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"I found that I could get software engineers and developers here (Missoula, Montana) that are every bit as good as I could get in Redmond, Washington, at a much, much more reasonable price." WhoCanHelp.com CEO Carl Hicks http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Economic Gardening - Is It Right for Your Community? http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Christine Littig of Missoula's Bernice's Bakery Writes to President Obama about a Nation-Wide Entrepreneurs Roundtable http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana Ambassadors Fall 2010 Speaker Series Event - Sen. Jon Tester, 10/28, Seattle, WA http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Globalization Partners International
- Research & Commercialization Board Awards $1.3 Million for Clean Coal & Renewable Resources, Laser Optics, Biotechnology, and Production Agriculture Projects
"It is critical for Montana to invest in research, commercialization and technology projects that broaden Montana's education and job opportunities," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "This investment helps to diversify our economy and allows Montana to compete in the global marketplace."
Highway 12 Ventures
- Localization with EPiServer CMS Part 2
EPiServer handles multilingual content in a very transparent way.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- GutCheck Closes Series A Funding Led by Highway 12 Ventures for New Category of Market Research
The round was led by Highway 12 Ventures, with Village Ventures, iModerate Research Technologies, Benenson Strategy Group and several notable entrepreneurs in the market research industry also participating.
- Goomzee Heats Up The Summer By Signing Four More Multiple Listing Services
"It is the Intermountain MLS's practice to provide our members with the best available information resources and tools, increasing their value to their customers and making them more productive," said Greg Manship, CEO of the Intermountain MLS of Boise. "Goomzee will be a great asset in helping agents connect with buyers using today's mobile and web technology."
- Startup Founders Want Just-In-Time Financing
The survey, commissioned by the Palo Alto office of Dorsey & Whitney, an international law firm, challenges many preconceived notions of what entrepreneurs find attractive.
Come Home Montana
- Apply To Present At The 28th Annual VCIR Winter Conference In Beaver Creek, Colorado, Feb 8-10, 2011
Venture Capital in the Rockies is the largest and oldest capital conference in the Rockies region.
- Red Lodge, Montana's main street gets national honor - Top 10 Great Streets for 2010
It's got no traffic lights, but it's got lots of character. Simply put, that describes Broadway Avenue in Red Lodge, the first street in Montana to earn national recognition as one of the top 10 Great Streets for 2010.
- Montana Ambassadors Fall 2010 Speaker Series Event - Sen. Jon Tester, 10/28, Seattle, WA
Please join us for an evening of networking with fellow "friends of Montana" who share a professional and personal interest in Montana business and economic development and a desire to forge strong ties between Montana and the Pacific Northwest. The event is free of charge thanks to our sponsors.
Montana Economic Development
- Wheat Montana CEO shares recipe for success
"Montana is a great place to do business. We know each other, we care about each other and what we do here is very, very important."
- Semitool to Sykes - Ray Thompson brings family and former Semitool employees to diner
Thompson describes himself as a "bearings-and-seals kind of guy," who thinks in terms of "stainless steel, Teflon and aluminum." But while he is comfortable with engineering, he's beginning to better understand hash browns.
- Smurfit-Stone finds a buyer for Frenchtown, Montana mill site
Ever since the mill closed for good in January, rumors about its future have swirled.
- High Tech Internet Company, WhoCanHelp.com Roots Itself In Missoula, Montana
"I found that I could get software engineers and developers here that are every bit as good as I could get in Redmond, Washington, at a much, much more reasonable price." WhoCanHelp.com CEO Carl Hicks
Regional Economic Development
- Senator Baucus Announces Chinese Energy Company To Travel to Montana To Explore Opportunities For Locating In The State
“Montana is poised and ready to become a leader in wind energy production and that means good-paying jobs for Montana workers. Partnerships with innovative companies like Goldwind will go a long way toward supporting our efforts to put Montana on the map as a wind energy leader. I am proud to bring Goldwind’s top brass to Montana to see for themselves all our great state has to offer,” Baucus said.
- "Nowhere" is Really "Somewhere"
The rising and falling and enduring of rural areas is based on chance, location, natural resources, leadership, and a host of other factors. Places can and do die, but the real issue is whether the residents who decide to stay behind should have a something of a voice in choosing to survive.
Business Plan Forums
- Are Super Angels Taking Over the World of Angel Investing?
