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How Investor Paul Singh http://www.resultsjunk ... .com/ evaluates a startup - "Will it work? - How big will it be?"
City Club Missoula Presents: Governor Steve Bullock, 7/11, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6005
Gov. Steve Bullock
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Governor Bullock Announces Grants to Grow Businesses, Create 82 New Jobs across Montana
"Montana's economy is strong and we are seeing great opportunities for businesses to grow and expand all across the state," said Governor Bullock. "Continued investment in our growing economy helps businesses in communities across Montana to create more jobs, train new employees, and grow business under the Big Sky."
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Rock The 4th With Kalispell's Annual Parade, 7/4, Kalispell, Montana
Upon the conclusion of the parade, grab your family and walk over to the Conrad Mansion for a spectacular party and old fashion ice cream social with treats provided by Sykes and Norms News.
The America Campaign
- Special invite to Meet Angela Martinez, EDA Regional Director in Billings July 13 - 14
This luncheon will feature Angela Martinez, the newly appointed Regional Director of the Economic Development Administration.
- Montana State University Faculty and Students are creating their dream classrooms to solve real problems
If you want to hear more about Design Sandbox for Engaged Learning, plan to attend the Innovate Montana Symposium on July 13-14. Particpants from DSEL will be giving a presentation at Growing Montana Makers at the Northern Hotel on July 13 and also talking in a breakout session, Playing in the Sandbox: Collaborative Entrepreneurship, on July 14th at 10:00 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Seizing the TechHire Opportunity in Rural America - Big Sky Code Academy
More and more, major companies are leaving offshore hubs and turning to rural communities in America for high-quality IT talent.
- Missoula - Part Time Web Development Boot Camp, 09/10, Missoula
Starting this fall, you can join the Big Sky Code Academy (http://www.bigskycodeacademy.org) for its 8-month part time coding boot camp at our campus in Missoula.
- Bozeman - Part Time Web Development Boot Camp, 09/10, Bozeman
Starting this fall, you can join the Big Sky Code Academy (http://www.bigskycodeacademy.org) for its 8-month part time coding boot camp at our campus in Bozeman.
- Billings - Part Time Web Development Boot Camp, 09/10, Billings
Starting this fall, you can join the Big Sky Code Academy (http://www.bigskycodeacademy.org) for its 8-month part time coding boot camp at our campus in Billings.
- Billings - Learn How To Code - Full Time Boot Camp, 09/12, Billings
Over the course of your class, you will learn how to collaborate as part of a technical team while you produce high-quality software and work to develop, maintain, and change an application.
- Missoula - Learn How To Code - Full Time Boot Camp, 09/12, Missoula
During your class, you will also work one-on-one with a career coach to practice talking about your resume and code portfolio (your examples of completed web development work) with a prospective employer.
- Bozeman - Learn How To Code - Full Time Boot Camp, 09/12, Bozeman
Whether it's with our network of Montana employers or our exclusive network of global employers, Big Sky Code Academy does more than simply teach you to code. We help you get ready to build the career, future, and life you want for yourself.
- How do you recruit young workers to Great Falls?
"Employers across the board tell us they're having trouble recruiting all types of workers, including for industrial, professional, skilled and service jobs," Doney said. He asked whether it is time for a unified community workforce recruitment effort, and if so, how can it be done effectively?
- Montana Ambassadors Business Open, 8/11-12, Anaconda, Montana
MT Ambassadors and MEDA will hold a joint working lunch on August 11th; the MT Ambassador Business Open will take place August 12th at the Old Works http://www.oldworks.org , in Anaconda.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Don’t miss out on Montana’s Biggest Technology Event of the Year - Big Sky: Big Ideas Technology Summit, 7/28, Bozeman, Montana
"The technology community in Montana is rapidly growing, bringing innovation to existing businesses and driving new business in the area. Growing the tech ecosystem in Montana is a win-win for all involved and we are excited to play a part." Andrew Field, CEO of PFL
Energy and Climate Change
- Exploring the Montana backcountry with veteran backpacker's "Out there with Tom" blog
Last year Kotynski published the second edition of his book "Discover the Rocky Mountain Front: A Hiking Guide," detailing some of his favorite summits and backcountry destinations.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- A Highway That Will Produce Power Instead of Roadkill
"We expect them to be in place, I'm hoping, by the end of this year, maybe before snow flies,"
- The End of the Era of Baseload Power Plants
It is now possible to envision an energy future where the grid will be balanced moment to moment by a combination of energy storage, responsive load and fast-ramping technologies like fuel cells.
