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"I've learned that you shouldn't go through life with a catcher's mitt on both hands; you need to be able to throw something back." Maya Angelou
MSU Leadership Institute Presents An Evening With Maya Angelou, 11/1, Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Highway 12 Ventures
- EverLog(TM) Systems Newsletter
Building a durable log home in the south eastern United States is a challenge. Hurricanes, bug infestation, rot, decay and extreme weather are all major issues. Because the owner used worry free EverLogs(TM) these issues won't impact this stunning Louisiana lodge.
City Club Missoula
- Community - A Common Thread
I've been spending a good amount of my creative thinking time pondering the importance and impact of community in our lives (both during and since our trip) and (as it relates to work) how it can positively impact startups in places like Boise or other smaller markets.
- Bearing down
"We've got a lot of bears this year that are just roaming all over and getting into all kinds of trouble, turning up in all kinds of strange places," says Jonkel. "And we'll probably keep seeing that right up until the snow flies."
MSU Leadership Institute
- Modwest News: Zombies, Blacklisting, Site performance tips, and more
Modwest Tips: Speed up your site (Part II)
- MSU Leadership Institute Presents An Evening With Maya Angelou, 11/1, Montana State University - Bozeman, Montana
MSU President Waded Cruzado and the MSU Leadership Institute students personally invite you to an evening with Maya Angelou
Come Home Montana
- TechRanch TREK: Social And Emotional Intelligence, 10/20, Bozeman, Montana
As a follow up to the popular session earlier this year, Sabrina Hanan of All About Work will discuss Social and Emotional Intelligence. Studies have shown that people who learn and practice EI and SI live longer, healthier lives, are happier at home and are more successful at work.
- Teen Entrepreneurship
What do they need? Like all of us, advisors to keep them from making the really stupid mistakes and from getting blindsided. Encouragement and reinforcement that there is no one way to build a business. The freedom to fail.
Come Home South Dakota
- "Great Falls Story" On MontanaPBS Oct. 21
The "Great Falls Story" is the history of everyday life in what was Montana's largest city. Great Falls started as an ambitious dream to make North Central Montana an industrial empire. The dream included parks, buildings, stores and an opera house to rival anywhere.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Brain drain turns to South Dakota gain - But retaining youth only part of equation for small towns
South Dakota now has a brain gain.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Decade of the Telecommute
At the current rate, more people could be working at home than riding transit by 2017.
- Rural Seminar And Strategy Session On Federal Economic Development Policy, 10/26, Billings, Montana
Learn of trends that are emerging that could change funding opportunities for rural Montana. Join attendees in formulating a strategy and action plan to address these issues.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Ambassadors Fall Newsletter
There are too many highlights in the Fall 2010 Montana Ambassador Newsletter to list. Do take a few moments and check out all of the news.
- Israel's dynamic culture generates start-ups
The Fraud Sciences episode is just one of a fistful of innovation lightning bolts you'll find in the book "Start-Up Nation" by Dan Senor and Saul Singer. It's my hands-down pick as the number-one instruction manual for Entrepreneurship 101.
- Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Launches Scholarship Fund to Prepare More Washington Area Youth for Business and Educational Success
"The president should also vow to bring the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, or NFTE, to every low-income neighborhood in America."
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Want to be a good leader? Don't say a word
Every great leader needs to develop a strong self-awareness of their non-verbal communication, and use it consistently, so they can "walk the walk" as well as "talk the talk".
- Missoula high school dropouts share stories to help graduation initiative - "Graduation Matters"
"The longer we pursue this dream, the better it is going to get. Together we can get to zero percent."
Montana Economic Development
- Shortgrass Web Development of Great Falls, Montana builds website for nationally acclaimed baby cookbook - "Baby Love: Healthy, Easy, Delicious Meals for Your Baby and Toddler."
Shortgrass launches about 20 websites a year, but "this one was a bit more interesting with trendy web elements like Twitter and Facebook integrated, and involving national celebrities," Shortgrass owner Doug Ormseth said.
Regional Economic Development
- 2010 Montana Economic Development Summit Announcement
You can submit your questions and comments through our online portal by clicking here.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Techlink Receives Excellence In Economic Development Award From The International Economic Development Council
TechLink is a nationally recognized, federally funded technology transfer center at Montana State University, Bozeman.
- Funding Opportunity under Rural Community Development Initiative
These grants will be made to qualified intermediary organizations that will provide financial and technical assistance to recipients to develop their capacity and ability to undertake projects related to housing, community facilities, or community and economic development.
- MSU researchers discover chemical trigger that doubles the yield of algal lipids for biodiesel from farmed algae
The technology is available for licensing to interested companies and entrepreneurs.
Funding and Building your Business
- What Are These Super Angels?
What's all the hubbub about Super Angels?
Incubators and R&D
- Angel Investors, Part Two: Show Me The Money
There's a lot of prep work that goes into readying your business plan for presenting to angels, but most of it is about identifying your market and profitability.
- How to Pitch to Angel Investors
You may have sheer minutes to impress private investors, with success or failure hinging on how clearly and confidently you can deliver your presentation.
