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. 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.

2. Montana Brewing Co. Owners to Open New Microbrewery on Billings’ West End

Earlier this week, the Billings City Council voted 8-1 in favor of changing the zoning in the small commercial development on the north side of Grand Avenue to allow for a microbrewery and restaurant. The development will be 25 feet from the back of the nearest neighborhood and two blocks down Grand Avenue from Ben Steele Middle School. The restaurant will have a beer and wine license, but no gaming.

Two supports of the project, Tyler and Michael Schmechel, were there to make a case for allowing the new business into the neighborhood. The Schmechel’s own Montana Brewing Co.

Click here to read more about this new development coming to Billings.

3. Montana Made: Big Paul’s Pasty Parlor

If you’re looking for a Montana specific treat, consider stopping at Big Paul’s Pasty Parlor in Helena.

A pasty is a pastry filled with beef and potato. The pasties are sold out of the storefront at Friendly’s, the Sinclair on 11th Ave. in Helena. Diane Hamper, the owner of the business, said she cooks the food every day, and the business is named after her husband.

The pasties contain pieces of steak, ground, potatoes, carrots, and peas. They come in various sizes and flavors as well.

Click here to watch a video about this Helena business.

4. From Blacktail to MARS: The Montana Alpine Race School Gives Ski Racers an Opportunity to Compete

When John Steitz moved West, he felt right at home on one of Northwest Montana’s popular ski hills, Whitefish Mountain Resort. With 40 years of coaching ski racers under his belt, he started working with skiers as part of the Flathead Valley Ski Education Foundation. But when the crowds of Whitefish created challenging logistics on the hill, Steitz looked for a new ski hill.

He found it at Blacktail Mountain Ski Area in Lakeside. This is where Steitz started the Montana Alpine Race School in 2016. Two years later, he has a small contingent of students he trains almost every day.

Click here to learn more about one of Montana’s ski schools.

5. Make Montana Home Q + A with Mountain Mamas Outfitter

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!

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