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“The future is already here—it’s just not very evenly distributed.” William Gibson
First Annual Montana STEMfest 2015 For Montana High School Students And Teachers!, 10/19-20, Online http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5638
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Department of Commerce
- Kalispell Chamber's October 20 Luncheon - 10 Marketing Tips For Small Businesses
Local marketing consultant, creative strategist, and speaker Connie Cermak will give the presentation. Though geared for small business, anyone desiring practical, relevant marketing advice will find her methods and ideas helpful.
Big Sky Commerce
- Invest In Success, 3/15-16, Havre, Montana
Invest in Success is an annual statewide conference designed by SBDC Business Advisors that focuses on leading businesses into the future with relevant, on trend workshops.
Great Falls Development Authority
- SBA News: Small firms should adopt chip card technology
"Businesses that have not integrated EMV technology to process chip cards will become financially responsible for fraudulent transactions previously covered by the cardholder's issuing bank."
Come Home Montana
- The LaunchPoint From Concept To Startup! Untame Your Entrepreneurial Spirit, 10/14, Great Falls, MT
Join GFDA and the Great Falls Small Business Development Center for The LaunchPoint, a business planning and strategies workshop that will walk through the key structures, available tools and why money is important before, during and after you open your doors.
- Montana Career Opportunities - VB.NET Developer, Database Analyst, .Net Consultant, .NET Front End Developer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
At ASG, we are passionate about fostering successful relationships with our customers and candidates--relationships where quality, honesty and respect matter.
Montana Economic Development
- Indiegogo Campaign - Purse for the People Butte, Montana
We are supporting the peoples of Borneo and Java, helping them to keep their ancient traditions alive. We are also helping to preserve the rain forest because that is where the rattan grows wild. (No rain forest=No rattan)
- Fishing guide: Montana's outdoor recreation industry threatened by climate change
If fishing opportunities dry up in Montana, so will tourists' dollars and the jobs they support.
- Governor Bullock to brewers: You're an economic force, and a Montana icon
Bullock was in Missoula to address the annual gathering of the Montana Brewers Association, just ahead of the Montana Brewers Fall Festival this Friday evening in Caras Park.
- Local businesses have tough time finding workers in Bozeman
"You'll hear many general managers that are here from the hotel industry that are making up 40 rooms at night before they go home because they're short of housekeeping or they're short of culinary staff that the owners are back in the kitchen cooking," said Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce CEO Daryl Schliem.
- Downtown Missoula Retail Pop-Up Sale Sunday, Oct. 18 At The Newly-Renovated Wilma Theater
Betty's Divine, Cloth & Crown, Mood Boutique, Laurel Creek, La Bella Vita, Olive & Iron, The Green Light, One Eleven, Velvet Bride and The Trail Head will all showcase their seasonal clearance items, and everything will be on sale and affordable.
TEDx Events in Montana
- MSU Optical Technology Center wins economic development award
Today, the center has taught more than 200 graduate and 300 undergraduate students, and Bozeman has more than 30 optics/photonics companies working on technologies such as remote sensors, medical imaging, firefighter safety and night vision, Shaw said.
- TEDxBozeman accepting speaker applications for 2016 event
The fifth annual event will be held April 9, 2016. Anyone with a tie to Montana -- past or present -- is encouraged to apply. The selection process is competitive, and fewer than two dozen applicants are selected each year.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Famous quotes, the way a woman would have to say them during a meeting.
"Woman in a Meeting" is a language of its own.
- 5 Inspiring Lessons From TED Talks on How to Have a Happier Life
If the life you're leading isn't the one you want, these 10-minute talks will help you change things for the better.
- Daniel Goleman: Are You Aware of Your Self-Defeating Habits?
Now there's a tool for changing those habits: bringing focus to our unconscious patterns. Call it focused mind whispering.
- Chattanooga Is Offering Internet Faster Than Google Fiber
Chattanooga was one of the first cities to bypass large commercial Internet service providers and start offering city-run gigabit-speed fiber services for its citizens back in 2008--about five years before Google Fiber brought comparable speeds to Kansas City.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Canadian City Completely Eradicates Homelessness With Brand New Approach
They did the opposite of what most cities do.
