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"Make no little plans; they have no magic to stir men's blood and probably will themselves not be realized." -- Daniel H. Burnham
If you believe that our future leaders should have a firm foundation in entrepreneurship, I encourage you to support and attend this event: "Encouraging The Next Generation Of Montana’s Entrepreneurs" With Warren And Laurie Miller, 3/26, Missoula, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Great event. Thanks to the sponsors: " Venture Workshop a hit with budding Montana entrepreneurs" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Lots more going on. Be sure to check out the events listings --->
Globalization Partners International
Montana Chamber of Commerce
- Globalization Partners International announced as content contributor for new Executive Certificate Program in Web Globalization Management.
"GPI is providing content from its recent research series on Website Globalization and e-Business, as well as best practices for website globalization workflows," says Martin Spethman, GPI's Managing Partner.
2009 Montana Legislature
- March 2009 EYE on Business-Montana Chamber Newsletter
We’ve warned you before about the dangerous “Card Check” bill before Congress. We’re asking you to act now to protect your workers and yourself from this legislation. It’s ironically named the “Employee Free Choice Act,” (EFCA), but the only winners if this passes are big labor unions.
City Club Missoula
- CEO Bob Rowe: NorthWestern Energy committed to renewable energy
NorthWestern opposes HB 491 because it's a step backward in resource acquisition policy.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Montana's energy future must change, speakers tell City Club Missoula
“When I hear people saying we can’t afford to enact climate policies,” Magraw said, “my response is we can’t afford not to.”
- MAPS Media Institute is scouting new locations and success
MAPS offers both a new challenge - teaching - and the prospect of seeing kids doing some real journalism, complete with lessons in ethics, public records law and diversity of view point.
Saskatchewan Business & Economic Development
- 2009 5th Annual Montana Ambassadors’ Business Open, 8/20, Anaconda, Montana
Included is an invitation to you, as a tournament participant, to join Governor Schweitzer and the First Lady for cocktails and hors d’oeuvres at their home on Georgetown Lake, where tournament prizes will be presented.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Saskatchewan Premier Brad Wall pushes clean-energy in U.S.
Then, with a proud "bet you didn't know" tone, Wall explains how Saskatchewan sells more oil each year to the United States than Kuwait, produced 23 per cent of the world's uranium last year, and has one-third of the world's potash reserves.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Student discusses importance of women's education efforts in Pakistan, Afghanistan - (Three Cups of Tea)
The experience is made possible by a scholarship from the Central Asia Institute, which was founded by Greg Mortenson, a Bozeman resident and author of the world-acclaimed book “Three Cups of Tea: One Man's Mission to Promote Peace One School At a Time.”
- "Encouraging The Next Generation Of Montana’s Entrepreneurs" With Warren And Laurie Miller, 3/26, Missoula, Montana
The University Of Montana Graduate Business Student Association (GBSA) is pleased to announce its annual Spring Fundraiser with featured guests Warren and Laurie Miller. Event theme: Encouraging the Next Generation of Montana’s Entrepreneurs
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Governor Schweitzer unveils stimulus spending proposals
“Virtually every community of Montana will see benefits,” Schweitzer said. “Virtually every community in Montana will be put back to work.”
- Chemical Dreams - UM spin-off company, Missoula-based Rivertop Renewables offers major economic development potential
Rivertop Renewables makes non-toxic chemicals. Our goal is to reinvent the chemical industry with products designed for natural lifecycles. Made from renewable sources, our patented products biodegrade after use.
- iWallFlower: Using the Web as canvas
Imagine a graffiti wall so big, anyone in the world could draw on it whenever they wanted.
- Wind farm developer unveils plans for Montana
"We were going to show Montanans what was then state-of-art technology in operation," Van Jamison said.
- Butte's supercomputer
For Earl Dodd, a strategist and business development executive for IBM, Big Sky represents "the sandbox" for a new business model in high performance computing of which Butte will be the hub.
Funding and Building your Business
- Stupid things presenters do (and how to stop them)
Conference organizers almost never give speakers any training, advice, suggestions, tip sheets. Nothing.
- Northern Plains Transition to Teaching, an online graduate teacher preparation program, is now accepting applications.
The NPTT program is designed to help meet the needs of people who are interested in going into teaching after spending significant time in other professional careers.
Incubators and R&D
- Venture Workshop a hit with budding Montana entrepreneurs
You have a "Burning Problem" but will the dogs eat the dog food?
- Angelsoft Lets Startups Find Funding Through New Investor Filtering Tool
The site formerly focused on connecting entrepreneurs to angel and early-stage investors only, but recently changed its model to include VC firms.
