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Jim Steen, Founder, MOVE Bumpers

Jim is the founder of MOVE Bumpers, a company that provides quality, reasonably-priced Pick Up and SUV bumpers to the market in kit form. Jim sold MOVE to a private equity firm in 2019, but still owns a small share of the company, and continues to contribute to operations as a consultant.

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Andrzej Gussman, founder, Gussman Enterprises

Andrzej Gussman, founder, Gussman Enterprises
Andrzej, along with his wife Marie, oversees Gussman Enterprises, which operates many businesses, including bead sales (used for Blackfeet regalia), honey sales, government contracting, and most famously, manufacturing of traditional tanning hides used for Blackfeet regalia.



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Oriana Turley, founder, Medicine Mountain Scrub Company

Oriana Turley, founder, Medicine Mountain Scrub Company:
Oriana is a nurse, mother, adventurer, and entrepreneur. Through the pandemic she founded, along with her sister Golden, Medicine Mountain Scrub Company: an ethically manufactured, sustainably sourced and mountain-inspired line of medical workwear for women. In Fall 2020, they launched their company along with their first scrubs, The Alpine Scrub Set, through a 30-day Kickstarter campaign, pre-selling over $36,000 in in 

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Accelerate Montana's Rural Innovation Initiative acknowledges that we are in the aboriginal territories of the Salish and Kalispel people. We honor the path they have always shown us in caring for this place for generations to come.

Our Funding:

Program Funded Through the Economic Development Agency (EDA), University Center Program.

The AMRII program is being funded by the EDA's University Center program following a successful application that UM submitted in response to their 2018 NOFO

The University Center (UC) program is specifically designed to marshal the resource located within colleges and universities to support regional economic development strategies in regions of chronic and acute economic distress. As the EDA notes, "Institutions of higher education have extensive resource, including specialized research, outreach, technology transfer, and commercialization capabilities, as well as recognized faculty expertise and sophisticated laboratories.