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Current Members

Whether you are a long-time member, or just signed up today - make sure you are taking advantage of all the program has to offer you.

Exhibiting Opportunities

Montana & Regional Trade Shows

The Made in Montana Tradeshow, Montana's premier Made in Montana wholesale trade show, takes place annually in Helena.

The Made in Montana program also hosts new exhibitors at the “Montana Pavilion” at the Billings Market Association in February and September. In order to attend with Made in Montana, you must have never exhibited at the Billings Regional Market before, sell wholesale merchandise, and have previously exhibited at the Made in Montana Tradeshow. Information will be sent to qualified participants when applicable.

National & International Trade Shows

Interested in exploring new domestic and international wholesale markets? The Office of Trade & International Relations at the Department of Commerce can assist you.

Retail/Craft Shows

Montana hosts many retail shows including arts and craft fairs, Farmers Markets, and home and garden shows. These are great selling opportunities for businesses that aren't ready or don't want to enter the wholesale market but still want to reach buyers.

Search VisitMT.com Event List


Events & Training

We’re constantly on the lookout for trainings and events that are relevant to our members.

For a complete calendar of Events & Training Opportunities, see our online calendar here:

 

Business & Technical Assistance

SBDC

The Montana Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) certified Business Consultants offer free one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs statewide. The SBDC Lead Center is located at the Montana Department of Commerce in Helena and supports ten centers, each hosted by economic development and higher education institutions. 

The SBDC network is a nationally accredited program through America's SBDC. Over the course of its 28-year history, the SBDC has assisted more than 29,000 Montana entrepreneurs and nearly 6,500 businesses. In 2016, the SBDC network helped launch 73 new businesses, counseled clients for 6,667 hours, and hosted 85 training seminars to reach 1,276 participants. The SBDC also created or retained 616 jobs in Montana, and helped small business owners launch or grow their companies by working with clients to access more than $45 million in financing.

For an individual that is looking to start a new business or expand their existing business, the SBDC network is the best place to start. The SBDC network supports ten centers around the state, focusing on counseling in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, training and workshops and loan packaging assistance to help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, expansion, innovation and success.

To reach a Business Consultant at the SBDC, see their website and contact them at https://sbdc.mt.gov/

MMEC

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. MMEC can assess your business operations and help you grow, innovate, and enhance profits.

MMEC can help with practices for managing your equipment, building, processes and people. Their field engineers understand manufacturing and the obstacles that affect your business. Their Business Advisors bring years of real-world manufacturing experience, a wide variety of specialized skills, and can work with you to enhance your marketing approach and enter new markets.

Their home office is in the College of Engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman, with remote offices in Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, and Great Falls. MMEC has provided worthwhile assistance to improve top-line and bottom-line growth to over 1,000 clients across Montana from Alzada to Eureka and Corvallis to Opheim.

To reach a Business Advisor at MMEC, see their website and contact them at http://www.montana.edu/mmec/index.html

SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. 

The Montana District Office is the only SBA office in Montana and serves all 56 counties. Montana is the fourth largest state covering approximately 147,046 square miles. Greatest distance from east to west boundary: approximatley 550 miles, greatest distance from north to south boundary: approximately 320 miles in western Montana and approximately 280 miles in eastern Montana. Thousands of miles are traveled each year providing financial and business assistance to the small business constituency of Montana.

To contact the SBA, see their website at https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mt/helena


Grants

Domestic Tradeshow Assistance

The Tradeshow Assistance Program assists Montana based companies in exploring new domestic wholesale markets by encouraging first-time exhibition at new trade shows outside of the state. It is not only for companies new to trade show exhibition, but can also be useful for established companies who are looking to exhibit at a show that they have never been to before. It is not intended for a company to use for a trade show at which it has previously exhibited or currently exhibits. The assistance comes in the form of 50% reimbursement of qualified and approved expenses for trade show exhibition up to a maximum of $3,000 (including bonus amounts).

This grant program is currently unavailable, but check back for more information at another time.

International Trade Show Exhibition

Attending wholesale trade shows internationally is a great way for a company to introduce their products to a global audience as well as help maintain awareness of their products in the marketplace. However, they are capital intensive. To help mitigate risk and provide opportunity this program provides partial reimbursement for marketing expenses related to attending trade shows with international buyers.

