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"What died?" Motto suggested for New Jersey by Steven Pearl
We know it's another excellent summer in Montana and there are fish to catch and mountains to climb but here are three events that warrant your participation. You can go tubing afterwards... "MWTC's International Business Luncheon: Increasing Trade And Investment Between Montana And Canada, 6/25, Missoula" http://matr.net/events ... =1961 ---- "Montana Career Clusters Conference - Business And Education Developing A Vital Future Together, 6/27-29, Kalispell, MT" http://matr.net/events ... =1891 --- "The Role Of Market Research In Technology Development And Commercialization, 6/27, Bozeman, MT" http://matr.net/events ... =1958
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- 'Rebranding Leadership' and the success that women can attain through entrepreneurship
It seems to me that a lot of older women who have moved up the career ladder and reached a pinnacle are interested in leaving the corporate world and creating something on their own, be it a business or pursuing an artistic passion. The stratagem is targeted at these mature women who want to create a structure that is different than those they grew up in. In the book, I write about all kinds of women who were over 50 by the time they found their entrepreneurial voice.
Funding and Building your Business
- School-Business Partnerships Target STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Subjects. Trained Workforce Crucial to Rural Economic Development
Efforts part of larger push to make U.S. workforce more globally competitive.
- 2007 Top Cities For Business Attraction: These Communities Are Literally Magnets for Business
Communities that have all been remarkably successful at attracting business expansions and relocations. It is a reflection of the remarkably vibrant local economies these communities have built over the past several decades.
2007 Montana Legislature
- Why It Pays to Ask Workers What They Think of Their Jobs
Engaged workers are more willing to help bosses and co-workers, to take initiative and to promote the company outside of work.
- Shortage of Employed Teens Offers Clue to Low Jobless Rate
Teens account for just 5% of the nation's workers, but the decline in their participation in the labor force has reduced the number of people looking for work -- helping to keep the unemployment rate a low 4.5%.
- Younger Workers Demanding Web 2.0 Tech On The Job
Speakers at the Enterprise 2.0 conference say the next generation of employees will demand workplace access to blogs, wikis, and social networking sites.
- Why not to do a startup
In this series of posts I will walk through some of my accumulated knowledge and experience in building high-tech startups.
- Turning Disability into Opportunity
From speech impediments to deafness, a growing number of people with disabilities are shunning the corporate world and starting their own companies.
- Breakup Blues. Protecting your business if you (or your kids) get divorced.
Divorce can pose a serious threat to businesses--especially those whose owners lack the foresight to protect themselves, no matter how happy their home life.
- New Goal for Human Resources: Establishing a Work Force of One
To be competitive in the marketplace and in the race for talent, companies must understand and address the diverse needs of their work force. In fact, they must treat each employee as a "work force of one."
- Where You Can Find Free Software Online
Nowadays, you can find free alternatives on the Web to almost any kind of common software program needed to run a business. These so-called "open source" or "shareware" programs are created by developers who post them online for the general public to download, usually free or at very low cost.
- Find a PR firm that measures success with milestones
A public relations firm can help you get noticed and tell your story in a compelling way.
- Nevada partially lifts corporations' veil of secrecy
Reacting to criticism of its business laws, Nevada has enacted reforms aimed at making it easier for law enforcement officials to identify the owners of any company registered in the state.
- Inside Entrepreneurship: The tricks to buying a small business
Owners of small businesses are always hungry for any information on what their company is worth.
Business Plan Forums
- 2007 Montana Legislative School funding wasn’t so dire
As educators and legislators, we would like to offer our personal perspectives on the school funding efforts of the 2007 Legislature.
- Call for Presenting Companies, Venture Capitalists, and Angels for the Big Sky Venture Capital Conference, 8/23-24, Big Sky, Montana
“The VC conference at Big Sky helped me a lot in the fact that I could learn what it takes to get funding at any level."
- Values set Baltimore school apart. School for "at- risk" students excels
At one point, junior David Alston leans back in his chair, his hands clasped behind his head: "Mr. Meyer," he says, "all the American Dreams in this book are dying."
- Small Northwestern Companies That Try to Bring Innovative Technology to Teaching
There is a growing cluster of companies in the Northwest looking to capitalize on educational needs.
- Teacher Turnover Costs Systems Millions - "The Cost of Teacher Turnover Study and Cost Calculator"
The "findings are a clear indication that America's teacher dropout problem is spiraling out of control," the report said.
