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"The first one to the best idea wins, and technology gives us that speed." Kim Feil, CMO at Sara Lee.
You should attend if you can: "City Club Missoula, "The Internet And The Missoula Economy", 11/18, Missoula" http://www.matr.net/article-16757.html
Come Home Montana
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~FLATHEAD VALLEY
The Flathead Valley is visually and recreationally spectacular. It borders Glacier National Park and is surrounded by the Salish Mountains and the Whitefish, Swan and Mission Mountain Ranges. At 28 miles long and 15 miles wide, Flathead Lake defines the Valley, but there are hundreds of rivers and lakes to explore.
- Come Home Montana ~ Featured Career ~ Central Office Translation Specialist
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, a diversified telecommunications company that offers a wide array of voice/data services, is seeking a highly motivated and experienced CO Translations Specialist with great interpersonal skills and a positive attitude.
- Come Home Montana Featured Talent, Desired Field: Sales | Management
Developing successful sales/marketing and promotion/advertising strategies.
- Eat, Sleep, Work, Consume, Die
Just because technology makes it possible for us to work 10 times faster than we used to doesn't mean we should do it.
- MSU College of Business students win the PricewaterhouseCoopers xTAX(cq) competition
The national accounting firm says its xTAX program is designed to foster interest among students in the world of tax and provide them with exposure to real-world tax cases.
- Could your Web manager use some technical skill improvement? New course offered by UM Continuing Education
- University of Montana adds infectious disease doctorate program
UM established the program through a recent $3.2 million grant from the National Science Foundation.
Montana Economic Development
- Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks key to state economics in Montana
"Parks are unique assets that are within the state of Montana, and they're not being cared for," said Tony Jewett, the association's senior director for the Northern Rockies regional office.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Seeks Indian Country Host for 2006 Conference
MEDA http://www.medamembers.org is interested in holding its spring conference in Indian Country. We would like to highlight economic development and relationship building between reservation and non-reservation communities.
- Montana Main Street is moving forward in the community selection process. Is yours a candidate?
Are communities in your are interested in and ready to becoming a pilot community in Montana Main Street program?
- Big Sky Economic Development Board Considers Broad Range of Issues
McClure said that the claim that local option taxes creates a whole new bureaucracy is not true. He said that in talking with the tourist cities which have the tax, they say "the only work" is the county treasure directing the money back to the community.
- Missoula competing for DirecTV call center
“We're continuing our evaluation of Missoula and hope to reach a decision soon,” said DirecTV spokesman Robert Mercer.
- Energy Tech: Blue Skies Ahead
Another survey by the National Venture Capital Association says that 21 percent of venture capital firms globally are planning to invest in the energy and environmental sectors over the next five years. That's up from 12 percent now.
- Rehberg Hails $8 Million in Science, Justice and Commerce Projects for Montana
A grant of $600,000 will go to the Montana Technology and Innovation Partnership, which includes Montana State University-Billings, Big Sky Economic Development Authority, Center for Applied Economic Research, Beartooth Resource Conservation and Development and the Montana Business Incubator.
- Montana Association of Counties (MACo) November Newsletter
- An eBay Founder's Bid To Aid Small Enterprises
"It's a fundamentally different way of looking at how to make a social impact," says Mr. Omidyar, 38 years old. "It's using business as a tool to make that happen."
- She's banking on an angel - Keating Heinemann, secretary of the Wisconsin State Department of Financial Institutions brings Angels together
"We would talk to some angel investors that had a large amount of deals and not enough capacity to fund all the deals, and we talked to other angel networks who were up and running for years and never really found any deals they wanted to invest in," she said. So far, the network has brought together member groups representing more than 200 angel investors and created a confidential Web site, which came on line in June, where entrepreneurs have posted several dozen summaries of businesses seeking investment.
Funding and Building your Business
- Fort Collins startup captures fast-pitch award
The emerging companies highlighted at the 2005 BioWest conference that started Tuesday:
- Why flexible schedules benefit businesses
"Flexibility does have a direct link to productivity and financial performance," says Donna Klein, CVWF's president and CEO. "For the first time, this really significantly challenges the misperception that flexibility is an accommodation."
- Does Innovation Through Acquisition Work?
Companies that once were acquisition-crazy, says Chaudhuri, soon realized that while buying technologies was easy, making them profitable was not
- Best of Friends - A strong relationship between the CMO and the CIO may provide the keys to competitive advantage
"The first one to the best idea wins, and technology gives us that speed."
- Embracing failure is a necessary step for successful entrepreneurs
For each of these famous entrepreneurs, however, failure was a milestone on the road to success. They actually celebrated their failures for what those mistakes taught them – and used the experience to move to the next idea.
