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"Be willing to be a beginner every single morning." - Meister Eckhart
See you in Billings TODAY! Innovate is ON.
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
- GIS Python And R Training, 8/7-11, Helena, Montana
The Department of Commerce is hosting a week of GIS Python and R training by Geospatial Training Services http://geospatialtraining.com/ August 7-11 in Helena.
- You're Invited: Miles City Regional SBDC Ribbon Cutting Ceremony! 8/3
Join us as we celebrate the grand opening with Lieutenant Governor Mike Cooney, small businesses, economic development & higher education partners, and more. Meet the new Regional Director and learn more about the SBDC!
Montana Photonics Industry
- Innovate Symposium: How to expand your business into Indian Country
There's unique opportunity in Montana to expand your business into Indian Country. Join a panel of experts during the Innovate Montana Symposium Wednesday, July 12 from 3:00-4:30 p.m. at the Northern Hotel to learn how you can turn a business idea into an opportunity.
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Montana Photonics Industry Alliance Summer Networking Social, 7/13, Bozeman, Montana
Mark your calendars to join your colleagues and fellow Montana Photonics Industry Alliance members for an evening of networking. Hors d'oeuvres and refreshments will be provided by ADvR.
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- During panel discussion on Russian involement in election, Tester tackles dark money, Russia
"We've had a long history of people trying to buy our elections," Tester said.
- Montanans must ensure legislators are held liable for ethical lapses - Missoulian Editorial
Montana's bare-bones disclosure requirements call for close attention from members of the public, so that those lawbreakers who fall through the cracks of official accountability may still be held accountable - at the ballot box.
- "Good ideas" come from town halls, Tester says; Daines remains absent
"It's important to meet people eyeball to eyeball and talk about issues that they're passionate about," Sen. Jon Tester said Friday during a media interview in Missoula.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- 2017/2018 Training Calendar for the DBE/SBE Program - Looking for Partners
I'm gearing up for the 2018 Fiscal Year training and looking for some partners to share expenses with for workshops, conferences, etc.
- How Dual-Track Education Could Help Students Gear Up for the Digital Economy
"Apprenticeships - long embraced as a work-force-training method in other countries - may now have an opening to become a far more common pathway to education and employment in the United States."
Energy and Climate Change
- The Route of the Hiawatha Bike Trail - 10 Tunnels, Trestle Crossings, Amazing Views... just don't forget your headlight.
"Rails to trails is a reclaimed railroad bed which has then been turned into a recreational use trail for bikers, hikers, and people on wheelchairs," said Ride the Hiawatha and Lookout Pass Marketing Director Matthew Sawyer.
- Two thousand miles through millions of years -- Montana's Dinosaur Trail
Montana has been working the charismatic megafauna thing for millions of years.
Come Home Montana
- Scotland is powering cars using whisky
Celtic Renewables, an award-winning spin out from Edinburgh Napier University, has pioneered a process for making the sustainable fuel. And its close partnership with Tullibardine Distillery - in Perthshire - provides the company with the feedstocks it needs.
- Tesla is building the world's biggest battery in Australia - up and running within 100 days or it's free
The Powerpack system will be hooked up to the Hornsdale Wind Farm under construction near Jamestown , storing energy for on-demand delivery to some 30,000 homes.
- Coal no longer fuels America. But the legacy -- and the myth -- remain.
Coal mining, celebrated with rhinestones and pageantry, is an enduring legacy rather than a thriving enterprise.
- Nano light detector may mean smaller solar panels
Scientists have created a nanoscale light detector that can convert light to energy, combining both a unique fabrication method and light-trapping structures.
- Aerial photos show how friggin' huge Tesla's Gigafactory is
We knew Tesla's battery-producing Gigafactory was enormous. But now, we have a better idea of just how expansive the new facility is.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Social Media Manager - Stafford Multimedia
This position based in Whitefish, Montana. You will assist our Digital Media Team on all aspects of our Digital Campaigns. This position would be perfect for a recent college grad looking to dive into the industry.
- Children's market teaches lesson of entrepreneurship
The aim is to engage children at a young age to create an ongoing interest in business and entrepreneurship.
Montana Economic Development
- Beneath the surface
While the local controversy now spans a web of issues -- from concerns over potential water pollution and road dust to land values and property rights -- those potential secondary impacts radiate out from Weaver's preliminary water right, which would grant him access to 231.5 million gallons per year from the underlying aquifer.
- Montana Made: Wooden fly boxes; art with a purpose from Helena's Al Swanson Craftsman Studios
Swanson said he has sold roughly 10,000 boxes in the three years he has been in production.
- Lifelines in Lincoln, Montana: Hard-working town seeks new ways to make a living
"People are starting to believe that Lincoln has a future that's exciting and vibrant," said Paul Roos, a retired school superintendent with several generations of family history in Lincoln. "And for the first time, it's not connected to a boom-and-bust economy."
