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"Never let the fear of striking out get in your way." Babe Ruth
Early Stage Montana Business Pitch Competition - 5/17 - Missoula - http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- Governor, First Lady Bullock Announce Nearly $56,000 for Montana Schools to Make Breakfast Part of the School Day
"Childhood hunger is a problem that we can solve and we are making progress," said Governor Bullock. "Hunger is a barrier that prevents students from excelling academically. We're all working together to remove this barrier so that students can thrive, now and in the future."
- New Application Process to Award Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund and Primary Sector Workforce Training Grants Faster
For the application cycle opening May 15 and closing July 10, we're going to pilot a streamlined application process. Here are the details:
Great Falls Development Authority
- Following national trend, Zoot opens on-site daycare in Bozeman headquarters
Formally titled the Zoot Adventure Learning Academy, or ZALA, the center is the brainchild of Rebekah Nelson, Zoot's director of employee benefits outreach and wife of CEO Chris Nelson.
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
- GFDA Top 10 - Here is our Top 10 for this week, celebrating work and successes to grow and strengthen the Great Falls regional economy.
A beautiful field of Montana dry yellow peas! Let's celebrate our amazing farmers, ranchers, food and agricultural processors, and all the related industries who are the backbone of our economy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Food & Ag Development Center Director Business/Economic Development - Great Falls Development Authority
Live on the Missouri River along the Rocky Mountain Front and work with a great team! Salary range $45,000-55,000 with excellent benefits, professional development, growth opportunities, and flexible work environment.
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Blockchain jobs platform gives freelancers paid time off and pensions
The app includes an additional social media aspect that has been designed to develop other job prospects for workers.
- How The Gig Economy Is Fueling A New Type Of Entrepreneur
It's a way to escape from the corporate world for good. They want the freedom and control that only working for themselves can provide.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber Luncheon To Focus On Tourism Impacts On The Flathead Economy - 5/15
The event will focus on tourism, its impacts on Flathead County's economy, and activities and organizations working to increase tourism year-round.
- Data Analytics Helps Boston Schools Better Serve Students
Boston Public Schools have partnered with the Boston Area Research Initiative to create an Opportunity Index, which captures metrics about students that typical education statistics might miss.
VR/AR, Blockchain, Bitcoin, Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Little Bighorn Battlefield draws people from around the world
The Battle of the Little Bighorn is one of the most-studied skirmishes in the history of the United States behind Gettysburg, so it's no surprise people come from around the world to visit the site.
- Summertime on Montana's Hi-Line offers empty spaces and interesting places
Travel back in time and explore Montana's Native American history through the the Buffalo Jump Archaelogical Site and the Wahkpa Chu'gn Interpretive Center in Havre, one of the largest Hi-Line communities with a population of around 10,000.
Energy and Climate Change
- How the brilliance of blockchain overshadows Bitcoin
Warren Buffett called Bitcoin "rat poison," but the technology behind it is something everyone can agree on.
- Artificial Neural Nets Grow Brainlike Cells to Find Their Way
The systems should "provide fertile ground for understanding how and why the human brain works as it does."
- Haven't you always wanted a puppy? Boston Dynamics says its stair-scaling robot dog will be sold in 2019
These Boston Dynamics robots have learned some new tricks
Hellgate Venture Network
- The Rise of Performance-Based Regulation and Other Policy Developments
Connecticut cuts net metering; Washington, D.C. proposes a new DER authority; Colorado passes an energy storage bill; and more.
- Glass Drop Off - 5/16 And 5/17 - Missoula, MT
No need to put them in the landfill.
- Hellgate Venture Network Next Meeting: Sova PLLC - Jenn Ewan & Erika Peterman - 5/17 - Missoula
We're excited to have Jenn Ewan and Erika Peterman as our speakers at this month's HVN meeting. Jenn and Erika recently joined forces to create Sova which provides an innovative combination of legal, creative, and strategic expertise, working closely with entrepreneurs and the high tech community.
- crispr Communications - a PR and marketing agency with a specialty in science
We translate technical language and concepts into easy-to-understand terms, helping investors and other stakeholders better understand the importance of your work.
