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Why Montana is a State of Mind, Not Just a State

RootsRated Labs takes a closer look at how Montana is breaking visitation records

The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development is working smarter thanks to new research that zeroes in on who is most likely to visit Montana, and how tourism marketing efforts can reach those likely travelers. That’s the takeaway from a recent feature piece by RootsRated Labs, a digital source that writes about best practices in outdoor and travel marketing.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Categories: Market MT

Naming and Logo Contest Announced for Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program

Students have until April 17 to submit their designs

St. Ignatius School, Flathead Reservation

The State Tribal Economic Development Commission is asking students to help create a logo and name for its new Montana Indian Youth Small Business Program.  

Friday, March 24, 2017

Governor Bullock Celebrates the Success of Small Businesses Across Montana

Montana leads national movement to recognize impact of Small Business Development Centers

Governor Steve Bullock Wednesday joined Montana small businesses to celebrate their successes and spearhead the first-ever national Small Business Development Centers Day.

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Montana Launches New Warm Season Marketing Campaign

For families in most neighboring states, Montana’s unspoiled nature can be experienced over a long weekend on just a tank of gas. That’s one of the reasons that the Montana Department of Commerce is targeting audiences in nearby states and Canada with its 2017 warm season tourism campaign which launched Monday nationwide.

Monday, March 20, 2017
Categories: Market MT

Governor Bullock Announces 2017 Montana Tourism Award Winners

The awards celebrate the outstanding work of the communities, businesses, organizations and people who strengthen Montana's tourism industry and thereby contribute to maximizing its economic impact for Montana residents.

Thursday, March 16, 2017
Categories: Market MT

Governor Bullock Announces 15 Economic Development Grants

Grants to assist Main Street Montana businesses with growth and job creation

City of Hamilton

Governor Steve Bullock today announced $374,031 in grants to help businesses in 15 Montana communities and assist Main Street Montana businesses with plans for growth.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Missoula Business, TOMIS, Wins SBDC ‘Shark Tank’ Competition

Missoula-based TOMIS won $5,000 to start their dream business at the Shark Tank live pitch business plan competition Tuesday in Helena. TOMIS, and two other Montana entrepreneurs, Cowboy Cricket Farms of Belgrade, and Easy Lift of Great Falls were selected by Montana Small Business Development Center “shark tank” judges to pitch their business ideas at the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in front of an audience of nearly 400.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ennis Company Wins 2017 Retailer of the Year at the Made in Montana Tradeshow

Ennis business owner Tammy Haas of My Home in Montana has been awarded Retailer of the Year at the 2017 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food & Gifts reception.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2 Montana Films Featured at South by Southwest

Ballad of Lefty Brown promotional image

Two made-in-Montana films will be shown this weekend at the annual South by Southwest (SXSW) festival in Austin, Texas.

Friday, March 10, 2017
Categories: Market MTFilm

46 New Producers, Native American Pavilion Featured at 19th Annual Made in Montana Tradeshow

2016 Made in Montana Tradeshow

More than 145 craftspeople, food producers, artists, and entrepreneurs will kick off small business week at the Montana Department of Commerce during the 19th annual Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts.

Thursday, March 9, 2017
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