- In Isolated Alaska, Microgrids Aren't for Emergencies -- They're for Every Day
Microgrids are often pitched as a solution to power outages in very specific places. But in rural Alaska, they have an entirely different purpose. And the federal government is now funding research into improving those microgrids.
- 3 Lessons for Cities in Denmark's Clean-Energy Revolution
Many of Denmark's windmills are partially owned by individual investors in the community, which helps to fund projects while tempering opposition.
- Bozeman and MSU weigh Tech Park's future after first expansion effort fails
"Right now it's just 42 acres of prime real estate," Murray said. "You need an anchor tenant ... to get started. We are confident we'll be able to do that in the near future."
- Montana's Economy Comes Back into Balance
"The big story is Montana's economy is coming into balance both geographically and across industries," said Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana.
- Famed golfer Jack Nicklaus expected to visit Anaconda's Old Works Golf Course in the fall
Course manager Mark Savoy said Wednesday he anticipates a golf tournament for about 100 to 120 players that day.
- Missoula Urban Farming Forum: AERO Offers A Feast, Farm Tour, Discussion Panel, 7/21, Missoula, Montana
"The Missoula Urban Farming Forum is an event geared toward strengthening community food networks while also raising funds to support AERO's commitment to providing communities with resources for creating a sustainable Montana."
- How to Answer 'Why Should I Hire You?'
You've got to tell them why what you've got is worth having.
- How to fill the skills gap for new college grads who don't have work experience
Now, there is a new twist on the idea of boot camps that takes aim at reducing the cost barrier for fresh college graduates and eliminating the hiring risk for employers.
- Why Harvard's career advice for its students is totally wrong
"Follow your passion."
- How Jails Are Violating the Law
Most corrections facilities detain mentally ill people instead of providing them with timely care.
- Portland's latest technology screw-up ends in finger-pointing
Add this to Portland's growing list of bungled technology projects: permitting software that's cost $3.9 million but is nowhere near complete.
- San Francisco Considers Putting a Tech Tax on the November Ballot
The proposed ballot measure would impose a 1.5 percent payroll tax on technology companies.
- How Comcast and Charter are trying to fix their awful customer service
Two biggest cable companies pledge improvements at Senate hearing.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- DOL, White House Accepting Proposals for State Apprenticeship Programs, Membership in TechHire Initiative
In this second phase, ETA will commit up to $50.5 million for ApprenticeshipUSA State Expansion Grants to help states:
- Amazon Unveils Online Education Service 'Amazon Inspire' for Teachers
Monday morning, Amazon said that it would introduce an online marketplace with tens of thousands of free lesson plans, worksheets and other instructional materials for teachers in late August or early September.
Montana Education Excellence
- Recent Research: Hands-On STEM Research Experiences Game Changers for Freshmen
STEM research experiences increase retention of undergraduates in STEM fields by almost 25 percent
- Aspiration for the air: Aviation Career Education Academy teaches aviation to Montana students
"They're here to see what's possible," said organizer Harold Dramstad, safety and education bureau chief for the Montana Department of Transportation's aeronautics division.
- University of Montana Family Medicine Residency Program Graduates First Class of Family Physicians
Montana will gain five new medical doctors who will care for Montanans in rural and underserved areas on Sunday, July 3.
Funding and Building your Business
- SEVEN New grant announcements
- Community Tool Box - Section 3. Creating Objectives
Most groups will develop objectives in all three categories. And all of the different types of objectives should be used as intermediate markers of the organization's progress.
- These Are Job Seekers' Top 3 Priorities Right Now, According To LinkedIn
Last year, job openings in the U.S. hit a five-year high, clocking in at over 5 million, where they remain today.
