Untame Your Entrepreneurial Spirit

Start, innovate, or bring your business to Great Falls, Montana

Montana is the #1 state in the country for small business starts. And Great Falls offers some of the greatest opportunities for entrepreneurs in Montana. We are a community hungry for new ideas and fresh perspectives. Not only is the risk minimal compared to other markets, you’ll have the Great Falls team by your side, offering access to capital, tools, and resources specifically designed to help you succeed.

Something mightier than the Missouri River runs through this dam town – we call it our “Entrepreneurial Spirit.” Whether you are an aspiring entrepreneur with a niche startup in mind, an existing business looking to innovate in a town that craves something new, or a large company looking for a successful expansion opportunity – we want to help you untame your entrepreneurial spirit.

Check out these entrepreneurs who have started, innovated, or expanded their business in Great Falls, Montana


Success Stories

Check out these entrepreneurs who have started, innovated, or expanded their business in Great Falls, Montana

Play N Learn owner with two children

Play N Learn

Raegan, the trailing spouse from Canada who founded one of Montana’s largest childcare centers. Read more. 

Central Ave Meats owners

Central Avenue Meats

Andrew, the Montana native who returned to Great Falls from Colorado Springs to start a custom butcher shop. Read more.

Cassiopeia Books

Cassiopeia Books

Millie, the New Yorker who bought a beloved downtown bookstore during a pandemic. Read more. 

ADF International Inc. building from outside

ADF International

The Canadian company that found a US location for their steel fabrication business in Great Falls, MT. Read more. 

Owner of Windrift Hill

Windrift Hill

A mother/daughter duo that started a goat milk soap/lotion business from their farm in rural Conrad, MT. Read more.


Whether your business is growing, innovating, or just getting started, we offer a variety of tools and resources to help your business succeed.

The Great Fall Development Authority, Inc. (GFDA) is a regional public/private EDO which focuses its efforts on the 13-county Great Falls Montana trade area, also known as Montana’s Golden Triangle. We are a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI) that provides gap and bridge financing to businesses, start-up entrepreneurs, real estate developers, and non-profits.

 We host a Small Business Development Center (SBDC), a Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC), and a Montana Food & Ag Development Center to provide specialized assistance to would-be entrepreneurs and existing businesses.

GFDA was the first economic development organization in the Rocky Mountain West to earn accreditation from the International Economic Development Council.

Central Ave Meats owners

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