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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 8, 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!

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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Q + A: Valerie Manne Design

Valerie Manne of Valerie Manne Design

Valerie Manne of Valerie Manne Design

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 Valerie Manne in the Mining City!

Valerie Manne Design

1. What is the name of your business?

Valerie Manne Design

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Mapping the Future: Blackmore Lidar Sensors Makes Name in Photonics Industry

X5 Test Vehicle 3 - Blackmore Lidar Sensors

X5 Test Vehicle 3 – Blackmore Lidar Sensors

In 2012, a report from Regional Technology Strategies identified a quickly growing cluster of optics and photonics companies and research institutions in Montana. According to this report, the cluster of more than 25 organizations were the highest per capita concentration of optics and photonics companies and research institutions in Montana. Many of these organizations are located in Bozeman, thanks to a strong program at Montana State University.

As the photonics industry in Bozeman grows, one of the companies making headlines recently is Blackmore Lidar Sensors.

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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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Q + A: Wild Roots Therapy

Erica Schuppe, Wild Roots Therapy

Erica Schuppe, Wild Roots 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 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 travel out east to meet Erica Schuppe!

1. What is the name of your business?

Wild Roots Therapy, PC

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Q + A: OMG! Mongolian Grill

OMG Mongolian Grill in Butte, Montana

OMG Mongolian Grill in Butte

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 to the Mining City and meet Tom Cronnelly!

1. What is the name of your business?

OMG! Mongolian Grill

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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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Q + A: Cat’s Corner Studio

Cathryn Reitler, owner of Cat’s Corner Studio

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 to eastern Montana and meet Cathryn McIntyre (Reitler) from Glasgow!

1. What is the name of your business? 

Cat’s Corner Studio Cat’s (also known as Cathryn McIntyre)

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Telecommuting from Paradise: Lara Birkes

Lara Birkes decided it was finally time to put a roof over her head.

After coming to Missoula from Missouri to attend college at the University of Montana, then working for former U.S. Sen. Max Baucus in Washington D.C., working overseas in Morocco and Switzerland, and then finally coming to the U.S. and California, Birkes was done moving. She found her little piece of paradise in the Paradise Valley and began telecommuting.

Lara Birkes - Telecommuting from Paradise

“I love it because I’ve spent many years on airplanes and in offices,” she said. “This is a very refreshing change for me to be able to have a rewarding position and live in a place I love.”

Now as a telecommuter, Birkes wouldn’t trade her piece of heaven for an office.

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