, adaptive reuse and education.
435 Ryman St.
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 552-6638

City of Missoula Housing & Community Development
Through public and private partnerships, Missoula Housing and Community Development staff works towards increasing housing options that are affordable to all levels, ensures a strong safety net for those living in poverty, and supports economic development opportunities that promote community growth.
435 Ryman St.
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 552-6395

Missoula City County Health Department (MCCHD)
Any business planning to offer food and beverage to the public will need to work with the Missoula City County Health Department for permitting. It is recommended to meet with the inspection staff before leasing and launching a new food and beverage endeavor.
301 West Alder
Missoula, MT 59802
(406) 258-4770

City of Missoula Parking Commission (MPC)
The Missoula Parking Commission (MPC) works with government, businesses, and citizens to provide and manage parking and parking alternatives in Downtown Missoula.
228 West Main
Missoula MT 59802
(406) 552-6250

Missoula Zoning
Development Services provides information regarding zoning and reviews development projects for zoning compliance. Areas of emphasis include compliance permits, sign permits, zoning amendments, conditional uses, administrative adjustments, variances, and design review.
435 Ryman
Missoula MT 59802
(406) 552-6625

Consulting, Lending and Angel Networks

Blackstone LaunchPad
A free service for UM students, staff and faculty, the Blackstone LaunchPad is a co-curricular, experiential, campus program designed to introduce entrepreneurship as a viable career path and develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. The LaunchPad provides support in the areas of Idea Exploration, Startup Consulting, Startup Competitions, Mentoring and Community Connections.
University of Montana
Gilkey Building
950 Arthur Ave.
Missoula, MT 59801
Phone: 406-243-LPAD (5723)

Frontier Angels
A unique Montana-based investment network of 100+ highlight accomplished people from across the state, Frontier Angels focuses on emerging technology investments, works to accelerate growth in the Montana technology ecosystem, and actively promotes gender diversity to advance the next generation of female leaders in Montana.

Innovate Montana
Innovate Montana connects entrepreneurs with the resources they need to take their ventures to the next level of success in a global economy.  Through a statewide network of partner organizations and events, Innovate Montana aims to create a statewide entrepreneurship and startup ecosystem.

Goodworks Ventures
Goodworks Ventures is a Montana-based and focused impact fund to support, nurture and empower visionary people and organizations that are creating the world we want to live in, providing expertise and assistance including high-level strategy, in-depth financial analysis, and introduction to other capital or connections.
129 W Alder St.
Missoula, MT, 59802

MoFi unleashes the potential of individuals, businesses, and nonprofits with financing and consulting services that strengthen communities and transform lives through business loans, utilization of New Markets Tax Credits, and HomeNow down payment assistance.
229 E. Main St.
Missoula, MT 59802
(844) 728-9234

Missoula Economic Partnership
Recently relocated to Downtown Missoula, MEP works collaboratively and strategically to facilitate increased prosperity through business development while enhancing the business environment and quality of life in Missoula.
500 N. Higgins, Suite 300
Missoula, Montana 59802
(406) 541-6461

Montana High Tech Business Alliance
A business-led, nonpartisan initiative helping high-tech companies create high-paying jobs in Montana.
1121 E. Broadway St, Suite 108
Missoula, Montana 59802
(406) 552-9157

Montana Technology Enterprise Center
MonTEC is a high-growth, technology-focused business incubator building a community of high growth enterprises on the Clark Fork River by connecting people, and linking them with support services to help get their venture on the right track.
1121 E Broadway St.
Missoula, MT 59802

Montana World Trade Center
A program of the University of Montana, the Montana World Trade Center strengthens Montana businesses through international trade while providing immediately relevant, hands-on opportunities for students to participate in the process.
Gallagher Business Bldg # 257
Missoula, MT 59812
406-243-6982    [email protected]

Montana Small Business Development Center
A national program with local representatives, the SBDB provides tools and guidance to help small businesses succeed, through profit mastery, business counseling, training and workshops for existing and new businesses.
University of Montana
32 Campus Drive
Missoula, MT 59812
(406) 243-4770

Missoula College
The two-year school at UM focused on workforce development, associate degrees and certifications. Located less than a mile from the heart of Downtown, Missoula College partners with local businesses and regional highs schools on course offerings and specialized training.

Lifelong Learning Center
The Adult Education Division of Missoula County Public Schools provides workforce training, contract training, and course offerings year-round centered on business development, software, marketing, employment, arts, music, food and much more. The Lifelong Learning Center also provides testing services and college prep assistance.