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"We've done some good work, but all of these products become obsolete so fast...It will be some finite number of years, and I don't know the number—before our doom comes." -- Bill Gates
"Manzullo, Pomeroy Introduce Legislation to Provide Federal Tax Credits for Angel Investors who invest in U.S. Small Businesses. Your active support is important for this proposed legislation." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --------- Hope you can attend the Montana Funding Roundtable this Friday in Helena. "Montana Capital Investment Action Group - 5/12, Helena, MT" http://www.matr.net/ev ... =1596
Come Home Montana
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~LIBBY
Located in the beautiful Kootenai River Valley, Libby sits in the extreme northwest corner of MT.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Software Engineer
The company is a dominant source for tools, information, and technical support regarding stream restoration and stream bank biostabilization technologies serving private, non-profit and government clients throughout the U.S.
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer is all-day kindergarten convert
“Kids start falling through the cracks before they get to first grade,” Schweitzer said. “We start losing potentially talented kids because they start dropping behind.”
- Wyoming ranks high for education technology
Education Week magazine ranked Wyoming fourth in the nation for the technology in its K-12 education system.
- Magazine ranks BYU 8th in business program
The magazine cited the program's accounting program and ethics-based education as strengths.
- Idaho State University receives million-dollar gift; benefits American Indians. The school's first endowed professorship, in the Native American Business Administration program.
"The opportunity sounded like a dream come true for kids who might not have stayed in school,'"' Nelson said. "This is an entrepreneurial program that's going to teach business acumen."
- Writing the Case for Public School Reform
Professor David Thomas discusses his case studies on how the School District of Philadelphia is recruiting and retaining teachers and improving its human resources department.
- The Effects of Investing in Early Education on Economic Growth
By 2080, a national program would cost the federal government approximately $59 billion, but generate enough additional growth in federal revenue to cover the costs of the program several times over.
- Montana Superintendent of Schools Linda McCulloch is again seeking recommendations of outstanding educators for the OPI "Talent Pool".
The Talent Pool is a list of K-12 Montana educators who have been recommended to the Office of Public Instruction as outstanding teachers, who have demonstrated exceptional instructional ability, have an inspiring presence, and exhibit professional leadership.
Montana Economic Development
- Gallery owner says national exhibition of top artists from across the country is going to be ‘great' for Missoula - Oil Painters of America's 15th annual National Juried Exhibition at the Dana Gallery
If the success of an art show can be gauged by sales, Friday's opening of the Oil Painters of America's 15th annual National Juried Exhibition at the Dana Gallery was pretty much a smash hit for artists, and a reflection of just how strong the underlying market for artwork in Missoula has become.
- Avmax gears up for takeoff in Great Falls
Avmax hopes soon to receive approval to repair aircraft from the Federal Aviation Administration, said Gary Graham, Avmax's vice president of corporate development. It could start servicing a few regional jets by the end of the month.
- Bacterin Receives International Honor - "National Business Incubation Association’s 2006 Outstanding Incubator Graduate award"
Bacterin’s ability to stay in the Bozeman area also was due, in part, to the incubator. Without TechRanch’s help in securing investors, Bacterin might have had to move to the East or West Coast where potential investors were located, Cook said. Working with Bridger Private Capital Network, a local angel network managed by TechRanch, the company was able to stay in Montana.
- Chinook Wireless and Nokia build GSM network in Montana
"Chinook Wireless is committed to delivering the highest quality wireless voice and data services in the State of Montana," said Jonathan Foxman, President and CEO. "Nokia's GSM/GPRS/EDGE solution will enable Chinook to deliver state-of-the-art digital wireless services. With Nokia's support, we will provide a service that will greatly exceed our customers' expectations."
- Nearly 40 DirectTV Techs Fired in Florida After Local TV Report. Installers Disclose Policy They Say Forced Them To Lie To Customers
They said their supervisors have been putting pressure on them by deducting $5 from their paychecks for every DirectTV receiver who is not connected to a phone line, the report said.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Trapper Creek Winery receives state ag grant for advertising and promotion.
“The program funds money for economic businesses to help with advertising and promotion of agricultural-related business,” Justin Hager, program manager for the GTA, said.
