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"There is only one you... Don't you dare change just because you're outnumbered!" -- Charles Swindoll
Congratulations to all of the teams that competed. "Openlink Mobile wins the 20th Annual Montana University System John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Nanomonestot-se" - "Native Dreams Nations" - Entrepreneurial spirit lands Montana State University Billings students in 1st place at American Indian Business Leaders Business Plan Competition" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho Falls IT company, Global Analytic IT Services (GAITS), wins a $26M contract at Idaho National Laboratory
GAITS will work with INL cyber security controls systems, documentation, hardware and software services.
- Patent And Copyright Legal Advice For Stimulus Price - FREE, 5/22, Missoula
To Schedule an Appointment: Contact Montana World Trade Center at 406-243-6982
Highway 12 Ventures
- Printing Matters May 2009 Newsletter from PrintingForLess.com
This month, we're providing tips for turning clients into raving fans, an article on how to sell your value proposition, and a list of wacky websites to make you smile.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- “Can’t Get A S****y Meal Here”…
“I’ve heard that the Sheriff’s office is using twitter to monitor behavior” one woman said. “I’ve heard they do it anonymously” chimed in another. Throughout the rest of breakfast, the group went about on and on about Twitter.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Media Arts in Public Schools (MAPS) looking to fill fall program for Ravalli County, Montana high school students
MAPS, which was born in 2004 has the mission “to educate, create jobs and change lives for Montana youth.”
Come Home Montana
- Here's a thought - how about erasing the Canada-U.S. border? - 'Thick' border may deteriorate U.S.-Canada relations, expert says at Wheeler Conference
A book by Toronto journalist John Ibbitson suggests we're overdue for a North American environmental, economic and security accord
- Special bond brings Sen. Max Baucus to grad's big day. Major player in Congress to speak to Winifred, Montana's graduating class of 8
"I just wanted him to come, so I called him," Wichman said.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Planning Director - Gallatin County, Montana
Bachelor's degree from an accredited college or university, five yrs experience; strong leadership and management experience, supervisory skills, organizational skills or an equivalent combination is required.
Montana Economic Development
- Adventure Life Newsletter - The New Face of Adventure Life
Adventure Life: Best Places to Work Outside Magazine declares what I've long known as true - Adventure Life is one of the nation's Best Places to Work! We are honored.
- Two Montana Manufacturing Extension Center Field Engineers, Mark Shyne and Todd Daniels, Earn Top Awards for Service and Outreach
The MEP has nearly 1,600 practitioners in business and manufacturing that provide direct assistance to customers throughout the U.S. with an array of services that focus on growth, productivity, and efficiency.
- Tim Blixseth and the Yellowstone Club - An Oregon entrepreneur's life of luxury, bought on credit
The Yellowstone loan exemplifies much of what went wrong with the financial industry during the past decade.
- CrossHarbor wins exclusive Yellowstone Club
Under the agreement, claims that Credit Suisse drove the club into bankruptcy with a fraudulent $375-million loan will also be dismissed. Credit Suisse also has the option to buy a stake in the new CrossHarbor investment.
- Housing market in Billings, Montana, feels the recession
A year ago, the folks in Billings, Mont., thought their housing market was recession-proof.
- Call for Nominations - 2009 Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Awards.
If you do nominate a business, we would appreciate any help you could provide in getting “your” business to submit an application before July 6, 2009.
Regional Economic Development
- Find use for empty $27 million jail in Hardin, Montana
Given the fact that this jail is sitting empty, why is the state's Corrections Advisory Panel recommending that the Montana Department of Corrections add new beds to its existing jails - and even build a new multi-million-dollar facility in the Billings area (when Hardin is located less than 50 miles from Billings, no less)? And at a time when the state's overall prison population has been in decline?
- 'Youth Magnet' Cities Hit Midlife Crisis
The worst recession in a generation is disrupting migration patterns and overturning lives across the country. Yet, cities like Portland, along with Austin, Texas, Seattle and others, continue to be draws for the young, educated workers that communities and employers covet.
Funding and Building your Business
- Google chairman and CEO Eric Schmidt urges grads: 'Turn off your computer'
"Turn off your computer. You're actually going to have to turn off your phone and discover all that is human around us."
Incubators and R&D
- Nine Ways to Identify Natural Leaders
In most companies, the formal hierarchy is a matter of public record—it’s easy to discover who’s in charge of what. By contrast, natural leaders don’t appear on any organization chart. To hunt them down, you need to know . . .
- Videos differentiate small businesses online
Small businesses are agile. They’re known for being innovative and creative. They’re able to test and try things far easier than a larger company.
- Microsoft sees more start-ups without investors
Robert Hendershott, a professor of private equity and entrepreneurship at Santa Clara University, has also argued recently that venture capital is becoming less relevant for entrepreneurs starting Web companies.
- Is Your Startup Practicing Inward Facing Dog?
Is your startup practicing inward facing dog? That is, are you overly focused on things going inside the company with too little attention on what might be going on outside the company?
- How to know when a business is doomed
The clues are usually there - if you know what to look for.
- Prepare for electronic discovery to be used in lawsuits
E-discovery is a challenge that is faced by virtually every organization, regardless of size. In fact, almost as many small organizations were the target of a lawsuit within the last 12 months as large ones.
- 3M CEO George Buckley focuses on leadership training
The absolutely best way for me to be successful is to have people working for me who are better.
- 5 Reasons To Continue Developing Your Candidate Pipeline
Where reactive companies only see threats and danger, forward-thinking companies perceive exciting challenges and opportunities.