- Missoula-based Sublime Public Relations is a results-focused media relations firm that generates publicity about travel, sporting goods, recreational real estate, and exclusive clubs.
Based in the outdoor-sports haven of Missoula, Montana, the folks at Sublime Public Relations live the sporting life.
- Montana-made films get red carpet treatment at Cannes Film Festival
The films' selection created "great exposure" for Montana, said Montana Film Commissioner Allison Whitmer.
- Havre, Montana based Enell Sports Bras are Supporting Women Better
In the first of three Under the Big Sky bonus videos we learn more about Renelle and her husband and CFO, Wayne Koepke. The pair appear to most as polar opposites but they find common ground helping to run the innovative and wildly popular Montana business.
Business Plan Forums
- How to Create a Strong First Impression as a Leader
"You never get a second chance to make a first impression." And it's true. You can't take whatever you said or did back after all is said and done.
- This is what work will be like for the class of 2018
The class of 2018 is just as optimistic as those of years past, and their prospects are brighter.
- Blue Sky Science: Why can people eat same diet or take same medicine and have different outcomes?
Any difference in the way that the body degrades, absorbs or recycles nutrients will make one person's metabolism different from another's.
City Club Missoula
- Finalists Announced for Early Stage Montana Business Showcase Event 5/22
The Eastern Montana competition was held in Billings on May 1st, and the Western Montana competition will be in Missoula on May 17
- Early Stage Montana Business Pitch Competition - 5/17 - Missoula
Montana companies get their shot at up to $50,000* in investment capital, and a chance to be crowned the Winner of Early Stage Montana 2018 in front of leading angel and VC investors, mentors, and members of the press from all over the Northern Rockies region.
- City Club Missoula: Fire experts warn flames won't go away
"There are alternatives if we choose to use them, instead of waiting for fires to start and then responding to them."
Incubators and R&D
- Report: Republicans stacking federal courts with unqualified conservatives
"Nominees have been largely controversial and incredibly young, allowing them to shape our courts for generations."
- Governor Bullock Announces Gene Walborn as New Director of the Montana Department of Revenue
"It is fitting that 28 years ago today Gene started with the Department of Revenue and now he's taking over the reigns as Director," said Governor Bullock. "I'm confident Gene will lead the Department with the professionalism, dedication and management he has shown his entire career in public service."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Montana State University scientists discovery in Yellowstone 'extremely relevant' to origin of life
"Geochemically diverse thermal environments in Yellowstone National Park provide unprecedented opportunities for studying archaea in habitats that may represent analogues of early Earth."
- Map: FAA Selects 10 Cities for Drone Innovation Projects
The North Dakota Department of Transportation will seek to gather data relevant to four areas: external systems, aircraft system technologies, training needs and processes and procedures.
Regional Economic Development
- As millions of tourists flood the region, is Yellowstone being loved to death?
How in the face of such recreation pressure can the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem be protected?
- Balancing recreation and the needs of wildlife in the Yellowstone region is a tough task
Wolverines and bighorn sheep have given humans an insight into winter backcountry use in the Teton Mountains -- namely that the prime powder stashes that backcountry skiers and snowboarders like to poach will be shunned by wildlife.
- Today's TED Talk - A healthy economy should be designed to thrive, not grow
In a stellar, eye-opening talk, she explains how we can move countries out of the hole -- where people are falling short on life's essentials -- and create regenerative, distributive economies that work within the planet's ecological limits.
- Career guidance may be key to reducing unemployment
In February, Congress passed a bill that would require states to spend a quarter of reemployment program budgets on "evidence-based interventions." Now, a career assistance program in Nevada that has seen remarkable success may become a federal standard.
Funding and Building your Business
- TED.COM - A playful solution to the housing crisis
Learn how her effort is putting would-be homeowners in control of the largest purchase of their lives -- as well as cutting costs, protecting the environment and helping provide homes for those in need.
