Membership Resources

Welcome! This page includes resources for new and current Made in Montana members. 

Here you will find information on:

  • Made in Montana, Grown in Montana, Native American Made in Montana and Taste our Place
  • How to apply 
  • Producer or Retail Store membership
  • Using and ordering logos
  • Maintaining your membership and annual renewal
  • Submitting photos for your listing
  • Updating your listing 
  • Business and technical assistance
  • Grants
  • Events and Training 
Made in Montana: You can apply for Made in Montana if your product is made, created, or enhanced in the state and is now worth 50% or more in added value.

Grown in Montana: You can apply for Grown in Montana if your product is either grown from the start or significantly grown and finished in the state and is now worth 50% or more in added value.

Native American Made in Montana: Enrolled members of Montana Tribes can apply for Native American Made in Montana if their products are made, created, or enhanced in the state and is now worth 50% or more in added value.

Taste our Place: You can apply for Taste our Place if your establishment serves ready to consume meals and/or beverages crafted with Made in Montana or Grown in Montana ingredients. 

Joining Made in Montana is free, easy and offers many rewarding benefits for your business. It is important to note that the Made in Montana program is a certification program for your products, not services, or your company or business.

To be eligible for membership, you must sign a "self-attestation" form in your application that states your product(s) meet the Made in Montana criteria.

Applying online is the fastest and easiest way to submit your application to the Made in Montana program.

APPLY HERE

Made in Montana provides membership to producers making and selling their products to consumers and retail stores, as well as authorized retail and online stores that sell Made in Montana products.

Producers

The product you create or add value to has to be made, grown, or enhanced in the state of Montana, and the end product is worth 50% or more in added value. This category also includes establishments using Montana sourced ingredients in their ready to consume meals and/or beverages. Producers have permission to use logos to mark their products and show they are Made in Montana.  Producers can list their showroom, online store, and/or retail locations in their online listing.

Retail Stores / Online Retailers

Retail Stores and online retailers carry a variety of Made in Montana registered products in the regular inventory.

Retail members can use logos on interior and exterior signs, posters, and printed materials designating the store carries Made in Montana products.

Only approved producer members are eligible to place logos on products. 

Placing the logo on your products, signage, or marketing materials lets buyers know you are selling genuine Made in Montana products. Producers can purchase low-cost logo labels or use the electronic image at no charge to print the logo directly on product packaging.

Retail stores, restaurants, and distributors are eligible to use the logo on their signs, menus, and other collateral - but only producers are eligible to place logos on the actual products.

We encourage you to use it in your electronic marketing too. We love to see it on your websites and social media! However, please do not use the logo as your main profile photo.

Please review the Logo Usage Agreement.

How to Order Logo Stickers

Color World located in Bozeman has the exclusive sales contract for logo stickers. You must order through them.

Their inventory includes the following:

  • Printed logo stickers (available for producer members only)
  • Hang tags
  • Posters
  • Window clings
  • Decals
  • Banners


Order online via the Color World website or contact them directly:

Color World
201 East Mendenhall, PO Box 1088
Bozeman, MT 59715
(406) 587-4508 or (800) 332-3303

Native American Made in Montana Logo Labels

These logo labels are distributed directly to Native American Made in Montana members by the Made in Montana program. Contact us by email or call (406) 841-2757 to request labels.

Electronic Logos

An electronic version of the logo is available at no charge for members to use for specific, individualized marketing projects. All logos are available in color or black/white and in jpg, pdf, and ai formats.

In no case may the artwork be reproduced, distributed, or sold as individual logo labels.

Members are required to update their listing annually to keep their listing live and to continue using the logo. The program will send you a reminder email each year.

You may also update your listing anytime by sending us an email through the Contact Page

Choose up to six (6) photos in jpg format and less than 2MB each. Make sure they are high-quality and represent your best work.  

Good photo subjects can be of your products, your logo, a shot of you producing your work, a shot of your storefront or interior, etc.

If you forget to upload photos when you apply, you can email photos to us at any time.  Please complete a photo release and email to us with your images.

Caption your photos with the product name, or a short description.

Contact us if you have questions.

NOTE: We may edit your photos for clarity. We will not include out-of-focus, discolored, or inappropriate photographs in online listings.

You may update your listing at any time by sending a message through our Contact page.

You will also have the opportunity to make changes annually during your mandatory annual renewal. See "Maintaining Your Membership & Annual Renewal" for more information.

SBDC

The Montana Small Business Development Center's (SBDC) certified Business Consultants offer free one-on-one business advising to entrepreneurs statewide. The SBDC Lead Center is located at the Montana Department of Commerce in Helena and supports ten centers, each hosted by economic development and higher education institutions.

To reach a Business Consultant at the SBDC, see their website and contact them at https://sbdc.mt.gov/

MMEC

The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) is a statewide manufacturing outreach & assistance center staffed by full-time professionals with extensive experience in manufacturing and business in a variety of industries. Their home office is in the College of Engineering at Montana State University, Bozeman, with remote offices in Billings, Missoula, Kalispell, and Great Falls

To reach a Business Advisor at MMEC visit, https://www.montana.edu/mmec/

SBA

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. Although SBA has grown and evolved in the years since it was established in 1953, the bottom line mission remains the same. The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses. The Montana District Office is the only SBA office in Montana and serves all 56 counties.

To contact the SBA, visit https://www.sba.gov/offices/district/mt/helena
Domestic Tradeshow Assistance

The Tradeshow Assistance Program assists Montana based companies in exploring new domestic wholesale markets by encouraging first-time exhibition at new trade shows outside of the state.


International Trade Show Exhibition

Attending wholesale trade shows internationally is a great way for a company to introduce their products to a global audience as well as help maintain awareness of their products in the marketplace. However, they are capital intensive. To help mitigate risk and provide opportunity this program provides partial reimbursement for marketing expenses related to attending trade shows with international buyers.

For more information about domestic and international Trade Show assistance, visit https://marketmt.com/Export/Grants

We’re constantly on the lookout for trainings and events that are relevant to our members. 

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