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“You don’t know what you don’t know when you start a company for the first time.” Laura Fitton
City Club Missoula - Sen. Jon Tester, 4/6, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Highway 12 Ventures
City Club Missoula
- 5 Minutes with Nate and Natty from Everlater
Where did the idea for Everlater come from? And what prompted you to leave the corporate world and start the company?
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- City Club Missoula - Sen. Jon Tester, 4/6, Missoula
Jon Tester is not a typical Washington, D.C., politician. Whether in the U.S. Senate or on his farm near Big Sandy, Montana, Senator Jon Tester isn't afraid to roll up his sleeves to get work done.
Come Home Montana
- Rocky Mountain Supercomputer Open House, 3/24, Butte, Montana
Earl Dodd also said that the open house serves a dual purpose. As the non-profit looks to become self-reliant, it still has funding needs. Public outreach, he said, helps taxpayers and legislators better understand just what the supercomputer is doing. "The whole thing is to give people an opportunity to see this thing is real," said Dodd. " It's not just sucking up power and sitting there; it does real work and there are real people locally, and internationally, who are using it everyday."
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana Career Opportunity - Customer Service Manager - American Eagle Instruments, Inc.
This position plans, coordinates and directs our customer service program. The duties include day to day management of order entry, customer follow-up, management of CS staff.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Bozeman-based Central Asia Institute run by Greg Mortenson deserving of Nobel Peace Prize Money from President Obama
While Mortenson did not win the prize, Obama’s decision to share the prestige – not to mention the money – that comes with the Nobel is the next best thing.
- Nurturing the Entrepreneurial Spirit of the Young
Programs that introduce students to the possibilities of business creation are few, but they have proven that they can open up new horizons for talented kids and unleash an entrepreneurial drive would otherwise lay dormant.
- Can a Woman Leader Be Successful and Happy?
Many, women and men, believe they can’t.
Montana Economic Development
- Doctors’ salaries: Need to compete equals high pay at Montana hospitals
“We’re trying to create an organization that has not just a regional reputation but a national reputation,” says Jim Duncan, president of community relations for Billings Clinic. “These doctors can go anywhere they want.”
- 2010 Made in Montana Marketplace SOLD OUT!
Hundreds of Montana-Made Products Available to Buyers!
Regional Economic Development
- Montanans Encouraged to Participate in On-Line Speed Tests to Map High Speed Internet Availability
“These tests are quick, easy and important,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. “The data collected from these speed tests will help us plan for broadband services. Broadband technologies are key to bringing good jobs, educational opportunities and cost-effective services to Montana. I encourage everyone to take the speed-test to help promote this project.”
Funding and Building your Business
- What States and Cities are Doing to Help Small Businesses
The local approaches are as varied as subsidizing wages for new hires, running a $100,000 regional business-plan competition and giving out grants to help small manufacturers reposition themselves. Some states and cities are using federal stimulus dollars, and others are mixing federal, state and private dollars.
Incubators and R&D
- YouTube creators cashed in as did Sequoia Capital...
Sequoia Capital got $516 million worth of Google stock as a return on approximately $9 million it invested in YouTube in late 2005 and early 2006.
- How to Calculate Start-Up Costs
Figure out your start-up costs, then double that number. Then double it again.
- Norm Brodsky's 5 Most Controversial Business Ideas
You may disagree with Brodsky. That’s fine with him. He is confident you will one day change your mind.
- Forming an S Corporation
To qualify for S corporation status, you must meet certain rules.
- How To Pick A Company Name: Tips From The Trenches
A name change can be just the refreshing boost your company needs to reach the next level. The question is: how do you pick a new name?
- Ten things the entrepreneur won’t learn in school
There are some things you’ll never learn in the classroom. Hopefully, this will fill some of the gaps:
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Incubators aim for startup successes
"The entrepreneurs have to be coachable and teachable," Senall said. "We sign on to provide all the incubation space and other things, but more importantly the coaching and mentoring and all the connections to our resources, including investors. They sign on to be active to participate in those programs, to take that advice. We're not in the business of just renting space. We're in the business of hands-on helping to grow companies."
- Idaho Design Lab Models Green - Interest in green building grows in Idaho
The IDL is a team of students, home owners, designers and builders dedicated to the development of high-performance energy-efficient buildings in Idaho and eastern Oregon.
- Education, economy intertwined - What do schools and nonprofits have to do with bringing business to Missoula? Everything.
We are confident that, collectively, our community can marshal the resources and craft solutions that will help Missoula truly reach its potential as the Best Place to build a business, to grow up, to learn, to grow strong, and grow old.
