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Congratulations Jakki - "University of Montana Management Professor, Jakki Mohr Becomes Montana's First Woman Regents Professor" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Chamber of Commerce
- Montana Chamber Of Commerce - Business Days At The Capital 2009, 1/5-6, Helena, Montana
This is a "must attend" event.
- Enjoy Customized Holiday Cards in Just Two Days from PrintingForLess.com Design Online
It's time to order holiday cards, and PrintingForLess.com (PFL) wants to help you boost customer sales, save money and reach out to friends and family quickly and easily.
- Printing For Less laying off 12 workers
“In the current tough economic environment, it is more important than ever that we remain nimble and continue to provide our customers with great products, great service and great value,”
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- The Boomtown Institute - Less Banks???—We Need More!
Rather than encouraging fewer banks, it is my contention that we should instead encourage more banks, especially in the agurbs®.
Come Home Montana
- Further signs of stress in Canada's oil sands
Canada's booming oil sands industry showed more signs of cooling off Monday as crude prices continued their long plummet from record summer highs.
- Montana Career Opportunity - City Attorney - The City of Bozeman
The City of Bozeman is a team of committed professionals, dedicated to providing quality services to our citizens. We are recruiting a City Attorney whose expertise and values match our values and mission.
- Great Falls, Montana can attract people in current economy, speaker says
Great Falls has the potential to draw people who are looking for stability in the current economic flux.
Montana Economic Development
- Kitch Walker, President of Ripple Marketing and Flat Earth Imports of Bozeman, Montana, to present in Italy on behalf of Italian Trade Commission.
Kitch Walker, President of Ripple Marketing and Flat Earth Imports in Bozeman, Montana, has been engaged to present two seminars on behalf of the Italian Institute for Foreign Trade and the Artex Center for Artistic and Traditional Handicrafts of Tuscany, December 10th and 11th in Milan and Rome, Italy.
- Commercial Developers Searching for Tenants in Kalispell, Montana
There are some bright spots for commercial developers here, however, despite the economic turmoil.
- Bozeman surgeon performs procedure to live Internet audience
“It is the first public exposure of the new stem to the country and the world,” Gannon said after Thursday’s surgery.
Regional Economic Development
- Seeing is Believing: Conservation & Trails in Montana - The Last Best Place
Gallatin Valley Land Trust, City of Bozeman officials, and local champions continue to collaborate to create Bozeman's cherished "Main Street to the Mountains" trail system and have, to date, placed over 32,000 acres of land into conservation in Southwest Montana.
- IBM Supercomputer heads to Butte, Montana - will create 137 jobs in Uptown Butte and 250 statewide within the first three years of operations.
"It's an ideal situation for building new economic activity," he said. "This is stuff that needs to be done for the competitiveness of Montana." RMSC estimates the supercomputer will create 137 jobs in Uptown Butte and 250 statewide within the first three years of operations.
- The Great Falls Development Authority ramps up search for industrial park sites
While the GFDA will continue to work to develop that park, the board decided to start looking for other potential industrial park locations.
- Tech Executives Network Over Coffee and Eggs in Kalispell, Montana
The executives who gathered one morning last week at CenturyTel’s offices, as part of Kalispell’s Technology Roundtable conference series, came for the egg burritos but stayed for the networking opportunities.
- $200K for Butte supercomputer - BLDC approves loan for RMSC project
A spokesman for RMSC has said it would eventually like to expand the computer to be able to perform more than 20 trillion operations per second, which would put it on par with the best computer networks in the country.
- Inland Northwest Economic Developments, Winter 2008
The following are projects, initiatives and economic developments that are making news in eastern Washington and northern Idaho. This email is distributed by the Inland Northwest Economic Alliance (INEA) on behalf of its regional partners.
- Alaska's First Site Selection Analysis Website
AnchorageProspector.com is a multi-use online commercial property search engine and is an information service for business owners and entrepreneurs.
- Colorado Governor Outlines $12M Economic Stimulus Plan
Gov. Bill Ritter announced his administration's plan to inject $12 million into initiatives that promote job training, provide small businesses with access to capital, and invest in the state's New Energy Economy and bioscience sectors.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening - How to Grow a Small Business
"You don't have to be a big company like the old economy where you had to be close to resources, close to markets, close to the labor force any more,"
Montana Education Excellence
- Firm tries different approach toward IPOs
Since startups stopped going public, the system for matching companies with long-term investors is broken, said Inside Venture CEO Mona DeFrawi.
- Important reasons to employ returning service members, including those who return with disabilities and combat-related injuries.
Across the nation, businesses both large and small are stepping up to recruit, hire and retain veterans.
