Community Coffee

How Ryan and Kristin Wilson expanded
their business while helping their hometown.

Rockford Coffee

6 Jobs Created

1 of 14 Microloans in 2011

#1 Rated Coffee Shop in Bozeman

1 of 326 Entrepreneurs Counseled by Montana CDC’s Small Business Development Center

Ryan and Kristin Wilson opened a small coffee shop in Bozeman in December of 2004 and did all the right things. They started small and grew their business in ways that made sense. The popular shop on Main Street now enjoys success as a coffee roaster, coffee wholesaler, retail coffee bar, and bakery.

Ryan and Kristin also became very active in their community. They love Bozeman and Bozeman loves their business. So when a prime spot opened up in the heart of the downtown area, they knew they’d found a perfect opportunity to expand while also contributing to the vitality of their hometown.

The space was perfect, but it needed some tenant improvements and the Wilsons needed a small loan to make it happen. Under a tight deadline to commit and sign the lease, Ryan reached out to find finance options and business resources to help Rockford make the expansion. After a bank turndown and a referral from the Bozeman Downtown Partnership, he came to Montana & Idaho CDC for assistance.

Montana & Idaho CDC’s consultants and lenders got Ryan an SBA microloan in less than a week and helped him open his second location. Like hundreds of other businesses across Montana, Rockford Coffee fell just outside of bankability and found help at Montana & Idaho CDC. Rockford Coffee has now been successfully serving downtown Bozeman since 2011.

Bozeman, MT

628 West Main St.
Bozeman, MT 59715