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Code of the West-- Live each day with courage - Take pride in your work - Always finish what you start - Do what has to be done - Be tough, but fair - When you make a promise, keep it - Ride for the brand - Talk less and say more - Remember that some things aren't for sale - Know where to draw the line - "Dean Morgan Junior High uses "Code of the West" to teach ethics" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"Montana Ambassadors Fall 2010 Speaker Series Event - Sen. Jon Tester, 10/28, Seattle, WA" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- The End of a Recession, the Beginning of a Talent Crunch http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- PrintingForLess October 2010 Newsletter
In this month's newsletter, we point you to some handy resources to help you find that indelible hook on which to hang your marketing strategy, introduce our first green printing tip and highlight PFL CEO Andrew Field's recent mention in the Los Angeles Times.
- Stand Out with Business Holiday Cards for Thanksgiving from PrintingForLess.com
"Thanksgiving is the perfect time to send business holiday cards to your clients and friends to let them know how much you appreciate them," says Andrew Field, PFL President and CEO. "You will definitely stand out from others by sending customized greeting cards now."
MSU Leadership Institute
- Dorsey & Whitney Unveils New Survey Revealing Funding Trends and What Startup CEOs Seek in an Investment Partner
Strong Demand for Funding from Angels, Early-Stage VCs & Super Angels
- Temporary Exclusion of 100% of Gain on Investments made in Qualified Small Business Stock
Angel investors making investments in this time frame might want to consider buying equity rather than convertible debt in order to take advantage of this benefit.
Come Home Montana
- Maya Angelou Cancels Nov. 1 Lecture at Montana State University
"While we are disappointed that Dr. Angelou will not be able to attend, we understand and support her physician's decision, which was made for her overall health," said Carmen McSpadden, the director of the MSU Leadership Institute, a key organizer of the lecture. "We apologize for any inconvenience that this has caused and we hope that Dr. Angelou is able to recover quickly and fully," McSpadden added.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Human Resources Professional - Lee Enterprises
Based in Billings or Missoula, Montana, this individual contributor position provides a full range of HR support to 600+ employees in multiple properties located in Missoula, Bozeman, Butte, Helena as well as Twin Falls, Idaho.
- Montana History Wiki
The Montana History Wiki is a collection of information to help guide researchers to the resources available through the Montana Historical Society Research Center. It is designed to assist researchers in finding the best resource for their projects or topics.
- The End of a Recession, the Beginning of a Talent Crunch
With so much fear about job loss and focus on job creation, one would never imagine that we are at the beginning of a talent crunch that could have ripple effects for years to come.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Prop. 23 may threaten budding clean-tech firms in California
Now Proposition 23 on the November ballot threatens to change the state's nurturing environment for green companies.
- Taking Missoula County Public Schools technology to the 21st century and beyond
"When you say 'technology,' people think about the wires and the boxes," he said. "But what really matters are the verbs. You can have all the technology in the world, but the question is, 'What are they doing with it?' "
- Positive Results From LigoCyte's Norovirus Vaccine Challenge Study Presented at IDSA Annual Meeting
"We are extremely pleased with the opportunity to share the important results from this carefully designed proof-of-concept, multi-center challenge study. Challenge studies are rigorous tests and we have established for the first time that immunized subjects can reduce their risk of norovirus illness by receiving a vaccine," said Donald P. Beeman, Chief Executive Officer.
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Finding the path: Missoula business, HuntingGPSmaps.com, creates GPS maps for hunters
Mapping guru Ralph Saunders of Billings has used the Montana Mapping program during his work, calling it unbelievably useful.
- MAEDC: Missoula economic development organization lays off 2
Due to budget concerns, two positions at the Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. have been eliminated ,and other changes are in the works, said Dick King, executive director of the organization.
- Columbus, Montana grocer, Paul Matovich, recognized for hiring workers with disabilities
"It could be any of our kids," he said. "No one asks to have a brain injury. No one asks to have autism or Down syndrome. They all have feelings. They all have emotions. And they're all dealing with themselves as well as the rest of humanity."
- Diversification is Key in Manufacturing Sector in the Flathead Valley of Montana
Officials from Applied Materials Inc., Plum Creek Timber Co. and Sonju Industrial Inc. spoke at the annual Montana West Economic Development meeting on Oct. 21, highlighting both positive news and challenges facing many businesses in the Flathead.
Regional Economic Development
- Supercomputer use free for 2 months - The Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center.
"If you do not compute, you do not compete. That's what makes people thrive in this global economy, the knowledge economy," said Earl Dodd, president and chief executive of the Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center.
- Butte supercomputer slashes project times
Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Centers, based in Butte, wants more businesses such as GCS Research to tap into its capabilities.
- Hollywood special-effects wizard wants to create virtual studio in Denver
The Hollywood veteran who oversaw special effects for science fiction classics such as "Blade Runner" and "2001: A Space Odyssey" wants to build a next-generation movie studio in Denver, a project that could change the way films are made and put Colorado on the map for big-budget productions
Funding and Building your Business
- Be in right place with right skills
Why not a bigger dent in unemployment? It's partly because of a mismatch between what employers are looking for and what workers have to offer.
