|MATR Newsletter - Fri May 26, 2006|
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"Wherever you see a successful business, someone once made a courageous decision." -- Peter Drucker
For those of you in the Bitterroot-Missoula area, this should be a must-attend if you are interested in the future of the valley: "City Club Missoula - Passenger Rail Service For Bitterroot-Missoula Corridor, 6/16. Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Montana Education Excellence
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~SIDNEY
The Sidney Public Schools are award winners in academics, music and sports.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Marketing Manager
Do you attempt to live a balanced, values-driven lifestyle while maintaining a high aesthetic and quality of life?
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Project Manager
Education - University of Montana Bachelors of Science, Computer Science, Mathematics minor
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana science scores among top in nation
Superintendent of Public Instruction Linda McCulloch said the results "speak well for the quality of science education provided by Montana's teachers," but stressed the state can't afford to rest on its laurels.
- Business Start-ups High in Mountain, Pacific States - Low in the South and Midwest. Montana with one of the highest rates of entrepreneurship. Washington State one of the lowest.
A state-by-state breakdown of entrepreneurial activity shows Vermont, Colorado, Montana, Wyoming and Idaho as the states with the highest rates of entrepreneurial activity.
- Preparing Students for Entrepreneurship Opportunities
Through a collaborative experiential project, students become actively involved in the learning process creating a learning environment charged with excitement and the desire to excel. Interaction with successful entrepreneurs, bankers, and business consultants through each stage of the project provides a realistic overview of the complexity of entrepreneurial ventures.
- South Carolina Program Strives to Make Start-ups Successful
"The intent of the program is not to build buildings, but to make companies successful," Stritzinger said. "The buildings will come later."
Montana Economic Development
- Aviation program set for Montana high schoolers
The program will start in Helena and includes a tour of Missoula's smoke jumper base and a wilderness survival field trip to Stemple Pass, near Lincoln. The academy begins Aug. 8 at 9 a.m. and will conclude after a flight day ceremony Friday afternoon, Aug. 12.
- MGSLP Increases Aid to Montana Students
In the midst of budget cuts and rising college costs, the Montana Guaranteed Student Loan Program (MGSLP) is proud to announce it will more than double this year’s MGSLP Grant amounts.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- List of all Montana Ethanol and Bio-diesel/Bio-lube projects is being developed. Please submit any that you know of.
If you know of a project that you feel would fit under the umbrella of Bio-based, please include that information as well.
- Commerce director Tony Preite: Bear Paw is area's best ‘umbrella'
“You can't get a better umbrella than Bear Paw,” he said. “It offers more services than any other organization under one roof. There is no way a port authority in Havre can do what Bear Paw Development can do.
- States Contributing More to Venture-Capital Funds.
"State governments are starting to realize that venture capital investment can be a major economic driver in their state," said Mark Heesen, president of the National Venture Capital Association, an Arlington, Va.-based trade group. "More states are going to get involved in these types of investments and that’s a positive thing."
Funding and Building your Business
- SpeciGen’s Bio-Nanotechnology Featured in Cover Article in Science
Montana State University (MSU) scientists, and SpeciGen Inc.’s scientific co-founders, Drs. Mark Young and Trevor Douglas authored the cover article “Viruses: Making Friends With Old Foes” in the May 12th edition of the journal Science
Regional Economic Development
- Softer Incentives Entice Employees to Remain
"The biggest challenge is ensuring that as we leaders live and breathe the culture of the organization that we want to create," said another respondent. "If you are really doing this, it shows new recruits and those you want to retain."
- The Top Ten Lies of Guy Kawasaki
“It’s not the money.”
- Compensation, investment help establish strong advisory board
Depending on the stage of development and type of business, there are different ways of compensating your board. Some companies are more comfortable offering equity, while others are in the position to offer only cash or some other form of stipend.
- The 38 Things To Do When Starting A Business
The more you know about starting a business, the more power you have to form an organization that develops into a lasting source of income and satisfaction.
Washington State Business
Incubators and R&D
- $600 million expansion by Polysilicon a 'positive' step for Moses Lake. Will create 85 to 90 jobs.
"It's very gratifying to be selected for what's probably the largest new project in the state this year, and the Pacific Northwest region, for that matter," said Grant County Economic Development Council Executive Director Terry Brewer. "It just puts us on the map even further in the high-tech sector. A growing industry like this is going to be here for a long time, and I think there are chances for further value-added processing related to this as we go forward."
- For startups, the 13th annual WSA Investment Forum a golden opportunity
The event, which lets startup companies give their pitches to investors and potential customers, widened its focus this year to create more opportunities for discussion among participants.
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#260), Devil fly-overs, Heading off scab, Yellowstone grizzlies, Hungry microbes
Could microorganisms with an appetite for radioactive waste clean up some of the nation's nuclear dumps?
City Club Missoula
- Boise downtown leader offers advice to Twin Falls. Think differently, but work together.
"It's essential to get everyone to see the big picture," Sander said. "Improving the downtown district is a joint effort that will benefit the city as a whole."
- City Club Missoula - Passenger Rail Service For Bitterroot-Missoula Corridor, 6/16. Missoula
Ames will present an overview of small-scale rail transit project trends and their application to the Missoula-Bitterroot corridor.
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