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"Don't bring your need to the marketplace, bring your skill. If you don't feel well, tell your doctor, but not the marketplace. If you need money, go to the bank, but not the marketplace." -Jim Rohn
See you in Butte, Montana this weekend " National Folk Festival (All Free!) Starts Today and runs through Sunday in Uptown Butte - Three-day lineup for folk fest" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html - Congratulations Brian: "Brian Morgan, CEO of Missoula-Based Adventure Life Travel Company Featured on Cover of Inc. Magazine. “How to Build Your Dream Company” http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana World Trade Center
- Where In The World Is All The Stimulus Money?, “How Your Business Can Find Government Contracts For Bid” 7/15, Missoula
Please join Sharon Dailey, Manager of the Missoula Procurement Technical Assistance Center, on July 15th for an interactive workshop on how to take advantage of opportunities available to your business!
Montana's "Big Sky" Supercomputer
- PrintingForLess Newsletter - June 2009
This month, we're introducing our new coil binding capabilities, offering tips to turn you into an expert copywriter, and featuring a survey to find out how your business is doing.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Rocky Mountain Supercomputer drawing drug firm to Butte, Montana
"Hopefully this will help create lots of jobs," Harrington said. "Good-paying jobs for Butte people who then can find work in their hometown in their field." During Wednesday's presentation, the consortium also highlighted the uses of "associative memory" technology.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Telecommuting And The Broadband Superhighway
Telecommuting is one means of travel the country can no longer afford to sideline. The nation’s next transportation funding legislation must promote the telecommuting option...aggressively.
- The Young Entrepreneur Programs - Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
The Young Entrepreneur Programs have grown to numerous sites in Washington, Montana, and Colorado, with pilot programs to start in Michigan, Massachusetts, Oklahoma, Texas, Arizona, and California!
- Invitation To Montanabioscience Annual Meeting, 7/16, Hamilton, Montana
More and more emphasis is being placed on cooperation between companies and academics to kickstart translational research initiatives. But with the goals, culture, expertise and experience of researchers in industry and academia so different, numerous issues need to be addressed for such collaborations to run smoothly and be most productive.
Montana Economic Development
- Lawmakers told Montana's workers' compensation costs are among the most expensive in the country.
State relations executive Mike Taylor told a legislative panel that Montana's average medical cost per workers' compensation claim is about $40,000 compared to $24,000 elsewhere.
- A Montana Economic Boost - S&K Technologies, Inc. of St. Ignatius, Montana Purchases Controlling Shares of TerraEchos, Inc.
Larry Hall, President of S&K Electronics says, “We are proud to be a part of this dynamic team.”
- CEO of Missoula-Based Adventure Life Travel Company Featured on Cover of Inc. Magazine. “How to Build Your Dream Company”
The story, entitled “How to Build Your Dream Company”, documents Morgan’s journey starting in 1998 when he was recently graduated University of Montana student with a couple thousand dollars in savings, and retraces his steps as he founded and grew Adventure Life, which is today recognized as one of the world’s premiere adventure travel companies.
- SBA breaks out all its tools to help Montana's businesses
As of May 31, Montana businesses had received over $25 million in Recovery Act loans.
- Libby, Montana's bridge manufacturer Stinger Welding Inc. says production only weeks away
Bridge manufacturer Stinger Welding Inc. plans to hire 10 local welders this month to train and begin production in an alternative building while the permanent facility is being constructed.
Regional Economic Development
- $100K Federal Grant Will Help Montana's Dislocated Workers Through Apprenticeship Programs
"This grant will help create opportunities for those going through hard times to get back to work," Department of Labor and Industry Commissioner Keith Kelly said. "It has been a goal of the Governor's Administration to support and advance apprenticeship programs."
- SBA - Women In Business Conference, 8/27-28, West Yellowstone, Montana
That’s what this special event for women is all about - to bring to you powerful information, tools and skills to help you find time to be healthy, bring balance to your personal and professional life, plan for the future, build your business, motivate yourself, and help you achieve personal and professional success.
- The Montana Department of Agriculture is seeking proposals for a share of $248,695 in federally funded grants to enhance the competitiveness of specialty crops in Montana.
Specialty crops are defined as fruits and vegetables, dried fruit, tree nuts, and nursery crops.
- USDA spending $60M in stimulus funding to Montana
"It helped us shore up the year, really," said Dick Deschamps, Farm Service Agency administrative officer. "We had a lot of loan requests this year, and we didn't have adequate funding for all of them."
- O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, The University of Montana Newsletter - Summer 2009
We hope you are enjoying the summer and can take time to read through recent activities of the Center. From all of us at the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West, The University of Montana
- SBA Montana District Office July Newsletter
In this issue, I review the Recovery Act changes and the impact it has been making for Montana small businesses and announce some great training opportunities for small businesses and lenders/resource partners.
- Energy, water, species to highlight regional summit in Boise, Idaho
The group seeks to coordinate planning and policy between states in western Canada and Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington. Its 19th annual meeting runs Sunday 7/12 to Thursday.
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating Influence - Social Media Club Missoula, 7/15, Missoula
The global Social Media Club organization's question of the week this week discusses influence.
Montana Education Excellence
- Entrepreneurs Win Tax Case Versus IRS
Losses on Business Investments Can Be Deducted Against Salary, Other Income; an Appeal?
