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Other states get it... What can your state learn from these efforts? How can it implement similar programs? "Bioscience Authority investments help grow business in Kansas" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "Ohio's Third Frontier Program Yielding 22% Annual Return, Heads to May Ballot for Renewal " http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- "Illinois Governor's Jobs Plan includes Angel Tax Credits, R&D Matching Funds" http://matr.net/articl ... .html--- "Gov. Nixon announces innovative plan to bring more science and technology companies to Missouri" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
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City Club Missoula
- What start-ups need to know to speak the language of the angels
What are the common characteristics of angel-funded start-up companies? Here are the criteria for investment used by most angels:
- US Trends in Startup Funding – Angel-only Deals
The world of venture capital in the US is changing rapidly – and not for the better.
Come Home Montana
- City Club Missoula -Cap And Trade: Is This The Answer To Decreasing Carbon Emissions?, 1/11, Missoula
Whatever the mechanism, including the cost of dumping greenhouse gases into the atmosphere, will likely raise the cost of doing business. Who will pay those costs? What environmental impact will there be? How will Montana be affected?
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Network Analyst - Plum Creek
Experience Montana For the First Time or Come Home
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Co-Working Offers Community To Solo Workers
"I think we'll be seeing in this century, we're going to be moving away from the idea of a centralized Monday-to-Friday, 9-to-5 workplace, and we'll be moving much more in this direction. People will work when they want where they want."
- Bozeman's Greg Mortenson Honored by Outside Magazine For His Story of Mountain Climbing as One of the Top 10 Adventure Stories of the Decade
“Never has the failure to climb a mountain led to such success.”
- 20 potential students have signed up for Parent Leadership Training Institute interviews in Glendive, Montana
PLTI is designed for parents who want to learn how to have a positive voice in the community for themselves and their children. It also appeals to those who are interested in quality education.
- Bioscience Authority investments help grow business in Kansas
More than five years ago, the state Legislature passed the Economic Growth Act, giving the KBA $580 million over 15 years. Since that time, the state has landed a $650 million federal lab, moved from the bottom half of rankings in bioscience-friendly states to the top 10 and helped launch a massive campaign to garner the prestigious National Cancer Institute designation for the Kansas University Cancer Center.
Montana Economic Development
- Macy's Abandons Montana and Idaho
"Symbolically, it's painful for downtown," Missoula Mayor Engen said. "But it isn't the end of the world. It is painful, but it's not a death blow.
- Attorney General Bullock to Keynote Lunch at MT Chamber Business Days - Jan. 14-15 in Helena
“We are pleased to have Attorney General Bullock address businesspeople from around the state,” said Webb Brown, President/CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, “Although the Attorney General must spend a great deal of time on law enforcement issues, there are areas such as consumer protection and the State Land Board where he has an impact on business and the economy as well.”
Regional Economic Development
- The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority ready to offer small business loans
The Ravalli County Economic Development Authority has $600,000 in U.S. Department of Agriculture loans to issue. The loans are part of USDA’s intermediary relending program.
- Ravalli County’s Microloan program set to begin in February
Julie Foster, director of the economic development authority, said the program would kick off sometime in February with about six weeks of classes geared toward helping entrepreneurs write a business plan. There are about 20 spots available for the class.
- Montanans Getting Older - Business Needs to Plan Now
Although natural market mechanisms will encourage greater labor force participation through higher wages and greater opportunities, both workers and businesses will be forced to adapt to a more diverse and flexible workplace. Now is the time to plan for these changes by developing flexible worker training and adopting new workplace practices.
- Business recruitment's importance underscored again in Great Falls, Montana
In light of the uncertainty, let us resolve as a community in this new year to redouble our efforts to supplement existing business and industry and, when possible, to recruit new business and industry to our part of Montana.
- Montana state agencies prepare to help possible businesses at Frenchtown Smurfit-Stone mill site
"We had an interagency meeting this afternoon, trying to anticipate what potentials may come out of future investment there. Until we get harder proposals, we can't say we have anything on the ground." Pat Wise
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals: January 2010 E-Newsletter
The Rural Community Conference planning committee will begin 2010 with a meeting to discuss the 3rd Annual Conference. As always, the committee welcomes and encourages your suggestions and input for conference speakers, themes and breakout sessions at: firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Montana laborers to receive better training for new energy jobs
A Montana organization will be better equipped to train skilled laborers for new jobs in Montana’s emerging renewable energy industry, thanks to a grant announced today by Senators Max Baucus and Jon Tester.
