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"Everyone on Earth is walking around life wearing an invisible sign that says, "Make me feel important." And your job is to understand the size of the font of this invisible sign and how brightly it's lit. So make me feel important by leaving me alone. Make me feel important by letting me tell you everything I know about food. So it's our job to read that sign and to deliver the experience that that person needs." Danny Meyer - Founder of Shake Shack ---- https://www.cbsnews.com ... ness/
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Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor Bullock Recognizes Montana's First Apprenticeship Program in the Manufacturing Industry
"Innovation certainly runs through our veins here in Montana, whether its harnessing new technologies or manufacturing outdoor gear, tasty microbrews, and world-class toys for our four-legged friends," said Governor Bullock. "Businesses are able to nurture these big ideas through on-the-job training and apprentices are able to earn a living wage while developing the skills and knowledge to take on the jobs of the future."
Montana Politics & Legislature
- Webinar On $2 Million State Match Funding To Boost School Broadband Access - 2/23
The deadline to apply for state match dollars is quickly approaching, so don't miss this opportunity to learn the easy steps for applying to the Broadband for Montana Schools program and how you can work with professional consultants to help you navigate the federal E-rate and state match funding processes.
- Next Legislature Must Stand Up for Montana - These cuts have real-life consequences BY STEVE BULLOCK
Montanans are now seeing the real-life consequences of budget decisions made by the Republican legislators who make up the majority of our state Legislature.
Montana Office of Tourism & Economic Development
- NorthWestern Energy builds tradition of helping special needs students
Patrick worked at NorthWestern for a year and a half during custodial work like sweeping the warehouse floors, breaking down boxes for recycling and spraying the garage floors, but thanks to the the life skills program and NorthWestern Energy, Patrick said this new opportunity has given him a brighter outlook on life.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Introducing the 2018 Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation Agenda, Featuring Jay Baer!
After Jay speaks, you'll be inspired and ready to absorb the wealth of knowledge that will follow during the next day and a half of Montana's premier tourism and recreation industry event.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Alaska Airlines, Bill Gates team up with Code.org to teach how computers work
A new series of short videos will feature Bill Gates teaching the basics of how computers work.
Energy and Climate Change
- Where Blockchain Technology Leads Us - New Fields and Applications
Blockchain technology has generated a lot of buzz in the past several months. But what is it actually capable of?
- Bonner Milltown council to discuss on Monday noise from bitcoin plant
The special meeting of the Bonner Milltown Community Council starts at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria.
- The WIRED Guide to Artificial Intelligence
Supersmart algorithms won't take all the jobs, but they are learning faster than ever, doing everything from medical diagnostics to serving up ads.
Come Home Montana
- Trump Tariffs Will Deeply Impact Montana's Solar Market - Solar installations predicted to plummet by nearly 50 percent.
"Montana is going to be creamed because Montana, as a state, doesn't do anything to drive renewable energy," said Del Chiaro.
- 10 Trends That Will Shape the Global Solar Market in 2018
GTM Research's team of solar analysts put some numbers behind their 2018 predictions.
- The future of nuclear power? Think small, look to Corvallis, Oregon
If Reyes and other experts are right, his steel cylinder -- a one-third scale model of the reactor his company hopes to build -- will lead a revival of commercial nuclear power by overcoming two problems that have crippled the industry: escalating costs and the risk of devastating accidents.
- Electric Cars Could Destroy the Electric Grid--or Fix It Forever
Today's grid would likely fail catastrophically if the entire US car fleet immediately made the switch to running on electricity.
- Why a Big Utility Is Embracing Wind and Solar
In parts of the country, wind and solar plants built from scratch now offer the cheapest power available, even counting old coal, which was long seen as unbeatable.
- Montana Career Opportunities in Livingston - Solutions Engineer, Software Developer, Project Manager, Director of E-Commerce Marketing, You Tell Us! and more - PFL
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Glacier National Park Seeks Comment on Plan to Lease Historic Buildings on Lake McDonald
Glacier National Park is considering a plan to lease some historic cabins on Lake McDonald in an effort to preserve the structures.
