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Montana banks continue post-recession rebound BY LEW IS K E NDA LL


EIGHT YEARS AFTER THE COLLAPSE OF MULTINATIONAL investment firm Bear Stearns signaled the beginning of the Great Recession, “resilient” Montana banks have bounced back. While the number of banks in the state has decreased markedly, assets have grown and the industry as a whole is in excellent health, according to officials and industry members. In the past two years, Montana bank assets grew around $1.2 billion, allowing institutions more leverage to issue loans. Those loans — a key factor in the 2008 crisis — are an important area to watch, experts said. One out of every 100 borrowers in Montana is late on payments, creating what the industry calls noncurrent


loans. The state’s noncurrent loan rate is currently lower than the national average of 1.49 percent. Richard Barrington, senior financial analyst at research company MoneyRates, said that the metric is a good indicator of overall bank health. “If you see this bad loan rate start to rise, it’s a problem that can snowball on a bank,” he said. “And if the economy in one area turns bad, that can quickly become a big deal.” BANKS CONTINUED ON PAGE 15

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CHANGES ARE COMING TO THE BUSINESS JOURNAL. Longtime readers are by now familiar with our dedicated team of columnists, which includes Ris Higgins, Robyn Erlenbush, Steve Hample, Dave Meldahl and Maury Wiegand. In the coming months, the team is going to get a few new members. With the growth and diversification of the Gallatin Valley economy, it makes sense to have a wide-ranging group of voices in these pages, and these new writers will certainly achieve that. Not only do they come from a variety of backgrounds, the style of their columns will also range. Be sure to welcome the new teammates as they appear, and feel free to reach out to me with any comments, questions or concerns.




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with Tyler and Damian Greco, founders of RideSwell BY LEW IS K E NDA LL

WHEN THEY WERE YOUNGER, Tyler and Damian Greco spent their snowy winter days standing outside of the Panda Sports Rentals on Bridger Drive with their thumbs out, hitching a ride to the slopes of Bridger Bowl. The brothers eventually moved away from Montana — Tyler to New York City and Damian to California — but neither forgot the experience of sharing rides with like-minded skiers and snowboarders. Now the two are returning to their roots with a new social rideshare app called RideSwell. The app, a mixture of Uber, BlaBlaCar and Meetup, connects outdoor enthusiasts in the hopes of encouraging carpooling and cutting down on greenhouse gas emissions. Opening the app, a map displays current available rides represented by icons for various activities from hiking to surfing to mountain biking. The trips include details like the itinerary, departure and return times, as well as available seats. Users are also encouraged to help pay for gas. “It’s another great way for people to meet and connect,” Tyler Greco said. “Let’s use the phones to connect and then disconnect; use this tool and then put it down and enjoy everything around you.” The Grecos also gamified the environmental side of the app, tracking users’ carbon dioxide savings and stacking them up against one another on a leaderboard. “It’s amazing to see the environmental impact you have,” Tyler Greco said. RideSwell officially launched in



July, and the Grecos are currently focusing on marketing and improving the app’s functionality. In addition to the experience hitchhiking in Bozeman, Tyler Greco, who directs commercials in New York City, decided to pursue the idea after countless frustrating email threads about surfing meetups. “How can I unite communities with their love of the outdoors?” he said. The 36-year-old began by brainstorming with his older brother, who helped him

sketch out designs for the app, before presenting it to developers. The brothers funded the project out of their own pockets, working with incubators and business accelerators in California. “To get an idea off the ground, you have to go all in,” said Damian Greco, 39. “It’s not an easy thing to build an app. People have a lot of ideas, but it’s not easy.” As part of the startup, the brothers formed The RideSwell Project, a nonprofit that will connect users to partner organizations like the American Alpine Club and Winter Wildlands Alliance, as well as offer incentives like a $1 donation per carpool. RIDESWELL CONT. ON PAGE 5


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Bozeman tongue brush company video goes viral

confidence. It’s a big deal.” According to Peak, studies have shown that the gases released from bacteria on the tongue contribute to gum disease. The company developed the first version of its brush in 1997.

