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

Posts Tagged ‘Doing Business in Missoula’

Accountability Starts With You

By MARK RIFFEY - Are you holding your team members accountable for their work based on key performance indicators (KPIs), key process areas (KPAs), and/or key result areas (KRAs)?... more

Does Your Business Need a Virtual Phone Service?

Even with the rise of the internet, chat services and email, plenty of people still prefer to talk to an actual human being over the telephone.... more

5 Small Business Mistakes to Avoid

Here are five mistakes that all small business owners can avoid to take themselves to success and prosperity.... more

How to Grow Your Small Business on a Budget

A small business cannot afford to stand still as it has to grow and evolve constantly in order to be competitive in the ever-changing market.... more

Thinking About Your Thinking

By MARK RIFFEY - What else can go wrong? What'd we assume? How would others think about this?... more

Start a Business in Montana

The success of any venture largely depends on careful planning.... more

How to Start a Fashion Business As a Stay at Home Mum

If you’re a stay at home mum looking to start an online fashion business, you will know better than anyone else the value of time. ... more

What to Do If Injury Affects Your Work Life

In this handy guide, you will learn of three proactive things that can be done to get your life back on track after an injury.... more

Marketing Tips for Local Small Businesses

One of the biggest challenges small businesses face is developing a good marketing strategy. Here are some marketing tips for small business owners.... more

How Multilingualism Helps Improve Businesses

Here's a few ways for you and your business to become bilingual:... more

4 Reasons to Use Social Media in Your Business

By EMILY JOHN - If you haven’t yet started your business’s social media page, here are some reasons why you shouldn’t delay any longer.... more

Improve Productivity with Excavator Attachments

The right excavator attachment can help get your construction or demolition job done right and improve productivity. ... more

Learning Lessons from Missoula’s Philanthropists

Missoula has a solid history of charitable giving.... 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

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

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

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

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

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

Why Do Startups Fight City Hall?

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

Start Your Marketing Calendar

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

Train Them To Make It Easy To Buy

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

Leading Your Team to Goal Setting

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

Working Linear vs. Parallel

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

Is Your Business 2016 Ready?

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

Testing, testing…Is this job on?

By CHERY SABOL - Free tests allow employers to score job applicants. At Missoula Job Service, we help employers find workers. And we can Prove It!... more

DIRECTV Partners with Easter Seals-Goodwill to Collect Donations and Electronic Waste

Here's a FREE and EASY way keep your non-hazardous computer/electronics out of the Landfill: Dropoff On March 28 from 10 am-4pm at DIRECT TV.... more

New High Tech Company Opens in Missoula

Metals US, a Montana-based company with a sustainable metals processing technology, today announced that it will be headquartered in Missoula, Mont. The technology company offers cost effective and sustainab... more

Employers: Sign Up for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair

Employers, Register NOW for Western Montana’s Largest Career Fair and save! April 24th at the Hilton Garden Inn. Early-bird registration fee is $85; after Monday, the cost goes up to $125.... more

When It Comest to Business: Start Doing the Right Things

By MARK RIFFEY - Rather than talking about 30 things to stop doing, I decided to discuss a shorter list of things to START doing in your business.... more

What Do Surprises Say About Your Business?

By MARK RIFFEY - Professionals seldom get surprised by normal things. If they are surprised, they take steps to eliminate problems before a client can see them.... more

Domestic Partnership Registry Open Today

Domestic partners in Montana now have a place to register their relationships. In July, the Missoula City Council approved a resolution creating a Domestic Partnership Registry.... more