Q and A: Roadhouse Diner

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

Tara and Jason Beam, Roadhouse Diner co-owners

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 as we travel to Great Falls and check out the Roadhouse Diner with co-owners Jason and Tara Beam!

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Friday Five: December 7, 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!

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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Helena Businesses Shine in Montana Startups Program

Dana Holzer, lead designer at Montana Bones. (Photo by Alexandria Klapmeier)

Dana Holzer, lead designer at Montana Bones (Photo by Alexandria Klapmeier)

Scott Bouma grew up in Lincoln, and his wife, Rayna, grew up in New Zealand. The two met, got married, and knew they eventually wanted to move back to Montana. Three years ago, they opened their coffee roasting company, Caffeic, in Helena.

“I love Helena because it’s a great community,” Rayna said. “We’ve gotten to know so many great people. It’s small enough that you can really feel like you belong and you see people in different places and you’re like, ‘Hey, I know you!’ I really enjoy that community aspect of it. We have four kiddos, and it’s a great place to raise kids. We’ve lived in another town in Montana, but we decided Helena is an awesome place to raise a family.”

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Friday Five: November 23, 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.

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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Q and A: Berube Physical 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 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 as we travel to Missoula and meet the team at Berube Physical Therapy with Mireille Bierens, the co-founder and vice president!

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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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Missoula Company Brings Color to Compression Socks Industry

Vim & Vigr, colorful compression socks

Michelle Huie, founder of VIM & VIGR

Michelle Huie’s dad was confused about why she wanted to start her compression sock company, VIM & VIGR.

“I told him I was doing this, and at the time I had a great job and a great salary,” Huie said. “The first thing he said was, ‘Compression socks? You don’t know know how to sew socks.’ He thought I was sewing and producing socks in my living room. He was surprised because I’m not the most savvy when it comes to things like that.”

Since that conversation with her father, Huie’s Missoula based company has taken off to fill a need for fashionable compression socks.

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Q and A: Mighty Mo Brewing Co.

Seth Swingley and Casey Kingsland, the owners of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company in Great Falls

Seth Swingley and Casey Kingsland, the owners of the Mighty Mo Brewing Company in Great Falls

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 in our first Q & A as we travel to Great Falls to meet the minds behind the Mighty Mo Brewing Company!

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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.

Click here to read more about this Helena treasure!

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