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"Never let the fear of failure be an excuse for not trying. Society tells us that to fail is the most terrible thing in the world, but I know it isn't. Failure is part of what makes us human." -- Amber Deckers
Idaho National Laboratory
Come Home Idaho
- Partnership between INL and MIT test reactors to support nuclear energy research
"This arrangement increases opportunities for reactor testing and provides the NSUF greater flexibility to respond to user needs."
- Colorado School of Mines first to use nuclear energy research partnership
We look forward to further developing our partnership and hope other universities also take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.
Come Home Montana
- Come Home Idaho - Physics Instructor, Director of Alumni & Parent Relations, IT Support Specialist I - The College of Idaho
The College of Idaho is a small, private, residential liberal arts college that prepares students to lead productive and fulfilling lives.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Fiscal Officer - Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc.
Headwaters RC&D Area, Inc. is seeking a Fiscal Officer. Position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Accounting (CPA preferred but not required) and 3-5 years experience in non-profit accounting.
- When Adults Act like Children
When adults act like children, chances are good that they are working in an environment that allows (maybe even reinforces) such behavior.
- The Montana Youth Leadership Forum shows that some disabilities are more visible than others
“We like them to start thinking about civic engagement, running for office and voting,” June Hermanson, Montana Youth Leadership Forum program director said. “Often times people with disabilities don’t vote, and we are hoping this will give them an interest in that area.”
Montana Economic Development
- Web site launched for Glacier centennial
The site includes information about the purpose and vision for the celebration, a video clip, and a way to contact event planners.
- Women at work in White Sulphur Springs, Montana - Red Ants Pants
“You don’t need curves or well-rounded hips, We’ve got a straight cut; they’ll bring a smile to your lips. So line up fellas, now here’s your chance... We’re finally gonna let you into our pants!”
- Giant Shelby, Montana-area wind farm gears up
"God bless you for choosing us (Montana)," Schweitzer told the developers. He also thanked the Montana Legislature for passing the tax incentives for renewable-energy projects.
- Contract Signed by Sonju Industrial to Supply Department of Defense
Jason Sheahan, manager of the mentor-protégé program for Raytheon’s missile systems, described the purpose of the partnership as a way “to take some of the expertise that some of the big parts contractors have and help out some of these companies that do not have all the background and the infrastructure that these larger companies have and help them put it in place.”
Regional Economic Development
- Agriculture Undersecretary Mark Rey details possible Plum Creek land deal in Montana
“I'm more convinced than ever,” Sen. Tester said after Wednesday's meeting, “that this kind of third-party GAO investigation is important. We're going to need a real public dialogue as this process moves forward.”
- Montana Secretary of State Brad Johnson announces that new business startups are on the rise.
"Our figures also show that existing businesses are not going away."
- Next big thing for Montana's smallest hospitals
"We're not just looking for more dollars; we're looking at our vision for the future."
Business Plan Forums
- Public Libraries and Community Economic Development: Partnering for Success
This report examines the role that public libraries can play in supporting local economic development efforts and, specifically, in helping to create vibrant communities and meet the information and workforce needs of local entrepreneurs.
- Innovating Networks
The years ahead are uncertain. We are confronting deep economic transformations that challenge us to think and act in new ways. Can we re-imagine the roles of education, economic development and workforce development in promoting prosperity? Can we build flexibility and resilience into what we do? Developing open innovation networks provides the promising path.
- Starting up: Sun Valley Intermountain Venture forum will showcase Idaho's promising tech start-ups
Hundreds of venture capitalists from places like Silicon Valley, Boston, Seattle and elsewhere around the country will descend on Sun Valley to hear pitches from the best tech start-ups the Rocky Mountain Region has to offer.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- What’s Your Emotional Style?
Who among us has not gotten upset by an argument, an unsettling talk with our boss, or a bad grade?
Funding and Building your Business
- 'Fund of funds' to invest in AZ tech startups
AERO's goal is to establish a $50 million fund of funds, which will be managed to attract overall investment of at least $200 million "to commercialize Arizona innovations."
