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Montana Department of Commerce
- No Spring Cleaning Required! - EverLog™ Systems Newsletter
Spring cleaning an EverLog™ home does not include repairing water damage from winter snow resting against their wood logs; preventing flies and other insects from building nests in the logs; treating areas for mold and mildew; preserving, re-staining, re-chinking and sealing all logs and the like.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Department renovates foreclosed-on homes in Billings, Montana which will sold by city
All three homes were foreclosed on by the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, but thanks to the department's Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the houses are being renovated and will be sold to qualifying families.
City Club Missoula
- Salman Khan at TED 2011: Let's use video to reinvent education
Salman Khan talks about how and why he created the remarkable Khan Academy, a carefully structured series of educational videos offering complete curricula in math and, now, other subjects.
- High school students come to Kalispell for Health Occupations Students of America conference - Training Tomorrow's Health Care Professionals
The growing industry of health care faces shortages of professionals in both Montana and nationwide.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- City Club Missoula to hold forum on Best Place Project 3/14
It's a public-private partnership based on Mayor Engen's notion that different times require different approaches and that Missoula can do a better job.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Dorsey & Whitney's Missoula Public Finance Group Excels and Expands
"The Missoula public finance attorneys are also part of the larger 25 lawyer public finance team," Man Nan stated. "As a global practice group we have closed 350 deals in 2010 totaling $4.923 billion, and we are ranked 8th among other firms in the country for the number of deals completed, according to Thompson Reuters."
MSU Leadership Institute
- Hellgate Venture Network - Jakki Mohr "Foundations For Effective Marketing", 3/17, Missoula
We are delighted to have Jakki Mohr, Professor of Marketing, join our next meeting to speak and answer your questions about: Foundations for effective marketing: selecting the target market and crafting the value proposition
Come Home Montana
- Video: An Evening with Tom Brokaw at Montana State University - A Compelling Message
"Education is the great coin, the currency of the challenges that are before us." Tom Brokaw
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Electrical Engineer - WGM Group, Inc.
Electrical Engineer Seeking individual with flexible skills for projects involving street lighting, traffic signals, building or distribution systems, and energy efficiency audits.
- Montana Career Opportunity - SBDC Business Advisor - Big Sky Economic Development Authority
This position is responsible for providing confidential counseling, business training and information to small business owners in Yellowstone and the surrounding counties.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- 150 Cheap Places To Live. Yes, you can live in a rural community and make a good living. & The 10 most overpriced places in the United States
Say you're a bright knowledge worker and have spent a decade or more in your industry, sharpening your skills, making the right contacts. You earn a decent salary on the metro coast, but those dollars just don't stretch like they used to. So you decide to shake off the costly coastal infrastructure and relocate to a cheaper rural region. But you maintain your ties to the larger metro area and pull down the same amount of money as you did when you were living in Profligate Corners. In other words, you still harvest your dollars from Silicon Valley, Washington and New York, but now you spend and invest them in Bend or Boise.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- MEDA Spring Conference Agenda April 27 - 29th, 2011 Bozeman, MT
Montana Economic Developers Association - Leading the Way to Innovation
- PPL and MEDA Present: Marketing For Results!, 4/27, Bozeman, Montana
Marketing results are driven by what happens before promotion, not fancy graphics, colors, or the theme of the day.
- PPL and MEDA Present: Marketing Your EDO, 4/28, Bozeman, Montana
Before you can succeed at business attraction marketing, you have to win the internal marketing battle.
- Small-business workshops scheduled in Conrad, Fairfield, Shelby and Cut Bank, Montana
The training will focus on what is needed to start a business and tips for current business owners.
- Can you lead like a Girl Scout?
Perhaps no one embodies the celebration of women's achievements better than Frances Hesselbein, who blazed a trail to the boardroom as the former CEO of the Girl Scouts of America hailed by Peter Drucker as "the world's best leader."
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula, Montana's Monte Dolack goes international
It's fitting that the United Nations selected "Ascension," along with 23 other Dolack posters, to display in a special exhibit, titled The Art of Trees, unveiled last month in Geneva, Switzerland, as part of a series of events commemorating the organization's "Year of Forests."
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- MAEDC Annual Meeting-Key Note Speaker U of M President Royce Engstrom
With a presentation of our annual C.P. Higgins and Frank Worden Awards
- RFQ: Mineral County Airport Master Plan
Regional Economic Development
- Rocky Mountain Supercomputing Center in Butte, has power to make Montana a green leader
"One of the things we (the RMSC) proposed to the Butte Chamber of Commerce - and the same thing I'm willing to make to any municipality - is to form a science and technology committee to get citizens in the community starting to think about technology and using the supercomputer in Butte," Dodd told me. And one town he has been working with is Missoula.
- Rural Entrepreneurship Newsletter March 2011
To get started, we've posted the blog we featured in our February newsletter - Opening Dialogue - Positioning Rural America in a New Economic Reality - on our Facebook page under Discussions.
- Map: The 12 States of America
Since 1980, income inequality has fractured the nation. Click each icon to see each of the dozen states, which counties belong to them and how median income has changed over the last 30 years.
