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"Success breeds complacency. Complacency breeds failure. Only the paranoid survive." Andy Grove 1936-2016 RIP
Cultivating Entrepreneurs In Rural Communities, 3/23, Webinar http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5893
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Gov. Bullock: through diversity, Montanans share common interests
"We need to work on solutions to the infrastructure challenges, press forward to build on the state's economic strengths, and continue to find ways to bring us together." Gov. Steve Bullock
- The State of Montana Saves Taxpayers $14.8 Million and Invests in Local Infrastructure
"These funds will move critical infrastructure projects forward," Bullock said. "The board's actions will help to provide hundreds of good-paying jobs while providing funding sources to Montana's communities at the lowest interest rates possible."
- Actor Jeff Bridges talks Montana: Films brought him to state; loving it makes him stay part of year
Bridges is no well-meaning outsider: a 40-year resident and small-town denizen of Livingston, he is as Montana as unobstructed views, alpine lakes, and meandering cold-water rivers.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Governor Bullock on Latest Montana Tax Ranking: It's Important That We Keep Making Responsible Financial Decisions Governor highlights report ranking Montana as third lowest tax rates in the nation
"Montana is experiencing tremendous economic growth in industries across the state and it's important that we keep making responsible financial decisions. Our tax system is just another reason why Montana remains the best place in the country to live, work, raise a family, or start a business."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Intellectual Property Webinar Series The Ins And Outs Of Design Patents, 4/20
We will discuss the requirements for design patent protections; some factors that have led to their recent popularity in the software world; the interplay between design patent protection, utility patent protection, and trademark protection; as well as the standard for enforcement of design patents in the United States.
Energy and Climate Change
- Greg Thayer named Montana small businessman of year
A family-based company started by Greg Thayer's father Gene, Montana Milling is a one-stop shop for organic and conventional grains, according to the nomination made by Jason Nitschke of the Great Falls Development Authority, who is a Small Business Development Center regional director.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Drones-as-a-service: How UAVs and big data are cutting costs for utility companies
In addition to analyzing the current data for risks, utilities can also leverage the information to forecast how much money they should be spending on field work so there are no surprises to the budget.
- Tesla bears fear this metric
Indeed, in some states, a company could literally be built around simply buying electricity at off-peak prices, storing it by battery, and then selling it back onto the grid at peak prices.
- The coming era of unlimited -- and free -- clean energy
Solar will be as ubiquitous as cellular phones are.
- Missoula may join national cities in support of EPA's Clean Power Plan
"The brief is a big letter of support with no legal ramifications for us," West said recently. "This is in line with our climate and action plan. It moves us to diversifying our energy."
- Hydrogen for fuel-cell vehicles made from wind energy in Japanese test
One of the big questions surrounding hydrogen fuel-cell cars is how to produce the hydrogen used to power them.
- Alternative Infrastructure: Electrified Roads
The concept is no different from trains travelling along a charged track. While any real-world implementation is a long way off, the TEV team is building a trial road for a lower estimated cost per mile than traditional highway.
- Startups have figured out how to remove carbon from the air. Will anyone pay them to do it?
All three companies talk about a hypothetical future in which CO2 will be harvested from the sky and transformed, using renewable energy, into low-carbon fuels.
- The Kauffman Foundation - Entrepreneurship drives economic growth, propels job creation, and creates opportunities for upward economic mobility.
These essays are rich in content and cover myriad issues that affect entrepreneurship and vice versa, from technology creation and destruction, to inequality, talent, and education improvements, to a focus on cities, overall policies, and politics. We commend them to you and look forward to robust debate and, ultimately, the implementation of policy that helps entrepreneurs and spurs growth.
Montana Economic Development
- Geodata Services, Inc. provides services in geographic information systems (GIS) and web mapping.
"Geodata Services has been a leading provider of geographic information systems services for 22 years. We focus on environmental, social and economic sustainability."
- The U.S. Small Business Administration has named John and Courtney McKee, owners of Headframe Spirits, Montana Small Business Champion of the Year.
The Montana awards ceremony will be held in Missoula on May 2. National Small Business Week is May 1 through 7.
- Montana's incredible innovators - Michael Fitzgerald - Founder, Submittable
Over 4600 organizations use the platform including NPR, TechCrunch, GOOD Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, MIT, and Harvard but our bread and butter are hundreds of small niche blogs and independent publishers and organizations. We're backed by the Knight Foundation, YCombinator, and a few amazing angel and venture groups. We've been covered by the Wall St. Journal, New York Times, Atlantic Monthly, and dozens of other press outlets.
- Honey bee funding available
The second deadline is April 15 for farmers, ranchers and forest landowners to apply for financial assistance to improve food sources for honey bees on private lands in Montana.
- Rebranding Lincoln County, Montana - "Lincoln County has all of the things that makes Montana great right at its doorstep."
