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“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” Mahatma Gandhi - Lorraine Stamper Enloe 1907- 2009 - http://matr.net/articl ... .html - "About a month ago she gave me what is now one of my most treasured possessions…her gavel. My grandpa had it made for her – it has a hammer of Montana agate. Grandma ran so many meetings and so many organizations that she carried it in her purse so it was always handy. It is on my desk and I hope to use it well." Gloria O'Rourke
Montana World Trade Center rep to visit City Club Missoula July 13 - "Moving Montana's Creative Economy Forward: Exporting Montana's Culture to the World" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html - Here's a great idea that every state should consider: "State of Maine orders 64,000 MacBooks for students and faculty in grades 7 through 12. Maine closing technology gap for students thanks to former Gov. Angus King" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center
- Glacier National Park Gateway of News and Web Cams
A compilation of news stories about Glacier National Park updated by the Great Falls Tribune
Highway 12 Ventures
- Bootstrap Montana Continues Interest-free Loan Awards with RoughStock Distillery
The Bootstrap Montana loan program creates jobs in rural Montana by providing Montana entrepreneurs with 0% interest loans for projects which will provide fast return on investment.
City Club Missoula
- Utah Fund of Funds - Amazing economic development success!!
At Highway 12 Ventures, we are big fans of what is going on in Utah.
- Leadership Observations
In the Army’s study of leadership - when the going gets tough (and it can get really tough in the army when someone is trying to kill you) - the only leadership quality that really matters, is competence.
- City Club Missoula - "Moving Montana's Creative Economy Forward" Exporting Montana's Culture To The World, 7/13
Geoff Sutton of the Montana World Trade Center at The University of Montana http://www.mwtc.org , will be presenting the programs offered by the Montana World Trade Center including vocational training programs that help Montana artists increase their business skills, as well as other programs which facilitate marketing Montana art and culture nationally and internationally.
- Montana World Trade Center rep to visit City Club Missoula July 13 - "Moving Montana's Creative Economy Forward: Exporting Montana's Culture to the World"
Montana artist Monte Dolack and Terri Elander of the Missoula Children's Theater also will be at the forum to answer questions about their experiences with the innovative trade missions.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Ambassadors - Summer Newsletter and Gov. Schweitzer's invitation
Included is an invitation from Governor Schweitzer to attend the 5th Annual Montana Business Open on August 20th and a registration form. Sign up today – this is going to be our best tournament yet! There will be excellent networking opportunities, great food and…the traveling trophy.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Actor loves Big Sky, Montana
"Montana has some of the most beautiful land in North America. It's unbelievably gorgeous."
- Malta, Montana perseveres
"We haven't been sheltered from some outmigration of people, but we're starting to see young families move back," said Anne Boothe, longtime director of the PhillCo Economic Growth Council.
- Baby Boom Generation is Driving an Entrepreneurial Boom Toward Economic Growth, Kauffman Foundation Study Indicates
Longer, healthier lives and changes in job tenure among other factors making entrepreneurship the 'new mid-life crisis'
Montana Economic Development
- Leader of the pack - Bozeman, Montana based backpack maker, Mystery Ranch eyes major expansion
"We've been growing 300 percent a year without a lick of advertising."
- Big Sky Brewing of Missoula, Montana brewer’s mantra: Yes, we can
The new canner at Big Sky Brewing Co. is the only one of its kind in the world, a revolution in the craft brewing industry.
- Out of practice - Doctor exodus strains system in Helena, Montana
In the past seven months, there's been a 25 percent drop in Helena’s primary-care physician work force.
- Goertzen Adventure Equipment - Adventurous style: Joe Goertzen uses leather, canvas for outdoor bags
There's an old-school aesthetic to these fly-fishing creels and rucksacks that calls to mind the earlier models of legendary outfitters C.C.Filson and L.L. Bean.
Regional Economic Development
- Conservationists: Senator Jon Tester will bring Montana first new wilderness designation in decades
Tester's office is keeping details quiet, just saying that anyone interested in how forests are managed should contact the senator.
- Glacier Park chief wants wilderness made official
Without wilderness designation, the future of Glacier National Park remains uncertain.
- New ideas for rural tourism
Travelers pull up your website on their smart phone while they drive through your town. Soon they'll be using QR codes and augmented reality to interact with the physical world in your town through their phones.
Funding and Building your Business
- On the Job: Evaluations can end or give fresh start to careers
"I think we're going to see a real blooming in corrective actions on the part of employers," says John Robinson, an employment lawyer with Fowler White Boggs in Tampa, Fla. "Employers are in a 'what have you done for me lately' mood."
Montana Education Excellence
- Social Media Club Missoula, 7/15, Missoula
Social Media Club Missoula is a resource for local businesses, leaders, and individuals to help them make the most of social media.
- Spinning the Web: P.R. in Silicon Valley
This is the new world of promoting start-ups in Silicon Valley, where the lines between journalists and everyone else are blurring and the number of followers a pundit has on Twitter is sometimes viewed as more important than old metrics like the circulation of a newspaper.
- Free money? Check out some grants
"Free money does not exist."
- Venture-Backed Start-Ups Seek Stimulus
"Washington has become a new bank."
