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Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- 6 Considerations When Preparing for Software Translation
Ideally, a software application should be internationalized before either translation or localization takes place.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP) MAILER A Bimonthly Newsletter - January 2011
Paving the Technology Path to Economic Development
Highway 12 Ventures
- A Teen Eye for Design
Imagine what creativity might erupt, says Linda Tischler, if design were taught in middle school.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Highway 12 Ventures Portfolio News | March 2011
A $25-million-a-year Boise company makes portable devices you can put in your backpack to create instant Wi-Fi hot spots.
- Highway 12 Ventures Blog Why We're Investing In Orbotix
"It's fun." Sometimes, it's that simple.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Patent Office Announces "Prioritized" Examination for a Fee
Patent applicants will soon be able to "prioritize" their applications by paying an additional fee to U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).
- TED Video - Stanley McChrystal: Listen, learn ... then lead
How can you build a sense of shared purpose among people of many ages and skill sets? By listening and learning -- and addressing the possibility of failure.
- Selling Montana
"Montana's such a visual brand and it's such a big state that what we've learned and what's most effective when we communicate with prospective travelers is how we can bring Montana to life," says Katy Peterson, consumer marketing manager for Montana's Office of Tourism.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Venture investment in "clean technology" companies hits high note
Maybe it's still not easy being green, but it's getting a lot more popular.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- New West Festival Seeks Entrepreneurs Test your elevator pitch with a venture capitalist during our conference May 5-6 in Missoula.
While this is not a formal pitch session, if you are chosen to participate, you'll get to experience the joy of selling the "elevator pitch" to the money guys, and you will get valuable feedback on your pitch, your ideas and your business plan that will help to prepare you for the more formal pitch opportunities in your future.
- Becoming a Webmaster- Lifelong Learning Center offers certificate program
Local business owners who want to take control of their Web site, or those who want to develop their skills for entry level positions in Web development can earn a Webmaster certificate at the Dickinson Lifelong Learning Center.
Montana Economic Development
- Adventure Life partners with locals in Central and South America and Antarctica to provide unique eco-tours.
"Our goal is to provide a fun and exciting holiday, while creating a better understanding between travelers and our wonderful hosts."
- It Pays to Be Green - Western Montana InBusiness April 2011
Going green is a broad, far-reaching concept, especially when it comes to the world of business. It can be used to model business plans, make money, save money or market a service. Entire workplaces can be fashioned around the concept - anything that improves the state of the environment.
Regional Economic Development
- Ravalli County to create tourism improvement district
Based on current occupancy rates, the district is estimated to generate $40,000 a year.
- Gallatin County, Montana launches economic development initiatives
"Unfortunately, there hasn't been a great deal of interest in economic development in the past," he said. "There's a greater interest today, and I thought it would be an appropriate time to move forward."
- What Can We Learn from National Innovation Metrics? France as a Case Study in Change
Innovation can solve some of the critical challenges that our world is facing today, particularly if it is oriented toward sustainability. It is considered as a key element of a Nation's competitiveness.
- How Peaceful Is Your State? - United States Peace Index
The report estimates there is potential for $361 billion in savings and additional economic activity by increasing peacefulness in America to the same level as Canada.
- When States Recruit Businessess From Other States - Businesses Stand to Gain Most in Rivalry of States
"It's a little bit of a zero sum game. Because one part gains and the other part loses. And the gains are much more modest than the losses."
- Women need mentors to fully compete with men
"By increasing the number of women who make it from middle management to the vice presidential level, corporations could vastly improve the odds for building diversity in top management,"
- Like High Cholesterol, Overtime Work Boosts Heart Disease
"We knew there was an association between working long hours and coronary heart disease, but we were really surprised that it was such a strong predictor."
- Google Said To Have High Level Mole At Twitter, Makes Massive Counteroffers To Retain Employees
The stock grants are significantly higher than what we've unearthed previously, but the model is the same. Google grants restricted stock to the employee that vests over time (two years in the case of Sundar and 3 or 4 years with Neal, says one source). An engineer last year was offered $3.5 million in stock to stay. At the time it seemed outrageous.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening Competitive Intelligence Brochure
Want to learn how to grow sales, increase profitability, manage costs, and manage effectively with information you can easily use and act on?
Montana Education Excellence
- The Business of Water
For business, water management is fast becoming a key strategic tool.
