Montana Department of Labor & Industry (DLI) today is highlighting state
resources available for Montana businesses that have been impacted by COVID-19.
know many Montana businesses are still impacted by COVID-19, which is why we’re
here to provide resources and information,”
Acting Commissioner Brenda Nordlund said. “A
healthy and vital business community is essential to Montana’s economic growth
and prosperity. These programs are here to strengthen and support our
hosting town hall sessions to provide information and answer questions from
Montana business owners and employers. A recording of the most recent Employer
Town Hall, featuring DLI Deputy Commissioner Kathleen O’Leary, Department of
Commerce Director Tara Rice, Governor’s Office of Economic Development Chief
Business Development Officer Ken Fichtler, and Small Business Administration
Regional Director Brent Donnelly, can be
statewide network of business support services are ready to assist companies as
they adapt to a changing economy, scale up to meet consumer demands, or simply
need a sounding board for new ideas,”
Department of Commerce Director Tara Rice said.
“Now more than ever, we’re
here to make sure Montana businesses can succeed.”
DLI can offer to Montana businesses include:
Pandemic Unemployment Assistance
launched a new web portal at mtpua.mt.gov to process Pandemic Unemployment
Assistance claims filed by self-employed, gig-workers, independent contractors,
and others impacted by COVID-19, including some business owners.
A phone line is available for individuals without
internet access to file their PUA claim, or for those with claim-specific
questions at (406) 444-3382. An email address is also available to those with
PUAclaims@mt.gov. A resource
guide with answers to frequently asked questions, details on the PUA filing
process and other resources is available at
Service Montana offices are part of a statewide network of workforce
development centers that collaborate with community partners to provide
customer-focused employment and training opportunities, and services to
businesses seeking employees and other assistance. For a list of all Job
Service offices across the state and their contact information, visit
Information Data Exchange System (SIDES)
is a free, convenient, and secure way for employers to electronically receive
and respond to requests for information regarding UI benefits claims. Employers
can sign up at uieservices.mt.gov. While the platform is not required for
Montana employers to use, it is strongly encouraged, as it ensures the accuracy
and security of exchanged information. For more information on how the SIDES
system works in Montana, visit
http://uid.dli.mt.gov/Portals/55/Documents/eServices/dli-uid-es026.pdf, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registered Apprenticeship Program
a business strong requires a skilled workforce. Being a Montana Registered
Apprenticeship sponsor can help your firm recruit quality employees and invest
in your company’s future. Businesses build committed workers, training them to
meet your specific needs. Learn more about how to become an employer sponsor at
Worker Training Program (IWT)
program provides grant funding to assist eligible
businesses with the cost of training for their existing, or incumbent workers.
IWT creates a more robust workforce by providing professional development for
employees and strengthening small businesses across Montana. For more
Safety and Health Bureau
Montana Department of Labor & Industry’s Safety and Health Bureau is
dedicated to improving safety and health in the workplace and for Montana’s
small businesses. The Bureau has four sections: Compliance, Consultation, Mine,
& Outreach. To learn more about how DLI can help you maintain a safe
workplace during COVID-19, visit
In addition to resources offered by
DLI, other programs are available to help Montana businesses. A comprehensive
information resource and application portal for emergency grants funded through
the federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act is
available at covidrelief.mt.gov.
state resources include business assistance offered by the Montana Department
Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Program
which promotes long-term stable economic growth in Montana by providing
financial assistance for business planning and job creation.
Business Development Center Network
which operates in 10 regions across the state and offers no-cost support
for entrepreneurs and small businesses at every stage of business
Training Grant Program
, which provides funding to
primary sector businesses to train employees in new jobs that allow a
business to expand in Montana without leaving the state.
Manufacturing Extension Center at MSU Bozeman
which is a statewide manufacturing outreach and assistance center that
provides solutions to help Montana manufacturers grow, innovate and
enhance their businesses.
- Montana Business Stabilization Program,
which was created through the federal CARES Act to provide working capital
for small businesses to support payroll, rent, accounts payable, debt
service and expenses from COVID-19-related shifts in operations.
Regional Development Corporations
operate 11 regional offices supporting a regional approach to economic
development across the state.
of Indian Country Economic Development
which provides all of the business resources available to Native
American-owned businesses and tribal governments in Montana under one
- Other types of financial and
technical assistance to support innovative industries and grow businesses
across the state.
about the business assistance programs offered by the Montana Department of
Commerce by visiting
DLI is providing daily updates for
Montana employers impacted by COVID-19 at
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