The Montana Small Business Alliance is a statewide network of local, independent small business owners across Montana.

We know small businesses are the backbone of our economy and of local communities across Montana. But too often, small businesses are spoken for by big corporate interests that don’t have the best interests of real small businesses at heart.

Small business owners in the Montana Small Business Alliance are changing that by speaking for ourselves on issues that matter to our businesses and our communities.

The Main Street Alliance is working with allies in Montana to create more economy-boosting jobs. We know that strong investment in our employees is the smartest investment in our businesses. Our employees are our neighbors’ customers, and their employees are ours–when everyone in our communities can afford to live, our businesses and economy thrive!

If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved, contact us at info[at]

Recent News

Business is (Baby) Booming

While corporate CEOs are pressuring Congress to cut Social Security and Medicare as part of a so-called "Grand Bargain" to reduce the debt, small business owners say that cuts to Social Security and Medicare would be devastating to small businesses across the country. A new series of reports from the... [Read more]

It's Time to Listen to Main Street

Have you ever felt like the good name of small business was getting used to advance a special interest agenda? Brian McGregor has. Brian, owner of the Silver Dollar Saloon in Butte, Montana, wrote in an op-ed in The Hill a few days ago: Here’s a riddle: a hedge fund manager, a high-powered... [Read more]

Tax Haven Abuse by Corporations Shortchanges U.S. Treasury to Tune of $2,116 for Every Small Business in America

On April 12, the Main Street Alliance joined U.S. PIRG, Congressman Chris Van Hollen, Business for Shared Prosperity and the American Sustainable Business Council at a Capitol Hill press conference releasing U.S. PIRG’s new report “Picking Up the Tab: Average Citizens and Small Businesses Pay the Price for Offshore Tax... [Read more]

April 12: Report: Tax Haven Abuse Shorts U.S. Treasury to Tune of $2,116 for Every Small Business in America

Click here to view formatted copy of this release. FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Thursday, April 12CONTACT: Rachel Tardiff, rachel[at] REPORT: TAX HAVEN ABUSE BY U.S. CORPORATIONS SHORTS U.S. TREASURY OF REVENUES TO TUNE OF $2,116 FOR EVERY SMALL BUSINESS IN AMERICA Main Street Alliance joins U.S. PIRG, Rep. Van Hollen, Business... [Read more]

Main Street Takes on Wall Street… and Wins

Big bank lobbyists have been putting on a full-court press in Washington, DC to roll back components of the financial overhaul passed last year and free Wall Street to go back to the "business as usual" that led to the financial crisis in 2008. The bankers are gunning for the... [Read more]

November 1: Small Businesses to Supercomm: Tax Reform Should Restore Lost Revenue, Not Reward Tax Dodgers

Click here to read the joint press release from the Main Street Alliance, Business for Shared Prosperity and the American Sustainable Business Council. Click here to read the joint business letter to the Congressional Supercommittee. See related quotes from Main Street Alliance leaders: “Let me get this straight – the... [Read more]

Small Business Owners Bring Main Street Voices to Washington, DC

On October 20, an all-star team of small business leaders from across the Main Street Alliance network made the trek to Washington, DC to represent the voice of Main Street small businesses in the nation’s capital. Business owners came from Montana, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, and Washington to participate... [Read more]

Missoula, MT City Council Challenges Citizens United Decision

On August 22, the Missoula, Montana City Council voted 9-1 to place a measure on the city's November 2011 ballot challenging the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United ruling that allows corporations to spend unlimited funds to influence elections. The resolution urges state and federal lawmakers to amend the Constitution to... [Read more]

Small Businesses Provide Good Value. We Deserve Nothing Less from Our Insurers.

Brianne Harrington, owner of The Painted Pot in Helena and a leader with the Montana Small Business Alliance, had an op-ed printed in the Helena Independent-Record making the case for implementing the new value for premiums (medical loss ratio) requirement. Brianne wrote: We won’t fix our broken health care system... [Read more]

"Stop Using Our Premium Dollars to Sabotage Health Law"

MSA and the Maine Small Business Coalition co-hosted a press call on May 17 with small business owners from Maine, Oregon, Montana, and Illinois about health care. The business owners discussed the status of health care implementation in their states and recounted the role of health insurance companies in blocking... [Read more]

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