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Many thanks to all of your who have reached deep in your pockets to help Mikaslyn.. There's still time if you haven't "Please Help - Missoula family seeks donations to help cover costs of 8-year-old's leg surgery" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
City Club Missoula
- The Montana Ener-Tech Alliance "Montana's Biofuel Boon Means Big Opportunities For Big Sky Country", 11/16, Butte, Montana
The Montana Ener-Tech Alliance is a partnership between Northwestern Energy and TechRanch.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Bitterroot Humanities Info
This weeks' discussion will be 'Education Reform: 4 day school weeks and year round education?' on Monday, 11/15
- Hellgate Venture Network, 11/18, Missoula, Montana
Our next meeting will be an informal gathering at the bar at the downtown Holiday Inn from 4.30pm on Thursday Nov 18th.
Come Home Montana
- Modwest Newsletter November 2010
Your site has been hacked. So, now what?
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Please Help - Missoula family seeks donations to help cover costs of 8-year-old's leg surgery
Rick is a Web developer who works at home so he, too, can assist and help raise the couple's 2-year-old son, Magregor.
- Beautiful Butte, Montana
My first thought as we came in for a landing at the Butte, Montana, airport on a gorgeously sunny fall day wasâ€¦What the heck is that?!
- Study shows Sunburst, Montana has economic potential, housing and gas station are immediate needs
Officials from the Town of Sunburst are hoping to change the attitude of Montana residents and feature their town as an attractive place to live and a prime area for economic development.
- Missoula on My Mind
As I sat at the counter eating pizza (all the tables were full), feeling that calm happiness that comes from work well done and the glow of a good run, I realized that I really, really love the West. The wide-open spaces. The rugged toughness that is required. The creativity and eccentricity that come along with that. From Montana on down to New Mexico, itâ€™s the place where I feel I fit in most.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- MEDA BEAR Roundup Via Webinar, 11/15
BEAR stands for Business Expansion and Retention. While many community economic development efforts are focused on attracting new business to an area, BEAR helps identify problems and opportunities facing the existing business community, provides access to needed resources and helps to prioritize options and develop activities to help local businesses thrive.
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- Teaching Our Next Generation Of Entrepreneurs
There also needs to be a more concentrated effort to introduce entrepreneurship and basic economic principles at the primary and secondary levels.
- Nine-year old McKenna Killian of Cut Bank, Montana knows eggs-actly how to hatch a business - Young entrepreneur manages 125 "employees"
McKenna, who is a fourth grader, has been in the chicken-egg business for the last two years. She got started in her business when she â€œsaw them at Big R and I thought I wanted them,â€ she said. â€œI had about 20 chickens when I started.â€
- A network of nutrition: Even on weekends, Montana Food Bank Network helps feed needy Missoula County Public Schools families
Let's not wait until Thanksgiving and Christmas are upon us to to help the local food banks and other nonprofits stock up on supplies and check off every last item on their wish lists. It is one way we can help make those long weekends less worrisome ones for every Missoula student - and their families.
- Blue Marble Announces Memorandum of Understanding for Distribution of Sustainable Biochemicals through Sigma-Aldrich
The mission of Blue Marble Biomaterials is to replace petroleum-based chemicals with fully sustainable, zero carbon specialty chemicals.
- Blue Marble Wins $30K Grant from Montana's Department of Natural Resources and Conservation for Woody Biomass Utilization
Blue Marble's fermentation and extraction technologies will give a new high-value outlet for woody biomass: renewable chemicals for the food, flavoring, fragrance and personal care industries.
- University of Montana's bid to purchase Macy's building in Missoula falls through
One of the last hopes of former University of Montana President George Dennison was dashed last week when he heard from Macy's that the company is planning on selling their vacant Missoula building to a Virginia-based real-estate investment firm.
- PPL Montana Community Fund - Fall 2010 Community Fund grant recipients
Further strengthening the partnership between PPL Montana and its communities, the company has created a philanthropic community fund - administered with input from residents throughout the state - to award grants to Montana organizations.
- Montana's "Financial State of the State" - The True Burden for Montana's Tapayers is $753 Million
After an intensive review of the state's 2009 audited financial report the Institute determined the state is in a precarious financial position because it does not have the funds available to pay more than $753 million of the state's commitments as they come due.
- Why There Are So Few Women in Tech
Of the top 100 tech companies in 2008, women accounted for a mere 6 percent of chief executives, according to the National Center for Women and Information Technology. Of companies that raised venture capital in 2006, not even 7 percent were founded by women.
Funding and Building your Business
- Michigan could benefit from more 'economic gardening,' University of Michigan study finds
The report's release comes as momentum is building for the economic gardening strategy, which calls for economic developers and governmental officials to focus more on helping existing local businesses grow instead of "hunting" for new companies to set up operations.
Montana Education Excellence
- SBA Expands Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Vets
â€œWhen you consider the leadership and management skills our veterans develop while on active and reserve duty, itâ€™s no wonder we see more of them pursuing their dreams as entrepreneurs and small business owners,â€ SBA Administrator Karen Mills said.
