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Happy Father's Day: "Son, when you're not out practicing, someone else is. And when you meet that person, he's going to beat you." Advice to Bill Bradley from his father. "If you decide to compete, you've already won" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
If you've ever thought about becoming an Angel Investor or, if you are one or you'd like to get Angel funding, this is an excellent book: "Free e-book An Introduction to Angel Investing " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- There's a lot going on this 100th birthday of Glacier National Park "Glacier National Park Centennial Activities" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center
Idaho National Laboratory
- Glacier Raft Company Eddy Lines
Do you want to get away from the crowds of Glacier National Park for an afternoon? Do you have a "go for it" attitude? Then you will enjoy this experience!
- Glacier National Park Centennial Activities
Consider this a call to action for celebration, inspiration, and engagement as Glacier National Park has the power and legacy of inspiring people to become stewards of this unique place.
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- British Petroleum to use Idaho National Laboratory's technology in gulf oil spill
The technology was developed by INL scientist David Meikrantz, who initially sought to use the machines to separate the components of nuclear substances.
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Investing in Innovation Fund
A coalition of twelve private foundations will contribute $506 million to support U.S. education innovation and reform efforts.
- PreK-3rd: Putting Full-Day Kindergarten in the Middle
Increasing evidence shows the efficacy of FDK in boosting children’s cognitive learning and academic achievement and especially among lowincome children.
- Montana aims to reduce dropout rate
“Students need their high school diploma at a minimum.”
- Efforts ramp up to improve Missoula's economic development after criticisms "The Best Place Project"
Outside consultants described Missoula's economic development this way: woefully deficient, dysfunctional, ineffective and without direction or leadership.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- PrintingForLess.com Goes to the Dogs and Increases Productivity
America’s Print Shop Celebrates “Take Your Dog to Work Day®” June 25th
- What’s in a name? How to Protect Your Company’s Trademarks Before Setting Up Shop (Intent to Use)
Trademarks are among the most valuable assets of many businesses, as the ability to stand out in a crowded marketplace can provide a significant leg up over competitors.
MSU Leadership Institute
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Come Home Montana
- The 10 Ten Things You Need to Know About The Center for Creative Leadership
I’m a big fan of the Center for Creative Leadership (CCL).
- Montana Ranks "Top Ten" in Nation for Volunteerism
"We should all be proud of our state's volunteer spirit," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "I congratulate our volunteers who are often the unsung heroes, dedicated to upholding our state's longstanding tradition of neighbor helping neighbor."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- JETRO Clean Tech Seminar Series - Japan-U.S. Smart Grid Market Trends, 6/29, Portland, OR
This free seminar will offer opportunities to learn what is happening in the smart grid market in Japan and the U.S. In this seminar you will learn how Japanese and U.S. smart grid companies could complement each other to grow the market together.
- The many faces and flavors of entrepreneurism in Wisconsin
Across Wisconsin, however, entrepreneurism takes a variety of shapes and forms that involve young and old, city dwellers and rural residents, garage inventors and moms with good ideas, and sectors of the economy that have little or nothing to do with medical technology.
- Let's raise kids to be entrepreneurs
Bored in school, failing classes, at odds with peers: This child might be an entrepreneur, says Cameron Herold.
Montana Economic Development
- Cablevision: A good fit for Montana?
Cablevision officials, based in New York, say they see an opportunity to build their customer base and revenue out here in the Wild West.
- Bacterin International of Belgrade, Montana Secures Three-Year Agreement to Distribute Biologic Products to Broadlane's Network of Over 6,000 Medical Facilities
"The Broadlane engagement is an important endorsement of Bacterin's products. We recognize Broadlane's strong reputation in delivering streamlined supply chain and strategic sourcing services with particularly high portfolio utilization, and we feel privileged to have been added to a select list of companies that have passed Broadlane's rigorous testing standards," commented Guy Cook, founder and CEO of Bacterin International.
- Senator Tester To Host Small Business Workshop, 7/9, Kalispell, Montana
“Montana is home to some of America’s hardest working, most innovative self-starters in business,” Tester said. “What we’re doing with these workshops is making sure all entrepreneurs in Montana are aware of the tools out there to help grow their businesses, and boost jobs for Montana. These events have been incredibly successful, and I encourage all businesses in the Flathead and across the state to take part.”
- Montana Film Office sponsoring Los Angeles Film Festival
The Montana Film Office seeks to bring productions into the state for our overall economic benefit.
- Do Angels See a Return on Invested Time?
Financial returns for invested monies – altruistic returns for invested time!
Funding and Building your Business
- Never Read Another Resume. Cover letters say it all.
During interviews, we love when potential hires ask questions. But all questions aren't equal. A red flag goes up when someone asks how.
- The 7 Habits of Highly Ineffective People
From a human irrationality perspective this means that something we do “just once” can wind up becoming a habit and part of our activities for a longer time than we envisioned.
- Why Resumes Fail: The Trilogy
Your script stinks, and here’s why:
- How to answer tough interview questions
I’m going to give a radical, unheard of response to these questions. Here it comes…
Incubators and R&D
- MMEC Forward Focus - Tools and News for Today's Manufacturer
Uncover five tips to build your contract manufacturing business, capture some ideas to save on landscape watering and don't miss a SNEAK PEEK at MMEC's fall Compete Smart Conference, coming Oct. 7 & 8 in Billings.
- America's Best Places to Work (Outstanding series of articles)
Building a great culture is both a strategic decision and a moral one. Here's how that decision can lead you to success.
- If You Want VC Funding, Show 'Fire in the Eyes'
What are some of the most important qualities in a VC funding proposal?
