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"You will walk out of there with your hearts smiling." - City Club Missoula Hosts Special Olympics Athletes - Let's Fill the Adams Center for State Summer Games May 19-22. Volunteers Needed http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Today - 4/14/15 is Equal Pay Day - This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- #MillionsofMontanans: Hashtag takes off
"Yesterday, a 'grassroots' organization talked about the things #MillionsOfMontanans did. What else have #MillionsOfMontanans done? #MTLeg," Gov. Steve Bullock tweeted.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock still fighting for public preschool
"I'm sure hopeful we can get it done," Bullock said at Whittier School, surrounded by 21 happily noisy preschool children. "I can't stress how important it is for the future of our state, the future of our workforce."
- Great Falls Police: Early childhood care as a crime prevention tool - "Saddle Up, Montana: It's Time to Make Early Investments in Kids"
"We all pay the price when young people drop out of school and turn to a life of crime."
Sustainable Business Council
- A Data Scientist's Advice to Business Schools
"If business graduates do not understand the conceptual distinction between data science and other forms of analysis, they will be unequipped to strike meaningful and value-producing conversations with one of the key domain experts in modern enterprise."
- Health IT vendors slammed for hampering the exchange of patient data
Health IT vendors charge high fees to set up interfaces for hospitals and labs to share patient data. They also force customers to use proprietary technology and refuse to publish APIs (application programming interfaces).
Great Falls Development Authority
- "I Value Food" Preventing food waste begins in the fridge
"I Value Food addresses the need for a consumer-facing website that lets people know the size and scope of the problem, and it also provides viewers with the tools to take action," says Sustainable America's executive director, Jeremy Kranowitz.
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 28
Here are the top 28 items moving our region forward from the past three weeks.
- Win R&D Funding For Your Early Stage Technology From NSF, 04/21, Bozeman
In this free session, you'll learn how you can qualify for hundreds of thousands of dollars in R&D funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) that does not have to be matched or repaid.
Come Home Montana
- The Simple Numbers That Could Change How You Hire - You have to be as data-driven about your hiring as you are about your product.
And now, as CTO at Flipboard, he's growing yet another rocket ship team, applying many of the tactics he learned, especially this one:
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Chief Mortgage Lending Officer, Compliance Specialist, Branch Manager and more... - Opportunity Bank
Our Mission Is To Provide Strong Financial Futures For Montanans.
- Montana's taxes third lowest, by one measurement - You Should Be Here Growing Your Business
Having no sales tax and middling rates on other types of taxes apparently kept Montana's overall taxes low, an analysis of the WalletHub report shows.
- Rocky Mountain College student entrepreneurs head to national competition
The nine members of Enactus https://www.facebook.com/rmcenactus left today for St. Louis for the 2015 Enactus United States National Exposition.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Thriving Native businesses boost Montana economy
However, we know that Tribal Nations lag behind the rest of the state economically.
- Tax return data puts Montana wages near bottom of nation, again
Montana has been the lowest for average wages and salaries for every year since 1991 except 2012 (when the state was also second to last) and 2008 (when it moved up to 47th place)
- Missoula's Maverick Motorsports selling electric motorcycles
With current electricity prices, the Zero motorcycles cost less than a penny per mile to run.
- Butte native Carole Murphy returns home, launches New Moon Clothing online business
"I'm here to help create wealth that is spread out and raises the standard of living for everybody involved. Yet, I am not anti-capitalism. It's what you do with that money that counts."
- Breadmaking at Great Harvest Bakeries: Why Don't We Take the Easy Way?
The real reason we don't take shortcuts is because our way makes the best bread.
- TED Talk of the week Bel Pesce: 5 ways to kill your entrepreneurial dreams
All of us want to invent that game-changing product, launch that successful company, write that best-selling book.
- Today's TED Talk: Kailash Satyarthi: How to make peace? Get angry
Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Kailash Satyarthi offers a surprising piece of advice to anyone who wants to change the world for the better: Get angry at injustice. In this powerful talk, he shows how a lifetime of peace-making sprang from a lifetime of outrage.
- Chuck Tooley - the longest serving mayor in the history of Billings, Montana - will be speaking at TEDx Whitefish! May 4th
Chuck has made a career of helping individuals, groups, and communities envision what can be - and then implementing that vision.
Business Plan Forums
- The Women's Foundation of Montana launches Powerhouse Montana as a resource clearinghouse for entrepreneurs.
PowerHouse Montana Initiative aims to connect women with mentors, resources and opportunities through a searchable database.
- Today - 4/14/15 is Equal Pay Day
This date symbolizes how far into the year women must work to earn what men earned in the previous year.
- Owner of a Credit Card Processor Is Setting a New Minimum Wage: $70,000 a Year
Mr. Price's small, privately owned company is by no means a bellwether, but his unusual proposal does speak to an economic issue that has captured national attention: The disparity between the soaring pay of chief executives and that of their employees.
- Study finds, surprisingly, that women are favored for jobs in STEM
"It is a propitious time for women launching careers in academic science," the researchers declared.
- "When women prosper, we all prosper" - Group pitches equal pay resolution to Bozeman, Montana
Female workers earn only 67 cents on the dollar paid to male workers.
