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Friday Five: March 22, 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!

Snow Buntings in Rocky Mountains

Snow Buntings outside Three Forks, MT

 

1. 5 Things to Try at Great Falls’ New Vietnamese Restaurant Pho Vi Tai

Recently, a couple in Great Falls opened a Vietnamese restaurant called Pho Vi Tai, named after their son.  The result is located at 3212 10th Ave. South, east of Super 1 Foods. Carol Tran and Don Pham, the owners, have been in Great Falls for four months. In an article from the Great Falls Tribune, the couple said they saw possibility in Great Falls.

So what were five dishes the restaurant recommends? Click here to find out!

2. New York Busker and Apsáalokke Rapper Collaborate at Alberta Bair Theater in Billings

Two musicians will join together Friday at the Alberta Bair Theater in Billings when Gabriel Royal, a classically trained cellist and educator living in Brooklyn, and Christian Parrish Takes the Gun, who performs as Supaman and grew up on the Crow Indian Reservation, perform.

Royal moved to New York from Oklahoma and began playing at subway stops. This unique backdrop has led to Royal’s success as a busker. Takes the Gun started performing as Supaman more than 15 years.

To learn more about these two artists and their thoughts on performing together on Friday, click here.

3. A High-tech High: State’s Tech Industry Hits $2B Mark with Room to Grow

On Tuesday, the Bureau of Business and Economic Research released a report that dove into Montana’s high-tech industry in the last year. Some of the findings include:

  • Montana companies that deal in high-tech generated more than $2 billion in revenue.
  • These companies continued to grow nine times faster than the state’s overall economy.
  • Members of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance employ around 7,500 workers with an average annual salary of $65,000.

“In addition to it being great news for those looking for jobs in the high-tech industry, it also is good news to the rest of the Montana economy,” said Christina Henderson, the executive director of the Montana High Tech Business Alliance in a Missoula Current story . “Those folks can use those wages to put their kids in school here, buy houses, and invest in other ways in their community.”

If you’re interested in learning more about the study and seeing more reactions, click here.

4. Butte Businesses Share Their Stories at Annual Event Celebrating Small Business Development Centers

Business and government leaders from across the state gathered in Butte on Wednesday to celebrate National Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Day.  Now in its third year, National SBDC Day celebrates local centers across the country. Montana’s SBDC network is 30 years old and is credited with creating the national event.

“It’s a great source of pride that Montana created SBDC Day,” said Lt. Gov. Mike Cooney in an article from the Montana Standard.

Want to learn more about the celebrations? Click here to read more.

5. Missoula’s Upstart PatientOne Helps Users Navigate the Health Care System

PatientOne, a Missoula startup aiming to simplify communication between patients and their doctors, plans to hire 10 new employees this year.  According to an article from the Missoula Current, Jeff Fee, a co-founder, said the company will begin targeting independent surgical providers before approaching large hospitals.

“We’ll absolutely be moving into institutional enterprise level sales, but we’re starting by getting our revenue model off with the independent surgical practices,” Fee said in the story. “If we hit our revenue projections, we’ll be hiring an additional 38 employees our second year.”

If you want to learn more about this enterprising company, click here.

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