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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.

2. American Airlines to Add Flights to to Dallas, Chicago at Glacier Park International Airport

This week, American Airlines announced that it plans to bring service to Glacier Park International Airport in Kalispell with direct summer fights to Dallas, Los Angeles, and Chicago. All of the flights begin June 6 and all flights will be available for sale on Dec. 17.

Click here to read more.

3. A Livelihood in Clay: Local Potters Carve out Space to Create

Billings artists Greg Jahn and Nancy Halter are hosting their annual pottery sale at their home studio from Dec. 14-16 to 21-23.

The couple produces about 500 new pieces of pottery that range from tiny vases to large sculptors. Jahn has worked with clay for 49 years. Halter who worked as a corporate illustrator also makes pottery.

To learn more about his artistic team, click here.

4. Roadhouse Diner Q + A

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. Each week we will feature a local Montana small business. This week, we highlighted Roadhouse Diner in Great Falls!

5. Missoula Company Brings Color to Compression Sock Industry

Michelle Huie’s dad was confused about why she wanted to start her compression sock company, VIM & VIGR.

“I told him I was doing this, and at the time I had a great job and a great salary,” Huie said. “The first thing he said was, ‘Compression socks? You don’t know know how to sew socks.’ He thought I was sewing and producing socks in my living room. He was surprised because I’m not the most savvy when it comes to things like that.”

Since that conversation with her father, Huie’s Missoula based company has taken off to fill a need for fashionable compression socks.

In 2011, Huie moved full-time to Montana after her partner began work at the University of Montana in 2007. When she moved to Missoula, Huie traveled as an executive area business manager for her previous job. Professionally the job was great, but Huie said physically it was hard sitting in the car for hours.

“I talked to a friend and he suggested compression socks,” Huie recalled. “I thought of my 98-year-old grandma wearing this nude weird colored product on her leg. But when I did more research there were all these amazing benefits. But the options were catered to people with a medical condition or extreme athletes. There was nothing for the average person.”

Click here to read more.

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