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"Our business in life is not to get ahead of others, but to get ahead of ourselves - to break our own records, to outstrip our yesterday by our today." -Stewart B. Johnson
Tony - Congratulations on an outstanding career guiding Montana's economic success and thank you for your dedication to the future of Montana. "Montana Department of Commerce Director Tony Preite Announces His Retirement" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier National Park Centennial
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- With Husband-Wife Team at the Helm, Belton Chalet Celebrates 100th Birthday Along with Glacier National Park
With all kinds of events and activities planned throughout the year at Glacier National Park, visitors might discover another treasure -- the Belton Chalet.
- Montana Early Care Initiative - Strategic Investments for Early Childhood Development
“Working in partnership with state government agencies and key leaders in Montana's early childhood development field, BSI developed the ECI Program to help build the capacity of child care resource and referral agencies, and attract investment by state, regional and national foundations,” said Mike Schechtman, BSI's Executive Director.
- How to Choose the Best Business Card for Your Company
Networking, marketing, and leadership experts lay out what makes an effective business card, business card style taboos, and the importance of design versus delivery.
- The SBA Advocate July 2010 Newsletter
Montana SBA http://www.sba.gov/localresources/district/mt/index.html
Come Home Montana
- Vision Net of Great Falls, Montana expanding its footprint in the city as demand for its expertise in communications technology increases
The company's 24-hour contract service for technical assistance for telephone and cable companies in particular is growing.
Come Home Utah
- Montana Career Opportunities - Creative Director - Wendt
Applicants should have worked as a senior level art director, copywriter or creative director within the last three years.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Utah Career Opportunities - Utah career college to hire 300 to meet demand
Salary levels will range from $30,000 per year for some entry-level positions to a base salary of $175,000 for an upper-level manager, said Eric Juhlin, CEO of CollegeAmerica Services.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- How to improve collaboration between remote teams
One of the biggest hazards of remote teams is that information isn’t distributed evenly.
- The July edition of MEDA Online News is now available.
MEDA Spring AND Fall Conference – date for MEDA Fall Conference – September 14th – 15th
- Cleantech: Venture firms invest $2 billion in second quarter
Biofuels, energy efficiency, smart grid, solar and transportation regularly vie with each other for being the top venture categories.
Montana Economic Development
- First Call Computer Solutions - A Montana Technology Resource Company
Why should you count on us? So you can fulfill your promise to your customers
- Program keeps doctors in Montana - 5 of 6 residency graduates plan to practice in state
“The program graduates six people a year, but it makes a disproportionate contribution to the state when it sends doctors out,” Fahrenwald said. “We really look for people that have the desire to stay here and want to work in underserved places.”
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Department of Commerce, Special Events Grants Now Available September 24, 2010 Application Deadline
"Montana’s spectacular setting and distinctive communities attract ten million visitors annually. The Special Events Grants provide the opportunity to showcase our notable hospitality and unique character that inspire our visitors to return time and time again,” said Anthony Preite, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
- Service key in global economy - Montana Business Leadership Council
“Where we can differentiate ourselves is in service,” Steve Daines told two dozen business leaders and lawmakers Tuesday at a meeting of the newly revived Montana Business Leadership Council http://www.mblconline.net/ .
- The Max: Effort begins to bring another wave to downtown Missoula currently hosting the U.S. kayak team trials
If fundraising efforts are successful, The Max Wave will not only be ready by 2015, it will help Missoula land the bid for the 2015 World Freestyle Kayaking Championships.
- Montana Department of Commerce Director Tony Preite Announces His Retirement
“I want to thank Tony Preite for his service and commitment to the state and the people of Montana,” said Governor Schweitzer. “I wish him well in his retirement.”
- Intel's Andy Grove: How America Can Create Jobs
The scaling process is no longer happening in the U.S. And as long as that's the case, plowing capital into young companies that build their factories elsewhere will continue to yield a bad return in terms of American jobs.
- Solo Angel Investing Versus Joining a Group
Solo angel investing is just plain hard work.
Funding and Building your Business
- 2010 Economic Gardening Conference Presentations Available
Conference presentations are now available! Check out the "Presentations" page for links to those presentations that we have permission to distribute (thus far).
Incubators and R&D
- On the Road With a Supersalesman
Is John "Grizz" Deal the greatest salesperson around?