For more information, please see this site: http://marketmt.com/STEP/TradeshowExhibition


Materials & Info Sheets

Best Practices / Trade Show Tips

Trade shows can be great for business, but they can also be challenging. Our partners at the Department of Agriculture have provided some Trade Show Training & Assistance tips on their website.

We have also put together some materials to assist you in your trade show endeavours:

Using Social Media at Trade Shows

Trade Show Fundamentals

Other Resources:

Quiz: Are You Ready for Wholesale?
Three Tips for Using Wholesale or Trade Shows to Boost Your Biz
Guide to Wholesale and Trade Shows

UPC Basics

As more and more buyers are requiring wholesale producers to provide UPC (Universal Product Codes) barcodes on each of their products, we decided it was time to update and rerelease our “Barcode Basics Fact Sheet.” 

In it you’ll find information on what they are, how to read them, and most importantly, where to get them. 

Click here for our latest information.

Using the Logo

Placing the logo on your products, signage, or marketing materials lets buyers know you are selling genuine products and you are proud to be part of our program. Producers can purchase low-cost logo labels or use the electronic image at no charge to print the logo directly on product packaging. 

Retail Stores, Restaurants, and Distributors are eligible to use the logo on their signs, menus, and other collateral - but only producers are eligible to place logos on the actual products. 

We encourage you to use it in your electronic marketing too. We love to see it on your websites and social media! We just ask that you not use the logo alone as your main profile photo on Facebook, Twitter, etc.

Find our Logo Usage Agreement here.


Logo Labels and Printed Collateral Material 

Made in Montana and Grown in Montana labels

The Made in Montana program does not reproduce or sell logo products directly to program participants. AlphaGraphics-Bozeman has the exclusive sales contract for logo labels. You must order through them.

Their inventory includes the following: 

  • Preprinted logo labels (available for producers only)
  • Hang tags
  • Posters
  • Window Clings
  • Decals

Order online via the AlphaGraphics website or contact them directly:

AlphaGraphics
201 East Mendenhall, PO Box 1088
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-4508 or (800) 332-3303

Native American Made in Montana Logo Labels

These logo labels are distributed directly by the Made in Montana program.  Contact us by email or call (406) 841-2757.


Electronic Logos

An electronic version of the logo is available at no charge for members to use for specific, individualized marketing projects. All three logos are available in color or black/white and in jpg, pdf, and ai formats.

In no case may the artwork be reproduced, distributed, or sold as individual logo labels.

Free Listing

Members are entitled to a free online directory listing which includes contact information, product information, business information, and up to six photographs. This listing can also link back to your business website.


Listing Updates

Members are required to update their listing annually to keep their listing live and to continue using the logo. The program will send you an email on the one year anniversary of when you last updated your information as a reminder. 

You may also update your listing anytime by sending us an email with the updated text - breaking out by section is easiest.


Adding/Changing Photos

Including images with your listing is a critical step in getting your listing noticed. You can include up to six images – in JPG format – up to 2MB each. 

Make sure they are high-quality and represent your best work. Good photos are your products, a logo, a shot of you producing your work, or a shot of your storefront or interior. We may edit your photo for clarity. We will not include out of focus, discolored, or inappropriate photographs in online listings or promotional materials. 

Do I need to include a photo release form? 

If you signed up online, you were already given this option. You do not need to complete the form if you chose 'Yes' to photos on your listing.

If you decide you want photos on your listing after choosing 'No', please complete a Photo Release Form before sending us your photos. This gives us permission to use them on the website. 

Emailing Photos

Email the Release Form and your photos to us at madeinmontana@mt.gov. Photos must be in JPG format and no larger than 2MB each.

If you would rather, you can give us permission to select photos from your personal website or social media page. In that case, indicate the photos you want us to use.

You may also submit the photos to our Dropbox link (you will need to have a Dropbox account).

Mailing Photos

Send a completed copy of the Photo Release Form and photos to us at:

Made in Montana Program
Montana Department of Commerce
PO Box 200533
Helena, MT 59620-0533

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