- Fargo, North Dakota included in the 10 Great Places for Entrepreneurs to Retire
Entrepreneurs never really retire. They move on to their next project.
- Montana Tech Healthcare Informatics program bridges health care, technology gap
"Graduates from our program serve as translators between the technical staff and the clinical leadership."
- Two new technologies available for licensing from Montana State University
A technology that could help slow or stop the growth of cancer cells and a technology that can produce better micro-mirrors for advanced electronics are now available for licensing to interested companies and entrepreneurs through MSU's Technology Transfer Office.
Washington State Business
- Coeur d'Alene, Idaho Education Corridor gains national attention
The Education Corridor is now getting national attention - the MICD is funded by the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the American Architectural Foundation, and the United States Conference of Mayors - we should all begin to recognize that this project is something special.
- Federal bank crackdown threatens dozens of Blaine County (Ketchum), Idaho businesses
"My business and this community have been through a lot in the last year," Hedrick said. "I'll be damned if I will go through all that and have the FDIC shut me down."
- Spokane, Washington area’s grand tech plan departed with HP
When ground on a Liberty Lake hillside was broken in 1979 for a Hewlett-Packard Co. manufacturing plant, visions of Silicon Valley version 1.whatever tantalized local economic development officials.
- Governor appoints Davidson to Business Council
The 16-member Wyoming Business Council board works to attract new businesses to the state.
Montana Meth Project
- Education Secretary Arne Duncan counting on business leaders to help push through school reforms
Education Secretary Arne Duncan: 'We're pushing for dramatic reform. We have to educate our way to a better economy.'
- Microsoft partners with UN for education task force
"Higher education is increasingly strategic for building up skilled work forces in countries," Nicholas Burnett, UNESCO assistant director-general for education, said in a news release. "Our focus has been on ensuring that tertiary institutions address the key long-term requirements of our increasingly knowledge-based societies and that students today are best equipped to drive and support economic growth and to address major development challenges from education to health to the environment.
- State of Maine orders 64,000 MacBooks for students and faculty in grades 7 through 12. Maine closing technology gap for students thanks to former Gov. Angus King
Maine's Learning Technology Initiative has provided Apple notebook computers to all Maine middle school students since 2002.
- The math of meth - The Montana Meth Project
“We’re vulnerable to things that play on our fears,” he said. “We don’t know if it works, but we’re so scared we’ll spend money on anything.”
- Montana Meth Project Statement Regarding Billings Gazette Story
In framing the story as a "debate" about the Montana Meth Project's success, columnist Ed Kemmick omitted a number of key facts and misrepresented others--concerns that were expressed to the editor of The Billings Gazette prior to the story's publication.
Connectivity & Communications
- Venture capitalists invest $16M in New Mexico firms in the first quarter of 09
“After seeing zero seed investments in 2008, it is exciting to watch a new crop of companies being created and funded here in New Mexico,” said Francine Sommer, board member of the N.M. Venture Capital Assn. and special general partner of Village Ventures, in a prepared statement.
- IOUs spell uncertainty for California small businesses
Without a balanced budget, the state controller's office says the treasury does not have enough cash to meet all its financial obligations. So IOUs were scheduled to go out beginning Thursday to private contractors, state vendors, people getting tax refunds and local governments for social services.
- Tourists pay price as states jack up taxes to balance budgets
Hotel taxes, car rental fees and other charges were jacked up in many states in an effort to balance budgets by last week, when the fiscal year started in 46 states.
Energy and Climate Change
- Herb Allen's Sun Valley media summit a-Twitter about tech
Twitter still hasn't come up with a way to make money. That is likely to stir speculation that Williams may be fishing for business partners or even an acquirer as he holds court in Sun Valley.
- Military eyes algae for jet fuel
Heady stuff for a simple sun-sucking organism.
- Wyoming plant making ethanol from trees - KL Energy Corporation
KL Energy Corp's test plant is among those at the forefront of a concerted research effort to turn trees, waste wood and other plants into automobile fuel.
- With focus turning from corn, Wyo plant could be biofuel model. KL Energy Corporation
KL Energy Corp.'s test plant is among those at the forefront of a concerted research effort to turn trees, waste wood and other plants into automobile fuel.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Social Security Numbers Can Be Guessed From Data, Study Finds
Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University used the information they gleaned to predict, in one try, the first five digits of a person’s Social Security number 44 percent of the time for 160,000 people born between 1989 and 2003.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Make Your Own Bike Lane
A new device called LightLane attaches to the back of your bike and projects a virtual bike lane behind you.
- A glimpse of Intel's futuristic gadgets
How about a gizmo that helps you remember the names of people you encounter whose faces you only vaguely recall? Or a personal robot with such a gentle touch it could fetch your reading glasses without leaving a scratch?
- Great Falls artist places two paintings in Paint the Parks 100 competition
Ron Ukrainetz recently became the first Great Falls artist to have two paintings selected in a single year for the prestigious Paint the Parks 100, an annual international art competition also known as Art in the Parks.
- 2nd Great Falls artist, Linda Short, selected for Paint the Parks
"This is the first time I entered this competition. I am truly honored and so excited at being one of the hundred, but I am amazed at all of the other great artists."
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