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Daughter of Montana Entrepreneurs Forges Path in Hospitality World

Hillary Folkvord grew up in a family of Montana entrepreneurs.

Hillary Folkvord, daughter in a family of Montana entrepreneurs

Hillary Folkvord

“One of my first businesses, when I was 5, was selling vegetables outside my parents’ deli,” Folkvord said. “When we were 10 we started a business called Wheat Bouquets. My claim to fame was Martha Stewart bought 10 bouquets.”

Folkvord’s entrepreneurial spirit has continued to grow as the manager of two boutique hotels in Gallatin County.

While Folkvord’s parents have grown the Wheat Montana farms to fame, the eldest Folkvord and her sister, Haylee, have embraced the hospitality industry. Their most recent project was the RSVP Motel in Bozeman which includes a cafe called The Farmer’s’ Daughter. Folkvord said it’s in a new area of town that they’re banking on being developed as the city continues to grow.

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Friday Five: October 19, 2018

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

Victory Taco, Bozeman

1. Bozeman Launches Business Podcast

Recently, the city of Bozeman launched a new podcast to highlight small business and entrepreneurship in the community.

This is a collaboration between the city’s economic development department, the Bozeman Public Libary, and Montana Campus Compact and an AmeriCorps volunteer. The name of the podcast is Micromegas. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle story, the title is a nod to Bozeman’s changing status as a micropolitan town to a megapolitan city. This podcast is part of the city’s efforts to get the economic development department and library collaborating more.

Micromegas will come out on the second Wednesday of each month and can be accessed on most common podcast apps.

Click here to read more about their efforts.

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Chasing Snow: XY Planning Makes Bozeman Home

Alan Moore, XY Planning

Alan Moore, XY Planning

Although Alan Moore grew up in the South, he followed his dreams of colder weather up north.

“I started chasing snow,” Moore said with a laugh. “I did a stint in North Dakota and then went to Milwaukee…It’s cliche but when I came out on vacation (to Montana) and saw Bridger Bowl, I just never wanted to leave.”

Moore and his family settled in Bozeman and since 2014 has helped financial planners with his company, XY Planning.

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Friday Five: October 5, 2018

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

S’mores at Triple Creek Ranch in Darby

1. Downtown Digs: ClassPass to Occupy First Interstate Building, Grow to 175 Employees

One of Missoula’s newest high tech companies to roll into town is ClassPass.

Earlier this week, ClassPass announced its move into the First Interstate Bank building next year. ClassPass selected Missoula last year for its third North American office after vetting 900 U.S. cities in 25 states. The local office opened in January. What began as a plan to hire 50 employees has since grown to 100 with a plan to expand to 175 employees.

“Here we are, less than a year later with over 100 employees in town, and it’s exceeding our expectations,” said Bryan Mitchell, head of talent acquisition at ClassPass in a Missoula Current story. “It wasn’t just about getting us here. It’s the continued support [Gov. Steve Bullock] has given us once we were here.”

Click here to read more about ClassPass.

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Friday Five: September 28, 2018

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

1. Small Business Owners Shine at Minnow Tank Competition

Thanks to the Great Northern Development Corporation, entrepreneurs in eastern Montana had an opportunity to compete for $5,000 in the Minnow Tank Business Plan Competition.

The competition took place Sept. 22 at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow. The Minnow Tank focused on small businesses in the region and brought in entrepreneurs from nine towns in seven counties. There were two categories in the competition: start-up businesses and existing businesses. Each category winner received $5,000.

Competitors presented their businesses to the crows and a panel of three judges.

Click here to read more and find out who the two winners were.

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