Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana

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Ranging from Nice to Nasty – How States Treat Entrepreneurship – Montana ranks 38th – South Dakota 1st

Enormous differences in policies are evident in the new tenth annual ‘Small Business Survival Index 2005: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship Across the Nation,’ which I write for the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council.

Better mousetrap builders – How small-time inventors – alone or in clubs – make widgets for fun (and maybe a profit).

Some weekend inventors fly solo. Many others now join inventor clubs to share lessons and tactics, gaining group-rate access to patent services. Surprisingly – in what one might imagine is an inherently secretive world – many even talk over specific ideas with peers, and the ideas flow.

Boomers leading start-up activity

"This time around, however, the burst in entrepreneurial activity will not be led by 20-somethings," the report suggested, "but by baby boomers and would-be retirees in their 40s, 50s, 60s and even 70s, who are better educated, healthier and more tech-savvy than their predecessors."

"Energizing Entrepreneurs: Charting a Course for Rural Communities" puts a guide map in the hands of rural community development professionals and volunteer community leaders who are helping to transform their communities into hotbeds of entrepreneurship.

Packed with insightful tips and advice from experts with years of experience in the field,
Energizing Entrepreneurs is a “must have” for anyone working to create supportive
environments for entrepreneurs, new sources of wealth and sustaining economic

"Knowledge Clusters and Entrepreneurship as Keys to Regional Economic Development."

The report provides economic developers with an
understanding of the latest research on the issues surrounding
entrepreneurship and knowledge clusters as economic development
strategies, along with practical new ideas and tactics.

Biz database can open doors – a boon to business owners as well as marketers, researchers and anyone thinking of starting a business

"Suppose you want to get into the wedding photography business, and you want to know who your competition is," Heldt said. "You can find out who the other wedding photographers are within x miles of downtown Helena."

11th Annual Search Under Way for Montana’s Top Youth Volunteers

"Young people who take the initiative to serve their communities through volunteerism are a great source of strength for our nation, and give us ample reason to be optimistic about the future," said Prudential Chairman and CEO Arthur F. Ryan. "We want to recognize them, encourage them, and hold them up as role models for all young Americans."

Montana State University Study Abroad Opportunities for Business Majors:

Did you know there are multiple opportunities to study abroad specifically geared towards business majors?

The Entrepreneur Library

Here’s a selection of books for entrepreneurs faced with making tough decisions without a lot of help and with no one to blame but themselves if things go wrong.

The Entrepreneurship Engine

Now, thanks to the explosion of the Internet, the barriers to entrepreneurship have fallen still further.