- Why Young Americans Are Increasingly Moving to Small Towns
And what they find when they do
- The new magnetism of mid-size cities
For many millennials, second cities are becoming their first choice
- Top minds in tech: Silicon Valley's best talk Facebook, Tesla and how to build successful startups
"I'm encouraging you to dream," said Chambers as he munched on crickets.
- 12 Scalable Businesses to Start in College
Starting a business is not just about the money. You'll learn what it really takes to be an entrepreneur.
- 7 Reasons Entrepreneurs Don't Save for Retirement
The business always comes first, and that's the first big mistake.
- Google Has an Official Process in Place for Learning From Failure--and It's Absolutely Brilliant
Recently, Google described its internal process for documenting and learning from mistakes, and there's a lot here that can benefit any company.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Look Carefully, Unconventionally for Tomorrow's IT Workforce
The talented men and women who will constitute the IT workforce of the future are out there, public officials said, but they may come to government from unusual occupations.
- The Seven Steps Data-Savvy Governments Are Taking
The role of the chief data officer continues to expand and become more entrenched in local and state government, prompting CDOs to share their experiences and expertise with one another.
- The Path Towards Smart Cities: Best Practices for Action
What are the near - term actions that cities and communities must take to help accelerate the development of S mart C ities?
- Google want to take over all your boring everyday tasks including.....
Google will one day be able to drive a car for you. It can help you compose your e-mails and finish your thoughts now, automatically. And now, in a spooky view of the future, it can even make phone calls on your behalf.
- Researchers Develop Contact Lenses That Can Shoot Laser Beams
A team of researchers based at Scotland's University of St. Andrews have spent many months developing a laser sticker that may simulate the closest thing to possessing super powers.
- Imagine a city lit by glowing trees instead of streetlights
Could genetically engineered trees that have been crossed with bioluminescent algae be the emissions-free lighting source of the future?
- Here Are The Most Amazing Flying Car Designs Featured At Uber's Elevate Conference
Uber requires a speed of 150 miles per hour. They must be 100 percent electric, with enough juice to travel at least 60 miles. They have to be relatively quiet: about 15 decibels quieter than today's screaming helicopters. And they should fit five people--four passengers and, until autonomous tech is ready, a pilot.
- The six Skyport designs that could provide the launchpad for Uber's flying taxis
These are the results of an invitation-based design competition held by Uber, and provide a thought-provoking, and let's face it, pretty audacious idea of what a future filled with flying taxis could look like.
- Solo EV delivered to first US customer
"Driving the Solo today reminded me of my days driving formula cars. It was so quick and nimble, it just made me giggle and I thoroughly enjoyed it." Ex-IndyCar driver Dominic Dobson
- If You're Ignoring Transportation, You're Not Much of a Climate Mayor
Encouraging compact land use by allowing density, building near transit, and eliminating parking minimums can have a powerful effect on the emissions a city generates.
- The Vehicle of the future Has Two Wheels, Handlebars, and is a Bike.
"It's personal mobility for the last mile."
- "After long and anxious expectation Missoula has an automobile" Missoulian 4/18/1901
"It is expected the city will now boast of the metropolitan feature of an automobile with the sang froid of a New Yorker."
- Study: People Who Bike to Work Live Longer Than People Who Drive
It's dangerous not to bike to work. Overall mortality among bike commuters is significantly lower than among people who don't bike or walk to work, according to a study published in the British Medical Journal.
- Race is on to set up Europe's electric car charging network
In Europe, some of the biggest automakers are out to remove such anxieties from the battery-only driving experience and encourage electric-vehicle sales by building a highway network of fast charging stations.
- Americans Can't Have Audi's Super Capable Self-Driving System
When the 2019 A8 sedan hits dealer lots later this year, Europeans will have access to Traffic Jam Pilot, which will take control of the car on the highway at speeds below 37 mph; no need for the constant human supervision required by current systems like Tesla's Autopilot.
- Users of Lyft or Uber Likely to Embrace Autonomous Vehicles
The growth of autonomous vehicles is likely to happen among users who are already comfortable with ride-hailing services like Uber or Lyft.
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