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"When defeat comes, accept it as a signal that your plans are not sound, rebuild those plans, and set sail once more toward your coveted goal." -Napoleon Hill
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- Ignite Missoula- Are You Ready For 5 Minutes In The Spotlight?, 9/2, Missoula, Montana
Ignite Missoula: 5 Minutes, 20 slides, 15 seconds per slide....Are you ready?
Highway 12 Ventures
- Google AdWords: Bringing Quality Traffic To Your Website, 8/6, Bozeman, Montana
One audience member will be chosen to receive a free Google AdWords account to be used for demonstration during the presentation.
Come Home Montana
- My Irrational Technophobia
Given that a good deal of my life’s work consists of discovering cutting edge technologies that will make our lives more efficient, improve our health and make our planet a better place to live, I find it incredibly ironic that I have an irrational fear of the convergence of man and machine.
- Billings Clinic gets 6 doctors from the WWAMI program to promote rural doctor placements
"My family's all here. A lot of my friends are still here," said Johnson, who is from Fairfield. "I kind of always knew I'd come home."
- Missoula to Albuquerque... by Segway
“The way people talk, the way people meet. In Belgium, people are kind, but you have to discover that people are kind,” he explained. “In America ... everybody is so polite, so friendly. Maybe after some time we’ll discover that it’s just politeness, that they don’t really want to help us, but it seems so kind, so culture-friendly. We’re loving our time here.”
Montana Economic Development
- EverLog™ Systems Newsletter July 2009 - "Montana's Finest Homes" Covers EverLog™ Systems.
What Makes EverLogs™ So Unique?
- Senator Tester launches G.M. feedback website, encourages Montanans to weigh in
All Montanans are encouraged to send comments to G.M. and the newly created Auto Task Force via Tester’s website. Tester plans to deliver the comments he receives at a later date.
- Free 7j Training on Cost & Pricing For Small Businesses & The Native American Economic Development Summit
Firms that are eligible for the training workshop include: 8(a) certified firms, Small Disadvantaged Businesses (SDB), Disadvantaged Business Enterprises (DBE), HUBZone Firms, Small Disadvantaged Veteran-owned Businesses, firms that operate in areas of high unemployment or low incomes, and any other minority owned firms that are not included in any of the above categories.
- Ravalli County small businesses are taking on rough economy with success
Gena Eales has long wanted to call the Bitterroot Valley her home. “I fell in love with it and decided to try to find a niche here,” said the former San Franciscan.
Regional Economic Development
- Canadian company acquiring coal-to-liquids company that has proposed a $7.4 billion coal-to-liquids plant on Montana's Crow Indian Reservation.
The Australian Energy Co. last year signed an agreement with Crow leaders to develop an estimated 900-million-ton coal reserve on the reservation.
- 'Black Rock' Divides the Northern Cheyenne in Southeastern Montana
The Northern Cheyenne have thus far refused to permit coal mining on tribal lands, but some are now willing to risk all for the jobs the industry would bring.
- MONTANA Business & Technology Magazine - Summer 2009 Issue - "Competing Through Innovation"
The people and companies you will read about in this issue represent the ‘new generation’ of Montana’s economy.
- The Business of Tourism in Montana
It’s not enough to simply get tourists to Montana – how do you get them to our town?
- Governor Schweitzer joins boycott of Western Montana Regional Economic Development Summit
The looming boycott prompted the event's sponsor, the Missoula Area Economic Development Corp., to concede Wednesday that the proposed partnership has gotten off to a rocky start.
- Seeing the Forest For the Trees
Sen. Jon Tester introduced his Forest Jobs and Recreation Act to mixed reviews. What should we make of his first significant legislation?
- Bikeable, walkable, livable Montana
“One thing all of us can do as citizens is contact our elected representatives in Washington,” said Dr. Robert Shepard, New West Health Services medical director. “If we can get that cascade going, then we can really accomplish some powerful activities.”
- Tester and Baucus secure more than $16 million for Montana
“This is a smart investment that will put Montanans back to work,” Tester said. “The projects will strengthen communities by investing in our infrastructure and our workforce. They will give Montanans new opportunities. This funding will go a long way for Montana and the people who live here, which is why I’ll vote for these projects every step of the way.”
Funding and Building your Business
- New bill aims to link students with job skills - "The Providing Innovation to 21st Century Careers Act"
"There is a lot of work that needs to be done to get our economy back on track," U.S. Sen. Patty Murray, D-Wash.
Incubators and R&D
- Don't Let Angel Investors Bedevil You
They can be an invaluable resource--if you handle them right.
