We Mean Business – Downtown Billings Alliance

We Mean Business

Thinking about opening a business Downtown? No matter what stage you're in, we have the steps to take you from napkin idea to open for business!

This Is Downtown

Why Downtown Billings

Wondering if downtown is right for you and your business? Don’t ask us, ask them. Meet the people and community who make Downtown Billings a vibrant place to live, work, and play.

Explore Our Downtown

Explore Our Downtown

Explore our Downtown Guide and Directory

Business Start-up Checklist

Business Start-up Checklist

Business Start-up Checklist

A guide to starting your own small business in Montana.

From Napkin to Open

Register with SBDC

Register with SBDC

The Small Business Development Center provides expert consulting and low-cost training to business owners and aspiring entrepreneurs.

Writing a Business Plan

Writing a Business Plan

A well thought-out business plan should be one of the first steps to help you take your business from a possibility to a reality. Here are 5 good reasons why from the SBDC Start-Up Series.

Put Your Business Plan to the Test

Business Plan Competition

Business Plan Competition

Launched in 2016, Battle of the Plans is DOwntown’s business plan competition where entrepreneurs go head to head with their business concepts and are awarded with an infusion of equity, advertising funds, membership and more! 

Making Financial Cents

How to Find Funding

Big Sky EDA video

Downtown Tools

Downtown Tools

The DBA, through Urban Renewal Funds, has invested millions in development, revitalization, and business in downtown. Urban Renewal and Development resources allow us to assist with the most important initiatives in downtown; Yours! Learn more about TIF grants and the Revolving Loan Fund HERE

Are You Speaking the Language?

Common Leasing Lingo

Grey shell and vanilla shell might sound like a weird food trend, but when it comes to commercial real estate, these terms take on a whole new meaning. Understanding the commercial terminology will help you before you meet with your broker or future landlord.

What's In a Lease?

Types of Leases Downtown

Understanding the different kind of leases and terms is important to know before you sign a lease. Ethan Canning from NAI Business Properties explains the 3 leases; Triple Net (NNN), Modified Gross, and Full Service, which you will typically encounter when looking for a space.

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Finding a Space and Tenant Rep.

Looking for the perfect location for your business can be challenging with all the different buildings, owners, landlords, and realtors. Where do I start? Finding your A-Team and surrounding yourself with the best is essential. Ethan Canning from NAI Business Properties explains where to start and why a tenant rep might be..Read More

Open for Business!

Get Involved

Get Involved

Joining the DBA is the first step to becoming part of the amazing things happening downtown. Not only do you join our community of merchants, but you become part of the conversation by taking advantage of the many membership benefits. Learn more…