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Doing, not learning to do, is the essence of entrepreneurship.
Congratulations to the award winners for all you do to improve the business environment in Montana. -- Dream jobs: Ecology Project, ZaneRay, MercuryCSC, Foundant Technologies, and Montana Wilderness Association make Outside magazine's Best Places to Work list http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Big Sky Economic Development
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Outreach program helps veterans transition to business world
Now that they're done serving their nation, a group of about 30 veterans is learning how to serve their community -- by starting a new business.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- L. Pete Larson Named Kalispell Chamber's 2015 'Great Chief'
Chamber honors top business man and woman, raises money for Kidsports Complex initiative
Arrow Solutions Group
- Montana Pavilion: Department of Commerce Connects Montana Businesses with Export Opportunities
Five Montana companies participated in the show, including SRS Crisafulli, Diversified Plastics, Affordable SCADA, Town Pump Hotel Group, and Eliminite.
- Tourism growing to record levels in Montana
"We consider that a success. If we can get fewer people to spend more money here, all the better to minimize the impact of tourism," said Daniel Iverson, communications manager for the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development.
Big Sky Commerce
- TecNet December Event, 12/3, Billings, Montana
This is our last event of the year and has proven to be the most popular.
Energy and Climate Change
- Chips are down: Smart credit cards could save billions
The prospect of shouldering greater responsibility for $8.6 billion in credit card fraud losses each year is a powerful motivator for merchants and banks to adopt EMV card technology, yet the Oct. 15 deadline has already passed and a large percentage of them are still noncompliant.
Great Falls Development Authority
- 60 Minutes On This Bicycle Can Power Your Home For 24 Hours!
It is possible to generate electricity at home while simply doing a daily workout routine.
- Killing Keystone XL Won't Stop Climate Change. Here's What Could
Not every solution requires fiddling with the delicate levers of energy policy.
- Indiegogo Campaign - The Future of Wind Turbines? No Blades
A Spanish company called Vortex Bladeless is proposing a radical new way to generate wind energy that will once again upend what you see outside your car window.
- Say Goodbye to Solar Power Subsidies
In 2016 the U.S. will learn if renewable energy can survive without government support.
- Missoula Electric Cooperative to offer solar energy to customers
For $700, you too can buy a piece of the sun for Christmas if you get your electricity from Missoula Electric Cooperative.
Come Home Montana
- Montana's New Crowd Funding Law, 11/23, Great Falls, Montana
Crowdfunding is the practice of funding a project or venture by raising small financial contributions from a large number of people.
- The Next Portland: 4 Cities All the Cool Kids Are Moving To
Could Missoula evolve into a full-blown hipster utopia?
- Montana - The Great Surrender
In Montana, nature is forceful, astronomical in its magnitude and scale, powerful in its ability to dictate your daily life.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Manual Machinist, Injection Molding Technician - Diversified Plastics
Diversified Plastics is a profitable, growing, privately held plastic manufacturer that has been in business thirty years.
- Montana Career Opportunities - 319 Jobs - Town Pump
Whether you are interested in full or part-time work, a temporary position or growing a career, Town Pump Inc. has room for motivated, bright, and energetic candidates on our team.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Human Resources Officer - Montana State University
Montana State University is searching for an accomplished senior leader to provide strategic vision and leadership for the delivery of human resource services to contribute to the success of Montana State.
- Montana Career Opportunities- EMS Manager, Physician and more... - Sheridan Memorial Hospital
Sheridan Memorial Hospital located in Plentywood, MT needs an enthusiastic Emergency Medical Services manager to lead our team of emergency care providers along with collaborating with hospital staff and other emergency service agencies in a positive culture of teamwork to provide outstanding patient care.
- Montana Career Opportunities - 141 Jobs - Providence Health & Services
Providence Health & Services is one of Montana's largest health care providers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - 68 Jobs - Community Medical Center
At Community Medical Center, we are looking for exceptional people to join our team.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network Engineer, Sales - Univision Computers
Our team is dedicated to providing excellent customer service in this vibrant industry.
Montana Economic Development
- VIM & VIGR compression socks, engineered to energize your legs every step of the day.
NOT your grandma's compression socks!
- Glacier Park Approaches Visitation Record for Second Consecutive Year
This year marks the eighth time in 12 years that over 2 million people have visited Glacier Park.
- Billionaire brothers buying Montana ranches
Their background in fracking - a way to recover oil by injecting fluids underground under high pressure - has made some Montanans suspicious that the brothers are looking for their next oil play in central Montana.
- Wages climbing in Great Falls area
"Great Falls needs more workers to fill the jobs being created."
- For-profit doctor colleges -- boon for Montana or boondoggle?
The idea of for-profit colleges of osteopathic medicine has sparked alarm among some Montana doctors.
- Univison Computers to build new $1.2 million, 10,000-square-foot headquarters in Missoula, Montana - Career Opportunities in Multiple Communities
It is the oldest continuously owned IT firm in Montana, having incorporated in 1989.
