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Work like you don't need the money - dance like no one is watching - sing like no one is listening - love like you've never been hurt - and live life every day as if it were your last!
Things to help you get a great start to 2009: "Bitterroot Valley Community College may (WILL!) live to see another day. Your support is vital for proposed legislation for the Bitterroot Valley Community College" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- " Registration Closing Soon for Montana¹s Energy Summit 2009!" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "City Club Missoula - Laurie Miller and Extreme Ski Filmmaker Warren Miller Launch After-School Program for Young Entrepreneurs in Missoula, 1/12,Missoula " http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Writing the Web’s Future in Numerous Languages - Globalization Partners International
“If you want to reach a billion people, or even half a billion people, and you want to bond with them, then you have no choice but to do multiple languages.”
2009 Montana Legislature
- Bozeman, Montana based 'Three Cups of Tea' author, Greg Mortenson finds new mountains to climb
"When your heart speaks, take good notes."
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- 2009 Montana Legislature - Carbon sequestration bills are needed
We think western-Montana Democratic legislators are on the right track when it comes to helping carbon sequestration become a reality in the state.
- Bitterroot college may (WILL!) live to see another day. Your support is vital for proposed legislation for the Bitterroot Valley Community College
"The community voted, they voted for it. They voted to raise their taxes in order to have a community college" said Montana State Senator Rick Laible of Darby.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- January 2009 MEDA Online News
The January 2009 MEDA Online News is now available http://www.medamembers.org/medanews.html for your review.
Come Home Washington
- Registration Closing Soon for Montana¹s Energy Summit 2009!
Governor Schweitzer, joined by representatives from the Montana Congressional delegation (invited), the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Montana State Legislature, the Montana Public Service Commission, the environmental and consumer communities, plus a wide array of stakeholders an interested parties are gathering for a 2 day flagship event focused on Montana’s Energy Future.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Warren’s World: Steep and Deep Seattle Skiing
Powder hounds can find the steep and deep stuff all over Seattle. For that first run, you can point them down Columbia between Fourth and Fifth and get an awesome Black Diamond. Even if you don't get first tracks in the middle of the street, you can still find a lot of untracked powder on the sidewalk among the parking meters.
- How To Make Teleworking Work
The rise in teleworker programs makes a strong case for enterprises to consider the use of unified Relevant Products/Services communications (UC) and may be the driving force leading to much wider deployments.
- Coaching the nontoxic leader
Leadership coaching has shed its stigma, says the co-author of a new report on the field. "Ten years ago, most companies engaged coaches to help them fix toxic behavior at the top," Diane Coutu says. "But nowadays, most coaching is about developing high-potential talent."
- 10 Mantras for Emerging Leaders in 2009
#1. Listen to the Cry for Accountability
- "Real" leadership is lacking in the U.S. because greed has replaced it.
Can you imagine in your wildest dreams business, labor, and political leaders in modern America following this reality of leadership? Yah, I doubt it too.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana firm loses $18 million to Madoff scheme
At least 33 individuals tied to a Montana-based investment business lost at least $18 million in the Bernard L. Madoff Ponzi scheme.
- Western Montana InBusiness Monthly - Outlook 2009 - Montana remains committed, strong amid turbulent economy
Just a few of the many excellent stories from this month's edition. Good advice on many fronts.
- Montana's Bitterroot Resort still on hold
Snow has landed on the ski runs above Tom Maclay’s proposed Bitterroot Resort, but a blizzard of paperwork has yet to materialize.
Regional Economic Development
- The Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) Program Moves Forward
Whether a company is targeting SBIR, STTR, MBRCT, Growth Through Agriculture, or some other technology-focused funding source, MTIP's experienced service providers often make the difference in whether the proposal is funded or rejected.
- Gas drilling plan for more than 18,000 natural gas wells in Montana OK'd
The Bush administration yesterday approved a plan that could allow more than 18,000 natural gas wells to be drilled in southeastern Montana over the next two decades.
- Innovation benefits Montana's environmental cleanup, energy, technology economy.
"Both universities have reached important thresholds in research and with the now-likely prospects (Computer delivered - http://matr.net/article-32223.html ) that Butte will have a supercomputer coming online, we have the necessary seeds for continued development in the high-tech sectors," Liz Marchi - Frontier Angel Fund http://matr.net/click.php?id=1312&url=http://www.frontierangels.com/
- Economic development goes out on limb to promote traditional identity in Libby, Montana
“We need to recognize and utilize the forest to retain our remaining infrastructure. The RIG grant is a big step toward a cooperative effort.”
- Banking on the Wind in States that Produce Fossil Fuels
Even in states that produce fossil fuels, Americans are figuring that prosperity will be tied to finding new — and greener — energy resources.
- Stimulate Manufacturing and Production, Not Consumption and Consumerism
Sadly, this "shop 'til you go bankrupt" strategy is being adopted by the new kingpins in Washington as well.
- Infrasystems Build 21st Century Economies
These infrasystems – integrating facilities, technology and advanced socio-technical capabilities – have emerged as key drivers of innovation and the locus of future higher-value industries and higher-paying jobs.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Bad news for workers is good news for LinkedIn
The social-networking site, which lets business professionals create online profiles to seek jobs and network, is adding members faster than ever despite its own recent layoffs and a management shake-up.