A video released by a Bozeman tongue brush company has gone viral. The video, released in partnership between Bozeman-based Peak Enterprises, Inc., makers of the TUNG Brush, and online stock cartoon company Vector Toons, has received more than 2 million views and 22,000 comments on Facebook. Titled “Clean your tongue it smells like bum,” the video touts the importance of tongue brushing through the use of animated characters like Brushy Bear and Flossy Fox. “Clean your tongue it smells like bum. Brush your tongue it’s covered in dung,” the characters sing on the 54-second clip. “For us, informing people about the importance of tongue brushing is more than just a matter of talking about our products.” said Peak CEO Tom Oechslin. “This step is a crucial component to a person’s overall wellness and



ATHENA International, a nonprofit organization that supports, develops and acknowledges women leaders, to present this annual award in the Gallatin Valley. Nominators had to submit official forms providing detailed information on the candidate’s leadership achievements. All nominations were reviewed and discussed by the local ATHENA selection committee, a team comprised of management at the Bozeman Daily Chronicle. Additional research and personal interviews are part of the selection process. This marks the third annual presentation of the local ATHENA Award. Ris Higgins, Leadership Outfitters, was the recipient in 2014. Robyn Erlenbush, ERA Landmark Real Estate, received the award in 2015. The Oct. 24 luncheon will feature a keynote address by Montana State University President Waded Cruzado. For tickets and more information: or 582-2699.

Annual ATHENA award recipient chosen The recipient of the prestigious ATHENA Women’s Leadership Award for Gallatin Valley has been selected. Carmen McSpadden, director of the Montana State University Leadership Institute, will be presented the award and official ATHENA sculpture at the B2B Luncheon on Oct. 24 at the Hilton Garden Inn. The award follows rigorous guidelines to honor women who meet three criteria: professional leadership, community leadership and personal leadership/mentorship. The Business Journal for Southwest Montana secured licensing rights from












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RIDESWELL F ROM PAGE 3 “We want to reward people by helping them play,” Tyler Greco said. “We all need to do more. It’s not enough to just carpool together; that’s just the first step.” The next step for the brothers is to get the word out. The company has already purchased marketing in Bozeman in the form of billboards and small posters, and Damian Greco plans to move back to the Gallatin Valley in the coming months to run the company full-time. “We couldn’t get away from Montana,” Tyler Greco said. “I’ve never found anywhere as magical as Bozeman and Montana.” What began as two kids thumbing their way to Bridger has become a mission to not only cut down on the environmental impacts of recreation, but also to encourage people outside, Damian Greco said. “(We want) to bring a piece of technology that enhances the ability to get out more. If we could give something back, that would be amazing,” he said.


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[ Quarterly advice for business and life from a revolving cast of three columnists ]

The four Ds don’t spell disaster MEGHANN McKENNA

THERE ARE FEW THINGS MORE SATISFYING than fully completing a large project. When it comes to business planning however, instead of trying to complete the entire “project” all at once, success will be obtained if you break the project up into smaller manageable pieces. Like trying to eat an entire elephant, don’t eat it all at once — take one bite at a time. Let’s start with one of the most important aspects of the business planning process: buy/ sell planning for death, disability, departure and divorce. Not necessarily the most exciting part of running a business, but critical to its health and continuation. In many instances the buy/sell agreement actually drives the objectives for the growth of the business as well. The key to successful buy/sell planning is to break the overall project down into small manageable segments. Here are some helpful tips to set you up for success: 1) Set reasonable expectations. It is better to have slow progress rather than none at all. Set attainable goals and do not forget to celebrate each small success and accomplishment. If it helps, set desired timelines for each part of the process. a. Who are the parties to the agreement? b. What do you want to happens to the business in the event of death, disability, divorce or departure? c. How do you want the business to transition? 2) Select your team. Often

times business owners turn to an attorney or CPA. Clearly a good choice, but do not overlook others you may have a relationship with and who you probably have already discussed your goals, such as your life insurance agent, financial advisor or a fellow business owner who you know to have traveled this road. 3) Begin with the outcome in mind before you start with an agreement, funding mechanism or consideration of tax implications. You also need to make sure your business buy/sell plan fits your personal plan. What do you want for you and your family? This will help you stay focused and excited about reaching the next step. 4) Build some flexibility into your documents and planning, just as you would into your daily

schedule. All good plans are well intentioned but often time life takes us down a different path. Now I cannot promise that if you follow these four steps that planning will be a breeze, but it will certainly make the process a lot more manageable and success more attainable. Meghann McKenna is owner and financial adviser at McKenna Financial in Bozeman, a family

owned financial firm serving clients since 1949. She also is a registered representative offering securities through NYLIFE Securities LLC, Member FINRA/SIPC a licensed insurance agency, and a financial adviser offering investment advisory services through Eagle Strategies LLC, a registered investment adviser. McKenna Financial is not owned or operated by Eagle Strategies LLC or its affiliates. This article is offered for general information purposes only. It does not set forth solutions to individual situations. Consult your professional adviser(s) before implementing any financial changes.

