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Why Start a Business in Montana? A Startup Hub!

Startups Grow in Missoula, Bozeman and the Bitterroot Valley

Montana provides a great business environment and lifestyle

If you want to start a business in Montana, you are not alone. Recently, the Montana High Tech Business Alliance announced a list of business startups in the technology and manufacturing industries to watch in 2018. Western Montana business in Montana Living in Montana - Start a business in Montana

These companies have ten or fewer employees and:

  • “Steep revenue growth and/or are working in a high-growth sector
  • Poised to launch high-potential products or services
  • Own or are developing valuable intellectual property
  • On track to land major clients or enter new markets
  • Plan to expand operations or add a significant number of jobs in 2018
  • Have management teams led by experienced entrepreneurs or top experts in their fields”

The finalists named were:

  • “Cowboy Cricket Farms, Belgrade
  • DermaXon, Missoula
  • io, Whitefish
  • GeoFli, Missoula
  • Inimmune, Missoula
  • PinnaCal, LLC, Corvallis
  • Sellout, Bozeman
  • Triple Tree, Bozeman”

Why Start a Business in Montana?

Funded by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, the report entitled, “A New Frontier, Entrepreneurship Ecosystems in Bozeman and Missoula, Montana,” outlines the benefits to starting a business in Big Sky Country.

According to the report, the area offers unique assets including: local support organization, venture capital, a good workforce with high retention rates, diversity, mentors, a great quality of life, and more.

And “research by other scholars also highlights that Missoula and Bozeman ranked 9th and 12th highest in startup rates among 394 areas in the country,” per the report.

Plus, it’s a great place to raise a family. There are endless outdoor and indoor activities, great schools and universities, entertainment and sports facilities, and more.

Plus, the cost of living is much less than many big cities in the U.S., there are convenient airports and transportation that make it easy to travel anywhere, and it’s a beautiful place to live with friendly, warm people.

Montana Is Not Just for Recreation

If you’ve just thought about visiting Montana to fly fish, enjoy the snow or a local rodeo, the state has so much more to offer. There are great opportunities for business startups to grow and be successful. Plus, the local communities and parks offer unique activities, food and entertainment for all ages.

Want to find out more about starting a business in Montana and the local area?

As a local, I can give you the inside scoop on various communities, real estate and more to meet your specific needs. Contact me for more information!

Phone: 406.240.6497
Fax: 406.777.2520
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An Update to My First Run in The Missoula Marathon

Join Me for a Fun, Local Montana Experience!

Well, at this point, most of you know I’ve entered The Missoula Marathon for the first time and will be running the Half-Marathon. As someone who is not a runner, I thought it was about time to get involved and actually be part of this great, local tradition!The Missoula Marathon and My Broken Wrist!

So far, my training is progressing slowly, especially with a broken wrist.

I’m doing a lot of weight training, stretching and utilizing the Jeff Galloway method.

With this, you run a short distance and then walk to start building up your legs and stamina.

I use the Galloway stopwatch and his book, “Half-Marathon – You Can do It” for the plan outline. I have to say it really does work.

And if I can do it, so can you. After all, I’m just a beginner. And, I’ve found time to train even with my broken wrist, family and work responsibilities and more. There really are no excuses for participating in a local event like this, whether it’s in Montana or your home town. You just have to make your mind up to do it, and then go for it!

Right now, my training is in the gym since there is still snow on the roads. But springtime is just around the corner, and I’ll be able to run outside soon!

How about you? Do you want to take part in The Missoula Marathon?

The Missoula Marathon happens the weekend of July 13th through July 15th in Missoula, Montana. And it’s a great event for the entire family.

Yes, it’s an official USA Track and Field certified course and Boston Marathon qualifier, but there is a place for novices, kids, competitive runners, and more to participate. It’s just a matter of registering, getting ready and then showing up on race day!

And in addition to running through the beautiful, Montana countryside, there will also be treats for the kids and special surprises from local vendors.

Plus, there will be all kinds of drinks and food to eat at local restaurants, live entertainment and fun activities for everyone involved.