- Guide to Federal Re$ources for Youth Development
This Guide provides communities with detailed information about more than 100 federal funding sources that help promote the five core resources needed by young people.
- Manzullo, Pomeroy Introduce Legislation to Provide Federal Tax Credits for Angel Investors who invest in U.S. Small Businesses. Your active support is important for this proposed legislation.
Pomeroy added, “North Dakota was built on the pioneer spirit, the same spirit driving small businesses. This bill will provide needed support to get new businesses to the next stage of growth.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Aerial Mapping Takes Another Leap
Instead of just the straight-down views that distant satellites gather, the planes photograph America's varied landscape at a 40-degree angle from a few thousand feet in the air. The images are detailed enough to pick out fire hydrants in Chicago, lilac trees in Rochester and the levees of New Orleans before and after Hurricane Katrina.
- Established firms step up to aid start-ups. Microsoft, IBM lead way in forging collaborative attitude toward future
''Overall, there's a more collaborative attitude today,"
- Americans Are Migrating To Rural Counties
They are the places where you can still get something that feels like a good life, without the salary of a chief executive.
University Business Plan Competitions
- 'Retired' workers are great resource. Finding and Retaining Talent will Become More Challenging
"One result could be large gaps in the labor force and possible economic hardship as companies scramble to find skilled replacements for retirees," says a recent report from the Workforce Development Council of Seattle-King County. "Several important industry sectors and 'knowledge occupations' are vulnerable because they have a high proportion of older workers." Among those sectors identified as most vulnerable: education, public administration, utilities, manufacturing, health care and architecture/engineering.
- Alternative energy company wins $30K in Intel-sponsored UC Berkeley Business Plan Competition
Aurora BioFuels presented a plan showing how to create biodiesel fuel with yields 125 times higher than existing biodiesel conversion technologies, and at half the cost.
- Tech Transfer 101: Inland Northwest Region's Research Universities Learning How to Benefit From Ideas
"I think the academy has to do more of this," said Schrader. "We're public institutions, and particularly land-grant institutions like WSU need to do more to benefit our taxpayers, stakeholders, consumers -whatever you want to call them."
- Versatility may remain key to IT success
"Make no mistake: If you are an IT specialist who ignores or downplays the demand to develop business-oriented competence, you are at risk of being unemployable within the next five years," said Diane Morello, a vice president of research at Gartner.
- Top 10 reasons for networking
If I had to name the single characteristic shared by all the truly successful people, I'd have to say it's the ability to create and nurture a network of contacts.
- Questions To Ask During A Job Interview
When discussing a new job, make sure to ask enough questions to find out whether that opportunity really is a good fit.
- Grants 101: Professional Grant Proposal Writing Workshop, 7/24-26, University Of Montana, Missoula
The Grant Institute’s Grants 101 Course is an intensive and detailed introduction to the process, structure, and skill of professional proposal writing.
- Help rural states, Montana Sen. Max Baucus asks the National Council of Foundations Monday in Pittsburgh at its annual conference
"Rural America has the need," Baucus was quoted as saying by the Chronicle. "But rural America has not received the grants. That just does not seem fair." Those states receiving the least money from foundations are Alaska, Maine, Mississippi, Montana, New Hampshire, North Dakota, South Dakota, West Virginia, Vermont and Wyoming.
Connectivity & Communications
- Company says it can turn Cheyenne, Wyoming's trash into fuel
Michael Spitzauer of Green Power says his company could build a plant that would use a process called "catalytic depolymerization" to convert the city's trash to diesel fuel.
Space and Zero Gravity Research
- Software can turn blogs into meetings
Now, people who have installed the free Skype software can host audio conversations, known as Skypecasts, with up to 100 people at a time.
City Club Missoula
- Prototype Mars space suit, developed by University students, unveiled in North Dakota Badlands
The suit was developed in just over a year by students from the University of North Dakota, North Dakota State, Dickinson State, the state College of Science and Turtle Mountain Community College, said project manager Pablo de Leon, an aerospace engineer at UND.
- City Club Missoula To Focus On Montana Meth Project, 5/19, Missoula
Nick Domitrovich, a member of the project, will explain the history and mission of the organization which calls itself the only prevention-focused organization in Montana using a research methodology to reduce the prevalence and frequency of meth use in the state.
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