• Economic Development

  • A stable, well-educated workforce, an ideal location, cutting-edge internet connectivity and an unsurpassed quality of life combine to make Whitefish the ideal spot for business success – both now and in the future.

    Add to that our business-friendly city government, a new wave of major private – and public – investment, and a number of Chamber initiatives designed to strengthen and diversify the local economy, and we think you’ll agree ... Whitefish, Montana is where your business ought to be.

  • Whitefish 2020 Plan

    DannyOn Trail - Photo by Donnie Sexton (visitmt.com)

    The Chamber’s Whitefish 2020 Plan focuses on three separate-but-equal strategies for enhancing the Whitefish economy:

    • Helping existing businesses get the help they need to survive, grow and thrive;
    • Attracting new companies to Whitefish that will mesh with (and complement) the existing business community, and capitalize on the state-of-the-art technological infrastructre that already exists in Whitefish;
    • Identify and implement programs, projects and events that enhance the Whitefish visitor experience, and focus on growing tourism in the shoulder and winter seasons.

    In addition, the Chamber promotes our community on a local, regional, statewide and global basis, in an effort to:

    • Attract new business and investment to Whitefish;
    • Create new, high-paying jobs through business relocation, new business start-ups and the expansion of existing companies;
    • Promote the Whitefish area’s assets to prospective employers, investors and residents; and
    • Improve our community by encouraging planned economic development, strong civic leadership, better education and increased cultural and recreational opportunities.
  • Business Assistance Partners

    The Whitefish Chamber has partnered with a handful of other local and regional organizations to provide a full menu of economic development and business assistance services to local employers ... and to those considering Whitefish as a home for their new – or relocating – business.  Our partners include:

    Montana West Economic Development

    Jerry Meerkatz, President/CEO  - (406) 257-7711

    Montana West connects new and existing businesses to the resources they need to accelerate their growth and leverage their investment.  Services include: connections to expertise, demographic information, financing and incentive resources, industry trends, workforce assistance, site selection, gap financing lending programs, and grant programs for business development and expansion.

    Small Business Development Center (part of SBA)

    Dan Gorton, Director -  (406) 756-3836

    Our mission is to provide tools and guidance to help small businesses succeed.

    For an individual that is looking to start a new business or expand their existing business, the SBDC network is the best place to start. The SBDC network supports ten regional centers across the state, focusing on free one-on-one counseling and low cost training in areas such as financial analysis, business planning, strategic planning, loan packaging, financial projections and market research to help small businesses achieve their goals of growth, innovation and success.


    Job Service Kalispell
    (406) 758-6200

    What can Job Service Kalispell help your business with? Minimum wage posters, planning job fairs & hiring events hosted at Job Service or your place of business, creative recruitment & retention strategies, monthly education on HR topics, information on Labor Market Trends, Wage & Hour and human rights information.


  • S.N.O.W. Bus 

    The Big Mountain Commercial Association is a non-profit public trade association that raises funds to pay for common services and programs. 


    These include funding for the S.N.O.W. Bus, a free shuttle service between Whitefish and Whitefish Mountain Resort. The S.N.O.W. Bus has been a staple of our community for over 20 years.