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Congratulations to everyone involved in last night's Ruffatto Business Plan Competition - Great energy and enthusiasm but I had to leave early so I don't know who won all the cash. Please update everyone with the winners in the comments section so we can celebrate their success - Montana's Entrepreneurial Future Competes for $50K at the 28th John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Early Edge Montana
- April is Fair Housing Month - VIDEO: Accessible, Affordable Housing is the Key to Living a Full, Independent Life
For many Montanans, finding accessible and stable housing can mean the difference between living an independent, healthy life or struggling to get by.
- Montana Department of Commerce Grant Brings Filmmakers to Wildlife Film Festival
In support of the 40th annual International Wildlife Film Festival in Missoula, the Montana Department of Commerce and Montana Film Office have granted the festival funding to bring filmmakers to the state to participate in a variety of events.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Vermont's Universal Pre-K Program: Year One
Vermont is pressing ahead on its preschool plans.
- Health Benefits of Universal Pre-K
The researchers suggest that putting kids in pre-K simply creates more opportunities for their health problems to get noticed, since early-childhood teachers are often trained to spot them.
Big Sky Commerce
- The Democratization of Machine Learning: What It Means for Tech Innovation
Market-based access to data and algorithms will lower entry barriers and lead to an explosion in new applications of AI.
Energy and Climate Change
- Big Sky Commerce, Missoula Economic Partnership and Small Businesses
One of my recommendations presented to the MEP leadership is to consider diversifying its board composition.
Come Home Montana
- Maryland Passes First-of-a-Kind Tax Credit for Residential and Commercial Electric Storage
The tax credit could serve as a model for states that aren't comfortable with mandates.
- Portland commits to 100 percent renewable energy by the year 2050
The decision puts Portland in a growing group of 25 cities across the country who have committed to transitioning to green energy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President of Philanthropy - American Prairie Reserve
Based in Bozeman, MT, the Vice President of Philanthropy will serve as a strategic partner to both the Executive Leadership Team and the National Board of Directors and will join an exceptionally committed, passionate group dedicated to APR's continued and expanded impact and success.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Client Services Manager, Project Director-LIHEAP, Policy Analyst - Montana Nonprofit Association
Stop recruiting and start eCruiting. MNA's online career center gives member nonprofit organizations an affordable, highly visible, and demographically focused place to post job vacancies.
- The Montana State Society 13th Annual Testicle Festival Of Washington, D.C. - 6/3
The Original Sack Lunch
- Western Montana's Largest Career Fair 2017 - 4/27 - Missoula, Montana
Western Montana's Largest Career Fair is brought to you by the Missoula Job Service
- Free Workshop: How To Be Successful At A Job Fair, 04/17, Missoula
Job Service offers a free, one-hour workshop on how to prepare for the event, strategies for what to do once you are there, and follow-up steps that can lead to a new job.
- Free Workshop: How To Be Successful At A Job Fair, 04/20, Missoula
Are you ready to meet scores of employers who need workers?
- Free Workshop: How To Be Successful At A Job Fair, 04/25, Missoula
Do more than just show up. Get prepared to present your best self at the job fair by attending this workshop.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Information Security Support Specialist, Librarian, Linux Systems Administrator, Project Manager - IT Ops and more... - Zoot Enterprises
Do You Have What it Takes?
- 3 hallmarks of strength, and why they're rare qualities in most leaders
But even though many of us like to think that leadership is a certain style of personality -- a style that either clicks, commands or motivates -- research from the O.C. Tanner Institute shows three hallmarks of leadership strength that you may not have considered before:
Montana Economic Development
- Loading ATVs: Startup Montana business (Name to be determined) does it safely
While designed with recreational vehicles in mind, they think the loading system also could be used for agricultural purposes
- Bozeman-based Zoot Enterprises will purchase GE Capital building, expand into Billings
Zoot expects to hire some of GE's workers whose jobs will be eliminated by the end of the year.
- Ide Energy & Strategy is an interdisciplinary consulting firm focused on energy & sustainability.
We help businesses, leaders and boards
- Missoula Startup Bonzai Communities Looks to Build City's First Tiny Home Village
Bonsai Communities is looking to build Missoula's first tiny home village on 19 acres located just north of I-90 and North Reserve. The goal is to construct around 80 new homes.
- New Montana school would turn fishing guides into knowledge guides
Gallatin River guide Sean Blaine and Yellowstone River guide Brant Oswald want to create the first advanced guide school in the nation where intermediate-level guides can polish their technique with masters like Roos but also learn the latest environmental science from researchers.
- Governor Bullock Announces Economic Development Grants to Create 97 New Jobs, Help Main Street Businesses Grow and Expand
The funds are being awarded through the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) program.
- Alliance touts Great Falls as tourist destination
"With scenic rivers running through it, Great Falls is a perfect mix of outdoor recreation and robust art, cultural and historical centers along with retail shopping and dining that together rival the attractions of other Montana cities,"
Business Plan Forums
- Make a job fair work for you
The key to making a job fair work for you is planning and being selective.
- The Smokey Generation's new Smokejumper Collection - Video
The Smokey Generation is a website dedicated to collecting, preserving, and sharing the stories and oral history of wildland fire.
- Montana's Entrepreneurial Future Competes for $50K at the 28th John Ruffatto Business Startup Challenge
The annual event represents Montana's largest opportunity for students attending any state college or university to present their business plan to a panel of judges and, at times, an investor or two.
- Lecture - Richard Opper-How Montana Passed Medicaid Expansion - 5/2 - Missoula, Montana
Against all odds: How Montana passed Medicaid Expansion; how has it worked so far; and what's its future?