- The Politics of Prisons: Location Affects Legislators' Voting on Criminal Reform
Legislators representing rural areas with prisons are less likely to support lighter sentencing and other criminal reforms. A new study argues that's because these rural legislators think they have an economic interest in keeping the prison business booming.
- Senator Tester to introduce bill to attract and retain quality teachers to rural Montana
Teachers and administrators endorse Tester's legislation that will provide a boost to rural schools
- Why Tax Incentives Could Change A State's Constitution
Louisiana is one of seven states that holds so-called "limited scope" legislative sessions every other year that focus only on fiscal matters and reserve other policy issues for general legislative sessions.
Oregon Economic Development
- Oil Bust? Bah -- North Dakota Is Still Poised To Thrive
In the coming years, other industries may help pick up the slack from energy.
- Real Economy: Tourism a big driver of Oregon economy
Oregon State Senator Jeff Merkley talk about the drivers of Oregon's economy and what the Beaver State can do to improve upon its strengths.
- Tech scene blooms in Ireland thanks to Economic Summit
Web Summit helped put Ireland on the tech map. An annual gathering that draws the likes of Bono, Elon Musk and Jack Dorsey, it celebrated ideas, big personalities and the joys of the pub crawl.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- PepsiCo Executive Says Agency Model is Going to Break
"Agencies will continue to see more and more projects leaving them. They will get a smaller and smaller share of the pie." Bradley Jakeman, president of PepsiCo's global beverage group
Utah Economic Development
- Apple is learning an expensive lesson about universities and tech transfer
Universities account for some of the biggest intellectual property holders in the United States.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Utah GOED offers $1M in tax credits to 4 films
The largest incentive was offered to Shadow Wolves LLC for a feature drama called "Shadow Wolves." GOED's board authorized anywhere from $440,000 to $550,000 in tax incentives, provided the show leaves behind $200,000 in the state.
Montana Education Excellence
- Learning Gardens impact 125,000 children daily! - How about your local school?
Learning Gardens are 21st century learning environments that support a diverse array of lesson-plans and activities in Science, Engineering, Art and Math.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana Wins $3.5M Grant To Increase College Readiness
"When Montana educators can see how well their courses have prepared students for college, it will help school leaders make decisions on course offerings, curriculum, and classroom rigor," Superintendent Denise Juneau said.
- Montana State University launches community computing resource - The Hyalite Cluster
This year, the university launched an initiative to put high-speed, high-powered computing resources into the hands of every MSU researcher who needs them - without having to leave campus.
- University of Montana School of Business Administration Dean's Report 2015
Each year, I look forward to working with our team in assembling the annual Dean's Report. I am always astounded when I review the number and quality of projects, programs and activities that have occurred in the past year. A few of these are highlighted in the 2014-2015 Dean's Report.
- University of Montana School of Business Class and Bayern Brewing Collaborate on Expansion of Successful Local Sustainable Recycling Program
This fall, Associate Professor of Marketing Suzanne Tilleman presented a new project to her students in BMGT 410: Sustainable Business Practices. Working directly with Bayern Brewing, she asked teams of students to develop ways to expand the local business's recycling efforts as a class project.
Funding and Building your Business
- Located at the convergence of three major waterways, Missoula, Montana is the quintessential river town.
This episode of Montana Rooted celebrates the resurgence of the Clark Fork River and showcases continuing efforts to make it a mecca for river enthusiasts.
Energy and Climate Change
- How Do I Tap My Network To Get Business
'Create Your Network Before You Need Them.'
- Why Restaurants are Eliminating Tipping
"My goal is to leave this industry a better place than when I came in.''
- LinkedIn revamps mobile app, rolls out recruiting tools
LinkedIn on Wednesday previewed a redesigned mobile app for its users, and other products designed for corporate recruiters.
- The Most Common Reason Why Outsourced Software Development Fails
The difference between success and failure of outsourced software development is the knowledge that buyers have about the software development process and its most crucial element.
- Why this Facebook exec shared her performance review with her team
Prepare yourself for a new era of transparent leadership.
