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A treasure trove of opportunity awaits you at the 2010 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference where you will discover priceless peer perspectives and an eye for opportunity from plant tours, high value breakout sessions and compelling speakers. Again, we've included everyone's favorite -- Montana Company Leaders and their take on where to look for opportunity and how they Change the Game. Come, re-frame your game and re-connect with manufacturing peers and allies. http://www.matr.net/cl ... 13110
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership - MTIP Mailer Oct. 2010
MTIP - Paving the Technology Path to Economic Development
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- MMEC's "Compete Smart Conference" highlights Powr-Grip and Big Sky Woodcrafters of Laurel, Montana
Powr-Grip designs and manufactures a full-line of hand-held vacuum cups, vacuum lifters, and vacuum mounting cups that make materials handling and equipment mounting easier and safer.
- Missoula's Best Place Project: Get assertive on Missoula jobs
The goal: Create 2,500 new "primary jobs" and another 2,375 spin-off jobs in Missoula that pay an annual salary of $37,000.
Highway 12 Ventures
- PrintingForLess.com is now hiring for our Technical Service Representative position!
We are seeking a well organized, high energy team player who enjoys customer interaction and building business relationships in a sales environment.
City Club Missoula
- Portfolio News - September 2010
September was an exciting and very productive month for our portfolio companies.
- City Club Missoula Presents: Bear-Human Conflict Presented By Jerod Merkle, 10/11, Missoula
Jerod Merkle, a graduate student at the University of Montana will describe what he and other scientists have learned about human-bear interactions and conflicts.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Stupid Comments From Prospective Investors
The following are comments for prospective investors to avoid as well as ways for entrepreneurs to act when they hear these naive comments.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- MEDA October News and...Rural Seminar and Strategy Session in the works
Rural Seminar and Strategy Session on Federal Economic Development Policy Where does Rural Montana Fit in the Urban Centric World of Washington DC?
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Kauffman Foundation to bring in educators for entrepreneurial boot camp
Applicants from across the country have a wide range of ideas, including new models for covering college costs, technological applications, innovations in career counseling, ideas for preparing students for environmentally green jobs and new ways for teaching foreign languages and music.
- Graduation Matters Missoula holding planning sessions - 10/6
Graduation Matters Missoula is an initiative created by Missoula County Public Schools Superintendent Alex Apostle, along with several local businesses and nonprofits. The project is designed to reduce dropout rates in schools and get every student to graduate.
Montana Economic Development
- SBA Releases Final Women-Owned Small Business Rule to Expand Access to Federal Contracting Opportunities
New program will be available in early 2011 for small, women-owned firms
- Montana Governor Schweitzer: Economic and Energy Meetings in Spain and Israel
"This is an opportunity to build and grow business in Montana and create more high paying jobs for workers in our state," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "I have been actively recruiting companies to Montana and this is a great opportunity to bring more business to our state."
- Montana Senator Baucus Headed To China To Promote Montana Agriculture, Manufacturing, Energy Development
Senator to Press Top Chinese Officials, Companies to Expand Trade Relationship with Montana, Support Good Paying Jobs
- Montana tribes looking for ways to increase professionally educated tribal members for its workforce
There are at times numerous jobs available within the tribal system but time and time again department heads and/or program managers have to go to the Tribal Council to request permission to hire non-members because the tribal member application pool lacks the desired qualified applicants.
Funding and Building your Business
- What the Future IT Work Force Will Look Like
“I know people who have infants. Some of these kids aren’t even 1 year old and they are already being taught how to scroll on an iPhone,” said Lynn Bertsch, director of employer engagement at the University of Kentucky’s Institute for Workplace Innovation.
Incubators and R&D
- Tech Firms Anticipate Enterprise Spending Boom
Tech Firms Expect Cash Infusion as mining business intelligence grows.
- 7 Easy Steps to Bootstrapping Success
A guide on how to launch a start-up on the cheap.
Montana Education Excellence
- Statewide university incubator fund ready to launch
"We have to try to find some way to help people get from the great idea stage to the next step," said Ken Edmunds, a member of the State Board of Education, who presented the idea to the council. "This is something that isn't being added through private or public sources elsewhere."
