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Friday Five: Sept. 20, 2019

View of Missoula from Mount Sentinel, in Missoula, Montana.

Check out these five stories from across Montana that highlight entrepreneurs and other great events going on in Montana!

1. Three Billings Companies Make List of Montana Startups to Watch

Recently, three Billings-based companies were named to the Montana High Tech Business Alliances’ list of “2019 Startups to Watch.”

The three companies included Ferho, Cardsetter and RavenCSI. The annual list highlights startups from the past five years that meet a variety of standards including their growth potential, whether they were on track to land major clients, or the ability to expand with a significant number of jobs according to the Billings Gazette. Typically, the list is dominated by Missoula- and Bozeman-based companies.

“What has really resonated with people is that Cardsetter allows them to spend less time fussing with their website,” said Jessica Baldwin a founder of Cardsetter in the Billings Gazette.  “Which is what people hate doing, and more time on the stuff they like doing, which is creating content.”

Click here to read about these three budding companies in eastern Montana!

2. The Wren: Redevelopment Planned for Windowless Hotel in Downtown Missoula

A hotel in downtown Missoula is getting a facelift when an $8.7 million renovation kicks off later this year at the former Days Inn.

On Thursday, the Missoula Redevelopment Agency approved $560,0000  in tax increment financing to assist the project, dubbed the Wren according to the Missoula Current. The finished project will add a fourth floor to structure. The building was erected in the late 1960s.

“This is a really interesting adaptive reuse of an existing building,” said MRA director Ellen Buchanan in the Missoula Current article. “What’s there now is certainly not a stellar example of urban design or urban architecture. It’s the antithesis of that. You’ve got a ground floor with parking and you’ve got upper floors with no windows.”

Click here to read more about the upcoming project.

3. Utah-based Cookie Shop Crumbl Opens First Shop in Montana

This week, Crumbl opened its first cookie shop at the Shiloh Commons in Billings. The cookies are made from scratch in-store, and the store offers a delivery service. The menu features a rotation of four specialty cookies.

Click here to learn more about Crumbl coming to Montana.

4. Jazz Night Brings Arts, Culture to Great Falls Audiences

Jazz is coming to Great Falls as John Roberts y Pan Blanco come to the Ozark Club.

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The room as the History Museum in Great Falls has held jazz concerts and programming for the last decade according to The Electric. The Ozark Club pays homage to the black jazz club that was on the southside of Great Falls before the civil rights movement. Roberts is a Montana native who spent two decades in Los Angeles and now teaches at Montana State University-Billings.

“I think that we warrant entertainment that reflects the diversity of culture in our region,” said Kristi Scott, The History Museum director in the article. “So I love that the cultural institutions– the museums, the Symphony– that we work so hard to make Great Falls an incredible place to live. Part of being an incredible place to live is having cultural options.”

Click here to read more.

5. Running for a Cause: Foy’s to Blacktail Trail Marathon, Whitefish Legacy Run to Benefit Local Trails

Two running races in the Flathead take place in September and October to celebrate trail running in Montana. The second Foy’s to Blacktail Trail Marathon will take place Sept. 22, and the Whitefish Legacy Runs will take place Oct. 5-6. According to the Flathead Beacon, the Whitefish run will celebrate the completion of a new section of trail.

“As folks are out running these races, they get to experience some fantastic land that we’ve protected,” said Whitefish Legacy Partners Program Director Margosia Jadkowski in a Flathead Beacon story.

To read more about the running races, click here.

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