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Montana unemployment rate, November 2017.
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Montana’s unemployment rate has held steady for most of 2017, and November was no exception. The state's unemployment rate stood at 4 percent last month.

Barbara Wagner, the Montana Department of Labor and Industry’s Chief Economist, says the state’s economy is strong.

Keep your overhead low, and don't be afraid to make mistakes, LumenAd co-founders Ryan Hansen and Matt Parker say.

"Advertising technology with a pulse," is how they describe their company, which assists ad agencies in connecting advertisers with consumers. Founded in 2014, LumenAd already plans to add 62 new jobs over the next two years at its Missoula, Montana-based headquarters.

Hear from Ryan and Matt about the rapid rise of their new digital startup and their plans for the future on this episode of “Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs"

Tom Snyder, creator and owner of Five On Black, a fast, casual, health-oriented Brazilian-style restaurant that has locations in Montana and Colorado.
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“When you’re starting a business, and when you’re fleshing out the ideas, you cannot be afraid to admit to yourself that what you’re doing is not good,” says Tom Snyder, creator and owner of Five On Black, a fast casual, health-oriented Brazilian-style restaurant that has locations in Montana and Colorado.

Today on "Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs," host Arnie Sherman talks with Tom, not yet thirty years old, about his business success and his plans for the future.

“If you act, you’ll either fail and learn, or you’ll succeed. Either one is productive and useful. If you don’t act, nothing happens.”

That’s Shane Beams, the owner and chief engineer of Vision Aerial, a Montana company focused on designing and producing a new generation of affordable, commercial unmanned drones.

On this episode of  Can Do: Lessons from Savvy Montana Entrepreneurs, Shane describes the trajectory of his business, and the trends and issues in the burgeoning drone industry.

A GRIT participant casts a brilliant flash of light as she learns the basic technique of stick welding.
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Wearing safety goggles and a hard hat, Sylvianne Wright, a Missoula high school student, is racing to pound nails into a beam in the main woodshop of Missoula College’s Department of Industrial Technology.

Wright, who goes to Willard Alternative High School, is part of a Missoula YWCA program called GRIT, or Girls Representing In Trades.

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