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"Investor group expands into Boise. Keiretsu Forum has funded over 120 companies with more than $70 million amid chapters located throughout the United States." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
- 101 Quips, Quotes & Concepts for Sustainable Small Town Development
“In an Information Age, leadership, not location, is the most important factor in community survival,”
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Women's Soccer Head Coach - The University of Montana
Qualifications: Bachelor's degree, collegiate coaching and recruiting experience and working knowledge of NCAA rules and regulations required.
- Career Opportunity - Plant Manager - Corn Products International - Missoula
We are seeking an experienced Plant Manager to start up and run our recently acquired oat processing plant in Missoula, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Engineers and Product Managers - Resodyn Corporation - Butte
Resodyn Corporation offers the right person an opportunity of a lifetime.
- Come Home Montana Career Opportunity - Sales Manager - The Missoula Independent
This job opening represents an extraordinary opportunity for a strong leader looking to work in a super-stimulating, rapidly evolving environment.
- Career Opportunities - Software/Hardware Engineers MSE - TA in Butte, Montana
MSE Technology Applications, Inc. (MSE) is a diversified research and engineering company.
- Why Montana?
I know happiness. Thanks to Montana.
Montana Education Excellence
- Overpopulation Concerns Force U.S. To Reopen South Dakota
The state of South Dakota -- closed to the public since 1931 -- will be reopened to help the United States cope with its steadily rising population.
- Millions in U.S. now telecommute. More employers are sending the work home
Recent estimates range from 3 million to 18 million Americans -- partly because definitions range from telecommuting one day a month to three days a week.
- Real magic: University of Montana "Circus of Science" allows kids to enter world of science
“Our aim is to get the children in Missoula involved with science - but also the greater community, region and state involved,” Thompson said, “and eventually become part of a national network of children's science museums.”
- Lewistown, Montana's Fergus High finds formula for science success
Fergus High School, at one time, had more graduates at the California Institute of Technology than any other one high school in the country.
- At this visionary school where sustainability and profitability dovetail, students learn a new business ethic for the 21st century
The Bainbridge Graduate Institute (BGI,) is a school offering a pioneering MBA in Sustainable Business.
- Montana Governor, educators want full-day kindergarten
On the first day of school last year, only four children in Orchard Elementary teacher Liz Oven's kindergarten class knew how to write their names. That's about average, she said.
- Prof's long-ago choice to leave Harvard is a coup for BYU
Students benefit from Simmons' teaching and his work on a celebrated painkiller, and the latter one day may pay off for school
Montana Economic Development
- Montana InBusiness - Meet the new class of Missoula's movers, shakers
I think you'll be surprised by some of the profiles - particularly by Missoula's new generation of movers and by the quiet, longtime work of several mid-career folks.
- Flathead Valley employers search the globe for workers. World Is Flat-ism Meets the Flathead Valley
At Big Mountain, the immigrant labor “test program” will hire about 60 workers this year, from Peru, Brazil and South Africa.
- Robert Peccia & Associates engineering firm of Helena and Kalispell touted as a top workplace
Robert Peccia & Associates, a 28-year-old engineering firm with around 45 employees here and another five in Kalispell, was recently highlighted by CE News magazine as one of the best civil engineering firms to work for in the country.
- Luscious Lures of Helena, Montana blends fishing and sex appeal into unique gift ideas.
One Montana company has found a way — impossible as it may seem — to blend fishing and sex appeal into a unique gift idea.
- DigitalBridge Communications Acquires Teton Wireless and Montana Wireless
DBC concurrently closed its acquisition of Teton Wireless and Montana Wireless, providers of wireless cable and Internet services in Idaho and Montana. DBC will enhance the service offerings in these markets by adding higher speed data services and expanding current service areas to include additional communities in the Intermountain West, Midwest and Southeast.
- Great Harvest giving thanks to Dillon, Montana
“This is our way of saying ’thank you’ to Dillon residents who helped raise more than $21,000 in 2006 for local non-profits by supporting the Charity Bake Days,” said Mike Ferretti, Great Harvest CEO.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Power through unity: Montana towns join forces for business
And thus far it has worked out beautifully.
- Site selector looking for an existing site for the expansion of a food manufacturing company
We have been contacted by a site selector looking for an existing site
Funding and Building your Business
- Investor group expands into Boise. Keiretsu Forum has funded over 120 companies with more than $70 million amid chapters located throughout the United States.
