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2011 Made in Montana Marketplace Exhibitor Space Already Half Reserved

"The Made in Montana Marketplace is a prime opportunity for producers of Made in Montana products to gain immediate and widespread exposure to wholesale buyers," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "In 2010 the Marketplace sold out and exhibitors were on a wait list to get in – it’s popular because it works."

Montana Communities to Receive Commerce Funds Totaling $80,000 for Tourism Related Events

The deadline for the next round of grant applications will be announced in June 2011. For information, contact the Montana Office of Tourism, 406-841-2870.

The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology is accepting proposals for funding.

The emphasis of the program is on projects that lead to marketable
products or processes.

If California Is Doing So Great, Why Are So Many Leaving?

The deficit may now be as much as $28 billion this year, and over $20 billion for the foreseeable future. This is more than a nuisance. There’s a reason, after all, why California has among the worst credit ratings of any state.

Montana Governor Schweitzer to Fellow Governors: ‘Arrest Me’ – "Innovate Montana"

"My advice to new governors is if they see me getting off a plane in their state, they need to have me arrested," Mr. Schweitzer said. "Because I’m coming to get their jobs."

Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer to head The Council of State Governments

Schweitzer said he’ll use any contacts he makes through the Council of State Governments or any other organization to try to build the Montana economy.

Montana Grants for Business Development and Workforce Training – Agencies offer incentives, financing and other help for employers – A Business Boost, if You Know Where to Look

"I think it’s a heck of a start: to help these businesses that just need a little more push, that just need a little more something to hire someone," Jackson said. "Over time, I think that’ll make a difference."

Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Newsletter Fall 2010

Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant Program – Current Available Funding $2.4 Million

Tourism Projects in Bannack, Bozeman, Great Falls, Hardin, Malta and Terry Awarded $300,000 in Facility Improvement Grants

"The 2010 TIIP grant funds are re-investing Montana’s tourism tax dollars into the improvement of key tourism facilities. These upgrades will draw visitors in and keep them here longer – spending money in Montana’s main street businesses," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.

Montana Means Energy, November 2010

I am passionate about ensuring our energy future by developing clean energy, and producing bio-energy is an important component of my energy policy.