- In Failure, 6 Valuable Lessons
Over the course of one year, Craig Reiss went from thinking about a $1 billion valuation to closing his doors for good. He offers his story to save others the emotional devastation.
- What is happening in Venture Capital? Venture Capital in the Rockies Conference
Given the increasing competition for private investment, what can a business do to better their chances of receiving an investment?
Montana Education Excellence
- The University of Montana Research View SPRING 2008
- Departure of cloning pioneer, Dirk Vanderwall a loss for University of Idaho
“The University of Idaho frankly screwed this up beyond repair.”
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana Tech grad, Ashley Hunt does research at International Heart Institute in Missoula
"Coming to Montana Tech has been an excellent experience for me," she said, and added it was "an honor" to have Ganesan as an adviser and as a mentor.
- University of Montana enrolls on Facebook, creates page for President George Dennison
As of Friday, Dennison wasn't aware he even had a Facebook page.
- Bresnan Business Creates Perfect Telecom Solution for Billings Public Schools
Year Contract Brings Bresnan "Smart" Telecommunications System to Montana Schools
Washington State Business
- Utah Pulse TV: Lew Cramer, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah
Utah Pulse speaks with Lew Cramer, President and CEO of the World Trade Center Utah about international opportunities that may be available to Utah businesses.
- Gates Foundation to give Seattle schools $7.2 million
In a lucrative vote of confidence in Seattle Public Schools, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation will give the district $7.2 million over the next three years, saying it is impressed with the five-year plan developed under Superintendent Maria Goodloe-Johnson.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Scholarships available for science students attending Northwest College
Over the next four years, Northwest College will invest over a quarter-million dollars in scholarships and academic support for students interested in studying science, thanks to a grant from the National Science Foundation.
- Rethinking The Boom - "Prelude To The Age Wave",3/24, Lethbridge Alberta
Southern Alberta’s must see one day event! Four highly acknowledged visionaries come together for this one day event. Collectively they will be providing insight on how the next decade will reinvent our understanding of employment, retirement, and the economy.
- Calgary plan calls for city to quadruple transit system instead of new major roads
Calgary’s new long-range growth blueprint is calling on City Hall to quadruple the transit network but build no new major roads as the city fits 1.3 million more people within its current boundaries over the next 60 years.
- NAMI Releases Guide to Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth
NAMI has published a guide titled, Supporting Schools and Communities in Breaking the Prison Pipeline: A Guide to Emerging and Promising Crisis Intervention Programs for Youth, to help inform advocates about existing crisis intervention programs for youth and what they can do to promote and implement such programs in their states and communities.
- Students 'get the wiggles out' on exercise balls
Talk about a teacher's dream: No more slouching, no more wiggly little boys and no more snoozing at desks.
Connectivity & Communications
- Want a better, safer world? Volunteer.
Employment, education, and peace are interlinked.
- Brief Introduction To Cloud Computing
In dealing with the abstract term, “the cloud”, it is easy to misunderstand what makes up the structure and function.
- New Report Takes Broadband Beyond Stimulus Debate Next-Generation Networks, More Speed, Key to Growth Cites Potential for 2 Million Jobs
The report emphasizes that there is a role for proactive public policies to encourage investment in next-generation broadband networks, such as more favorable tax treatment for such investments.
- $3.02 per minute is what the average cell phone user pays
When you do the math, you find the average cellphone customer actually pays more than $3 per minute, according to a report being issued this week by the Utility Consumers' Action Network, a San Diego consumer advocacy group.
- Place Matters With Spread of Broadband
The federal government will issues billions in grants to bring broadband to underserved places. Strong local leadership will makes this program mores successful.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Home-Grown Power We need to develop renewable energy sources closer to where the electricity is being used
For a clean energy future, we need a smart grid and we need more renewable energy.
- Stem-Cell Repair Kit for Stroke
A stem-cell matrix can repair brain damage in rodents.
- Japanese gadget controls iPod in blink of an eye
A wink, a smile or a raised eyebrow could soon change the music on your iPod or start up the washing machine, thanks to a new Japanese gadget.
- Biotech for bees - One Miami startup, Beeologics, hopes to cure a mysterious plague threatening the food supply, Colony Collapse Disorder
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) says American beekeepers lost 37% of their hives to CCD last year, after losing 31% the year before.
- Data.gov is coming: Let's help build it.
Now is exactly the time when lobbying for particular data and documents to be made accessible could be most effective.
- Grant Opportunity for Missoula Nonprofits
Through their “Learning by Giving” program, the UM School of Business Administration class, Leadership and Motivation, will distribute grants ranging from $500 to $2,500 to nonprofits serving Missoula County.
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