How to Open a Coffee Shop in Montana

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Looking to learn how to open a coffee shop in Montana without breaking the bank on franchise fees or coffee school? Look no further! We have the expertise and resources to guide you through the startup process and help you start your dream cafe through our 7 Steps to Success consulting program.

Crimson Cup has a proven coffee shop startup program and a strong track record in the coffee industry dating back to 1991. We are committed to supporting communities worldwide through attentive roasting, startup support, and global partnerships. Our efforts have been recognized with several national awards, including the 2020 and 2017 Good Food Awards, the 2019 Golden Bean Champion for Small Franchise/Chain Roaster, and Roast magazine’s 2016 Macro Roaster of the Year.

Plus, our experienced coffee shop startup consultants have helped hundreds of entrepreneurs across the U.S. open and run their own coffee shops. And most of them had little or no experience in specialty coffee! Using the 7 Steps process, our coffee business consultants can help you develop a strong coffee shop business plan and calculate coffee shop startup costs in your Montana community.

As a one-stop shop for independent coffee shop owners, Crimson Cup can also help you find a terrific location, lay out your shop, hire and train staff, market your shop, and more. And, you’ll gain access to award-winning coffee and quality coffee shop products that will help you win new customers and keep them coming back!

Keep reading to learn more. Or, call 888-800-9224 now to connect with our coffee shop startup consulting team!

Montana is a Terrific State to Open a Coffee Shop!

Main street in Montana town with mountains in backgroundAre you someone who dreams of becoming an entrepreneur and has a love for coffee? You might be surprised to know that starting a successful espresso bar or coffee shop in Montana is possible and profitable, provided you have the right products, training, and support.

With just 11 major coffee chain locations per 100,000 residents in Montana, there’s plenty of opportunity to open and run a successful independent coffee shop in your local community.

Montana ranks ninth in overall coffee shops per capita, according to a study by Zoma Sleep. The study counted 3,877 Montana residents for every coffee shop in the Treasure State.

Did you know that 62 percent of Americans drink coffee, with an average of three cups per day? According to the National Coffee Association, coffee drinkers are flocking to espresso-based beverages brewed from high-quality beans. Sales of cappuccinos, lattes, and mochas consumption have risen by 50 percent since 2015, mainly due to their widespread popularity among 25 to 39-year-olds.

All this suggests there is a demand for more coffee shops in Montana, not only to cater to the residents but also to serve the millions of visitors annually from other parts of the United States and even other countries. Read on to learn how you can develop your own coffee shop.

Small Montana Cities and Towns Present Big Opportunities

Small businesses in West Yellowstone, MontanaConsidering the lack of major coffee chains in many parts of Montana, it might be worthwhile to start a coffee shop outside the state’s six largest cities: Billings, Missoula, Great Falls, Bozeman, Butte, and Helena.

Quite a few cities and towns in Montana’s 56 counties lack a gathering place where locals can get together over a cup of coffee.

Living in a smaller community, you may not have fully appreciated the importance of having a local coffee shop. These shops serve as a wonderful gathering place for socializing, while also contributing to the local economy and providing support to other area businesses.

When you buy from a locally owned business, more of your money stays in the community. That’s good news for everyone! Besides supporting local entrepreneurs, buying from local businesses also helps create jobs and generates tax revenue to improve your community.

Does your city or town need an independent coffee shop? Read on to learn more about how to start a coffee shop in Montana.

Montana is Open for Small Business

Shops line street in Bozeman, MontanaMontana, with its vast landscapes and vibrant communities, offers an exceptional environment for entrepreneurs dreaming of launching their businesses. The state supports a culture that inspires creativity and fosters a strong sense of community among business owners and customers alike. This sense of belonging and support is invaluable for startups and established businesses, creating an extensive network of resources and encouragement.

And, with the ninth-best startup early survival rate in the U.S., Montana is a great place to open a coffee shop! According to U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of new business applications in the state rose 50 percent between 2020 and 2021.

Montana has created a business-friendly environment where over 106,000 small businesses thrive, providing about 65 percent of all jobs. Accomodation and food service organizations like restaurants and coffee shops are Montana’s leading small business employer industry.

Thanks to pro-business state tax policies, competitive cost of doing business and streamlined regulatory environment, the state government of Montana works to help small businesses thrive.

The Montana Secretary of State’s website provides a wealth of resources covering business formation and operation. This website assists small and medium-sized Montana businesses with:

  • Starting a business
  • Taxes
  • Workforce
  • Choosing a legal business structure. Note that many coffee shops are sole proprietorships or limited liability corporations (LLCs).
  • Getting a business license and various other licenses and permits, including local health department licenses for food establishments.
  • Grants and loans.

The Business MT – Montana.gov website from the Montana Department of Commerce features organized resources and information step-by-step to plan, start, operate, and expand your business in Montana. It also includes details on incentives such as the Job Growth Incentive Tax.

The Montana Small Business Development Center also assists entrepreneurs who want to start or grow a small business. Experienced business professionals offer management advice, financial analysis, marketing support, and more.

Get a Head Start with Our Coffee Shop Startup Consultants

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As a coffee roaster and coffee business consultant, Crimson Cup believes our company only succeeds when our customers do.

As a result, we support coffee shop owners at every step, from concept through opening day and beyond.

A one-stop shop for independent coffee shops, Crimson Cup supplies award-winning coffee and industry-leading coffee shop equipment and supplies.

Based on the book, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee by Crimson Cup Founder and President Greg Ubert, our program covers everything business owners need to run profitable coffee shops:

  • Writing a sound business plan
  • Choosing a terrific location
  • Calculating startup and operating costs
  • Designing an efficient shop layout
  • Choosing an espresso machine and other coffee shop equipment
  • Training your baristas
  • Marketing your shop to attract customers
  • And much more.

Backed by over 30 years of specialty coffee know-how, our 7 Steps to Success program has taught hundreds of entrepreneurs in over 30 states how to open and run successful independent coffee shops.

We love small businesses. We believe that small businesses build communities in ways that big businesses can’t. And that being part of a community can be the most rewarding part of independent business ownership.

To learn more about how members of our community became successful in their communities, check out our testimonials.

Ready to Start Your Montana Coffee Shop Journey?

7 Steps to Success coffee shop startup guide

Begin by reading the book that put hundreds of other coffee shop owners across the USA on the road to success!

Backed by a risk-free guarantee, Seven Steps to Success: A Common-Sense Guide to Succeed in Specialty Coffee lays out a map for opening and running a thriving coffee shop serving your local community.

Inside the book, you’ll find a proven template for creating a solid coffee shop business plan, plus guidance on everything you need to get up and running.

Questions About Opening a Coffee Shop in Montana?

We can help. Call 888-800-9224 to connect with our coffee shop startup consultants during regular business hours (Eastern time). Nights and weekends, you’re welcome to fill out this form and we’ll get back to you within one business day.

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