Business

In 2009, the Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity found Montana to be the top state in the country for entrepreneurs. Within the state, the Garden City is a shining star.  Missoula is definitely “Open for Business!”

As the economic hub of Western Montana and home to The University of Montana, Missoula already boasts a rich and diverse business community.

Though business services, construction, retail trade, and accommodations and food services are currently the dominant industry sectors, other areas of business, such as the growing arts and entertainment arena, help drive much of the local economy and serve as a major attraction for young professionals.

Missoula’s growing population and well-educated workforce have attracted companies large and small. Whether a business is in start-up mode, planning to expand, or looking to relocate, Missoula boasts a number of organizations ready to help Missoula businesses thrive.

Missoula’s business and economic partners include:

  • Destination Missoula, Missoula’s Convention and Visitor’s Bureau
  • Missoula Chamber of Commerce
  • Missoula Area Economic Development Corporation
  • Montana Community Development Corporation
  • Missoula Downtown Association
  • Missoula Organization of Realtors
  • Missoula Redevelopment Agency

 

"One reason why we found Missoula appealing was simply due to the people--people are extremely friendly here. Nice really matters in our business! And being surrounded by mountains helps our employees find a work/life balance."

- Mark Caple, Director Missoula Customer Care Center, Direct TV

“Sink Or Swim” Isn’t Training

By MARK RIFFEY - I'll go back because that guy made a routine purchase ... more

Listen to Clients. They Say The Darndest Things

By MARK RIFFEY - When you listen to clients openly and without an agend... more

Leads: Like a Friend Who Needs Advice

By MARK RIFFEY - A good list treats leads like a friend who needs advic... more

10 Heavenly Montana Hikes West of the Continental Divide

By BRIAN D'AMBROSIO - Nothing inspires like a heart-pounding hike into Montana's high country. Put these ten picks for memorable hikes on your Montana bucket list!... more

Being Prepared For Employee Turnover

By MARK RIFFEY - One of the most expensive activities your business can experience is employee turnover. When employees leave, a piece of the company leaves with them.... more

Client Care and Feeding – A Strategic Responsibility

By MARK RIFFEY - The custody, guardianship and defense of your clients is a strategic responsibility.... more

Try A Dashboard To Share Your Metrics

By MARK RIFFEY - When your team can easily wrap their heads around the numbers critical to their department, it'll change their behavior.... more

Encourage Them To Climb The Ladder

By MARK RIFFEY - Every business should seek ways to provide an ascension ladder for their clientele - and create the desire to climb it.... more

Is There Truth In Your Advertising?

By MARK RIFFEY - It takes one time for people to lose trust in your advertising. ONE TIME.... more

What Halftime Advice Do You Give Your Staff?

By MARK RIFFEY - Halftime provides a natural break in the action to reflect, assess, adjust and re-engage. For a company, use them like a timeout.... more

Protecting Traditional Assets Isn’t Enough

By MARK RIFFEY - Are all of your most valuable assets being protected, or only those your insurance & bank care about?... more

Consistent Experience

By MARK RIFFEY - How does your sidewalk reflect on your ability to credit a payment or deliver a meal?... more

When Hiring, Choose Commitment Over Ego

By MARK RIFFEY - The difference between a strong business leader and a weak one is easily detected: Who do they surround themselves with – and why?... more

Chaos, Panic And Other Delights

By MARK RIFFEY - How your team handles recovery from a mistake is often more important than the mistake.... more

Liz Marchi: Birthdays, Vacation and Tornadoes

By LIZ MARCHI -I will be looking for the fog to lift and the sun to warm my little Polson, Montana. May we all have that experience as our year unfolds.... more

Keep Your Eye On The Ball

By MARK RIFFEY - After every election, it's painfully easy to lose focus. Don't.... more

Warming Up Your Cold Email

By MARK RIFFEY - With double digit below zero weather arriving in Montana this week, the last thing any of us need is a cold email.... more

Liz Marchi: Riding it Over the Top

By LIZ MARCHI -Riding it Over the Top for me, well this photo says it all! Happy Monday snow day in Montana!... more

Liz Marchi: 2017–It’s Here!

