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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!

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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.

2. East Middle School Gets $30K Grant to Create Student-run Business Program

This week, East Middle School in Great Falls received a $30,000 grant from AT&T to create a student-run entrepreneurship program. The grant is designed to help students develop skills to transition from the classroom to the workplace. This grant was awarded to Jobs For Montana’s Graduates (JMG), a Montana Department of Labor & Industry program that teaches students skills for college or career readiness.

JMG will help launch the class with grant funding, but students will establish a business called Ram Enterprise and manage the day-to-day operations.

Click here to watch a video from KRTV.

3. Helena Brewery Named Small Brewery of the Year at Great American Beer Festival

This Lewis & Clark Brewing Company was named the Small  Brewery of the Year at the Great American Beer Festival in Denver.

According to a story from the Helena Independent Record, out of 8,500 entries from about 2, 500 breweries, 239 judges from 13 countries selected three out of four beers provided by Lewis & Clark. The medaling winning beers were Miner’s Gold, Pompey’s Pilsner, and Prickly Pear. Small Brewery of the Year is awarded to the brewery that distributes up to 15,000 barrels of beer a year with the most points collected for beer medals.

Click here to check out more about Helena’s award-winning brewery in the Helena Independent Record.

4. Sawmill District Unveils Plans for Tech and Innovation Campus; Room for 1,000 workers

Earlier this week, the Old Sawmill District and its team of developers unveiled their plans for a tech and innovation campus, one that can support 1,000 workers when built. The campus will include 1G data and underground parking. The first structure for the campus is permitted and ready for construction, and when it’s fully built will offer up to 200,000 square feet of commercial space.

What was once a vacant field three years ago according to the Missoula Current has grown rapidly. More than 300,000 square feet of office, retail and residential space has been built. That includes high-end condos and student housing. The C3 WorkLounge opened in Cambium place as did Brio Fitness. In January, ATG will occupy the building’s third and fourth floor.

Click here to read more.

5. The Boot Maven of Broadway

Forty years ago, Sharlot Battin moved away from Montana to follow her dreams of building theater products. After a successful career and a desire to move back full-time to Whitefish, Battin is still crafting boots for theater productions around the world.

After college, the Whitefish native moved to New York to work at the Brooks-Van Horn Costume Company. She worked in the accessories and crafts department, and one of her projects included making shoes for a Shakespeare production. She didn’t know how to make shoes, but she decided to quit her job and look for a mentor.

“I chatted up every old fart in New York and I got blown off in every accent you can imagine,” said Battin in a Flathead Beacon story. “I figured out how to make shoes. I’m almost totally self-taught.”

Click here to learn more about Battin and her journey.

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