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"You make a living by what you get. You make a life by what you give." Winston Churchill
Let's focus on developing a more entrepreneurial and successful state and region. --- If you're an entrepreneur or can spell entrepreneur, you should check out this site "Entrepreneur America Launches New Web Site. Are You and Your Startup Ready to Succeed?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Looking forward to seeing you Thursday night: "Encouraging The Next Generation Of Montana’s Entrepreneurs" With Warren And Laurie Miller, 3/26, Missoula, Montana" http://matr.net/events ... =2696 --- Hey Montana College entrepreneurs. Are you entering the competition? "The 20th Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, 5/14, University Of Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Congratulations and a BIG Thank you to Geoff Gamble at MSU. He's moved the University and Montana forward in so many ways, especially R&D and Tech Transfer. MATR thanks you. " Montana State University president, Geoffrey Gamble announces plans for retirement " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2009 Montana Legislature
- Entrepreneur America Launches New Web Site. Are You and Your Startup Ready to Succeed?
Entrepreneurship is the hottest growth area in America today. There are 30 million entrepreneurs now and 60 million more say they would like to be. DO you have what it takes - do you know what it takes to compete and succeed with a business, be it small or large?
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Efficiency an underused energy resource in Montana
Montana has a huge opportunity for accelerating its efficiency savings.
- Critics say private dinner skirted Montana's lobby laws
Taking a committee out to eat before a bill hearing is not illegal in Montana, but it is highly unusual.
Come Home Montana
- IEDC Business Retention And Expansion Course, 5/12-13, Missoula, Montana
The agenda http://www.medamembers.org/breiedc.doc cannot describe the dynamic course that is in store for you. Laith Wardi has sent a behind-the-scenes agenda below.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Kalispell, Montana - In Search of a City Leader
Kalispell: a city at a critical juncture hit especially hard by a deep recession, with a populace that has often felt disconnected, or worse, from those leading the valley’s commercial hub.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Account Executive, Copywriter, Web Programmer - Salt Studio
We love advertising and design and thinking about advertising and design and breathing advertising and design and running barefoot through advertising and design • We believe in putting the right people on the bus • And giving back to our community
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - CASA of Missoula
Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Missoula http://www.casamissoula.org/ , a non-profit serving abused and neglected children, is hiring an Executive Director.
- After-school jobs. What do Montana teachers do in the summer?
Madsen, a former high school science teacher who gradually was able to convert his passion for floating rivers into a full-time business, usually hires a half dozen teachers to serve as river guides, cooks and sales people.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Bozeman, Montana’s Greg Mortenson ("Three Cups of Tea") to receive highest Pakistani award
“This is a great honor and humbling,” Mortenson said Saturday in an interview from Kabul, Afghanistan. “But the real credit goes to the millions of brave and determined teachers, students and good people of Pakistan, who persevere and aspire to hope through education, despite enormous obstacles.”
- Hard work, taking risks keys to being successful in business
Warren Miller, ski icon, movie maker and free spirit extraordinaire, will be in Missoula on Thursday, March 26, to inspire people to follow their passion.
- E2 2009: Technology to Grow Your Business
This year-long program is free and open to the public. Each seminar can be attended individually, or consecutively as part of a step-by-step process towards enhancing a website or other office technology.
- Young entrepreneurs - Butte, Montana residents carving niche in business world
"I'm very confident that businesses can succeed here. You just have to be ready to work."
- Systems Biology Provides First Global Analysis of Prion Disease in a Mouse Model
Researchers at the Institute for Systems Biology (ISB) in Seattle and the McLaughlin Research Institute in Great Falls, Montana, published today in Molecular Systems Biology a ground-breaking study which modeled the progression of degenerative brain diseases, one of which is "mad cow disease," that are caused by misfolded proteins called “prions”.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Monster Munchies takes its all-natural recipe nationwide
"One of our better buyers said 'Here's why I like your cookies; it's a simple ingredient list. Mothers trust it, and kids love it. ' " Rich Powell said.
- Great Falls, Montana-based Kamut International Increases World Sales
“We are proud our organic farmers remain committed to growing this nutritious and delicious wheat and that manufacturers around the world are increasingly seeking it out,” said Trevor Blyth, the new CEO of Kamut International.
- Montana company, O.R. PEER ™ has developed a software program that will save lives and reduce the cost of Surgery.
Last year over 98,000 people died as a result human errors in the operating room. An additional 750,000 people die from sepsis, which sometimes is caused by improper use of surgical instruments and equipment. O.R. PEER™ is an easy to use resource that prevents mistakes by allowing staff to quickly refresh themselves with the best practices.
Regional Economic Development
- Scientific evidence: Global warming drying Montana
Montana will have shorter winters, dry and hot summers and larger forest fires as a result of global climate change, a Nobel laureate says.
- SBA selects Sidney as Montana Small Business Community of the Year
This award proclaims, "Sidney is still open for business!”
- OwnEnergy Inc. soliciting bids to develop wind farm by Geyser, Stanford, Montana
Prompted by interest from a New York developer, the state of Montana is soliciting bids to develop what would be Judith Basin County's first commercial wind farm.
