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"An entrepreneur tends to bite off a little more than he can chew hoping he'll quickly learn how to chew it." - Roy Ash, co-founder of Litton Industries
"Senator Max Baucus Touts New Biomedical Research and Job Opportunities In Montana " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Winners of Prospera Business Network 2010 Business Excellence Awards Will Be Announced at 25th Anniversary Celebration" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "MATR is now ad-free - Google ads begone!" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
MSU Leadership Institute
- Governor Schweitzer and the State of Montana Partner with Delta Air Lines' Sky Magazine for the January 2011 Issue - Montana Companies Can Participate In This Partnership
"This is a tremendous opportunity to showcase Montana to the world," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "We are thrilled to be partnering with Sky Magazine to bring the magic of Montana to their more than 5 million readers."
- Striving To Be A Real Leader
The last couple of years have brought an intriguing quandary for senior leaders, and one that is probably here to stay.
- TechRanch TREK: Business Sustainability, 11/18, Bozeman, MT
Please join us on Thursday, November 18 at 12 noon in the TechRanch conference room for our next TREK event. Learn how you can improve your company's bottom line while reducing your environmental impact.
Come Home Montana
- Cold Smoke Chronicles: Montana Ski Happenings for 2011
See why you should be skiing in Montana this winter
Come Home Washington
- Montana Career Opportunity - Creative Director - MercuryCSC
You're looking for a new way of doing things in a place that's worth doing them.
- Teachers from India, Guatemala and Venezuela impressed by Bozeman, Montana
Some people say there will always be Paris, says teacher Anuradha Rai of India, but for her, "There will always be Montana."
- Writers inspired by the Big Sky
This summer, Real Bird mounted his horse and rode 415 miles across Montana, passing out his poetry and children's books along the way. "A simple ride to do poetry and be with the people of Montana," he said. "That's why I went out this summer."
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- India dreams come true in Fife, Washington for Ames International owner
In Fife, in the candy factory and headquarters of the company he built, George Paulose can look out the window and see ï¿½ Fife.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- An Evening With Ski Film Legend Warren Miller, 11/21, Seattle, WA
A rare opportunity to celebrate the coming ski season with the man himself: Warren Miller's long-awaited return to the stage.
- Women 2.0 gives female-led startups a boost
Women 2.0, a group that coaches would-be entrepreneurs and introduces them to many of the movers and shakers in Silicon Valley. Working primarily with women - though men participate, too - it's been successful in creating more female high-tech leaders.
- Senator Max Baucus Touts New Biomedical Research and Job Opportunities In Montana
"Senator Baucus has shown tremendous leadership in Montana in the area of assisting small businesses to create more job opportunities, especially in challenging economic times." Ateris co-owners Jon Nagy
Montana Economic Development
- EdgeFrontier Joins Invizeon of Missoula, Montana for Enhanced Remote Monitoring
According to David Skilling, VP of Client Services for Invizeon, government officers and managers require quick and consistent sharing of instantaneous data to other management staff and major stakeholders. He added that partnership with Augusta Systems can lead to the development of advanced remote operating solutions for their clients.
- CynicalandJaded.com of Missoula, Montana - Money Machines and Art Projects??? the steve & glenn show???
Two software entrepreneur's who live in Missoula, Montana, who have an interest in helping with ideas that might make money or add art to the world... http://www.cynicalandjaded.com/
- Work Safe MT Workshop - Opportunity To Change Montana, 11/9, Great Falls, Montana
Montana has recently become the deadliest place to work according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
- Winners of Prospera Business Network 2010 Business Excellence Awards Will Be Announced at 25th Anniversary Celebration on Nov. 4
The following awards will be given: Woman Entrepreneur of the Year, Innovator of the Year, Entrepreneur of the Year, Economic Leadership Award, and Business of the Year.
Regional Economic Development
- Conference tackles Eastern Montana housing shortage
"The answer is here. With these challenges come great opportunities." Southeastern Montana Development Corporation Executive Director Jim Atchison couldn't agree more.
- MATR is now ad-free - Google ads begone!
At the request of several MATR members, we have taken off all of the Google and any other pop up ads that have been a source of revenue to keep the site going.
- Higher education key to economic turnaround
We must make a college degree available to any Montanan willing to put forth the effort.
- Biz to Biz Network Growing Rapidly in Montana with Four Flathead Chapters
The idea is, once businesspeople within a community get to know each other and trust each other, they inevitably help each other, no matter how divergent their backgrounds.
- Economic Development Planners Often Not Aware of Child Care Gaps
Good quality child care is an important element of economic development - it's hard for parents to work if they can't find reliable early learning services - but only a minority of planners realized their communities did not have enough affordable care, a report says.
Business Plan Forums
- Are Angels Really Stifling Innovation?
Last week, Tom Foremski suggested that the angel strategy of commercializing innovations and then rather quickly selling the startups was stifling innovation.
- Columbia Power Technologies wins at Venture Northwest
Corvallis-based Columbia Power http://www.columbiapwr.com/ , which has ties to Oregon State University, is developing technology to convert wave energy into electricity.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening Conference Planting The Seeds For Future Business Growth, 11/17, Claremore, OK
How to Turn Your Town into a Business Incubator
Incubators and R&D
- Why Rich Levandov Invested Early in Zynga, and Why It Took Off—Lessons Every Entrepreneur Should Consider
Kinsella told Xconomy this spring that Zynga, which has recently been valued at a reported $5.5 billion, might be Avalonï¿½s most successful play of all time.