- Dream jobs: Ecology Project, ZaneRay, MercuryCSC, Foundant Technologies, and Montana Wilderness Association make Outside magazine's Best Places to Work list
Congratulations to the award winners for all you do to improve the business environment in Montana.
Come Home Oregon
- Governor Bullock talks energy, education at Bozeman luncheon
Bullock said he wants to ensure Montanans have the skills to fill the gap and compete in the labor market, lest businesses decide to build other places.
- Development group touts economic impact of downtown Billings
To help encourage a downtown migration, the partnership will continue to work on improvements and amenities within the N. 27th Street Taxi Increment District. Those include more housing, street level restaurants and entertainment pubic art, pedestrian enhancements and one to two-way traffic conversions.
- Polson's second Chamber video celebrates its 'Small Town' status
Where last year's video spent more time highlighting Polson events such as its Cherry Festival and the Cruisin' By the Bay car show, this year's focuses on people at work in their small town.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Oregonians move by the hundreds of thousands, but most stay close to home
Nationwide, young people are moving to big cities looking for jobs or going to college, Proehl said. So the amount of movement relative to the total population is more significant in rural states, like Oregon.
- Boulder, Colo., Still Pondering Internet Options
There is no debating that fiber is the future of high-speed Internet, and Boulder is sitting on about 100 miles of it. But to get from where it is today to a fiber-to-the-home service that covers the city, Boulder is either going to have to do that itself, a la Longmont, or partner with a private company that would set up the last-mile fiber the city needs, or both.
- Boston is offering free negotiation classes to every woman who works in the city
City officials stress that Boston's focus on equal pay is an economic imperative.
- How New York City Is Working to Attract and Retain IT Talent
New York City CIO Anne Roest says the city faces two key challenges with its technology workforce: recruiting a new generation of workers to replace retiring employees, and preparing IT staff to cope with rapidly and constantly changing technologies.
- Inland Northwest Economic Developments, Fall 2015
Let me know if you have any questions or would like more details about any of these news items.
Regional Economic Development
- Oregon tech's outpost economy: Feeding or stunting the Silicon Forest?
Nearly all the biggest names in technology have footholds in the Portland area. What Portland doesn't have is a single big-name tech company of its own.
- Rural town aims to be "the place" for local food firms to attract millennials
"We need to make sure our area is attractive to those millennials, who are concerned with what they eat and how they use energy and other resources."
- Too Many Places Will Have too Few People
Immigrants and their children have allowed the U.S. and Australia to stay close to the replacement rate, and have kept Canada's from imploding.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Prison considering computer programming training for inmates
Corrections officials say studies have shown that inmates who are able to find meaningful work are less likely to re-offend and are better able to pay any restitution they may owe their victims.
Montana Education Excellence
- Deep learning drives community's economy
If we did more education like this, we wouldn't have to wonder whether our kids are prepared to face the world. Instead, we will have to ask, "is the world ready for these students?"
Funding and Building your Business
- UM President Royce Engstrom Reports from Recent Conference - "Designing a 21st Education for a Vibrant Democracy."
For two days, nearly 300 faculty, staff, administrators, community members and students engaged in some of the biggest questions about postsecondary education today.
- Regents offering Montana State University President Cruzado a second $500,000 incentive to stay
"This is precisely the kind of leadership we hoped for when we hired President Cruzado," Christian said. "It seems very prudent, great for students and beneficial to the state to secure her leadership for another five years."
- Bitterroot College's Fab Lab offers new lifelong learning opportunities
Not every fifth-grade class creates something that will change a person's life.
Connectivity & Communications
- Push for 'firm 40' workweek faces challenges across the United States
When is it time to call it quits?
- Fewer small businesses offer health insurance as cost keeps rising
The numbers are much lower for businesses with only a few employees.
- Mario Schulzke's "Someone Needs To" - A book of business ideas successful entrepreneurs think the world needs
We asked thousands of successful entrepreneurs what one idea is they're willing to give away. This book is a compilation of some of the best ideas these entrepreneurs think the world needs. The current edition contains over 450 ideas and will be updated annually.
- It's Way Too Easy to Hack the Hospital
Sooner or later, hospitals would be hacked, and patients would be hurt.
- 'Anonymous' hackers declare war on Islamic State
"Expect massive cyber attacks. War is declared. Get prepared," the announcer says in French.
- Missoula County rolls out new website
The site is meant to help direct users to the information they are searching for, whether or not they know which department, division or program this information is housed within.
- Massachusetts Fine Tunes Public Works Through Data Analytics
GAP recognizes that every department has something it can teach its peers, and every department has something it can learn from them. They just don't often have efficient ways of finding one another.
- The Building Blocks of Customer-Centric Government
By the end of this decade, governments at all levels have an opportunity to dramatically change the nature of their interactions with citizens.
- New York City Uses Big Data and Analytics to Spur Small Business Growth
A new Business Atlas tool combines multiple data sets to provide sophisticated market research for potential employers.
- Cop pulls over Google self-driving car, finds no driver to ticket
Disembodied navigation voice apologizes, and says she's single and new to the neighborhood. $20 falls from headliner. Well played, Google.
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