Primary Focus Areas    

Core services to constituents in our service region include needs assessment, planning, and development of business projects.

We deliver:

  1. Business development and financial planning assistance

  2. Direct business lending through the Revolving Loan Fund

  3. Specialized agricultural business planning and development

  4. Regional and local community and economic development planning and facilitation

  5. Assistance to municipalities and counties with improvement of public services, infrastructure and facilities

Thus service mix and areas of emphasis tends to evolve over time depending on available funding sources and local needs. Due to similar program and delivery in our larger municipality by a partner organization, we tend to focus on projects in rural and under-served areas.  

Food and Ag Program and Cooperative Development Center

Beartooth is home to one of four Food and Ag Development Centers (FADC) located across Montana. The Centers help producers innovate and grow businesses that produce and commercialize food, agriculture and renewable energy products and processes - creating wealth and jobs in our communities and on our farms and ranches. The Centers support economic development by ensuring that more of the state's food, agriculture and energy dollars circulate in Montana. The program provides training, coaching and technical assistance.

Joel Bertolino is the program Director. 

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Revolving Loan Fund

The purpose of the Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) is to encourage and accelerate economic development activities in the region. The role of the RLF is to provide gap financing to businesses who would find it difficult to meet conventional underwriting standards. Job creation is the primary goal, especially by providing employment to those in los and moderate income categories. The RLF is not an alternative to private lenders or equity capital as most loans are a combination of all three.

Jillann Knutson is the program Director.

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Economic Development

Beartooth serves the counties of Big Horn, Carbon, Stillwater, Sweet Grass and Yellowstone as a Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) and as a federally-designated Economic Development District (EDD). We also work closely with local economic development authorities and organizations in order to leverage the best possible options for communities, nonprofits and private businesses in the region. We can assist clients with project development, project planning, and grant writing as available. 

Joel Bertolino is the interim program Director.

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Special Projects

Beartooth has consistently been involved with conservation based projects, such as the Fuels Reduction program and the Forest in Focus program as well as facilitation of the Custer-Gallatin Working Group. These projects and programs generally fall under the special projects category where we provide technical assistance, fiscal agent capacity or other services as the need arises.

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