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Missoula city leaders say business licenses increasing

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MISSOULA, Mont. - Businesses are booming in Missoula. According to the Development Services Department there are a large number of active business licenses this year compared to 20 years ago.

It shows there are 2,939 are general business licenses, 182 liquor licenses, 31 itinerant licenses, 1,432 contractor licenses and 545 rental licenses.

Serving as an advocate for small businesses, the Missoula Chamber of Commerce works to help businesses thrive.

"We interact with public agencies, government, county and city level all the way up to the state and federal level. We serve as a vice for those businesses to advocate for pro-business positions," said Clint Burson.

Downtown Missoula is home to a lot of small businesses, but how are these businesses affecting people and what do they have to offer?

Family-run business D&R Creations sells mostly handmade items. Owner Don Ross says he provides unique things other businesses do not.

"I've been on the corner of Higgins for the past eight years, and I sell unique jewelry made from shell, horn and wood and semi-precious gemstones," said Ross.

A few stores down, Runners Edge provides active apparel and running shoes. As a small business they use money from loyal customers to give back to the community.

"The money you spend here at Runners Edge can, in turn, be put back into events, like we have a scavenger hunt coming up next week. We are able to put on better events with the money we make," said Forrest Boughner.

For more information on how to get a business license click here .

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