Friday Five

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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Friday Five: January 4, 2019

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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.

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Friday Five: December 21, 2018

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DePuy Spring Creek near Livingston

1. Billings Ranked No. 1 City in Montana by Money Magazine

According to an announcement from MONEY Magazine, Billings is the best city to live in Montana.

The ranking considers everything from the cost of buying a home to median household income. Specific to Billings, the magazine notes access to city conveniences amidst the natural landscape. They also noted attractions like Yellowstone National Park.

You can read the full article here.

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Friday Five: December 14, 2018

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Winter camping in Glacier National Park, Montana

1. Missoula Women Launch Law Firm with Full Business Services for Entrepreneurs

Are you an entrepreneur with an endless list of legal questions but don’t know where to turn? Consider calling Jenn Ewan and Ericka Peterman, the founders of SOVA, a new Missoula law firm offering legal counsel and business-specific services to entrepreneurs.

The duo has 25 years of experience in law and economic development. They provide in-house counsel such as meetings, legal research, and letter writing — along with assistance in general business and corporate matters such as contracts such as contracts, large or small-scale employee issues, and business expansion. According to the Missoula Current, Ewan said the firm will also specialize in commercial and real estate transactions, and business litigation.

After Ewan and Peterman’s law firms shut down, the pair decided to fuse their passions and create a unique law firm.

Click here to read more about this dynamic duo and law firm.

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Friday Five: December 7, 2018

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Yurt dinner, Big Sky

1. Montana Made: Shelter Designs of Missoula

Are you looking for a non-traditional home in Montana? Consider a yurt from Shelter Designs of Missoula.

Yurts, which are portable, year-round tents traditionally used as dwellings in Central Asia, have been popping up around the U.S. for years. In Montana, yurts have become common occurrences at ski lodges or as another option besides cabins.  The owners of Shelter Designs, Vince Godby and Hays Daniel, began building yurts 10 years ago.

”We’ve definitely seen yurts go from being on the fringe and misunderstood,” Daniel said in a KPAX TV article. “Maybe you saw one at a ski area and are not really sure about it. And now [yurts are] more towards the mainstream of being accepted.”

Click here to watch more about Shelter Designs.

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Friday Five: November 23, 2018

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Christmas tree harvesting near Bernice, MT

Christmas tree harvesting near Bernice, MT

1. Dram Shop Gets Unanimous City Council Approval for Midtown Missoula Taproom

On Monday night, the Missoula City Council approved Dram Shop’s second location in Midtown, just across from the Southgate Mall.

The City Council gave the 92-seat seat refill station and taproom their seal of approval and the required tavern conditional use permit. The approval applies only to the 2, 500 square feet the Dram Shop occupy in the building at 2700 Paxson St. Dram Shop opened in 2015 and was the state’s first standalone growler retailer. By 2018, the shop had 40 taps providing a variety of craft beers, hard ciders, wine, and kombucha.

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Friday Five: November 16, 2018

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Cross country trails, Stillwater Mountain Lodge, Whitefish

1.Bozeman Photonics Company to Receive $100K EPA Grant

Bridger Photonics in Bozeman will receive a $100,000 grant from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to fund the development of technology that will facilitate the discovery of leaks in oil and gas wells.

The $100,000 to Bridger Photonics is part of $1.7 million that the EPA is awarding to 16 small businesses. The award comes from the EPA’s Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) program, which encourages the development of technologies that support the EPA’s mission.

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Friday Five: November 9, 2018

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Skiing at Big Sky Resort1. Bozeman Rental Company Helps Launch Outings

Are you looking to take an outdoor adventure to Montana, but you don’t have the necessary equipment to explore Big Sky Country? Consider checking out Bozeman’s newest company, Hatch Adventures.

Hatch Adventures is a rental company that can prepare you for any outdoor adventure in the Treasure State. The company rents out vehicles prepared for an outdoor adventure like camping and include items like chairs, tables, coolers, and cooking gear. All the renter has to pick up is food and water. Vehicles can also be fitted for winter camping trips. Users can also rent rafts to check out Montana’s pristine waterways.

For more information on Hatch Adventures, check out the Helena Independent Record article here.

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Friday Five: November 2, 2018

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First Snow in Montana1. Helena’s Sage & Oats Trading Post: Celebrating Culture with a Montana Flavor that Tantalizes the Senses

If you’re looking for a store with a variety of gifts and goods that celebrate all cultures, consider checking out Sage & Oats Trading Post in Helena.

The business is owned by Major and Michelle Robinson. Major is Native American and a registered member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe. Michelle is Scotch Irish and from Florida. The store is described in a Helena Independent Record story as being laid out to allow shoppers to flow in any direction to find items from Native American artisans, Made in Montana vendors, imports from Scotland, Ireland, and more.

According to the article, the business was 10 years in the making and born from a desire to combine their talents and share a love of travel and culture. The name, Sage & Oats, is a combination of their heritage.

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Friday Five: October 19, 2018

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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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