- The Proper Care and Feeding of Emerging Growth Companies
This session focuses on the financial numbers a company needs to grow from the seed stage into the need for venture capital and preparation for an IPO or other major growth.
- 10 Tips for Building Brand Communities
Today brands are being invited back to the party, with a formal invitation from consumers to be more than just a wallflower. So make sure you show up to socialize and dance – your consumers are ready to get down!
Montana Education Excellence
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#284), Quality caviar, Postpartum depression in military, Beef jerky science, Strategic napping for nurses
Knowing the best time to harvest fish eggs is important for the caviar industry and for scientists trying to save wild, endangered fish, said Molly Webb, affiliate faculty member of ecology at Montana State University.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Montana State University online science course helps those teaching out of field
Montana high school teachers can apply to test a pilot online course that offers enhanced content knowledge for science teachers who are teaching out of their field of endorsement.
- Openlink Mobile wins the 20th Annual Montana University System John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition
These are the future entrepreneurs of Montana.
- Enrollment Opens for Summer Aviation Academy for sixth, seventh and eighth grade students in Montana
Montana students have the chance to find out for themselves if an aviation career is right for them during the Aviation Career Academy (ACE).
- Due praise for Montana's distinguished educators
Education is a powerful journey that doesn’t end senior year in high school, or even senior year in college. Sometimes all it takes to set a student down this lifelong path is a spark, a reason to get motivated in the first place, a reason to achieve.
- "Nanomonestot-se" - "Native Dreams Nations" - Entrepreneurial spirit lands Montana State University Billings students in 1st place at American Indian Business Leaders Business Plan Competition
The students developed a plan to turn an old building in Lame Deer into a T-shirt business. That business, called NDN Translations in the plan, promotes awareness and pride in American Indian culture and heritage on T-shirts. The front of the shirt carries a single word or phrase in a specific tribal language with a little arrow pointing to the back for the translation.
- TriGeo Network Security of Post Falls, Idaho earns technology recognition
Designed exclusively for midmarket networks of 50 to 5,000 employees, TriGeo SIM comes stocked with more than 650 security and network monitoring rules and nearly 300 pre-built reports for compliance and network analysis.
- Idaho winning the tourism game
Marketing campaigns targeting neighboring states appears to be bringing tourists to Idaho in increasing numbers.
- LED industry cluster could spark new growth in Idaho's Treasure Valley
A cluster of startups hopes to capitalize on the efficiency and low cost of light-emitting diode technology.
Washington State Business
- CenterSpace Software Wins the Willamette Angel Conference 2009
CenterSpace Software's NMath product suite provides object-oriented components for mathematical, engineering, scientific, and financial applications on the .NET platform.
- After storybook boom, Bend, Oregon faces a tough chapter
Once upon a time not so long ago, developers seeking magic money poured $4 million into a "Lord of the Rings" subdivision here complete with hobbit holes and thatch-roof houses.
- Innovation Continues to Thrive at Sirti in Spokane
Sirti is an agency of the State of Washington which is a collaboration of business, higher education and government to accelerate the development and growth of technology-based companies in the Inland Northwest, especially in Eastern Washington.
- "Building The Wyoming We Want: Values And Vision" - 6/9-10, Casper, WY
Gov. Dave Freudenthal has scheduled a second statewide forum to talk about the future of Wyoming.
- Robot teacher can take roll and scold students
The Japanese government is pouring $35 million into android science. Why the push? In seven years one in four Japanese will be over 65, which means the workforce is declining, pushing up wage costs for businesses and making recruitment difficult.
- Israeli starts 1st tuition-free online university - University of the People
The university, which is seeking accreditation in the United States, offers two undergraduate programs in business administration and computer science in English.
- Government Accountability Office - Schools restrain, confine disabled children
Only seven states even require that educators get training before they're allowed to restrict children, and only five states have banned "prone restraint," which ended in the death of the Texas student.
- Stanford's free iPhone course hits 1 million downloads
iPhone Application Programming is a 10-week course and can be downloaded free from iTunes U.
- Governor Schweitzer releases the Montana Governor’s Report on the Potential for Drought 2009
The report indicates that at this time, the outlook for water supplies dependent on snowmelt from mountain snowpack is favorable with drought impacts expected to be Low to Moderate.
Connectivity & Communications
- California NFIB chief says state is showing small firms the door
The speaker that struck me the most was a recruiter whose job is to lure businesses away from California to Nevada. He is specifically charged with showing business owners Nevada's abundant pro-business, pro-job amenities, and which businesses have moved there and why. The recruiter admitted, "We love mom-and-pop small businesses," as it's far easier for them to uproot than the bigger firms.
Energy and Climate Change
- Wolfram Alpha shows data in a way Google can't
It does things with online information that Google does not. Here are our impressions of the current version of Wolfram Alpha.
- Montana State University study says plants also contribute to rise in fires
"The rate at which greenhouse gases are increasing in the atmosphere is higher than it's been in over a million years," Morgan said. "There's a preponderance of evidence indicating that climate will continue to change. What will be the exact outcome is difficult to say. You've got to be careful how far out you extrapolate."
- Our Energy Future—The Answer is Not Blowing in the Wind
By 2030 total wind generation is predicted to provide 2.5 percent of U.S. consumption, up from 0.8 percent in 2007. Despite this, wind will likely be confined to a niche role. Here’s why.
- Bozeman, Montana nonprofit, Youth Arts in Action, provides opportunities to young artists
Youth Arts in Action has been able to bring various performers and teachers to the Montana area to inspire young artists, and plans to continue. “Our whole mission is to inspire, educate and sponsor outstanding young artists,” Khan Mackay said.
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