- Small Towns - BIG IDEAS - Case Studies in Small Town Community Economic Development
Future prosperity will require strategies that build on the assets, needs and desires of each community.
Funding and Building your Business
- Why College Towns Are Looking Smart. Looking for a job? Try a college town.
"We're hurting for people, especially to fill our computer and technical positions."
Montana Education Excellence
- Innovators keep the ideas coming
Silicon Valley startups push back against rough economy
- Connect with others online to expand business
The only thing worse than no website is having a bad one, since instead of leaving no impression, you leave a bad one instead.
- Manage like Dilbert?
The principles I tried to establish with the staff early on, that seemed to have stuck, include these:
- A VC's Biggest Flaw: Arrogance
Their weaknesses may vary , but there's typically a common characteristic not-great venture capitalists share: arrogance.
- The 20th Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, 5/14, University Of Montana
The mission of the Montana Business Plan Competition is threefold: to provide a positive educational experience in which students receive feedback and advice from experienced business professionals, to foster economic growth through the creation of new businesses in Montana, and to provide a forum for students to interact with the community.
- Flathead Valley Community College initiates new honors program
Honors programs promote academic excellence and foster social, professional and civic responsibility while encouraging civil discussion and debate of ideas.
- Montana State University president, Geoffrey Gamble announces plans for retirement
"In retirement, you'll still see me around campus," Gamble said in his letter.
- Four individual event winners pace high school business performance conference. Business Professionals of America
Local students captured four first-place finishes in the state Business Professionals of America conference recently at Flathead Valley Community College.
- University of Montana Project Crafts Unique Web Site About Montana Tribes
“We don’t know of anybody else doing this type of work, and if they are, we’d love to know who they are,” Thompson said. “We have the advantage of having a major collection of tribal interviews to draw from.”
Oregon Economic Development
- Ignite Boise fires up “creative class”
On March 19, more than 700 geeks, techies, artists, philosophers, bankers, lawyers, writers, marketers and other characters converged on the Egyptian Theater for the first Ignite Boise event – a three hour series of presentations meant to excite, intrigue, educate and entertain.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Downturn forces Pendleton, Oregon to 'Cowboy up'
"There are a lot of businesses that see these particular economic downturns as opportunities to relocate," Bosen said. "Real estate is cheap, people are hungry for jobs, and cities and communities are willing to negotiate."
Utah Economic Development
- Tracking the recession: How layoffs affect one small South Dakota town
The downturn that began in December 2007 is notable for its depth and breadth. Every state has been hit.
- UTOPIA goes live in Layton, Utah
"I practically yanked those salesmen through my front door," said Whitlock, who purchased a 10 megabit-per-second connection for a $110 one-time fee and $50 a month for a data line.
- University of Utah Sets ‘Gold Standard’ for Technology Commercialization
Last year, Dean Brittain's commercialization efforts returned $26 million, which puts Utah in the top 20 of all universities in terms of dollars earned from faculty and student innovations. The Association of University Technology Managers has ranked Utah No. 2 in the country for bringing university-generated technology to market, behind MIT.
- Green House Data Delivers Outsourced Data Center Solution To National Outdoor Leadership School School extends its sustainability initiatives to their IT department.
Green House Data was chosen because it invests in energy efficiency technologies while absorbing the premium price of being entirely wind powered.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Some Rich Districts Get Richer as Aid Is Rushed to Schools
In pouring rivers of cash into states and school districts, Washington is using a tangle of well-worn federal formulas, some of which benefit states that spend more per pupil, while others help states with large concentrations of poor students or simply channel money based on population. Combined, the formulas seem to take little account of who needs the money most.
- Dream of teaching? More career switchers become educators
Career switchers make up about one-third of the ranks of new teachers, and that number has jumped in the past decade. Now, as the recession deepens, even more people are deciding to become teachers.
- Lessons from most successful schools abroad
When it comes to improving education, "there's a globalism in the perspective of ... the high-achieving countries, [and] they're all talking about each other."
- American Prairie Foundation Newsletter February/March 2009 - China Protected Areas Leadership Alliance to Visit APR in May
Thirty-five visiting members of The China Protected Areas Leadership Alliance Project will be our guests in May when we host them for a reserve tour.
Energy and Climate Change
- Rocky Mountain Laboratory seeks public comments on master plan in Hamilton, Montana
The goal of the 20-year master plan is not only to promote better scientific research at the National Institutes of Health facility in Hamilton, but to make the 33-acre site appear more like a small-town college campus where cerebral endeavor and a serene setting are in harmony.
- Are We Too "Stupid" to Save Ourselves?
Set in 2055, the film portrays a post-apocalyptic world ravaged by the worst impacts of climate change, and looks back at the critical period between 2005 and 2015 to examine why we didn’t save ourselves when we still had the chance.
- Enough "Cowboy" Greenhouse Gas Reduction Policies
Regrettably, the political process sometimes falls far short of that objective.
- Charities tap skills of jobless professionals
Whether charity work provides an opportunity to network in a bad economy, the ideal chance to try social work as a possible career, or simply a reason to get off the couch and stay engaged, it's what many professionals are doing to ride out the recession.
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