- Lock In Your Best Employees With This "Golden Handcuff"
Deferred compensation plans can help businesses recruit and keep key talent--and that's a big deal for those that want to survive and grow.
- Think You Can Save Big by Incorporating in Nevada or Delaware? Think Again
Before you pay for an out-of-state registration for your business, consider the pitfalls.
- Concerned About Secondary Markets, NVCA To Urge Members To Set Policies
"We are concerned that there is some opportunity for conflict of interest if venture capitalists engage in this trading."
- The Midas Top 100 Venture Capitalists
These 100 investors buck those trends, create wealth and fund the new ideas that keep our economy vibrant.
- Educational Videos by SBA, INC. Magazine and AT&T Promote Exports by U.S. Firms
"This video series will educate business owners about what to expect when they launch an international business."
- Morgan Spurlock: The greatest TED Talk ever sold
With humor and persistence, filmmaker Morgan Spurlock dives into the hidden but influential world of brand marketing, on his quest to make a completely sponsored film about sponsorship. (And yes, onstage naming rights for this talk were sponsored too. By whom and for how much? He'll tell you.)
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Show Must Go On - The University of Montana Entertainment Management program
UM's Entertainment Management program prepares students for a star-studded industry. But nothing compares to its current life lesson.
- Montana State University suddenly replaces finance chief - Nation-wide search launched
Montana State University is conducting a national search for a new vice president for finance to oversee $325 million in spending on the Bozeman campus, after the sudden and unexpected departure of one of its top executives.
- University of Montana to Celebrate National Student Employment Week April 10-16
The Office of Career Services, in partnership with University Dining Services and the Residence Life Office, will host a reception Tuesday, April 12, to honor UM's Student Employee of the Year and all award nominees.
- Columbia University's Tech Transfer Guru, Orin Herskowitz, on Turning IT, Biotech, and Cleantech Ideas Into Businesses
Herskowitz has good reason to boast.
- Technology transfer: From the lab to the marketplace
Fluoride toothpaste. Rocket fuel. The cancer drug Taxol. LCD displays. Seat belts. Gatorade. Penicillin.
- New Car Engine From Michigan State University Sends Shock Waves Through Auto Industry
The Wave Disk Generator uses 60 percent of its fuel for propulsion; standard car engines use just 15 percent. As a result, the generator is 3.5 times more fuel efficient than typical combustion engines.
Oregon Economic Development
- Boise whitewater park gets key gift from the J.A. and Kathryn Albertson Foundation
Another large donation from the Albertson Foundation means construction can start this fall.
Utah Economic Development
- Portland startup boosters launch another program to boost entrepreneurship
"It's time to take the focus of the region and say, 'This entrepreneur, and this company, are going to get our attention.' "
2011 Montana Legislature
- Who Benefits from a Montana Business Equipment Tax Cut?
During floor debates Montana lawmakers generally strive not to name specific people or businesses affected by the legislation at hand. But sometimes they lapse.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Governing Boards Turn to Technology to Reinvent the University
"This is not rocket science."
- American Prairie Reserve eNewsletter March/April 2011
With our new campground opening in May, I hope you'll join us to see the stunning renewal of life that takes place each spring.
- South Dakota maintains position as lowest taxed in nation
"The census looks at tax collection and that's not necessarily a tax burden, because there is tax shifting. So South Dakota taxpayers may actually have a slightly different burden than the government collects," Hodge said. "For instance, North Dakota has all that mineral wealth, they can shift a lot of those tax collections and mineral extraction to taxpayers in other states as those goods are exported."
- Governor of Nevada Pushes Development Bill
AB 449 essentially overhauls the state's economic development system while also opening up funds for business development, recruitment and research commercialization.
Energy and Climate Change
- Device Harnesses Wind Power from Passing Trains
When you think of wind power, you think of giant turbines harnessing big breezes.
- Is Solar Power Worth It?
"The sun provides to the Earth that entire 3 trillion barrels worth of oil energy in just two days. And yet, tapping into this enormous power to generate electricity is the least utilized renewable energy resource today." Jeffrey Grossman, an engineer with Massachusetts Institute of Technology
- Facebook shares design of energy-efficient data center
Having designed and built a new energy-efficient data center in Oregon, Facebook is sharing the technology for the center and its customized servers with other Internet companies, hoping to cut the huge amounts of electricity consumed by the industry.
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