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Telecommuting Tuesday: Dave Goodman

picture of Dave Goodman, telecommuter from Frenchtown, MT

Dave Goodman, telecommuter near Frenchtown, MT

Happy Telecommuting Tuesday!

Are you looking for the flexibility to work from home and live in Montana? Or are you looking to change careers or to pivot in your current career? Have you considered telecommuting?

According to a study released in 2017 by the Montana Telecommunications Association, Montana ranks No. 1 in the country in telecommuting. Telecommuting offers former Montanans the ability to make Montana home again and is a career opportunity for residents in the Treasure State’s small towns.

Read what Dave Goodman, a software engineer working remotely for a non-profit in Kansas, had to say about telecommuting from near Frenchtown:

Hi, my name is Dave Goodman

I am a software engineer and I currently work for The IDEA Center, a non-profit in Manhattan, Kansas.  More than half of my coworkers are remote.  I’ve worked remotely from my ranch near Frenchtown for most of the last 10 years. 

My wife and I have an off-grid horse ranch, and it is quite literally the best place I have ever lived.  For me, the biggest benefit of working remotely is free time.  Since I don’t have to drive into Missoula (an hour each way) or travel to other cities anymore, I have much more time to spend with family and friends. 

And speaking of family, we have guests at our ranch from late May until September, often back-to-back-to-back.  You may be wondering how I can work from home when we have a full house?  It is easy, the first rule of visiting us is “You cannot have fun before 4PM“.

To submit your own 300 to 500-word telecommuting story, email Alexandria@MontanaChamber.com.

Friday Five: July 27, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana great!

picture of a headframe in Butte, Montana

Headframe in Butte, MT

1. ATG Conference Kicks Off in Missoula

For the second year, Advanced Technology Group (ATG) in Missoula will host its conference called Quote to Cast with the theme of Teaming for Success.

This conference attracts the top national and international tech leaders for a dive into what ATG does. The company expects 170 people to fly in from 31 states and nine countries, including Africa, Australia, Canada, France and Germany. Keynoting the conference will be Peter Coffee, the vice president of strategic research for Salesforce.

“It’s a marketing industry event, and the idea is to generate new ideas,” said Tom Stergios, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development with ATG, in a Missoula Current story. “These conferences happen all over the world, typically in Las Vegas, San Francisco or Chicago. There’s a few boutique events, but we’re trying to break the mold and do something different.”

Click here to read more about the event.

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Blackstone LaunchPad Discusses the Montana’s Startup Soul

Editor’s Note: The following article was written by Paul Gladen, Director at Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana.

Paul Gladen, Director at Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana

Paul Gladen, Director at Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana

Who do you think of when someone says entrepreneur? Steve Jobs? Oprah Winfrey? Elon Musk? Mark Zuckerberg?

These are certainly the kind of folks Wall Street and the media like to lionize for changing the world on a massive scale. But these entrepreneurs and their businesses can perhaps seem at odds with the Montana way of life, especially in light of recent controversies at corporations like Facebook.

All of this raises the question of what a Montana entrepreneur and a Montana startup might look like. What kind of startup activity is achievable AND desirable in Montana?

To begin to answer these questions let me tell you about some of Montana’s latest cohort of emerging entrepreneurs: Jenny Sheets, Ari Ronick, and Sara Boughner.

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Friday Five: July 20, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana great!

kids and bikes

Kids and Bikes

1. Montana Top Tech Employers 2018

Do you want to work for a high tech company in Montana, but don’t know where to start? This week, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance released its list of Montana’s Top Tech Employers for 2018 in the state.

According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, Montana’s tech firms expect to add more than 1,200 new jobs in 2018. Companies fit two or more of the following criteria: 20 employees or more, plans to grow workforce in Montana, established in the state for more than 10 years, consistently hiring, and involved in the community.

Click here to find out who Montana’s top tech employers.

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Telecommuting Tuesday: Brad Comer

Brad Comer, a telecommuter in Cameron, takes a break to go fly fishing on the Madison river near his home. (Photo courtesy of Brad Comer)

Welcome to our Telecommuting Tuesday series!

