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Here are some business news in the Missoula area:

Companies looking for resource guidance To improve their operations, they can attend upcoming help for business clinics sponsored by the Missoula Chamber of Commerce and the Montana Department of Labor and Industry.

Help for Business Clinics provides employers, accountants, accountants, human resource experts, and attorneys with an opportunity to meet with state workforce development experts to learn about state and local resources available to businesses, including:

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“Montana offers a variety of resources and tools for employers to better understand their requirements and opportunities,” said Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Laurie Esso. “We are excited to work with our partners across the state to provide this information to the Montana workforce.”

These clinics also provide continuing education credits to attendees.

The clinic will be held on Tuesday, October 4, from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Missoula College at 1205 H. Broadway in Missoula.

Julie LaFame of MAN Mortgage in Missoula Received a HomeNow Top Producer Award from MoFi, a local non-profit organization.

Lapham received the award because it helped connect the largest number of Montana home buyers to MoFi’s HomeNow Payment Assistance Program in 2021.

HomeNow is helping increase access to home ownership among Montana residents who have good incomes and credit, but need help with a down payment.

Lapham has held the award for five consecutive years since 2016, when HomeNow’s first batch assistance was first introduced. It has helped more than 100 Montanans residents with more than $1.1 million in down payment assistance, resulting in $25 million home purchases in the state.

Buyers can access HomeNow payment assistance through a participating mortgage lender. It comes in the form of a deferred loan at 0% interest. Buyers can get up to 5% of the total loan amount, and the help can go towards both the down payment and closing costs. The program is not limited to first-time home buyers. Since the program began in late 2016, MoFi has helped nearly 600 Montana residents become homeowners.


“Over the years, I’ve learned that it’s important to have as many options as possible to help buyers close their mortgage, and HomeNow down payment assistance is definitely one of the tools I’d suggest to anyone who might qualify,” Lapham said. “Even with rising interest rates and home prices, I have been able to structure mortgages so that buyers can take advantage of the program. MoFi deserves thanks for not only providing an amazing program, but for making it easier to get buyers in the best possible position.”

For more information about the HomeNow program, visit

“Advance payments can be a significant obstacle to home ownership in Montanans, as even for those who hold a steady job and have decent credit, saving is still difficult,” said Dave Glaser, president of MoFi. “Julie continues to excel in helping buyers who have everything they need to qualify except for down payment access resources like HomeNow. We are proud to work with her and other loan officers across the state, to make home ownership a reality.”

Bell Brewery announced in Michigan It will expand its distribution network to Montana. Bell beer will be available at retailers, including convenience stores, bars, and restaurants across the state.

“I am delighted to finally share our exceptional brews with craft beer drinkers across Montana, a key market in our industry,” said Carrie Yunker of Bell’s Brewery. “Expansion into these regions represents an important milestone in our journey to become a national brand, providing more opportunities for people across the United States to enjoy Bell beer.”

The Cambie Taphouse and Coffee in South Higgins in Missoula will be hosting a beer launch party on September 26th from 5-8pm and they will have Oberon Ale and Two Hearted Ale on tap.

“Reps will be on hand to ask questions, chat with them and also a chance for you to get some great gifts,” Chris Goble, owner of Campy, wrote on Instagram. “Join us for a fun evening with some excellent drinks.”

A big decision is expected from the Fed – they are planning to raise the interest rate again to tackle inflation.

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