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"Happy, happy Christmas, that can win us back to the delusions of our childhood days, recall to the old man the pleasures of his youth, and transport the traveler back to his own fireside and quiet home!" – Charles Dickens --- Happy Holidays from MATR to you and yours.
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Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Politics & Legislature
- The Great Plains: In Focus Webinar Focus Starting Jan 13 Online
This monthly series is educational in focus and is offered to local elected officials, economic development specialists, housing agencies, and others engaged in rural development practices.
- Media mogul, broker donate to Montana dark-money group to influence Supreme Court race
"I never got past the fact that it was so few people giving so much money in a Supreme Court race in Montana," Motl told the AP. "To have this amount of money spent in a judicial race is pretty stunning."
Energy and Climate Change
- PFL's SwaqIQ provides a perfect way to inform sales reps of the right time to send a gift to a prospect, and what the right gift might be.
With PFL solutions, it's possible to seamlessly trigger and personalize prospecting gifts, print, and dimensional mail directly from Salesforce. Our team handles procurement and fulfillment, so sales teams can focus on what they do best: selling.
Come Home Montana
- Congress gives solar another big boost
Good news keeps rolling in for the solar industry this week. Congress today extended the 30 percent investment tax credit for homeowners and businesses for installing renewable energy systems.
- Solar, energy efficiency bring new life to historic Borden's Hotel in historic Whitehall, Montana
"The system was estimated to produce about 1,200 kilowatt-hours per month," he says, "but it was out-performing that the last time I stopped by."
- Internet of Things puts energy grid to test
"Power reliability will matter even more in future years as society becomes increasingly digitized."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Information Security System Admin, Ebanking Specialist, Systems Admin - Core Integration, Business Applications Analyst, IT Incident Manager, Systems Integration Engineer and more... - Glacier Bancorp
At Glacier Bancorp, our people are our most valuable asset. We seek qualified employees who enjoy people, are innovative and who are eager to learn.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Community Development Manager, Customer Service Coordinator - Downtown Missoula Partnership
The Missoula Downtown Association (MDA) is a not-for-profit membership based organization dedicated to promoting, supporting and enhancing the vitality of downtown Missoula.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Human Resources Director, Manager of Information Technology and more...- Butte-Silver Bow County
Butte has a wealth of activities and attractions to offer, from outdoor adventures in the surrounding wilds to arts and culture in the city's museums and galleries.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Education Reporter - The Missoulian
The Missoulian, western Montana's largest newspaper, needs a reporter who isn't afraid of a great challenge.
- Missoula's Rocky Mountain Rigging for Complete Event Management
Regardless of the size or type of event you are producing, RMR has the correct Roof & Stage structure to meet your needs.
- The Minimalists of Missoula, Montana write about living a meaningful life with less stuff for 4 million readers.
Watch The Minimalists' TEDx Talk: A Rich Life with Less Stuff
- How Montana Became A Tax Haven
Is this legal? Absolutely, says Eric Stern, chief of staff with the Montana Secretary of State's Office.
- Bozeman's economy is Montana's strongest, fastest growing
There are a lot of gee-whiz startups in this town cohabitated by college and technology, but the latest, Drop Trip http://droptrip.com/ , a company that turns travelers into couriers for hire, could be the slickest yet.
- Missoula tech company Submittable raises $1.3 million in venture capital funding
Submittable aims to use the financing to grow from its current 18 employees to 100 within two years.
- Special section: Montana Economy - Montana is on the Move!
A look at Montana's economy, focusing on the major regions of the state by the staffs of the Billings Gazette, The Helena Independent Record, The Missoulian, The Montana Standard and The Ravalli Republic.
- Poultry plant: Montana's first public chicken processing facility takes big step
It wouldn't have been possible without the support of more than 80 people from the local community stepping up earlier this year to donate more than $22,000 in an Internet fundraising effort.
- Elliotts of Montana Makes Great Cookies - Fort Benton farm-grown company thriving in Bozeman
"We're just really excited to work with nonprofits," said Rita Elliott, matriarch of the Elliott family and founder of Elliotts of Montana. "This is a Montana product. All the money stays in Montana."
- Top Counties for Tech in Montana
View a list of counties with the highest tech ratings in our state.
- Great Falls Hospital Interested in Possible Medical School
Benefis CEO John Goodnow was named interim president of the medical school during the feasibility study. He says now that negotiations with MSU have been suspended, Great Falls would be crazy not to express interest.
