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Small Business Survival Index 2005: Ranking the Policy Environment for Entrepreneurship – Montana Ranks 38th

Some politicians recognize that the policies they implement have an impact on economic decision-making. Others simply choose to ignore or
are ignorant of those effects.

Billings owner takes the leap with 1st business after doing plenty of homework

"The licensing from the state was grueling," she said.

Greg Gianforte, CEO and founder of RightNow Technologies in Bozeman, MT publishes book on entrepreneur strategies –

"Bootstrapping is really about an entrepreneur thinking outside the box and, in particular, thinking of innovative ways to start and grow a business without a lot of money," he said.

Hot Shot Business Teaching Tomorrow’s Entrepreneurs OnLine

A Kauffman Foundation study that found that 41 percent of kids ages 9 to 12 would like to start their own business, but don’t know how.

A mecca for entrepreneurs – Study says Phoenix, state (Arizona) top lists for new businesses

"A lot of talent has migrated here, and they’re always looking for high-paying jobs," he said. "If they can’t find it, they will build it."

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.