- How to recruit talent to smaller cities
Does your company have an employer brand? Can your current employees explain to an outsider the values your company upholds, as well as your corporate culture?
- Is Your Company Built to Sell?
Building a company with the end goal of selling it can help make the firm stronger and more successful.
- And Now, the Tricky Part: Naming Your Business
Getting a start-up off the ground is easy, compared with conjuring up the perfect moniker. Experts recommend short, snappy and easy to spell.
- Supporters tout broadband network - The Northern Tier Network
"If you don't incorporate the most current technology into your classrooms, they are easily bored," Rystedt said. "We have failed them, in essence."
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Student-Led Venture Funds 2010 Survey by Oxford University
Student-led venture funds expect to invest more in IT/Software and Greentech than any other investment domain.
- Tech Transfer: Why It Matters and How Philly’s Making It Better
Instead of bickering, Tang pointed to the Science Center’s new early-stage proof-of-concept funding program — dedicated to the region’s healthy life sciences community — as a solution.
- Innovation in the US Heartland
“We think it’s the right thing to do - to take the money from one invention and invest it in the next one.”
- Why Not a Market for Advancing Innovations out of Universities?
What is the state of technology commercialization in higher education. Can it be improved? Is everything peachy-keen?
- Angel Investing by the Numbers
If you just dabble in angel investing, you are likely to lose all your money. Read on…
- General Electric invests in Idaho wind project - GE Energy Financial Services, Exergy Development Group Partner on 183-MW Wind Power Project
The almost half-billion dollar portfolio of 11 wind farms under construction was developed by Exergy Development Group. Exergy will own a minority stake in the project along with manager and operator Reunion Power. The wind farms will sell all of their power to Idaho Power Company under 20-year agreements.
- Tech, media moguls descend upon Sun Valley Allen & Co. conference returns for 28th year
Fireworks won't be the only July Fourth mainstay filling the valley sky this weekend. The Wood River Valley has a unique tradition of its own.
- Math, reading gap among Native American students
The National Indian Education Study released Wednesday found lags in achievement and persistent gaps among Native American students and their peers.
- Western Governors Confront Increased Demand for Water, Energy
The three-day event is a forum for Western governors to confront the issues common to their region, chiefly the questions of how to accommodate growing populations that demand increasing amounts of water and energy, while maintaining the landscapes and wildlife that are the reasons so many Americans migrate to the West in the first place.
- TIME Magazine Recognizes Montana as One of Two States with a Surplus
“I’ve worked hard to run the state like a business and keep our finances sound. We do face difficult budget times ahead but I’m committed in not raising taxes and living within our means. We have money to pay our bills.” Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- MIT researchers offer a plan for Internet that's 1,000 times faster
Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology reportedly have devised a way to make the Internet work up to 1,000 times faster via optical connections, but the plan would require a substantial investment in network routers.
- $21M in stimulus money to help expand high-speed Internet network on Crow Indian Reservation, public libraries across Montana
In a teleconference Thursday with reporters, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack said the latest round of awards will create jobs, leverage other funds, and help extend high-speed Internet to millions of households.
- The German Experiment with Renewable Energy Encouragement
The government sets a premium price on solar and other alternative power sources. The policy offers lessons in ways to encourage the use of renewable energy.
- Stumbling Toward a Smart Grid - More From ‘The Future of the City’: Smart Grid’s Early Mistakes
“The Future of the Smart Grid: Early Lessons Learned from the Rollout of Smart Grid Technologies”
- Bang for the blade - Study shows Wyoming wind energy is relatively cheap but Montana produces the cheapest wind-generated power,
Only Washington collects more state tax on wind electricity than Wyoming, according to the study, which includes Wyoming's pending sales and generation taxes.
- Oregon solar program fills in 15 minutes leaving some customers excited and others frustrated
Oregon's foray into a European-style program, the first of its kind in the nation, produced excitement and frustration at its debut Thursday. Residential and business customers could produce enough solar energy under the pilot program to serve the equivalent of 2,500 homes in a year.
- University of Montana Offers Online Courses In Nonprofit Administration
The program’s courses, which begin this year on Monday, Aug. 16, are offered entirely online and are designed for students seeking professional development in a promising field, as well as for busy professionals working in the nonprofit sector. Practicing administrators and others interested in building skills relating to nonprofit administration are encouraged to register.
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