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"There is no future in any job. The future lies in the man who holds the job." -- George Crane
Happy 10th Birthday to PrintingForLess : "PrintingForLess.com enjoys ten years of giving back to the community and providing award-winning products and customer service." --- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Boomtown Institute - Mentoring America's Hometowns - Newest book is NOW available.
Direct and to the point, this pint sized book is overflowing with provoking concepts and compelling ideas to aid in your economic and community development efforts. Buy multiple copies to distribute to board members, neighbors, newcomers and natives. It only takes a few minutes to read, but a lifetime to live.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- PrintingForLess.com enjoys ten years of giving back to the community and providing award-winning products and customer service.
"Our goal is to become the first national brand name in printing," Field states. "We're already the first, the biggest and the best in online printing. Now we're striving to become a household name."
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Editor's goal: to promote Indian entrepreneurship
"There are no street corners on the rez," says Joe, a Navajo. "It's hard to be a small entrepreneur."
- Entrepreneurship Education Resources - The Stanford Technology Ventures Program (STVP) Educators Corner
The mission of the project is to support and encourage faculty around the world who teach entrepreneurship to future scientists and engineers, as well as those in management and other disciplines.
Montana Education Excellence
- Left, Right, And (Now) Center: The High-Tech Equalization Of America
It's official. Not only are Americans increasingly fleeing both Right and Left coasts in favor the heartland in search of affordable housing, less traffic congestion, safer communities, and higher standards of living, but companies likewise are moving their data centers to the middle of the country for many of the same reasons.
- IT Jobs In Jeopardy To Enemy Within
"The idea of attracting and retaining a workforce in a small city in the Midwest today is actually quite appealing."
- Russell Elementary Kids' challenge sends determined Missoula runner Paul Staso on 3,260-mile trip. Paul ran and ran and ran....
Other schools across the nation also adopted the curriculum.
- Workshops guide kids to leadership
The workshops - held at Riverside Middle School - are part of the 52nd annual Montana Association of Student Councils State Convention. The event brought nearly 700 kids from about 50 schools on Monday, said Chuck Carroll, the event coordinator.
2007 Montana Legislature
- Stanford Launches Student-Run Wiki
“The Stanford Wiki is a place for students to share information about essentially anything they want related to Stanford,” Harris said. “It can be about their favorite professors, the best places to take people on dates, the worst dining halls, good places nearby to get haircuts.”
- The University of Montana College of Technology in Missoula Offers Campus Tours
Prospective students and their families, school classes and other interested groups may schedule tours
- The Walter Ego - Everyone in Helena knows if they want something done, they’ve got to go through Walter Schweitzer.
“There’s a lot of people who have a lot of hope for this administration, and this relationship Brian has with his brother is the one thing that is just weird. If Brian Schweitzer is going to have a problem, it’s going to be around Walt: Who’s paying him and what’s his accountability?”
- Educators hope study helps guide state funding
When Montana legislators go into session in January, education funding is expected to be a key debate, and the Montana Quality Education Coalition is aiming to give lawmakers an up-to-date study that could provide a framework for a new state funding formula.
Montana Economic Development
- MilTech helps firms meet military demands - Doctor Down
MilTech is a collaboration between the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, which provides consulting and other support to small manufacturers, and TechLink, a Bozeman-based company funded by the U.S. defense department.
- RightNow Technologies of Bozeman, Montana on 2006 Technology Fast 500 list of the fastest growing companies in North America
The Technology Fast 500 recognizes the 500 fastest-growing technology, media and entertainment, telecommunications and life sciences companies in the United States and Canada.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- The CATO Institute flunks Montana Governor for budget and tax policies. Governor Schweitzer Disagrees
"He is one of the worst new governors in the nation from a small-government perspective," the Washington, D.C. group said.
- Racicot rides again. Pay no attention to the man in the lobby
Given the horrific condition in which Racicot left Montana six years ago when he traipsed off to Washington as a top-level Republican political operative, the real question we should be asking is: Why would anyone here ever listen to his advice again?
- Great Falls Development Authority fundraising drive taking shape
"We need to show people what we've done with their money," Doney said. "We're working to run it through a third party, one of the universities, to validate it. I think it will be a good report to show the financial returns on their investments."
- Montana’s economic developers meeting in Havre (MEDA)
“For your information the governor is willing to request a large increase in workforce funds,”
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer announces $2 Billion transmission project
The estimated cost of the project is $2 billion total with an estimated value of more than $600 million in Montana.