By LIZ MARCHI - In gratitude, I begin a New Year so thankful for the journey traveled and the road ahead. May your 2017 be rich in friends, family, health and happiness.... more

Brainstorming A 2017 Business Roadmap

By MARK RIFFEY - Ready to start working through the first task on the detailed 2017 business roadmap that you painstakingly carved out over the last month? ... more

Preparing to Sell Your Business…Or Not

By MARK RIFFEY - As you get a little older, one of the natural things you start to think about is “What am I going to do with this business?”... more

Liz Marchi: Home

By LIZ MARCHI - I don’t know if it’s the holidays, winter or age, but of late “there is no place like home.”... more

Liz Marchi: Getting Over It

By LIZ MARCHI - Aging lesson number 789, getting over it takes longer. Give yourself some space.... more

The Smell (or Aroma) Of Sales

By MARK RIFFEY - Sales is tough work. One of the things that makes it challenging is starting a conversation with someone you don’t know.... more

Focus Isn’t Enough

By MARK RIFFEY - When it comes to your business, what drives your decision to let something slide a little, be it a day, a week or "forever"?... more

Don’t Forget the Ice

By MARK RIFFEY - Does your merchandising save your customers a trip? It should.... more

Liz Marchi: Family, Seasons and Change

By LIZ MARCHI - My husband, turned 70 a few weeks ago, at what may have been one of my top 10 parties ever.... more

Are you Using Your Marketing Data Effectively?

By MARK RIFFEY - Presumably you have a budget and as a part of it, income / revenue goals. How certain are you that you’ll hit them this month?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 25

Featured Jobs: A maintenance Lead, Bookkeeper, Overnight Baker, Cook and RV Camp Host, Bartender, Medicaid applicaitons Coordinator, Custodian and more!... more

The Ups and Downs of Complexity

By MARK RIFFEY - Business people (myself included) seem to have a habit of making projects more complex than they should be.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 18

Featured Jobs: Government Affairs Director, Lawn Maintenance and Ladscape Worker,Manager, Maintenance Lead, Administrative Assistant and more!... more

It’s Time To Sell Something

By MARK RIFFEY - Selling the right product to the right person so they can do what they need to do (or get what they want) is honorable work.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of July 11

Featured Jobs: A Respite Provider, Concrete-Pump Operator, Sales Associate, Assistant Manager, Shuttle Drivers, Reservation Agents and more!... more

Liz Marchi: Adolescence and Aging

By LIZ MARCHI - This I believe: we must keep our minds, bodies and our social connections growing even when it’s hard. That’s foundational to a life in full.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 27

Featured Jobs: An HVAC/Refrigeration Tech, Warehouse Laborers, Production Tech, Custodian, Early Childhood Teacher, Customer Service Manger, Administrative Assistant and more!... more

Cultural Spotlight: VonCommon Studios

By GRACE STOPHER - Nestled in an unsuspecting corner at Wyoming and Johnson streets, you may notice a little door in a string of warehouses with a blue sandwich board nearby, ushering you inside to VonCommon St... more

Liz Marchi: Comb Over

By LIZ MARCHI - I have spent the last 10 days doing something I don’t do much of, revisiting a place in time. The occasion: my 40th College Reunion.... more

What Are You Afraid Of?

By MARK RIFFEY - Is your business clinging to fear-driven artificial barriers? Limiting thoughts had my software company stuck on a sales plateau.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 20

Featured Jobs: A Human Resources Manager, Laborer, Finance Manager, Yard Worker/Car Dismantler, Fleet/Facilities Superintendent, Emergency Services Dispatcher, and more!... more

New Project Idea? Do This First

By MARK RIFFEY - Wouldn't it be nice to know if a project was going to fail after two weeks rather than two years?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 13

Featured Jobs: A Bicycle Sales Associate, Residential Housekeepers, Concrete Batch Plant Operator, Truck Dispatcher, Truck Drivers, Mechanic and more!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of June 6

Featured Jobs: An Applications Engineer, Production Workers, Sharpeners, a Registered Nurse, Attorney, Housekeepers, Roofer/Shingler, Customer Service Rep and more!... more

The Danger Of Presumption

By MARK RIFFEY - There are many ways that assumptions can endanger your projects. The key is to have a process that does as much as possible to eliminate them.... more

The One Sentence That Can Make Or Break You

By MARK RIFFEY - How are you spending your downtime? You may not have any influence over your team’s downtime, but you can still set an example.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 30

