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"...think of the cash in Breaking Bad, but all legal and no one dies..." A short story and some great advice from one of Montana's most successful entrepreneurs http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana World Affairs Council
- Governor Steve Bullock - Time to invest in Montana infrastructure is now
I am proposing a $200 million investment in the immediate needs of Montana's communities financed through a responsible mix of cash and bonds - the same way you or I would buy a car, or a house, or make long-term investments in our local communities.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- Ashok Mirpuri, Singapore's Ambassador To The US, To Speak In Helena, Montana On June 28
Ambassador Ashok Mirpuri is a career diplomat, joining the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in 1984 before becoming the Director of Policy Planning and Analysis Directorate 1.
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Informational Webinar, 5/16
In less than two weeks, tune in to this free informational webinar to learn about the NSF SBIR/STTR Program directly from the Program Director, just in time for the current solicitation (closing June 16, 2016).
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- PFL Newsletter: Make your Marketing A-"May"-zing
Watch this on demand webinar to learn about different printing equipment and techniques, paper and color options, custom printing capabilities and more!
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky tourism office releases smartphone app to help visitors
The app, called "Big Sky, Montana On The Go," will highlight information about happy hours, dinner specials, retail sales, live music and special events in the Big Sky area.
Come Home Montana
- New rule would permit thousands of eagle deaths by windmills
Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe said the proposal will "provide a path forward" for maintaining eagle populations while also spurring development of a pollution-free energy source that's intended to ease global warming, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama's energy plan.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Field Consultant, based in Great Falls. - MEA-MFT
The position is responsible for providing support, training, and assistance to local organizations, for organizing new units, and for implementing MEA-MFT policies and programs
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Financial Specialist (Part-time with full benefits) - The Montana Facility Finance Authority Division for the Department of Commerce
Check out the listing for a senior financial specialist with the Montana Facility Finance Authority. Part time position with full time benefits.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Rigorous Missoula debates require vision, strong leaders
I admire Missoula's leaders who, by the very nature of their positions of prominence, are targets of sharply barbed criticism, but who stay the course.
- MEDA May News and Info
It was wonderful to see so many of you at the MEDA conference.
Montana Economic Development
- Kickstarter Campaign - Missoula-based 3-D photo business Dimensions 3-D Portraits looks to reshape industry
"Once you have your 3-D portrait, you can upload to sites that will use your likeness to create products, such as bobbleheads," he said. "There are quite a few different products and services that are available, and more are coming online all the time."
- New report shows growth in Montana women-owned businesses
Montana fares well in the nation for the number of women entrepreneurs in the country.
- Calling all moms: Family Connection support group wants to connect
"I think sharing wisdom among women is huge," she said. "We have so much wisdom to share, but we don't realize it until we get around each other."
- "...think of the cash in Breaking Bad, but all legal and no one dies..." A short story about one of Montana's most successful startups
In these past five years many lives have been changed by what started with a few text messages. Sometimes now I get asked about start ups and how to become an entrepreneur. I make sure to say that money is not what it takes to start. It really takes a combination of these hard things: being desperate, being willing to learn and re-learn many new things, being willing to give up 120% of your free time, and it also helps finding someone who can match what you do, hour for hour, year after year.
- Missoula Economic Partnership looks to the next five years
This month, the Missoula Economic Partnership celebrated its first half-decade of successes, and looked ahead to the next five years.
- The Economics of Urban Trails
Whitefish has tapped WGM Group http://www.wgmgroup.com/ to create its Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan, which it says will increase the city's appeal for homeowners and businesses
- Wise Words with Sanjay Arora -- the entrepreneur taking on Google Search
Studies have shown that over 90 percent of people don't go beyond the first page of their search results, and over 50 percent click on the top one or two listings.
- An Autonomous Robot Won't Replace Your Surgeon Anytime Soon
Earlier this year, robots withdrew in defeat from the hospital.
