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

Christmas tree harvesting near Bernice, MT

Christmas tree harvesting near Bernice, MT

1. Dram Shop Gets Unanimous City Council Approval for Midtown Missoula Taproom

On Monday night, the Missoula City Council approved Dram Shop’s second location in Midtown, just across from the Southgate Mall.

The City Council gave the 92-seat seat refill station and taproom their seal of approval and the required tavern conditional use permit. The approval applies only to the 2, 500 square feet the Dram Shop occupy in the building at 2700 Paxson St. Dram Shop opened in 2015 and was the state’s first standalone growler retailer. By 2018, the shop had 40 taps providing a variety of craft beers, hard ciders, wine, and kombucha.

The new location on Paxson Street will feature a large outdoor patio.

[perfectpullquote align=”right” bordertop=”false” cite=”Zach and Sarah Millar, Owners of the Dram Shop” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”In this way, we seek to contribute to the social, arts and commercial vitality in [Missoula’s] thriving central business community.”[/perfectpullquote]

“We will offer a service and experience that is complementary to our retail neighbors by increasing foot traffic along the Paxson corridor and in and around the Southgate Shopping Mall,” said the owners, the Millar’s, in a story in the Missoula Current. “Our offerings and wares will complement our neighboring commercial venues. The renovated environment is specifically designed to be clean, comfortable, relaxed, safe and family friendly. Our establishment will be a long-term showcase for the local and regional artisan beer and wine industry in Missoula. In this way, we seek to contribute to the social, arts and commercial vitality in our thriving central business community.”

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2. Big Sky Resort Opens for Ski, Snowboard Season on Thanksgiving Day

On Thanksgiving Day, skiers can hit the slopes of the Big Sky Resort beginning at 9 a.m. Skiers and riders will have access to 750 acres of terrain accessed by Swift Current, Explorer, Powder Seeker, Challenger lifts and four surface lifts.

In mid-December, snow lovers will have access to the Ramcharger 9 chair. Each chair is more than 15 feet wide and weighs more than a ton. It is the first eight-seat chairlift in North America.

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3. Working Alone, Together: New Co-working Space Opens in Whitefish for Freelancers, Remote Employees, and Others Who Work from Home

There are many benefits from working at home, but there can also be a few drawbacks as well. According to data from the U.S. Census, 5.2 percent of all workers in the country worked from home in 2017, equaling about 8 million people. But if you’re looking to differentiate your home life and work life, you might consider going to a co-working space.

One of the newest co-working spaces to pop up in Montana is Basecamp Coworking in Whitefish. When space opened up above Loula’s Cafe, Drew Fortner bought the property. Basecamp has several different areas and memberships to accommodate different remote workers.

There is seating for daily users, dedicated desks, and even private office spaces. Basecamp opened on Sept. 1 and since then about 15 of the 25 spaces have been snapped up, according to the Flathead Beacon story.

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4. Great Falls GrizzBiz Students Mean Business

GrizzBiz is a woodshop entrepreneurial class for students at Great Falls middle schools where they make and create projects to sell.

Students who are interested in the program fill out an application, go through an interview process, and if selected are involved with everything from ordering supplies, marketing, bookkeeping, and production, according to a story on Depending on how much students produce and sell, they even draw a paycheck. The business runs year round, even in summer with a booth at the farmers market.

[perfectpullquote align=”full” bordertop=”false” cite=”Pat Volkmar, Teacher and Founder of GrizzBiz” link=”” color=”” class=”” size=””]”I thought it was important to teach kids those values and skills and that’s where GrizzBiz started nine years ago.”[/perfectpullquote]

During the school year, 15 students are employed.

“I’ve always been interested in business ownership and entrepreneurship,” said GrizzBiz teacher and founder Pat Volkmar. “I’ve been in both and so I thought it was important to teach kids those values and skills and that’s where GrizzBiz started nine years ago.”

Click here to watch a video on KPAX. You can visit the GrizzBiz website here.

5. 2018 Gift Guide from the Flathead Valley

Are you looking for a gift for the holidays but don’t know where to start? Do you want to support a Montana business at the same time? Then consider browsing through the Flathead Beacon’s gift guide!

The Beacon staff assembled this guide and selected a variety of gifts ranging from stocking stuffers to big-ticket buys. Each gift comes from a local store in the Flathead area. Whether your looking for a book from a local author or a sweater to keep you warm this winter, the Beacon has you covered!

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