- How to Avoid Losing Your Patent
Want to avoid becoming the focus of an inequitable conduct defense?
- Inside Entrepreneurship: The keys to writing compelling executive summaries
It is often said that people develop lasting impressions within the first 10 seconds of meeting someone new.
Utah Economic Development
- The right way to make a fast "Angel" buck
With a giant clock display ticking down the seconds, entrepreneurs repeated five-minute presentations to tables of four or five investors, wooing their listeners for millions of dollars in capital.
- Incentives are pushed for growth in business in Utah
"We are not nearly as aggressive as the states that are close around us, and when a company is looking to come to a state, they're getting much larger incentive packages (elsewhere)," said Michael Nelson, director of corporate recruitment for the Governor's Office of Economic Development. "Now, we have a great state, and a lot of times, it is our work force and other benefits that attract these companies, and they are coming to the state, but it's something we have to look at and something we have to encourage."
- NASCIO Releases Findings From State IT Project Management Survey
- Gallatin County to seek new phone system without bids
There are no companies in the running right now to get the job, he said. That decision will ultimately be up to the commission.
- 100 Miles of River And Sold-Out Seats in Idaho - White Water Company for Sale in Montana
For most U.S. river-rafting tour operators, the work "is a labor of love,"
- Northern Idaho manufacturer, LA Aluminum Casting Co. may add jobs
"We've just exploded," Nicol said. "Our biggest challenge is keeping up with orders."
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Maine to Increase R&D Activity to $1B by 2010 - The Science and Technology Action Plan for Maine 2005
Maine's high quality of life will continue to be a strong asset, according to the report. However, in order to attract creative workers and businesses, Maine must also be a place where one can make money, the report states.
- More schools look to tree debris to heat rooms - Forest Service program uses thinned slash in boilers
In some other heavily forested states — such as Vermont, which heats many public buildings with wood — biomass has long been used for fuel. But it hasn’t taken off until recently in the West, where power has been relatively cheap.
- Easy Ways to Investigate A Company's Office Culture
"A good question: Ask how the organization celebrates success. Is this an organization that has a culture that recognizes and rewards people for the value they contribute, or do they just say, 'It's in your paycheck'?"
- New managers should welcome coaching - Mentors crucial to career success
You do need help in developing management skills, it's OK to admit it
- Biodiesel Keeps Home Fire Burning
The combination of price-gap reduction and increased public awareness opened the door for advocates who recognized an opportunity to grow the biodiesel market.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Scientists Offer Hydrogen Fix
In the system envisioned by Alistair Miller and Romney Duffey of Atomic Energy of Canada, nuclear power plants would be paired with wind turbines to power electrolysis cells, which make hydrogen by passing an electric current through water.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bison range founded in Eastern Montana - The "American Prairie Foundation"
The APF, working with the World Wildlife Fund, envisions what eventually will be a 3.5 million-acre public-private prairie reserve rich with hundreds of bison, prairie dog towns and black-footed ferrets.
- Six Reasons To Avoid VoIP
"In 10 years all [telecommunications] will be VoIP, but right now most of the installations are a combination of VoIP and traditional phone service. I don't know that you'll ever get to a point where you want to drop a traditional phone service."
- Senior citizen bloggers defy stereotypes
"It keeps the old head working a little bit so you're not just sitting there gawking at TV."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Center for Ethics at The University of Montana-Missoula Fall Newsletter
The Center for Ethics at The University of Montana-Missoula (formerly known as the Practical Ethics Center) was created in 1996 to promote high quality teaching, research and service in applied and professional ethics.
- Vista Volunteers Pitch in to Make a Difference in Montana - Is your community included?
The new VISTA volunteers will work in 13 Montana communities and join eight others who are currently serving across the state.
- Healthy America: Wellness Where We Live, Work, and Learn
"My initiative, Healthy America, is about more than ridding ourselves of a few extra pounds; it's about embracing a new, healthier lifestyle. It's about building a culture of physical activity, prevention and wellness in the United States." Gov. Mike Huckabee, National Governors Association Chairman
- Cruise ship attacked by pirates used sonic weapon to repel them.... does it work on mothers-in-law?
American Technology, based in San Diego, compares its shrill tone to that of smoke detectors, only much louder. It can be as loud as about 150 decibels, while smoke alarms are about 80 to 90 decibels.
- Microsoft's Gates warns of major 'sea change'
"This coming 'services wave' will be very disruptive,"
- Internet to Become More Interactive Going Forward
boundaries between users and the Web are disappearing as well as websites displaying an abundance of user-generated content.
- Waterless toilet, new loom, solar power system honored. San Jose tech awards pick innovations with potential for good
Annual contest that seeks to recognize those who have innovative ideas to help humanity.
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