- U.S. Regional: Is High-Tech Employment Back on Track? Montana is the 3rd fastest growing market for high-tech employment in the Nation
Montana increased high-tech jobs by 20.9% in 2000-2005.
Funding and Building your Business
- Colorado sees $195M in venture capital in third quarter
Across the country, $6.36 billion was poured into the hands of 611 companies, the report said.
Regional Economic Development
- A West that works. New plan for school trust land
Unlike other public lands, most state trust lands are held in trust for designated beneficiaries, principally public schools. State trust managers lease and sell these lands for a diverse range of uses to meet their fiduciary responsibility, generating revenue for the designated beneficiaries, today and for future generations.
Washington State Business
- Venture funding up 77% in Utah
"We've got a good mix of start-up, seed, expansion and late-growth investments," Strain said. "It's a good sign for all of the businesses here in Utah that it's not just software and Internet that's dominating the VC market."
- Say wa? Metronatural, Seattle's new tourism slogan, fails to impress
"Metronatural" is the result of a 16-month, $200,000 effort by Seattle's Convention and Visitors Bureau, which included 60 people from the bureau, the mayor's office and businesses.
- Seattle Medical Technologies gets $8.6 million in capital for medical technology
The company remains secretive about its business plan, and declined to comment about the financing or its target market.
- Online stashing, sharing of videos. StashSpace.com
StashSpace helps users move videos onto their computers, choose and edit specific scenes and upload them to the company's servers.
- University of Wyoming business incubator aims to develop homegrown commerce
Wyoming Gov. Freudenthal said the incubator is “the beginning of the recognition that if we can establish the communications link, Wyoming has many attributes that lend itself to companies that are essentially location-neutral as long as they have the capacity to communicate with the larger economy. If we can establish that as a core principle of how we are going to develop and diversify the economy of this state, it will make a remarkable contribution over the next 20 to 25 years. This is the beginning of that effort. I look forward to its expansion and many more like it in the state.”
University Business Plan Competitions
- Regional Collaboration Develops "Innovation Valley"
"This sets the stage for other high profile companies to move in to the park,"
- BYU salutes business entrepreneur students
Each year the center recognizes student entrepreneurs for starting companies while taking full-time courses at the private Provo university. More than 30 people judged the contest, and named five other finalists.
Business Plan Forums
- Montana State University offers a new technology for licensing to entrepreneurs. "The Fractor"
The Fractor holds potential for a wide range of industries where materials are mixed or heated.
- 35 Regional Entrepreneurs Present at the Midwest Venture Summit: Series A+, Seed/Angel and Business School Plans
Investors looking for the region’s hottest companies as well as entrepreneurs looking for insights into how to present to investor audiences should attend the Midwest Venture Summit on November 1, 2006
Connectivity & Communications
- Solar industry 'feels the energy'
IF THERE WAS one clear message sent this week at the nation's largest solar industry conference, it was one for business.
- Some Youth Rethink Online Communications
"True friends," he tells them, "need to learn when to stop blogging and go across campus to help a friend."
- Bloggers Stop Military Aircraft Sale to Chavez
"This is another example of the new media's impact on international politics,"
- The Importance of Google PageRank: A Guide For Small Business Executives
If you’ve spent time (or are simply curious) about online marketing, then the topic of search engine optimization (SEO) usually comes up.
- Cisco's 'worst-kept secret' - Video-Conferencing System to be Unveiled
The system uses software the company created and runs on a network powered by the company's own routers and switches. The pictures are displayed on a 60-inch plasma screen with 1,080-pixel screen resolution, which is four times better than the standard television and two times better than a high-definition television.
- Montana Leadership group hears about energy progress in area
Tim Lechner, Headington Oil, presented the most current information available about the Bakken Play. The Bakken Play in Richland County is currently producing 1.7 million barrels of oil per month or 55,000 barrels per day.
- Montana Professional, Brian Magee, Executive Director of the Montana Nonprofit Association, Recognized for Leadership in Charitable Nonprofit Sector.
Brian is the 2006 recipient of the national Phyllis Campbell Newsome Leadership Award. The Award is presented by the National Council of Nonprofit Associations (NCNA) to a leader in the state association network who has decided to dedicate their career to serving others, and views the nonprofit sector as a vehicle for that service.
- Leadership Luncheon Brings Alumni to University of Montana Campus
The program is designed to give UM students an opportunity to hear how important it is to be involved on campus and how skills gained from student employment positions, extra curricular activities, internships and volunteer positions are applicable to their professional lives after graduation.
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