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Montana Education Excellence
- Montana Nonprofit Association Online Career Center
Great thanks to everyone for making this THE place for nonprofit careers in Montana.
- Carroll, Billings’ Rocky Mountain rated top colleges
Carroll College in Helena was tied for second with Master’s College and Seminary in California. Linfield College in Oregon was ranked first.
- MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools Expands Ahead of Schedule. Is your School Involved?
“We’re very excited about offering the MAPS program to Darby High School students. Peter is a great resource here in our own community and will provide an inspirational opportunity for students to get excited about film making and the world around them.”
Montana Economic Development
- ‘Locally owned’ still prevails in Flathead Valley
“It’s a very attractive market with good growth characteristics,”
Funding and Building your Business
- MSU College Of Business Sets Sept. 28 Event For Local Businesses, Bozeman
All businesses interested in hiring College of Business students for internships or permanent employment are encouraged to attend.
- Fast times in the Flathead, and beyond with Liz Marchi - Part 4 of Missoulian.com’s 5-part series about economic development in Montana
Marchi’s organization focuses on smaller businesses. Her dream business is one with less than 200 people but more than 10 (for the benefits availability). The challenge, she said, is growing what she called “lifestyle business” and getting people to have the ambition to do that.
Regional Economic Development
- In the (RED) The Business Bankruptcy Blog
We all know that when a business files bankruptcy, the impact on vendors, customers, and others can be immediate and disruptive.
- Computer wizards need people skills too
Not all people can fit every job, and it's important to understand the realities of an individual's skills and put them in the appropriate role
- Who Needs Venture Capital?
The "build it for no money" opportunity is highly problematic, particularly if you are in a crowded marketplace (and the web services marketplace is currently very crowded).
- Workplaces quit quietly ignoring mental illness
You don't tell people at work that you have this mental illness. It's so shameful."
- YouTube's new ad model
Today, YouTube will announce a new advertising strategy that aims to keep its growing -- but very opinionated -- audience happy while giving advertisers something more than banner ads and contests to reach them.
Washington State Business
- Real Estate And Development In The Northern Rockies, 10/5-6, Missoula, MT
This forum will bring together investors, brokers, developers, lenders, attorneys, journalists, government officials and non-profit leaders for a fascinating day of discussion about the real estate explosion in the region. Get the latest intelligence on market trends, hear from innovative developers and investors, learn about the most important new projects and policy developments, and join the conversation about the future of the Rockies.
- Snowy Mountain Development Corporation and Richland County Health Department Receive Funds to Foster Business Innovation And Create Or Save Rural Jobs
JOHANNS ANNOUNCES GRANTS TOTALING MORE THAN $6.5 MILLION TO SPUR BUSINESS GROWTH AND ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT
- Michelangelo of commercialization. Dinesh C. Patel, founding partner of vSpring Capital
By his own reckoning, this Michelangelo figures his fingerprints can be found on anywhere from 50 to 100 companies.
- Urban entrepreneurship
Brownfields development provides one avenue for redirecting some of the West’s growth from sprawl to urban infill.
- Rural Oregon Town Feels Pinch of Poverty
Residents now live with lowered expectations, and a share of them have felt the sharp pinch of rural poverty. The town is an acute example of a national trend, the widening gap in pay between workers in urban areas and those in rural locales, where much of any job growth has been in low-end retailing and services.
- Spokane Workforce development agency changes its focus. Council concentrates efforts on employers rather than job seekers in tight market
“Businesses are what create new and better jobs, and they need to be supported so they can hire more employees and pay better wages.”
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Making it happen. Area entrepreneurs invest in Pensacola
"I think from an economic development standpoint we could become a regional magnet for entrepreneurs if we could give them access to capital, and did some marketing and PR."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Resodyn awarded $100,000 SBIR Phase I competitive contract
Resodyn Corp. will develop an advanced drilling process that uses high-intensity, low-frequency sound energy to drill small diameter, deep well exploration holes.
- Dr. Jakki Mohr of the University of Montana School of Business Administration Offers High-Tech Marketing Assistance to Montana Businesses - Class Projects for High-Tech Marketing Fall 06
Dr. Jakki Mohr is looking for companies who would like a student group to work with them on their high-tech marketing needs.
- Sparked by growth. UM-Helena and Miller Electric Collaborate to Train Future Employees. "It's a great time to be a welder".
UM-Helena serves as a regional training center for Miller in something of a unique relationship: The company provides its latest machines and equipment free of charge to the college. In exchange, Miller can use the shop and classroom a few times a year to train its dealers across the region on the latest technology. “It’s a win-win situation,” said Jim Lamphiear, Stevensville-based district manager for Miller. “The college gets to use the equipment, and the company gets a long-term benefit because the students get out of here trained on our equipment and ready to go to work with it.”
- When an Ex-Boss Spoils Your Chance for a New Job
Now my former supervisor at my first company is apparently saying negative things about me to prospective employers. What should I do?
- Making a Difference As A 'Social Entrepreneur'
"They may have been business entrepreneurs in their middle years," says Marc Freedman, the organization's president. "Now they're worshiping a different bottom line -- a better society, enhancing the common good. If you create wealth, it's OK, but it isn't enough."
Connectivity & Communications
- German approach might energize solar industry
Observers say Applied Materials may see an opportunity to enter the market for developing tools to create a potentially cheaper type of solar module by spraying a thin layer of silicon onto glass, an approach sometimes called thin-film solar.
- Energy choices for Communities - Locally-Supported Wind Projects
CSE projects are somewhat similar to community-supported agriculture. The main difference, however, is that instead of investing in potatoes, carrots, or cucumbers, local residents invest in projects that provide greater energy security and a wide variety of other benefits.
- The National Center For Appropriate Technology (NCAT) Sustainability FEST, 8/24, Butte, MT
Learn about solar, wind, energy resources, local foods, solar cooking, organic gardening and greenhouses.
- CA Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger pumps up solar power. Goal is to stimulate construction of 1 million solar roofs
Schwarzenegger predicts the bill will create 3,000 new megawatts of solar power in California, the amount of energy typically produced by six large power plants.
Commuter Rail Development
- The Doctor on the Digital Tundra
How the issue of net neutrality could impact rural Alaska, using a doctor who lives and works in Homer, Alaska as the launching off point for the story
- Rail is right
The analysis, which clearly indicates that reviving rail transit in Detroit and its suburbs is technically feasible and practical, comes as popular support in southeast Michigan for public transit appears to be increasing.
- University students offered car-sharing
Flexcar, a Seattle company, is stationing two Scions near the UC dorms in spaces provided free of charge by the university.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- CITY SLEEKERS. Where we live plays an important role in how much we exercise and in how healthy we are
The next time you're feeling a bit under the weather and need some medical advice, don't call a doctor. Call a real estate developer.
- 3-D TV That Actually Works
I entered a conference room in Manhattan and a woman on the TV tossed a handful of rose petals out of the screen, where they floated in the air before my eyes.
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