- Startups: 10 Things MBA Schools Won't Teach You
Now that 3 years have passed since I got my graduate degree (and the founding of my current startup), I think I can make fun of it a bit. [Note: Only a moderate amount of harm was inflicted on MBAs — and investment bankers, in the making of this article].
- Rewards Help Soothe Hard Times
Amid Staff Cutbacks, Employers Add Perks for Their Remaining Workers
- Montana's Governor Schweitzer and Superintendent Juneau Announce Release of Student Loan Assistance Funds
Montana has some of the best teachers in the nation," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "It is important that we do what we can to keep them here in Montana so they can inspire our young leaders and help build a brighter future."
- Bridger alternative program panel brainstorms how to rescue high school dropouts
Mike Ruyle, the assistant principal recently put in charge of Bridger, said he’d like to see it become “the best alternative program in the state.”
- Three University of Montana Researchers, Klara Briknarova, Lila Fishman, and Art Woods Land Prestigious Early -Career Awards
CAREER grants generally range from $500,000 to $1 million. Briknarova will receive $788,000, Fishman will get $636,000, and Woods will bring in $837,000.
- Understanding financial concerns, MSU Billings makes scholarships available for adults coming back to college
Designed specifically for adults who have been away from education for a time and keeping in mind financial concerns those adults have, MSU Billings has developed the Adult Learner Connections Scholarship.
- SBA - Wide-ranging Review of Small Firm Financial Markets Features Data from Survey of Small Business Finances
Access to credit, a top issue for small businesses in the current climate, is the focus of a new compendium of studies sponsored by the Office of Advocacy.
- $5M infusion to aid Pocatello, Idaho's Hoku Scientific
Hoku Scientific Inc., which aims to open a plant in Pocatello to make polysilicon panels for producing solar energy, said it has received an infusion of $5 million from a Chinese customer.
- Boise-based Tinkn.com is All About Helping Others
Tinkn is a site where users can rate and review local personal services, ranging from doctors and daycares, to wedding planners and tailors.
- Idaho 'disability navigators' get another year of funding
The U.S. Department of Labor’s National Grants Office announced that Idaho’s disability program navigator team is receiving nearly $400,000 that will be combined with $134,000 from the federal stimulus package to keep the initiative going through June 2010.
Oregon Economic Development
- Chinese startup based in Eugene, Oregon wants to sell inexpensive solar panels in U.S.
The company, the brainchild of Eugene resident Ocean Yuan, is moving so fast that it caught state economic development officials -- and potential competitor SolarWorld -- by surprise.
Utah Economic Development
- Oregon Entrepreneurs Network gets outreach grants
The project will provide guidance for programs underway and will help launch new programs with a goal of connecting private equity investors with promising entrepreneurial companies.
Washington State Business
- Utah Student 25 to Recognize the Success of Student-Founded Businesses
Academic and corporate leaders met this past week to launch the Utah Student 25-an awards program designed to recognize and celebrate the achievements of today's student entrepreneurs, the businesses they have created, and their economic impact.
- SUMMER 2009 Washington Technology Center NEWS
From Senator Cantwell's "energy is the mother of all markets" to McKinstry proving potential energy savings before financing a client's improvement project, Washington's Innovation Summit 2009 had many highlights and 'lightbulb' moments for the 350 attendees. Attendees shared their take aways from the event -- what are yours?
- Insitu's growth takes off in Bingen, Washington
As of Monday, the Bingen-based company has 657 employees. Bingen, meanwhile, has 685 residents.
- Scientist shortage? Maybe not
Only problem: We may not have jobs for them all.
- Microsoft Commits $50 Million in Higher Education Resources, Training and Certifications to Drive Economic Recovery Resources offered in support of UNESCO-Microsoft Task Force on Higher Education and ICT.
“The innovative application of technology has the potential to impact broad change in higher education in terms of learning, teaching and research,” said Nicholas Burnett, UNESCO assistant director-general for Education.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- MTA Commentary--Broadband Issues
Rules (120 pages of them!) were released last week. Broadband providers are studying them now, in preparation for potentially filing applications for grants and/or loans under the broadband funding programs.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Solar for Dark Climates
Solar technology that generates both heat and electricity could make solar energy practical in places that aren't sunny.
- Obama administration makes $3B available for renewable energy
The money, from the economic stimulus package, will provide direct payments to companies in lieu of tax credits to support an estimated 5,000 bio-mass, solar, wind and other renewable energy production facilities.
- World's largest solar plant may be built in Cle Elum, Washington
Teanaway Solar Reserve hopes to gain approval from Kittitas County to build a 75 megawatt plant, made up of 400,000 photovoltaic panels. The energy produced would be enough for 45,000 homes, said Howard Trott, the Kirkland man who heads the operation.
- Registration opens for the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership Annual Meeting
The meeting will address key issues related to the science, policy and technology of carbon capture and storage (CCS).
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Google Announces PC Operating System to Compete with Windows
It’s a sign that Google truly believes in the age of cloud computing — where the usefulness of a computer is in its connection to the net where data is stored remotely and information processing happens in a dance between a browser and remote servers.
- National Folk Festival Starts Today and runs through Sunday in Uptown Butte - Three-day lineup for folk fest
Following is the schedule for the National Folk Festival Friday through Sunday in Uptown Butte.
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