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Montana financial leaders are encouraging business owners to get their ducks in a row as more funding for the federal Paycheck Protection Program was approved by Congress Thursday.

Tracie Kenyon, President and CEO of Montana's Credit Unions, says small businesses, as well as non-profit organizations and co-ops, will likely get a second chance to receive forgivable loans to pay employees.

Kim Schaub, a graduate of the Anaconda Job Corps, welds at Anaconda's Intercontinental Truck Body.
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The Trump Administration last week announced it’s closing the Anaconda Job Corps, along with eight others across the country. The closure could be devastating to the students and the local community.

Montana businesses have been awarded $500 to $700 million annually in federal government contracts over the past few years. On Wednesday companies large and small looking to win work rubbed shoulders with 40 national, state and private contractors at the annual GovMatch event in Billings.

Can Do: Design By – And For – Women

Mar 22, 2019

The very day Mallory Ottariano graduated from the University of Massachusetts Amherst with a degree in architecture and design, she bought a $100 sewing machine on eBay and started running an Etsy shop in the corner of her parents’ basement.

Seven years later, Ottariano’s design skills have fashioned Kind Apparel, a Missoula, Montana-based high-tech women’s adventure clothing line. Her colorful Lycra and fleece garments – made in the U.S. mostly out of recycled plastic bottles – have created thousands of loyal customers among indoors and outdoors women alike.

Can Do: The Hacker's Life

Mar 8, 2019
Sherri Davidoff, CEO of LGM Security.
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The CEO of Missoula, Montana’s LMG Security spends her work days finding ways to break into companies, then writing reports about what she finds. Meet author, lecturer and “security badass,” Sherri Davidoff.

Influenced by the tradition of white-hat hacking at her alma mater, MIT, Davidoff is known as ‘Alien’ in the cyber-sleuthing world. After outing herself last year as Alien, she became the subject of a new book called Breaking and Entering, which profiles her adventures in the world of data breaches and digital forensics.

Can Do: Seizing An Adventurous Life

Feb 22, 2019

Brian Morgan has a superpower: he’s figured out how to turn his wanderlust into a thriving business. In 1999 he created Adventure Life, a Missoula, Montana-based travel business offering clients personalized tours around the globe.

Morgan defines adventure travel as “Going somewhere that’s going to put you out of your comfort zone a little bit, and something that’s really going to introduce you to cultures and environments that you’re not familiar — that’s the core part of adventure.”

Can Do: Helping Take Start-Ups To The Next Level

Feb 8, 2019
Will Price, founder of Next Frontier Capital in Bozeman, Montana.
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Will Price’s motivation for founding Bozeman, Montana-based Next Frontier Capital in 2015 is deep-seated: he’s a member of an extended Montana family, and like many, work early in his career sent him far away from the state. By giving tech start-ups the capital they need to stay and create jobs for the next generation of Montanans, Price’s goal is nothing short of a reversal of the Treasure State’s historic brain-drain.

Can Do: The Sweet Life

Jan 25, 2019
Robin Béquet is the owner of Béquet Confections.
Janie Osborne

Robin Béquet’s goal: “To make the best caramel anyone’s ever had. Period.” After 17 years and five recipe upgrades, she just might have achieved her goal.

Béquet Confections, manufactured in Bozeman, Montana, has won a clutch of national awards. You can find their chewy, chocolate, chipotle or Celtic sea salt caramels on the shelves of over 1,000 gourmet stores.

Can Do: The Fickle Business Of Sushi

Jan 11, 2019
Drake Doepke.
Drake Doepke.

In 2009 Drake Doepke was living in Kauai as a self-described “beach bum” when he decided to move back to Montana and open a sushi restaurant. Nine years later and without any prior business experience, Doepke owns three successful Asian restaurants in Montana.

Learn from Doepke about the "trails by fire" of starting a business from scratch, on this episode of "Can Do: Lessons From Savvy Entrepreneurs" with Arnie Sherman.

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A new regional Chamber of Commerce has formed in Eastern Montana just days before the 66th session of the Montana Legislature convenes.

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