- Northwest VCs See Existential Threat, and a Change in the Entrepreneurial Mindset
Since we’ve had VC on the brain from national and local quarterly reports this week, I sought some color commentary from three of the more active VCs in Seattle—Andy Dale of Buerk Dale Victor, Greg Gottesman of Madrona Venture Group, and Thong Le of WRF Capital.
Montana Education Excellence
- Sirti Summer Newsletter - Clients debut products, make key connections at recent trade shows
In a difficult economy that is forcing many companies to conserve and retrench, Sirti clients are pushing ahead, launching products, and making important industry connections at national trade shows.
- Washington State University Researchers Trace Sources of Bee Colony Collapse Disorder
As the result of a project funded in part by regional beekeepers and the university’s Agricultural Research Center, WSU Entomology Professor Walter (Steve) Sheppard and his team believe they have successfully narrowed the potential list of colony collapse culprits.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Free Climate Change Training Seminar For Montana Teachers, 8/19-20, Billings
The Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership and the Keystone Center will host a free, two-day, professional training seminar in Billings on Aug. 19-20 for Montana teachers to help them learn how to teach students about climate change.
- A guide to Montana's Colleges and Universities
A full list with contact info for all 21 campuses in Montana. "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- University of Montana ranks high in 'green,' 'quality of life' categories
The University of Montana says it's an honor to be included in the just-released Princeton Review's “Best 371 Colleges” guidebook, which gives the school high marks in the “quality of life” and “green” categories.
- Montana Superintendent Juneau Announces the Creation of a Special Account for Agricultural Education Funding
The creation of this account will better enable Montana's schools to fund agriculture education programs and related projects without relying only on the current funding provided schools based on levies or current property taxes. Donations made will be tax-deductable.
- A new national report shows Idaho ranks No. 26 for children's health and well-being.
Idaho dropped from No. 14 in the nation in 2008 as several measurements of children's well-being worsened.
- Boise tech startups grow up - 2 companies 'graduate' from the WaterCooler business incubator
Elwood Kleaver, chairman of the Boise Economic Valley Economic Partnership, said the WaterCooler is an asset to its efforts to attract companies to the area as well. "It brings the creative genes to one place," Kleaver said. "It's good for everybody."
- CIA invests again in Lingotek of Draper, Utah
Lingotek develops Web-based collaborative translation software for corporations and government intelligence services.
- Wyoming wonders what to do with obsolete wind turbines
Wyoming has hundreds of wind turbines in place or under construction, but it's not clear what happens to them after they wear out.
- Forum focuses on wind development on Wyoming state land
"There is no reason why an operation could not plan their reclamation around some other activity, such as a wind farm," said Marion Loomis, executive director of the Wyoming Mining Association. "You could develop into higher bluffs and orient the reclamation that would be compatible by use for a wind farm."
- California Dream 2.0 There's still gold at the end of the rainbow, but in this new version, you need to pay for it.
Not only is California overcrowded, smog-impaired, traffic-jammed, and water-deprived, it's also fiscally off the tracks.
Connectivity & Communications
- Millennials Think Globally, Act Locally
In contrast to the generational stereotypes many people hold of them, Millennials are very much concerned about and connected to the world around them – more so, in fact, than many older Americans.
Energy and Climate Change
- Weaponizing Web 2.0
In this year's talk, entitled Weaponizing the Web, Hamiel and Moyer demo a new tool that makes it simple for bad guys to force a user's Web's browser into taking actions on behalf of that user without their permission or knowledge.
- Bees, ballons used to track greenhouse gases in Montana
Government researchers in Bozeman are using helium balloons and bees to determine whether the greenhouse gas carbon dioxide can be stored underground without leaking.
- Reset: How This Crisis Can Restore Our Values and Renew America
Author Kurt Andersen's new book describes the last three decades as a period of wanton growth, from homes to waistlines. He sees the economic bust as a way to return sanity and size appropriateness.
- Everything's Amazing, Nobody's Happy
Comedian Louis CK on Conan reminds us to appreciate what we have and stop complaining. Pretty hilarious. Trying working it into your next presentation or training session.
- Catcerto - If a cat can play the piano, why can't you?
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Blog Helps Digital County Winner Cut $600,000 From IT Budget
The department has done it again -- cutting nearly $600,000 from its IT budget -- with its Cost Reduction/Investment Blog that lets employees make budgetary suggestions.
- A Better Way to Shoot Down Spam
Junk mail can now be identified based on a single packet of data.
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