Small Business Entrepreneurship in Montana

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Entrepreneurship is the “engine” of our economy and it is key to the health and expansion of economic activities. The efforts of “risk takers” interested in creating and growing new companies, as well as the closure, shrinkage, and merging of other companies are at the heart of the dynamics of entrepreneurship. A society measures and analyzes what it values. However, the collection of data specific to entrepreneurship has historically lagged behind other economic indicators typically analyzed by economists, policymakers, and investors. This talk will discuss new data collection efforts, directions, dimensions and findings in the increasing amounts of research being done about entrepreneurship, as well as the impact the data may have for Montana’s economy.

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Marilyn Besich is the Program Director for Business Administration at Great Falls College Montana State University. She earned a B.A. in Business Administration, a B. A. in Education, and an M.A.S. in Business Management from the University of Montana. She earned an Ed.D. from Montana State University in Adult and Higher Education. Marilyn taught at a private business school in Great Falls for 6 years, and she worked at IFG Leasing Company and Wendt Advertising Agency for 6 years each. She will finish her 25th year of teaching Management and Entrepreneurship at the Great Falls College in spring 2016.