Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurship, the high tech sector, and everything else that makes Montana great!
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.
2. Setbacks and Success of Headframe Spirits
Do you know the story of how Headframe Spirits got its start? Under the Big Sky chronicles the success and setbacks Headframe has faced since it began its business journey in 2010.
The Butte distillery has racked up several accolades over the year. In 2014, Gov. Steve Bullock recognized Headframe Spirits owners as Entrepreneurs of the Year and in 2015 as Ambassadors of the Year by the Montana Office of Tourism. In 2016, Headframe Spirits was named the Small Business Champions of the Year by the Small Business Administration. As of 2017, Headframe Spirits is also a Certified B Corporation®.
To read more about Headframe Spirits, click here.
3. University of Montana College of Business to Host 100-Year Celebration
The University of Montana College of Business will commemorate its 100th anniversary this fall.
A centennial celebration will take place the weekend of Sept. 21-22 and will include a lunch, a golf scramble with students and a riverfront celebration in Caras Park at 7 p.m. on Sept. 21.
The College of Business started as a “department of commerce” in 1914, and its first business students took classes in the top floor of the Main Hall. After the school’s official start in 1918, 191 students were majoring or planned to major in business. The numbers gave the business department one of the largest enrollment on campus. Notable alumni include Nike COO Eric Sprunk.
To learn more about the centennial celebration, click here.
4. Butte’s First Parklet Is Now Complete
Over the weekend, Butte opened its first parklet. The parklet is a community enrichment project and was designed to enhance the city and add outdoor seating to Butte. The Building Active Communities group recieved a $7, 500 STARTA Grant to fund the project.
Two Highlands College of Montana Tech University students designed the project.
Interested in learning more? Learn more from ABC Fox Montana.
5. Magic City Blues Festival Set for August
Do you love music? Montana attracts a number of top artists and one place to check out live music will be at the Magic City Blues festival in Billings on Aug. 2.
This year, the festival will host ZZ Top on Friday. On Saturday, music fans will flock to downtown Billings for a show by American Idol alum Phillip Phillips. Once again, Montana Avenue will be transformed into a music lover’s dream.
For more about tickets and to find out who else is playing, click here.
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