- Portland Seed Fund pledges 'tough love' for entrepreneurs
Managers of the nascent Portland Seed Fund have crafted an unconventional model for backing startups, asking companies to prove their mettle within 90 days -- or be cut off.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana’s 2-year colleges in national spotlight
In order to keep pace with leading nations, the U.S. must produce 16 million more degree recipients above its projected output (48 million) by 2025. This is a daunting task.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Hellgate Venture Network With Dr Apostle, Superintendent Of MCPS, 10/21, Missoula
Dr.Apostle will be meeting with HVN to explore ways the local business community can become more actively involved in current initiatives within the Missoula County Public Schools (MCPS).
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- SBA Announces Improvements to SBIR Program
Changes to the program include: * Setting the target time-frame between selection of a proposal and award to an applicant at less than 60 days for all agencies. To help achieve a faster turn-around time, the program will work to standardize contracts and share best practices.
- Angel Profiling (Part 1): Is It A Fool's Game?
In this mini-series of my own I intend to elaborate on the subject of angel investing and to give fledgling angels and others interested in this space the opportunity to learn more about who we are, (it's extremely varied and diverse!), how you become an angel, and what the general options are in this landscape.
- Texas angel investors to form alliance
"Our goal is to make it easier for entrepreneurs to get their deal in front of multiple angel networks."
- Boise's Blackfin Technology sold to Washington company
Xtreme Consulting Group, which purchased Blackfin Technology Inc. for an undisclosed sum, was drawn to the company’s staff, experience and presence in the Boise market, said Jefferson Jewell, who co-founded Blackfin a decade ago.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- High-tech homerooms
Kappy Cannon, principal at Forest Lake Technology Magnet School in Columbia, SC, talks about how technology is revolutionizing the way her students learn.
- Following Finland's lead on education
In small but mighty Finland, teachers and students have had stunning success bringing a quality education to all their kids. NBC's Rehema Ellis pays a visit to their classrooms to find out their secret.
- 21st Century Education in New Brunswick, Canada
Mapping the Global Classroom of the Future
- Making Math Lessons as Easy as 1, Pause, 2, Pause ...
The slower pace is a cornerstone of the district's new approach to teaching math, which is based on the national math system of Singapore and aims to emulate that country's success by promoting a deeper understanding of numbers and math concepts.
- Help The Missoula Children's Theatre Reach More Kids - Please Vote
With YOUR help-ONE VOTE PER DAY DURING THE ENTIRE MONTH OF OCTOBER-we will acquire a training facility and change many thousands of lives.
- Montana Department of Transportation - INROADS Newsletter - Paving the Way for Montana’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
We still have funding available to pay for your MCA (Montana Contractor’s Assn) dues. This will help you with networking and meeting primes. Contact Shannon at 444-7287 if you are interested.
- Farmer Jon: US Senator from Montana spends weekends plowing fields
Montana voters sent him to the Senate in 2006, but he flies home almost every weekend to plow his fields, fix his farm machinery and tend to his relatively modest 1,800 acre farm in the rolling hills of wheat country north of Great Falls.
- Sparks of creativity ignite engaging evening - Got something you'd like to talk about? MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Got a big idea? Take five minutes. And not a second more.
- Ottawa launches new initiatives to 'kickstart' Canadian businesses
"With this new program, our Government will be giving our talent a kickstart in getting their innovative products and services off the ground."
Energy and Climate Change
- Best Videos About Urban Planning
A list of 50 videos on YouTube that focus on urban planning and related issues.
- Eight NEW grants
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- We're not worthy? Try "we're not ready," when it comes to climate change
While Wayne and Garth may have howled "We're not worthy" when meeting one of their rock idols, Americans should be saying "We're not ready" when it comes to preparing for the effects of climate change.
- Creative forces hatching again in Bozeman - Hatchfest
I stumbled on Hatchfest four years ago when a colleague met one of the organizers on a plane. I'm always shocked that it's so unknown within the state. A friend asked if Hatch was a fishing event. Since fly fishermen are always focused on what the next hatch is, the question made sense. And Hatchfest does nurture creativity; even its logo has a filmmaker emerging from an egg.
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