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“I can’t imagine a better office," he explains. "And it costs, literally—I know this—it costs 10% of what a square footage costs in San Francisco or New York. So I can get ten times the office space, in a majestic setting. I’m sitting on sales calls and looking out at the M, and it’s an easy place to do business.” Submittable - How One Tech Company Built A Successful Business In Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Glacier Park International Airport To Sponsor Kalispell Chamber June 16 Transportation Luncheon
The panel will discuss recent and upcoming commercial air service expansions in the Flathead Valley routes, which will enlarge upon commercial routes to Los Angeles, Chicago, and Portland previously secured.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- 11th Annual MT Ambassador Business Open - So Much More Than Golf!, 8/19-20, Anaconda, Montana
The purpose of the Montana Ambassador Business Open is to connect representatives of Business, Higher Education, and Government for a better Montana. Join us for a time of great networking, great golf, and great food.
Big Sky Commerce
- Tourists flock to Montana to try glamping
Sometimes guests complain that they can't plug in their hair dryer or that their high heels are sinking into the grass. (Note - Best I ever heard was when do they turn off the river because it's so noisy...)
- Glacier National Park celebrates 100 millionth visitors
Glacier National Park saw its first million visitors in 1969, 59 years after it opened in 1910. Now, 46 years later, the Janssens entered the park as its 100 millionth visitors.
- Tourists brought $3.9B to Montana in 2014
The study also shows that one-third of the 10.9 million travelers to Montana reported they were in the state primarily for vacation.
Great Falls Development Authority
- As fraud mounts, US banks join rest of world by issuing credit cards with theft-fighting chips
By autumn, millions of Americans will have made the switch from the old magnetic strip cards. Is your company ready to process them?
- Great Falls officials ponder ways to recruit workers
Here are a few key statistics that leaders of the Great Falls Development Authority, Great Falls Job Service and United Way of Cascade County are pondering:
- Do you know Montana's Ticket River?
Create your own event page on Ticket River and start selling tickets online now! Building your own web page couldn't be easier, and it takes only a few minutes to start ticket sales.
Come Home Montana
- The case of the disappearing chief operating officer
Given the rise of technological tools like management dashboards that give CEOs an instant window into how different units are faring, it's becoming easier for them to have their hands in the operational details.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Quality Assurance Engineer, Salesforce Developer / Architect, Product Marketing Manager - SwagIQ, Marketing Manager and more... - PrintingForLess
At PFL, we want our employees to make a good living and make living good.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer - TubeMogul, Inc., Missoula, Montana
Be an early and important member of TubeMogul - an exciting, well-funded and high-growth organization that provides brand advertisers with the best tools and services to buy and track their video ads.
- If You're Under 25 - These Seven Cities Need to be Your Next Travel Destinations
I have seen many travel articles lately on why Missoula is a hidden western gem, and they aren't kidding.
- Montana's Smith River Memories Video
Montana's Smith River is renowned worldwide for its clean water, rugged canyon scenery, and incredible trout fishery.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Wisconsin ranked dead last in start-up activity
Despite ongoing efforts to stimulate startup activity around Wisconsin and in Milwaukee, local rankings remain dismal, the latest list from the entrepreneurial research and educated-focused Kauffman Foundation shows.
- Hellgate Venture Network Meeting, 6/18, Missoula, Montana
This month's speakers and hosts will be Fernanda and Robert at the recently opened Imagine Nation Brewing. Check out the space, hear their story, sample the beer!
TEDx Events in Montana
- KIND Apparel - Internet allows Missoula artist Mallory Ottariano to sell upcycled clothing around the world
"The Internet is amazing," she said. "It's been really crazy. I started this as a hobby in Massachusetts. I would go to a couple craft fairs a year. The Internet allowed me to move across the country without changing my business whatsoever and have no real repercussions."
- Bozeman Watch Company closes shop, leaves some buyers in limbo
Some have taken Wardle and his company to court over the deals gone bad.
- Submittable - How One Tech Company Built A Successful Business In Missoula
"I can't imagine a better office," he explains. "And it costs, literally--I know this--it costs 10% of what a square footage costs in San Francisco or New York. So I can get ten times the office space, in a majestic setting. I'm sitting on sales calls and looking out at the M, and it's an easy place to do business."
