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"Education cuts sabotage state's future" - "In difficult times, it is myopic to cut back on the key seed corn for our future," he said. "I think, in moments of crisis, it is key that we invest. Investments will bring us out of this (recession). We don't want to get into the ever-downward spiral of a Japan." Dr. LeRoy Hood, head of the Institute for Systems Biology and world-renowned human genome researcher. http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Hellgate Venture Network - Transatlantic Entrepreneurship, 4/21, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- City Club Missoula Presents: Congressman Denny Rehberg, 4/28, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Why Most Sales Calls Stink
Making telephone contact with customers and prospects is essential to following up on leads, driving sales, and building relationships.
Big Sky Commerce
- New online service applies the 'Netflix' model to literacy
Students Who Don't Read Well by Third Grade Face Longer Odds of Finishing High School on Time
- A Stand-Up Desk Experiment in Missoula's schools
Students take turns using it and chronicling their thoughts about it.
- States Attempt to Streamline Education
Proposals in states like Washington and North Dakota aim to streamline education from pre-k to Ph.D.
- It turns out the one-on-one tutoring really can do the trick for young people who would be expected to fail.
"They" is a program called College Access Now that operates in three Seattle high schools. It boasts an unheard-of success rate working with groups of kids who, on paper anyway, are among the most at risk of fading off after high school and never going on to college.
- Missoula's Top Cop To Release New Report Showing Early Education Cuts Crime, Saves Taxpayer Dollars, 4/21, Missoula
Law enforcement leaders will release a new report showing that investing in high-quality early care and education in Montana can help at-risk children succeed, significantly reduce the likelihood that they will commit crimes and save taxpayer dollars through reduced prison costs.
- A Better Way to Teach Math
Is it possible to eliminate the bell curve in math class?
City Club Missoula
- Welcome to Farm-to-Table!
We invite you to join us in building a sustainable local food system among the prairies and badlands of Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota.
Hellgate Venture Network
- City Club Missoula Presents: Congressman Denny Rehberg, 4/28, Missoula, Montana
City Club Missoula forums are open to everyone; you do not need to be a member to attend, however, reservations are required as seating will be limited.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Hellgate Venture Network - Transatlantic Entrepreneurship, 4/21, Missoula, Montana
At this weeks meeting new HVN member Dave Smith will share insights and perspectives on entrepreneurship on either side of the Atlantic.
Come Home Montana
- New summer cross-cultural leadership course offered at Montana State University
Students will have selected joint sessions and service learning with the MEPI students. The course includes sessions focused on the important leadership issues currently facing both the Middle East and the United States.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana Career Opportunity - Managing Director - American Prairie Foundation
MISSION The mission of American Prairie Foundation is to create and manage a prairie-based wildlife reserve that, when combined with public lands already devoted to wildlife, will protect a unique natural habitat, provide lasting economic benefits, and improve public access to and enjoyment of the prairie landscape.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Administrative Assistant - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
This is a fast-paced multitasking position where the day goes by fast and fun to right individual.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Developer - Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation
The Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation, a hunter based non profit wildlife/habitat conservation organization seeks a Software Developer to analyze, design, develop, document and support new and existing software solutions.
- "60 Minutes": Questions over Greg Mortenson's stories. "Three Cups of Tea" - Bozeman philanthropist denies allegations
Some of the most inspiring and dramatic stories in the best-selling book, "Three Cups of Tea," by Greg Mortenson, are not true, multiple sources tell "60 Minutes" as part of an investigation by correspondent Steve Kroft that will be broadcast on "60 Minutes" this Sunday, April 17 at 7 p.m. ET/PT.
- 'Three Cups of Tea' Author, Greg Mortenson, Defends Book
Jon Krakauer: It's a beautiful story, and it's a lie.
- Biotech's Missed Opportunity: Small-Town and Rural America
There are good reasons for biotech and pharma companies to take a closer look at lower-cost "second cities" in the U.S.
Montana Economic Development
- Chris Corbin at Lotic Water Helps Clients Find a Fair Price for Their Water
"New opportunities exist that people aren't looking at," Corbin said recently. "I just saw a niche in the conservation, environmental and sustainable opportunities that have to do with water that people aren't recognizing."
- Valve clip on transplanted heart at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana, a first in nation
Last Thursday, Beeman was in the first place in America to successfully solve his condition without resorting to risky open heart surgery.
- Missoula center offers visas to foreign investors for $1M buy-in - The Northern Rockies Regional Center
Basing a center in Montana should vastly increase the amount of private investment money available here, and help connect worthy projects with wealthy foreign investors.
- Council Selects Montana Growth Through Agriculture Projects - Next Application Deadline is August 1, 2011
The Montana Agriculture Development Council has offered funding totaling $425,498 to 11 Growth Through Agriculture projects for agricultural development, according to council Chair David Tyler.
- Valuations - Higher in Silicon Valley, Seattle and Boston than for the Rest of US
I guess I was surprised to see valuations so high in the Valley and Seattle. I am speculating that competition in these two markets (and in Boston) is driving up valuations.
Funding and Building your Business
- Let Your Story Cut Through the Noise and Clutter
Here are 3 ways you can build a story and your brand connection with people at the same time
- College Grads: Why Your First Job Should be With a Startup
3. You'll discover talents you never knew you had.
- The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights
If you are interested in Emotional Intelligence this latest book by Daniel Goleman is a must read.