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Farm-to-table Montana style


MONTANA HAS A RICH agricultural background, and many people are comforted by being able to see actual food growing or grazing as they drive more rural areas. Farmers and ranchers work diligently to keep food on our local tables and beyond. The Montana Department of Agriculture’s website reports that “the industry generated over $4.2 billion for all agriculture services and products rendered in 2012.” In addition to the most notable categories of beef and wheat, many other products, including cherries, sugar beets, lentils and even mint, all contribute to the mix.

The farm-to-table concept is a popular movement that promotes serving locally grown or harvested food in area restaurants and schools. The food is obtained directly from where it is produced without going through a store or other avenue. The idea is to provide the freshest possible ingredients for a meal. It benefits both parties in that the farm that is selling the products receives a greater profit by avoiding a middle man, and the restaurant can sell high quality menu items to their customers who value this. The Western Sustainability Exchange has a program called the Farm to Restaurant Connection, which promotes restaurants using products that come from sustainable technique producers. Some local examples include Blackbird Kitchen, Saffron Table, Wheatgrass Saloon in Livingston and the Yellowstone Club in Big Sky.


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The original farm-to-table definition has somewhat morphed to include purchasing food at farmer’s markets or community gardens and then bringing the food home to your own table. Farmer’s markets are certainly not a new phenomenon; however, their growth over the years is something to appreciate. The Montana Department of Agriculture produced a publication this year showing all of the markets for the 2016 season. A quick count produces 70 seasonal markets (normally spanning from June through September) and two single-day markets. In our region, the Gallatin Valley Farmer’s Market, established in 1971, is held every Saturday morning at the Gallatin Valley Fairgrounds. If weekdays work better for an individual’s schedule, the Bogert Farmer’s Market holds their market open on 17 consecutive

Tuesday evenings. Both Livingston and Big Sky hold their markets on Wednesday evenings. Ennis, Three Forks, Manhattan and Clyde Park are other area communities that support this venture. Farm-to-school is another aspect of the agricultural mix that has seen positive growth. It introduces the goal of offering locally produced foods straight to the K-12 students of a community. In Livingston, for instance, Sleeping Giant Middle School and Park High School contain aquaponics labs in the schools’ greenhouses that helps foster education about sustainable living and nutrition. Students take a hands-on role in growing food that is served in their own school cafeteria. Stories similar to this abound in our state. Value-added agriculture is one additional business model worth mentioning in this vein. It takes an agricultural product one step further by changing the physical state to increase or enhance its value. For instance, when wheat is turned into flour or chokecherries are made into syrup, the product has an increased value to consumers. This can add another component of income to farmers who are looking to expand or diversify their offerings in order to sustain or grow their business. Jobs can be created and the economy is stimulated. Of course as with any new venture there are risks involved,

but success stories are aplenty. The Folkvord family has turned Wheat Montana near Three Forks into a name that is synonymous with quality bread products. The grain is harvested, cleaned, milled and baked to prepare for sale to consumers. Amaltheia Dairy near Bozeman began as a small goat farm selling their milk to another company for cheese making. They have increased their production tremendously and now make 17 varieties of gourmet cheeses which are delivered fresh to their customers. Claudia Krevat has taken one woman’s love of the lentil into a unique business. Her lentil caravan travels the state to introduce consumers to this legume that is grown, yet not widely consumed, in Montana. With a plethora of recipes on hand, Krevat is showing Montanans this legume which provides protein for your body and jobs for local farmers is one that should make its way to your dinner table. From the roadside cherry stands in the Flathead Valley to the endless rows of sugar beet fields in eastern Montana, we can take pride in our state and the outstanding products that we produce and share with the rest of the world. Robyn Erlenbush is a downtown business owner and the broker and owner of ERA Landmark Real Estate, NAI Landmark Commercial and Intermountain Property Management. Contact her at


