Since the 1980s, Montrose County and Region 10 have partnered on various efforts to serve the community. The positive results of this partnership are evident in Montrose and in surrounding communities. As the population center and commercial hub of the six county area served by Region 10, Montrose County plays a key role in the economic development efforts of Region 10. Through the partnership with Montrose County, Region 10 has access to grant funding which is essential to the Small Business Resource Center (SBRC). To date, this funding has only been used to provide loans to local businesses. Both startups and expanding businesses have made use of the loan program. In 2012, Region 10 made 11 loans to local businesses totaling approximately $425,000. In addition to providing loans, this funding can also be applied to services provided by the SBRC. These services include training and informational resources for small business.