- Three needs in one in Hamilton, Montana: Entrepreneurs team up to provide anger management, real estate and health products
Yvonne Demaras and Linda Jordan have come up with a business that takes care of three needs with one stop.
- Montana considers bringing bison back
Bison restoration presents opportunities for restoring some of the ecological role bison played on the prairie, as well as for increasing tourism and hunting opportunities, the state says in the study.
- TED Talks Video: This Personality Trait is a Major Key to Success
She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled.
Come Home Wyoming
- 'The best job in the world': Fishing guides turn an obsession into a career
"This is a 12-month fishery - there's no hobby guides because they don't have to travel," he said. "Most of these guides live in the canyon and only guide here."
- What would it take to bring Wyoming expatriates home?
A loss of young people saps the economy and bleeds talent.
- Choosing a Small Town Life
Rural America is filled with pioneering, adventurous, entrepreneurial, generous folks
- Companies flocking to Idaho make food processing a growth industry
"Facts are facts. Idaho is a food state."
- User Interface User Experience (UiUx) Announces Expansion in Ketchum, Idaho
The company expects to add 88 jobs and $20.1 million to the local and state economy
Regional Economic Development
- From Popsicles to Pop Music: Albuquerque Bets on Small-Scale Entrepreneurs
"How can we make your business our business?"
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Upcoming Technical Assistance Opportunity
An initiative to help communities address specific challenges or opportunities at the nexus of transportation and community development.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- AltSchool - What Happens When an Ex-Google Executive Creates a School System?
"We've literally built an operating system for a 21st century school system."
- Tennessee Leading School Choice Movement for Special Needs Students
ESA is a program that grants parents more flexibility to customize their child's learning experience by offering them more than $6,000 a year in Tennessee to pay for tutoring, therapy or alternative education.
- Early intervention lasts for kids with autism
"When you intervene early in a child's life, you can make a big difference," says lead author Annette Estes, director of the University of Washington Autism Center.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS program wins more awards for student films
"The MAPS program with Peter Rosten is excellent," said NATASNW executive director Diane Bevins from Seattle on Wednesday. "I marvel at what he has done to help students over the years to just grow - it is incredible and there should be more of him around. I work with a lot of people in the television and film industry and some people just have the heart for students."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University research offers much to celebrate
For the second year in a row, MSU has been ranked with 750 universities worldwide for their publication of scientific papers and citations of those papers in other scholarly works.
- 'Access state': University of Montana, Montana State University accept nearly all applicants
If you're an incoming freshman applying to the University of Montana or Montana State University, you're probably going to be accepted.
- 'Welcome Back Bobcats!' kits free to Bozeman-area businesses
The kits are designed to help local merchants welcome MSU students and their families to Bozeman and celebrate the start of the new school year.
Funding and Building your Business
- The History of Winifred Montana
This documentary explores the deep history of Winifred, Montana dating back to the 1800's.
- NINETEEN New grant announcements
- Remember to Apply, Missoula - Policy Innovation Technical Assistance for Service Providers
This RFA is an opportunity for your organization to access technical expertise as you position for future growth. Each organization selected will receive between $50,000 - $250,000 worth of in-kind technical assistance from the Policy Innovation Lab at the University of Utah.
- Google launches Sidewalk Labs to fix cities
"Sidewalk will focus on improving city life for everyone by developing and incubating urban technologies to address issues like cost of living, efficient transportation and energy usage," Page said in a Google+ post.
- Clay Studio's Mammoth Wood-Fired Kiln Roars Above Missoula, Montana
A behemoth built into the mountainside, it's a voracious dragon that requires round-the-clock feeding, eats a cord of wood a day and takes up to 10 days to fire.
- Progress reported in master plan for downtown Missoula
"It's a 25-year plan and we're in year 7, so we're not even halfway in the life cycle of this plan," Matt Ellis, a member of the MDA's Board of Directors, said. "We try to focus our goals as a committee on what we can actually achieve in the next 12 to 16 months."
