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Bill Gates goes to the Sundance Film Festival, offers an education - "Waiting For Superman" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2011 Montana Legislature
Big Sky Commerce
- Montana Lawmakers Already Looking Ahead to 2011, Public Can Too
The public can find out what's likely to be on the 2011 menu using an online database known as LAWS.
- Big Sky Commerce (Missoula) Launches New Website
Working with Big Sky Commerce is a joy.
- Ignite Missoula Presentation Submissions - Vote or submit your own idea today!
Top 8 get in. Voting closes on February 25th at 11:59PM MDT.
- Ignite Missoula V.2, 3/4, Missoula, Montana
The format is half the fun with Ignite--speakers are allowed 20 slides that auto-forward every 15 seconds, whether they're ready or not.
- PrintingForLess - Let All of Your Print Media Make An Impact With Custom Effects and Finishes
It's time to revolt against bland business cards, brochures, and yawn-inducing postcards. Stand out from the pack by adding a little pizzazz to your company's marketing materials.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Syndication among Angel Groups to Close Larger Rounds
The funding gap between angel groups and VCs in the US is a serious problem for entrepreneurs.
MSU Leadership Institute
- 5 Minutes With OpenView Venture Partners
Based in Boston, they have one of the most unique, truly value-add models for expansion-stage capital for software and technology-enabled businesses that I’ve ever seen in my career in venture, and they’re willing to travel anywhere to help build great companies.
Come Home Montana
- MSU Student Leadership Forum "Emotional Intelligence - Leading From The Heart", 2/2, Montana State University, Bozeman
The presentation will focus on the fundamentals of Emotional Intelligence, based on the work of Daniel Goleman, and the importance of leading from the heart as well as the head - recognizing that good leadership embodies more than aggression and strategy.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director, Application Development - Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Montana
This position will design, develop, and deploy computer programs that will perform various tasks in accordance with the specifications and requirements agreed upon with the client.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Technical Documentation - edulog
Since 1977, edulog has been the most respected and popular choice for school district transportation and planning professionals.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Design Drafter - NorthWestern Energy
DESIGN DRAFTER NorthWestern Energy has an immediate opening for a Design Drafter in Helena.
- Bozeman, Montana based Greg Mortenson (“Three Cups of Tea”) shows U.S. better path to peace
Nearly 4 million copies have been sold, in 41 countries, and of the 131 schools that Greg’s Central Asia Institute has built, none has been shut down by the Taliban.
Montana Economic Development
- Jonathan Weber leaves NewWest for new opportunity in San Francisco
At New West, I had a lot of titles. I was the founder and the publisher and the CEO and the editor-in-chief and chief cook and bottlewasher.
- Health insurance reforms would benefit Montanans
Congress has embarked on an effort to change the way health insurance companies operate and make improvements in our nation’s health care system. As Montana’s insurance commissioner, I believe this effort is a fundamental change in the right direction.
- Economists say recession effects widspread in Missoula and Montana, will continue
"It won't feel like a recovery until there's job growth, which won't happen until 2011."
- Board chairman: Businessman finds niche letting people design their downhill rides - inVision Snowboards of Philipsburg, Montana
inVision will make you a custom board catered to your specifications. Materials, size, flex, it’s all up to you.
Regional Economic Development
- You Tell Us How You Would Create Jobs in Montana
Economist Pat Barkey at the University of Montana says the state may be slow to pull out of this recession.
Funding and Building your Business
- Conservation Easements on the Rise
This legal device shows that profit and protection of natural resources can go hand in hand.
- More Jobs, Jobs, Jobs, Jobs through Entrepreneurship and Education
Obama should bring together the country’s leading innovators and ask them: “What legislation, what tax incentives, do we need right now to replicate you all a million times over” — and make that his No. 1 priority. Inspiring, reviving and empowering Start-up America is his moon shot.
Incubators and R&D
- Webinar-Detailed Event Information For Making Exporting Easier Series--Webinar Package
The Making Exporting Easier series addresses various aspects of exporting to make it easier to understand the export process and to make successful transactions.
- why texting ‘haiti’ to 90999 will change the world forever
So far over $12 million have been raised by this text messaging campaign alone out of about $87 million in total donations to the American Red Cross.
- Reinventing the Local Video Ad - ilovelocalcommercials.com
Nominate your favorite local business for a free commercial
- In Web world, a successful marketing effort means gaining inside track on searches
Showing up prominently in their search results has become an important part of basic sales and marketing strategy for businesses - but one that isn’t well understood.
- A Checklist for the Acquisition of an Internet-Based Business
Here is a due diligence checklist that is not intended to be comprehensive but that is intended to highlight some of the recurring due diligence issues that typically arise in the context of the purchase or sale of a Web-based business:
- Strategic Plans Lose Favor - Slump Showed Bosses Value of Flexibility, Quick Decisions
"This downturn has changed the way we will think about our business for many years to come," says Steve Odland, Office Depot's chairman and chief executive.
