The state with the best education wins!


2017/2018 Training Calendar for the DBE/SBE Program – Looking for Partners

MATR Sponsor

The Montana Department of Commerce works with statewide and local partners, private industry and small businesses to enhance and sustain economic prosperity in Montana. - Montana Is On The Move

The Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development is the state's lead organization to help businesses succeed in our state.

An investment of more than $1 billion has allowed NorthWestern Energy to provide more than 60% of its energy from renewable resources, helping it lead the way to a brighter future in Montana.

The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program encourages and supports the participation of companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.

Space is now available at iConnect Montana's new 47,000 sq. ft. state-of-the-art data center facility in Billings, Montana. 1030 Central features the highest industry standards for operating efficiencies, cost controls, security and reliability.

Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development - Driving economic growth & sustainability through tourism. The $3 billion spent annually by visitors circulates throughout Montana communities generating business & tax revenue, jobs & economic development opportunities.

PFL is a marketing technology company that provides sales enablement and marketing automation solutions, as well asprinting, mailing, and fulfillment services. They also provide some great Montana Jobs.

Create Events. Promote Events. Sell Tickets Online

Dorsey & Whitney - An International business law firm, applying a business perspective to clients' needs in Missoula, Montana and beyond.

Hello Everyone;

I’m gearing up for the 2018 Fiscal Year training and looking for some partners to share expenses with for workshops, conferences, etc. The DBE program covers the entire state plus the 7 reservations and we are interested in helping all the small businesses in Montana.

As a partner you would be responsible for:

Making the flyer for the event


Collecting the fee for the class & and keeping the fee

Booking the room

The DBE/SBE program will pay for the consultant(s) and lunch if needed…..

Some of the classes that we have been offering are:

QuickBooks (Beginners, Payroll, Inventory, Advanced)

Liens – How to get your money

Marketing on a Budget

Social Media

Human Resource – Must Knows

Sales – Develop your toolbox

Contracting 101

Bonding & Insurance

Business Plans

Financial Literacy

SEO & Google Analytics

Certifications (women, minority and small business)

I’m open to any classes that will help small businesses, just give me a call or email me.

Starting July 1st we are also offering the Small Business Enterprise (SBE) certification, which is open to any small business that is not women owned or minority owned.

The certification is free and the criteria is basically the same as the DBE program.

The owner is a U.S. citizen or lawfully admitted permanent resident of the U.S.

Your personal net worth is less than $1.32 million excluding your primary residence and your ownership interest in the business

Annual gross receipts cannot exceed $23.9 for the past 3 years

The business must be for profit

Must be Independently owned

Why a small business would want to be certified with us:

List on the only directory in the state for small businesses

Receive direct invitations to bid from the Quote Request system

Receive supportive services with training, workshops, conferences, etc

Reimbursement of up to $2500 for Highway related businesses

Help with creating or updating a business plan

Please refer any business interested in being recognized (certified) as a woman, minority or small business to Maggie Metzger #444-6337 or Maghan Strachan #444-0841 or to our website at


Shannon Hahn

Department of Transportation

DBE Specialist

Civil Rights Bureau

(406)444-7287 phone

(406)444-7243 fax

E-mail: [email protected]

MATR Supporters

As the hub of learning, creativity and innovation in Northwest Montana, Flathead Valley Community College is expanding

For over 25 years, Zoot Enterprises has been a global provider of advanced origination, acquisition, and decision management solutions.

TechLink helps the Department of Defense to commercialize leading-edge new technology by partnering DoD labs with private sector companies for technology licensing, transfer, and research and development

Arrow Solutions Group is a Montana-based technology staffing company providing technical resources to organizations in Colorado, Montana, Idaho and Wyoming.

The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is the longest-standing and leading advocate for the Flathead Valley community and business climate.

Big Sky Commerce is an integrated provider of merchant credit card transaction processing services, check processing services, Internet payment gateways, related software application products and value-added services.

Montana West Economic Development - Mission: To cultivate growth through the support of new and expanding businesses in the Flathead Valley

Aggressive, award-winning economic development support for business attraction, expansion and retention through financing packages, tax incentives and grants, site selection, workforce assistance, and strategic services. Talk to an expert today - Jolene Schalper, [email protected]

Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP)- Promoting Technology Commercialization in the State of Montana.

Big Sky EDA- Building Businesses and Creating Jobs in the Greater Billings, Montana area

News Catrgory Sponspor:

The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program encourages and supports the participation of companies owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals in transportation contracts.

Leave a Comment

You must be logged in to post a comment.


The best in Montana tech news

Get the most useful news and opportunities in tech twice a week, all for free.