- Nurturing a Healthy Investment Community
It'll be hard to replicate Silicon Valley, but there are ways to encourage VCs and angel investors to invest more in the businesses in your area
Montana Education Excellence
- Inside Entrepreneurship: Pitching to angels requires trust
The harder you make it for angels to learn about your opportunity, the less likely you will be seriously considered.
- NFIB Small Business Legal Center Voices Concerns over Proposed ADA Regulations
“The rule’s ‘qualified small business’ safe harbor provision, which would deem a small business to have met their ADA obligation if they have spent 1 percent of their gross revenue on barrier removal, is in reality not a safe harbor for small business.
- Effective employee performance management in changing climates
The job I have is not dependent upon the company, but is dependent upon the customer deciding to do business with the company.
- Inside Entrepreneurship: Before hitting the road, do legwork
You have to match the general business profile, investment return expectations and risks associated with the operations to the priorities of potential investors.
- The Anatomy of Angel Networks - Hurding is Critical to Angel Funding - Montana Angel Investor Network Initiative Takes Wing
The key to securing funding from angel networks is finding a champion in the group who is ready, willing, and able to become an influential evangelist for your venture.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana Ranks In Top 10 For Preparing Elementary Teachers In Math
“At this time in our nation, it is difficult to imagine a more important aspect of teacher education than the preparation of mathematics teachers,” said UM Provost Royce Engstrom. “We are proud of the University’s mathematics educators, both in the School of Education and the College of Arts and Sciences, for designing such an effective program. It is rewarding to be among the leaders in the country in mathematics education.”
- Montana Space Grant Consortium awards $132,000 to students
Altogether, the consortium awarded $132,000 to students pursuing science and engineering at one of the 19 Montana colleges and universities in the consortium. A grant from NASA provided the funds.
- Montana State University offers six new antibodies for licensing
Researchers at Montana State University http://tto.montana.edu have developed six mouse monoclonal antibodies available for licensing to interested companies and entrepreneurs.
Washington State Business
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology July 2008
- Oregon university advances Boise law school plans
A private Lutheran school in Oregon says it has secured most of the startup funding needed to bring a law school to Idaho's capital city as soon as next year.
- Research Funding Available from Washington Technology Center
More than 300 companies have benefited from the RTD grant program. You could be next.
- SUMMER 2008 Washington Technology Center NEWS & INFORMATION
- $40 million for Light Sciences - Bellevue, WA company boosts financing in cancer fight
Light Sciences' technology uses light-emitting diodes to activate a drug that can kill cancer tissue with minimal side effects.
Connectivity & Communications
- Math at Work Brochures for Students
The series underscores the value of a rigorous high school curriculum in mathematics.
- States avoid slashing higher ed money
Several states have ensured that higher education got a decent-sized slice of the budget pie.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Group Urges Congress to Move Forward on Broadband Mapping
CWA President Larry Cohen stressed that "if our nation is going to realize the economic gains of the Internet Age and ensure that a 21st century Internet is available for all, we need better data to help us get there. These bills now before Congress will greatly improve the quality of that information and will move us another step closer to bringing high-speed Internet access to every American."
- MTA Commentary—Retention Marketing is OK for Cable, but Not Telcos
"The FCC’s retention marketing “decision promotes regulatory arbitrage,… thwart[s] competition, harm[s] rural America, and frustrate[s] regulatory parity.”
- Shutdown of 'lifeline' to hit rural police forces hard
The program, known as the Tribal Rural Law Enforcement Internet Project, has operated in some form since 1995.
- MIT develops window coating that collects energy
The materials are not expensive and can be added to existing solar panels, the researchers said, adding that they believe the technology could find its way to the marketplace within three years.
- Virginia Governor Announces Telework Policy
"Rising fuel prices, the escalating cost of commuting to work, worsening traffic congestion and reduced air quality compel a change in the business culture of state agencies." Governor Timothy M. Kaine
- S.F. officials locked out of computer network by disgruntled tech
Officials also said they feared that although Childs is in jail, he may have enabled a third party to access the system by telephone or other electronic device and order the destruction of hundreds of thousands of sensitive documents.
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