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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
Categories: Housing Division

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
Categories: Market MTTourism

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

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

Department of Commerce Certifies 11 Development Organizations

Signing Papers

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
Categories: Market MT

Five Companies Ready to Expand After Completing ‘ExporTech’ Export Assistance Program

Meeting Room

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

Montana Selected to Pilot New Placemaking Workshop

Montana has been selected, as one of only five states, to host an intensive workshop focused on empowering communities to revitalize their downtowns and public places.

Friday, January 22, 2016

Montana Entrepreneurs Encouraged to Enter “Shark Tank” Style Competition at Small Business Conference

Applause in Meeting Room

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

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
Categories: Market MTTourism

Hillview Apartments in Havre Celebrates Grand Opening

Governor Steve Bullock and the Department of Commerce Housing Division join celebration

Governor Steve Bullock received cheers from the children who live at Hillview Apartments as he cut the ribbon to celebrate the Grand Opening on October 7th, 2015. 

HillviewApartments, originally constructed in 1969, had begun to show the wear and tear of its 46 years of service.  GMD Development, LLC and Homeword, Inc. received $6,250,000 in financing from the Montana Board of Housing in 2013, to acquire and rehabilitate the 52 apartments in Havre.  In addition, the Human Resource Development Council, HRDC4, was invited to provide a Head Start school on site.  The work was recently finished and the community was invited to tour the updated and improved property.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
Categories: Housing Division

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