- Raising Capital from Customers
Selling shares in your business to customers via a private placement can be a great way to raise capital. And there are other benefits
- Twitter seeks to tune into the buzz about tweets
Twitter Inc., the 18-month-old San Francisco micro-blogging company, has sensational buzz, a dramatic increase in users, increasing competition from copycats — but no clear strategy for making money.
- The Art of Laying People Off
If you are scoffing (“Guy, you are clueless: We’ll never downsize, because we’re growing so fast, and I’ll never make a bad hire”), then you’re my intended reader.
- 10 Tips for Building a Profitable Business
#4. Spend at least 50% of your time selling.
- Trustees-elect set to defend Bitterroot Valley Community College
“Yes, we can.”
- Montana’s student leaders meet at University of Montana
“I would challenge you to go back to your campuses and do what UM has done and create an institution for a sustainability coordinator.”
- Economy hangs over Bitterroot Valley Community College discussion
At stake is a potential recommendation as to whether the state legislature should move forward with funding the two-year school. Regents should offer a recommendation by next month.
- University of Montana Management Professor, Jakki Mohr Becomes Montana's First Woman Regents Professor
The appointment honors Mohr for her unique contribution to the field of business administration and to the marketing of high-technology products and services, as well as for her service to UM, the Montana University System and the state of Montana.
- Massachusetts leads in `new economy' - Montana 40th
States at the top of the list tend to have a high concentration of workers in “knowledge jobs” that require at least a two-year college degree, are at the forefront of the information technology and Internet revolutions and have institutions and residents that embrace the digital economy, the report said. The groups used 29 indicators to rank each state on how well its economy is structured to compete regionally, as well as globally.
Oregon Economic Development
- Boise entrepreneur launches fun application for iPhones and iPods
George W. Bush may be The Decider, but imagine how the last eight years might have turned out if he'd had a little help with some of the weightier dilemmas he faced.
Washington State Business
- Portland State University to use $25 million for sustainability research
Campus leaders and professors envision large-scale research throughout Portland on cutting-edge environmental, building, business and social projects.
- Creating legislative awareness of business issues in Washington State
McCallum is convinced "the business community in Washington State has been left behind by other special-interest groups in learning how to navigate the political landscape.
- WSU Tri-Cities Awarded $23 Million to Help Region’s Middle School Students Overcome Barriers to Higher Education
GEAR UP helps middle school students receive guidance and assistance to prepare for and pursue a college education.
- Massachusetts, Utah, and New Hampshire eye bold high school reforms
These states "see clearly that the age of incremental change has not been working, [and they] are working to create new systems that will produce vastly better results,"
- Time Spent Online Important for Teen Development, Says Study
"It might surprise parents to learn that it is not a waste of time for their teens to hang out online,"
- Ireland's economy not roaring back
Ireland's once-roaring economy had been the fastest-growing in Europe most of the last 18 years. But Ireland was also the first among the 15 nations that use the euro to officially fall into recession, after a second consecutive quarter of no economic growth at the end of June. By the end of the year, the economy will have shrunk by 1.6%, the Bank of Ireland projects.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Department of Justice "Voice, Video and Broadband: The Changing Competitive Landscape and Its Impact on Consumers"
The focus of the report is on telecommunications services provided to residential consumers, rather than business users.
- High-tech radio microwaves to connect law enforcement in Montana
It won’t be long until law enforcement and emergency services will communicate through high-tech radio microwaves across the state.
- Google CEO Eric Schmidt Calls For Energy Innovation Bailout
"I'm an optimist," he said. "It's important to say that up front. America is a remarkable place."
- Wind batteries get prairie test 80-ton energy storers 'act like independent power plants'
When the wind blows, the batteries charge. When it doesn't, the batteries can supply 1 megawatt of electricity to the grid, or enough to power 500 homes for seven hours.
- Germ Farts Fuel - BP, Soros Fund invest in ethanol-making microbe
The basis of Qteros is the Q Microbe, a micro-organism discovered in the woods near the Quabbin Reservoir in western Massachusetts by University of Massachusetts professor and now Qteros chief scientist Susan Leschine.
- Observing Buried Carbon Dioxide
A project proves that millions of tons of the sequestered gas can be safely monitored.
- Recording towers to measure Missoula’s wind potential
He said he hopes the 92-foot recording towers will be up within two months and that data will be available six months later. He is currently researching to determine the best locations for the towers, each worth about $6,000.
- San Francisco Bay area will be electric-car capital
The mayors of the Bay Area's three largest cities pledged Thursday to make the region the electric-car capital of the country, unveiling plans to work with a Palo Alto startup to build the infrastructure needed to bring more electric cars to the road.
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