It really doesn’t matter if you are a good runner or not. It’s more about getting involved in the local community and having a great time with family and friends of all ages!

Well, I’d better get back to training. But if you’d like more details about The Missoula Marathon, click here. And if you’d like insights about the local area from me, feel free to write to me here.

The Missoula Marathon for Kids

The Famous, Missoula Marathon is Not Just for Adults!

Did you know that The Missoula Marathon offers an entire race for kids?

The Missoula Marathon for Kids and Teens

As I prepare for running in The Missoula Marathon for the first time, I’m realizing what a great event this is for the entire family.

I’m a local resident who has watched this race several times. But this year, I’ve decided to get more involved and actually be part of the Half Marathon (I’m not a runner and am training to participate right now!).

And while this is an official race and named “One of the Best Marathons in the U.S.,” there is plenty of entertainment, food, drinks, and other activities for bystanders and participants alike.

But, what I really noticed is what a great event this is to share with children.

Whether you have children, or want to spend the day with your nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and more, this is the perfect opportunity. You can get your kids away from their mobile devices and video games and enjoy a fun time in the beautiful, Montana countryside.

Information about the Missoula Kids MarathonThe Missoula Kids Marathon

The event takes place on Saturday, July 14, 2018 at 10:00 a.m. starting on the Clark Fork River Trail and finishing at Caras Park Pavilion. You can see a course map here.

The cost to participate is $10, but there are scholarships available.

And this is a one-mile fun race that’s non-competitive and non-timed for ages 13 and under. To become a full-marathon finisher, participants can also complete a 25-mile training program prior to the event, and then they can “run, walk or jog the 1.2-mile course.”

All of the children who participate receive an official race number and medal just for finishing! Plus, they receive a goodie bag and t-shirt, too. Everyone wins!

Well, I’d better get back to my training. But you can check out all of the information about The Missoula Kids Marathon and The Missoula Marathon (if you’d like to run it yourself) at

And if you have questions, just contact me at 406-240-6497 or here. I’d love to show you this beautiful area… especially if you are thinking of buying a home here.

Do You Know About The Missoula Marathon?

A First-Time Participant to Share Her Experience!

Getting ready to run in the Missoula MarathonThe Missoula Marathon is coming up the weekend of July 13th through the 15th, and I’m participating for the first time.

Gulp! As someone who is not a runner, new to the marathon experience – and is recovering from a broken wrist – this is going to be quite the experience!

Well, What Is The Missoula Marathon, anyway?

The Missoula Marathon is a race for the entire family. While it’s a USA Track and Field certified course and Boston Marathon qualifier for competitive runners, there is something for the entire family.

In fact, this event it includes a beer run, a 5K, a kids’ marathon and a half-marathon and marathon. Plus there are wheelchair and handcycle divisions and lots of entertainment, local restaurants and more involved. And everyone will enjoy the scenic route which starts in Frenchtown, Montana and goes through the scenic countryside, ending in Downtown Missoula.

However, there are a few things to be aware of…

Some Key Points to Consider About the Race

  • Fees for children start at $10.00, and adult fees start at $30.00 depending on which event you enter. You’ll want to get your registration packet and all the details early.
    Click here for the registration information.
  • While the course is generally flat and fast, there is a hill and it is open to traffic. Plus, you need to be able to complete the course in 7.5 hours.
  • There is award money for top placements. But more important, there will be a lot of fun get-togethers in the local area for everyone involved!

Will you join me?

As a sponsor and first-time participant, I’ll keep you posted as this big event in the local area draws closer.

And since I have a LOT of training ahead of me to prepare, I’d love it if you’d join me… or if you have any pointers to help me through the course!

Please contact me here to provide your insights. And be sure to check out all of the details for the Missoula Marathon here. I’ll be posting more soon!

Buy A Home In The Bitterroot Valley And Experience The True “Yellowstone”

Bears, Wolves and Costner film in the local area

If you want to buy a home in the Bitterroot Valley, you’ll be able to see the area on your screens at home, soon.Buy a home in the Bitterroot Valley now.