- Why Can't I Grow My Business?
Typically, when owners begin to scale, they often hit the same growth roadblocks as others have in the past.
- [Infographic] 5 Things You Need to Ask Your Bookkeeper
The restaurant industry is a tough business, so the whole team, whether in or out-of-house, must be working towards the same goals and in the same direction.
- [Infographic] Why Your Small Business Needs a Payroll Specialist
Keeping up-to-date with different tax codes, or new laws going into effect in the human resources department takes a lot of time, that a small business owner doesn't have, and can end up costing money, which small businesses can't afford.
- 5 Small Business Bookkeeping Tips for a Strong Finish in 2015
Here are a few things that you should think about before the year ends...
- Etsy For Business-- A Mini Lesson In Creative Entrepreneurship Program, 10/20, Missoula
Graham Ashcraft, Creative Entrepreneurship Program Manager for Etsy, will be in Missoula to give an introduction to their entrepreneurship program. This short event will also allow Etsy users in Missoula to connect with each other.
Connectivity & Communications
- Headframe Spirits looks into bottle recycling
"We talked to other organizations around the state to look at how we might be able to get one here in Butte and how we might be able to then have other distilleries and breweries and any other organizations that use glass to come here and do that here in Butte so it's an idea, it's an option and we hope to look further into that as an opportunity for the state and for the county," explained Sunell.
- Connecticut Enlists Schools to Help Jump-Start Recycling, Composting in State
"This year, everybody in the school is composting. We've cut down our garbage by half."
- Ravalli Electric Co-op launches community solar energy project
Ravalli Electric Cooperative members in the Bitterroot have the option of buying solar energy panels to help offset their power bills.
- World faces catastrophic climate change unless it takes action, Susan Rice tells Stanford audience
"Today, we face no greater long-term challenge than climate change," said Rice, adding that it is not a distant problem that humanity can avoid tackling any longer. "The science is not up for debate."
- On the Eventual Energy Efficient Future of 'Solar Suburbs'
"We believe the solar industry is going through fundamental change and the opportunity is bigger than it has ever been before."
- How Blacksburg, Va., Got So Many People to Go Solar
Dozens of U.S. communities have launched similar programs, but Blacksburg, Va.'s is different.
- Senator Tester launches #ConnectMT initiative, brings FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler to Montana
#ConnectMT will expand high-speed internet access, guarantee rural call completion, and strengthen local broadcasting
- How to stop Facebook targeted ads and tracking
Every "like," news story click, status update and photo caption you put in Facebook is a bit of information that advertisers would love to add to your file. And you'd be surprised how much money it can make them.
- FCC chief Wheeler and Senator Tester talk about broadening access to high-speed Internet in Montana
All Americans, no matter where they live, deserve access to high-speed broadband so they can fully participate in the digital economy. That's why we have made it a priority to expand broadband access in rural communities, schools and libraries, and for low income Americans across the country," said Chairman Wheeler.
- Advertisers admit it: 'We messed up' the Web
IAB is promising guidelines for friendlier, more secure advertisements. For beleaguered consumers who are looking for a respite from the barrage of low-quality ads online, this could be a promising first step.
- Data Visualization Helps Cities Tackle Poverty, Inequality
Until recently, all data visualization was used for "sad maps" or maps showing high poverty or high crime areas, but the data can be used to better allocate funding to alleviate poverty.
- 7 Things Government Can Learn from Google's Business Model
Focus on Data
- Elon Musk with his Brother Kimbal Musk talk about the past and their goals for the future. - Amazing Conversation!
A very interesting and compelling interview between two visionaries.
- 700 mph in a tube: Elon Musk and The Hyperloop experience
It's Elon Musk's idea, but Hyperloop Transportation Technologies is trying to make this "pipe dream" a reality.
- Affordable Housing Becomes More Affordable in California Due to Parking Reform
The emphasis on transit access will bolster other efforts to make public transportation and active transportation options safer, more convenient, and more accessible for low-income families.
- Norway Is a Model for Encouraging Electric Car Sales
No other country can yet match Norway's proportion of all-electric cars.
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