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"Be decisive. Right or wrong, make a decision. The road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision." Unknown
Limited Space for the Big Sky Big Ideas Technology Summit, July 28 in Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Special 1 Million Cups On July 26 At Dunrovin Ranch - Bring Your Swim Suit And Your Family! http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6065
Gov. Steve Bullock
Main Street Montana Project
- Governor Bullock Announces New Proposals to Spur Business Growth and Job Creation in Montana
"Montana's economy is strong and growing, and more people are at work than ever before," said Governor Bullock. "These proposals will put make it easier for businesses all across the state to grow and expand and create good-paying jobs, putting more hard-working Montanans to work and further strengthen an already strong economy."
Montana Department of Commerce
- Main Street Montana Key Industry (KIN) Recommendations
Here is the latest list of all the recommendations to date. Financial Services, Nonprofit, and Financial Service KINS are underway and their recommendations are still to come.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- CEIC Data User's Conference 2016 - Open To Everyone, 9/14-15, Helena, Montana
The Census & Economic Information Center (CEIC) at the Montana Department of Commerce is hosting a FREE Day and ½ Data User's Conference. The conference features hands-on workshops and presentations.
- Montana Technology Innovation Parntership: Innovator Training, 8/31, Havre, MT
Intellectual Property, Funding Your Innovation, and Going to Market
Montana Code Girls
- NorthWestern Energy - Just A Phone Call Away!
Looking for information about outages? Check out our new outage map!
Big Sky Code Academy
- 17-year-old believes students aren't getting enough exposure to technology
A Lower Hutt high school student believes a lack of exposure to digital technology at school means girls aren't as keen to enter the sector as they could be and experts agree with her.
- Tech Needs Girls celebrates women in technology in style
The organization which has trained over 3,000 girls across the country focuses on mentoring young adults in the area of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
- Girls Go Digital: Summer camps for young girls promote future tech careers
Savannah Jo Patience says she wants to be an "imagineer."
- Hacking the Gender Gap: Why the Tech Industry Needs More Women
There is increasing private sector investment in women's entrepreneurship training. And it's about time more organizations and governments follow suit.
- React vs Angular
- Coding for good: The rise of charity hackathons
- High Tech jobs booming in Montana
- Win Tickets to Big Sky: Big Ideas Technology Summit next week in Bozeman on July 28
As a thank you for your ongoing support of the Big Sky Code Academy, we're giving away tickets to this year's Summit and invite you to enter to win.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Limited Space for the Big Sky Big Ideas Technology Summit, July 28 in Bozeman, Montana
The first ever Big Sky: Big Ideas Technology Summit is a half-day experience that will connect business leaders who are making waves in UX, programming, sales, marketing, and business development.
Energy and Climate Change
- Voices of Montana Tourism - July Tourism News You Can Use
Tourism Key Industry Network with Main Street Montana Project Presents Recommendations Report at Innovate Montana Symposium
Come Home Montana
- Zooplankton warn us: Extinction has a tipping point
"I think we need to be quite concerned about where our current ocean communities may be headed or we may find ourselves at the tail end of a similar event--a sixth mass extinction, living in a very different world than we would like."
- PG&E to Plug Enphase Smart Inverters and SolarCity Storage Systems Into Its Grid Control Platform
How the first big smart inverter-battery test involving real customers could provide a model for aggregators bringing grid services to utilities.
- Google's artificial intelligence can actually help the environment
With the push of a button this spring -- Google was instantly using 40% less energy to cool a handful of its data centers.
- Residential Battery Storage Doesn't Yet Make Sense, Says Engineering Firm
"We have to recognize that consumer decisions are not solely governed by economic rationale."
- Pumped Up: Renewables Growth Revives Old Energy-Storage Method
Known as pumped storage, the giant facilities push large volumes of water uphill when there is surplus electricity, and then let gravity move it back down through turbines to generate hydroelectric power when extra kilowatts are needed.
- Florida Continues 'Smart Grid' Switch Installation
Florida Power & Lighting is in the process of installing 20,000 automatic lateral switch devices across the state, which are estimated to have saved crews more than 100,000 "field visits" last year.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Supervisor - Bob Ward's
Do you have experience in retail and POS systems? Want to work in Big Sky Country for a local sporting goods retailer that loves the outdoors and everything that goes with it!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Regional Director - Northwest Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC)
FVCC seeks a highly motivated and business savvy individual for the position of Regional Director to serve Flathead, Lake, and Lincoln counties.
- How to Present Your Community as a Startup
I thought this was outrageously brilliant.
- Entrepreneurship can be learned - Stanford University
Business classes are not a prerequisite for entrepreneurship, but some of the most storied startup founders say they benefited from academic courses and experiential learning opportunities.
- Forum and fundraiser for AERO at Missoula's Galactic Farms on urban farming, dinner and music is tonight - 7/21
The event is a fundraiser for AERO, and will feature a panel of urban farming experts, live music, a silent auction and a tour of Galactic Farms.
- New Legislation is an Assault on the Very Idea of Wilderness and the Values of the Wilderness Act
The bill would also allow chainsaws and wheeled devices like carts and wheelbarrows in Wilderness .