Featured Jobs: A full-time HVAC Sales Position, Route Driver, Office Assistant, Hardlines and Firearms Department Manager, Mow Crews, Deli Worker, Bakery Worker, Meat Cutter and more!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 23

Featured Jobs: Wildland Firefighters, Engine Bosses, Fuel Truck Driver, Water Tender Truck Operator, Junior Recreation Facilitator, Machine Maintenance Worker and more!... more

Building a Career: Students Can Learn a Trade AND Get Paid

By CHERY SAYBOL-Missoula high school students who are poised to finish their junior year have a chance to work this summer and lay a foundation for a job after graduation.... more

Christians, Lions and Wives of New Jersey

By MARK RIFFEY - How are you spending your downtime? You may not have any influence over your team’s downtime, but you can still set an example.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 16

Featured Jobs: A research architectural historian, bank teller, telephone clerk, parking maintenance supervisor, warehouse/delivery driver, census surveyors & More!... more

A Recipe For Teamwork

By MARK RIFFEY - If you had to make up a recipe for teamwork, what would you stir in?... more

Liz Marchi: Voting, Travel, Air and Water

By LIZ MARCHI - I have known for a long time that my idea of being rich is living on this beautiful piece of earth called Montana, on a ranch with clean air and a river that runs clear.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 9

Featured Jobs: An Assistant Pastry Chef, Graphic Designe, Director promoting school readiness, Laborer, Assembly Worker, Cooks & More!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of May 1

Featured Jobs: A Senior Payroll Manager, Lube Technician, AR/Collections Clerk, Employment Consultant, Delivery Person, Deli Manager, Housekeeper, & More!... more

Are you Hiring Millennials?

By MARK RIFFEY - Where will your company be in 15-20 years if you don't hire, groom and train 18-34 year olds over the next 10 years?... more

Take Ownership

By MARK RIFFEY - Whether you like it or not, anyone who sells for you, advertises for you, reps for you or in any way helps you sell what you do REPRESENTS YOU.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 25

Featured Jobs: A PT AR/Collections Clerk, Dock Worker/Forklift Driver, Pick-up and Delivery Driver, 2 Administrative Assistants, a Patient Access Specialst & More!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 18

Featured Jobs: A Help Desk Engineer, Grounds Worker, PCAs or CNAs, Scheduling Coordinator, Psychometrist, Information/Referral Specialst, PT Office Help & More!... more

Context Equals Opportunity

By MARK RIFFEY - When your client is under pressure, you have an opportunity to create a memory that can last a lifetime.... more

Liz Marchi: Home Again

By LIZ MARCHI - I just returned, from what has been annual pilgrimage, from a week in the Deep South with my Mom and Dad. As I age, I cherish my amazing family all across the country and cultures.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 11

Featured Jobs: An Estimator, Operations Manager/Trainee, Lawn Technicians, Housekeepers, Travel Counselors & More!... more

How Do You Protect Your Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - Business owners protect their business by reducing risk, managing cash flow, getting appropriate legal advice and insuring their people and assets properly.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of April 4

Featured Jobs: An Elementary School Paraprofessional, Receptionist/Legal Assistant, Operations and Program Director, Lawnmowers, Recording Clerk, CNA, Senior Accounting Clerk & More!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 28

Featured Jobs: A Receptionist, Logging Truck Driver, Office Manager, Night Auditor, Travel Counselors, Executive Director to promote school readiness in preschool age children and More!... more

Who Can Help You?

By MARK RIFFEY - This past week seems to have been a perfect storm of paths crossing about getting help from coaches, mentors and teachers.... more

Bows, Bunnies and Baby Cows

By LIZ MARCHI - A recent visit by friends reminded me of the importance of Easter traditions and rituals in the south. We love our homes cozy and well decorated, we love our food.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 21

Featured Jobs: A Hospital Receptionist, Weed Education Assistant and Youth Crew Leader, Caregiver, Nutrition Associate, Sandblaster/Powder Coat Painter, HCAs, PCAs, HHAs, and CNAs and More!... more

Are You Doing the Important Work?

