The ZaneRay Group

Reed Gregerson, President
In business since 2001
19 Employees

Call it luck, call it hard work, or good decisions, but business is good right now. In the internet space, the biggest challenge is finding the talent to grow. Here in Montana we have one huge advantage in recruitment from the talent pool of our state, and you can see it right out our office windows. Our competitive advantage in recruiting and retaining talented people has been recognized and noted for the combination of where we are and what we bring to the tech industry.

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Marne Hayes
West Paw Design

Spencer Williams, President
In business since 1997
65 Employees

Growing up beneath the Beartooth Mountains fostered my connection to the outdoors. Because of the amount of open space, I knew Montana would be the right place to raise my family and grow my business. Over the years, i have noticed our employees and customers share this sentiment.

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Marne Hayes
Beartooth Capital

Robert Keith, Co-Founder & Principal
In business since 2005
19 Employees

We work in partnership with neighbors, ranchers, brokers and community and conservation groups across the west - and we could not be successful without them. Our business model is entirely predicated on the unique and special aspects of the American west – ranging from the wide-open spaces to the wildlife that inhabit them. Our work has a significant impact on public lands; from greater public access and the economic benefits of tourism, to the actual stewardship of the land itself.

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Marne Hayes
Sanderson Stewart

Michael Sanderson, President/CEO
In business since 1968
65 Employees

At Sanderson Stewart, our strategy for growth is centered on attracting and retaining a world class workforce, and we do that, according to our vision, by working “wherever you find cool, smart, talented people.” CSTP, as we call them, can almost always be found where there’s great access to recreational opportunities, like those provided by Montana’s public lands.

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Marne Hayes
Red Ants Pants

Sarah Calhoun, Founder & CEO
In business since 2004
8 Employees

Businesses clearly understand that our Montana landscapes give us an economic advantage that many states will never have. States like Montana are lucky to have the resources that we do, and we need to continue preserving and protecting our natural assets for future generations. Perpetuating a strong economy and protecting our public lands can go hand in hand, and businesses like mine understand and respect that connection.

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Marne Hayes
Foundant Technologies

Daren Nordhagen, President & Co-Founder
In business since 2006
24 Employees

When we ask our team members about our company culture nearly every one of them talks about how important the outdoors are to them. We have an awesome team of talented people that could get jobs anywhere and it’s obvious they are choosing to live in Bozeman for the outdoor recreation opportunities and quality of life. Clearly the outdoor lifestyle and amenities that our public lands give us in Montana has a real impact on me and my business.

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Marne Hayes
Cool Works

Bill Berg, Founder & President
In business since 1998
6 employees

There is synergy between natural and human capital in Montana. The national parks and forests drew many of us here and continue to attract visitors, residents and businesses, providing the means to make a living and a rich lifestyle. Public lands are critical to our well-being on many levels.

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Marne Hayes
Ticket River & TicketPrinting.com

Lance Trebesch, CEO
In business since 1998
28 Employees

Montana is fast becoming the next emerging technology cluster following in the footsteps of Austin and Boulder.   Successful technology companies are being built right under the Big Sky.  Why? We believe it’s the quality of life in Montana which is due to our stunning and expansive public lands, all just minutes from where we work.

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Marne Hayes
Mercury CSC

Jeff Welch, President
In business since 1996
23 employees

We frequently recruit employees from out of state and the number one advantage we have is our outdoor lifestyle which is anchored by public lands. If we did not have these recreational opportunities, we simply could not attract the talent that we do.

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Marne Hayes
Austin Adventures

Dan Austin, President
In business since the 1990's
12 Full-time, 60 Seasonal Employees

Public lands and adventure travel go together like peanut butter and jelly. We count on quality access to inspiring destinations to drive what we do. Based in Montana and yet operating around the world, we see how loss of access to public land can adversely affect the big picture of tourism. Fortunately here in Montana we get it and it is no surprise that Montana continues to be our #1 selling region.

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Marne Hayes
MAMALODE

DORI GILES, CO-FOUNDER & COO
IN BUSINESS SINCE 2007  |  6 EMPLOYEES

In the world of business, Montana is a conversation starter, a source of great stories and a destination. Our wild and beautiful places inspire, challenge and ground us. They foster loyalty and serve as a rallying point for strong communities. These places are inextricably linked to the long term health and growth of our economy - and of ourselves.

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YELLOW DOG FLYFISHING

JIM KLUG, DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS
IN BUSINESS SINCE 1996  |  19 EMPLOYEES

While we send people fishing and traveling all over the world to more than 155 different lodges and locations in 25 different countries, we base our business and our operations in the heart of Montana. This state is without a doubt the epicenter of fly-fishing and outdoor recreation, and basing our headquarters in Bozeman has allowed us to hire, recruit and attract the very best employees and team members. Our business is stronger and more profitable (contributing more jobs and tax dollars to the local and state economies) because of the outdoor opportunities, lifestyle and access that Montana offers.

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Greenstone Growth Partners

Jeff Batton, Principal
In Business Since 2006  |  4 Employees

Greenstone Growth Partners' business is built entirely upon the quality and capabilities of its people and its clients. By basing ourselves in a location that balances quality of life issues with entrepreneurial drive, we have been able to find the "sweet spot" for a knowledge-based business that is designed to positively impact its local and regional community. We expect that our ability to grow our client base and our own team will continue to rely on this balance, which means that we have a direct economic motivation for maintaining the high quality of life of Bozeman and Montana.

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