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"Making the case that diversity is good for business results is really important, and I think that's getting through. What I don't talk about and other people don't talk about is, it's not that we want equality just for equality's sake, even though we do, and it's the right thing to do. It's that we also want diversity and equality because it will make our organization and other organizations perform better." Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg -- The Next Iconic Founders Will Be Women and Here's Why -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Early Edge Montana
- Big Sky Economic Development Annual Meeting, 10/13, Billings, Montana
This years keynote speaker is Carl Casale, CEO of CHS, Inc. CHS Inc. is a Fortune 100 business owned by United States agricultural cooperatives, farmers and ranchers.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Wheeler Center Fall 2016 Conference - Expanding Early Childhood Eduation In Montana, 11/6, Billings and Satellite Video Locations
Its objective is to engage stakeholders - including current and potential early childhood program providers and advocates, teachers, school administrators, school board members, legislators and other interested parties - in a well-informed and focused dialogue aimed at supporting concrete policy options for the expansion and integration of early childhood programming into Montana's education system.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- An update on participants at the Peer-to-Peer Workforce Symposium Oct. 11-12 in Bozeman, Montana
We're excited to announce that a group of knowledgeable business leaders from across the state and nation have committed their time to engage with you on important and relevant topics during the upcoming Workforce Symposium!
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Years in the making, school bonds in the hands of Missoula voters
It's finally decision time for Missoula voters.
- Missoula school bonds would pay for faster Internet, wireless access at all schools and would make entrances at schools more secure
"Even though we don't want to think that something like that could happen here, it's our responsibility to be prepared," said Hatton Littman, MCPS director of technology and communications.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Where to Find Dinosaurs in Montana - Smithsonian Broadcasts 10/4,5 and 7
In 1978, a rock shop owner scouring the plains of Montana discovered the skeletal remains of a complete unknown type of dinosaur.
Come Home Montana
- Still Time to Join Startup Week Great Falls this week Oct. 6-9
Come for the entire week or just register for the session that are most impactful for you. Food, Drinks, Gifts and Prizes each evening!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Social Media Support Specialist - Fors Marsh Group LLC
The ideal candidate will provide a basic level of customer support via social media and/or refer more complex problems to other staff members.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Human Resource Manager - West Paw
Working for West Paw means joining a B-Corp Certified company that measures its success in the things money can't buy: a cleaner planet, healthier communities, and safe, happy pets.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Engineer/Project Manager, Mid-Level Scientist, Laboratory/Field Technician - TetraTech
Come discover the many career opportunities awaiting you at Tetra Tech in Helena and Missoula. Consider being a part of a complex world's clear solutions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Manager - Missoula County Public Schools
To conceive and implement a coherent data system which unifies and facilitates the exchange, extraction and use of all data for Missoula County Public Schools.
Montana Economic Development
- Hi-Tech Rockfall Construction - Helicopter work requires longer delays on I-15 Oct. 6 through Oct.9
"There's no doubt about it - delays are a pain," said Dan Rivas, project manager for Hi-Tech Rockfall. "The patience this community has extended, in spite of the daily inconveniences, is impressive. We're working hard to honor that spirit of partnership by limiting delays whenever possible and moving travelers through the project as quickly and safely as possible."
- Headframe Spirits "Orphan Girl" gaining popularity nationwide
The name Orphan Girl is deeply rooted in Butte history.
- Historic Missoula Wilma Theater showing off improvements
They've kept in mind the theater's significant place in downtown Missoula while imbuing it with ambitions beyond the city limits.
- Farmer's market vendors react to new cottage food law
Cottage food can now be made in a home kitchen and still be sold.
- St. Patrick Hospital CEO Jeff Fee discusses expansions, health-care reform
St. Pat's draws patients from dozens of counties and is also one of the largest employers in western Montana, so its ambitions will have implications for both the local economy and the future of health-care delivery in Montana.
- Bozeman start-up DropTrip aims to change the future of shipping
If you've ever delivered something for someone, or had a friend pick something up for you, you've done a DropTrip - except with DropTrip in the mix, you can make money for a delivery and save money shipping. It's the world's first crowdsourced shipping social network.
- Helena to consider seeking grant for Pioneer Aerostructures jobs
The grant would purchase equipment the company will need to create an anticipated 14 new full-time jobs, according to an email from Nathan Pawelek, the company's human resources manager.
- TED Talk of the week Emilie Wapnick: Why some of us don't have one true calling
Emilie Wapnick describes the kind of people she calls "multipotentialites" -- who have a range of interests and jobs over one lifetime. Are you one?
- Why the Next Steve Jobs Will Be a Woman
A rising tide of female founders will produce the next iconic entrepreneur.
- Inside the Mind of Facebook's Sheryl Sandberg
"Let's Kick the Shit Out of Option B."
- The Next Iconic Founders Will Be Women and Here's Why
The October 2015 issue of Inc. is a wonderful collection of articles focusing on women entrepreneurs and leaders. I highly recommend getting a copy to read all of the stories. Russ
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho commerce director Jeff Sayer to resign by end of 2015
"I have a gut feel that there's huge growth on the horizon," Sayer, 53, told the Idaho Statesman. "I'm feeling the longing to return to the private sector."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Pioneer Square Labs aims to turn ideas into businesses
People skilled at running companies might not be the best at coming up with ideas to start them. On the other hand, those who are great at thinking up business ideas might not be the best at running companies.
- $50 million of Steve Jobs' Apple fortune will help create tech-focused 'Super Schools'
The project is a competition-based endeavor, giving teams the chance to dream up what an effective, innovative high school would look like.