By MARK RIFFEY - What are you not getting done? Why aren’t you getting those things done? Does important work often go undone? If so, is that work truly important?... more

Five Business Myths To Ignore

By MARK RIFFEY - Focusing on these myths will do nothing but delay the success of your business. Shut them out.... more

Employers: REGISTER NOW for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair

Skills and talent available! Employers - Register Now for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair, Thursday, April 28 from 3:00-6:00 p.m.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of March 7

Featured Jobs: A Care Coordinator Supervisor, Irrigation Repair Technician, Part-Time Office Job, Forestry Worker. Office Clerk, Care Givers & More!... more

What Can’t Change that Must Change?

By MARK RIFFEY - What Can’t Change that Must Change? If you doubled the size of your sales team, would your sales double?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 29

Featured Jobs: Two Attorneys, a part-time Receptionist, a full-time Laborer, Public Safety Communications Officer, Janitorial Help, Sales Clerk, Ernichment Coordinator & More!... more

The Sales Prevention Department

By MARK RIFFEY - Is a part of your process killing sales and running off clients? If you have a 'sales prevention department' here's how you can get rid of it!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 22

Featured Jobs: An Executive Sous Chef, Young Family Advocate, Night Auditor, Housekeeper, Resource Specialist, Mechanic, Delivery Driver, Receptionist/Admin Assistant & More!... more

What The Supreme Court And Your Business Share

By MARK RIFFEY - Events like this can have a critical, if not fatal impact on your business. Could your business survive your death or permanent disability?... more

Shake Off the Winter Blues and Try Some Brews

Come and enjoy the sixth annual Winter BrewFest on Friday, Feb.19, from 5-9 pm. Featuring 40 plus winter brews from Montana only breweries, food, entertainment & more!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 15

Featured Jobs: A Human Resource Assistant, Concrete Pump Operator, Chef/Restaurant Manager Program Director, Field Rep/Runner, Assembly Workers, Floor Tech/Custodian & More!... more

Liz Marchi: Reflection

By LIZ MARCHI - One of the joys of aging for me has been time for reflection, the time to find a “neutral zone” and really think and reflect.... more

Is It Done Yet?

By MARK RIFFEY - The earlier the customer sees your work, the earlier you'll find out if you're on track.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 8

Featured Jobs: A DevOps System/Software Engineer, Executive Director, Substitute Para Educator, Teacher, Nurse and Kitchen Helper, Senior Magento Developer & More!... more

Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

By MARK RIFFEY - To a startup, city hall is often the next obstacle in line.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Feb 1

Featured Jobs: Office Assistant, IT Support Tech, Bank Teller, Personal Care Attendant, Outreach Coordinator, Shipping & Receiving, Church Administrator & More!... more

Start Your Marketing Calendar

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you marketing with intent or by accident? Choose intent.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 25

Featured Jobs: Youth Counselor, Guest Services/Front Desk, Safety Manager, Application and Research Chemist, Quality Assistant, Mainenance/House Person, Breakfast Attendant & More!... more

Hiring Entry Level People and (Gasp) Millennials

By MARK RIFFEY - I know a number of 20-somethings who are looking for jobs. Some like to categorize “millennials” as a generation of slackers with no work ethic and no motivation.... more

Liz Marchi: Sleep

By LIZ MARCHI - I am grateful every morning that my alarm doesn’t go off at 4:00am as it did for the better part of 20 years.... more

Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

By MARK RIFFEY - Word of mouth business and referrals come from handling problems gracefully.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 11

Featured Jobs: A Medical Assistant/Scribe, CNC Plasma/Torch Operator, Car Rental Sales Agent, Store Merchandiser, Car Salesperson, CDL Truck Driver, Assembly Line Worker, and more!... more

Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

By MARK RIFFEY - How do you prepare your staff to contribute to your company's success?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Jan 4

Featured Jobs: An Excavation Leader, Youth Case Manager, Lead Wildnerness Field Staff, Industrial Sandblaster and Painter, Welder, Housekeeper & More!... more

Liz Marchi: In the New Year 2016

By LIZ MARCHI - The last two years have been spent trying to change habits, explore new opportunities and changing tempo. I have had mixed results.... more

Company Goals Need Context

By MARK RIFFEY - Company-wide goals need to have "Why does this matter to me?" context at all levels of the company, for every employee.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 28

Featured Jobs: An Administrative Assistant, CNA or PCA, Housekeepers, Night Auditor, Desk Clerk, Senior Zoologist, & More!... more

Working Linear vs. Parallel

By MARK RIFFEY - What costs do you introduce by solving problems sequentially?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 21

Featured Jobs: A Merchandise Associate, Delivery Driver and Salesperson, Membership Director, Security Officer, Life Enrichment Coordinator & More! ... more

The Old Homestead (VIDEO)

By BOB ZIMORINO-Lately the world has been a stressful place and I wanted to do something nice with a feel good message. The Old Homestead gave me every opportunity musically.... more

Is Your Business 2016 Ready?

