• Montana has a tradition of entrepreneurship embedded in its communities, where talent is abundant and a strong set of support services are already in place, including at the University of Montana and Montana State University. The regional economic ecosystem is characterized by a strong partnership ethos that connects academic, government and business interests.
  • The Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity for 2013 lists Montana as the most entrepreneurially active state in the Nation, with 530 people per 100,000 adults creating businesses each month.
  • Blackstone also has significant investments in the Montana. The companies in Blackstone’s portfolio with operations in Montana employ hundreds of Montanans. These companies include Hilton Worldwide, Apria, Michaels, RGIS, and Extended Stay.