Technology changes everything BY STEVE HAMPLE

THE TITLE IS AN OVERSTATEMENT, yet one worth considering. The Industrial Revolution, the steam engine, electric lighting and motors, and the emergence of cars and planes certainly changed our country. The computer revolution, or perhaps we should call it the Dawning of the Information Age, has allowed global positioning satellites to pinpoint the location of cell phones and thus seamlessly connect conversations to the nearest cell tower as well as allowing many map applications. The world wide web of the internet has connected people in new and different ways, from near instant access to information, to online scheduling and purchasing, to self directed international video conferencing and to remote control of devices. It’s hard to think of activities which have not been changed by the advances of computer technology in the past few decades. The rate of change shows no signs of slowing down. Health magazine The Lancet recently reported on the success of a very micro robotic surgical device operating on a patient’s retina to restore his sight. Smart phones continually become smarter and now offer amazing camera capabilities. The field of artificial intelligence keeps progressing. Whether a computer can ever fully replace a human being is debatable, but a Russian innovator envisions someday transferring his own consciousness into a computer when his human body wears out. That sounds far-fetched, but so was the concept of humans being able to fly. New technology often disrupts existing practices. Transportation

is an example. Uber has arrived in Bozeman, challenging traditional taxi service. The Uber corporation is reportedly also experimenting with the delivery of packages. A Bozeman startup, DropTrip, has designed a similar delivery service. Thus far, Fedex and UPS have not been disrupted by these ventures. However, Amazon has experimented with using drones for local delivery. For long distance delivery of packages, Amazon has reportedly purchased 4,000 semi truck trailers, has recently leased 20 Boeing 767s, and seems intent on developing its own airline and ground freight operation. More transportation disruptions seem pending. A Tesla electric car has now achieved faster accelera-

tions than the fastest production cars of famous foreign sports car companies. Will carbon fiber replace metal in cars (as it is doing in airplanes) and might non-structural parts of cars be produced by 3D printing using cheap recycled plastic (with air spaces), thereby replacing traditional metal production methods? The big transformation will be in self-driving cars, which have been successfully tested for years in many locations. Last year, self-driving semi trucks became legal on Nevada roads, though a human must still be in the vehicle to take control if needed. In large airports we think nothing of taking a driverless small subway train from one set of gates to another. Many of us have likely ridden on longer trains in subways or on airport and city trams without realizing they were driverless. In June, a totally self-driving 12-passenger shuttle system with IBM technology debuted in the Washington D.C. area. In July, Mercedes-Benz successfully tested its new full-size self-driving “Future Bus” in regular city traffic. Fewer cars may be needed

in the future. If indoor workers could lease self driving shuttle cars during commuting times, such driverless car could go to other users during mid-day rather than sitting idly in parking lots. If many cars could work more hours during the day, fewer cars would need to be purchased. One industry article predicted a 40 percent drop in car sales within 25 years. The car insurance industry might also face a contraction; robotic systems don’t drink and drive or become distracted by texting while driving and hence fewer accidents may decrease the dollar amount of insurance sold. Technological advances can create efficiencies benefitting nearly everyone, but business owners, investors and job seekers should also plan ahead for disruptions. Last month a company launched its first fleet of selfdriving taxis. That company is Uber. Recent financial industry retiree Dr. Stephen R. Hample, CFP is now a partner in the Frontier Fund II angel fund investment group. He was the founding president of the Bozeman Area Community Foundation and of the Bozeman Sunrise Rotary Club.

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THE PURSUIT OF HOPPINESS LOCAL DUO START BOZEMAN HOP YARD Jake TeSelle’s reason for starting a hop farm in Bozeman is pretty simple. “Because I like beer,” said the 22-year-old while standing among the remains of his first harvest on Wednesday. “Why else?” TeSelle graduated from Montana State University in May with a degree in mechanical engineering, but after testing the waters through several internships, decided the field wasn’t for him. Instead, he returned to his farm off Gooch Hill Road where his family has grown wheat and alfalfa for five generations. “I’ve had my fill,” he said of engineering. “Being outside is in my blood.” During one of his internships in San Diego, TeSelle met a friend who was growing hops in the backyard, and when he returned to Bozeman he decided he would give the crop a shot. “I thought hops might be more fun (than wheat),” he said. Early last year, with the help of childhood buddy Colt Sales, TeSelle dug up an acre of his family’s land, installed several dozen 15-foot posts connected at the top by wire, planted handfuls of 4-inch hop roots and trained the plants to climb upward using lengths of coconut twine. The 1-acre test plot, which had previously been used as a motorcycle course, was so rocky and “garbage” that many of the posts skewed at odd angles, giving TeSelle and Sales the name for their new operation: Crooked Yard Hops. “It’s a lot of work, but I love it. It’s like a big garden,” TeSelle said. A perennial vine grown around the world, hops can survive through the winter but are sensitive to heat, and around half of Crooked Yard’s original crop died out during a hot spell last summer. But the business partners still collected about 150 pounds of robin egg-sized cones during their first harvest several weeks ago. Despite a high return on investment 10

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Jake TeSelle, an MSU grad and fifthgeneration farmer, stands next to the tallest hops plant growing in his 6-acre plot on Aug. 31 outside of Bozeman.