- Entrepreneurs Betting On Education.com
The goal of the site, according to founder and CEO Ron Fortune, is to build "a one stop online destination targeting parents to supplement education so that students can be more successful in school as well as in life."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Florida seeks to combine university research with venture capital
'The key part of this is what I believe is going to be the marriage of university research and early stage venture capital. Any sort of innovation economy is driven with those two protagonists in place,'
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Multi-use lasers cast doctors in new light
They can reshape the cornea to give patients 20/20 vision. They can smooth out wrinkles. They can reduce neck and back pain. They can even remove birthmarks. And that's just the beginning.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Helping an Artist Pull A Rabbit Out of His (or Her) Hat
The licensing industry is a massively profitable tangled web of artists, agents and merchandisers. It's a dance helping products sell and characters get noticed. If it works, both sides win.
- North Carolina to Start Statewide Micro Angel Fund
While the state ranks 12th in seed/early-stage investment, many in the state perceive the lack of seed funding to be a major obstacle to economic growth.
Montana Economic Development
- New business looking to change Montana. "Time for Change"
Gould and a partner are marketing and selling bottled water for the company Time for Change, with 30% of profits going towards peace organizations as they attempt to bring into focus their ongoing efforts.
- RightNow Delivers On Demand CRM Solution For Telecommunication Companies
RightNow Helps 175 Telecoms Around the World Deliver Excellent Customer Experiences, Reduce Customer Churn and Control Costs
- Montana log home builders float over sinking market
“Overall, everything is going all right, the housing bubble burst has not affected us,”
- Montana employers struggle to find workers
Youth sometimes find summer jobs come looking for them
Regional Economic Development
- New Gallatin Area Planning (GAP) Grants Program to Aid Citizen Involvement in Planning
This grants program will serve as a catalyst for citizens to envision, plan for and manage growth that protects the region’s unique quality of life. GAP grants will support local actions that advance the goals of community or county growth policies or support the drafting and implementation of these plans.
- MSU's MilTech Featured in GAO Report on Programs Helping Small Manufacturers
MilTech helps small companies to overcome key technical and manufacturing hurdles so that they can deliver innovative technology to the US military more rapidly, reliably, and cost-effectively.
- The economic future of rural Pennsylvania
The policy message from this State of Rural Pennsylvania is that, even more than urban Pennsylvania, rural Pennsylvania needs an explicit economic plan to promote sustained prosperity and opportunity. Muddling through will no longer suffice.
- Regional Competition Reigns
States and localities are vital to U.S. competitiveness in the global economy. They are major investors in work force training through funding of public schools, community, and technical colleges and universities.
- Streetcars Seeding Economic Development Across U.S.
While some decry streetcars as expensive and inefficient, evidence is building in cities across the U.S. that the systems can serve as powerful boons to economic development.
Utah Economic Development
- Utah experiences IPO surge
Utah is seeing an upswing this year in the number of companies that want to sell shares to the public for the first time.
- Aerospace firm set to expand in Ogden, Utah - 800 new jobs expected
In December, after Barnes Aerospace hinted it might expand its Singapore plant rather than grow in Ogden, the Governor's Office of Economic Development Board approved a $10.1 million incentive to entice the company to stay in Utah.
Washington State Business
- New pharmaceutical plant coming to Post Falls, Idaho
The site will be the future home and main office for Biopol Laboratory – ALK-Abelló's largest production site of raw material for its allergy immunotherapy products.
- "Angel (investing) on steroids." Monster Venture Partners of Seattle
Monster said he plans to invest in about three to five companies each year in the healthcare services and online marketing sectors, with investments ranging in size from $250,000 to $1.2 million.
- You Don't Need to Show Up For This Kind of Job Interview
It's now possible to meet with recruiters without actually showing up for a job interview.
Montana Education Excellence
- Energy lab basks in funding surge. The National Renewable Energy Laboratory was facing a $10 million budget cut last year and 40 layoffs.
Today, the Golden-based lab is set to receive a $130 million infusion and 100 new hires.
- Wyoming may require energy efficient schools
The state will look at the use of day lighting, acoustics, preventative maintenance, sustainable materials, energy efficiency, waste reduction and indoor air quality.
- Montana Starbase Program One Step Closer to Reality. Targets the areas of math, science, and technology for 5th grade students who are typically underrepresented in these areas
Regarding the STARBASE program, First Lady Nancy Schweitzer said, "This new program will help kids experience math and science in a very real way. It is an exciting and innovative program."
- At Montana Tech: College advocacy program gets $3M grant
Upward Bound provides guidance to eligible high school students whose parents have not attended college. It offers the students month-long summer camps throughout their high school careers to learn about the opportunities of higher education. The program also offers counseling throughout the year.
- Leadership – Annapolis style
Are there enough seasoned leaders to guide the many companies that are being formed?
- Most Malicious Software Attack Ever Using Infected Web Sites Reported
4,500-plus travel sites in Italy attacked in which stolen customer data is sent to a server in Chicago.
- Trojans Lurking In Fake Video Postings On YouTube
In the past week, two fake video postings have been set up on YouTube to infect users with a Trojan that includes pop-up porn ads, Secure Computing warns.
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