Business Plan Forums
- 27 Questions To Ask Instead Of "What Do You Do?"
One way to break out of the mold and have more authentic conversations might be to prime ourselves with lots of alternatives to The Question.
- The Four Trends That Will Change The Way We Work By 2021
Shifts in technology, connectivity, and the expectations of both employers and employees are on track to bring about bigger changes than the freelance economy can on its own. Here are four.
- University of Montana Student Entrepreneurs Impress at the Fall Startup Pitch Competition
The first-place winner of the competition and $1,500 was master of computer science student Evin Oser of Montana Root Applications. He pitched a smartphone application SolarScreen at SolarScreen.co.
- Crowdfunding at Boise State: Small donors, big return, exciting projects
"Donors give to all kinds of things at BSU -- departments, scholarships, capital projects -- but this highlights areas of immediate need that the community wouldn't necessarily know about," said Chris Anton, executive director of the foundation. "They're not high-dollar items, but they enhance the campus experience."
- Boise-based Kount Inc. Receives $80 Million Investment From CVC Capital Partners' Growth Fund
Kount is a leading provider of online and mobile fraud detection and prevention solutions.
- Building a bottom-up economy in Maine
Small businesses, created by dreamers, have a key role in the foundation of our economy for the future.
- Trophy Hunting's Unlikely Boom
Not only do these hunts promise the chance to land a big trophy--a rack of elk antlers for the library wall, for instance--they're also tapping into the same extreme fitness boom that has fueled rising participation in triathlon and marathon.
- Program helps small-business owners make money off Wi-Fi
"Everyone wants free Internet, but the goal of a business is to make money,"
Montana Education Excellence
- Rural Colleges Are The Best
The collaborations available to us are meaningful, numerous, accessible and also help us prepare our students for life after graduation.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana 2015-2016 President's Report - Greater Heights
The UM experience transforms our students, UM research changes our lives, and UM graduates are changing the world.
- University of Montana president expands Cabinet to include staff, faculty, student representatives
The cabinet is the senior executive leadership team at UM, and it has been made up largely of vice presidents and directors.
- Unique and friendly with experiential learning: University of Montana Western draws students, attention
"Montana Western has exceeded enrollment expectations once again and is experiencing its largest entering class since 1921," said Kent Ord, university relations director.
- Facebook offers $10,000 to workers who move within 10 miles of campus
Tech workers say the commute is getting worse. What would have been a one-hour commute each way three years ago has stretched to 90 minutes or more as the tech economy has boomed and more cars hit the road.
- 6 Ways To Keep Your Team Happier And More Productive
Most experts agree that workplace happiness is hard to find, partially because we as humans are not particularly good at staying happy.
- Calling All Entrepreneurs Seeking Angel Capital
Frontier Fund 2 will screen the week after Christmas, get your funding applications in at http://www.frontierfund2.com
- Engaging Citizens: A Review of Eight Approaches to Civic Engagement
The volunteer problem solving organization has created an Engagement Standard comprised of five elements: Reach, Channels, Information, Productive Actions, and Feedback Loops.
- A New Standard for What Works in City Government
The movement to make government more data-driven has dramatically accelerated in the past decade.
- Nonprofits Can't Keep Ignoring Talent Development
Onboarding an external hire can cost up to twice the departing executive's salary, and the time it takes for an external hire to become productive is twice as long as for someone hired from within.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Dilbert: Are You As Confused About Technology Jargon?
Sometimes it's about the journey...
- Driving instructors can trade lessons for sex
"...the ruling "will be a shot in the arm for the small legion of (mostly male) computer technicians, handymen, and driving instructors (nerds unite) who offer their services online in exchange for personal services."
- The first website launched 25 years ago -- here's what the web looked like then
The first website launched on December 20, 1990, and was created by Tim Berners-Lee, a scientist at the CERN research facility in Switzerland.
- Feds require warnings about older Java software
The FTC says Oracle Corp. deceived consumers for several years by promising that updating their Java software would keep them safe from malware and hacking attacks.
- Something Extraordinary Is Happening in the World, And Most People Haven't Noticed
With the advent of the Internet, the small are no longer speechless. There is a voice. The anonymous become acknowledged. The world comes together. And then the system may fall.
- Researchers Have Developed A Thought-Powered Car
By wearing equipment that reads brain signals, drivers can make the car go forward, go backward and come to a stop, as well as lock and unlock the vehicle, all without moving their hands or feet.
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