- The new rules for dot-com startups
Raising capital is an intense process, which can be made easier by taking into consideration the ten rules outlined here.
- Start-Ups Get Free Chance to Pitch to Angel Investors
Start-ups hungry for cash are often expected to pay a fee to pitch to angel investors. But some free services are cropping up to counter the so-called pay-to-pitch model.
- I6 Challenge Update Conference Call MONDAY, 6/21, Conference Call
EDA will award up to $1 million to each of six winning teams with the most innovative ideas to drive technology commercialization and entrepreneurship in their regions. NIH and NSF will award a total of up to $6M in additional funding to their Small Business Innovation Research grantees associated with winning teams.
- Three Minutes to a Million
The event, which has been held 20 times since 2005, is open to women whose businesses are at least two years old and earn more than $180,000 in annual revenue.
Montana Education Excellence
- Stanford Biodesign, a Hothouse for Medical Devices, Shares its Secret Sauce for Invention
The Biodesign program, which seeks to train a new generation of hands-on inventors of novel medical technologies, places huge emphasis on a certain specific metric: How many patients have been treated with its students’ inventions.
- San Francisco sees influx of tech incubators
As young, entrepreneurial companies stage a comeback in San Francisco, technology incubators that combine space and services are emerging to serve them.
- Bozeman and Stevensville High Schools ranked as among America’s best schools
Bozeman, which was ranked No. 675, and Stevensville, No. 1,368, were the only two high schools in Montana to make this year's list.
- University of Montana Hosts Camp For Young American Indian Business Leaders
Through a Native American lens, they will see snapshots of the business world, make friends with students from other tribes, and live and study in a university campus setting.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Overstock.com Collaborates with StartupNation.com to Help Small Businesses Market Their Unique Products
StartupNation.com today announced its collaboration with Overstock.com, Inc. to connect small and minority-owned businesses across the U.S. to Overstock.com's new Main Street store.
- America's Most Promising Social Entrepreneurs 2010
Flip through this slide show to read profiles of each, then vote for the one you consider most promising at the end of the slide show. Voting ends on June 25. We'll announce the top 5 vote-getters on the Small Business channel on June 29.
- Free e-book An Introduction to Angel Investing
It covers sourcing and evaluating investments, negotiation and valuation of the investment and then the process of managing the venture through to an exit.
- Micron Technology Foundation Celebrates 10th Anniversary of Summer Chip Camp for Junior High School Students
Chip Camp Program Offers Boise Region Students Opportunity to Work With Micron Engineers and Scientists and Learn About Designing and Manufacturing Semiconductors
- Idaho Technology Council, software employers group merge to boost growth, influence
“Smart software development stands out as a core competency of Idaho high technology, and we are confident the strength of our dozens of software members will enable Idaho to become known as a leader in this important industry,” said Jay Larsen, president and chief executive officer of ITC.
- Sun Valley/Ketchum chamber of commerce could lose marketing role. Bitter dispute may close Boise visitors bureau
Sun Valley Mayor Wayne Willich and Ketchum Mayor Randy Hall released a proposal this week that would have a new marketing board take over event planning and visitor services, as well as marketing.
Washington State Business
- Home Dialysis Plus lands $50 million investment, boosting Oregon medical technology
"It's a foundation for us where we can move forward and say: 'Look at what Oregon can do,'"said Michael Baker, chief executive and co-founder of HD Plus.
- At Hillsboro, Oregon's Intel, the community garden is a company perk with a purpose
The program's goal, says Bill MacKenzie, communications manager: "Make employees feel happy and appreciated."
- How Seattle Startups Could Lead the World: Five Technology Themes to Watch
On Tuesday, TechFlash put together a provocative panel and town hall discussion on the future of startup financing—but it ended up being about much more than financing.
- Contractors, politicians threaten support for Casper, Wyoming business incubator
The purpose of the incubator is to "take Wyoming entreprenuers out of their bedrooms, out of their basements, out of their closets and into a professional work environment where they can grow their company."
Energy and Climate Change
- Virginia to Expand Post-High School Tracking
The state's massive data system, which assigns every public school student in Virginia an identifier to track them through their school career, would link to college and workforce data through a $17.5 million federal stimulus grant.
- Colleges not training students for careers that are growing
The United States is "on a collision course with the future" since far too few Americans complete college.
- At community colleges, great expectations don't come with dollars
The community college financial model is broken.
- A Political Online Push on Higher Education
“Do you really think in 20 years somebody’s going to put on their backpack, drive a half hour to the University of Minnesota from the suburbs, haul their keister across campus, and sit and listen to some boring person drone on about econ 101 or Spanish 101?” Pawlenty asked Stewart, host of "The Daily Show."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Farms benefit by creating energy
Each state is conducting its own survey. The results will give agricultural producers, policy makers and the public details about the economic and environmental impact of on-farm energy production.
- Time to Plug In Electric Cars
'Let's have a mini-Manhattan Project. Let's electrify half our cars and trucks in 20 years.' " said Sen. Lamar Alexander of Tennessee, third-ranking Republican in the Senate and a kind of missionary for electric cars. "That's a very ambitious goal, but it's a goal that cries out for presidential leadership."
- San Francisco seeks immediate halt to PG&E's Smart Meter program
"Common sense should argue against installing millions of defective SmartMeters until their problems are fixed and questions about their accuracy are fully resolved," Herrera said in a statement. "Unfortunately, when a company lacks common sense, it means regulators need to do their job to protect the common interest."
- Finally! 3D Without the Glasses
Good thing researchers in Microsoft's Applied Sciences Group have developed a new type of lens to make 3-D displays more practical and eyewear-free.
- Flying Car Takes Off
A new flying car has made its first successful trip down the runway.
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