|MATR Newsletter - Tue Nov 8, 2005|
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"The important thing is to get out there and do stuff. Instead of waiting to be taught, go out and learn." Paul Graham to children about to enter high school.
Hope to see a lot of you tomorrow - MATR Roundtable"Innovation For All" With Paul Gladen, CEO of muzeview.com, 11/9,Missoula http://www.matr.net/article-16462.html This should be a great Roundtable. Russ
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Come Home Montana Employment Opportunity - Executive Director, Opportunity Link, Inc.
Located in Havre Montana, Opportunity Link is a newly created nonprofit organization dedicated to reducing poverty throughout 11 counties in Northcentral Montana. Since 2004 it has received $3 million in grant payments from the Northwest Area Foundation out of a total of $12 million to be paid by 2013.
- Montana Unfriendly to Entrepreneurs According to Two Reports
“Starting up, owning and operating a business is a risky venture. But those individuals willing to take such risks, by making investments of resources, time and energy, spur the economy forward. Indeed, entrepreneurship and investment serve as the economy’s lifeblood. Of course, most politicians claim to support small business, but their actions speak far louder than any political speeches ever could,” stated Richard Keating, SBE President.
- Nationally Renowned Entrepreneur, Rob Ryan Speaks to Montana High School Students
Missoula SCORE http://www.missoulascore.org/ brings high-tech pioneer to Bitterroot high-schoolers
- Triangle universities boosting entrepreneurism
To Paul Mugge, the answer to the business survivability debate is simple: Innovate or die.
- Ideas for Startups that Every Entrepreneur Should Read
Wealth is what people want. I don't mean that as some kind of philosophical statement; I mean it as a tautology.
- States should invest in preschool
A better start will lead to a better finish. A handful of smaller states, including Oklahoma and Wisconsin, have taken the important step of weaving preschool funding directly into their educational systems.
- Community Colleges Organize Consortium to help Manufacturing Companies in Michigan
The training consortium, which would begin in 2006, will concentrate on employee training in advanced manufacturing, tapping funds from the Michigan's Economic Development Job Training Grant and Manufacturing Competitiveness Program.
- Montana State Uuniversity-Billings Outreach expands offerings
The program may have been updated, but its original mission remains the same - make learning a lifelong pursuit.
- Rural schools struggle to recruit, retain teachers in Montana
"We had a California school with a great big sign advertising a base salary of $45,000," he said. "That's what they start at." Another California school offered base salaries from $33,000 to $37,000. The average base salary at rural Montana schools is about $20,000, Puyear said.
- Distance learning: Partial answer for Montana students at smaller schools
She might have been disappointed if Fromberg hadn't joined in the launch of the Montana Schools E-Learning Consortium. Along with 269 other Montana students, Combs is enrolled in online classes taught by certified Montana teachers.
- What You'll Wish You'd Known Before You Start High School (this is a must read!)
The important thing is to get out there and do stuff. Instead of waiting to be taught, go out and learn.
Montana Economic Development
- Amid housing boom, log cabins sales grow - Montana leads the nation in log-home manufacturers
"Log houses go back into everybody's culture, but they're identified with the West because we've marketed cowboys for so long," he said.
- Earnings, revenue up for Kalispell's Semitool
"We are also very encouraged by the continued success we have had at more deeply penetrating the Asian market,"
- Businessman hopes to produce energy-saving fuel additive in Great Falls, Montana
"Using a small share of the pure water from Giant Springs to create jobs and boost sales appeals to me because it would do a lot of good by reducing fuel consumption as well as emissions,"
- Committee of Commissioners from Across Montana Meet in Hardin about Economic Development
The top economic development issue that Bohlinger wanted to talk about was the institution of a sales tax.
- Canadian firm still eyeing airport space in Great Falls
Schultz said the client would initially hire 70 to 80 employees.
- Coal-to-Fuels Process Big Polluter
“Montana is the best situated state in the nation to lead the way towards a hydrogen economy,” says Paul Williamson, dean of the University of Montana’s College of Technology in Missoula referring not only to coal but to the state’s wind, solar and biomass resources. “But we cannot look to the future without considering coal.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Biotech companies pitch their potential to investors - BioWest 2005., a two-day event that opens Tuesday, showcases firms in the Rocky Mountain region.
Most of the participants hail from Colorado, with others from Utah, Wyoming and Montana.
- Tips on talking to a venture capitalist
Be fully prepared to answer numerous "what if" questions
- Interesting job perks draw people into work
Perks, those extra little things that come with a job, can be the most attractive thing about a new position as well as build loyalty among those already working there.