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Before you retire make a leisure plan with purpose
Trouble is, very few pre-retirees are taking the time to figure out what they are going to do with all their free time in retirement, according to Merrill Lynch's study "Leisure in Retirement: Beyond the Bucket List."
- High speed internet arrives in Bozeman - The goal is to use the service to attract more business to Bozeman.
More band width at lower costs, and better availability for higher band width that we can get today. Its one of the barriers to entry that Bozeman has to attracting increasingly large and interesting businesses, the business that we want to be here.
Incubators and R&D
- Bob Marshall Wilderness backers push for wilderness half of landscape deal
Monture Creek is 16 miles from trailhead up to the Bob Marshall boundary, even though it's surrounded by rugged, wild country. The North Fork of the Blackfoot River, all the way west to Grizzly Basin, looks and feels and smells like the Bob. But it was left out by a twist of fate."
- Montana Film Office - A rotating cast and the office is hiring
The legislature doesn't recognize film as a good investment and business opportunity, and the industry needs a stronger voice in Helena to gain traction, "like agriculture, like coal, like oil, like Realtors and hoteliers and that kind of thing,"
- Here's what it's like to work in a WeWork building, the $16 billion company that simulates startup life
WeWork has grown into a $16 billion company, with 64,000 clients using its 83 coworking spaces in 12 countries around the globe, and big plans to expand into China. It's even launched WeLive, a new venture to bring the WeWork philosophy to living.
Montana Education Excellence
- Amazon Prime's latest perk is discounted student loans
"This is a tremendous opportunity to bring together two great brands. At Amazon and Wells Fargo, delivering exceptional customer service and helping customers are at the center of everything we do."
- Montana teen among best in nation at Microsoft Word
O'Donnell began his Microsoft training in high school. Belgrade High offers classes on the Office programs that prepare students to become certified Microsoft Office Specialist Masters.
- Research View Summer 2016 University of Montana
"My buddy was about to give up," he says, recalling the multiple trips he and his friend made to Veterans Affairs. "In a week, he got more results than in four years with the VA. Now, he knows what's wrong and where to go next."
Funding and Building your Business
- Great Falls, Montana Tourism agency launches "Great Friends League"
The first public meeting for the Great Friends League is Tuesday night 7/26 in Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art café from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
- Guest column: Missoula needs permanent, not temporary, downtown dwellers
It's not so much that I'm an historical advocate, although I don't see why the facade can't be preserved with any future development. But I am opposed to developing our downtown for tourists rather than for residents.
- "I'm Right and You're An Idiot: The Toxic State of Public Discourse and How to Clean It Up."
James Hoggan has cleverly articulated not only what's wrong with public discourse but also what must be done to fix it. Here's our conversation.
Connectivity & Communications
- This CEO wants to hire people who are always a little dissatisfied
Now I have a basic belief that almost everyone wants to contribute and do well. Some people, for a whole variety of reasons, have difficulty doing that, and at least an attempt or two should be made to try to help them.
- Special 1 Million Cups On July 26 At Dunrovin Ranch - Bring Your Swim Suit And Your Family!
Join Us for a Special Summertime Get Together with Fun and Exciting Family Activities this Tuesday (July 26th) at the Dunrovin Ranch!
- Women take more risks than you think -- which makes them a better investment
The Kauffman Foundation reported that female tech entrepreneurs generated, on average, a 35% higher return on investment than their male counterparts.
- The SBA Office of Advocacy has updated its most widely used publication: "Frequently Asked Questions about Small Business."
A related tool, "Frequently Asked Questions About Small Business Finance," is also being released today.
- TechStars Newsletter - These 4 Questions Will Tell You If You Found the Right Company Culture
See how these programs connect and how they are impacting entrepreneurs and communities around the globe.
- Google Fiber no longer a moonshot -- it's a 'real business'
"Every time I say that I have Google Fiber, people freak out," says Mosqueda. "And I say, 'You should freak out. It's amazing.'"
- Facebook Moves One Step Closer to Light-Based Wireless Communication
With a device that's simpler than traditional light receivers, he said, the Facebook team was able to achieve wireless data rates on the order of wired systems.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Beyond the Data Dump
While mandates for transparency enjoy broad support, agencies at all levels of government have limped along in their attempts to abide by them.
- This smart pillow might stop your snoring - Kickstarter Campaign
If it determines you're snoring too loudly, it will gently vibrate, gently encouraging you to change positions while hopefully not waking you up in the process.
- Elon Musk reveals Tesla's master plan
Tesla is also prioritizing development of heavy-duty trucks and high passenger-density urban transport.
- Lo and Behold: Reveries of A Connected World - A Werner Herzog Film
"A must see for anyone on social networks" Chris Plante - Verge
- Red Lodge, Montana adds charging stations for electric cars
"It changes your travel habits. People plan their routes based on their destinations."
- City rating tool helps users find car-free commutes
Real estate company Redfin's Opportunity Score tool rates cities based on the combined availability of housing, jobs and public transport.
- Tesla CEO Sets Sights on Self-Driving Public Transit
Elon Musk has revealed that he wants Tesla Motors to develop electric, connected, self-driving transit vehicles in the future.
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