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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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Friday Five: Sept. 20, 2019

View of Missoula from Mount Sentinel, in Missoula, Montana.

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

1. Three Billings Companies Make List of Montana Startups to Watch

Recently, three Billings-based companies were named to the Montana High Tech Business Alliances’ list of “2019 Startups to Watch.”

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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: September 6, 2019

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

Missouri River near Ulm, Central Montana

Missouri River near Ulm, Central Montana

1. Montana High Tech Business Alliance Releases Startups To Watch List

Are you looking for a high-tech job in Montana, but you don’t know where to start? Consider checking out the Montana High Tech Business Alliance’s Montana Startups to Watch 2019!

The 2019 list includes 11 companies across Montana. The High Tech Business Alliance worked with experts at Next Frontier Capital, Frontier Angels, the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, MSU Blackstone  LaunchPad, and UM Blackstone  LaunchPad for nominations. Companies must have been five years old or younger and fit two additional pieces of criteria.

Do you want to know who the companies are? Click here to find out!

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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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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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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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Q + A: Laundry Liberator

Laundry Liberator

Laundry Liberator

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 Bozeman and meet business owner Monica Duling!

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