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"In wine there is wisdom, In beer there is freedom, In water there is bacteria." Ben Franklin
MATR is pleased to welcome the Montana SBA as an advertiser. If you're in business or would like to start a business in Montana, you should be talking to the knowledgeable folks at the SBA: http://matr.net/articl ... .html ---This is your chance to learn more about the effort to guide the economic future of Western Montana: "City Club Missoula "An Economic Development Plan, “Blueprint”, For Western Montana", 09/16, Missoula" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- Besides being very interesting, the MEDA fall conference is going to be held in an exceptionally beautiful part of Montana - Open to everyone interested in the future of Montana's economy: "MEDA September Online News and a special message from your Lincoln County Hosts" ---- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Another example of the outstanding Montana education system and its relationship with the organizations of Montana: "Bozeman students get free copies of ‘Three Cups of Tea’ " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana World Trade Center
- MATR Welcomes and Thanks the Montana SBA as an Advertiser/Supporter
The SBA helps Americans start, build and grow businesses.
- University Of Montana Hosts Marketing Workshop For Montana Artists, 9/26, Missoula
The workshop will focus on the business resources available to artists and will include a panel discussion by successful Montana artists who will share their experiences. The workshop is designed to help artists enhance their marketing efforts.
- Montana World Trade Center August 26 Newsletter
U.S. TRADE SYMPOSIUM SERIES LEARN HOW TO FIND AND FINANCE SALES TO FOREIGN BUYERS
City Club Missoula
- Printing Matters August 2009 Newsletter from PrintingForLess.com
This month, we're featuring tips for developing customer service dynamos, design direction to help you customize your Twitter page, and a free registration offer you don't want to miss.
- Revelers celebrate Livingston, Montana area’s debut on Anthony Bourdain’s Travel Channel show “No Reservations”
“I’ve been in the restaurant business for 23 years and this was my life’s dream,” Menges said at his party before the show Monday. “This town is so cool, that they support what we do. Tonight was us showing our appreciation to the community.”
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- City Club Missoula "An Economic Development Plan, “Blueprint”, For Western Montana", 09/16, Missoula
The blueprint is a comprehensive performance-based strategy which positions the communities in Western Montana to capitalize on its best economic development opportunities and competitiveness over the coming decades. This blueprint strategy has been used in many regions across the United States. It will be the first of its kind in Montana.
Come Home Alberta
- MEDA September Online News and a special message from your Lincoln County Hosts:
If you haven’t registered yet for our incredible one-of-a-kind MEDA Fall Conference, do so today.
Come Home Montana
- Rock Bands and Rural Development
We spend too much time worrying about jobs that come and go when the real wealth of a community can be found in the things that last.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Author credits teachers and peaceful atmosphere of Shelby, Montana for much of her success
"I love coming home, my family, and friends; that's a big draw. I love the Plains, I love the peace you can find here. When you live in a big city, there are people all over.
- ‘Code of the West’ released in Ravalli County
“When a new neighbor moves in, I ride over on my horse and welcome them,” Tom Ruffatto, a Stevensville rancher said in the Code.
- Bozeman students get free copies of ‘Three Cups of Tea’
“I think the story is an example of the difference one person can make in the world, even someone from little Bozeman, Montana,” Mary Jo O’Donnell
Montana Economic Development
- Six businesses win 2009 Montana Family Business awards
Businesses from Fairfield, Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Anaconda and Chinook are winners of the 2009 Montana Family Business awards.
- State Energy Sector Partnership grant information
This grant is one of the five Green Job Training grants being offered.
- MACDEP Happenings/Member News September 2009
Our annual MSU Extension Conference is scheduled for Oct. 19-22 in Bozeman. We will have many CD-related activities and sessions including our annual business meeting, presentations, and field tours.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Increased spending to drive healthcare IT job market
Those drivers will make healthcare IT workers highly attractive in this down economy, but the big unanswered question is: What is the right expertise required to get physician offices up and running?
Funding and Building your Business
- New Colorado laws benefit tech investors, boost energy loans
Angel investors in new technologies can get tax credits of as much as $20,000 under a Colorado law that took effect Tuesday.
Incubators and R&D
- Private exchange, SharesPost, to aid startups seeking more cash
Next week, SharesPost plans to add a Private Placement Marketplace that will let larger startups _ with a market capitalization of at least $100 million _ connect with investors directly. Previously, the site was meant for shareholders _ such as employees _ to sell shares among themselves and other investors.
- The race to be an Early Adopter of technologies goes mainstream
We’re all gadget geeks now.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Washington receives largest-ever federal award to construct ocean observatory off the Pacific Northwest
The Ocean Observatories Initiative will enable entirely novel forms of interactive human telepresence throughout much of the global ocean.