(more than $10,000 of revenue per acre compared to a couple $100 for wheat), hop farming is made difficult by the need for specialized infrastructure. Along with the twine, posts and wire, harvesting the plants requires a large machine that strips the buds from their stems, as well as equipment for drying and preserving. “The market is there, but the infrastructure is complex. The harvesting and processing is a huge barrier,” TeSelle said. “People think it’s: ‘Oh, I grow the plant and get money,’ but there’s so much in between.” To offset the startup cost, TeSelle went to Blackstone LaunchPad, MSU’s business incubator, which directed him to a Montana Department of Agriculture grant program that ended up covering most of the cost of the harvester. And at Blackstone’s urging, TeSelle and Sales decided to expand their operation. “It was going to be a hobby. I thought maybe I’d build 2 acres someday, but they gave me a kick in the pants and shot in the arm,” TeSelle said. After coming to an agreement with a neighbor, in April the two broke


ground on 6 acres of land across the road from the test plot. Enlisting the help of friends and family, they spent three months plowing the ground in rows, installing more than 1,000 posts, stringing wire and twine and planting thousands of root cuttings from two different hop varieties — Cascade and Magnum — which TeSelle purchased from a hop farm in Oregon. “It’s spiraled out of control,” he joked. The Bozeman native has received advice from Tom Britz, the owner of one of the state’s only other hop farms, Glacier Hops Ranch in Whitefish. But most of the troubleshooting he has done online. Early in the process, TeSelle and Sales visited local beer festivals and told brewers that they were farming hops. Many expressed interest, but Bridger Brewing head brewer Daniel Pollard was the most persistent. TeSelle delivered his test batch to Pollard, which the brewer plans to use in a wet-hopped (using the plants fresh off the vine, rather than dried) version of his Vigilante IPA. According to TeSelle, the 150 pounds of hops will translate to around 310 gallons of beer, or 2,500 pints. As word of the local hop yard has spread, TeSelle said he receives calls weekly asking if he has anything for sale. But the next few years’ harvests are all accounted for by Bridger. “It’s nuts, everyone wants Montana hops,” he said. Despite the demand, TeSelle said he doesn’t plan to expand beyond the current 6 acres, a size that is manageable between himself and Sales. And while the owners were always beer lovers, the operation has given them a newfound appreciation for the brewing process. “Like anything, when you get more connected to agriculture you appreciate it more,” TeSelle said. “Drinking a beer, you understand that there’s more behind it. It just feels right.”


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A Monthly Networking Event in Bozeman We invite you to attend the 2016-17 Business Journal B2B Networking Luncheons.These luncheons feature an exciting lineup of speakers and topics about present and future Bozeman, and offer a great opportunity to do local business to business networking. Six dynamic programs are planned this year:

Oct. 24, 2016: Dr. Waded Cruzado, president of Montana

Jan. 23, 2017: Robyn Erlenbush, owner/broker at ERA

State University, will share her expertise in leadership and mentoring to achieve success for people and projects. Additionally, the prestigious 2016 ATHENA Women’s Leadership Award will be presented to Carmen McSpadden, director of MSU’s Leadership Institute.

Landmark Real Estate, will deliver her don’t-miss, annual update of the area’s real estate market and its impact on all businesses.

discussion on Bozeman’s hottest topic, also the subject of an ongoing Chronicle series, will examine the opportunities and issues of local growth and development. Hear from Bozeman Mayor Carson Taylor, MSU’s Executive Director Communications Tracy Ellig, Future-West Community Planner Randy Carpenter and a representative from the building industry.

presents its annual 20 Under 40 Awards to the area’s top young business professionals, with keynote speaker TBD. Get to know this impressive group of leaders on their way up.

March 27, 2017: Bozeman Health’s new CEO John Hill and Jason Smith, executive director of the Bozeman Health Foundation, will detail the growth plans ofthe valley’s premier health care provider and explain how the foundation ensures the hospital’s quality care.

