Fifteen years ago I started my company here in Missoula, Montana and the Chamber was there to cut the ribbon. In those years, I have participated in Leadership Missoula, many Chamber committees, and appreciated the support from the Chamber. Business was NOT always easy, fun, or successful, but we are still in business. This amazing community kept this very inexperienced woman’s dreams alive. Missoula shows up and supports small business like no other community.
In our 15 years at Mismo Gymnastics we have sent so many kids into the world to be great leaders in their communities and have successful families and careers. We have provided hundreds of jobs, given back to our community, and built strong minds and bodies. It is an honor to do business in Missoula.
All of the hard work paid off as we were chosen to host one of the biggest gymnastics meets in the country and by far the most prestigious gymnastics event to be held in Montana. We were thrilled to host the Level 9 Western Championships April 29 – May 1, 2016. We brought over $1.3 million in revenue to our community, hosted over 1400 out of town guests, and shared our city with pride. There is no doubt that Missoula is the “last best place to live” and do business.
-Kelly Durban, Mismo Gymnastics
My love for Montana and family is why I am who I am! After four years away from the valley, I knew western Montana was where I wanted to make my home. Living in Lolo, just south of Missoula, with my husband Scott and our three great boys, we are an easy commute to Missoula, where our businesses are located.
Every entrepreneur needs support to thrive. Missoula offers a community of passionate individuals and organizations that are open to new ideas and willingly support small business startups. Continuing education is a cinch with a fantastic university, local college and several learning centers that are proactively business minded. In fact, Montana ranks No. 1 nationally for entrepreneurial activity by the Kauffman Foundation.
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Missoula offers a powerful combination of the Montana lifestyle and professional opportunities in the growing technology economy. In addition to the University of Montana, the Missoula College and the Lifelong Learning Center, Missoula is also home to three innovative, accelerated technology education programs. ikuw Solution’s
Techacademyonline.com, the Montana Code School, and the Big Sky Code Academy. Each of these programs offer an accelerated boot camp style learning environment that
is helping people get hired as entry level technologists in a matter of months and working for many of the Treasure State’s growing high tech companies.
Technology is changing fast and in order to keep up with the growing workforce needs, these organizations are leading the way to help grow the Montana technology sector.
Kevin & Leeanne McManus
In 2002, I purchased Holland Lake Lodge, a seasonal guest resort on a private lake in the far reaches of Missoula County. Surrounded by pristine mountains, breathtaking views and abundant wildlife, I am happy to make the lodge your home for a few days or weeks a year.
Living in a remote area can make owning a successful business a bit challenging. A sense of community and ties to larger cities, like Missoula, are essential for finding employees, networking and most importantly, supplying air service for those visiting my lodge.
Missoula itself is just a big “small town.” It’s a place where, upon flying in and out on a commercial plane, you will know two or three other passengers. Or if you walk downtown at any given time, you will run into friends. The locals are friendly and polite, and eager to share their pride in a place that feels special, unique and weird all at the same time. Missoula and Missoula County contribute to my business by providing a proactive and positive environment for entrepreneurship and a solid economic infrastructure. Innovation is encouraged and supported. The business community is friendly and inclusive and individuals are warm, enthusiastic and caring. Perhaps underlying all is our reverence for the surrounding natural beauty.
Owner – Holland Lake Lodge
I’m not sure if it was the discovery of Dinosaur fossils making the news or reading way too many volumes of Outdoor Life with tales of adventure in Big Sky Country. Either way, Montana has had a hold on me for a long time. I graduated from Oregon State University in June of 2003 and that same week I packed up my truck and headed for Montana.
Fast forward a few years and my wife, Tracey, and I made the transition from another Montana town to Missoula in the fall of 2008. She was beginning law school at the University of Montana and I was set to launch my financial services firm.
From the beginning, it was clear that Missoula would be our permanent home and the place where we would raise our family. The vibrancy of the community and the close proximity to endless recreation was the perfect pairing for our hobbies and leisure pursuits. As our family dynamic has evolved with our expectancy of baby #2, so too have our interests.
Nights and weekends spent enjoying the lively restaurants, symphony, and remote back country have transitioned to the Missoula Carousel, Family Friendly Friday at the Top Hat, Symphony in the Park and the local trail system for day hikes.
The diverse and energetic business community, anchored by a strong Chamber, has provided us both with a rewarding and prosperous career path. It has proven to be a tremendous place to launch a business and grow as young professionals.
Will Johnson – Will Johnson & Associates, Farm Bureau Financial Services
Tracey Johnson – Boone Karlberg, PC