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â€œItâ€™s better to keep what you have than go after what you may never get.â€ Denise Dyer, Pierce County manager of economic development http://matr.net/articl ... .html
The Wheeler Center - The Cost Of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays?, 5/9-10, Glasgow, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- MTIP Program Consultant Wins SBA's Tibbetts Award
"For rural states like Montana, these federal programs represent a critical source of start-up capital for the early research and development of innovative new technologies," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Online game makes math practice out of this world
Today's kids now have an opportunity to hone their math skills with this famous license and to do so the way they like to play -- by entering a massively multiplayer online game (MMO) called http://www.MathBlaster.com.
- Silicon Valley tools help turn young lives around
Backed by $7.5 million a year from the Adobe Foundation and an army of well-trained mentors in what's called Adobe Youth Voices, students in 45 countries have gone to work this year on high-quality videos produced with top-notch equipment and, of course, powerful video and design software.
- Missoula's C.S. Porter Middle School hopes to change image with P.R. campaign
The public relations machine comes in the form of eighth-grade multimedia teacher Scott Chook, who is leading nearly 30 students in a video campaign to defend C.S. Porter's honor.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Young talent is key to city's growth
Increasing the percentage of college attainment by 1 point translates into an additional $460 million in personal income annually. That's the talent cities must develop and retain, Coletta said. But they can't, without quality of place.
- A Proactive, Productive Plan for Greater Missoula - The Best Place Project
The five-year Best Place Project is a $3.2 million regional economic growth plan targeted at the enormous pent-up opportunity represented by Missoula and Missoula County.
- Tech startups seen as answer - Communities must decide to be a player.
Regional innovation clusters grow faster, pay better wages and have more spinoffs.
- INVITATION: Celebrate The MSU Leadership Institute & Literacy, 3/28, Bozeman, Montana
What can you do to have fun and also help the MSU Leadership Institute? Bring a few friends, sponsor students - or better yet, consider hosting a table? Tickets are only $25 per person and include Cuban food, Cuban dancing and...
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- QR Codes. Do You Know What They Are And What They Can Do For You?, 3/23, Bozeman, Montana
Lily Hurley, Director of Social Media, and Colin Tuttle, Art Coordinator, from Promotions West will present this session.
Come Home Montana
- The Wheeler Center - The Cost Of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays?, 5/9-10, Glasgow, Montana
"Whisky is for drinking - Water is for fighting over" - Attributed to Samuel Clements
- Montana Talent Seeking Opportunity - Experienced CFO - Kelly A. Leonard
Kelly A. Leonard is an experienced CFO looking for a strategic role within an entrepreneurial enterprise. Kelly has proven leadership experience with start-ups, acquisitions, mergers, and turnarounds.
- Philipsburg, Montana named among best places to live by Men's Journal - "Liveliest Ghost Town in the West!"
"Tucked in the Rocky Mountains between Missoula and Butte, with a ski area down the road, superb trout fishing right in town, and a complete absence of chain stores, Philipsburg is an off-the-grid paradise.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Software Engineer - Overwatch Systems
The successful candidate will be work on a software development team and will be involved in all aspects of the development cycle, and will be located on our Missoula, MT office.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Product Support Specialist - Overwatch Systems
The successful candidates will serve as the company's first line of support for the Overwatch Geospatial software applications and be located in our Missoula, MT and Sterling, VA offices.
- Build it and they will come -- to Hardin, Montana
"We will be moving to Hardin, living here and becoming a part of the community. This is a passion for us and we will be involved hands on."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- View Montana Ambassador Conference Summary, Photos and Presentations
The 2011 Annual Meeting and Conference was a great success. Attendees enjoyed reconnecting with Montana Ambassadors, catching up on Montana Ambassador news and learning of opportunities and challenges within the Montana energy corridor.
- Start-ups? We need more finish-ups
Most startups don't finish. Thirty percent of new companies fail in the first year, and 50% fail within 5 years.
- The Meaning of Respect
For me, when I think of what respect means as a leader, I think of positive and negative examples I've seen demonstrated by leaders. The following are true stories that helped define who I am as a leader:
- Advanced Technology Group Launches Missoula Solution Center
Team in Missoula creating industry's first end-to-end SaaS quote-to-cash reference framework
- The Healthy Pantry of Red Lodge, Montana provides healthy, quick-to-fix meals
"That person, I still don't know her name to this day, is responsible for this business in its most important phase,"
- Addressing workers' comp - the safe way
New WorkSafeMT web video tells how the Ravalli County Road and Bridge Department saved thousands in workers' comp and went from "worst to first" in workplace safety.
- Human power drives Lightfoot Cycles of Darby, Montana
Lightfoot Cycles http://www.lightfootcycles.com/ custom builds bicycles, tricycles, ATCs (all-terrain trikes), two-seated four-wheelers and tandem bikes.
- Missoula, Montana based Rivertop Renewables gets $200K grant to develop eco-friendly chemicals
The money will also help the company more than double its work force, Rivertop chief financial officer Jere Kolstad said.
