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WHY ATHLETES CAN'T HAVE REGULAR JOBS...Senior basketball player at the University of Pittsburgh : "I'm going to graduate on time, no matter how long it takes." (Now that is beautiful)
If your company is interested in expanding to overseas market, you should participate in this conference call: "How Montana Businesses Can Benefit From The APEC Conference In May, 1/13, Conference Call" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
- Four Things to Avoid Before Translating Word Documents Into Foreign Languages
Most Microsoft Word documents are not optimized for language translation.
21st Century Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- NorthWestern Energy Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Invenergy Wind
The project is to be built on a portion of Invenergy's proposed 200 megawatt Big Otter Wind Energy Project site near Belt, Montana.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Rethinking Advanced Placement
"We really believe that the New A.P. needs to be anchored in a curriculum that focuses on what students need to be able to do with their knowledge."
- In Budget Crises, an Opening for School Reform
In the past year, 46 states grappled with budget deficits of more than $130 billion. This year could be worse as federal recovery dollars dry up. And yet, for education reform, 2011 could be the best of times.
- 60 First Graders, 4 Teachers, One Loud New Way to Learn "New American Academy"
"We don't know what we are supposed to be doing, but we are learning about math," Thea Burnett, 6, said.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- The Value Of Face To Face Meetings
I hope this is a good lesson. In this world we live in where we rely so heavily on email to get things done, there is no substitute for getting together face to face and hammering out an issue until it's resolved.
- Dorsey & Whitney Recognized as Leading Law Firm for Women
An in-depth analysis of the survey results identified best practices in six key areas: equal access, workday issues, governance, evaluation/promotion, retention, and compensation.
Come Home Montana
- TechRanch Host 2 events - Develop a social media strategy and action plan for your business
If you are a new social media user, we encourage you to attend both January sessions, although it is not required that you attend both.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Coordinator - Flathead Valley Community College
This position will construct a new website for FVCC in partnership with the MIS department and drive the technical and creative components of the college website and social network systems.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Including: Information Analyst, Regulatory Economist, Corporate Counsel and more, Northwestern Energy
In order to attract the best employees, we offer an attractive salary based on qualifications, a performance-based incentive program, and competitive benefits.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Oregon Career Opportunities - Team of Enterprise Systems Integrators, University of Oregon
The University of Oregon is seeking to hire a team of Enterprise Systems Integrators to join their staff of IT professionals in the design and development of enterprise level applications.
- Some commonsense findings on success
Researchers from American University in Washington D.C. and the University of Maryland found that entrepreneurs who learn from experience and experiment have an edge over those who acquire knowledge through reading and observation.
- Bioscience Roundtable, 2/8, Helena, Montana
This will be an opportunity to mingle with Montana's entrepreneurs and learn of the great research being conducted in the state and enjoy Delicious Food and Refreshments. See you there!
Montana Economic Development
- The Historic Sears Building in Butte, Montana Receives National Recognition
"Making federal tax credit programs workable in rural communities goes a long way in helping smaller communities work their way out of economic downturns. This award demonstrates that with the right mix of private and public resources, Montana communities can build important economic development projects, and do it right," said David Glaser, MCDC President.
- Granite Peak Systems in Billings, Montana helps clients solve unique problems with unique software - Schedappy
"It's incredibly user-friendly," Reno said. "If you haven't been a techie or gone to college, you can figure it out and everything is mostly double-checked, so you really can't mess up."
- Montana's jobs returning, but type is changing
"What we were expecting to find was confirmed."
- Americans boost debt for second-straight month - In search of perfect credit: How you can boost your score
Take out a car loan even if you can pay in cash, and don't hurry to pay off student loans if the interest is bearable.
- Virginia developer, Octagon Capital Partners closes on Downtown Missoula Macy's deal
The development company is now actively seeking office and retail tenants for the property, which is located at the corner of Higgins Avenue and Front Street.
- Montana Export Awards Nominations Sought
This award will recognize a firm that has made a significant contribution to the economy through export activities. Please send in nominations by January 15th to the address listed in this article.
Regional Economic Development
- Sustainable community focus of meeting in Helena on Jan. 10.
Bowen's hope, generally, is to create a place where energy costs are low, with organic farming operations and a light-impact office complex so that people could walk to work.
- Water key to cities' success through Montana history
If you want to know the history of Montana cities, follow the water.
