What Causes Success?

Countless volumes have been written over the years about the causes of failure. I thought I would explore the other side of this issue and speculate on the causes of success. Why are Border’s Books, Linens and Things, and Circuit City out of…

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Made in MT: Mountain Arts Pottery

When he began, Dave Lockie needed a pug mill but he couldn’t afford the price tag, so he build one himself, using photos as a guide. Thirty years later, it’s still going strong, processing clay for the pottery studio. The clay, used in…

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Refuge Building: Saving Green by Going Green

Alexa Calio, owner of Refuge Building, knows consumers are concerned with saving money. While people are convinced of the health benefits of using green products, they hesitate because they’re afraid it’s unaffordable. She wants to…

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All Businesses Have to Start Somewhere

You’d be surprised where some of the largest companies in the world started their businesses. Companies including Microsoft and Hewlett Packard bootstrapped and started out of their homes. So have many of the successful companies based in Bozeman…

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Made In Montana: Q. Miller Jewelry

The distinctive style of Q. Miller Jewelry makes it unique and identifiable no matter where you see it. And you can see it coast-to-coast, since Marcia Miller and her daughter and co-owner, Callie, travel to about 30 retail and wholesale shows during…

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Dusting Off My Crystal Ball

One of the most common questions I’m asked on my weekly radio show is, “Where is the economy going in the next 12 months.” Obviously if I knew the answer to that one I would be a very wealthy man. Perhaps exploring similarities and differences…

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