- Anyone having problems filing your annual business report in Montana? They are due by close of business on 4/14
What have you experienced? Please add your comments below.
- Unintended Consequences - Trump's 'beautiful' border wall would jeopardize 800 wildlife species
The impassible barrier would not only disrupt migration patterns but also keep animals and plants from spreading seeds and pollen.
- How About Investing in Human Infrastructure?
Why not invest in humans as well as bridges?
- Airbnb cheers as Idaho bill to limit local regulation of its hosts' homes becomes law
“This bill is a major win for the 2,000 Idahoans, the vast majority of whom are women and seniors, welcoming visitors to their state,” said Jasmine Mora, a spokeswoman for Airbnb
- How U.S. Health Care Became Big Business
"We've trusted a lot of our health care to for-profit businesses and it's their job, frankly, to make profit," Rosenthal says. "You can't expect them to act like Mother Teresas."
- Utah Governor hosts 11th annual economic summit
Keynote address by noted conservative author and president of the American Enterprise Institute, Arthur Brooks.
- Fed president: Closing the skills gap starts with business leaders
This means a variety of job and skill-building programs, whether run by companies or in partnership with schools and government.
Montana Education Excellence
- DeVos undoes Obama student loan protections; defaults expected to rise
Education Secretary Betsy DeVos on Tuesday rolled back an Obama administration attempt to reform how student loan servicers collect debt.
- Troubled software for Community Colleges of Spokane on 'pause' as vendor Ciber Inc. files for bankruptcy
Consultants hired to study problems with the software, known as ctcLink, have told the state Board of Community and Technical Colleges to "pause" the installation until all problems can be worked out at Spokane, Spokane Falls and Tacoma community colleges.
- UM Pharmacy Program Ranks No. 2 Nationally for Salary-Debt Ratio
"What the rankings don't show - and this is equally important - is that 100 percent of our graduates are either employed as pharmacists upon graduation or successfully compete for advanced, postgraduate residency training,"
- The public is invited to attend the University of Montana Friday Medical Conference (FMC) - A weekly Continuing Medical Education (CME) opportunity for physicians, healthcare professionals, and several healthcare student programs.
During its long tenure, and throughout each conference year topics have addressed infectious and vaccine-preventable diseases; endocrinology; gynecology; ethical issues; patient management; immunology; internal medicine; neurology; and a myriad of medical sub-specialties.
- Five Montana Teams Advance to the 2017 F1 in Schools STEM Challenge "Cup of the Americas" U.S. National Championships
"Congratulations to the schools who will be representing Montana on the national stage!"
- Strategic plan for University of Montana's future released - Public meetings today (Friday 4/14) to discuss
The Strategic Plan Coordinating Council, led by honors college dean Brock Tessman, will hold two sessions today Friday 4/14 in the Gilkey Building for the public to discuss the plan. The listening sessions are scheduled for 9 a.m. and 2 p.m. in Gilkey 105.
Funding and Building your Business
- Inspiring America: Neighbors Help Each Other at "Repair Cafe" - Is there one in your community?
Neighbors help one another fix things for free.
- LinkedIn's head of recruiting explains why the first thing he does in every job interview is hand over a marker
When LinkedIn's head of recruiting, Brendan Browne, interviews someone for a job, one of the first things he does is hand over an erasable marker and direct the candidate to a whiteboard on the wall.
- Design Thinking Comes of Age
It's about applying the principles of design to the way people work.
- Google just released Data Studio as a free product
because we realize data is only important if everyone can share, read, and analyze it.
- Food Biz Boot Camp Aka "How To Start A Small Food Business In Missoula" - 4/18-5/23
Learn the ins and outs of creating your own specialty food business.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The 2017 Event at Rebecca Farm opens volunteer signups. Take part in something great, July 19-23
Established by the late Rebecca "Becky" Broussard, The Event at Rebecca Farm is a world-class, community-oriented event featuring courses that range from novice to Olympic qualifier. Competitors compete in the three main disciplines of eventing: dressage, cross-country and show jumping.
- The International Wildlife Film Festival remembers founder Chuck Jonkel
The celebration is about remembering a man who believed that if people could get excited about wildlife, if they could understand it, they'd want to protect it.
- Gothic cathedrals inspire very thin concrete floors
Historical construction principles have inspired a new concrete floor system that doesn't require steel reinforcement. It's only two centimeters thick and is 70 percent lighter than conventional concrete floors.
- Now Missoulians Can Log on, Get a Ride, and Possibly Earn a Gift Card
On Tuesday, Missoula In Motion unveiled its long-awaited "Way to Go!" mobility tool, a program that connects commuters in like-minded carpool clubs, links to a real-time bus tracker app, and highlights different bike routes around the city.
- Hyperloop One reveals plan to connect 35 U.S. cities
Even the most optimistic estimates say this will take decades and billions of dollars. But what if Hyperloop could do it sooner, and for a fraction of the cost?
- Urban leaders should plan for the public transit of the future
Regional and local governments need to focus now by encouraging, facilitating, and funding demonstration projects of the driverless vehicles available now.
- Watch what a fully-autonomous Tesla can do: Impressive video shows a car drive through town and parallel park by itself
Musk claimed the technology will soon enable 'full autonomy all the way from LA to New York,' saying this would be achieved 'without the need for a single touch.'
- MSU JJCBE Women's Circle Of Excellence Conference, 05/11, Bozeman
- Montana Young Professionals Summit - 7/27-29 - Billings, Montana
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