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"In life and business, there are two cardinal sins.. The first is to act precipitously without thought and the second is to not act at all." -Carl Icahn
Montana Energy Workforce Study Released "Drilling for Workers: A Workforce Assessment of the energy industry in Eastern Montana's WIRED Region," http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho National Laboratory and Idaho State University pair up to develop 2 new energy degrees
INL and ISU say one program will prepare mechanical engineers for the nuclear, coal, gas and renewable industries, while a second wind engineering program will immerse students in regulations that govern construction and maintenance of wind turbines.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- TechRanch Client Commercializing New Solutions
The Morris Boot™ provides a superior enclosure for ice and eliminates the mess associated with icing while enabling mobility.
MSU Leadership Institute
- MAPS Media Institute shifts into high gear in Montana
“Our big idea is to create a media production company that not only builds communication skills, but builds valuable job skills too,” he adds. “It’s one thing to send a kid from Montana into the world. It’s another thing to bring the world to us.”
Come Home Montana
- A Master's in Leadership or an MBA?
Conventional thinking tries to sell an MBA as a magical passport to climb the career ladder en route to a bigger salary. While an MBA gives technical knowledge of current business practices and theory, it cannot teach leadership. And with our current economic crisis, its narrow focus is insufficient.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Highly Acclaimed Documentary Film "BUTTE, AMERICA", 9/11, Missoula
After ten years in the making, Butte America has repeatedly sold out to capacity crowds during the spring film tour 2009!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Woodstock Generation Going Up the Country
As many boomers end child-rearing duties, enter peak employment earnings and ponder retirement options they are now poised to significantly increase the population of 55-75 year olds in rural and small town America through 2020, with major social and economic implications for their chosen locations.
- Still Room Available to Attend SBA's Women in Business Conference being held August 27th and 28th in West Yellowstone, Montana
Don’t wait any longer, get registered today!
- LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals Adds More Funding
Bozeman, Montana-based LigoCyte Pharamceuticals has raised additional funding in the firm's most recently round, according to a regulatory filing from the firm Friday.
Montana Economic Development
- Hamilton, Montana seminar covers small business and recovery
“What we are looking at is, in these dire economic times, if businesses are having difficulties, do they know where there are resources to help them out?” said Patti Furniss, manager of the Bitterroot Job Service Workforce Center.
- Montana Secretary of State McCulloch Reminds Delinquent Entities To File Annual Report
Secretary of State Linda McCulloch today reminded Corporations and Limited Liability Companies to fulfill their legal duty and file their Annual Report with the Secretary of State's Office. She warned the final deadline is quickly approaching, but that there's help available to those who need it.
- Montana Energy Workforce Study Released
The study, "Drilling for Workers: A Workforce Assessment of the energy industry in Eastern Montana's WIRED Region," examines the economic challenges in the WIRED region, the future of the energy industry in Montana, and the skills and training needed for Montana's energy jobs.
- Montana PSC leaders ask Qwest to reconsider Internet grant
PSC Vice Chairman Ken Toole says a new $4 billion federal grant could help bring high speed Internet to small towns. He said it’s a missed opportunity for Qwest.
- Montana Department of Commerce Director to Present Over $1 Million in Grants to Ravalli County Schools
“The State of Montana has put these funds to good use in record time. Quick Start is benefiting Montana’s schools, students, teachers and citizens. Through these funds, we are putting people to work, reinvesting in our economy, improving efficiency, increasing public safety, and making a cleaner, healthier Montana.” Governor Brian Schweitzer
- Montana Commerce officials defend timber industry loan program
In a contentious meeting Thursday with Ravalli County commissioners, Montana Commerce Director Tony Preite defended his department’s handling of a new federal and state stimulus program for the timber industry.
Funding and Building your Business
- Choosing an Education Program to Improve Your Future
For many workers who have been displaced by the downturn, who have seen their salary or retirement income slashed or who fear the worst is yet to come, going back to school is looking more and more appealing.
Incubators and R&D
- A Mantra For All Seasons - Hope is not a strategy
Small businesses must master psychology to survive.
- Recovery Act Expands SBA Microloan Program
With the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding an additional $50 million for loans and $24 million for technical assistance, the U.S. Small Business Administration is expanding its Microloan program and increasing access to capital for small businesses across the country.
- The Next Evolution in Economics: Rethinking Growth
Our current model--to just keep growing. And in this model there's no alternative to growth, only stagnation which leads to death. The result of this is policy at every level (micro, macro, corporate and public) that champions growth at all costs.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Utah mathematicians discover new cloaking method
"We have shown that it is numerically possible to cloak objects of any shape that lie outside the cloaking devices, not just from single-frequency waves, but from actual pulses generated by a multi-frequency source."
- Education Officials Report Montana Students Continue to Score Higher than the National Average on ACT Exams
"The current ACT scores speak well of our students' performance, but we can't afford to stand still. Substantial room for growth exists in college readiness in math and science skills needed by our students in their first-year college courses," said Superintendent Juneau.
- Montana teachers eligible for free online robotics course through MSU
A new free online course for Montana science and technology teachers offered by Montana State University focuses on the role that robotics play in NASA missions to the moon.
Washington State Business
- Heart device trial gets $16.5 million funding - Salt Lake City, Utah company, Coherex Medical to test stent for migraine relief.
A medical device that repairs a heart defect -- a procedure that also could prove to be a significant breakthrough in treating migraine headaches.
- ClearAccess raises $6M in venture capital financing from Buerk Dale Victor, DFJ Frontier and Blade Ventures
ClearAccess, which provides broadband management and advanced data services, has a new goal to grow its client base of service providers from 40 to 100, said CEO Ken Hood.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- The changing role of business schools in a global world
“The crisis has created an opportunity to re-think the content of traditional MBA programmes.”
- The College of Idaho listed among top Western liberal arts schools
The College of Idaho http://www.collegeofidaho.edu/, a private liberal arts college in Caldwell, has been named one of the top six liberal arts schools in the Pacific Northwest and one of the top 20 in the West, according to this year’s edition of “America’s Best Colleges,” released Aug. 20 by U.S. News & World Report.
- $2.6 million grant will create alliance to double number of degrees awarded to minorities in technical fields
A regional alliance of colleges, universities, support organizations and science centers will be working together to double the number of bachelor's degrees in science, technology, engineering and mathematics awarded to underrepresented minorities within the next five years.
- American Prairie Reserve Newsletter - Bird Diversity Increasing on the Prairie
Come see us on the prairie!
Energy and Climate Change
- Energy-Aware Internet Routing
Software that tracks electricity prices could slash energy costs for big online businesses.
- Sunrise for solar heat power
Four technologies aim to use heat from the sun to make electricity. But which one has the edge?
- A New Test for Business and Biofuel - Solix Biofuels
With the twin goals of making fuel from algae and reducing emissions of heat-trapping gases, a start-up company co-founded by a Colorado State University professor recently introduced a strain of algae that loves carbon dioxide into a water tank next to a natural gas processing plant. The water is already green-tinged with life.
- Wal-Mart Exposes the De-Value Chain
In other words, suppliers may one day compete for shelf space on the basis of their transparency about the ecological impacts of their products.
- Washington forests may be solution to state's green-energy quest
Woody biomass has three key advantages -- all of which should be weighed no matter which alternative energy source is being evaluated, the report authors say. They are:
- The Wiki Way To Plan - More and more places are using social media tools to try to engage citizens.
"Fun" is not how some might describe interacting with a local government's planning department.
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