- How Montana Businesses Can Benefit From The APEC Conference In May, 1/13, Conference Call
Webb Brown with the MT Chamber of Commerce has offered to host a conference call on Thursday, January 13, 2011 from 11 am - 12 pm to provide an opportunity for those who either were not able to attend these meetings or have further questions for trade staff Ayesha Khanna and Rory Murphy.
- MCDC is New Host to Missoula PTAC
Located throughout Montana, PTACs help small businesses compete in government marketplaces, offering individual counseling, procurement information and other contracting resources.
- Economists say higher education key to business development
The key to economic diversification is collaboration between private industry and higher education.
- Fixing America
PBS program "Need to Know" recently ran a segment on "Fixing America" where they asked a handful of big thinkers how to fix America. They invited regular people to send in their ideas, and have a follow up with answers from the public.
- Entrepreneurship: Old Age and Treachery Will Overcome Youth and Skill
Statistics show that a college diploma has tremendous value to the youth of our country. Why suggest an alternate route to our brightest and best?
Funding and Building your Business
- Krafts give $20 Million to draw doctors into community
"What I worry about in this country are the people who are hurting the most.''
- Search for that next job strategically
Landing the right job requires more than just scanning the listings and sending in your resume, say labor experts
- Tips for balancing reality with your dream job
Americans are dreamers. We dream big, whether it's the Super Bowl or a Big Mac. A maxim in today's business world is, "Go big or go home."
Montana Education Excellence
- How Venture Capitalists Make Investment Choices
There are good reasons why VCs are tight with their investment dollars.
- 5 questions every worker in your company should be able to answer
As is often the case, what is obvious to senior leaders is not obvious to their teams.
- 10 Reasons to Start a Business This Year
If there's one New Year's resolution you should try to keep this year, it's this one: To start your own business and be your own boss.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana, China link thrives thanks for Mansfield Center program
The Mansfield Center http://www.umt.edu/mansfield. is seeking Montanans who are working in environmental management and protection or in natural resource management, and who are interested in establishing international partnerships.
- Bozeman, Montana to consider giving $121,000 this year and 2012 to Gallatin College programs
If the citizens of Bozeman want to expand the two-year and one-year education options at Montana State University, they need to show their support for them, Mayor Jeff Krauss said this week.
- "Blue Skies Green Pockets" City of Billings, Montana partners with Montana State University Billings to promote energy conservation
A public-information campaign aimed at helping Billings residents and businesses save money by reducing their energy use was officially launched Monday.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Texas State ramps up entrepreneurial education, resources
A team of investors, executives, inventors and entrepreneurs will train participants how to launch or accelerate scalable ventures, which are not limited to technology companies.
- Why angel investing is becoming a team sport - "Teams" forming in Montana
Angel syndicates are important, because not only do they speed up the due diligence process (more than one angel can do a deep dive into the research), but spreading the risk among several players usually leads to greater involvement of the angel community.
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho's projected $340 million gap is 14 percent of the state's $2.3 billion general fund budget.
'We have come to the cliff.'
- PakSense Announces New Line of Digital Temperature Monitoring Labels for the Life Sciences Industry
The small, flat form factor of the label enables cold chain monitoring in virtually any packaging configuration, including on the pallet, carton, and even individual item level.
Washington State Business
- Three Weighty Questions for the Nation's Third Fastest Growing State
"Education is the key."
- State of Washington View: California bleeding manufacturing jobs; are we next?
First, the extra tax burden will cause some businesses to stop hiring or close altogether. Second, eliminating tax incentives tells prospective new employers, "Go away, we don't want you here."
2011 Montana Legislature
- Education, states' rights expected to dominate 2011 Wyoming Legislature
Education, many legislators say, will and should be the top priority of the 40-day general and budget session.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Creating Opportunities for Montana
As leadership of the 62nd Legislature, we will return our state to fiscal responsibility, ensure that spending is controlled so that we live within our means, and put forward policies that foster job growth and economic opportunity.
- Montana Business Leaders Tell Legislators How Best To Improve Business Climate - GOP leaders say message received
About 100 business people testified at a series of four hearings moderated by legislative leaders.
- Let lawmakers hear about big school challenges
ee. The people who most need to hear the public's concerns are working in Helena. As lawmakers make decisions that will affect all Montana public schools, there will be many good people speaking up for small schools. Oftentimes, there's a perception that large schools are better able to fend for themselves.
- Gov. Schweitzer Blasts Montana Lawmakers for Buying New Laptops
I don't think when they were running for office they said, 'furthermore the first thing I will do is vote to give myself a new computer,'" Schweitzer said. "I guarantee none of them had that in their platform. I will bet all of the money in my pocket right now."
