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Corixa Corp. continues Ribi’s legacy

A Bitterroot Valley research and manufacturing facility is in the middle of a drug research and development program targeting a litany of diseases, including a possible cure for cancer. By JENNY JOHNSON Staff Reporter Ravalli…

Putting a shirt on the world’s back

A hot ink smell hangs heavily in the back room of Wild West Shirtworks, where Ronnie Gorder and a dozen coworkers are cranking out enough t-shirts to clothe tourists from Anchorage to the Alamo. By…

Ireland: The Ingredients of Entrepreneurial Spirit

Spirit, ability, imagination, and passion are the traits that characterize the Irish entrepreneurs who thrived in the 1990s. A new book by Harvard Business School MBA student John Travers provides insights for everyone. Plus: Q&A…

Congratulations to Wild! Montana- winner of the 2002 University of Montana Business Plan Competition

Wild! Montana rose to the head of the pack of business plans presented by students from all of Montana’s universities, colleges, junior colleges, tribal colleges and colleges of technology Thursday evening at the University of…

Secretary of State Appoints Business Advisory Council

Secretary of State Bob Brown has named 26 Montanans to an ad hoc advisory council that will help him explore ways to improve the business services offered by his office. Members of Brown’s newly appointed…

Farm program aims to boost rural businesses-For-profit companies to inject capital into enterprises

Economic development in South Dakota could get a financial boost if President George W. Bush signs the new farm bill. The legislation includes a new Rural Business Investment Program, designed to stimulate as much as…

Great Falls floats strategy to boost area economy

It’s been more than 25 years since the Anaconda Co. smelter closed, ending Great Falls’ industrial age. The city is still searching for a new economic identity. By JO DEE BLACK Tribune Staff Writer Now…

New Jore owner talks of whether firm will remain

By the AP – 05/12/02 RONAN (AP) — Frank Tiegs came to western Montana’s Mission Valley from Pasco, Wash., over the winter to talk spuds with a seed potato farmer and left this spring owning…

The international noodle: Two years after hooking up with Nippun USA, Pasta Montana is thriving

A quick walk through Pasta Montana’s 30,000-square-foot warehouse makes it clear where a large chunk of the business’ product is headed. By BETH BRITTON Tribune Business Editor Cardboard boxes marked in Japanese line the shelves,…

Venture Capital: Investors looking at wider horizons

Three years ago, Seattle venture capitalists could walk out their front doors and trip over a hot investment opportunity. But now, with the technology market in a slump, a few VCs are branching out geographically…