The Keiretsu Forum Boise/Sun Valley will hold its first meeting Jan. 18, at the Hillcrest Country Club, the organization said in a press release.
Regional Economic Development
- Venture capitalists switch back to start their own startups
``You don't have to be in the trenches with them, but a lot of entrepreneurs resent VCs because they think they're disconnected from reality. Now, I see why.''
- Companies push workers to adopt healthy habits
Many companies are starting to sound like moms: They’re pushing employees to eat their vegetables and go outside and play. And they’re not being gentle about it.
- Microbusinesses find huge benefits in outsourcing
Fed up with rising labor costs, a new generation of entrepreneurs is launching millions of tiny companies differing from business in the past: They don't want employees.
- VC funding may top $32 billion. Recovery from dot-com bust continues with more money flowing into startups. Did your company get funded?
"If you have the right team and a solid idea, you are able to raise the money," he said. "It truly is as different as it can get."
- Cash Awards for Higher Education Students with Innovative Economic Policy Proposals
Proposals in the areas of education, health care, social insurance, science and technology, tax policy, energy, and saving policy are particularly welcome.
Washington State Business
- Measuring creativity, innovation. Boise State students present their findings
Fourteen Boise State University honors students have devised a way to measure the level of creativity and innovation at work in the city of Boise.
- Boise woman uses experience to solve bottle leaking problem. Alisa Driscoll's Pitotubes are featured in People magazine and will be on a cable show
Her timing was good: With new regulations banning liquid items on carry-on bags, more travelers are putting the products in their suitcases — and need a leak-proof solution.
- Bright light for biotech could be University of Washington
Seattle isn't a bioengineering capital like Boston but it has a good start, with NeuroBionics and Northstar Neuroscience making products for stroke and other brain-disorder victims. Microsoft is increasing its focus on robotics and biomedical computing, and there's Allen's Institute for Brain Science research venture.
Incubators and R&D
- Washington state sees results from 'plain talk' initiative
Washington state officials want to deploy changes to alleviate state personnel's employment of acronyms, jargon and legalese that routinely pervade interfaces with constituents. Or, in plain speak: Talk to the public as you would talk to any other person — simply, and in clear language.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology is accepting proposals for funding. Proposals are due March 1, 2007.
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#266), Scanning fish, Virtual collaborations, Bulls and cows, Healthy optical networks
Their work could allow as much as a 10 percent increase in traffic on fiber-optic networks.
- Butte fantasy author living out her own fantasy
‘‘Butte is probably the reason I’m a writer,’’ Briggs said, wearing a long-sleeved T-shirt, jeans and tennis shoes. ‘‘I steal from Butte all the time.’’
- The beauty of Butte, Montana. A trained architect and professional sculptor finds paradise in the Uptown
“I just fell in love with Butte,” he said. “I came back time and time again. During the summer, I sit out on my front porch and I just smile because I know this is the best place for me at this point in my life,”
Connectivity & Communications
- Six Tips for Acing Your Year-End Review
With all the distractions the end of the year brings, it's easy to neglect your day-to-day work. But this might be the most important time of year to focus on your job and your career.
- 'Send us a resume and URL' Searching for a job? A positive online identity could be your key to getting hired
Increasingly, managing your online identity means being proactive: developing your own online brand, just as businesses do.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Wi-Fi as a Health Hazard
Electromagnetic field sensitivity is an empirical chimera
- 'Wiki' founder says he'll give away more free software
Web site creators will get to keep all the advertising revenues, "providing a whole new world of entrepreneurial business models to bloggers and Web site owners,"
- Future Net: Expanding the Web from Pages to Data Sources
The middleware platform, code-named Infinity, will allow users to use mobile devices to search and analyze limitless amounts of data that was previously inaccessible
- Tech wizard has one eye on the heavens, one on the road, aiming to put people into space and also into (VERY FAST) electric cars
The roadster, which will sell from $80,000 to $100,000, is indeed a niche sports car. Given the code name Dark Star internally, it will go from 0 to 60 mph in about four seconds and travel about 250 miles on a full charge.
- Beyond the cutting edge. FDA approves Gillette's over-the-counter laser hair removal system
Will the FDA's approval of Gillette's over-the-counter laser hair removal system mean the end of razors, waxes, and creams?
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