Incubators and R&D
- Forming a new software startup, how do I allocate ownership fairly?
Fairness, and the perception of fairness, is much more valuable than owning a large stake.
- Some Startups Forget to Validate a Business Model
Many entrepreneurs work hard on the proof of concept (technical), but skip any proof of the business model (revenue flow).
- 5 Ways to Make Your Projected Profits Realistic
Regarding business plans (and business plan competitions), instead of just complaining (again) about unrealistically high profitability projections, today I have some specific suggestions.
- Why Brainstorming Sucks (And How to Fix It)
If you want to do brainstorming right, discard the widely believed myths and go with the proven approaches. For instance:
- Top Ten Legal Mistakes Made by Startups
Issuing founder shares without vesting.
- Look For These Five Qualities of a Great Soultion (Startup)
The best product or service is a full-featured one (deep) that shows you understand customer needs (intelligent), comes with support (complete), makes customers better (empowering), and is easy to use (elegant).
Montana Education Excellence
- Could an Online Startup Incubator Succeed?
Theoretically this gives you a huge talent advantage.
- Montana works to reduce need for remedial classes
Thirty percent of recent graduates of Montana high schools entering the state's public colleges or universities last fall had to take at least one developmental education class.
University Business Plan Competitions
- In Manufacturing, Plum Creek Sees Reversal of Fortunes
"Our strategy over the last few years has been to diversify as much as possible into the industrial, commercial markets, and take items out of residential," Ray said. "These high-value niche markets have allowed us to reinvent ourselves."
- MSU-Great Falls team wins business competition
Students attending two-year colleges throughout Montana spent two days developing solutions to a real problem posed by the USDA--Gallatin National Forest.
- Despite threat, Exergy hasn't halted its Idaho wind projects
The Legislature's move to let a rebate expire may not quash all plans for alternative power developments
2011 Montana Legislature
- Intel surprises Beaverton and Hillsboro schools with influx of Israeli families
Over the last three weeks, about 300 Israeli families with an estimated 400 children have come to the area. The parents are part of a five-month training program for Intel's Israeli employees.
- Montana chool funding bill may include controversial charter school language
Sen. Ryan Zinke http://leg.mt.gov/css/Sessions/62nd/leg_info.asp?HouseID=0&SessionID=105&LAWSID=6491 , R-Whitefish, the sponsor of the bill and chairman of the House-Senate conference committee that begins work on the measure Monday, said last week that he hopes Senate Bill 329 will be amended to include language allowing experimental charter schools.
- Education cuts sabotage state's future
"In difficult times, it is myopic to cut back on the key seed corn for our future," he said. "I think, in moments of crisis, it is key that we invest. Investments will bring us out of this (recession). We don't want to get into the ever-downward spiral of a Japan." Dr. LeRoy Hood, head of the Institute for Systems Biology and world-renowned human genome researcher.
- Why Look Down on a Business Degree?
What's the problem with the most popular college major in America?
- SBE Council's "Business Tax Index" Ranks State Tax Systems
"State and local taxes affect the decisions made by entrepreneurs, investors, businesses and individuals. Several states in recent years have hiked taxes in response to excessive government spending, and declining revenues in a down economy. In high-tax states, elected officials have refused to cut spending or slow its growth. The implications for entrepreneurship, small businesses, competitiveness, investment and employment are significant."
- Want to speak at TED? Now you can audition
"We're holding this audition to give a chance to the undiscovered talent we know is out there -- and especially talent that can help us continue to reinvent the ancient art of the spoken word."
Connectivity & Communications
- High-flying future of our cities
The airport won't just be the center of and central to the city, and not just the focal point of our commerce, our work and where we live. The airport will be the city.
Energy and Climate Change
- Internet2 Upgrade Will Let Researchers Share Data Faster
A new network under development by Internet2 will give researchers at member colleges and other participating institutions up to 10 times more bandwidth--making it easier and faster to share large data sets.
- Net neutrality: End of the Web as we know it?
Without network neutrality, as a small business or entrepreneur, youâ€™d sure feel the effects. Theyâ€™d include:
- Stimulus money for rural broadband in Gallatin County was spent where it wasn't needed
Opticom's award was announced last August and was immediately met with concerns from local broadband providers who said the company's proposed service area was already covered.
- The Broadband Speed Divide
The rural-urban gap is much wider in terms of choice of providers and speed than it is for a simple connection.
- Solar power: breakthrough could herald big drop in costs
Scientists at the University of Michigan have discovered a new effect from an old property of light, which they say could lead to an "optical battery" that converts sunlight to electricity at a fraction of the cost of today's photovoltaic cells.
- Algal Fuels Could Cut Oil Imports 17 Percent
Forget hydrogen. Algae may be the fuel of the future.
- Where solar power can't fly, artificial photosynthesis might
What happened last July over the Jura mountain range of Switzerland might one day be considered the age of sustainability's "Kitty Hawk" moment.
- In 14 years, two of every three people on the planet will have some form of a water problem, experts say.
"Sustainability is the new key to the water challenge."
- 10 Things You Must ReThink
Holding on to old thinking models is the quickest path to failure.
- The Hotel Bill (Gotta have a chuckle or two on tax day)
Don't mess with senior citizens. They didn't get there by being stupid!
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