- Teaching the Roots of STEM - Montana middle and high school science programs on display for Manufacturing Day
"We realized that as kids become more proficient in their skills and knowledge, we need to drive these courses to a younger group," Flatau told the tour group. "What is introduced at the middle school is built on in high school."
Montana Education Excellence
- The tenure of Education Secretary Arne Duncan -- in his own sometimes startling words
"...we have to stop lying to children. We have to tell them the truth. We have to be transparent about our data. We have to raise the bar so that every child knows on every step of their educational trajectory what they're going to do."
- Fewer students attending University of Montana
"We were conservative in our projections because we knew we had large numbers of students graduating again this past year and smaller classes still in the pipeline," said Dawn Ressel, associate vice president for planning, budgeting and analysis.
- Teachers hope Bozeman voters OK $21 million to expand two schools
"This can be seen as a positive thing -- it's evidence of the continued growth of the community, and continued commitment to the quality education of our kids."
Funding and Building your Business
- Priced out: Bozeman housing market hits young professionals hard
Many called the city's housing situation a "crisis," and said they are finding themselves forced to seek housing in nearby towns like Belgrade or they consider leaving the area entirely.
- More Americans Living Next Door to Fire Danger - Mapping America's Unprecedented Vulnerability to Wildfires
As of 2010, 99 million people, or about one-third of all people in the United States, lived in the wildland/urban interface (WUI).
Energy and Climate Change
- The Top 7 Content Marketing Trends That Will Dominate 2016
Today's content marketers have to analyze subjective situations and adapt to new technologies at a faster rate than ever before, but it's only going to get more complex from here.
- How to Build a Company That Will Last 100 Years
"My exit strategy is to be rolled out of my office on a gurney," she said.
- The Top 50 Women Entrepreneurs in America
It's instructive to look at the not-so-obvious ties that bind these women together: the inventiveness, the belief that by starting small you can eventually upend the bigger players, and the embrace of unconventional strategies for growth.
- What Male Entrepreneurs Need to Learn From Women
Men tend to get in touch when they have a specific problem they're struggling with, whereas women contact me because they want to become better businesspeople.
Connectivity & Communications
- SolarCity claims world's most efficient solar panel, made in USA
SolarCity CEO Lyndon Rive and board chairman Elon Musk will report that the company's new panels can convert into electricity 22 percent of the energy that falls on them in the form of sunlight.
- 'Urban frontier house' a sustainable project in heart of Billings
"I really think there's potential in this house to be a game-changer."
- Mass-produced, printable solar cells enter market and could change everything
They are also able to print directly on to walls and windows using an opaque solar film and claim that they can line a skyscraper with panels, making it totally electrically self sufficient.
- Watch Elon Musk announce Tesla Energy in the best tech keynote I've ever seen
How can you compete with Steve Jobs introducing the iPhone in 2007 -- but ultimately Jobs was selling a better smartphone. Musk is selling a better future.
- Utility-Scale Solar Reaches Cost Parity With Natural Gas Throughout America
The cost of installing utility-scale solar has fallen considerably in recent years, from more than $6 per watt in 2009 to about $3 per watt in 2014. That has resulted in a boom in the sector, which is 31 times bigger than it was a decade ago.
- A fully transparent solar cell that could make every window and screen a power source
Researchers at Michigan State University have created a fully transparent solar concentrator, which could turn any window or sheet of glass (like your smartphone's screen) into a photovoltaic solar cell.
- $3.85 Million Secured for New Broadband Network That Will Improve Speeds, Costs, and Redundancy in Bozeman
Starting next year, the network will offer fiber-based broadband in selected major business corridors providing affordable connections to businesses, schools, local government, and limited residential clients. BozemanFiber has a long-term business plan to incrementally expand open fiber offerings across the community.
- Bozeman one step closer to being better connected to the world
Deputy Superintendent of the Bozeman School District, Steve Johnson said, "The education of today is not just in the classroom, they reach out to everywhere in the world and in order to do that we need to have good solid internet access."
- Data and the Opportunity to Rethink Human Services
We're seeing how new technology and methods, along with more sophisticated data analytics, can turn volumes of data into actionable insights and help change this all-too-common pattern.
- AERO receives $100,000 grant from the US Department of Agriculture
Connecting Producers program, which will grow and improve AERO's Abundant Montana Directory and promote agritiourism opportunities for both consumers and producers in Montana.
- For the Scotch Drinkers - Raw Craft with Anthony Bourdain - Episode Six: Dufftown
'Is whisky science or magic?' 'Magic.'
- The smartest economist you've never heard of
"David, if you go to the IMF, you'll be throwing your career away."
- Five little-known Amazon price hacks
These Amazon "shopping hacks" will help you get things like a free Prime membership extension or digital credits, and even seven-day price protection on purchases.
- How to Design a Better Bus Transit Map
This is a map that truly focuses on communicating the usefulness of the transit routes.
- Japan will begin testing self-driving cabs next year
Self-driving car technology is progressing like gangbusters, and now it really does seem like everyone has a horse in the race.
- Hands off the Wheel - 60 Minutes on CBS
Car accidents cost us much more than time and money. They also take a staggering number of lives. Every year on American roads, nearly 33,000 people die, almost all because of driver error. That's the equivalent of a 747 full of passengers crashing once a week for a year. Self-driving cars could save more than two-thirds of those lives. That's what the nation's top auto regulator told us.
- Some Chevy Volts will be self-driving next year (+video)
Visitors to GM's technical development campus next year might get a ride from a fleet of autonomous 2016 Chevy Volt extended range vehicles.
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