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“Investing in education might be one of the best economic development tools we have. How can we get them some kind of training that will lead them to a second career, rather than getting them a job maybe a couple of rungs down the economic ladder?” State's New Economic Development Leader See Education as Key http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Hey folks. This is a great opportunity to hone your public speaking skills, convey a message dear to your heart and have a lot of fun. Who wants their 5 minutes in the spotlight? "Ignite Missoula- Are You Ready For 5 Minutes of fame? We're accepting entries, Date TBD, Missoula, Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- Why is Translation Project Management Necessary?
Project management in translation and localization projects involves identifying requirements, organizing a project plan, then securing and managing staff resources to successfully complete and deliver the project. The degree of difficulty and associated challenges with these tasks will vary from project to project.
- Intrastate commerce gets a boost at Made in Montana Marketplace
The marketplace includes 99 booths, all of which features products produced in Montana.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess.com - 10 How-To Design Articles
The articles offer handy tutorials for designing in a variety of different programs, tips and tricks for preparing your projects for print, and marketing must-haves to grab attention and grow your business. Enjoy!
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- How to fix America's worst schools
Turning them around could help save successive generations of kids who quit and often end up jobless, mired in poverty, or worse. It could also dramatically improve the nation's educational performance.
Come Home Montana
- "Investing in Kids: Early Childhood Programs and Local Economic Development."
Bartik estimates that each dollar invested in high-quality early childhood programs "produce[s] a $2 to $3 increase in state earnings per capita." He argues that business incentives and early childhood programs should go hand in hand.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Controller - Jore Corporation/Rocky Mountain Twist
Controller to oversee and manage all accounting functions of our manufacturing operation.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Financial Manager, Biomimicry Group, Inc.
The Biomimicry Group seeks an experienced financial professional to take the newly formed social enterprise to the next level.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Seattle's Tech Job Crunch: How Long Can the Valley Invaders Poach from Microsoft, Amazon Before the Talent Well Runs Low?
It's a situation that can't be sustained if the region is to maintain its prominence in the tech world. And if it isn't fixed soon, some worry that the mega-companies currently feeding the pipeline--namely Microsoft and Amazon--could tire of poaching and immigration woes and cut off the supply, establishing more satellite offices where the workers already live rather than investing a lot to recruit them to the Northwest and then lose them.
- Flathead Valley women give entrepreneurial advice to global audience
Nancy Gaynor of Whitefish and Geraldine Hewankorn of Big Arm, both descendants of Chief Eneas Paul Big Knife of the Kootenai Nation, participated in a panel on "Rural Women, Technology and Access to Education, Training and Employment."
- Startups should collaborate, Apple co-founder, Steve Wozniak tells business leaders
"Even if you're going in the same direction, make the good things happen for the world and you'll all have huge successes."
- Senator Baucus Announces Study for New Montana Biotech Manufacturing Facility
Senator's Economic Development Summit Jump Starts Partnership to Create New Montana Jobs, Bolster Montana's Biotech Industry
Montana Economic Development
- Avail-TVN officer sees opportunity in Flathead, Montana's technology industry - A Global Tech Company With Local Ambitions
For more information on Avail-TVN, visit www.tvn.com. To learn about the open house and job fair, call (406) 751-0000.
- Montana electronic retailer Vann's launches outdoors gear website - BigSkyCountry.com
Over a year in the planning and development, the Missoula company is boldly challenging longtime Internet forces in this speciality market, including REI, Backcountry.com and Campmor.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Competitiveness: State and Cluster Economic Performance
The snapshot chart summarizes the relative performance of a state on levels and trends in five key measures.
- Rick Bass: working to protect a special place - The Yaak Valley of Montana
Not a single acre of the valley is permanently protected.
- MCDC office moves to downtown Bozeman site
A resource for small businesses in Bozeman has moved and expanded.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- The Future of Manufacturing is Local
There are many parts of this country where manufacturing is very much alive, albeit in a different form.
- Montana State University offers new biofuel fungus for licensing
Interested parties can license the new technology by contacting Nick Zelver with the MSU Technology Transfer Office at (406) 994-7868, http://tto.montana.edu or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. MSU requests that interest be expressed in writing by April 15, 2011.
Funding and Building your Business
- Labor Department starts Bridge to Justice program
The agency would put workers whose complaints it won't take up in touch with private employment lawyers.
- College Students and the New Apprentice Economy
Here we go again. Welcome to Apprentice Economy Version 2.0.
- State's New Economic Development Leader See Education as Key
"Investing in education might be one of the best economic development tools we have."
Montana Education Excellence
- Silicon Valley Hiring Perks: Meals, iPads and Help Starting Your Own Company
The company, a service to turn cellphones into credit card readers, lured Mr. Firestone from Apple partly with an unusual pitch: it promised to give him weekly lessons about starting his own business someday, including how to find venture capitalists to finance it.
- Why U.S. patents are now less valuable
A stunning decision in a Microsoft patent infringement case may have made patent royalties more fair, but also made them much more unpredictable.
- What Can We Learn From the World's Most Admired Companies?
This year, three key leadership principles emerged that can be learned from these first in class organizations:
- Demystifying the VC term sheet: Protective Provisions
Protective provisions grant the investors the right to veto or block certain corporate actions.
- The only question your startup needs to answer: What's your one thing?
There's only one question your startup needs to answer:
- The Tension Behind Retention A Look at Administrative Efforts to Keep Students at MSU
With nearly 30 percent of freshman leaving annually, MSU has struggled with retention rates for many years.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Made in USA Gives Small Business an Edge
As labor and shipping costs in Asia increase, small stateside apparel makers are able to flaunt their domestic addresses
- Upcoming SBIR Conference may be the last.
Even though programs such as SBIR and the related Small Business Technology Transfer grants have proven their worth over time in terms of launching private businesses, it's uncertain when they will be renewed by Congress and at what spending levels.
Utah Economic Development
- VC puts up $250k for university spinouts
Many venture capitalists will tell you the quality of the entrepreneur is at least as important as that entrepreneur's product or idea, if not more.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Economic Developers from Across Utah to Gather April 5 for Networking, Training Event
Not Just for Economic Developers
- Missoula schools prepare for possible job, program cuts
The financial forecast is in limbo largely due to the Montana Legislature. Districts across the state are in the same straits, operating in a fog of uncertainty about money.
- Ignite Missoula- Are You Ready For 5 Minutes In The Spotlight? We're accepting entries, Date TBD, Missoula, Montana
Ignite Missoula http://ignitemissoula.com/ is now taking applications for the 4th Ignite Missoula community event, to be held sometime in late April or early May in a venue conducive to good talk, good cheer and the vibrancy of Missoula.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bill aims to boost economic development in Nevada - "Catalyst Fund"
The state of Nevada would invest millions of dollars in private businesses and academic research, and streamline its economic development agencies under a bill being considered in the Legislature.
- TED video: Hans Rosling shows the best stats you've ever seen
You've never seen data presented like this. With the drama and urgency of a sportscaster, statistics guru Hans Rosling debunks myths about the so-called "developing world."
Energy and Climate Change
- 170 Million Americans
- Co-op Tactics for Community Broadband
Community cooperatives may do better than local governments at battling the telecom industry and maneuvering through federal regs that favor wireless.
- Engineered Organisms for Making Cheap Sugar - Proterro
One company's method for low-cost, high-yield sugar production could help biofuels compete with fossil fuels.
- Montana Public Radio Annual Pledge Drive April 9th- 17th
Pledge Week aims to raise funds in wake of Federal funding challenge
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