- Montana Talent Available - Computer Science Internship
I'm looking for a summer internship in the Flathead Valley. I'm a Computer Science Junior at Montana State University. Do you know of any organizations that might consider hiring an intern for the summer? Andrew Smith
- Montana Career Opportunity - Associate Director Position - Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE)
Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE) is a leading provider of facilitated executive roundtables for large professional services companies.
- Remember Warren Miller Day - 2/17 - Your Favorite Mountain
The outpouring of sentiment from Warren Miller's recent passing has been overwhelming, and many have asked how to honor his life. Warren did not want a public memorial service. Instead, he simply wanted you to hit your favorite run or do something else you love in his memory.
Montana Economic Development
- Sen. Daines brings 56-county tour to Billings
True North Steel is a steel production company with eight locations. Two are in Montana. Of those 35 new job openings, seven will be available in the state.
- Bozeman Chronicle to award 20 young business professionals
The 20 under 40 recipients will be featured in a special section inside the Chronicle on Feb. 25. The 2017 awards will be presented at the B2B networking luncheon on Feb. 26, 2018, at the Hilton Garden Inn.
- Paradise Valley ranch listed for $12M wins 'House of the Year' in Wall Street Journal reader poll
For the second year in a row a Montana property has been chosen by Wall Street Journal readers as the "House of the Year."
- Missoula's Uptown Diner closing its doors
"We should all give as much money as we can to keep this place in business,"
- Cuts by Lee Enterprises prompt reductions at Missoulian, other Montana papers
Over the weekend, the Ravalli Republic reported that it would cut the publication of its newspaper to three days a week, down from its current five.
TED and TEDX Talks
- 2018 economic outlook - Mentors, volunteers and health care clients: Aging population in southwest Montana has pros and cons
Hartline, a Maryland native and former college educator, is not alone in his appreciation for Butte and the region among people who are retired or about to be.
- TED Talk of the week - Susan David: The gift and power of emotional courage
In this deeply moving, funny and potentially life-changing talk, psychologist Susan David challenges a culture that prizes positivity over emotional truth, and shares some powerful strategies for emotional agility. A talk to share.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Use These Five Tricks To Never Forget Something Important Again
"We all have a good memory; the problem is no one taught us how to use it," says four-time USA Memory Champion Nelson Dellis.
- Will AI make data analytics jobs obsolete?
So what are the arguments against this unfolding?
- Today's TED Talk - How to fix a broken heart
Our hearts might sometimes be broken, but we don't have to break with them.
- Senator Tester Pushes to Fix Broken USDA Rural Broadband Initiative
Tester specifically wants to use the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization to tear down the barriers and to cut red tape so service providers can more easily access the loan program.
City Club Missoula
- Livingston, Montana Is Home to More Writers Than Any Other City in America
Livingston is a small town near Yellowstone -- it's also the country's least expected literary hotspot. Here's how the town attracts writers (and readers) from all over the world.
- Podcast - UM President Seth Bodnar | What Do You Know? - City Club Missoula Presents Imagining A University Of Montana For The Future: President Seth Bodnar - 2/12
Interesting discussion with the new University of Montana President Seth Bodnar
- "Our Land, Our Legacy" [ Group launches campaign against Daines' wilderness bill
It will include newspaper ads and videos on social media that put pressure on Daines over his bill to release five wilderness study areas back to conventional federal management.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho House to debate biggest tax cut plan in its history
The Republican-controlled Legislature is facing increased pressure to pass tax relief this year, with an election in May and taxpayers expected to pay roughly $100 million more next year if the state conforms to the new federal policy.
Oregon Economic Development
- 'Vaccine' kills cancer in mice
The approach works for many different types of cancers, including those that arise spontaneously, the study finds.
- Amid opioid crisis, Butte, Montana's Bryan Roth building a better painkiller
Our goal is to come up with medications that would be effective for long-term pain but would be safe so people wouldn't get addicted, wouldn't die of overdoses and wouldn't have other side effects such as constipation," he said.
- Through boom or bust, Oregon small town rides theme to maintain identity
As more people moved to Bend and Redmond in the early 2000s, roughly 22 miles away, the mayor of Sisters predicted the town's future was probably set as a bedroom community -- a place people could find housing to afford lives in larger cities.