- Nigel Marsh: How to make work-life balance work
"Reality is people working long hard hours at jobs they hate to buy things they don't need to impress people they don't like."
Funding and Building your Business
- Michigan State leads successful economic gardening program
The Business Solutions Professional program at Michigan State University has been successful at implementing the 'economic gardening' concept promoted by Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder.
Incubators and R&D
- 4 ways to make sure you never waste a good idea
1) GATHER: Never, ever, EVER leave the scene of a viable idea or opportunity without gathering actionable data and follow-up information first.
- Termination "Mechanics", 03/29, Missoula
Join our panel of three experts as we learn new and innovative approaches, along with tried and true methods for protecting your company's bottom line, to discipline and terminate employees in the workplace.
- You Should Watch This Video --- How Social Media Makes Business More Personal
Mo' Joe: Gary Vaynerchuk, author of "The Thank You Economy," stops by Morning Joe to discuss how texting and social media platforms such as Twitter and Tumblr are changing human interactions.
- 12 Memorable Event Marketing Campaigns
As companies try to one-up each other for consumer eyeballs, these marketing firms' campaigns push the bounds of creativity.
- A 19-Year-Old Takes On Google
All eyes are on Daniel Gross, who earned $5 million to revolutionize search with his alterna-search engine, Greplin.
- Could your interview questions lead to a lawsuit?
"Bear in mind that the next question you ask in a job interview could cost you seven figures." How long have you lived here?
- Startup Madness - Are you ready?
TechStars, the startup accelerator in New York City, Boston, Seattle, and Boulder is looking for the next big thing. The TechStars team will choose the top 64 nominated startups for its first Startup Madness tournament, hosted here at This or That.
- Entrepreneurs are getting better terms in VC deals
With more venture capital in pursuit of the Next Big Thing, entrepreneurs are finding they can dictate more favorable terms than they could in the past.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State University makes pitch for national solar research center
"We're so serious about science," the governor added -- reaching into his pocket for props -- that the state has a "Montana is for Engineers" bumper sticker and trading cards about science for school children.
- Montana State University is accepting registrations for its "Expanding Your Horizons" for girls in grades 6 through 8 to consider careers and studies in math and science.
Montana State University is accepting registrations for its "Expanding Your Horizons" conference on Saturday, April 30. The day-long program offers creative hands-on workshops designed to motivate girls in grades 6 through 8 to consider careers and studies in math and science.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Boise State puts research on display - School officials hope to develop closer relations with the community and industry about the university's work.
Boise State does a good job of turning money into research, said Mark Rudin, the university's vice president for research. "We are not so good at translating the research into money."
- Report finds Alberta oilsands water monitoring inadequate - ConocoPhillips Canada to focus on oilsands
Review ordered by government finds toxin contamination
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Startup Guru Steve Blank Says It's Time for E-Schools, Not B-Schools
Startups are unique animals that grow according to their own rules, and that those rules don't have much to do with what MBA students learn at business school.
- Registration Open For 'Montana Tales' Course In Bitterroot
Lifelong learners in the Bitterroot Valley can hear these stories and more about Montana's colorful history through the course "In Our Backyard: My Montana Tales." Taught by Hal Stearns, it will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. every Wednesday March 30-April 20 at the Hamilton Performing Arts Center, located at 327 Fairgrounds Road.
- After The Bell: Inside The Maps Media Institute
What happens when you combine Hollywood movie and media professionals and Ravalli County high school students?
- Getting the shot: MAPS students producing documentary to air on PBS - MAPS program turns pro-bono work into class
The 26-minute program will air April 16 at 5 p.m., again the next day at 10:30 a.m. and a third time on May 27 at 11:30 a.m.
- The Power of Storytelling - Peter Guber on the Power of Effective Communicators
In his new book, Tell to Win, the Hollywood producer and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment addresses the importance of storytelling in business.
- Pennsylvania governor gives energy executive supreme authority over environmental permitting
"I have never seen anybody give an economic development director the authority to tell every other agency in the state what to do with regard to its statutory responsibilities."
Energy and Climate Change
- Earth's ice sheets melting at faster pace, study finds
'If present trends continue, sea level is likely to be significantly higher,' expert says
- Dune and gloom Oil sands development comes to Rocky Mountains
All of this, then, to recover what nature didn't finish cooking. Is it worth it? Not in my book. Let's spend our energy development dollars on more promising technologies that leave wild country in peace.
- Could new wireless network render GPS devices useless? The Coalition to Save Our GPS
Industry groups predict the new towers will create vast zones where motorists can't find GPS directions, smartphones will lose functionality, and 911 emergency systems will be confounded.
- IBM Names Smarter Cities Challenge Grant Winners
The grant program will provide the municipalities with technology and services from the company's experts in order to improve efficiency, support growth and better the delivery of services.
- Nonprofit Social Hour, 3/17, Missoula, Montana
This monthly Nonprofit Social Hour takes place 6pm every third Thursday at the Central Bar & Grill. Interested in or involved with nonprofit work? Come meet and socialize with others, share ideas, have fun, and be inspired!
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