Archive for December 2018

Telecommuting from Paradise: Lara Birkes

Lara Birkes decided it was finally time to put a roof over her head.

After coming to Missoula from Missouri to attend college at the University of Montana, then working for former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in Washington D.C., working overseas in Morocco and Switzerland, and then finally coming to the U.S. and California, Birkes was done moving. She found her little piece of paradise in the Paradise Valley and began telecommuting.

Lara Birkes - Telecommuting from Paradise

“I love it because I’ve spent many years on airplanes and in offices,” she said. “This is a very refreshing change for me to be able to have a rewarding position and live in a place I love.”

Now as a telecommuter, Birkes wouldn’t trade her piece of heaven for an office.

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Friday Five: December 21, 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!

DePuy Spring Creek near Livingston

1. Billings Ranked No. 1 City in Montana by Money Magazine

According to an announcement from MONEY Magazine, Billings is the best city to live in Montana.

The ranking considers everything from the cost of buying a home to median household income. Specific to Billings, the magazine notes access to city conveniences amidst the natural landscape. They also noted attractions like Yellowstone National Park.

You can read the full article here.

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Q and A: Mountain Mamas Outfitter

Mountain Mamas Outfitter owners Erin Howell and Sierra Lake

Mountain Mamas Outfitter owners Erin Howell and Sierra Lake

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 to check out Mountain Mamas Outfitter with owners Erin Howell and Sierra Lake!

1. What is the name of your business? 

Mountain Mamas Outfitter

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Friday Five: December 14, 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!

Winter camping in Glacier National Park, Montana

1. Missoula Women Launch Law Firm with Full Business Services for Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur with an endless list of legal questions but don’t know where to turn? Consider calling Jenn Ewan and Ericka Peterman, the founders of SOVA, a new Missoula law firm offering legal counsel and business-specific services to entrepreneurs.

The duo has 25 years of experience in law and economic development. They provide in-house counsel such as meetings, legal research, and letter writing — along with assistance in general business and corporate matters such as contracts such as contracts, large or small-scale employee issues, and business expansion. According to the Missoula Current, Ewan said the firm will also specialize in commercial and real estate transactions, and business litigation.

After Ewan and Peterman’s law firms shut down, the pair decided to fuse their passions and create a unique law firm.

Click here to read more about this dynamic duo and law firm.

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Q and A: Roadhouse Diner

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

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 Great Falls and check out the Roadhouse Diner with co-owners Jason and Tara Beam!

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Friday Five: December 7, 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!

Yurt dinner, Big Sky

1. Montana Made: Shelter Designs of Missoula

Are you looking for a non-traditional home in Montana? Consider a yurt from Shelter Designs of Missoula.

Yurts, which are portable, year-round tents traditionally used as dwellings in Central Asia, have been popping up around the U.S. for years. In Montana, yurts have become common occurrences at ski lodges or as another option besides cabins.  The owners of Shelter Designs, Vince Godby and Hays Daniel, began building yurts 10 years ago.

”We’ve definitely seen yurts go from being on the fringe and misunderstood,” Daniel said in a KPAX TV article. “Maybe you saw one at a ski area and are not really sure about it. And now [yurts are] more towards the mainstream of being accepted.”

Click here to watch more about Shelter Designs.

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