- Tapping the Powers of Persuasion
B. J. Fogg's lab at Stanford focuses on the ways technology can influence behavior.
- 5 business lessons from the Facebook movie - Four things the movie got wrong
Go for the 3,000-lb. marlin.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Montana bee research in national spotlight
University of Montana researcher Jerry Bromenshenk has been searching for the killer, and after screening bees for 30,000 disease markers, a group of scientists led by Bromenshenk now says they have found a probable cause.
- University of Montana bee research in national spotlight - Montana Scientists and Soldiers Solve a Bee Mystery - Colony Collapse Disorder
A group of scientists led by Jerry Bromenshenk of the University of Montana in Missoula has researched bee-related applications for the military in the past - developing, for example, a way to use honeybees in detecting land mines.
- Montana, students good for each other
The future of the state rests on an educated citizenry able to tackle important problems in the 21st century's knowledge-based economy. The University of Montana welcomes those who want to make a difference.
- Wave of the future: Hellgate Elementary most tech-heavy district in Missoula
The problem with the explosion of technology in the schools is not how to get children to learn to use every new gadget and device. It's the adults.
- Montana students get look at possible careers
"The earlier we give them the options, the better."
- Montana Commissioner of Higher Education seeks to increase attendance at two-year colleges
One problem has been that the colleges may be one of the stateâ€™s best-kept secrets.
- Technology Transfer: A Contact Sport
No single mechanism is guaranteed to succeed, though there are many mechanisms that are likely to fail.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Twin Falls, Idaho call center hires 550, expects more
When C3 announced plans to reopen the call center, the company predicted it would hire 650 to 1,200 people. The center replaces jobs lost when the Dell center closed in January.
Utah Economic Development
- Documentary highlights Williston, North Dakota area
The economic activity in western North Dakota has not only drawn state and national attention, but also international attention.
- Utah could be on the verge of becoming a hi-tech hub
"Folks like us are starting to take more interest in a state like Utah because we're always interested in being shareholders in what will eventually be the most valuable companies, especially in technology wherever they germinate," he said. "We're noticing more and more interest in companies coming out of a place like Utah." Michael Goguen, managing partner at Sequoia Capital
- STEM Education Has Little to Do With Flowers
A new report from the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology offers many worthy ideas for improving science education, like creating a "master corps" of the nation's finest science teachers who would in turn train others; but the STEM word keeps thudding up its pages like so many gristle nubs in a turkey burger. It's greasy-peasy: collapse down education, and you've got a buzz phrase to rival phys ed.
- Gates gives $35 million to Obama's community college overhaul
At the first ever White House community college summit Tuesday, President Obama announces new grants to help community colleges prepare Americans for new jobs.
- 3 Week Required Classes for Incoming College Freshmen - Science for Non-Scientists
â€œPeople who graduate in fields other than science often do not understand science,â€ he says. â€œThey do not know what the limits of science are and what science can do. Itâ€™s catastrophic.â€
- "Change the Equation" - President Obama to Announce Major Expansion of "Educate to Innovate" Campaign to Improve Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Education
"Our success as a nation depends on strengthening America's role as the world's engine of discovery and innovation." President Obama.
- Waiting for Super Principals
The thing that divides the great charter schools and great public schools from the mediocre tends to be extraordinary principals. I'm not sure how we get them on a mass basis, but instead of Superman that's what I'm waiting for.
- Lights On Initiative Promotes Afterschool Programs - The Flagship Program
Studies have shown that children participating in afterschool programs demonstrate increased school attendance and enhanced academic achievement. Afterschool programs also reduce juvenile offending, while promoting public safety and positive child development.
- When community colleges and local business work together it's a win-win
"Community colleges have the scale, pedagogical diversity and access to the student body to improve the postsecondary attainment of many Americans, but they must find ways to integrate their three missions to do so," writes Louis Soares for the White House summit on Community Colleges, arguing that community colleges and local business need to work together.
- Waiting for Superman: Don't look for easy answers the film implies, panel of educators says
Education spending in America has more than doubled in the last four decades â€“ yet math and reading scores have flat-lined.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- Why Broadband Service in the U.S. Is So Awful - One step that could change it
Consider that the U.S. came in dead last in another recent study that compared how quickly 40 countries and regions have been progressing toward a knowledge-based economy over the past 10 years. "We are at risk in the global race for leadership in innovation," FCC chairman Julius Genachowski said recently. "Consumers in Japan and France are paying less for broadband and getting faster connections. We've got work to do."
- Cisco to sell videoconferencing box for the home
Cisco emphasizes that the system will produce high-definition, lifelike video, but the quality will also depend on the speed of the home's broadband connection.
- West Glacier could have broadband by 2011
"I support the merger of Qwest by CenturyLink," Chuck Brasen said. "West Glacier seems to have been left out of Internet upgrades."
- Toyota shows smart-grid technology for its plug-in hybrid
Compared to a regular home and a gasoline-engine car, the smart grid and a plug-in will in the best case scenario reduce household energy consumption 75%, according to the automaker.
- Montana's melting glaciers: The poster-child for climate change
With warmer temperatures and changes to the water cycle, scientists predict Glacier National Park will be glacier-free by 2030.
- Philanthropic equity yields big returns
Philanthropic equity, the charitable equivalent of venture-capital investment, more than triples program delivery and doubles revenue for nonprofits that conduct comprehensive campaigns to secure equity funds, a new report says.
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