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"Part of the inhumanity of the computer is that, once it is competently programmed and working smoothly, it is completely honest." -- Isaac Asimov
V2 very worthwhile events: "Montana Career Clusters Conference - Business And Education Developing A Vital Future Together, 6/27-29, Kalispell, MT " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---------The 4th Annual Montana Government Information Technology Conference Dec. 5-7 is looking for interactive demonstrations that showcase cutting edge technologies or new and innovative uses of current technologies. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Specialist (Main Street Coordinator)
Serve as the primary liaison with the National Trust Main Street Center in beautiful Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Human Resouce Services - The University of Montana
The HRS Director is responsible for a broad array of programs and services including payroll services for the four campuses of UM, labor relations, collective bargaining, benefits administration, staff compensation and the Wellness Program.
- Montana Career Opportunity - System and Network Admin - Washington Corporations IT
Five years exp REQUIRED in a corporate environment as a network, systems or senior help desk analyst.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- 'Subtle shifts' in entrepreneurship. Montana is #1
The study found that "subtle year-to-year shifts in the gender, demographic, geographic and ethnic make-up are changing the public face of the American entrepreneur."
- 350 Entrepreneurship Researchers to Attend Babson College Entrepreneurship Research Conference
Hosted in conjunction with BCERC since 1985, the Consortium also seeks to encourage scholars and educators to become leaders in the field of entrepreneurship education.
- Nonstop search for talent is one of Google's greatest
Its website lists nearly 800 open positions in the San Francisco Bay Area alone.
- The University of Minnesota Academic and Corporate Relations Center Newsletter
The Center exists to assist you with your business requests and to connect you to the University resources that best fit your need. Knock and we'll answer.
- Schools taking steps to broaden appeal of computer science
Schools across the country are taking steps to broaden the appeal of the major. More than a dozen universities have adopted "media computation" programs, a sort of alternative introduction to computer science with a New Media vibe. The classes, which have been launched at schools from the University of San Francisco to Virginia Tech, teach basic engineering using digital art, digital music and the Web.
- Core Classes Not Enough to Prepare for College, Report Warns
"Students today do not have a reasonable chance of becoming ready for college unless they take a number of additional higher-level" courses beyond the minimum, the report said. Even those who do, it concluded, "are not always likely to be ready for college either."
- With Tuition Waiver, Maine Invests in Its ‘First People’
The scholarship pays for tuition, fees, room and board for any undergraduate or graduate student who can prove membership in a state or federally recognized tribe or can prove direct descent from a member.
Montana Economic Development
- Poplar, Montana man’s custom jig business surges through the Net.
He turned to selling jigs on eBay, which turned into his son helping him get a Web site started, which has grown into an even bigger presence on the Internet as Levad approaches his retirement from coaching, teaching and being the dean of students at Poplar in June.
- Mother-daughter teams run Montana businesses
According to a Business Week report last fall, women in America are starting firms at twice the rate of men - and daughters are now just as likely as sons to follow in the family business.
- For laid-off Stimson workers, options in Bonner, MT
Lumber companies that institute temporary shutdowns know their workers may move on to other opportunities. They worry about whether they'll have the workers they need when they're ready to start up again.
Funding and Building your Business
- The 4th Annual Montana Government Information Technology Conference Dec. 5-7 is looking for interactive demonstrations that showcase cutting edge technologies or new and innovative uses of current technologies.
If you have a product that has a great “WOW” factor, and you would like to show it off at the 2007 Montana Government Information Technology Conference, provide the committee with your company and contact information along with a detailed description of your product and demonstration.
- Montana Governor signs 'clean and green' tax cuts to attract new business to Montana
Schweitzer said the measure will attract new business to Montana, such as wind power generators and transmission lines to carry the electricity around Montana or out of the state. He said the development will lead to more jobs.
- Montana's Brain Drain
"We're going to have to pay them well," said Joe McClure, the Executive Director of the Big Sky Economic Development Authority. "We're going to have to give them benefits and provide them with what those cities provide, which is which is the nightlife and the culture and the opportunity to raise their family."
- June MEDA Online News
Read all about it and view photos of the WEDA/EDA/MEDA conference, too.
- 15 Traits of Successful Entrepreneurs
Here are the common traits I have noticed among all of these entrepreneurs.
- Young entrepreneurs winning out with web skills
But you still gotta know how to network
- U.S. Government Eases Path For Parents to Sue Employers
Far more complaints are coming its way. Pregnancy-discrimination filings have risen 23% in the past 10 years to a record high last year.
- The race to save Mother Earth in 8 years
We have until 2015 to reverse global warming, experts warn. Business 2.0 Magazine's Chris Taylor looks at which business opportunities will meet that deadline -- and which ones won't.
- Key-person policy can ensure your business lives on
''It means having funds to be sure you can get all of that done and be back at the level you were at prior to the loss of that person,''
- Venture-debt financing is not anti-entrepreneur
Venture debt is another form of financing companies. The investors loan money to the company instead of buying an ownership stake.
