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Montana Commerce Connection – Governor Bullock Announces 13,000 Small Businesses Now Supported Through Targeted Relief Programs

“You kept me in business,” said Scott Buchholz who owns and operates Buchholz Custom Sawmilling in Dillon, Mont. “The Stabilization Grant filled in all the blanks – I didn’t have to worry about where I’d get the money to repair tools or buy inventory. It gave me a lot of peace of mind, and we are going to make it.”

The University of Montana is seeking instructors/course designers to develop courses for female entrepreneurs!

Our goal is to provide real-world solutions that can be implemented based on practical, hands-on learning rather than theoretical concepts.

City of Bozeman proposes program to fund public art

The proposed ordinance, called a municipal percent for art program, would set aside 1% of construction costs from some future city capital projects to be used for public art installations.

Who’s on The Road to Montana’s Flathead Valley?

An influx of ‘COVID migrants’ has led to a swell of new residents in the Flathead Valley, as well as rampant speculation about an unprecedented population explosion. But how many people have really moved here?

Introducing Decoder, a new podcast about big ideas and other problems launching Nov. 10

I’m going to interview executives from the worlds of tech and business, policymakers from across government, and a few other assorted troublemakers about the problems they’re solving, the trade-offs they have to make, and the opportunities they see in the future.

MEDA Storytelling and Happy Hour – 11/6 – 11AM MST – Online

Our first event will include storytelling from those who participated in the Tell Us Something professional development training. Register (don’t forget to save the link) and join us!

Montana Tourism Partners – Friday Flash 10/23/2020

Thank you to those tourism partners who have begun the fiscal year 2020 required reporting. This annual process is not only an opportunity to verify and analyze the use of lodging tax funds, but also where the organizations tell the many success stories and share best practices through the evaluation of each marketing method where funds were spent.

Butte, Montana’s Nikki Edmundson’s Canty Boots wins national award for woman-owned small business

As owner of Canty Boots in the small town of Harrison, Butte native Edmundson was awarded Woman-owned Small Business of the Year in Montana by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

New homes on the range: Weary city dwellers escape to Montana, creating a property gold rush – “I’ll be really curious to see what all of these buyers think of our winters.”

“We’re running around like lunatics,” said Amy Hyde, a mortgage broker in Bozeman. “People have done a month in an RV, and they’re saying they want to move to Montana. The number of out-of-state cars in our town right now is insane.”

Snowy Mountain Development Corporation celebrates “EnVision Center” designation

With as many people as could fit in Snowy Mountain Development Corporation’s conference room in Lewistown on Wednesday, and with a few people there virtually, the corporation celebrated being the first economic development corporation in the country to be designated as an EnVision Center by the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development.