- Job hunters help each other
Experience Unlimited is designed to help out-of-work professionals learn the new rules of job-hunting - such as rewriting resumes to emphasize skills and achievements rather than jobs and titles; using key words geared toward computerized job-screening programs; and, above all, how to network to find jobs that may not be advertised yet.
Funding and Building your Business
- Investment groups collaborating to assist companies - Forming Angel Organizations - March, 2009 Helena, Great Falls, Montana
Look for even more of this angel collaboration in the coming year.
- Angelsoft Gets An Upgrade, Opens Network To Venture Capitalists
The company says that most key features have been added to make it easier for VCs to manage deal flow, but that there was also a lot of improvements for angel investors.
- The Coming Venture Capital Boom
This firestorm is like the Year 2000 cataclysm, with a powerful difference. Like 2000, there are questions about the ‘death of venture capital’ the ‘death of the consumer’ and the ‘death of the Web.’ It’s all b******t. It's just a cycle.
Montana Education Excellence
- 31 Things of Due Diligence
There are 31 things that require attention to detail an entrepreneur in search of money need to highten the chance of getting funded:
- Ten Tiny Things Every Small Business Owner Should Do in 2009
#3. Send your company an email asking for customer support and see if someone responds to it.
- Revolutionizing business markets with games
The big question is no longer “will businesses ever leverage the power of games?” That question was answered years ago. The question now is, “what major market will be revolutionized by video games next?”
- The Buckets of Business
How I categorize the hundreds of idea/opportunities that I see along the way.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Flathead Valley Community College offers interim session, 10-day classes
The Employment Strategies course focuses on how to compete in a tough job market and how to find a job in less time by effective self-marketing.
- Montana Department of Labor & Industry Releases Career Heroes Workbook Aimed at Third and Fourth Grade Students
"I want Montana students to be ready for the 21st Century. This workbook is a great tool for some of our youngest students to learn about what jobs are available to them in Montana and to think about the skills and preparation needed for careers that don't even exist today", says Governor Brian Schweitzer.
- How Legislative Leaders Could REALLY Help ESTech
Our legislators need to add some tools to the tool box.
- MBA interns benefit business. 10 students from Taiwan need placements. The program can help Idaho companies make contacts and sales overseas.
The Idaho Small Business Development Center is looking for businesses willing to host interns from Taiwan.
- Starting up: Borne from frustration, a business tool for all - Revotop10.com
REVOTOP10 is a Dynamic Business Directory & Utility. Connecting Businesses, Customers and Friends.
- What's new: Boise firm, Seybold Scientific uses the Net to help businesses grow
"We do much more than help companies get found online; we help entrepreneurs' dreams come true," said company president George Seybold.
- Phone service provider, VoicePulse expands in Idaho
"We now have phone numbers in 37 rate centers, more across the entire state of Idaho than any other pure-play VoIP provider," said Monica Haley, marketing associate for the company.
- Reviewing Oregon's top tech stories of 2008
Portland's much-loathed free Wi-Fi network formally gave up the ghost in June. Its antennas continue to haunt streetlights around town; defunct contractor MetroFi opted to abandon them.
- Obama pledges schools upgrade in stimulus plan
"The need is definitely out there," said Robert Canavan, chairman of the Rebuild America's Schools coalition, which includes both teachers' unions and large education groups. "A federal investment of that magnitude would really have a significant impact."
Connectivity & Communications
- Iowa puts economic efforts into aiding existing businesses
State leaders and utilities want economic development groups statewide to adopt a program called Syncronist.
- Colleges, offices scrap land lines
The public college is one of a growing number of businesses and organizations across the USA that are shedding traditional land lines and replacing them with cellphones or voice over Internet protocol (VOIP) technology in an effort to save money during tough economic times.
- 20 ways to being a bigger friendfeed monster than Guy Kawasaki
Guy Kawasaki is on friendfeed but you can be a lot better at it than he is.
- Researchers Hack Internet Security Infrastructure - International Team Discovers Way to Mimic Digital Identity
Armed with those credentials, an attacker who had seized control over a large network, for example, could intercept all requests for users trying to visit a specific e-commerce or banking Web site.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Scientists eye unusual swarm of Yellowstone quakes
"They're certainly not normal," Smith said. "We haven't had earthquakes in this energy or extent in many years."
- Laser experiment hopes to save farm water
"There's not enough water to go around."
- 10 Most Awesome iPhone Apps of 2008
We've plucked out a list of 10 apps — from mapping software to musical instruments to games — that deserve applause for their quality, innovation and breakthrough achievements. Here they are — Jay Leno style — with our top pick at the very bottom.
- Toyota developing car that runs on solar energy
According to The Nikkei, Toyota is working on an electric vehicle that will get some of its power from solar cells equipped on the vehicle, and that can be recharged with electricity generated from solar panels on the roofs of homes. The automaker later hopes to develop a model totally powered by solar cells on the vehicle, the newspaper said without citing sources.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- The Montana Department of Labor & Industry Launches Redesigned Website
"This website helps Montana students to be informed about the high-paying, high-demand jobs available in our state," says Governor Brian Schweitzer. "The new website uses features such as podcasts, which are consistent with how our younger generation gets information today."
- Filmmaker Ken Burns to speak in Bozeman, Montana - “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”
Filmmaker Ken Burns plans to speak in Bozeman on Jan. 22 and provide a glimpse of his six-part television series titled “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.”
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