- Gazette opinion: Montana's promising plan to protect disability rights
Lawmakers got it right when they declared in Senate Bill 411: "It is the intent of the legislature to provide services to individuals with developmental disabilities in the community, as established in (state law), and to close the Montana developmental center."
Regional Economic Development
- Hulu will offer live-streaming service in 2017
Hulu will offer a live-streaming service in 2017 that will offer a mix of cable and broadcast programming as well as news, sports and events.
- The Key to Making Economic Incentives Work for Austin is Transparency
While Austin's economic development policy often gets mixed reviews from folks who live here, out-of-town admirers can't gush enough about the city's economic development philosophy.
- Biosciences could be huge for South Dakota economy
Speaking on USA TODAY and Wells Fargo's Real Economy panel in South Dakota, state commissioner of economic development Pat Costello talked why the state is investing so much in growing the biosciences industry.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- 2016 State of the Workforce Report - BillingsWorks
By 2024 the MTDLI predicts this will reach critical mass when job growth will outpace the labor force.
- Bill Gross: What to Do After the Robots Take Our Jobs
Get ready for driverless trucks, universal basic income, and less independent central banks
- 'Variety' Digs Maps - Montana's Maps Media Institute Offers Students a World of Opportunities
Widely touted, Maps was named one of the top 50 after-school programs in the U.S. by the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities. In 2015 the organization won two awards of excellence from the northwest chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.
Funding and Building your Business
- Main Streets Across America - Missoula, Montana - Higgins Avenue
"20 Cities You Must Visit in Your 20s."
- Women tech leaders: Time to double down on diversity
Eight notable women in tech, including Ellen Pao, the former CEO of Reddit, want to change a dynamic that may be keeping Silicon Valley from making real progress in attracting and keeping talented women.
- How marketing and promotions can change the small business game
How do you go from running a business out of your brownstone to creating a national brand and having your products carried by Target and Walmart?
- Millennials really hate advertising, study finds -- here's why
Young people may hate being advertised to so much that many have actually stopped using social networks where they feel like targets of ads.
- The need to lead in data and analytics
The results suggest that the biggest hurdles to an effective analytics program are a lack of leadership support and communication, ill-fitting organizational structures, and troubles finding (and retaining) the right people for the
- 8 Tools, Practices Affecting Government Over the Next Two Years
Technologies like the Internet of Things (IoT), Bitcoin's blockchain, augmented and virtual reality, and cloud technology all made appearances.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google feeding romance novels to its artificial intelligence systems
"Her blouse sprang apart. He was assaulted with the sight of lots of pale creamy flesh bursting out of a hot pink bra, the cleavage high and perky. It was a gorgeous surprise, all that breast she'd been hiding under her crisp tailored shirts."
- Mount St. Helens Is Recharging Its Magma Stores, Setting Off Earthquake Swarms
Since the start of 2016, an earthquake swarm has been detected underneath the currently-quiet Washington volcano.
- Meet the fridge that orders groceries and finds recipes
You know the little man that turns the light on and off in your fridge? Well, Samsung gave him a promotion.
- Siri's creators say they've made something better that will take care of everything for you
The engineers erupted in cheers as the pizzas arrived. They had ordered pizza, from start to finish, without placing a single phone call and without doing a Google search -- without any typing at all, actually. Moreover, they did it without downloading an app from Domino's or Grubhub.
- Boise should start planning for a 'driverless' 2025
By 2025, autonomous, driverless vehicles will dominate the highways and byways of the world. Boise will not escape this movement. Google and Apple, Mercedes and Tesla already have self-driving cars on the road.
- Google's Self-Driving Minivan Could Bring Autonomy to Us All
Fiat Chrysler could leapfrog rivals like Volkswagen, Daimler, General Motors, Nissan, and Ford in an increasingly competitive field. And Google makes good on its longstanding goal of working with partners "to bring this technology into the world safely."
- GM and Lyft: We'll Have Self-Driving Taxis on the Road in 2017
The companies plan to test self-driving taxis as part of a race to get automated vehicles on the road.
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