Are you looking for the flexibility to work from home and live in Montana? Or are you looking to change careers or to pivot in your current career? Have you considered telecommuting?

According to a study released in 2017 by the Montana Telecommunications Association, Montana ranks No. 1 in the country in telecommuting. Telecommuting offers former Montanans the ability to make Montana home again and is a career opportunity for residents in the Treasure State’s small towns.

Read what Brad Comer, the chief technology officer for Texbase, said about telecommuting from Cameron:

My name is Brad Comer I am currently the Chief Technology Officer for Texbase, a SaaS company based in Bozeman.

I am a  four day a week telecommuter that resides in Cameron, Mont., about 70 miles southwest of Bozeman. I go into the office one day a week. I am able to successfully manage my development team, interact with the CEO, and achieve the goals set forth by the company all while residing “in the middle of nowhere”. Cameron is classified as everything south of Ennis between the Madison and Gravelly ranges; all the way to Hegben lake due south, and the Idaho border west of that.

I moved to Cameron in 2004 while telecommuting as a senior developer for a company in Rochester, New York. My wife and I came to West Yellowstone in 2002 for our honeymoon and immediately fell in love with what Montana had to offer — wide open spaces, outdoor recreation, and a different way of life than the big cities we had resided in before. We knew before our honeymoon was over that we wanted to be in southwest Montana somewhere, and thus began our journey of finding a Montana home.

We initially looked around Ennis, West Yellowstone, Bozeman, Whitehall, and finally found the perfect home for us on 21 acres in Cameron. We made an offer that was accepted, and we moved to Cameron on June 14th, 2004.

To submit your own 300-word telecommuting story, email Alexandria@MontanaChamber.com.

Friday Five: July 13, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector and everything else that makes Montana great!

Biking, Mount Helena City Park, Helena

Biking, Mount Helena City Park, Helena

1. Montana cracks top 5 in Wallethub list

According to Wallethub, the Treasure State is one of the top five places to start a business. In its study, Wallethub compared all 50 states across 25 key indicators of startup success to determine the best place to start a business. Wallethub ranked states on business environment, access to resources and business costs.

Texas ranked No. 1 while Montana came in at No. 4. You can read more here.

If you need even more convincing on why Montana is a great place to start a business, check out this story from Inc.

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Telecommuting Tuesday: Ken Dawes

Welcome to our Telecommuting Tuesday series!

Are you looking for the flexibility to work from home and live in Montana? Or are you looking to change careers or to pivot in your current career? Have you considered telecommuting?

According to a study released in 2017 by the Montana Telecommunications Association, Montana ranks No. 1 in the country in telecommuting. Telecommuting offers former Montanans the ability to make Montana home again and is a career opportunity for residents in the Treasure State’s small towns.

Ken Dawes negotiates a contact from his western Montana backyard

Ken Dawes negotiates a contract with a client from his backyard in western Montana.

Read what Ken Dawes, a telecommuter from Missoula, had to say about the life as a telecommuter:

My wife and I got caught up in the housing debacle in California and knew we needed to find greener pastures. My wife had taught junior high in Browning back in the 70s and we had vacationed here a number of times. Moving to Missoula in 2011 was the way to go for us.

By the very nature of my business as a WordPress web developer, my “office” is portable. If I have an internet connection, I’m at the office! Since moving to Montana my clients have come from around the world… Great Britain, Denmark, South Africa and South Korea to name a few.

My clients are amazed and envious of where I work and call home. Especially when I show them the pictures!

To submit your own 300-word telecommuting story, email Alexandria@MontanaChamber.com.

Friday Five: July 6, 2018

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector and everything else that makes Montana great.

1. Bozeman venture capital firm eyes Missoula for growth, investment opportunities

Homestake Partners, an upstart venture capital firm based in Bozeman, has hired a Missoula partner to help grow the organization’s membership base. Andy Gordon, formerly with of Clearas Water Recovery in Missoula, was named as its outreach coordinator.

Homestake traces its roots back to 2010, but co-founder Bill Stoddart pins its launch date to 2016. The firm claims around 40 members. Stoddard said the firm’s current membership is capable of providing more than $20 million in financing throughout the state, and it has identified nearly $50 million in opportunity.

Read more here.

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