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Passion and perseverance are two important factors that help make a business successful. That's some of what entrepreneurs shared at the Innovate Montana Symposium at the Crowne Plaza Hotel and The Northern Hotel on Wednesday.

The meeting is part of the Main Street Montana Project, run by Gov. Steve Bullock. Keynote speaker Debbie Sterling, founded San Francisco-based Goldieblox, which inspires girls to learn STEM or Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

Sterling said the four-year old company's success can be seen by its products at Toys 'R Us, a Super Bowl commercial and a float in the Macy's Thanksgiving day parade.

"I've persevered and hustled and really moved mountains because it's something that I believe in," Sterling said. "It's bigger than myself. It's important. So I'm happy to be here in Montana with this great group, this great entrepreneurial community to share my story with the hopes that it may inspire others to stick with their dreams and passions and know that anything's possible."

"What we have is 400 job creators from all around the state here really to learn from one another both about some of the things happening in our state and how to build on those platforms and create things for entrepreneurs," Bullock said. "So we have small businesses here learning from other small businesses on how to take it to the next level."

The scheduled keynote speaker on Thursday is Chris Weasler, the head of Spectrum Policy and Connectivity Planning at Facebook.

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