Entrepreneurs come in all shapes and sizes, and every business plays a critical role in keeping Montana’s towns vibrant. The Treasure State consistently ranks in top five in reports from the Kauffman Foundation in rates of business ownership and business sustainability.

In our Q and A series, we’ll introduce you to some of Montana’s brightest and best entrepreneurs from all corners of the state. These businesses are involved in a variety of industries including hospitality, retail, and food.

Join us as we travel to Missoula and meet the team at Berube Physical Therapy with Mireille Bierens, the co-founder and vice president!

  1. What is the name of your business?
    Berube Physical Therapy, after one of my business partners: Dulcie Berube
  2. Are you a native Montanan? If you are, where is your hometown and why do you love it? If not, why did you decide to make Montana home?
    No, I was born and raised in the Netherlands and grew up in a very business orientated environment. I followed the dad of my son to Montana and am proud my kiddo is a native Montanan. Montana has welcomed me and supported me as a single mom, giving me opportunities to fulfill my dream to be an entrepreneur.
  3. How long has your business been in operation?
    In February 2019 we are celebrating our 2 year anniversary.
  4. What does your business do?
    We provide Physical Therapy services.
  5. What has surprised you about owning your own business?
    The incredible support of the community!
  6. Why should an entrepreneur start a business in Montana?
    There is an incredible drive for entrepreneurship in this state and the community is in full support of small businesses.
  7. Why did you decide to start your business?
    Working for large corporations we felt that there was a lack in people-orientated businesses in our industry. Not just for our patients, but for our community and last but not least: our staff!
  8. What are three pieces of advice you would give someone about starting a company in Montana?
    Do your research, get the help of CPA’s, bookkeepers, MWED and local chambers before you open your doors.
  9. Anything else you would like to add?
    In order to survive past 2 years, you HAVE to give to your community before you are able to receive the trust and respect from your community in return.

Do you know a business in your local community that should be featured on our website? Email your suggestions to Alexandria Klapmeier at alexandria@montanachamber.com.

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