The Montana Chamber of Commerce is the advocate of business in Montana and the driving force in promoting a favorable business climate.
Celebrating Over 80 Years (1931-2012)
You need someone in Helena every day. The Montana Chamber of Commerce is that presence. We are a not-for-profit, 501(c)(6) organization registered with the IRS and the State of Montana. We are a member-driven organization. The Montana Chamber serves as the Montana manufacturing association through our Montana Manufacturing Council.
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We are business. The Montana Chamber represents over 1,500 business members -- from small mom-and-pop operations to local chambers of commerce to large companies, from retail to manufacturing to tourism to agriculture. We are guided by business leaders, working to improve our business climate. We work for you 24/7/365.
What have we done for you lately?
- Business Equipment (Personal Property) Taxes
The Montana Chamber successfully pursued major changes of the last decade, making Montana more competitive and spurring economic growth Total savings: $150 million.
- Work Comp Stability
The Montana chamber led efforts to restructure the system that has helped both State Fund and private insurance companies reduce premiums. Our work let to the Old Fund Liability Tax ending a decade earlier than expected. In the 2001 Legislative Session, we led effort to restore exclusive remedy to the system, so you could not be sued for unintentional harm. One settlement prior to our fix, cost $1 million.
- Satterlee Case
The Montana Chamber Filed an amicus brief in the court case Saterlee v. Lumberman's Mutual Casualty Company, which could be a $200 million hit to the work comp system. We told the Work Comp Court about how much this case would hurt employers who are already paying some of the higher premiums in the country.
- Legal System Oversight
The Montana Chamber produces the "Business Review of the Montana Supreme Court" to explain how judicial decisions affect Montana business. We routinely interview candidates for the court. our Montana Liability Coalition capped punitive damages in the 2003 Session. Business Review: $16,000; Nominee Interviews: $1,000; Lawsuit Protection: Priceless.
What can we do for you in the future?
The Montana Chamber has consistently promoted a tax structure that is predictable dependable, fair, and simple as possible. With your help, we an focus the discussion what is best for Montana.
- Trade Missions
In the last two years we have been invited to attend trade mission in the Far East, Australia, New Zealand, South America, and Europe. We're taking Montana to the World by building markets and relationships for a greater Montana.
- Economic Development
The Montana Chamber believes that economic growth starts in the private sector. We believe that business has to lead economic development efforts. With you help, we will keep Montana's economy growing.