Montana Education Excellence
- Ravalli County Entrepreneurship center officially opens
Much of the praise at Thursday’s event went to Julie Foster, the director of the county’s economic development authority.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- $140,000 Available for "Youth Serve Montana" Scholarships
"The Youth Serve Montana Scholarships is a great way to honor students who invest their time and talents in Montana, and help them go to college."
- Montana schools must focus on preparing students for college, work. "The State with the Best Education Wins!"
How many high school graduates are college-ready for reading, writing, and math on the state public university placement exam? Ready means students qualify for college-level courses — not remedial courses that upwards of 40 percent of freshman have to take.
- University of Montana President George Dennison announces retirement
University of Montana President George Dennison announced Monday afternoon that he will be retiring on Aug. 15, 2010.
- Montana State University College of Business Students Offer Free Tax Help Starting Feb 9
Taxpayers whose income is $55,000 or less are eligible for the assistance.
- University of Washington Adds Heavy Hitters from High Tech and Biotech to Turn More Ideas Into Companies
The hiring of two people with deep expertise in high tech and cleantech (LeFaivre) as well as life sciences (Clement) is a recognition of how the UW needs specialized talent on staff to help nurture more startups.
- Addressing the Innovation “Valley of Death:” It’s the Products, Stupid!
If this investment gap is not addressed, the US could lose its comparative advantage in commercializing innovative discoveries, which has been the base of our strong economy over the past several decades.
- Tech leaders committed to Idaho
Group launches the membership-driven Idaho Technology Council to spur growth statewide.
- More schools require students to learn personal finance
The number of states requiring public high schools to offer a personal finance course rose from nine to 15 between 2007 and 2009, according to the Council for Economic Education. Thirteen states require a personal finance course for graduation, up from seven in 2007.
- Bill Gates goes to the Sundance Film Festival, offers an education - "Waiting For Superman"
"The quality of our educational system is what made America great. Now it's not as good as it was, and it needs to be a lot better" Bill Gates
- The Neural Advantage of Speaking 2 Languages - Bilingual people process certain words faster than others
Research has shown, for instance, that children who know two languages more easily solve problems that involve misleading cues.
- After 10 Years, Federal Money for Technology in Education
The National Center for Research in Advanced Information and Digital Technologies, finally has Congressional appropriation through the Education Department and will be introduced Monday. It could be handing out grants by fall.
- Kids on the chopping block- the Children’s Health Insurance Program
Let’s make calls and send letters right now letting Congress know that Healthy Montana Kids and the Children’s Health Insurance Program must be preserved.
- 10 steps to building a smarter Arizona by Craig R. Barrett
Either fund our universities for success or cut them loose from state budgetary control. Universities are not just for training people for jobs - they are wealth-creation machines: smart people and smart ideas. They are investments in our future, and we are currently shortchanging our future.
Connectivity & Communications
- Peace Corps Events in Montana
Earn a master's degree during or after Peace Corps service through one of our graduate school programs.
- 7EVEN New Grant Opportunities
Energy and Climate Change
- 5 Easy Steps to Stay Safe (and Private!) on Facebook
Did you know that 30% of today's employers are using Facebook to vet potential employees prior to hiring?
- Ready, Set for Broadband Race Round 2
The rules have been simplified for the second round of federal broadband applications, but there are now two sets of rules to consider. Are you still in the running?
- Lobbying, global warming, economy portend revival of nuclear power in U.S.
After a campaign in which companies and labor unions spent more than $600 million on lobbying and nearly $63 million on campaign contributions over the past decade, government appears ready to act.
- Montana Senator Jon Tester introduces new way to save taxpayer money with project requests. Montanans can now meet Senator over video conference to seek federal support
Tester says communities can save thousands of dollars in travel costs by instead meeting with him over a video teleconferencing system available in all eight of his Montana field offices.
- Federal Government get new tool for online public feedback
The tool, which will be made available free of charge to any federal department or agency, will allow members of the public to submit ideas and vote or comment on others' ideas.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Great nonprofit leadership requires better compensation
Nonprofits have compensation-setting practice backwards, and it's time we put our practice in reverse.
- TA3 Connections December/January Volume 12. No. 4
Through a partnership with GreenWood Resources of Portland, Oregon, Flathead Valley Community College (FVCC) in Kalispell, Montana, launched a poplar tree test site on its campus in the summer of 2009.
- Missoula based Ecology Project International gets grant for environmental education in Yellowstone area
EPI’s education program “engages young people in environmental stewardship and conservation projects in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, such as conducting grizzly bear DNA studies, monitoring bluebirds and collecting data on infestation of whitebark pine trees.”
- Livingston, Montana author, Walter Kirn, author of "Up in the Air, flying high with film
"I do get grumpy at times that they've forgotten that there was this book it was based on. And it didn't come out of nowhere."
- New Malware Exploits Vulnerability in Internet Explorer
New malware is exploiting the Internet Explorer security hole used in attacks against Google and other companies.
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