Business Assistance Information and Links

Missoula County Businesses:  Keeping it Going in a Pandemic

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Masks now strongly recommended

Missoula County met its intermediate vaccination goal of 60% of eligible residents receiving at least one dose, and our case incidence rate per 100,000 remains below 25. The health board in April directed the health officer to rescind the mandate and issue recommendations upon meeting this goal.  Those recommendations are issued in this document and are effective immediately as of May 10, 2021. 

Though the Missoula City-County Health Department relaxed the mask requirement to a recommendation, many entities in Missoula County still require masks. These include but are not necessarily limited to:
  • Healthcare facilities
  • Many schools and childcare facilities
  • University of Montana
  • Missoula International Airport
  • Mountain Line
  • Federal buildings
  • Some local government offices, particularly those with high public use
  • Private businesses and other entities that choose to require masks
Community members are encouraged to bring a mask with them in case a building they plan to enter still requires one. Places with mask requirements are welcome to print and post this flier. 

Paycheck Protection Program 

The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) will reopen the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) the week of Jan. 11 for new borrowers and certain existing PPP borrowers. 

To promote access to funds, initially only community financial institutions will be able to make First Draw PPP Loans on Monday, Jan. 11, and Second Draw PPP Loans on Wednesday, Jan. 13. In Missoula County, those community financial institutions are MoFi and Clearwater Credit Union.

The PPP will open to all participating lenders shortly thereafter. Updated PPP guidance outlining criteria and other program changes are online at

Missoula County Economic Recovery Task Force

The Missoula County Economic Recovery Task Force is a partnership of public and private for-profit and nonprofit entities working to ensure you recover and prosper in the future by understanding how you are affected economically, improving access to resources that provide immediate assistance, developing new resources, and identifying any remaining gaps in resources. 

WATCH: How the Economic Recovery Task Force is working to help businesses and their employees

Information on local, state and federal resources is updated regularly on the Missoula Economic Partnership website

The Economic Recovery Task Force also has partnered with the University of Montana to launch BEAR Powered by UM to advise businesses requesting assistance or guidance in responding to the COVID-19 crisis. Click the link below to register for assistance though this program.

Business Emergency Assistance & Recovery

MoFi Paycheck Protection Program Loans

MoFi’s Paycheck Protection Program

Nonprofit organizations

The Montana Nonprofit Association has compiled a list of COVID-19 FAQs related to nonprofits. 

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