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Taking Flight: Two Bozeman Companies Take to the Skies

Tim Sheehy
Photo by: Daniel Brunell

As part of his Navy SEAL training, Tim Sheehy came to Montana for mountain training before he went to Afghanistan. Sheehy, a Minnesota native, found many similarities between his home state and Montana. So when he wanted to start his company, Bozeman fit the bill.

“I love the area and I’m a big skier so I like being near skiing,” he said. “Bozeman was specifically chosen mainly because of the fertile business community and because of MSU; laser optics and photonics industry that have arisen from those two factors convinced me that sooner or later that environment would be critical to our growth.”

Now almost five years later, Sheehy and his two companies have grown beyond the borders of Montana.

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Q + A: Sixth & Baker and A Brave Life

Nicole O'Shea

Nicole O’Shea

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 among the 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.

Let’s head to Red Lodge to meet Nicole O’Shea!

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Crafting the Perfect Wader: The Simms Fishing Products Story

K.C. Walsh, Simms Fishing Products

K.C. Walsh, Simms Fishing Products

K.C. Walsh became a die-hard fly fisherman at 9-years old. As an adult, he began looking to acquire a company in the Rocky Mountain West. Specifically, he wanted to make Montana home.

“The reason I wanted to live in Montana was pretty simple,” he said. “When I was 12 years old, I came up here with my grandfather on a fishing trip on the Bitterroot River. It was one of the best experiences of my youth, and after that trip I wanted to live in Montana someday.”

Walsh’s wishes came true when in 1993 he acquired a fly fishing manufacturing company called Simms Fishing Products.

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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 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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