Ravalli County Economic
Development Authority

Helping Small Businesses in the Bitterroot Valley

Welcome to RCEDA

Your one stop destination for cost free small business development services; business planning, financial projections, training, loans, grants, government contracting, and much more.

Our experienced team is at your service for traditional business, food and agriculture entrepreneurs, and cooperative development.

What We Offer

RCEDA Business Center

Local tenants and pace for lease

MT Women's Business Sub-Center

A program of Prospera Business Network

Online Classes

Courses to help your small business succeed.


Grants, Loans & other helpful information.

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Recent Articles

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Success Story – Hamilton Packing Company

On August 1, 2019, Jason and LaRynn Schlange purchased and began operating Hamilton Packing Company. The business was originally established in 1969. Hamilton Pack is the only USDA meat processing facility in Ravalli County. The previous owners had been trying to sell the business for five years with no takers. When the Schlange’s purchased the

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Montana Studios

Ravalli County is fortunate to have one area designated as an Opportunity Zone. However, that would be of little value if no Opportunity Zone Funds are established. Enter, Bitterroot Gateway Development, LLC! The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 established a new economic development program called Opportunity Zones (OZ) designed to encourage long-term private

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Ravalli County COVID-19 Emerge Strong Plan

Ravalli County’s economic outlook post-COVID-19 is expected to contract in the short term.  The key to ensuring Ravalli County emerges strong over the long term lies in regaining the momentum we lost in the growth of our businesses.  Rebuilding that growth momentum will be dependent upon:   Retaining current businesses and jobs by supporting the businesses

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What our clients have to say

Testimonials from local businesses in Ravalli County

Bonnie J.
Local Business Owner

As a business operating in Ravalli County, Julie Foster, along with Alice Mariana and John Schneeberger over at RCEDA have been very helpful to us. We very much appreciate all the help and knowledge that they possess and it is so awesome to know that we can call upon them from time to time to see what options may be available to us in the ever changing market. Knowing that we don’t have to know everything, but we have Julie and her team at RCEDA there to bounce things off of is an invaluable resource for us.