Because the MWCDP program is supported by the State of Montana, and our other partners this service is provided at no charge to you. Fees may apply for training programs, special services (such as research), materials, and publications. As detailed below we provide Confidentiality of Information Provided, Unbiased Recommendations, Non-Disclosure of Trade Secrets, along with Assistance, Guidance, Recommendations and Education.

In order for the MWCDP to be able to continue to provide our services to you at no charge, we need from you: Your participation in surveys and requests for results – Because this program cares about the quality of services provided, and because it is primarily funded with public support, the MWCDP is required to measure the quality and impact of services provided to you. You may receive between surveys from the MWCDP every year. You as a client of the MWCDP agree to provide this information to the best of your ability. This Information will be kept confidential– All MWCDP’s representatives agree to abide by Confidentiality Agreements. Information you provide will be held in strictest confidence and will not be released to any parties outside of the MWCDP network without your specific consent. Information on you will not be sold or provided to other organizations. Information about the MWCDP’s service delivery is reported in aggregate to its funders and the general public. Specific information about you will not be released without your consent. The MWCDP will collect and report in aggregate to its funders and the general public information on you such as demographic statistics; size, location, age and industry of your business; the general nature of your engagement with the MWCDP; and impact statistics such as financing obtained, sales increased or jobs created. If you were referred to the MWCDP ,the MWCDP will notify the referrer that you have sought assistance from the MWCDP. The MWCDP, however, will not disclose in detail the nature of the assistance you are requesting, without your consent.

1. Unbiased Recommendations – MWCDP representatives will not knowingly recommend the purchase of goods or services from any individual or firm with which any MWCDP representative has a financial, familial or personal interest.

2. Sensitive trade secrets pertaining to unique facts of your business will not be used to benefit another client of the MWCDP or any MWCDP representative. You understand that sensitive trade secret information is information which is not obvious, which is unknown, or which is unique and pertains to new inventions, secret manufacturing and processing procedures or formulas, or any new innovative process. You understand that it is your responsibility to inform the MWCDP of any such sensitive trade secrets both verbally and in writing.

3. Assistance, Guidance, Recommendations and Education – The MWCDP program is an educational program. The MWCDP will work with you on your specific issues to help build your management skills and knowledge. It is your responsibility to accept and implement recommendations. The MWCDP will not: negotiate on your behalf, write your business plan, or act as an employee of your business.