Friday Five

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!

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Friday Five: March 15, 2019

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Red Lodge Mountain Resort, Red Lodge

1. Sportsman’s Lodge Welcomes New Owners

When Bob Kudelski retired from professional hockey in 1996, Bob and his wife, France, made a lifestyle change and bought a guest ranch in Wyoming. Later, the Kudelski’s also owned a guest lodge in Colorado. But they always wanted to make Montana home at some point.

“We’ve been coming here for 25 years and rented a house here when our daughter was little,” said France in a story from The Madisonian. “Then this summer we were camping, and Bob saw that it was on the market. We went under contract pretty quickly.”

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Friday Five: March 8, 2019

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Montana Dinner Yurt, Big Sky

1. Montana’s First Indoor Ax-throwing Business Set to Open

If you’re looking for a unique activity to do in Missoula, consider checking out the Lumberjaxe Throwing Co., an ax-throwing business set to open in March. The company is owned by Gentry and Megan Branz and their business partner, Steve Chasner. The business is located on Toole Avenue beneath the Toole Crossing apartments.

The business will have nine 14- and 15-food throwing lanes open to people and groups by the hour. Each lane is surrounded by chain link fencing for safety. Last spring, the couple built an ax-throwing trailer, which was a popular attraction.

To learn more about the Lumberjaxe Throwing Co., click here to read the full story.

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Friday Five: March 1, 2019

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Belton Chalet, West Glacier

1. Carroll College Hosts ‘Shark Tank’ Competition

This year, Caroll College’s business program partnered with Silicon Valley’s longest-serving CEO, Ray Zinn, to host a  ZinnStarter program in Helena. The program will award up to $1,000 to three or four teams of student entrepreneurs for product prototype and business plan development.

Students will present their projects in the popular “shark tank” style presentation in front of a nine-person, all-student, board of directors.

Click here to watch a news video from KTVH.

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Friday Five: February 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!
Red Ants Pants Festival, White Sulphur Springs

1. Small business brings opportunity to communities, entrepreneur says

Recently one of Montana’s best known entrepreneurs, Sarah Calhoun of Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs, was the keynote speaker at the Salt Lake Chamber of  Commerce’s Small Business Summit.

Red Ants Pants is a company headquartered 76 miles east of the state capitol. The company manufacturers pants and other clothing items for women who work in outdoor occupations that require more durable clothing. Calhoun said she wanted to create a pant that would fit, function, and flatter working women.

“The potential of small business is really what we should be thinking about (including) in rural areas, not just in urban areas,” Calhoun said in a Desert News article. “They are the backbones of our communities.”

You can read more Calhoun’s insights here.

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Friday Five: January 25, 2019

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B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

B Bar Ranch in Tom Miner Basin, Yellowstone Country

1. The Beer Barter is Back

After a five year hiatus, the Beer Barter is returning to the Whitefish Winter Carnival on Feb. 2.

The goal of the Beer Barter is to offer the best barter for beer, whether that’s an object or a talent. The winner of the event gets 52 cases of beer, which they can pick up at once or once a week from the Great Northern Brewing Company. The first event was held in 2000 and included appearances from former Gov. Brian Schweitzer showing up with a dairy cow.

Following the barter, Great Northern Brewing will celebrate its 24th anniversary.

For more information abut the Beer Barter, click here.

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Friday Five: January 11, 2018

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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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