Business Plan Forums
- The Brain Drain - Family Can Keep Young Graduates Closer to Home
Rural areas have been hit hard by outmigration. So the reasons for migration are of particular interest to those living in Yonder. Rural communities, therefore, should take note of a study coming out of the Small Business Administration that traces the movements of young college graduates.
- Arizona Governor Brewer pushes for nuclear as key part of energy goals
Republican Gov. Jan Brewer says Arizona's economic future may hinge on making the state a hub for renewable- and nuclear-energy development that can both power the state and drive job creation.
- Heartland Center for Leadership Development - Joint Webinar Series - "Strategies for Community Prosperity."
The five-part webinar series will begin in January and conclude in May with the following schedule and topics:
- Do Top-Ranked Cities Really Measure Up?
If a city has a civic organization that cares enough to splurge on a publicist, it's likely to welcome start-ups with open arms.
Funding and Building your Business
- Investors Choice Venture Capital Conference in Utah Draws Ire
"The only way to get rich off entrepreneurs is picking winners, investing in them and helping them grow their business by continually adding value."
Montana Education Excellence
- “Concept to Company” $35,000 Contest - For New Digital Media Innovations! Enter Now!
The winning entry will receive up to $35,000, comprised of cash and services. Additionally, two runner-up winners will receive up to $17,000 each, comprised of cash and services.
- More than 100 ideas for your business's blog this year
I thought I’d help cure that age-old “what should I blog about today?” question.
- 5 tips to retain trust through community
So how do you build trust in your own life and as an organization? Trust is built and maintained by many small actions over time, forming tipping points for choice.
- The Little Known Secret to Getting Page 1 Google Rankings
Search engines like Google are increasingly using “blended” search results – articles, video, pictures, and other forms of content.
- Boring Meetings? Get Out the Water Guns
Small-Business Owners Find Creative Ways to Make the Most of Conference-Room Time as Downturn Demands Efficiency
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- The University of Montana Alumni Association Proudly Presents The 12th Annual Community Lecture Series—2010
The Power to Move Books and Art That Changed Our Lives
- New science class aims to keep seniors at Bigfork High School - Marine Biology in Montana?!
A lot of other classes are suffering from senioritis, but for whatever reason this group hasn't gotten it yet.
- What Most Angel Investors Can't Predict
When you invest in private companies, Scott Shane says you shouldn't rely on what the majority thinks
- Learn the Ropes of Entrepreneur- VC-Angel Tug of War
So what’s the state of the playing field and what can entrepreneurs expect from investors in the coming year?
- North Idaho College's Workforce Training Center fires job training director
Sen. Jim Hammond, R-Post Falls, said he was shocked when he learned the news about Ketchum. "I'll be real anxious to hear some explanation because he's been the leader behind being responsive to our manufacturing community. I think this will be a great loss," Hammond said.
- Lack of investment funding hinders job growth in Idaho - Gov. urged to promote investor tax credits
Idaho is in danger of shorting the potential of many small businesses, or worse, seeing them move out of state if it can't find ways for them to get loans outside of traditional banks.
- Biomark Inc. - Boise company's high-tech gear collects data that can influence salmon policy
Is the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' practice of carrying fish around dams as they head toward the Pacific Ocean helping them survive?
- Wyoming Business Council officials make pitch for governor's proposal Keep funding economic development, legislators told
Reese also mentioned that the agency is getting calls from California concerning business prospects in Wyoming. He said later that the agency has received more calls in the last six months from out-of-state businesses, including California, than it has in the past.
- Intel Commits $200 Million for Math and Science Education
"At Intel, we feel strongly that the real magic to help young minds compete in an innovative society comes from the teachers."
- Investing in Education
The famous line from the film Field of Dreams is, “If you build it, they will come.” The same principle applies with education and bringing business to Utah. If we educate our children, the companies and jobs will come.
- Obama directs $250 million for science and math education
New funding will increase the number of science, technology, engineering, and math teachers. The goal is to improve US students' mediocre ranking in math and science performance.
- Gifted education outrages
“If educators are fine with giving special attention and services to kids who are far out of the mainstream on the low end of the spectrum, why is it so controversial to provide specialized services to kids who are far out of the mainstream on the high end?”