- Small Business Marketing Outlook for 2011 Is Looking Up
Entrepreneurs plan to increase their online and offline marketing budgets, with the biggest increases going towards e-mail, websites and social media marketing.
- 7 Red Flags Companies Raise That Spook Investors
You need to know these guidelines to set your expectations on funding.
- Here's How VCs Can Treat Entrepreneurs With Honesty And Dignity
I think a lot of the problem has to do with "deal fatigue."
- 365 Days, $10 Million, 3 Rounds, 2 Companies, All With 5 Magic Slides
The following is a guest post by Socialcast founder Tim Young detailing how he raised 3 rounds totaling $10M in VC money in a year's time with a 5-slide deck.
- Born to Run the Marathon?
Maybe it wasn't a coincidence that one of the most compassionate people on the streets that day was also the most competitive.
Montana Education Excellence
- Finding the Missing Markers: University of Utah Team Wins Federal Grant to Develop Pancreatic Cancer Testing Technology
Building on advances made in high-speed, high-sensitivity magnetic sensing, a team of University of Utah researchers has been awarded a five-year, $2.3 million federal grant to create a nanotechnology-based platform for the early detection of pancreatic cancer.
- Billings School District 2 Trustees finish comprehensive study
"Because board makeup will always be changing, it's critical to have a strategic plan," board chairwoman Barbara Bryan said. "And to have policies in place requiring the board to be guided by the plan and keep it updated."
- Montana Space Grant Consortium inspires tribal college students to reach for the sky
MSGC was established in 1991 and is one of 52 national network consortia working to strengthen aerospace research and education throughout the United States.
- Changing perceptions of 2-year schools in Montana
Get ready to hear a lot more about Montana's two-year colleges.
- Turn Montana's Colleges of Technology, Dillon, Havre, Butte, Billings into community colleges
Montana needs to overhaul its university system; properly, its "higher education system."
- Montana Educators No fans of 'Superman'
"Thank God I live in Montana. (The movie) is not us, and we know that." Tammy Pilcher, president of Helena's teachers union
- "U-Launch" Grant Opportunity Now Accepting Applications to Help Accelerate Clean Tech Start-Ups
Will Offer Grants up to $100K to Bridge Gap Between University Labs and Commercialization
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho Food Manufacturer, Litehouse Foods, Opening New Plant in Utah
The Sandpoint, Idaho-based company expects to eventually employ more than 160 workers in the facility that is projected to bring hoped-for economic vitality to southwestern Utah.
- Accurate Molded Plastics expands in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho
The company's annual sales have held steady during the last few years at $20 million, with sales primarily going to customers in the medical equipment and aerospace industries. The company also has electronics and recreational products customers. The bulk of its customers are located in the Northwest and California.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Venture Northwest seeks to boost university commercialization in Oregon
Oregon's entrepreneurial economy needs a wake-up call, according to Portland venture capitalist Diane Fraiman, who looks to the state's universities to spawn a new generation of innovation.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Montana Gov. Schweitzer: 2011 Legislative Session should be 'less contentious' than past years
Democratic Gov. Brian Schweitzer, who for the first time as governor will have to work with a Republican-dominated Legislature, said the 2011 session should be less contentious than the past three of his term as governor.
- Missoula Children's Theatre(MCT) Launches Tour Blog - "Backstage Pass"
This blog is meant to keep you, our loyal followers, updated with all things MCT - the International Tour, MCT Community Theatre and Next Step Prep - on a weekly basis.
- MCT undertakes Broadway send-up 'The Producers'
"I think the reason is that despite all the one-liners and goofball comedy, it's written so smartly; it's a brilliant script. There was really nothing like it when it first came out (on film); and then, 30 years later, it changed the course of Broadway too."
- 88 Year-old Mayor Serving Her 11th Term In A City With No Debt - The Greatest Anti-Retirement Video of All Time
Here is the best case for non-retirement I have ever seen.
- Economic Powerhouse to Emerge in the Arctic
The Arctic rim will be transformed by climate change into a new economic powerhouse.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Connected Community: Local Governments as Partners in Citizen Engagement and Community Building
Our intent is to identify the various goals of citizen engagement and to align these goals with methods that can be used to reach them. Inform - Consult - Involve - Collaborate
Energy and Climate Change
- New Google Tool Makes Websites Twice as Fast
The optimization tool is the latest result of Google's speed obsession and could add to the company's bottom line.
- A Step toward Holographic Videoconferencing
A full-color holographic display system refreshes every two seconds, fast enough to send live 3-D images.
- Internet privacy could be priority in next Congress
A key Republican lawmaker indicated Wednesday that Internet privacy could be a legislative priority in the next Congress, as a growing number of data breaches draw increased attention from federal regulators.
- Facebook Pushes Further Into Mobile
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg this morning announced plans to extend Facebook's influence in the mobile world, making it the center of a social ecosystem
- The National Renewable Energy Laboratory Achieves Net Zero Energy Consumption
The structure is designed to create as much energy as it consumes, making it one of the world's most energy-efficient buildings.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Pacific Northwest Overdue for a Big One, Sediments Show
A fresh look at the quake history of the Pacific Northwest suggests a big quake may be right around the corner.
- A Target for Stroke Therapy Drugs
New understanding of post-stroke neurons could transform patient treatment and recovery. A drug that aids neuron repair has improved recovery in mice by as much as 50 percent.
- eBay Offers Convenient New Way To Offload Aging Gadgets
eBay recently launched a new, no-fuss way for people to sell electronics they no longer use. The Instant Sale service http://green.ebay.com/instantsale offers free shipping, removal of personal data, and if a device doesn't sell, eBay will recycle it for free.
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