April 24, 2017: MSU Athletic Director Lou Costello, along with coaches and players, will preview the 2017-18 sports season.

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Feb. 27, 2017: The Daily Chronicle Business Journal


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BANKS F ROM PAGE 1 However, the rate has remained consistent over the past few years, and since the recession banks are quick to employ methods to screen potential borrowers and track their credit to ensure repayment, said Melanie Hall, commissioner of the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions. “Montana banks have always been pretty conservative; they hold a lot of capital and monitor their concentrations,” she said. “But even more so today they make sure they are tracking cash flows of borrowers, getting updated financial statements so they make sure customers aren’t getting into financial trouble, and holding additional bank equity to protect the health of the bank in the event of another downturn.” Montana’s noncurrent loan rate is also a product of the state’s prevalent industries, Hall added. “The primary reason is the seasonal nature of agriculture,” she said. “It’s not unusual for loans to have gone past due as farmers and ranchers wait for the harvest.” In a state peppered with community banks,

“Montana banks have always been pretty conservative; they hold a lot of capital and monitor their concentrations. But even more so today they make sure they are tracking cash flows of borrowers, getting updated financial statements so they make sure customers aren’t getting into financial trouble, and holding additional bank equity to protect the health of the bank in the event of another downturn.” — Melanie Hall, commissioner of the Montana Division of Banking and Financial Institutions

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to make things happen and work their way through a troubled situation.” And the current national noncurrent percentage, the lowest since 2007, represents a vast improvement in bank health and economic growth, officials said. Another vital sign to consider is the number of banks. Though no Montana banks failed during the recession, six of the state’s 61 institutions have merged into or been absorbed by other companies since 2014. “We have had quite a few mergers, and a lot of that has been due to regulatory pressure,” Hall said. “Montana has changing population demographics. Small towns are getting smaller, so it makes sense to take advantage of the economy of scale.” The consolidation of companies in Montana mirrors a national industry trend. Since the end of the recession, the number of FDIC-insured banks in the U.S. has dropped by around 1,500, or 20 percent.


“The trend of a couple banks a year combining will probably continue because the pressures to continue keeping up with the regulatory requirements,” said Pete Johnson, president and CEO of Helena-based Opportunity Bank of Montana. “There used to be a couple new banks a year that were formed, and that trend has declined to nothing.” Although these mergers water down market competition, they often gives banks the ability to offer better services like online banking, Johnson said. “That usually results in a better product for the customer,” he said. Larger banks like Glacier and First Interstate are necessary to cater to the needs of the state’s diverse economy, Turkiewicz added. “We have various sizes of industries and businesses in Montana, and it’s healthy to have the different sizes of banks available for access to credit,” he said. “The economy isn’t the same today as it was six or eight years ago.

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It’s ever-changing and the banks are changing to meet the needs of those communities.” Johnson estimates around half of Opportunity’s loans are businessrelated, and acknowledged the role that banks play in local and regional economies. “The economy in the state is doing pretty well overall,” he said. “Profitability in the banking industry has been good in the last couple of years, so I think everyone is feeling pretty good about the health of the industry.” While banks don’t dictate growth, they are often a reflection of an area’s overall economic standing, Turkiewicz said. “If the economy sees slow downs, they reflect that as well,” he said, referencing the Bakken region and areas dominated by agriculture. “The banks have seen growth and strengthening of their loan portfolios, but as we look at agriculture and energy prices, they are tracking what’s happening in those specific economies.”

Area banks have also responded to the continued growth of the Gallatin Valley. “In the Bozeman market it has been very strong,” Johnson said of the financial sector. “People come to the table with very good resources, and they are going to have a good shot to partner with a bank to get their business going.” “We’re seeing a growing economy in that area; we’ve seen businesses expand and new businesses come in,” Turkiewicz added. “It’s been quite robust.” Despite lagging behind the national recovery, Montana banks are in a much better place than they were five years ago, Hall said. “Things like the recession were late to hit Montana, but they are getting out of it. And quite frankly, they’re doing great,” she said. “Montana’s banks are extremely healthy right now.” Kendall can be reached at Kendall is on Twitter at @lewdak