City Club Missoula
- How To Make An Impact At A Conference, Even If You Aren't The Speaker
You still have the opportunity to stand out at the event. Here are seven steps that will help you make an impact, even if you are not the speaker:
- Looking Back at What May Just Be the "Ballsiest" Cover Letter of All Time
When was the last time you were shocked and awed by a candidates's cover letter?
- MarLo 5 Years On - The Journey Continues - Ideamensch
One never knows exactly what the future will bring. So most of us try to not veer too far off our current journeys.
- Meet The Man Traveling The World On $25 Million Of Bitcoin Profits
"Never a dull moment," he says, lifting his glass of champagne in a Gatsby-esque salute. Then he shared his story.
- Follow-up strategies can boost a job offer
Think about it, you could easily be one out of a half-dozen candidates all interviewing for the same position. The notion that your background and skills could easily blend in with the rest is likely unless you do something different, following-up gives you the opportunity to stand out.
- The Biggest Mistakes Job Seekers Make Today
She summed up the pervasive myths and out-of-date techniques, and offered advice for taking the pain out of the job-hunting process.
- In the last two years, the number of suicides among firefighters exceeded the number of deaths in the line-of-duty
The stats are just as sobering among corrections officers.
- City Club Missoula panel stresses conversation, education about suicide
It's encouraging that more people are open to talking about suicide as a public health concern, not a personal matter, Matt Taylor said at Monday's City Club Missoula meeting that focused on the sensitive subject.
- Immigrants Cost Taxpayers, Then Pay More Than Most
While the national debate rages over immigration, new research shows how much new immigrants cost state and local governments in the short-term -- and how much they pay off in the long-term.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- New area code for Idaho means 10-digit dialing
Those who already have a 208 area code will not get a new phone number. The 986 area codes will begin being issued to new users Sept. 5.
- Williston business looks to expand online options
Williston businesses have been talking about the difficulties of competing with online shopping venues that allow people to shop from home at their leisure, and the Williston Chamber of Commerce has been exploring a shop local campaign to help encourage people to support their local businesses.
- The Next Last Packers
Mule packing is dying. Or so they say. Meet the new generation fighting to preserve nostalgia, a timeless heritage, and wilderness itself.
American Prairie Reserve
- University of Utah business startup lab flourishes in first year
The facility is a visual standout in its central campus location, but it's also an intentional outlier in how it functions academically, with student-driven program offerings and a literal open-door policy that does not require participants to sign up or pay fees.
- The American Prairie Reserve celebrates the return of bison to the Dry Fork property
We now have about 1,000 bison spread out over 3 properties, and are already knee-deep in the planning phase for putting them on a fourth this winter!
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Student debt: Oregon passes new law to make universities share 'easy to understand' debt data
At least 44 million Americans are carrying some student loan debt, estimates show, and collectively owe nearly $1.4 trillion. That's greater than the U.S. total for credit card debt.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana Ambassador Extraordinaire Peter Rosten and Montana's MAPS (Media Arts in the Public Schools)
It only takes one yes.
- Free Tech Camp For Native American Students, 7/10-13, Pablo, Montana
The camp will be held at the Salish Kootenai College campus https://www.skc.edu/ and will teach kids about game design, web development, hardware, programming and media design, according to the college.
Funding and Building your Business
- How a Small City Took On a Financial Giant--and Reclaimed Its Most Precious Resource
After a protracted fight with the Carlyle Group, Missoula's water is finally in the hands of the people.
Connectivity & Communications
- Elements of Enduring Companies
We've met many young companies and noticed that startups with the following characteristics have the best shot of becoming enduring companies.
- Kremlin documents suggest link between cyber giant Kaspersky Lab and Russia spy agency FSB
U.S. intelligence agencies have turned up the heat in recent days on Kaspersky Lab, the Moscow-based cybersecurity giant long suspected of ties to Russia's spying apparatus.
- Microsoft wants to close broadband gap in rural USA
"We're putting in a big stake and hope to close the gap entirely in five years."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Smelling our food may make us gain weight
The findings suggest that the odor of what we eat may play an important role in how the body deals with calories. If you can't smell your food, you may burn it rather than store it.
- A New Google Project Sets Out to Solve Artificial Stupidity
All supposedly smart helpers including Apple's Siri and Google's prosaically named Google Assistant are capable of frustrating feats of what can feel like artificial stupidity.
- Vision Net announces Corey Jensen as new president & CEO
"Vision Net has made a name for itself regionally and nationally as a leader in delivering telecommunication solutions across the business spectrum," he said. "I'm honored to have been selected by the board and look forward to playing a role in the company's continued growth." Corey Jensen
- Montana Code School Demo Day: Missoula, 07/13, Missoula
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