- Reasons to NOT take VC funding
Taking VC means sleeping with the devil. There are times it can pay off (Youtube for example) but I think that about 70% of the time it’s better to do things yourself.
- Companies put games to work
In North Carolina's Research Triangle area, there are nearly two dozen companies involved in making complex learning games.
- Start-up advice for entrepreneurs, from Y Combinator Startup School
“I want to stress the importance of being young and technical,” he stated. If you want to found a successful company, you should only hire young people with technical expertise.
- May issue of Intellections: Patent Law Reform: What It May Mean for Inventors
There has been a growing consensus for some time that patent reform is necessary, but there has not always been a consensus as to which aspects of our current patent system need to be changed.
Regional Economic Development
- Aerospace industry recruiting online. By next year, roughly one out of four will be eligible to retire.
Faced with a looming brain drain, companies are cooking up creative ways to lure and keep talent, from chatting with students online to fast-tracking young workers to be future leaders.
- New venture to pursue coal-to-fuel project
"A lot of the initial studies were aimed at assessing the types of coal that are available in North Dakota and the technologies that would be best suited for using that coal," Ward said Friday. "Also, we spent a good deal of time looking at marketing issues — how big can we build the plant and be able to sell all the product from it."
- URS buying Washington Group for $2.6 billion
The transaction is valued at $80 per share, or a 14 percent premium over Washington Group’s closing stock price on Friday.
- Finalists for the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year(R) Award in the Pacific Northwest Announced. Congratulations to Andrew Field, PrintingForLess.com and Ray Thompson, SEMITOOL in Montana
"These finalists exemplify the outstanding business talent present in our community," said Greg Beams, Ernst & Young Entrepreneur Of The Year program director for the Pacific Northwest. "We are proud to honor them as leaders who nurture economic growth, innovation and the American dream."
- Vancouver Releases Charter For Future Growth
The city of Vancouver has released a list of planning proposals it hopes will become the guiding document for future growth and development in the city. The main proposals include increasing density and open spaces.
- CEO, 35, builds her business on guile
In three years, MediConnect has gone from handling 8,000 medical records a month to 150,000. At $30 per record, Lewis has built herself one lucrative business.
Washington State Business
- Will a private equity firm buy Micron?
Speculation is again swirling that Micron Technology could be bought by a private equity firm.
- $100 million jobs fund was mistake, State of Washington lawmakers say
Key lawmakers, including legislators involved in creating the program or selecting projects, now say the jobs fund in its current form was a mistake. Although there are good projects getting state money, they say, many of them raise questions.
- Manufacturing a big part of state's economic recovery
The research identified 10 major double-double sectors: those that posted double-digit percentage increases over the respective periods in both categories.
- State will be looking for lots of good men, women
It's a good time to apply for state jobs.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Washington tech-transfer program putting discoveries to work
As witnessed by these startups, the UW's tech-transfer program has undergone a transformation in recent years to make it faster and more welcoming for would-be entrepreneurs, investors and university researchers.
- Montana Career Clusters Conference - Business And Education Developing A Vital Future Together, 6/27-29, Kalispell, MT
This is a conference should be attended by everyone interested in the future of Montana. Remember.... The State with the Best Education Wins!
- Tapping Internet to help non-profits "Bring Light"
Bring Light, a Cupertino-based Web site designed to encourage online donations to non-profit groups.
Connectivity & Communications
- For Energy Wasters, the Heat Is On. Spy Planes May Help Save Us from Global Warming
This is so fantastically useful on so many levels I don't know where to begin
- U.S. Farm Town Tries for All-Renewable Energy - Reynolds, Indiana
If the experiment works, Reynolds and its 500 residents will be America's first community to use renewable resources to meet the energy needs of all their homes and businesses.
- Go green from cradle to grave
Right now, people in this country are eager to adopt more environmentally friendly habits, but, experts say, green can always be greener.
- Turkeys help create solution to Midwest power needs
With 16,000 hens gobbling around him, Langmo is standing on a 15-inch layer of turkey litter -- some 750 tons of the stuff -- that represents a new source of energy.
Commuter Rail Development
- Bill Gates on local advertising: Yellow Pages gone in 5 years
These figures put the Internet on par with newspapers as a local shopping information resource, and suggest that the Internet is on track to surpass newspapers as a consumer influencer in the very near future.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Seattle Asking Voters To Approve $23 Billion For Light Rail
Transit-board members stressed that light rail offers reliable travel times instead of the crapshoot of driving.
- Sony shows off film-thin, bendable, full-color display
''In the future, it could get wrapped around a lamppost or a person's wrist, even worn as clothing,'' said Sony spokesman Chisato Kitsukawa. ''Perhaps it can be put up like wallpaper.''
- New Research Brings Invisibility Tech Into View
Magicians have used sleight-of-hand techniques for centuries to make objects seem to disappear, and some recent technology demonstrations have more or less achieved the same thing.
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