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BOZEMAN AREA BUSINESS CALENDAR BOZEMAN 9/27 Bogert Farmers’ Market, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., at Bogert Park. Visit for more information. 9/28 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meeting, 7 a.m. to 8 a.m., at the Bozeman Chamber, 2000 Commerce Way. More information at 9/28 Bozeman Business and Professional Women Lunch Program “DIY Holiday Marketing: Get Creative!”, 11:30 p.m. to 1 p.m., at Holiday Inn, 5 E. Baxter, $9 for members, $12 for non-members. Visit for more information. 9/29 Montana Women’s Business Center Prosperity Party, 6 p.m. to 9:15 p.m., at the Rockin’ TJ Ranch, 651 Lynx Ln. $50 for Prospera member open seating, $60 for non-member open seating, $500 or more for sponsor seating for two with marketing benefits. Registration required by 9/27. Visit www.prosperabusinessnetwork. com for more information and registration. 10/4 Downtown Bozeman Association Board Meeting, 8:15 a.m. to 9:45 a.m., Downtown Bozeman Partnership Office, 222 E. Main St. Suite 302. All are welcome. Visit for more information. 10/5 Bozeman Score Financial Package (Part 1): Understanding the “Financial Statements”, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 pm, at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main. Visit www.bozeman. for more information and to register. 10/6 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Business Before Hours, 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m., at Cancer Support Community Montana, 102 S. 11th Ave. $5 for members, $25 for non18

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members. More information at www. 10/12 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Business & Community Issues—Economic Development Update, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at the Holiday Inn Express and Suites, 2305 Catron. $18 for members, $105 for nonmembers. Register at 10/12 Bozeman Score Financial Package (Part 2): Financial Analysis and Management, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 pm, at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main. Visit for more information and to register. 10/12 Bozeman Business and Professional Women Lunch Program, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at Holiday Inn, 5 E. Baxter, $9 for members, $12 for nonmembers. Visit for more information. 10/12 Downtown Business Association Showcase Series Featuring Café Fresco and La Chatelaine Chocolat, 4:30 p.m., meet at Café Fresco, 317 E. Mendenhall. No charge—please RSVP by Oct. 7 by emailing ellie@ Visit www. for more information. 10/18 Tax Increment Fund Board Meeting, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership office. 10/19 Bozeman Score Financial Package (Part 3): Cash Flow Analysis, 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 pm, at the Bozeman Public Library, 626 E. Main. Visit www. for more information and to register. 10/19 Business Improvement District Board Meeting, 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Downtown Bozeman Partnership office. 10/27 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors Meet-

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10/27 Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., Stockman Bank, 1815 S. 19th Ave. Free for members, $25 for non-members. Register at www.

10/4 Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture Board Meeting, 5 p.m., at the Ruby Valley Bank, 103 N. Main St., Sheridan. Visit for more information.

BELGRADE 9/27 Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Rise and Share, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.belgradechamber. org for more information. 10/4 Belgrade Chamber of Commerce President’s Circle, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Meeting open to past presidents and past board of directors of the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. 10/6 Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Membership Luncheon, 12 p.m. to 1 p.m., at the Belgrade Chamber. Cost is $15. Visit for more information and to register. 10/11 Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Rise and Share, 8 a.m. to 9 a.m., at the Belgrade Chamber of Commerce. Visit www.belgradechamber. org for more information.

THREE FORKS 10/10 Three Forks Chamber of Commerce Meeting, 7 p.m., at Three Forks City Hall. Visit or call (406) 2854753 for more information.

MADISON COUNTY 9/27 Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Annual Business Expo, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., at Buck’s T-4, 46625 Gallatin

10/11Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Big Sky Chamber, 55 Lone Mountain Trail. Visit for more information. 10/12 Ennis Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 8 a.m., at the First Madison Valley Bank. Members welcome. Visit www.ennischamber. com for more information. 10/20 Big Sky Chamber of Commerce Visit Big Sky Board Meeting, 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., at the Big Sky Chamber, 55 Lone Mountain Trail. Visit for more information.

LIVINGSTON 9/29 Livingston Chamber of Commerce Board Meeting, 12 p.m. Visit for more information. 10/6 Network Live! Livingston Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at Opportunity Bank. Visit www. or call (406) 222-0850 for more information. 10/20 Network Live! Livingston Business After Hours, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m., at The Obsidian. Visit www. or call (406) 222-0850 for more information. 10/27 Livingston Chamber of Commerce Annual Awards Banquet. Visit for more information.

