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Friday Five: September 27, 2019

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

Pheasant hunting, Central Montana

1. Flathead Neuroscience Researchers Awarded $1.4M Grant

This week a Flathead neuroscience company received a $1.4 million Small Business Innovation Research grant from the National Institute of Health.

Expesicor was awarded this grant for its “cutting edge research on treating and preventing neurological disorders and traumatic brain injuries,” according to the Daily Interlake. The company will receive $343,042 over the first year of the grant and upon approval will receive the rest of the grant over three years. Two Bear Capital, a venture capital firm based in Whitefish, also made an investment in the company.

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Q + A: SoFi

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 Helena!

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Friday Five: August 30, 2019

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

Dusan Smetana; Guest Photographer - Upland bird hunter and dog in eastern Montana

1. Alaska Airlines to Launch Daily Nonstop Service from Missoula to LAX

On Wednesday, Alaska Airlines announced plans to extend its service across the Pacific Northwest with eight new flights out of Missoula.

One of the new flights will be a daily nonstop flight from Missoula to Los Angeles. The fight is set to begin on March 19. According to the Missoula Current, LAX represents the fourth largest market for Missoula travels, but it has lacked nonstop, year-round service until now.

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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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Friday Five: May 24, 2019

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

Little girl kayaking on Whitefish Lake

1. Figure Technologies in Helena Luring Engineers to Montana

A Helena startup company is attracting attention in the high tech world as it continues to draw eyes to Montana.

Figure Technologies was founded by Mike Cagney, a former co-founder and CEO of SoFi. Figure is focused on home equity. According to the Helena Independent Record, the company sells products that allow customers quick, low-cost access to the equity in their homes. The company’s success is due to its use of blockchain technology, which is a growing list of information that is linked using cryptography.

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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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Friday Five: April 12, 2019

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

Fly Fishing in Avalanche Lake

1.  How to Build an Investor Pipeline and Raise a Seed Round— a Step-by-Step Guide

In 2016, Montana startups were able to attract $45.7 million in capital in 2016. But do you know how to attract the right investors to raise money to make your dream come true? Fletcher Richman is here to help you out.

Over the past four years, Richman has been involved in 90-plus Seed rounds. Recently, he helped raise a $2.6 million Seed round for Halp which was led by Matchstick Ventures with partnership from Next Frontier Capital, a Bozeman-based company.

Check out his list of seven tips on how to start your investor pipeline and raise a Seed round to take your dreams out of the garage today. Click here to read more.

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Friday Five: April 5, 2019

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1. iResponse Receives American Indian Business of the Year Award

On Monday, a Rocky Boy business that helps tribes preserve and protect tribal lands received a national award.

iResponse was awarded the American Business of the Year Award from the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, an American Indian business and economic development organization.  The award was presented Monday during the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development’s Reservation Economic Success. According to CEO Alvin Windy Boy, Sr., iResponse is an online resource tribal communities can use to identify historic and sacred lands to prevent them being damaged or destroyed by construction.

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Friday Five: March 29, 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!

Saint Mary Lake

Saint Mary Lake, Glacier NP

1. Outdoor Tourism and Marketing Technology Company, TOMIS, Looks to Expand Services, Hirings in Missoula

After spending several years in Silicon Valley learning about the high tech world, Evan Tipton returned to Missoula to found TOMIS (Tour Operator Marketing Intelligence Software). From the beginning, TOMIS has taken off and the company was named a High Growth Company to watch by the Montana High Tech Business Alliance. Now, it’s looking to continue its upward momentum in 2019.

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Q + A: Birch & Bay

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.

Join us we meet M’Liss Bordelon in Billings!

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