With all this excitement about Super Angels investing in Silicon Valley startup ventures, are they beginning to dominate, dare I suggest, take over the world of angel investing?
- Venture Northwest chooses 2010 presenters
This year's roster, to be announced this morning, is:
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening - Is It Right for Your Community?
Economic gardening is an entrepreneurial approach to economic development that seeks to grow the local economy from within. Here are the seven steps to developing an implementation strategy for your economic gardening program to succeed.
Montana Education Excellence
- 20 Best Business Websites for Entrepreneurs and CEOs
Today, Business web sites are often responsible for originating a major share of their companies turnover.
- Money From Nothing
The U.S. tends to be self-perpetuating because it is the country with the largest number of successful technology entrepreneurs and, even if they come from another country, they tend to continue to live and invest in the U.S.
- Companies look to social media to avoid snafus
"We did not go about this in the right way," Marka Hansen, Gap brand president in North America, said in a statement Monday. "We recognize that we missed the opportunity to engage with the online community."
- How to take seed money from those closest to you
For many budding entrepreneurs, tapping the financial resources of friends and family may be the only option to obtain early business capital as banks have tightened lending standards since the economic downturn.
- 17 Mutable Suggestions For Naming A Startup
Sure, you could build a spectacularly successful company despite having a lousy name - but why not stack the odds in your favor?
- Jobs for grads programs get high grades in Billings, Montana
Virtually every senior who took the Jobs for Montana Graduates course at the Billings Career Center stayed in school and graduated.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- The Best States For Business And Careers - Forbes Magazine
Utah tops our fifth annual ranking, knocking longtime leader Virginia from the top spot.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- As the Startup Funding Model Evolves, Angels are Winning
Startups are increasingly turning to angels, not just for their initial rounds of funding but for subsequent rounds as well.
- Back to the future with Super Angels
Some people – mostly institutional VCs – are worried about Super Angels encroaching on their turf.
- North Dakota Leads Nation in Tourism
Otte Coleman says one reason for the state`s strong numbers is a good marketing campaign that targets those in nearby states and Canada.
- New Seeds for Poor Wyoming Counties
Small farmers and ranchers can only live so long on ideology.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Gates Foundation offers $20 million for education technology proposals
Can digital games, interactive video, social media and online classes help American students better prepare for and complete college?
- Technology access law helps those with special education needs
New law will give Americans with disabilities better access to critical technologies
- Early learning is a better investment than the stock market, says a top economist
Get ready. A bunch of new research papers on early childhood education will hit the digital airwaves tomorrow.
- College of technology students help build overcrowded school's new buildings in Missoula
The COT's enrollment grew beyond the capacity of the 1960s building on the South Campus long ago. It was built to accommodate 700 students. Today, there are 2,444 students, and enrollment continues to rise. Between 2008 and 2009, enrollment jumped 28 percent, a figure Good calls remarkable. Since last year, enrollment spiked another 16 percent.
- What if We Ran Universities Like Wikipedia?
First, it wouldn’t have formal admissions.
- Universities help make Canada an innovation underachiever
"Canada cannot hope to prosper in the face of increasingly intense global competition, and meet the needs of an aging population, by doing what we always have done,"
- Sen. Baucus' Small Business Jobs Law Delivers Boost To Montana Companies
Senator Announces Increased Access to Capital to Help Support Montana jobs
Connectivity & Communications
- Creating Rural 'Smart Growth'
Following "smart growth" practices can help rural towns thrive, according to a report from the federal Environmental Protection Agency.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 15 Top Transportation Apps for Planes, Trains, and Cars
You're going on a big road trip, and you've loaded your smartphone with a GPS app, Google Maps, a weather app, and perhaps a currency converter tool. Now what?
- 'Future Shock' team issues predictions for next 40 years
Toffler's view of the future need not be feared, Westphal says. "What's on the other end is very exciting," she says. "You ask Alvin Toffler now about the future, and he says it's bright. He's an optimist. ... We are in the midst of this massive change, and we're figuring it out."
- eatured Story More than 1,000 electric-vehicle charging stations destined for Oregon's I-5 corridor by next summer
BP Products North America Inc. plans to install electric-vehicle chargers at BP and Arco stations in four Oregon cities, helping to prevent dreaded "range anxiety."
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