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Q and A: Mountain Mamas Outfitter

Mountain Mamas Outfitter owners Erin Howell and Sierra Lake

Mountain Mamas Outfitter owners Erin Howell and Sierra Lake

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!

1. What is the name of your business? 

Mountain Mamas Outfitter

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Q and A: Roadhouse Diner

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

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 Great Falls and check out the Roadhouse Diner with co-owners Jason and Tara Beam!

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Q and A: Berube Physical Therapy

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 and meet the team at Berube Physical Therapy with Mireille Bierens, the co-founder and vice president!

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Q and A: Mighty Mo Brewing Co.

Seth Swingley and Casey Kingsland, the owners of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company in Great Falls

Seth Swingley and Casey Kingsland, the owners of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company in Great Falls

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 in our first Q & A as we travel to Great Falls to meet the minds behind the Mighty Mo Brewing Company!

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Friday Five: October 19, 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!

Victory Taco, Bozeman

1. Bozeman Launches Business Podcast

Recently, the city of Bozeman launched a new podcast to highlight small business and entrepreneurship in the community.

This is a collaboration between the city’s economic development department, the Bozeman Public Libary, and Montana Campus Compact and an AmeriCorps volunteer. The name of the podcast is Micromegas. According to the Bozeman Daily Chronicle story, the title is a nod to Bozeman’s changing status as a micropolitan town to a megapolitan city. This podcast is part of the city’s efforts to get the economic development department and library collaborating more.

Micromegas will come out on the second Wednesday of each month and can be accessed on most common podcast apps.

Click here to read more about their efforts.

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Chasing Snow: XY Planning Makes Bozeman Home

Alan Moore, XY Planning

Alan Moore, XY Planning

Although Alan Moore grew up in the South, he followed his dreams of colder weather up north.

“I started chasing snow,” Moore said with a laugh. “I did a stint in North Dakota and then went to Milwaukee…It’s cliche but when I came out on vacation (to Montana) and saw Bridger Bowl, I just never wanted to leave.”

Moore and his family settled in Bozeman and since 2014 has helped financial planners with his company, XY Planning.

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Superior Traffic Services, Sellout Crowned Early Stage MT Winners

2018 Early Stage MT winners

2018 Early Stage MT winners

After months of refining their business plans and pitches, Sellout from Bozeman and Superior Traffic Services from Missoula tied for first and were named the 2018 Early Stage MT winners on Saturday.

“It feels pretty amazing to have won Early Stage MT,” said Joel Martin, one of the founders of Sellout. “We have been struggling to figure out how to pitch this product the best way for the last couple of months ever since the accelerator ended. For it to finally come together this week and to bring it to the stage, we were so nervous for the presentation. But it’s gratifying to have won and to have done this whole process with the amazing core we have.”

Both of the Early Stage MT winners will receive $25,000 and have the opportunity to present at the Frontier Angels meeting in October. Alosant from Bozeman finished third overall and will also present to the Frontier Angels, a Montana based angel fund group. The other businesses that participated in the Early Stage MT showcase included Elation, WebBuy, Elebase and Cardsetter.

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From Farm to Table: The Wheat Montana Legacy

Dean Folkvord and the Wheat Montana legacy

Dean Folkvord, Wheat Montana

Dean Folkvord didn’t want to go to Hawaii.

“The first part is, we were young and he didn’t want to go,” said Dean’s wife, Hope. “I had to beg him to go on this trip to begin with. Finally he said, ‘Quit nagging, we’ll go.’”

But it was on this trip during a visit to a pineapple farm in the mid 1980’s that the idea for Wheat Montana was born and the Folkvord family’s entrepreneurship journey began.

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Friday Five: July 27, 2018

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

picture of a headframe in Butte, Montana

Headframe in Butte, MT

1. ATG Conference Kicks Off in Missoula

For the second year, Advanced Technology Group (ATG) in Missoula will host its conference called Quote to Cast with the theme of Teaming for Success.

This conference attracts the top national and international tech leaders for a dive into what ATG does. The company expects 170 people to fly in from 31 states and nine countries, including Africa, Australia, Canada, France and Germany. Keynoting the conference will be Peter Coffee, the vice president of strategic research for Salesforce.

“It’s a marketing industry event, and the idea is to generate new ideas,” said Tom Stergios, senior vice president of strategy and corporate development with ATG, in a Missoula Current story. “These conferences happen all over the world, typically in Las Vegas, San Francisco or Chicago. There’s a few boutique events, but we’re trying to break the mold and do something different.”

Click here to read more about the event.

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Friday Five: July 13, 2018

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

Biking, Mount Helena City Park, Helena

Biking, Mount Helena City Park, Helena

1. Montana cracks top 5 in Wallethub list

According to Wallethub, the Treasure State is one of the top five places to start a business. In its study, Wallethub compared all 50 states across 25 key indicators of startup success to determine the best place to start a business. Wallethub ranked states on business environment, access to resources and business costs.

Texas ranked No. 1 while Montana came in at No. 4. You can read more here.

If you need even more convincing on why Montana is a great place to start a business, check out this story from Inc.

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