Getting Started

We help people grow their business from a dream into a reality.

How to Apply

Step 1: Pre-Application Inquiry

Call our office at 406.728.9234. When you talk to a Montana & Idaho CDC staff member regarding your financing needs we will ask you how much you want to borrow, the purpose of the loan, and a few personal and business financial questions.

Step 2: Discuss Your Project with a Lending Specialist

If the pre-application inquiry shows that your business would be a candidate for our lending services, someone from our lending team will call you to discuss the project and loan structure in more detail. We may ask additional questions regarding cosigners, business owners, collateral, credit, and equity.

Step 3: Online Application

If the credit analyst determines the business is ready to apply, you will be asked to complete our application. This application and payment of a $100 fee are required to move forward in our lending process.


Step 4: Submit Additional Loan Review Materials

One of Montana & Idaho CDC’s loan officers will ask you to submit a package of materials that includes a paper application, business plan summary, 24 months of cash flow projections, a personal financial statement, historical business and personal taxes, business entity documents, collateral information and miscellaneous signed documents, and any other relevant information.

Step 5: Underwriting and Final Review

Once all the requested materials are provided to the loan officer, they will analyze the financials, business assumptions, marketing plan, operations, the industry, competition, and examine other critical risks and the mitigating factors. The loan officer may have several questions for the client(s) at this step and may ask for additional meetings to discuss the feasibility of the sales and expenses or other business assumptions. The size of the loan determines the final review process, which may involve the loan officer, a committee of Montana & Idaho CDC staff members, or an external review board made up of area bankers and business owners to determine if the loan is approved.

Step 6: Close Loan

If the loan is approved in the final review process, the loan officer will work with you to obtain all the necessary documentation to close the loan and disperse the funds. All approved contingencies must be met and proper documentation provided to Montana & Idaho CDC before the closing will take place. This can vary for each business and loan structure.

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