Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
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Finalists must produce more than just a financially successful business. Their company’s quality, service, adaptation to change and social impact are evaluated by an international panel of judges.
Jane Fonda tells girls at the "Girls For A Change" conference at Montana State University they can change the world
"Girls are the future," she concluded. "Don’t let your power be taken away."
What can be done to encourage entrepreneurship?
Good technical education. Good business schools, and get the two to talk to each other. Business plan competitions are great for the community.
It’s highly unusual among U.S. business colleges to have a major donation focused on improving undergraduate education, rather than on a master’s program, said MSU Business Dean Rich Semenik.
Basics of Business – Few succeed in business without first failing — often more than once. Troy McClain of "The Apprentice" speaks about his experiences to high school DECA students
The program was organized by DECA students Sam Dane and Katie Davidson, both seniors at the school and project managers for the Entrepreneurship Promotion Project, and brought in business students from as far away as central Washington. (DECA is an outstanding program for high school students. Does your school have a program?)
From Anne Mulcahy of Xerox: "I am still learning. That is an important mark of a good leader … to know you don’t know it all and never will."
Job creation is a three legged stool: move them in, grow what’s here or create new ones. The creation of new jobs, through entrepreneurship, is probably one of the most exciting and potentially valuable elements in building economic prosperity in Montana and the entire US.
By providing large grants over an extended period to selected colleges and universities that have the best plans for bringing entrepreneurship out of their business schools and making it a campuswide experience, many more students will be exposed to an entrepreneurship curriculum.
"It’s very, very unusual for students in entrepreneurship programs to work with scientists," Semenik said. "And here, that’s what they do every day. They work on ideas or products that come from scientists or engineers.
Voice of Wisdom: Jump-starting entrepreneurs – Network mentors women who are getting their own businesses going
Do we have similar programs in Montana and other states in the Inland Northwest? If so, please add their contact info in the comments section below. Hopefully this will help more take advantage of these programs. Russ
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