Energy and Climate Change
- How One Music Exec Cuts Million-Dollar Deals Without the Contracts and Red Tape
The idea that you have to have contracts to do [business] agreements, that you have to have formal understanding between people in order to have a long relationship, is a complete fallacy.
- Low Productivity? Redesign Your Team So Everyone Is the Leader
Under this framework, everyone is involved in all aspects of the team's management, which leads to team members who are more engaged, involved, and motivated.
- Intel pledges $125 million to invest in tech startups led by women, minorities
The new fund, which is unusual for its focus on minority-led companies, is part of a broader effort that Intel CEO Brian Krzanich has launched amid widespread criticism of a U.S. tech industry dominated by white male executives and investors.
- Why Ads Should Reward Buyers, Not Interrupt Them
Is advertising thriving? Nope. In its current state, the industry is heading toward doom.
- FTC cracks down with crowdfunding case
In its first crowdfunding case, announced Thursday, the federal agency said that Erik Chevalier raised more than $122,000 from 1,246 backers and promised investors they would receive rewards, including the board game and pewter game figurines, if he reached his $35,000 funding goal.
- Phasing Out Coal-Fired Power Plants Would be Good for the Country
By removing public subsidies for coal, we can speed the transition to a clean-energy future rather than doubling down on the costly fuel of the past.
- Stanford engineers develop state-by-state plan to convert U.S. to 100% clean, renewable energy by 2050
Mark Z. Jacobson and colleagues show that it's technically possible for each state to replace fossil fuel energy with entirely clean, renewable energy.
- Indiegogo Funding Campaign 109% funded 20 days left - This giant straw is actually a vertical bladeless wind turbine
The company claims that its design can be reduce manufacturing costs by 53%, cut maintenance costs by 80%, and would represent a 40% reduction in both the carbon footprint and generation costs, when compared to conventional bladed wind turbines. The Vortex is also said to be quieter (than standard wind turbines), and to present a much lower risk to birds and the local environment.
- Can Cities Process Data Like a Utility Service?
Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York and Chicago are among a host of localities attempting to process data within the same framework as water or any other natural resource -- and it seems to be working.
- Getting Governments to Shop Well
Governments and vendors can learn a lot from each other. The procurement process ought to start long before the RFPs are issued.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Some of Hollywood's Finest Attend Special Screening of 'Jurassic World' at the Museum of the Rockies in Bozeman, Montana
On Wednesday, Bozeman looked a lot more like Hollywood. Some lucky people got a special screening of the new movie, Jurassic World and even some of Hollywood's finest were here to celebrate with the Jurassic fans.
- United Way website intended to connect organizations with volunteers
United Way of the Lewis and Clark Area hopes to make the website http://www.volunteerhelena.org, which connects volunteers with volunteer opportunities, the "one stop shop" for people hoping to give back and organizations looking for help.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- In the Footsteps of Norman Maclean Festival July 10-13 in Seeley Lake
The festival will highlight those who remember Maclean's life in Seeley Lake, those who worked with him on his book, Young Men and Fire, and writers and scholars who have reviewed, analyzed and appreciate Maclean's works.
- Bastille Day Fireworks Photo Art Show, 7/3, Missoula, Montana
The fireworks were delayed for several days due to dense fog, and when they were finally set off, the atmospheric conditions produced some amazing photos.
- Why a Smart Home Starts in the Garage
This smart home tech is finally at a point that's neither outrageously expensive nor complicated.
- Drunk Robots - Reminds me of college
Remind of you anyone?
- Tesla: Model X SUV will be out in 3-4 months - Tesla doubles power output in Powerwall home units
Musk also told investors at Tesla's annual meeting that the company plans to let some drivers start testing an autopilot feature at the end of this month.
- Portland unveils city's first 'creative crosswalk' in Old Town (video)
Instead of the traditional crosswalk lines, the pedestrian installation at Northwest Davis Street and Third Avenue uses raindrops and umbrellas.
- TEDx Talk - America needs to stop building new highways
After advising municipalities on how to construct roads for years, Charles Marohn now believes America needs to stop building new highways. Will his new way of thinking catch on?
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