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Missoula Tech Company, TOMIS, Wins SBDC 'Shark Tank' Competition at the Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation

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March 14, 2017View for printing

Evan Tipton and his team created an automated marketing intelligence platform for tour operators. TOMIS helps tour operators manage marketing in the digital age, with products like search engine optimization, Google Adwords, email marketing, and more. TOMIS stands for Tour Operator Marketing Intelligence Software.

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.

Each finalist was competing for a chance to win a $5,000 first place prize, a $2,500 second place prize, and a $1,000 third place prize. Cowboy Cricket Farms won second place, and Easy Lift won third place in the competition.

"We are excited to congratulate TOMIS on winning this year's competition," SBDC State Director Chad Moore said, "We cannot wait to see how each of these businesses develop and flourish because of this funding."

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Missoula tech firm brings Shark Tank trophy home after state win

"The creation of TOMIS is based on experiences I've had for the past six years, including helping start a reservation management software company in the Silicon Valley for tour operators, and a digital marketing agency in Missoula," said Tipton. "We have a four-phased roll-out plan over the next five years."

"Digital marketing has never been more important to growing your small business," said Tipton. "There's been a massive shift in consumer purchasing to online and mobile. But the digital market has never been more confusing or complicated than it is today."

By Martin Kidston/Missoula Current

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Big congrats to Evan Tipton and his team.

They are well positioned to become yet another Missoula success story on a grand scale ... hint to potential investors....

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