Regional Economic Development
- Fed imposes new penalties on Wells Fargo
The Fed's punishment, a forceful intervention by the government into the affairs of a large company, means that one of the country's largest and most powerful financial institutions will be unable to keep pace with its fast-growing rivals.
- From Bozeman to Bend, how two cities are responding to growth
So, beginning today with a story about Bend, Oregon, and with the help of a grant from Solutions Journalism Network, the Chronicle is launching a series of articles we're calling "Postcards from Bozeman's future."
- These College Startups Don't Charge Tuition Until Grads Make $50,000 a Year
Enough book learning. Let's get you a job.
Funding and Building your Business
- 'United We Eat' by Soft Landing Missoula Brings Syrian Cuisine To Missoula Tables
In Missoula, a new roving supper club is showcasing the culinary talent of refugees and offering a chance for locals to eat the world without leaving town.
- "A lot of mayors are interested in social impact bonds" Social programs experiment with private investors who receive 'pay for success'
The program is one of a rising number of initiatives around the world bringing together government departments, service providers, foundations, banks, pension funds, and more to address complex social problems.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- 8 Lessons From Military Strategy For Entrepreneurs
Becky Sheetz-Runkle, in her insightful book for small businesses, "The Art of War for Small Business," gave me a whole new perspective.
- 6 Unexpected Burdens That Come With Outside Investors
Entrepreneurs should never forget that investors really believe that they are there to help (not like "I'm from the IRS and I'm here to help").
- Shake Shack founder on changing the way restaurants do business
"Everyone on Earth is walking around life wearing an invisible sign that says, "Make me feel important." And your job is to understand the size of the font of this invisible sign and how brightly it's lit. So make me feel important by leaving me alone. Make me feel important by letting me tell you everything I know about food. So it's our job to read that sign and to deliver the experience that that person needs." Danny Meyer - Founder of Shake Shack
- Google spent years studying effective teams -- and one trait stood out
They code-named the study Project Aristotle, a tribute to the philosopher's famous quote "The whole is greater than the sum of its parts."
- The Incredible Science Behind Why Amazon Filled Its New Office With 40,000 Plants
Anxiety and feelings of being overwhelmed take a huge bite out of employee performance. Has Amazon found an answer?
- Prospera Business Network and the MT Women's Business Center offers over 400 Self-paced online training courses for anyone who needs to learn a new skill or improve their business.
These courses are reasonably priced and offer many options for improving your small business operation.
- 4 Things Women Entrepreneurs Need to Know Before Approaching Angel Investors and VCs
Here are four factors that will help you prepare your pitch and secure an investment.
- Mindfulness: How Being Present Can Make You a Better Manager
A book called Leading From Within: Conscious Social Change and Mindfulness for Social Innovation, which looks at how organizations and companies can benefit when leaders invest in mindfulness and bring it to the workforce.
- Starting a Business for This 1 Reason Will Lead to Success
If you don't have that burning, personal desire to see your concept come to fruition, we don't recommend pursuing your startup idea.
- "Only Roundup Remains" Green at first, big-city filmmaker Brian Liu climbs in the saddle for legendary Montana roundup
Film director Brian Liu is in the final stages of producing his new documentary, "Only Roundup Remains," which he filmed over the course of several years riding the Highwood cattle roundup east of Great Falls.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- How a hungry, hardy bacteria eats toxic metals and excretes gold nuggets
This hardy little bacterium consumes toxic metals and excretes tiny gold nuggets, but how and why it does so has never been fully understood.
- An Ancient Virus May Be Responsible for Human Consciousness
That snippet of code is still very much alive in humans' brains today, where it does the very viral task of packaging up genetic information and sending it from nerve cells to their neighbors in little capsules that look a whole lot like viruses themselves.
- A little alcohol may keep brains 'clean'
Low levels of alcohol consumption may reduce inflammation and help the brain clear away toxins, including those associated with Alzheimer's disease, new research suggests.
- New Cancer Vaccine Treatment Will Start Human Trials Soon
The potential treatment cured 87 of 90 mice who had cancer.
- We don't need fully self-driving cars to save lives
There are some amazing automotive-related technologies that are getting lost in the noise of full autonomy.
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