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Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Create 93 New Jobs across Montana

HELENA – Governor Steve Bullock announced today $779,000 in grants to help businesses in six Montana communities create 93 new jobs and plan for future expansions.

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Congratulations to All 2016 “Shark Tank” Winners

"Shark Tank" Winners

The Montana Small Business Development Center Network (SBDC) hosted 13 competing Montana companies in its third annual “Shark Tank” style competition at the Invest in Success (IIS) small business conference in Havre.

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts Showcases Authentic Products

Girl Ran Away With the Spoon at 2016 Made in Montana Tradeshow

HELENA – The Montana Department of Commerce (DOC) will present the 2016 Made in Montana Tradeshow for Food and Gifts in Helena at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds Exhibit Hall on March 11–12.

Friday, March 25, 2016
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Impact of Housing and Community Development Investments Detailed in New Report

The Montana Department of Commerce released its comprehensive report on the impact of its work as the administrators of a group of Federal Housing programs that serve Montanans across the state.  Broken down by jurisdiction, the publication provides a complete description of each individual Housing and Community Development program in each county and Tribal Reservation in Montana.  Included in each section is a reference to the model used to estimate the economic impact stimulated by the development and rehabilitation of affordable housing and public facilities in Montana.

Friday, March 25, 2016
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VisitMontana Instagram Account Reaches 109,000 Followers

VisitMontana Instagram Preview

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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Larkspur Commons Ground Breaking

Lt. Governor Mike Cooney and Deputy Director of Commerce Doug Mitchell travelled to Bozeman for the ground breaking at the new Larkspur Commons housing project.

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

Ski Lifts

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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