History of BEAR

The Governor’s Office of Economic Development, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Labor and Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) formed a partnership in 2006 that allows Montana to be one of several states to make the BEAR (Business Expansion and Retention) program available statewide. The Montana BEAR program is sponsored by MEDA and implemented by local community entities that provide staff and financial support so that local business owners and operators are able to access much needed resources allowing them to improve and/or expand their businesses.