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The Future of Prospera Business Network in Bozeman, Montana - Now Conducting a Salary Survey:


Thank you! Your input made the Prospera http://www.prosperabusinessnetwork.org membership survey a big success. We had an impressive response to our survey in early March, with 127 participants! This ...


Bear Paw Development makes a mark in Montana:


For nearly 50 years, Bear Paw Development Corp. has left its mark on north-central Montana's economy by helping local communities, governments and entrepreneurs meet their economic development needs. Bear ...


Business Retention and Expansion - Survey will provide insight to Missoula's business needs :


The Missoula Economic Partnership is embarking on a renewed Business Retention and Expansion, or BRE, campaign to better understand - and answer - the needs of local businesses. We've prepared a ...


How Billings, Montana business owners feel about the proposed One Big Sky Center:


"I think this development could bring major prosperity to our downtown and bring some new exciting developments," Billings Depot executive director Jennifer Mercer said. The proposed One Big Sky Center ...


Economic outlook series: Dillon, Montana has new downtown master plan:


Like many cities in southwest Montana, Dillon is looking to beef up economic development by revitalizing its downtown. Lynn Giles, Vana Taylor and RayAnn Sutton of Dillon Main Street, LLC corresponded ...


Montana Innovation Co, a new Montana-based start up accelerator to offer $2.4M in investment funding:


Montana Innovation Co (Montana Inc) announces the start of operations as the newest hub from which to accelerate Montana's burgeoning startup community. With a growing innovation scene in Montana, ...


Anaconda economic development advocates bet on downtown revitalization as winning strategy:


Like many small communities in southwest Montana, Anaconda has struggled to revive its economy since the decline of the mining industry in the 1980s. Annie Pentilla anne.pentilla@mtstandard.com Full ...


With Israeli consul general on hand, UM launches new business umbrella :


With the Israeli consul general http://www.matr.net/article-75361.html in attendance, the University of Montana rolled out a new program Thursday night, one that will house seven different platforms ...


Senator Jon Tester to Amazon CEO: Montana is Open for Business:


Senator Invites World's Largest Online Store to Open Up Shop in Big Sky Country (U.S. Senate)--Following Amazon's announcement that the online retailer plans to add 100,000 American jobs in ...


Live Rich Quick™ - Missoula Economic Partnership Business Attraction Program:


Missoula is your opportunity to Live Rich Quick™. Missoula often appears on "livable city" lists. And with good reason. Here you can gaze out your window and see mountains. You can take your ...


Missoula Economic Partnership plans studies on workforce, entry-level housing:


The Missoula Economic Partnership http://www.missoulapartnership.com/ plans to launch two separate studies to explore the city's workforce and housing needs, the organization's president told the ...


Gov. Steve Bullock Announces job-training grants for Montana firms:


"Our economy is growing and businesses are expanding," Bullock said in announcing the grants. "I'm pleased that we can help these Montana businesses build the talented and trained workforce they need." ...


Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corp. talks economic development, infrastructure:


Paul Tuss, executive director of Bear Paw Development Corp. and chair of the Montana University System Board of Regents, spoke to the Pachyderm Club Friday in Havre about the work Bear Paw does, local ...


Headwaters RC&D to Host Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy Meetings Throughout Region:


Looking to help guide the direction of the local economy in your community? Headwaters RC&D is updating their Comprehensive Economic Development Strategy (CEDS), the only region-wide economic ...


Montana among fastest growing states:




Why are developers building in Great Falls?:


Great Falls experienced a strong year of commercial development in 2016, with nearly $70 million in construction or major additions. The building numbers were the best in nearly 10 years, said Craig ...


Butte Local Development Corporation Newsletter :


If you haven't heard by now, Small Business Saturday is Nov. 26. The Small Business Association describes it "as a day to celebrate and support small businesses and all they do for their communities." I've ...


Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow and Expand 27 Native American Businesses in Montana:


Governor Steve Bullock and Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary announced a total of $320,000 in grant funding to twenty-seven Native American business owners to help grow and expand their ...


In Eastern Montana, locals look to tourism to soften blow of lost oil dollars:


There's a term for visitors who come to an area seeking direct connection with local people, landmarks and customs: geo-tourists. While oil prices lifted a little last week at news of OPEC production ...


Montana & Idaho CDC awarded $90 million in federal New Markets Tax Credits :


The U.S. Treasury Department has announced an award of $90 million in New Markets Tax Credits (NMTCs) to the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC). MICDC is one of only four organizations ...


Tester Announces $90 Million to Strengthen Business and Boost Economy:


Montana Community Development Corporation Receives New Market Tax Credits (U.S. Senate)--Senator Jon Tester today announced the Montana Community Development Corporation has received $90 million ...


Growth the answer to Bozeman's low wages, consultant says - It's all about very focused industry clusters:


"That's why wages are low," she said. "You don't have a lot of competition right now." "We are after all in competition with San Francisco and Seattle," said Commissioner Chris Mehl. "Frankly, I ...


Butte gets techy with crowdfunding platform for economic development:


Butte may soon be a forerunner for a new concept in the world of rural economic development. This is because the folks at Headwaters RC&D are teaming up with a Wyoming-based company to bring crowdfunding ...


'A really good thing going': White Sulphur Springs, Montana celebrates five-year revitalization campaign:


"I think the attention brought to White Sulphur by this has gotten the attention of people that maybe want to come to a small town and open a small business," he said. "If they see that you're building ...


Low wages, costly housing threaten Missoula's prosperity :


A University of Montana economist pointed beyond the windows of the University Center on Tuesday while describing Mount Sentinel as both an attraction and a problem. While the city's surrounding ...


Governor Bullock Announces Support for Major T-Mobile Expansion in Montana:


Governor Bullock supports T-Mobile plans to expand wireless broadband across the state "Increased access to high-speed internet and enhanced mobile coverage will further strengthen our state's business ...


Missoula aviation company gets funding to train low-income workers as mechanics:


Working as an airplane mechanic may not sound like an entry-level job, but new federal money recently awarded to a Missoula company aims to train low-income workers to do just that. The Montana ...


Butte's Copper King Hotel To Reopen With Help Of New Markets Tax Credits:


With the help of the Montana & Idaho Community Development Corporation (MICDC), Big Sky Western Bank and the New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) Program, construction has begun on a remodeled Butte Copper ...


The Covellite International Film Festival in Butte 9/16-19. Have your people call my people: Filmmakers dream big in Big Sky Country:


"Everybody we've met (in Butte) here so far is very independent. Either they own their own business or they're starting a building or they're trying to turn something into something. And right now it ...


New CEO Takes Reins of Montana West Economic Development:



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