Success Stories

Bigfork Rentals, Inc.

April 25, 2018 | Dorothy Meyer, MWED

In August of 2017, wildfires were raging across Montana, threatening one of her greatest treasures – Glacier National Park. Desperately needing extra equipment to help fight the fires, a contracting officer from Glacier National Park contacted Steve Ricci of Bigfork Rentals, Inc. in the search for light towers (portable stadiums lights) to help keep the firefighting efforts running 24/7.
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Kalispell Kreamery

2016 | Kim Morisaki, MWED

Jared Tuck and his wife Mary, part owners of Kalispell Kreamery know a great deal about state and federal loan and grant programs having used a number of them for the startup of their business. “Going through the SSBCI Loan Program was as simple as working with our local banker on any conventional loan. At the time we needed financing for a new free stall barn and delivery truck…
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Summit Mountain Lodge: MWED Loan Funds Make A Difference

July 15, 2015 | Lara Russell, MWED

The 32-acre Summit Mountain Lodge on top of Marias Pass was in rough shape.  The property was in foreclosure and pillagers had taken everything they could get their hands on.  Ted and Mara Chase were able to see beyond the condition of the property and fell in love with what the lodge could become.  The couple purchased the resort in March of 2013, and has since spent countless hours remodeling, updating, and landscaping the property.   It is now just over two years later…
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Another Successful Business Launch in the Flathead

December 12, 2014

RIDGE Mountain Academy is a campus-based gap year enrichment program that revolves around mountain sports. Located in Whitefish, Montana, RIDGE is designed for male and female student athletes ages 17 to 20 that are interested in strengthening their training, forging new skills, and discovering their passions.
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The American Dream Two-Fold

November 6, 2013

Tourists, who decide to become local business owners and residents in the Flathead Valley, realize that it is possible to have it all, making their dream a reality. The ones who succeed are living the American dream two-fold – living in God’s country while operating a successful business.
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