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VisitMontana Instagram Account Reaches 109,000 Followers

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The Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development Instagram account, @VisitMontana, reached over 109,000 followers as of March 28, 2016. A year ago, the account had approximately 8,000 followers. That is a 1,150% increase in followers over the past 12 months.

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Montana Shot Feature Film "Certain Women" Earns Official Selection & World Premiere at 2016 Sundance Film Festival

Montana-made film Certain Women

Montana-made feature film Certain Women, which shot in Livingston, Mont. in March and April of this year, has received official selection to premiere at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival. Announced by the Sundance Institute Monday, Dec. 7, Certain Women is among only 15 feature films selected as festival premieres, “a showcase of world premieres of some of the most highly anticipated narrative films of the coming year.”

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Social Media Influencers to Promote Winter in Montana

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This winter, Montana is inviting influential photographers and skiers to experience the winter product.

Thursday, March 24, 2016
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Dave Simkins of Leslie’s Hallmark & Montana Shop Selected as Inaugural Made in Montana Retailer of the Year for 2015

Governor Bullock and Dave Simkins

Dave Simkins of Leslie’s Hallmark has been named the first-ever Made in Montana Retailer of the Year for 2015.

For more than three decades, Leslie’s Hallmark has provided Made in Montana products as well as greeting cards, gifts, decorative items and much more.

Mr. Simkins received the award due to his longstanding commitment in supporting Montana small business by selling authentic products that are made in the state, according to Made in Montana program representative Lonie Stimac. “This is a case of one Montana entrepreneur helping another to succeed,” she said. “Dave has not only sold Made in Montana products, he offers help and advice to new producers.” 

Wednesday, February 24, 2016
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Montana Pavilion: Department of Commerce Connects Montana Businesses with Export Opportunities

Montana Pavilion at the ISPO sporting goods show in Munich, Germany

In January 2016, the Montana Department of Commerce’s Office of Trade and International Relations organized a Montana Pavilion at the ISPO sporting goods show in Munich, Germany.

ISPO Munich is one of the largest sporting goods shows in Europe. Five Montana companies highlighted their products in a Montana Pavilion in the winter section: Eggbar Vise, CleanWaste, Salient Technologies, ColdAvenger, and Pikka Handbags. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016
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Department of Commerce Certifies 11 Development Organizations

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The Montana Department of Commerce (DOC) has completed a competitive RFP process to award 11 Certified Regional Development Corporation (CRDC) contracts.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Five Companies Ready to Expand After Completing ‘ExporTech’ Export Assistance Program

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Department of Commerce (DOC) Director Meg O’Leary on Monday joined five companies in celebrating their completion of the ExporTech program at a graduation event in Bozeman.

Tuesday, February 2, 2016
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Montana Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Enter “Shark Tank” Style Competition at Small Business Conference

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The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network is encouraging entrepreneurs to submit their business ideas for consideration at the third annual “Shark Tank” style live pitch competition coming this spring.  The competition will be held at the Montana SBDC Invest in Success small business conference on March 15–16 in Havre.

Friday, January 15, 2016
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Registration for 2016 Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation Open

Event to Be Held April 10–12 in Kalispell

Governor's Conference on Tourism Registration

HELENA – Registration has opened for the annual gathering of Montana’s tourism industry.

Friday, January 15, 2016
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