About the Department

The Economic Development Department has relocated to the lower level of the West Annex at 431 Quarry Road, Columbus.

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If you are looking for additional business or non-profit assistance, please call or email us.  We look forward to assisting you with your business and organizational needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Question:  Are there business licenses in Stillwater County or the City of Columbus?

Answer:  No… BUT please check to see if your profession or service requires a Professional License issued by the State of Montana.

Question:  Are there grants available for my business?

Answer:  Possibly.  It all depends on what you intend to use the funds for.  Generally, with any business grants, you are required to be in business for at least 1 year.   Microgrants (+/- $1K) for businesses are very hard to come by.  State and Federal grants that may be available tend to cater to businesses looking to make major investments between $25K to over $1M+.   For more information please contact our office.

QuestionWhat business/organizational assistance and resources are available?

Answer:  Stillwater Economic Development offers business consulting, resource connections to State and Federal programs which include but aren’t limited to the Business Expansion And Retention (BEAR) Program,  Small Business Development Center (SBDC), Small Business Administration (SBA), Beartooth Resource Conservation and Development, and the Department of Labor and Industry – Billings Job Service.  We are resource directors and welcome your inquiries.

Question: We’re interested in moving our business and our family to Stillwater.  What is the economy like in Stillwater?

Answer:  The 2015 update to the Stillwater County Overall Economic Development Plan can be viewed HERE (PDF).  This Plan details the County’s demographics and its growth over the years but it’s also a strategic planning document with goals and objectives for Stillwater County, its community, and economic development plans for the future.

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Stillwater County Chamber of Commerce


West Annex
PO Box 1287
431 Quarry Road
Columbus, MT 59019
(406) 322-8028


Stephanie Ray AICP Community/Economic Development Director

Amy Stadel Administrative Support