- Bold Entrepreneurs Now Create New Market Categories
As a startup advisor and aspiring angel investor, I've long been wary of startups trying to create new markets out of problems people didn't know they have, or problems generally accepted as unsolvable.
- MMEC senior business adviser Alistair Stewart earns Montana's first certified exit planning adviser designation to assist business owners in the transition to new ownership.
The Exit Planning Institute's certified exit planning adviser program trains professionals to assist business owners in the transition to new ownership.
- What happens when we all become our own bosses
The sharing economy will free workers of the 9-to-5 drudge, making more of us "micro-entrepreneurs" who set our own hours and incomes. Finally empowered to profit off our own assets and time, we won't need traditional employers.
- Transparency, Analytics Yield Big Results for Austin Utility
Closely tracking performance data is helping to drive better outcomes across government agencies, large and small.
- How Civic Interests Are Helping Shape Government Innovation
The place where government interests intersect with community-minded activists who are ready to donate their time and talents -- best known as civic tech -- is the public sector's fastest-moving innovation inlet.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Advice from An Old Rancher
f you get to thinkin' you're a person of some influence, try orderin' somebody else's dog around..
- High-Tech Tools Show Promise for Stroke Recovery
New therapeutic devices for stroke recovery, made possible by advances in hardware and software, are transforming the typically low-tech world of stroke rehabilitation.
- Silicon Valley's latest startup offering is a whole city
"We're not trying to build a utopia for techies," says Cheung, the project's director and the former CEO of failed housecleaning startup Homejoy. "This is a city for humans."
- This smart fridge grows fruits and veggies in the kitchen
The idea is to grow fruits, veggies, and herbs right inside your kitchen.
- This backpack can carry 150 pounds of gear, thanks to rocket science
Whether or not you're a hiker, Kuiu's new pack is another example of what happens when investments in cutting-edge technology make it down to the rest of us.
- Allegiant Air to provide year-round service from Missoula to Los Angeles
Starting in August, the schedule will change to Monday and Friday. The flight will depart Missoula in the afternoon.
- Your grandchild may never own a car
BMW and Daimler already operate their own carsharing services, while GM is investing in ridesharing service Lyft and has its own "mobility" brand called Maven.
- Tesla's quiet talks with this company could help redefine the gas station as we know it
Tesla is in talks with a major gas station and convenience store chain that could vastly expand the EV-maker's network of charging stations -- and reduce the likelihood of its customers getting stranded someplace on an hours-long drive.
- Michigan Tests Connected-Vehicle Tech on Roads
The automotive center of America is working out the kinks to ready the country's infrastructure before self-driving cars roll out nationwide.
- Concrete Ramp vs. Robotic Parking
"Robotic Parking provides almost 3.5 times the number of parking spaces in roughly the same volume."
- Revenue program for expanded air service in Missoula ready for takeoff
Proponents believe the outcome will drive down local airfares, help businesses' bottom line and bring new visitors to Missoula.
- VW's $15B Diesel Apology Could Finally Push Electric Vehicles Mainstream
VW is gonna cough up $2 billion to promote electric cars.
- Driver Killed While Using Tesla's 'Autopilot' Feature
The company said the crash took place under "extremely rare circumstances," and that it was fatal because of where the Model S hit the trailer. It added that Autopilot is disabled by default and that a driver must explicitly acknowledge it's experimental technology before using it.
- JetSuiteX launches new airline service between Bozeman, Montana and San Jose, CA
Tonight at 8:30 the first JetSuiteX flight arrives at Bozeman Yellowstone International Airport from San Jose California.
- Billings airport to receive $750K for new flights
The money will be used to help the airport develop and market its new service to Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport.
- In Australia, electric vehicles charged for a dollar a day
We've seen a number of incentives that encourage the use of electric vehicles, from selling excess energy back to the national grid to wireless charging on motorways.
- LA Metro's Innovation Policy: Consider Any Good Idea
The transit agency's newly-created Office of Extraordinary Innovation is tasked with finding the next big thing in transportation.
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