By MARK RIFFEY - Planning for 2016 is about more than adjusting numbers in a spreadsheet.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 14

Featured Jobs: A legal assistant , paralegal, manager/bookeeper, line/prep cook and customer service agent, over-the-road truck driver, wildland firefighters & more.... more

Do They Have Each Other’s Back?

By MARK RIFFEY - Culture is critical, not only day to day, but to make sure you can take a punch.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Dec 7

Featured Jobs: A parking Services Director, Restaurant Team Members, Store Merchandiser, Sales & Marketing Assistant, Shipping & Recieving Clerk, Financial Specialist & more.... more

Holiday Networking – All I Want for Christmas is a Job!

By JENNIFER SHRYOCK-It's tempting to postpone job hunting during the holidays. Don’t wait! The holidays are a great time to reconnect with people which can help in the job hunt. ... more

Strategies to Improve Your Black Friday/Small Business Saturday/Cyber Monday

By MARK RIFFEY -The rushes are over. What did you learn? What can you fix now? What needs to be fixed for next time? Write it down.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 30

Featured Jobs: An Insulation Installer/Driver, Auto Detailer, Production Team Member, Treatment Services Technician, Respite Provider, Administrative Assistant, and more.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 23

Featured Jobs: A Human Resources Generalist, Administrative Assistant, Lead Teacher, Accounting Clerk, Legal Assistant/Paralegal and more.... more

Lessons From Working at Home

By MARK RIFFEY -Geoffrey James put together a list of 10 lessons learned from his working from home. I’ve worked at home and in my kayak since 1999 so I thought I'd chime in. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 16

Featured Jobs: A Marketing Director, Inventory Clerk, TIG Welder, Deputy Coordinator of Disaster and Emergency Services, General Laborers, An Adult and Youth Case Manager, & more!... more

Your Referrals Leave An Impression

By MARK RIFFEY -Only a fool would believe that a referral doesn’t reflect on the one who makes it. So why do it poorly?... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 9

Featured Jobs: Permanent Fire Positions with the Northern Rockies Region of the Forest Service, Substitute workers, a Full-time Recreation specialist & more!... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Nov 2

Featured Jobs: A Registered Nurse, Salesperson for Manufactured Homes, Roofing Laborer, Library Page, Delinquent Collection/Treasurer & more!... more

Making Employees Feel Safe

By MARK RIFFEY -When people don’t feel safe, it damages every conversation. Often they say nothing, as if they have no opinion, have nothing to add, and agree with whatever’s already been said.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 26

Featured Jobs: Health-care-related positions, Therapist, Caregivers, Road Reporter, Family Advocate, Registered Nurse, Clinic Receptionist & more!... more

The Ones You Can’t Trust

By MARK RIFFEY -Stop putting up with them. Stop encouraging them. Stop tolerating them.... more

Liz Marchi: Curiosity and Perfection

By LIZ MARCHI - I am so glad I lived to read Lean In by Cheryl Sandburg. She affirms both curiosity and bossiness as positive attributes in girls. ... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 19

Featured Jobs: Bookkeeper, Auto Detailer, Program Director, Mobile-Home Set-Up Worker, Medical Scribe/Assistant, Habilitation Technician HVAC Installer & more!... more

On The Playing Field, Little Things Matter

By MARK RIFFEY -Little things drive the quality of your customers' experience but they don't happen by accident.... more

Missoula Job Service Featured Jobs | Week of Oct 12

Featured Jobs: A Behavioral Intervention Specialist, Kitchen Manager, Kitchen Staff, part-time Clerk, Assistant Art Museum Director, Parent as Teachers Educator, & more!... more

Liz Marchi: Seasons Change

By LIZ MARCHI - Fall has arrived and we are preparing the ranch for winter. We downsized this year but the plan is to ranch until the end. I am good with that.... more

Selling, Marketing and Wyoming’s Cutt-Slam

By MARK RIFFEY -The fish rejects your fly for the same reason that prospects ignore your message.... more