The Story Behind the "M"

The "M" is 620 feet above the Missoula Valley floor. It is 125' feet long and 100' feet wide. University of Montana forestry students cut the switchbacks into the side of the hill in the early 1900's. The first "M" was assembled out of whitewashed rocks in 1909, and given a fresh coat of paint by freshmen every year, until 1968, when all those rocks were cemented together with concrete.

Photo by Nelson Kenter, kenterphotography.com

Archive for the ‘Business’ Category

Finding Big Opportunities in Big Sky Country

Why you should "Make it Montana" when it comes to doing business.... more

Where’s The Friction?

By MARK RIFFEY - What do you repeatedly force your clients to do that they simply shouldn't have to do?... more

Work, Caring, And Filtering Employers

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you looking for a solid, well-run company to grow with? This will help.... more

“Sink Or Swim” Isn’t Training

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

Listen to Clients. They Say The Darndest Things

By MARK RIFFEY - When you listen to clients openly and without an agenda, the value of what you learn can be huge.... more

Leads: Like a Friend Who Needs Advice

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