- Montana Pay Equity for Women Summit panelists share tips on negotiating wages
"As a young professional it was very encouraging to hear from the strong women of the summit that if you do the proper work, you are completely in the right asking for proper pay. It felt really good to hear."
- Google's gentle 'Shark Tank' tests start-up talent
It's a bit surprising to walk into a packed auditorium here on the Google campus to find a dozen young non-Google entrepreneurs from around the country pitching their startups to judges eager to make them the next new, new thing.
Incubators and R&D
- John Oliver defends the IRS, gets Michael Bolton to sing about it
"The fact is, blaming the IRS because you hate paying your taxes is a bit like slapping your checkout clerk because the price of eggs has gone up," he said. "It's not her fault. She's just trying to help you get out of the store."
- Inside Intel's Education Accelerator
The Intel Education Accelerator is open to both K-12 and higher-ed startups, with "special consideration for companies focused on data analytics and adaptive learning."
Washington State Business
- Recovery on Main Street: Small banks are lending again
"The fact loan growth is strong at small banks indicates that small businesses are kicking into gear."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Skyly Refines the Science of Political Fundraising
"As a campaign fundraising professional with a background in statistics, I'm really intrigued by this approach and think it holds a lot of promise."
- "Expanding Early Childhood Education In Montana - Developing Readiness And Enhancing Effectiveness, 5/15, Billings
The conference will focus on a range of issues related to readiness for and implementation of expanded pre-kindergarten education programming.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Oregon to fund universities based on degrees awarded, not seats filled
A state higher-education commission passed sweeping reforms Thursday designed to fund public universities based partly on how many Oregonians they graduate, instead of the number they enroll.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- The Bitterroot Valley Chamber of Commerce Honors MAPS Media Founder Peter Rosten As Business Person of the Year
The MAPS MEDIA INSTITUTE empowers young minds through creativity, communication skills, confidence and inspiration. In 2014, we were honored as one of the "Top 50" after-school programs in the U.S. by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
Montana Education Excellence
- Please sign letter to help support Missoula Schools - It's Missoula's future - It's your future
Your support is essential.
- University of Montana offers first online Media Arts bachelor's degree
"This is the revolution that we're in right now as educators,"
Funding and Building your Business
- Oakland family funds state of the art field of dreams for Montana high school
The Oakland Athletic Complex at Perham Field, which features an NFL-caliber football field and international-level track, is the new home of the Dawson County High School Red Devils in Glendive, Mont.
- Two-way study of Front, Main streets in Missoula finds benefits of conversion
We found many pluses and no negatives following conversion: traffic accidents, crime, and abandonments fell, and housing prices spiked on these converted streets more than in any other neighborhood in the county. Qualitative evaluation indicated that local business enterprises had increased business revenue and customer traffic after the conversion as well.
- The Fear Factor Behind the Success of Shared Streets
For shared space, the idea that pedestrians, bikes, cars all have equal claim to the street and should navigate the common space socially rather than hewing to the dictates of century-old traffic engineering, is intentionally scary.
- Friendly competition challenges architects to design for urban renewal district
An important goal of the contest, said Jaron Mickolio, who's with A&E Architects in Billings, was to "bring public awareness to the EBURD, which is often a forgotten part of Billings but is now on the edge of a new identity."
- City Club Missoula Hosts Special Olympics Athletes - Let's Fill the Adams Center for State Summer Games May 19-22. Volunteers Needed
"You will walk out of there with your hearts smiling," Norbie told City Club Missoula attendees Monday.
Energy and Climate Change
- Gallup Research: Companies usually choose the wrong managers
Companies choose the wrong candidates for management positions 82% of the time
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Climatologist Professor Steven Running warns of 'water refugees' in Montana
"We could end up, I suppose, with a dramatic acceleration of population here," Running said. "Like we've never seen before."
- The gamble on Tesla's gigafactory in the Nevada desert
Tesla's agreement to a $1.3 billion incentive package to build its factory set off a frenzy to prepare Nevadans for the jobs their taxes are now subsidizing at a rate of $190,000 per position.
- Germany Proves Life With Less Fossil Fuel Getting Easier
The model in Germany, the biggest economy in the world to rely so heavily on renewables, is being copied from California to China as wind and solar displace traditional fuels such as nuclear and coal.
- Businesses Want Vermont to Adopt Nation's First Carbon Tax
Advocates point to efforts in Oregon and Washington to adopt carbon taxes (or carbon fees) as well.
- The $5 Billion Race to Build a Better Battery
Young companies staked by big backers are challenging fossil fuels with new ways to hold sun and wind power in the $50 billion energy storage market.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- New Missoula Equus International Film Festival focuses on the role of horses
Janet Rose, who led the IWFF for 13 years until 2013, is now at the helm of the new Equus International Film Festival, which will have its inaugural launch this September in Missoula.
- Small, adorable robot helps users form positive habits - MOTi
MOTi is a behavioral tracking device that users can make an emotional connection with to help them form and maintain positive habits.
- Self-driving cars: bumpy ride for insurance industry?
For today's auto insurers, the harbinger of doom is the self-driving car.
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