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

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Search Engine Optimization (SEO) Tips

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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

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Bonuses for Navy and Airforce Pilots

The Navy and Airforce are looking for ways to keep pilots in service and on payrolls. The Navy told the media this week that they are giving incentives to their pilots. The Air Force is also doing the same thin... 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

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

Click it or Ticket this Memorial Day Weekend

By GINNY MIRRIAM - Local and state law enforcement agencies across the state will be providing extra patrols through June 4 to enforce seat belt laws and save lives. ... more

Client Care and Feeding – A Strategic Responsibility

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

Official Beer List Released for 25th Annual Garden City BrewFest

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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

Glacier Park Plows Make Quick Progress Past The Loop

By DILLON TABISH - Barely two weeks into their winter-clearing work, the road crew on the west side of Glacier National Park has already plowed a large portion of Going-to-the-Sun Road.... 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

A Step-By-Step Guide to Building a Lasagne

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When Hiring, Choose Commitment Over Ego

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Chaos, Panic And Other Delights

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

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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

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

Missoula is Our Home for the Holiday

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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

Growing Birds in the Garden City

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -Why did the chicken cross Missoula Ave? Perhaps to say hello to the new neighbors, Quail and Duck!... more

The Smell (or Aroma) Of Sales

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Nesting in the Zoo: Storing History in Milltown

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Parks and Recreation Hosts Old-Fashioned Family Fest on Oct. 22

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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

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

Nesting in the Zoo: Create a Great Learning Space

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By LINDA McCARTHY - I am amazed at how many free and low cost things there are to do with kids in Missoula, Montana. My daughter and I compiled a list of more than 30 Things to Do With Kids in Missoula:... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 22

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 15

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 8

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Trash Talk Missoula

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -On a bright Saturday morning, approximately 75 boaters, tubers, and divers met to talk trash! River trash that is. It was the 13th year of the annual Blackfoot River Cleanup.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of Aug 1

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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

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 25

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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

Summer Sauces

By MANDA HUDAK - These two sauces are inspired by that tradition. Each is easy to prepare and designed to showcase the sweet and tangy flavors of summer. Both can be served hot or cold with a host of options.... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 18

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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

Understanding Agency – Part III: Dual Agency

By JENNIFER SLAYDEN -The annual Missoula Marathon: one of the highlights of the year for many locals and visitors to our town!... more

Make it Missoula Monday | Week of July 11

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Make it Missoula Monday | Week of June 27

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