- Worker shortage coming as population ages: report
With millions of unemployed people across the country struggling to find work, it may seem unbelievable that there could be more jobs than workers to fill them in coming years, but a new report predicts exactly that.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Carnegie Mellon University's Project Olympus retains and trains future local entrepreneurs
"I asked how many were planning to stay in town with their companies," she said. "Every single one said 'yes,' which is a total sea change from a few years ago."
- Inventors’ Bill of Rights Unveiled at Association of University Technology Managers Conference
The creation of a standardized Inventors’ Bill of Rights that all academic institutions can adopt would be a powerful message to our faculty that commercialization is indeed a partnership.
- How Senator Dodd's Reform Plan Hurts Startup Finance - Accredited Angel Investor Status Could Change
Senator Dodd proposes adjusting for inflation the income and net worth requirements for a person to be considered an "accredited investor" by the Securities & Exchange Commission. This benign-sounding change would dramatically reduce the number of accredited informal investors financing companies in the U.S. today.
Utah Economic Development
- Marketer paying tourists $50 to stay at Portland hotels
Travel Portland, the nonprofit organization that markets the city, is making headlines for once again offering tourists $50 in cash when they book a room at participating Portland-area hotels.
- State launches ad campaign to attract businesses - Economic officials targeting West Coast companies.
The Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED) has launched an advertising campaign to entice West Coast businesses to relocate or expand into Utah.
- Wyoming moves to new market pay system
Employee pay is based on a new, broader market than before, according to the newsletter from the state Human Resources Division. To determine the market average, the state used multiple sources with which to compare employee pay -- private and public, in-state and regional.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Case for Saturday School
Critics of extending the day and year occasionally note, with some justification, that U.S. schools don't need more total time so much as they need to make better use of the time they've got. Indeed, the 1994 "time and learning" commission underscored that point in its recommendations, which urged schools to set aside a full 5.5 hours every day for "core subjects"—nearly doubling the time devoted to them.
- Could school bus ads save school budgets?
Washington lawmakers considered the idea of school bus advertising this year, and the concept is also being tossed around in Ohio, New Jersey and Utah.
- Draft K-12 Common Core State Standards Available for Comment - The National Governors Association Center for Best Practices (NGA Center) and the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) Release First Official Public Draft
These draft standards, developed together with teachers, school administrators and experts, seek to provide a clear and consistent framework to prepare our children for college and the workforce.
- New Report Charts Changes in State Education Standards - Closing the Expectations Gap 2010
In 2005, only three states had graduation requirements that all students complete four years of mathematics at the level of what is typically taught in an Algebra II course, and four years of grade-level English. Today, 20 states and the District of Columbia require these for graduation. How is your state doing?
Energy and Climate Change
- Hoping for a Gift From Google? Go Jump in the Lake
With hundreds of cities expected to apply before the deadline on Friday, city officials are using stunts in the hope their bids will stand out. And for those who put together a winning proposal, success may well be a swift path to re-election.
- ZigBee: household networking alternative to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth
Technology's backers — and analysts who follow the industry — think it's about to hit the mainstream.
- Capturing CO2 in Cement - Calera Could Turn Carbon into Gold
It seems like alchemy: a Silicon Valley start-up says it has found a way to capture the carbon dioxide emissions from coal and gas power plants and lock them into cement.
- Bill Gates, Toshiba in early talks on nuclear reactor - TerraPower
Gates is the principal owner of TerraPower, an expert team based in the US state of Washington that is investigating ways to improve emission-free energy supplies using small nuclear reactors.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- We Are The World 25 For Haiti
57 singers you've never heard of to show that anyone and everyone can sing!
- Invisible tags may give bar codes the boot
Long checkout lines will be history if a newly developed technology delivers. The printable transmitter—invisibly embedded in packaging—would allow a customer to walk a cart full of groceries or other goods past a scanner on the way to the car.
- New wave of startups building 'the local Web'
"The local space is on fire."
- Turbulence Tamed in Water Pipes
In an effort to help lower the cost of pumping fluids through pipelines, U.S. and German scientists have discovered an unlikely solution: adding more turbulence. By injecting puffs of water into a water pipe, the team completely eliminated turbulence in the pipe.
- Smart phones are rapidly changing the way governments serve citizens — and it's just the tip of the iceberg.
That's why the current changes in service delivery are so exciting — this is just the tip of the iceberg.
- The Orton Family Foundation E-Journal - Taking Stock in Common Ground - The Yaak Valley of Montana
This year, Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) has introduced a wilderness bill, S. 1470, the Forest Jobs and Recreation Act, which will designate the first wilderness in Montana in nearly 30 years. The bill represents a turning point.
- Feds Deem Pedestrians, Cyclists and Motorists Equals
“This is the end of favoring motorized transportation at the expense of non-motorized.”
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