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If you want to win, you have to choose to compete. "The "millennial generation" is no more educated than their parents, a stark contrast to elsewhere in the world. Thirty percent of University of Montana students are ill-prepared for college upon arrival. The education our young people get is mediocre and there's no public outcry." Craig Barrett, retired CEO and chairman of the board of the Intel Corp. http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"City Club Missoula November Forum Presents: Health Care Reform: Patch The Crack Or Repair The Windshield?, 11/16" http://matr.net/events ... =2999 --- "PrintingForLess Founder And President Andrew Field, "Doing It In Montana: Building 'America's Print Shop", 11/17, MSU" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "Proposed Broadband Stimulus Funding Could Benefit Out-of-State Company, Not Montanans" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Montana Talent - Blake McWilliams - Account Executive in Internet Marketing and/or related fields." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
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Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Proposed Broadband Stimulus Funding Could Benefit Out-of-State Company, Not Montanans
Should taxpayer dollars be used to build a competing business next to your establishment?
- Supreme Court Skeptical of Business Method Patents - Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Several of the Justices also expressed concern that the Federal Circuit’s “machine or transformation” test for patent-eligibility is too restrictive and may inadvertently exclude future inventions.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Clicking the 'Accept' Invitation in a Social Network
I find it difficult to balance the requests from people I know very well and trust to those I don't know as well.
Come Home Montana
- Should Leadership and Management Development be a National Priority?
68 per cent of managers surveyed confessed to being ‘accidental’ managers, not aspiring to occupy management roles at the start of their careers. Two in five admitted to not wanting the responsibility of managing people at all, while 63 per cent of managers say they had no management training. Only 28 per cent of managers hold any type of formal management qualification.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Creative graphic arts, video editing & production - Cynergy Advertising
- Montana Talent - Blake McWilliams - Account Executive in Internet Marketing and/or related fields.
Understanding the nature of a shifting and expanding economy that is accelerating towards global standardization is vital in any business environment. I excel at quickly understanding and adapting to new projects, work environments, and people.
- A City For Entrepeneurs - Can your community "JumpStart"
JumpStart brings together private and public funds to invest in local entrepreneurs and nurture their growth through expert mentoring.
- 7 Elements of a Great Leadership Development Workshop
Here are some things I’ve learned over time that will lead to a great leadership development experience.
Montana Economic Development
- Trade Risk Guaranty (TRG) Brokerage Services LLC Officially Opens New Company Headquarters in Bozeman, Montana
TRG has officially opened its new Southwestern Montana location. After years of planning, this location will now serve as company headquarters. This expansion includes all Customs Bond, Marine Insurance and Direct Filing divisions.
- Prospera announces Bozeman business excellence awards
Natural Baby Company was named innovator of the year; Autopilot Inc. founder and owner Matt McCune is entrepreneur of the year; Chris Naumann of the Downtown Bozeman Partnership was given the economic leadership award; and Simms Fishing Products was named business of the year.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Montana Department of Environmental Quality Now Accepting Applications for Stimulus Funded Recycling Infrastructure Grants
"Montana currently recycles about 18.5 percent of solid waste," DEQ Project Manager Kathy O'Hern noted. "Grants like this work to save precious space in our landfills while saving energy."
- NorthWestern Energy Announces Power Purchase Agreement with Turnbull Hydro, LLC
The generating facility will help the company meet its Renewable Portfolio Standard obligation in 2012. In addition to a competitive price, under the 20-year power purchase agreement the company will receive all of the renewable energy credits associated with this generation project.
- Land swap could speed up shovel-ready industrial park in Great Falls, Montana
The GFDA has been trying to develop shovel-ready sites with access to rail and city infrastructure to market to industrial businesses. "Right now, we don't have any sites to show them," Doney said. "I believe we are losing one solid deal a year because we don't have any sites that are shovel-ready."
- City of Bozeman approves hiring economic development specialist
The grant specialist is expected to cost about $40,000 a year. The economic development specialist is expected to cost about $55,000 a year.
- Great Falls Development Authority unveils growth plan
"We are convinced if we jump on these right now, two years from now we'll be able to show you very substantial results," Doney said.
Incubators and R&D
- Leading Innovation: 21 Things that Great Bosses Believe and Do
1. Creativity means doing new things with old ideas.
- VCs Change Their Tune
Just as small retailers have had to devise new ways to pinpoint customers willing to spend but also able to pay, VC firms have had to seek out entrepreneurs ambitious enough to try starting a business in this environment but also smart enough to manage their risk.
- Government Funding for Startups Really Does Exist, Uncle Sam Ponies Up $2.5B in Q3
These programs and government sponsored public-private partnerships offer funding via loans, grants and equity investments to promising young companies and technologies.
- Finding Your Next 'Eureka' Moment
Nobel laureate physicist Richard Feynman used to visit a topless bar, sip a soda and scribble quantum mechanics on a napkin.
- Negotiating a Better Series A Deal
Don’t spend much time figuring out how to justify the value of your pre-product Series A startup.
Montana Education Excellence
- Boise State breaks records for first quarter research funding - proposes research park on campus
Boise State University netted $16.1 million in external grant awards during the first quarter of fiscal year 2010, a 77 percent increase over the same period last year and the highest quarterly total in school history, officials reported on Nov. 10.
- Montana's two-year colleges have plenty to offer
Montana has one of the finest systems of higher education in the country. The very diversity of institutions from which Montanans can choose is one aspect that makes the Montana university system so exceptional.
- If you want to win, you have to choose to compete. - Summit at the University of Montana focuses on improving education system
Relationships, Relevance and Rigor.
- University of Montana West Campus culinary students serve high-end cuisine at low-end prices
Giovanni’s is the brainchild of culinary school student John Caruso, who designed the menu and built the business plan. Caruso created and helps staff the restaurant as part of his required internship for graduation.
- Will a longer school day help close the achievement gap?
A longer school day can help improve student test scores, closing the achievement gap.
- Stimulus to Reward States That Overhaul School Systems - Chances of Race to the Top for Education's $4.3 Billion slim in Montana
Using an elaborate scoring system, the program seeks to reward those states that have already taken steps to shake up their school systems. But federal education officials will also look closely at plans in the works to measure student performance, reward good teachers and turn around failing schools.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- New PC to encourage older users
A new computer aimed at people aged over 60 who are unfamiliar with PCs and the internet has been unveiled.
- Google’s Gift: Free Wi-Fi at Billings and Bozeman Montana airports (full list of participating airports)
Travelers passing through airports in Billings and Bozeman will not have to pay for wireless Internet over the next two months as part of a holiday promotion sponsored by the Internet search giant Google.
- First Look at Carbon Capture and Storage in a West Virginia Coal-Fired Power Plant [Slide Show]
The world's first power facility to capture and store a portion of its carbon dioxide has begun operating in Appalachia
- Paul Ehrlich: We must change behavior to save global culture
Instead of pouring tax money into automobile industry bailouts, the government should invest in a new infrastructure to deal with changing climate patterns, said Paul Ehrlich, professor of ecology.
- Plum Creek unveils new energy efficiency technology
The backers behind this project say they hope to see more industrial and large commercial customers follow in Plum Creek's footsteps to save money and energy.
- Montana’s Housing Board uses Cost-Saving Webinar Technology to Keep Meetings Open and Accessible
“Bringing people together through webinar technology is a great option for the State of Montana and Montana citizens interested in participating in the public process,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Webinars are an all-around cost saving measure that encourages Montanans to be engaged in government – anytime, anywhere.”
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