- 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.