- Nevada Gov. Gibbons' plan slashes school spending Eliminates all-day kindergarten, class-size reduction funds, arbitration
Senate Majority Leader Steven Horsford of Las Vegas said Gibbons has “abdicated his responsibility to Nevada's kids.”
- Montana Governor Schweitzer asks state executive branch agencies for 5 percent cuts - Governor's Budget office gives raises to 14 people
The Democratic governor said he was implementing a section of the state law as a precautionary measure. That law gives the governor the authority to reduce the executive branch by up to 10 percent if projected general-fund budget reserves fall below a certain level.
- Montana Governor Schweitzer for Interior Secretary?
Could the Governor be heading to DC in the next few months?
- Gov. Nixon announces innovative plan to bring more science and technology companies to Missouri
MOSIRA would create a funding source to spark growth in research and technology enterprises by capturing a small percentage of the growth in state revenue over a base year from a designated group of Missouri science and innovation companies.
- Illinois Governor's Jobs Plan includes Angel Tax Credits, R&D Matching Funds
Providing access to startup capital, promoting biotechnology, and investing in the green economy to create and grow jobs are among the priorities of Gov. Pat Quinn's Illinois Economic Recovery Plan
- Ohio's Third Frontier Program Yielding 22% Annual Return, Heads to May Ballot for Renewal
This project is the state's largest-ever commitment to expanding Ohio's high-tech research capabilities and promoting innovation and company formation that will create high-paying jobs for generations to come.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- 4 Steps for Effective Online Networking
Let’s look at some networking best practices, along with a few ways you can use the various social media sites to engage with previously inaccessible people and get the attention of those who are too busy to return your phone calls or e-mails.
- FCC Seeks One-Month Extension for National Broadband Plan
The National Broadband Plan will serve as a blueprint for deploying broadband in areas of the country that lack it.
- CES: Cisco unveils videoconferencing for the home
"Video will lead the revolution for exciting content available on any device or screen whenever you want it," Cisco CEO John Chambers said in an interview at CES.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- University of Montana's Dr. Steven Running warns of heightened possibility of catastrophic forest fires affecting up to 360,000 people living in forested areas and costing upward of $21 billion.
It's not often Running, who shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize for his study of global climate change, holds a news conference to summarize the findings of his research. But the impacts of drought in the northern Rocky Mountains - primarily Montana, Wyoming and Idaho - will be significant to the region's economy, wildlife and environment, he said.
- Startup gets funding for new kind of wind turbine and expansion of its assembly plant in Pocatello, Idaho.- Nordic Windpower
Just one of Nordic Windpower's 1-megawatt turbines, Carbone said, can do the work of 8 to 10 of the Altamont models — and produce enough power for 250 to 300 households. Nordic also claims that its technology is more durable and reliable than rival two-blade turbines.
- Google Seeks to Tap Power Markets
The Internet giant has taken the unusual step of applying for approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to become an electricity marketer, essentially giving it the authority to buy and sell bulk power at market prices, just the way large utilities and energy traders do.
- A Helmet to Prevent Paralysis
Engineers are designing a helmet that could protect the spine from serious injury.
- Startup Tests Drugs Aimed at Autism - Seaside Therapeutics
Compounds that show promise in mice with mutations may offer similar hope to humans.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- National Center for Appropriate Technology in Montana Competing For Weatherization Funding and It Needs Your Votes
NCAT http://www.ncat.org has submitted a weatherization project for funding http://brighterplanet.com/project_fund_projects/92 to a social networking site called Brighter Planet. This is a web site that provides ~$5,000 a month to projects who get the most number of votes from members of Brighter Planet. It is a social networking site that focuses on climate change.
- AmeriCorps a great success
Since the establishment of AmeriCorps, more than a half-million people — many between ages 18 and 24, as well as a growing number of senior citizens — have volunteered to serve their country in a range of efforts.
- Free Webinar - The Role Of Montana Nonprofits In The 2010 Census, 1/20, Online
Why are nonprofits important to the Census effort?
- Three bills aim to boost State's creative sectors
Creative firms, which range from design boutiques to video producers and from the performing arts to literary publishers, represent the fifth-largest and one of the fastest-growing economic sectors in the state, said Lt. Gov. Barbara O'Brien.
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