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Old 06-17-2015, 07:44 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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Silicon Valley gets all the glory, but the real hotbed of American entrepreneurship appears to be a few hundred miles to the northeast: Montana.

The state leads the nation in business creation, according to a new report from the Kauffman Foundation, which produces an annual analysis and ranking of start-up activity in every state. This year, the organization expanded its study to include the 40 largest metro areas. Austin, Tex., took the top spot in that ranking, followed by Miami. San Jose, Calif., a tech industry center, came in third.
Way to go Montana!
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Old 06-17-2015, 08:37 PM
 
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Thank you- thank you very much
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Old 06-29-2015, 05:53 PM
 
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It has to be. It's a place where you gotta make your own job.
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Old 06-29-2015, 09:12 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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I lived there for a few years. If you don't work for the state, for the school system, or in health care, you BETTER have your own successful business or you will struggle.
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Old 06-29-2015, 11:24 PM
 
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Pnwmdk and Rogue- you make it sound like a bad thing. What Montana needs are more entrepreneurs, more innovators, and more people willing to be responsible for themselves instead of complaining about lack of jobs or low pay. There is a ton of opportunity here for anyone that has any ambition.
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Old 06-30-2015, 07:48 AM
 
Location: Where the mountains touch the sky
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Pnwmdk and Rogue- you make it sound like a bad thing. What Montana needs are more entrepreneurs, more innovators, and more people willing to be responsible for themselves instead of complaining about lack of jobs or low pay. There is a ton of opportunity here for anyone that has any ambition.
I agree. I think the lifestyle of having to provide for yourself and take care of issues because there may not be anyone to do it for you also is part of it.


If you can do something well, even if it's kind of offbeat, and you're willing to work hard, you can usually find a market for it. I blacksmith on the side and I've been amazed at how many people that want my knives and axes.
There are also people that want decorative wrought iron ironwork, people that want vintange tools fixed or others that ask me to make tools that aren't currently available, like Froes for instance.
What started as a hobby has morphed into a nice side business. If I wanted to invest the time and money, and advertising, I could probably make a pretty good living doing it.

If you have a dream or talent, this is a good place to try it out. Montana has always been a place to start over or live out your dreams.
Even though the population is small, the vision is as big as the sky above.
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Old 07-01-2015, 09:02 PM
 
Location: Lost in Montana *recalculating*...
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I find it very encouraging that Montanans are entrepreneurial. It's a healthy spirit- build yourself better and try to move up in life. In the wake you hire people and give them an opportunity to live.

Much, much better than the alternative. Look at states like Mississippi or even my last home of WV- a cycle of poverty, dependence. Your best shot at life in WV (in the hills) is at a coal mine. A lot of broken spirits back there.

It's good to see some healthy upward spirit in this state. It's good for everyone. Very rejuvenating.
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Old 07-04-2015, 04:31 PM
 
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Pnwmdk and Rogue- you make it sound like a bad thing. What Montana needs are more entrepreneurs, more innovators, and more people willing to be responsible for themselves instead of complaining about lack of jobs or low pay. There is a ton of opportunity here for anyone that has any ambition.
What?

What did I say that made it sound "bad"?
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:37 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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Pnwmdk and Rogue- you make it sound like a bad thing. What Montana needs are more entrepreneurs, more innovators, and more people willing to be responsible for themselves instead of complaining about lack of jobs or low pay. There is a ton of opportunity here for anyone that has any ambition.
Yes, but if you are an entrepreneur, no matter how ambitious, you have to have people, aka customers, making the wages to pay you! I found the wages low and the cost of living (food, housing, having to drive miles and miles to get to work and other places) very high.
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Old 07-06-2015, 07:40 PM
 
Location: Western North Carolina
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There are also people that want decorative wrought iron ironwork, people that want vintange tools fixed or others that ask me to make tools that aren't currently available, like Froes for instance.
What started as a hobby has morphed into a nice side business. If I wanted to invest the time and money, and advertising, I could probably make a pretty good living doing it.

If you have a dream or talent, this is a good place to try it out. Montana has always been a place to start over or live out your dreams.
Even though the population is small, the vision is as big as the sky above.
I still say you better have a bucket full of money before you move out there to "start over". You have a very admirable skill, but things like wrought ironwork don't sound like "average working Joe" needs.
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