- Canadian inventor sues Idaho, Washington, Oregon universities over yellow mustard seed patent
The lawsuit, filed July 23, names all three schools and agricultural suppliers in Idaho, Washington, Montana and California that sell and distribute the mustard seeds Sharafabadi says were developed with his 1990 "Pseudoplastic Yellow Mustard Gum" patent.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana - "Partnering for Student Success" Program Provides Students With The Programs They Need To Succeed.
Simply stated, we intend to increase the retention rate by assuring that more of the entering freshmen have the support necessary for them to progress to graduation. UM President George Dennison
- University of Montana offers unprecedented climate change minor this semester
While there are a few other universities that offer similar degree programs, UM’s new minor is the only one that focuses specifically on climate change from such a broad range of subjects.
- Will the Rush to Health IT Create Talent Shortage? Montana Tech is one of the few institutions in the nation at the leading edge of Health IT Education at the undergraduate level.
"The American Reinvestment and Recovery Act has dedicated approximately $19 billion toward health information technology. The result will be a large number of jobs for individuals trained in the area of health information technology." Ray Rogers
- University of Montana Marketing Management Class Offering Marketing Plan Development to Montana Businesses
We try to have the marketing plan assignments completed in the first week or two of the semester.
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter Launches Project 60 Web site
Governor urges businesses to join in boosting Idaho's economy
- New line of shotguns to bring jobs to Treasure Valley, Idaho
"I came to Idaho myself because there's a great manufacturing environment here. Because of the dollar being devalued, it's becoming more difficult to buy overseas. And Idaho has a very friendly climate for what we do."
- Idaho revenue down; more spending cuts likely
Gov. Butch Otter will begin meeting next week to devise a plan that could include trimming spending this fall.
- Portland, Oregon's 5 Year Economic Development Strategy
A 5 year plan for promoting job creation and economic growth
- Microsoft opens new research office in Utah
Among areas of future development is what the firm calls flexible work styles.
Montana Meth Project
- Obama speech to students: Not all parents want their kids to see it. Should Utah students watch President Barack Obama's education speech at school?
In Utah and nationwide, conservative voices are saying they don't want their kids "forced" to watch the speech, fearing it will eat up precious class time with political or policy messages.
- Software mogul and founder of the Montana Meth Project, Tom Siebel, attacked by elephant during safari
The 55-year-old Siebel on Wednesday told the San Jose Mercury News that the animal plowed into the guide and then attacked him, breaking several ribs, goring him in the left leg and crushing the right leg.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- Customers Angered as iPhones Overload AT&T
Slim and sleek as it is, the iPhone is really the Hummer of cellphones.
- GWS Technologies, Inc. to Develop Wind Energy in Montana
Last month a Harvard study found Montana to be the second windiest state in the nation, second only to Texas.
- Our best guess about global warming may be wrong
We may have significantly underestimated the effects of the CO2 now being released into the atmosphere.
- Three Oregon wind farms win $140 million in federal stimulus grants
Energy companies operating three Eastern Oregon wind farms were awarded more than $140 million in federal grants Tuesday in a fast-track process that saw their applications submitted and approved in 30 days.
- Mixing Solar with Coal to Cut Costs
A new strategy could reduce coal plant emissions and cut the cost of solar power.
- Internet addiction center opens in US - ironically located near Redmond, WA
"We've been doing this for years on an outpatient basis," said Hilarie Cash, a therapist and executive director of the center. "Up until now, we had no place to send them."
- 2009 Best of the Web (State, County, City Portals) Winners Announced
Nearly all portals based their changes on citizen preferences derived from systematically collected data. Here's a look at the 2009 winners and what propelled them to honors on the red carpet.
- City of Portland backs down on web contest
The episode highlighted growing friction over crowdsourcing: a trendy term for contests that invite public submissions, usually for a creative project, and let voters weigh in.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Before You Celebrate Labor Day, Register with Early bird Rates for Montana Nonprofit Association Conference
The future is here. Learn how building strategic networks and connecting with business, government, foundations, your peers, and others can improve your access to resources, increase your influence, broaden your reach, and deepen your impact.
- Friends of Museum of Northern Plains Indian receive stimulus money
The Friends of the Museum of the Northern Plains Indian in Browning will receive $5,400 in American Recovery and Reinvestment in the Arts (ARRA) funding from the Montana Arts Council. The grant is made possible through the National Endowment for the Arts’ federal economic stimulus funding.
- Five Questions: Portland creative professionals resurrect annual Portland Creative Conference gathering
Q: You've also been busy the past year starting up Oregon Creative Industries, which has some pretty lofty goals, namely, putting Portland on the map as a creative hub. How does the conference further that agenda?
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