University of Montana Program Trains Montana Librarians to be Resources for Entrepreneurs

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Libraries have always been part of the story of economic development in Montana. In addition to providing a rich array of readings, books and periodicals – along with the expertise to guide inquiry – libraries provide meeting space, informational resources and internet access that expands research opportunities. Now, librarians are exploring ways in which they can elevate entrepreneurship, and bring their unique perspective and knowledge to the economic development world.

‘Economic development’ means something highly unique in Montana, due the strong influence of entrepreneurship and heritage of business experimentation. This rich history of entrepreneurial spirit has only continued to grow in recent years. A report by “The Blueprint” ranked Montana as the best state to start a business in 2021, and, according to U.S. Census Bureau data, the number of new business applications in Montana rose 50% between January 2020 and January 2021.

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