Lincoln County - "the right kind of remote"
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Why smart people are better off with fewer friends
Hell might actually be other people -- at least if you're really smart.
- Leveraging Smart Grid Investments for Rural Broadband Deployment
The Business Plan - during the development and planning of the borrowers smart grid network, consider how facilities can be leveraged to provide additional broadband services:
- Urban and rural attitudes split in Montana on land issues facing the West
"Montana is a great place to do a rural West survey."
- Regional leaders gather to discuss rural issues in Missoula
This is the first time in the four year history of the event that it has been held in Montana. The general discussion centered on the larger topic of how the relationship between people and place defines the rural American West and its communities.
- Montana Governor Steve Bullock releases new policy regarding state aircraft
The state is adhering to longstanding policy that aircraft can be used to conduct business on behalf of the state and attendance at a campaign event on the same day must be "ancillary," or secondary.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Working together to move Idaho education forward
A better educated workforce will contribute to an improved Idaho economy, and to the future economic well-being of the state. That's why we are all working together to ensure a positive future for our young people and for our great state.
- Over a barrel - The boom and bust, the promise and peril, of the Bakken
"doom and gloom." On a reservation with a tribal unemployment rate of 57 percent, as Chairman Rusty Stafne reported last year, that mood tends to prevail regardless.
- Tiny Vermont brings food industry to its knees on GMO labels
General Mills Inc. said Friday it will start nationwide labeling of products that contain genetically modified ingredients. It says it's not practical to label products for just one state.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Don't Tell This Robotics Team That STEM Is For Boys
"We're trying to get girls to realize that this is something they can do, this is what's out there, it's available to them, it's fun."
Montana Education Excellence
- Congratulations to 2016 Silver Circle Inductee Peter Rosten - CEO - MAPS Media Institute
The Silver Circle honors media professionals who have solid records of making lasting contributions to the industry and their community for more than 25 years.
- UM School of Business Administration to Offer Master's Degree in Business Analytics
Employers are excited about this new program
- Montana defends liberal arts, under fire in high-tech era
"That's what the humanities do -- they provide our lives with meaning. And in difficult times and good times, what's what we're all ... searching for, ultimately. Humanities transform lives." MSU President Waded Cruzado
- Watch Helena teens build a robot from scratch
Helena's Fusion 4133 robotics team is taking their robot "Neutrino" to Oakland to compete in a robotics competition. These kids are mastering college-level principles of robotics, and they're barely in high school.
- UM Family Medicine Residency Program Announces New Class of Residents
After receiving over 800 medical school applications and conducting approximately 110 interviews, the University of Montana's Family Medicine Residency of Western Montana announced the results of its upcoming class of 10 training positions.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula may get new International Rescue Committee office
"As we face the largest global refugee crisis since WWII, it is imperative that we work together to help mitigate suffering abroad," said Missoula Mayor John Engen. "Missoulians take our humanitarian obligations seriously. We are proud to help in this endeavor and support the opening of a refugee resettlement office in Missoula."
Connectivity & Communications
- How To Get The Most Out Of Submittable And Google Analytics, 3/24, Free Webinar
Submittable engineering integrated Google Analytics last week and they're now offering a free webinar on how to make it work for your org or publication
- 6 Strategies For Finding Truly Disruptive Solutions (Business Models)
A win in this department clearly has huge implications for success, and a very real potential to change the world.
- How insurance can trim your tax bills
The world's most powerful companies use sophisticated strategies to eliminate taxes. If you are a corporate executive, you might be able to take advantage of variations on these strategies -- one of them being life and death.
- 3 Reasons Why Your Business Plan is Useless
Want to know why? It's almost always one or more of the following three reasons.
- Democratizing Corporate Innovation: Why Top Down Rarely Works
Social technologies embraced by younger workers may hold the key to unlocking new ideas.
- Registration open for nationally-recognized program to help Montana companies develop export plan
ExporTech is the only national program that helps companies develop an export plan.
- How to Watch Live TV Online and eliminate the cable subscription racket
If you want to watch live TV online, you have more than a dozen options, depending on what you want to watch.
- 3 Ways 18F Makes Tech Deployments Easier for Agencies
"Our attack pattern is to help agencies quickly deploy tools and services that are easy to use, that cut costs, and are efficient and really reusable."
- Google Puts Boston Dynamics Up for Sale in Robotics Retreat
"There's excitement from the tech press, but we're also starting to see some negative threads about it being terrifying, ready to take humans' jobs," wrote Courtney Hohne, a director of communications at Google and the spokeswoman for Google X.
- There may soon be another self-driving vehicle on the road, and it's not a car
Because of that aspect, the i-Bike also has the potential for another use: bike-share systems, which have gained popularity in cities worldwide.
- Edinburgh Sets 20-mph Speed Limit
Citing pedestrian and cyclist casualties, the Scottish capital will reduce speed limits on 80 percent of its streets to a mere 20 mph. Backers are pushing for additional complete streets improvements.
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