- Bill Payne - Most start-ups fail due to a lack of execution.
Bill Payne, Entrepreneur in Residence at The Kaufman Foundation, says that most start-ups fail due to a lack of execution.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Five Reasons to Quit Your Technology Job Now
With the economy looking up, the private sector adding jobs and a hot technology job market, now is the time to consider changing jobs.
- Montana's gender pay gap fifth largest in the nation
Female Montana workers make 71.5 percent of what male workers make, according to data in a recent U.S Census Bureau survey.
- Legislator: State years behind in debate on public startup capital
What do Ohio, North Carolina and Massachusetts have in common? They all have state-funded organizations that dole out millions of dollars in capital annually to promising startups.
- Some Surprising Reasons Why Sequoia Wins At The VC Game
I got a chance to work closely with Sequoia over the last two months and have thought a bit about how and why they are the top dog in the venture business and came up with 9 reasons. At least a couple of them might surprise you.
Funding and Building your Business
- Update on 2011 FRED Conference and Reasons to Attend - Learn how to increase your innovation IQ
Learn how to create and nurture an entrepreneurial ecosystem
Incubators and R&D
- The Passage Across the Valley of Death: The Gap Between Research and Venture Capital
How can a venture succeed in transitioning from the initial product innovation to a successful growing company that has penetrated a sustainable market share?
- Does your company have a powerful enough vision?
Begin with a big, audacious goal.
- Demystifying the VC term sheet: Board control
Controlling the board, of course, means controling the corporation.
- Measuring the ROI of your social media efforts
You need to go to where the eyeballs are, you need to be on social media, but you also have to be equally sure that you are getting a bang for your buck and time.
- How to Get Good at Making Money
Entrepreneur Jason Fried offers the most fundamental of all small-business advice: how to get good at making money.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Nebraska Medical Center finds the magic formula to increase research funding
University of Nebraska Medical Center leaders appear to have found the magic formula to expand federally funded research.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Governor Schweitzer Encourages Montana Students To Innovate
Students from all across the state gathered at Belgrade High School today. The "Green Con" conference discussed alternative energy.
- State program helping Montana children with autism make strides
Autism is a developmental disability that affects one in every 150 children.
- Senator Baucus Applauds University of Montana Business Students Meeting with Warren Buffett Today
"I'm so proud of our Montana students and I can't wait to see how this once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity will boost their ideas for the future. Warren is one of the world's most successful investors and I have no doubt he'll have some sage advice for our students to bring back and contribute to Montana's economic potential," said Baucus who was an ardent advocate for the meeting.
- Attention Classic Car Enthusiasts - European Sports Car Preservation Society launched in Montana to mentor students
I have started a company that is focused on donating classic cars to late teens and adults that meet the requirements of an application process.
- Want to help Japan's quake victims? Put away your checkbook
Why just donate money when you can donate immediate help?
- It Came From Their Lab. But How to Take It to the Bank? Osage University Partners fund
If universities have a bigger stake in companies, they will make more money and can finance other start-ups. And many can fulfill a mandate to create local jobs.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise Valley Economic Partnership launches the "Competitive Edge Initiative", a five-year project to bring jobs to the valley
The funding helps support face-to-face meetings with companies across the country.
- Why North Dakota Is Booming
The biggest impetus for the good times lies with energy development.
Washington State Business
- Utahns fare well in national well-being survey, but workplace satisfaction still down
Despite increasing levels of discontent felt within the nationwide workforce, people in Utah seem to have it better than those in 42 other states.
- Building a positive climate for businesses
"It's better to keep what you have than go after what you may never get."
- A law created to protect Wyoming's "very rare and uncommon" lands has been revoked.
Currently, the developers have gained the upper hand, and the outcome of their ascendancy may have everlasting impact on some of the the most cherished landscapes of the state.
- Schools to get $9M for off-campus wireless access
20 projects chosen to test new e-Rate rules permitting educational use of wireless broadband service off campus
- Finding Fairness for Rural Schools
One-third of American children attend school in rural or small towns, but we overlook their needs and fund their schools poorly.
- New Report Finds Gaps and Problems in Important Early Education Data
"Are our children, birth to age 5, on track to succeed when they enter school and beyond?"
Connectivity & Communications
- Illinois enacts Internet sales tax law
Gov. Pat Quinn signs bill into law, prompting Amazon.com, Overstock.com to say they will cut ties with affiliates in state
Energy and Climate Change
- University of Utah Health Care gives patients on-the-go access to medical records - Mychart
"We just view this as another opportunity to put the patients first in terms of care and to be able to provide additional services for patients that make receiving and monitoring their care more and more convenient," said Rob Lloyd, executive director for the U.'s ambulatory services and community clinics.
- The Destructive Power of Water
Water, usually thought of as soothing and caressing, is surprisingly heavy -- and surprisingly destructive.
- White House: States can vie for $2.4 billion rail money Fla. rejected
"States across the country have been banging down our door for the opportunity to receive additional high-speed rail dollars," Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement Friday evening.
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