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Friday Five: January 25, 2019

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

B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

1. The Beer Barter is Back

After a five year hiatus, the Beer Barter is returning to the Whitefish Winter Carnival on Feb. 2.

The goal of the Beer Barter is to offer the best barter for beer, whether that’s an object or a talent. The winner of the event gets 52 cases of beer, which they can pick up at once or once a week from the Great Northern Brewing Company. The first event was held in 2000 and included appearances from former Gov. Brian Schweitzer showing up with a dairy cow.

Following the barter, Great Northern Brewing will celebrate its 24th anniversary.

For more information abut the Beer Barter, click here.

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Q + A: Montana Dress Co. and Cactus Threads

Barbara Wells, owner/operator of Cactus Threads and Montana Dress Co.

Barbara Wells, owner/operator of Cactus Threads and Montana Dress Co.

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 we travel out east to Billings to meet Barbara Wells!

1. What is the name of your business?

Montana Dress Co. and Cactus Threads

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Q + A: OMG! Mongolian Grill

OMG Mongolian Grill in Butte, Montana

OMG Mongolian Grill in Butte

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 we travel to the Mining City and meet Tom Cronnelly!

1. What is the name of your business?

OMG! Mongolian Grill

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Friday Five: January 11, 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!

Great Northern Brewing Company, Whitefish

1. Montana Ranked 2nd in the Nation for Number of Craft Breweries

According to a recent study by C + R Research, Montana is ranked second nationwide when it comes to the number of breweries, with about 9.6 per capita. The research was done by using data from the Montana Brewers Association.

In a story from the Missoula Current, the executive director of the Montana Brewers Association said the state’s breweries have doubled from 2012 to 2018, to about 80 now. And Montana is the nation’s second-leading producer of malt.

“Not only does that mean that visitors come to our state, it also means that our industry can attract some of the best,” said Matt Leow, the Montana Brewers Association executive director in the online article. “We can attract great brewers from elsewhere because they want to live in Montana and join this great quality of life as well, and I think that also contributes to the quality of beer that we’re producing here.”

Click here to read the full story from the Missoula Current.

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Zoot Enterprises Invests in a New Platform, New Markets

By: Katy Spence, Montana High Tech Business Alliance

Eric Hathaway, Zoot Enterprises Invests

Eric Hathaway, Zoot Enterprises

Zoot Enterprises has come a long way from its early days in Chris Nelson’s basement in 1990. Today, more than 250 people work at the sprawling campus in Bozeman, with more employees in Billings.

Zoot Enterprises Invests

Client Delivery Manager Haden Busch has been with Zoot for 11 years. His team currently manages four of Zoot’s top 10 largest clients. Busch has seen Zoot’s and Four Corners’ growth firsthand over the past decade. He remembers when he could look out Zoot’s windows and see nothing but grass- and farmland. Now, Bozeman’s growth has caught up to Zoot, and new buildings are being erected all around the campus.

“There’s just been extreme growth out here, plus our expansion into the worldwide area,” Busch said. “The valley really lends itself well to bringing in talented folks because there is kind of a hub of it here in Bozeman. We’re continuing to grow not only in personnel size, but also in depth of knowledge.”

One of these talented folks is Vice President of Marketing Eric Hathaway. Born and raised in Bozeman, Hathaway’s career in financial services took him all over the world. Working for huge companies such as Microsoft and T-Mobile, Hathaway has lived all over the U.S., in the Czech Republic, and in Hong Kong.

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Q + A: Cat's Corner Studio

Cathryn Reitler, owner of Cat’s Corner Studio

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 we travel to eastern Montana and meet Cathryn McIntyre (Reitler) from Glasgow!

1. What is the name of your business? 

Cat’s Corner Studio Cat’s (also known as Cathryn McIntyre)

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Friday Five: January 4, 2019

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

Flathead River near Polson

1. Analysis: Montana High-Tech Industry on Pace for Record Year

According to the Montana High Tech Business Alliance, the high-tech industry has never been strong.

In an article from the Missoulian, the High Tech Business Alliance points to three instances that happened last year. The first was a global Internet technology company, called Cognizant, acquiring ATG in Missoula. The second instance was when onX maps closed on $20.3 million venture capital funding round. Finally, ClassPass boosted Missoula’s economy by hiring over 100 workers.

Click here to read more.

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