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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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Montana’s High Tech Boom

The Montana High Tech Business Alliance commissioned its second annual study of the high tech industry by the UM Bureau of Business and Economic Research, and found that high tech remains a key player in strengthening our state’s economy.  Last year’s study reported that this is one of the fastest growing sectors in the state and(…)

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CodeGirl Comes to Montana

Check out this current project happing in Montana: Led by America Campaign founder and Montana Code School co-founder, Devin B Holmes, companies and foundations across Montana have come together to support the screening of the documentary CodeGirl in Missoula and Bozeman. The film follows young women from around the world ages 9 – 19 who(…)

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Manufacturing Scholarships Create Life-changing Opportunities for Montanans

We’ve occasionally highlighted people involved in one of the many programs out there providing better opportunities for high-wage jobs in Montana. The Gianforte Manufacturing Scholarship is one such program, providing scholarships for veterans and low-income individuals pursuing manufacturing or industrial education at a two-year college in Montana. Meet Jamison in Kalispell. Jamison went to college for(…)

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High Tech is creating high wage jobs in Montana

Check out this recent article from NBC Montana about the high tech industry in Montana!  It’s great to see that things are continuing to expand here. The high tech industry is a great pathway to create high-wage jobs in all of Montana (and move us up from nearly last in the nation in average salaries).  The(…)

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2015 in review

As we reflect on 2015, I am very grateful to all of the hardworking individuals in our state who are working to create better opportunities for themselves and the future generation.  There has been tremendous progress in just the last twelve months toward higher paying jobs in Montana and the benefits those bring to their(…)

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Bootstrap Montana Micro-loans

As we highlight various programs that help to create entrepreneurs and high-wage jobs in Montana, let’s not forget the Bootstrap Montana Micro-loan program. This program was funded and founded by the our family foundation in 2008 to provide a helping hand to rural Montana businesses, where zero-interest micro-loans of $2,000 to $20,000 are provided to help(…)

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CodeMontana is on a Roll!

This fall is the first semester for the CodeMontana program since it found its home at Montana Tech.  The program was started over two years ago by Rob Irizarry and myself, as a way to introduce junior and senior high students to computer science through a fun, interactive online program.  After reaching over 1,200 students, CodeMontana was(…)

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ACE Scholarships Montana Are Continuing to Make a Difference

Public schools have served Montanans for years, and they are filled with caring, hardworking teachers and administrators.  But education is not a one size fits all concept.  In some cases, a student needs a different school setting to achieve their full potential. Yet finances are often the prohibiting factor in parents being able to send(…)

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