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License to Dream debuts in Montana

Last fall, 16 Montana middle and high schools participated in a pilot of 3-D cinematic presentations, reaching almost 3,000 students.  The programs were put on through an organization called Life Changing Experiences, which offers these presentations around the world to stimulate positive change in youth behavior. Schools visited include those in Shepherd, Lewistown, Plentywood, Choteau,(…)

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The Virtue of the Private Sector

Winston Churchill famously said, “Some people regard private enterprise as a predatory tiger to be shot. Others look on it as a cow they can milk. Not enough people see it as a healthy horse, pulling a sturdy wagon.” Unfortunately, private enterprise has become villainized in today’s world. In visiting with Montana students, I am(…)

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Reaching Montana’s youth with computer science

In the fall of 2013, our family foundation funded a three-year program with MSU’s computer science department. We saw the need for more CS graduates in the state, and the opportunity that computer science presents for high-paying jobs and a stronger economy. With these objectives in mind, we created a three-pronged approach to introduce students(…)

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Montana Code Girls is Launching!

Montana Code Girls, the youth initiative under Big Sky Code Academy, is a new program aimed at providing opportunities for girls and young women in Montana to develop their skills in the STEM fields.  After a successful pilot earlier this year, this fall they will launch their first statewide after school program, a two-hour, twice-a-week class(…)

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Highlight on Support Industries for Agriculture

Agriculture is the top industry in Montana.  Innovations in ag have led to high-paying jobs across the state.  Along with the farmers and ranchers who work in this vital sector, there are numerous positions that support ag as a whole, providing not only a stronger ag community but good jobs in themselves. Consider these roles:(…)

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MHTBA Celebrates its First Billings Reception

Last week I got to attend the Montana High Tech Business Alliance CEO Roundtable and reception in Billings.  This was the first reception to take place in Billings, and it was great to see over 70 people assemble at Yellowstone Bank to network and discuss the workforce of the Billings community. Members travelled from Missoula, Helena, and(…)

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MSU Bootstrap Loan Helps 5 Sparrows Take Flight in Flathead

The Bootstrap Montana program was funded and founded by the our family foundation in 2008 to provide a helping hand to Montana businesses, where zero-interest micro-loans of $2,000 to $20,000 are provided to help rural Montana entrepreneurs grow their businesses.  The program is jointly run with the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and(…)

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Highlight on a Montana Business: Advanced Technology Group

Missoula’s Advanced Technology Group Missoula Solutions Center was in the news recently, mentioning its projected growth in both employees and office space this year.  The article in the Missoulian highlighted the office’s strong expansion since its opening five years ago. Tom Stergios, a Missoula native, opened the Montana ATG office in 2011 after working remotely with the Missouri-based firm.  He(…)

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