- Silicon Valley companies fighting for talent
While a hiring boom may seem a contradiction when so many people are unemployed, the reality is that many of those out of work don't have the skills some of these companies are looking for.
- Missoula Job Service - On the Job Training Grant Program
On-the-job training (OJT) is a training strategy that the Missoula Job Service can offer local employers and job seekers. This strategy can be a critical tool in helping workers and communities during the current economic environment.
Montana Education Excellence
- Your Pitch Went Well, You Have A Signed Term Sheet. But There's One More Hold-Up Before You Get An Investor's Check...
This is the dreaded "due diligence" process.
- Energy entrepreneurs find investors looking for them
This is the dream era for green technology, when even concepts that sound wildly innovative or insane â€“ depending on whoâ€™s describing them â€“ are getting attention.
- Getting Your M$ney On Time, Various Dates And Locations Throughout Montana
Getting Paid Faster - A Lot Faster
- 3 ways to raise seed capital if you don't know any investors
Apply to an angel group.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Retired Intel CEO Barrett discusses business changes, to receive University of Montana 2010 Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Pioneer in Industry Award on Oct. 28
The Barretts will be given UM's 2010 Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs Pioneer in Industry Award, which will be presented by the UM School of Business at a reception on Oct. 28.
- New University of Montana President, Royce Engstrom Starts Weekly Video Updates - "The President's Update"
"The President's Update" offers another tool for the president to communicate with the Missoula campus, as well as the affiliated UM campuses in Butte , Dillon and Helena .
- 2 Montana Tech professors receive $1MM from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council to develop power grid software
Montana Tech has been awarded a nearly $1 million contract from the Western Electricity Coordinating Council http://www.wecc.biz to develop engineering software to more reliably operate power grids.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Tough Economic Times Head West After Recession
"We got pulled in a little bit later than the rest of the country," said Larry Swanson, an economist at the University of Montana and director of the Center for the Rocky Mountain West. Now "we are catching up," he said.
Utah Economic Development
- It has never been a better time to be an angel investor
Just last week, Dorsey & Whitney http://www.dorsey.com/ â€“ a Silicon Valley law firm that specializes in advising start-ups â€“ published a new survey http://matr.net/article-41488.html showing that start-ups are increasingly turning to angels, not just for their initial rounds of funding but for subsequent rounds as well.
Washington State Business
- Study: UTOPIA 'on right track'
A feasibility study released within the past week shows that participating cities "are on the right track with their plans to deploy a fiber optic network in their communities," said UTOPIA officials in a statement.
- $3.1 million pledged for Tacoma-Pierce County economic board
"There needs to be a certain amount of energy and belief in the business community."
Connectivity & Communications
- Idaho State University college dean to work with Allstate in effort to educate workers for new center here
"The first site visit, if it's clear they'll need workforce training, Marilyn is already right there the first day we meet the company," Gilliam said.
- Available Soon! Online Parent Handbook
This low-stress, convenient, affordable training environment is completely self-paced and available 24 hours a day/7 days a week from any web browser. The handbook is ideal for single parents, married couples, and blended families.
- Dean Morgan Junior High uses "Code of the West" to teach ethics
"It gives us a starting point to expose them to ethics," Bratton said. "They're faced with so many challenges."
- Bill Gates - What I've Learned About Great Teachers
"In almost every area of human endeavor, the practice improves over time," says Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates. "That hasn't been the case for teaching."
- The Khan Academy is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) with the mission of providing a world-class education to anyone, anywhere.
We are complementing Salman's ever-growing library with user-paced exercises--developed as an open source project--allowing the Khan Academy to become the free classroom for the World.
- Tools for maintaining privacy on the Web
Many relatively simple tools, including a suite of privacy tools offered by Google, industry groups like the Network Advertising Initiative and privacy groups like the EFF allow anyone to protect the privacy of a search, to see who is tracking your online browsing, and even to block that tracking.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Best Tesla Roadster acceleration video ever!
The Best Tesla Roadster acceleration video ever! You will laugh so hard and hopefully run out and buy a Roadster.
- Biodegradable Styrofoam Made From Milk
Scientists at Case Western Reserve University have whipped up an alternative to insidious petroleum-derived styrofoam packaging using a combination of clay and milk protein.
- Governors use YouTube to get messages out
At least 38 governors have videos on the online site, including nine who have started this year, a USA TODAY review shows. At least nine other governors have posted videos using other services and state websites.
- Multnomah County dumps Microsoft in favor of Google to shave as much as $600,000 a year from the county budget.
The move follows a sprinkling of other municipalities across the county, including Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., and Orlando, Florida that have adopted Google apps since last year.
- Car enthusiasts (The Going To The Sun Rally) donate $40K to help Montana veterans
Robin Korogi, VA Montana director, noted, "I can tell you that on average we get maybe $10,000 a year in donations. So this is quadruple that and it's amazing. We have always wanted to outreach and do more for the veterans but we have had limited amount of money to do that."
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