- Networking Resources For Entrepreneurs
So short of starting a matchmaker service for lonely young entrepreneurs, how do you find your peers?
- Paul Graham on the Venture Capital Squeeze - or will founders be able to get VC funding AND partially cash out ?
ut the fact is, the huge size of current VC investments is dictated by the structure of VC funds, not the needs of startups. Often as not these large investments go to work destroying the company rather than growing it.
- A presence on the Net is essential
It's 2005; do you know where your customers are? They're on the Internet.
- Constructive criticism a vital skill in developing and keeping talent
“What is the No. 1 value that employees today want but costs the organization nothing? Appreciation,”
- PeopleConnect finds "Angel employees" who work for startup equity -
"It sounds like they are on the cutting edge."
Washington State Business
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology November 2005
- What would lowering property taxes mean to Southeast Idaho?
Property tax reform certain to be one of the weightiest issues facing the 2006 Idaho Legislature
- New fundraising efforts by Washington State VC's
Word on the street is that two Washington state venture capital firms are out looking to raise new funds.
Incubators and R&D
- Cornell University to link researchers, business - Project aims to create jobs and investment in Syracuse.
The goal is to create more highly skilled labor forces, greater numbers of high-wage jobs and more private-sector capital investments.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- $7.4 million Grant creates health research partnership between tribes and the University of South Dakota School of Medicine and other colleges
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant will create the Center for Health Research, a partnership between universities, tribal colleges and tribal health agencies to address health care issues important in Indian country.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- New University of Montana Finance Club Offers Students Networking Prospects
A new club at The University of Montana offers finance students an opportunity to network with one other and business professionals, as well as increase their knowledge of financial matters.
- Hike Glacier Park - in your pj's
“The goal was to use the best technology there is to bring people as good an experience as possible,” said park spokeswoman Melissa Wilson.
- Women: Impossible is OK - Don't stress, and limit time commitments to allow for private life, speaker advises - Liz Ryan and WorldWIT
Adopt a reasonable definition of the word "all."
- Montana Nonprofit Association November Newsletter
MNA's Advocacy and Information Network is one of the primary tools that the association utilizes to communicate with our membership, the broader nonprofit sector, and the general public.
- A business mind-set aids one nonprofit
"We believe nonprofits need to be entrepreneurial to survive,"
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Survey: An Energy Planning and Coordinating Entity for Montana?
You have been sent this brief survey because of the interest you have shown in matters facing the Montana Legislature's Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee (ETIC).
- New Turbine May Boost Wind Power - More power- fewer dead birds
"To some people, wind is a four-letter word," Jim Geringer former Gov. of Wyoming said. "With what we're talking about here, it's anything but a four-letter word."
Connectivity & Communications
- Preserving the Timeless Prairie on a Family's Montana Ranch
This country has wonders untold...
- Georgia conference focuses on wireless technology in farming
"Wireless technology is not the technology of the future, it is the technology of the present,"
- A constant state of insecurity - Passwords are in the air, and it isn’t even spring
The very people who are supposed to know more about security than anyone appeared to have a higher-than-normal level of remote access back to their companies, but weren’t using any type of password protection.
- HP testing material to replace newsprint
"You begin to think about displays that you might literally roll up in some fashion, put in a holder or carry around in your pocket,"
- History's Worst Software Bugs
In 1947 when engineers found a moth in Panel F, Relay #70 of the Harvard Mark 1 system. The moth was trapped, removed and taped into the computer's logbook with the words: "first actual case of a bug being found."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Creating Schools as Community Centers - Creative Solution to Growth Issues
The video showcases the transformation of a struggling St. Paul, Minnesota school into a model of academic excellence and community involvement.
- Amazon lets people help computers -- and get paid
Examples of what humans can do better than computers? Evaluate beauty, translate text and find specific objects in photos.
- Apple's Front Row Comes Closer to Couch-Driven Computing
Apple's mission statement amounts to "less."
- Innovative Web-Based Software Challenges Windows Status Quo
"It definitely supports a Microsoft exit strategy,"
- A Nanotech Cure for Cancer?
"It's 21st-century medicine."
- Imagine, Make It Real in Fab Lab
The 13-year-old used a set of computer-controlled manufacturing tools at a community center to make her own simulator -- one that lets her "fly" an airplane of her design over an alien planet born of her imagination.
- The price of safety - Protection programs may cost more than identity theft itself
Some are not shy about exaggerating the problem while making their sales pitch.
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