Kevin Costner stars in the new, television series, “Yellowstone.” Filmed in Darby, Montana, among other places, the show is said to be a “postcard for Montana,” per the article in the Ravalli Republic entitled, “Costner hosts Bullock on the set of ‘Yellowstone.’”

Using a real log cabin, footage in the local area, and even bringing in a bear and a few wolves, the show is set to capture the true essence of Montana.

Taylor Sheridan, the writer and director, started creating the project in 2013 in Livingston, Montana. And according to the Paramount website, the show follows John Dutton and his family as they defend their large ranch against “land developers, an Indian reservation and America’s first National Park.”

“Yellowstone” is set to air on the Paramount Network in June 2018.

Just like “A River Runs Through It,” directed by Robert Redford and starring Brad Pitt, which was filmed in The Bitterroot Valley, “Yellowstone” will bring new awareness to this beautiful area.

With this in mind, if you are thinking of buying a home in the local area, you may want to move now before demand goes up.

Why Buy a Home in the Bitterroot Valley Now?

In addition to the upcoming publicity for the local area from “Yellowstone,” more people will be looking for their dream home in Montana once spring arrives. While you may have to dress a little warmer in the winter months, it’s a great time to start looking at various areas and properties in your price range.

Not only can you negotiate a better price with less competition, but you’ll also have access to more properties that are currently available.

And if you work with a local real estate expert who knows the various communities and has the inside knowledge on various properties as soon as they are available, you’ll enjoy a competitive edge and a low-stress experience.

Are you ready to buy a home in the Bitterroot Valley before “Yellowstone” hits the airways?

Please contact me here or call 406.240.6497 to discuss your needs and get started. Montana is waiting for you!

Western Montana Luxury Home Available at 3673 Toma Trail

This Beautiful, Bitterroot Valley Real Estate Offers Custom Design and Great Views

If you are looking for a Western Montana luxury home with Bitterroot Valley real estate, look no further than 3673 Toma Trail in Darby, MT.

Western Montana Luxury Home - Toma Trail

Located in the exclusive, Chief Joseph Estates, this custom-built log home has a rustic, but elegant, feel. You’ll find circular sawn floors, a massive native rock wood burning fireplace, a granite slab countertop, and view windows for an abundance of sunlight throughout.

Touches of contemporary design enhance the interior, and the volume ceilings and large great room make quite the impression when you walk into the main entrance.

With a fantastic kitchen including a central island, eating bar, and top of the line appliances, you’ll love creating meals here for family and friends.

Western Montana Luxury HomeThere is a master suite on the main floor which opens directly to a screened in outdoor porch. And the upstairs loft overlooks the great room.

Downstairs, you’ll discover a fully-finished basement with a game room, additional storage and a mechanical room. The full-size, double car detached garage and adjacent shop completes the improvements.

This Western Montana luxury home is just a two-minute drive to all of the conveniences in the town of Darby, and minutes from Lake Como and Hamilton. Plus, Lost Trail Powder Mountain offers fantastic, family skiing and is a simple, 33 mile drive away.

But, you’ll forget you’re so close to others in this little piece of Montana paradise.

Western Montana Luxury Home LivingThe home is surrounded by a park-like, 6.71 acres with a gentle topography and Iron Horse Creek meandering through it.

You’ll love the peace and quiet and seeing all of the local wildlife and enjoying all of what nature loves to offer.

The Chief Joseph Estates development offers over 50 acres of common area, luxury homes, majestic pine trees and the best of the Montana lifestyle.

If you are sick of the hustle and bustle of life in a big city like New York, Dallas, Los Angeles, Chicago, and other places, you’ll love this Western Montana living experience!

In addition to fresh air and nice people, there are a host of activities for all ages. This includes Montana’s famous fishing opportunities, hunting, bird and wildlife watching, water sports, snow sports, hiking, bicycling, and much more. Plus, there are all kinds of unique shops, restaurants, and entertaining events and activities to check out year-round.

If you’ve ever dreamed of being part of the Western Montana living lifestyle, now’s your chance!

For more information about this property, check out this video and contact me directly at 406-240-6497.