- Edmonton-made computer keyboard from Cleankeys Inc. a hit in hospitals and dentist offices,
An idea with roots in early work helping disabled people communicate could open a world market for a novel, easy-to-clean computer keyboard made by Cleankeys Inc. http://cleankeysinc.com/
Missoula Children's Theatre
- The careers of tomorrow - Colleges, workplaces adapt to changing times
As jobs evolve to meet the demands of a new economy, local public and private colleges have had to adapt what they teach and how they teach it.
- MSU offers online programming courses for HTML, CSS and PHP
The courses begin Jan. 12 and are offered entirely online. Students do not have to be admitted to an MSU degree program in order to take the courses.
- Pulling off a play in a week - Missoula Children's Theatre visits Oakland, California school
"Missoula doesn't underestimate children. They definitely have it figured out."
- A house divided: Oregon elects two speakers
For the first time in its history, the Oregon House of Representatives is evenly divided. On Monday (January 10), members amicably decided to elect two speakers -- one from each party -- who will alternate control of the gavel every other day.
- State pension board commits $80 million to venture capital
It is the first time the $81.9 billion public pension fund has had the opportunity to invest with the top venture capital pools, which are willing to take public funds' money because the weak economy has made it more difficult for the funds to lure private investors.
- For $1, Governor Hires Silicon Valley VC to Help Spur Ohio Job Creation
A prominent venture capitalist from Silicon Valley has agreed to run the Ohio Department of Development essentially free to help transition it to a private jobs organization, Gov.-elect John Kasich plans to announce today.
- Will Nevada heed its wake-up call, take steps to diversify?
"Nevada 2.0," which brought together business, political and nonprofit leaders and academics, felt like an epiphanic moment for Nevada's elite -- a recognition that doing things the way we've always done them is not a solution, and that we should look to outsiders for guidance.
Energy and Climate Change
- Pedestrian-Only Shopping Streets Make Communities More Livable
Pedestrian-oriented shopping streets can be key to making communities more livable, particularly when they are well designed, managed and strategically connected to networks of public transit, pedestrian paths and bike routes, says planning consultant Luis Rodriguez.
- What Makes a City Smart?
Mayors of some of the biggest cities in the U.S. talk about what makes a city smart, and how cities can become smarter.
- One Small Town, Three Moralities
A new study of one Wisconsin town finds that small-town residents see community -- and their place in it -- in three strikingly different ways.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Coal-fired power plants on the wane
The headline news for the coal industry in 2010 was what didn't happen: Construction did not begin on a single new coal-fired power plant in the United States for the second straight year.
- Energy-saving opportunities are everywhere, often missed
And that, in a nutshell, is the ongoing problem -- and opportunity -- of energy efficiency.
- Taking the Risk out of Energy Efficiency Projects
It didn't want to deal with any risks when it came time to invest in becoming more energy efficient. So the company adopted a novel strategy that kept them to a minimum.
- Climate Change to Continue to Year 3000 Among the predicted, unstoppable effects is a 13-foot rise in sea levels by the year 3000, a study finds.
The research places the spotlight on two of the least understood aspects of climate change: how, when and where warming will affect glaciers on which many millions depend for their water, and the problems faced by generations in the far distant future.
- Mind-controlled electronic devices may be next
"I believe in mind control."
- emPower electronic eyeglasses let you change your prescription in a blink
Hidden in the frames of the otherwise normal-looking glasses, are a microchip, micro-accelerometer and miniature batteries.
- The coolest gadgets at CES
And some of it doesn't even require 3-D glasses.
- The Turbo Entabulator (Well worth your time....)
The sales dept created a promotional video and, as a warm-up for the taping session, the professional narrator performed this tour-de-force.
- 'Mommy tech' gets its own home at gadget show as market expands
The world's biggest tech show primarily focuses on gearheads and businessmen, but this year it put at least one spotlight on another market that's proving just as eager for the latest gizmos: moms.
- Bump Raises $16 Million Round Led By Andreessen Horowitz
If you've got an iPhone or Android device, there's a decent chance you're familiar with Bump, the nifty service that lets you swap contact information (and other data) by simply tapping two phones together.
- Washington Gov. Chris Gregoire Wants to Create New IT Agency
The Consolidated Technology Services Agency, if created, is estimated by the executive branch to save $10 million a year.
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