Starting a Business in Butte

The entrepreneurial spirit of early settlers created modern Montana, and that spirit continues today. Whether you are thinking big or small, Butte is an excellent place to start a business, with ample assistance available from local, state and federal programs and organizations.

Butte also offers low start-up costs when compared with many other cities, and unique opportunities like the Uptown Historic District and Montana Connections Business Park.

Understand the Available Resources

There is support available for new businesses in Butte at the national, state and local levels. The online resources listed below will get you started, and be sure to contact these departments and programs directly for more information on how they can support your new business:

Local Resources for Business Planning

The creation of a strong, well thought-out business plan is an essential first step for entrepreneurs developing new businesses, and a business plan is also key to securing financing. Most banks will need to see a solid plan before considering a business loan.

The Butte Local Development Corporation and the Montana Community Development Corporation can provide business planning assistance, and can also assist in securing capital through public funding sources, real estate and relocation, facility siting, local and county processes, connecting with Montana Tech, and tapping the local workforce. The Butte-Silver Bow Community Development Office is also a good source of information on local regulations and requirements and potential funding sources.

Name and Incorporation Info

When you have chosen a business name, you should register it online with the Montana Secretary of State's Office. You should also determine which type of structure your business will use (Assumed Business Name, Sole Proprietorship, General Partnership, Limited Partnership, Limited Liability Partnership, Corporation, Limited Liability Company, Series Limited Liability Company) - you may want to consult an attorney who specializes in business or corporate law. After determining your structure, be sure to register it with the Secretary of State.

Licensing and Permits

All businesses in Butte-Silver Bow are required to maintain a business license, as described in Butte-Silver Bow Municipal Code Title 5. Applications for a business license can be picked up in the Treasurer's Office on the second floor of the Butte-Silver Bow Courthouse, 155 W Granite St, between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Monday to Friday, or downloaded using the link below. Fees vary depending on the type of business; refer to the fee list for details.

Licenses are issued only after approval by the Building and Code Department and zoning approval from the Planning Department. The Treasurer's Office can advise you if any additional permits are needed, depending on your business.

Tax Information

You can register a business account online using the Montana Department of Revenue Taxpayer Access Point (TAP). TAP allows you to register for the following business accounts:

  • Income Tax Withholding (WTH)
  • Lodging and Facility Sales and Use Tax (LFT)
  • Rental Vehicle Sales Tax (RVT)
  • Mineral Royalty Withholding Tax (MRW)
  • Detailed information for businesses is also available on the Montana Department of Revenue website, including taxes, licenses, fees, and permits and tax incentives and relief.

    The U.S. Internal Revenue Service (IRS) also provides tax information for new businesses on the IRS website.


Finding financing to make your new business a reality is one of the most difficult steps in starting a business. New businesses in Butte have several local financing options in addition to national and state programs. Some of the local financing programs available in Butte include:

Contact the Butte-Silver Bow Community Development Office or the Butte Local Development Corporation to learn more about local financing options.

When your business plan and presentation are ready to you, you can seek a loan from a local bank or credit union. Most lenders will require personal equity in a new business. You will need to determine the amount that you personally can contribute to funding a portion of your business.

Small Business Administration (SBA) loans, Montana loan and grant programs, Montana Community Development Corporation lending options, venture capital, angel investors, and bootstrapping are just a few of the routes you can take instead of a traditional loan.


For any new business looking to hire employees, there are local resources available to assist you in the hiring process. You can create a free profile and post jobs to the Butte-Silver Bow City-County website, work with the Chamber of Commerce, and post jobs with the Butte Job Service. Other good options for hiring employees include The Montana Standard, The Butte Weekly, popular websites like and, and social media like LinkedIn. Another great resource when seeking skilled employees is Montana Tech Career Services.