- Five Reasons for Setting Startup Strategy Early
All too many startups are founded simply on the basis of a new and exciting technology invented by an industrious technologist.
- "No, I Will Not Fund Your Company"
In the face of long odds and many rejections, it is vital to remain upbeat. Here are some suggestions.
- War heats up for top Silicon Valley talent
With engineers in short supply, technology companies are competing for employees who can write the software programs needed for new products and services. And they're increasingly stealing them from one another.
- GREENtrepreneurs: The Challenge & the Opportunity
â€œSo what is so special about green entrepreneurs?â€
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana president convenes council to improve communications. Public encourage to participate in future meetings
Engstrom encouraged the public to attend future meetings, as there will be an opportunity for comment and open dialogue.
- Chronicle editorial: We must remember successes of Montana's U-System
The state Board of Regents and Montana State University President Waded Cruzado speak with one voice when they voice concern that MSU loses about one in four students between the first and second years in school. They are also unanimous in their concern that only 47 percent of incoming students graduate in six years.
- Montana State University to invest $500,000 in expanding distance education
Montana State University officials say the university has fallen behind other colleges in offering education to Montanans who work or live at a distance, but now it's taking steps to turn that around.
- Montana State University College of Business seeks area businesses and non-profits for consultation
During the four-month courses, students will help manage special consulting projects requested by area businesses and non-profit organizations.
- High-tech jobs next phase of outsourcing?
In the latest phase of globalization, some economists say, Silicon Valley is in danger of losing a sizable piece of its knowledge-based industry to India in much the same way Detroit lost its lead to Japan in the automotive industry.
Washington State Business
- Idaho's economic outlook sours
Idahoâ€™s economic forecast has been downgraded from predictions made in July, another sign that recovery from the economic doldrums will unfold slowly rather than quickly.
- Higher ed isn't making enough of a case in Idaho
State spending on higher ed has been slashed 24 percent â€” by $61 million â€” in two years.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Port cuts funding to economic development group
Economic development agencyâ€™s efforts to create jobs fall short, critics say
- Montana State Chamber of Commerce devises a road map for Legislature
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce ranked Montana as the top entrepreneurial state in the country - a good No. 1 claim, he said. The state chamber has "worked hard to build a better business climate," he said, and that work is part of the reason for that ranking.
- Gazette opinion: Monday forums connect Yellowstone County, Montana lawmakers, community
We encourage other Yellowstone County legislators to attend upcoming Monday forums.
- Math skills improve with electrical brain stimulation
"We were able to enhance math abilities, in a specific fashion, and with remarkable longevity," said lead author Roi Cohen Kadosh, a cognitive neuroscientist at Oxford's department of experimental psychology.
- Technology and the Completion Agenda
The Completion Agenda Goal: At least 55 percent of Americans hold a postsecondary degree by 2025.
- Teaching kids math early adds up
Parents should talk with their children early and often about numbers to ensure mathematics success. Even children who don't appear to comprehend the meanings of number words right away, demonstrate a clear advantage later.
- Wyoming behind 37 countries for advanced students in math
Taiwan had the highest percentage of advanced students, followed by Hong Kong, Korea and Finland. The bottom five: West Virginia, New Mexico, Mississippi, Chile and last, Thailand. Top states Massachusetts and Minnesota landed in the bottom of the top 20.
- Governor Discusses Ideas for Better Care, More Savings in Medicaid Program
"Montana ranks among the six states with the highest provider reimbursement rates in the nation," said Governor Schweitzer. "Yet Montana is ranked second from the bottom in income. It is clear that we need to find ways to do more with less."
- Montana's Governor Schweitzer Discusses Ideas for Better Care, More Savings in Medicaid Program - Chastises Medical Industry
â€œMontana ranks among the six states with the highest provider reimbursement rates in the nation,â€ said Governor Schweitzer. â€œYet Montana is ranked second from the bottom in income. It is clear that we need to find ways to do more with less.â€
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- "We shall see."
A farmerâ€™s horse ran away. That evening the neighbors gathered to commiserate with him since this was such bad luck. He said, â€œWe shall see.â€
- Google Gives All Employees Surprise $1,000 Cash Bonus And 10% Raise
In addition, Google will also give each employee an additional raise equivalent to 1X the employee's target bonus for the year. And employees will be eligible for additional "merit increases" based on their individual performance.
- The Real "Car of the Future" GM Hy-Wire
BBC's James May test drives the GM Hy-Wire concept car. The car uses hydrogen fuel cell propulsion and drive "by-wire" technology.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Citizen-to-Government Feedback at Heart of New Mobile App
Think of it as Yelp for the public sector.
- Artrepreneurship: Montana Arts Council program helps teach folk artists to market their work
Through the MAC's (Montana Art Council) Business Preparation initiative, Montana folk and traditional artists from tribal and rural areas are provided tools to succeed in business. This program provides services to the state's artists in a number of ways
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