Feb. 20, 2002                                                         Contact:Lucas Hamilton

Auditor to make presentations on raising venture capital


      State Auditor John Morrison will visit Hamilton and Missoula Feb. 26 to discuss ways to raise venture capital and finance projects.
      "The purpose of this trip is for me to talk face-to-face with individual Montanans about raising capital while adhering to Montana law," said Morrison, Montana's Insurance and Securities Commissioner.
      Securities Department staff will be on hand to help answer questions.
      Morrison's first presentation will be from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. in the Hamilton Public Library, 306 State St.
      The second presentation will be from 2:30 to 4 p.m. at the Missoula Public Library, 301 East Main St.
      The community is invited to attend.