My Two Cents “I have a client I work with on a regular basis, and I hate to admit it, but she drives me crazy. I don’t think she means to, but I’m not sure I can keep working with her. Every time I meet with her about the project I’m working on for her company, I find myself waiting for the constant interruptions, judgments and rapid-fire questioning. Have you ever “fired” a client? What did you say without making it seem like it’s all their fault?” -L.C., consultant, Bozeman What you are describing, L.C., could be what I call a trigger. A reactive response. Something that reactivates an emotional response in you within a quarter of a second. A “triggered” reaction is not one that is conscious, but an unconscious reactive habit that is uniquely yours. Here’s what I mean. Our unconscious mind takes us to decisions we made in the past about how to act when we felt a certain way. When we experience a situation that reminds us of that same feeling — without conscious choice or awareness — we are “triggered” into the same reaction we had all those years ago. Rather than being in the present moment, we become trapped into reacting the same way we did before. In many cases, that means the adult has left the room. Daniel Goleman, one of the pioneers of emotional intelligence, calls it an emotional hijacking. He describes it this way: “When triggered, the emotional centers in our brain…make us fix our attention on, and obsess about, the cause of our distress. We become a prisoner of our feelings.” Want to learn about the cause of your distress, L.C.? Consider these questions: Who does your client remind you of? When in your early life were you interrupted, judged or forced to deal with rapid-fire questions? Identify the feeling in you when you think about working with this client. When did you feel that same way early in your life? It may not be the situation that is similar, but the feeling that is similar. What was your response to make this person or feeling go away? Did you

fight back? Did you shut down or physically go away? Did you do nothing, hoping your nonreaction would make it stop? If it worked — stopping the uncomfortable feeling — you probably did the same thing the next time that uncomfortable feeling showed up, and the time after that, and the time after that. You can begin to see how we created our reactive habits. They worked. So we kept doing them, becoming unconscious of our reaction after years of practice. Until we become aware. That’s what begins to stop the habit. Self-awareness galvanizes self-management. Triggers can rob us of our peace if we don’t notice when we are in reactive mode. Self-awareness is the key. That’s when we can name what we actually do. That’s when we can decide if we want to keep doing that or choose another response. And that’s when our reactions no longer unconsciously control us, but we now control them. Do you, L.C., really want to “fire” your client or is that your reactive habit? Could it be you lose your voice, go away as soon as possible, and make them wrong? It would be interesting to explore other responses for this client. What would happen if you shared the impact her behavior has on you? My guess is you are not the only person this client interrupts, judges, and shoots rapid-fire questions at. What a gift you both could be for each other in authentically talking about how to change the way you work with each other. Without conscious thought, we are at the mercy of our “triggers.” We see a situation and our response is automatic, “triggering” an unpleasant or self-defeating emotional reaction which results in behavior that is usually not the best version of who we are. It’s very predictable. When we stop to examine our “triggers,” we begin to see how these reactive thought and behavior patterns are affecting our leadership. We begin to realize that they disconnect us from other people. Triggers are purely our point of view with our own unique way of reacting. For example:


If you are triggered by a person who is angry, your reaction may be to shut down and become quiet, making the other person wrong. Someone else might meet that other person’s anger with their own and get into a shouting match, ending with both people walking off in a huff. Yet another triggered reaction might be to apologize right away to make the anger go away, not knowing why you are apologizing. In all the reaction examples, we never get to find out what is going on with the other person. We also don’t get to find out what’s going on with us. Triggers take away our ability to be curious about what is really going on with the other person, to find out what’s behind their behavior. Or to explore what’s going on with our behavior. Understanding our triggers helps us become response-able again. Our challenge is to increase our reaction time from that quarter of a second to enough time to choose our responses. The only way I have found to stretch that quarter of a second to more time is self-awareness. Hit the pause button and observe what you do under stress or pressure. With selfawareness, you give yourself a variety of choices, rather than just one reaction. That doesn’t mean you can’t “fire” this client, L.C. But before you do, notice how many other people are showing up in your life like this client. Perhaps life is calling for you to enhance your self-awareness and find another way of dealing with people who trigger an emotional hijacking in you. You could even begin to see them as your “developmental angels” because you will become a better leader by figuring out your reactive habit. True transformation begins when you understand that you alone are in charge of your reactions, even in the most difficult circumstances. That’s the best part, because nobody can take that away from you. Ris Higgins is a leadership coach, change agent, and innovative thought leader. She has spent the last 24 years learning the joys and challenges of leading her business with her husband, Joe. If you have any questions you would like Ris to address, send them to her at B U S I N E S S J O U R N A L • S E P T E M B E R 27, 2 016



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