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Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Transportation
- Challenges with Multilingual Software and Website Testing
Most of the software testing errors aren't caused by programming issues.
- Three learning opportunities for rural Montana businesses.
These webinars, hosted by the Montana Women's Business Center and Montana Community Development Corporation, are designed to assist rural Montana businesses in assessing business opportunities and in planning for success.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Winners of the Second Annual BetterBricks Awards Announced
"Northwest green building professionals lead the country in their commitment to energy efficiency," said Claire Fulenwider, Executive Director of the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance (NEEA). "Our high caliber winners this year are making impressive strides in both private and the public sector buildings and demonstrate that through innovation and collaboration, we can accomplish significant energy savings."
- Montana's Spring Creek School - A one-room school fit for 21st century
Such a school seems impossible when stacked against the modern realities of budget cuts, school closures and overflowing classrooms. Yet in this part of the country, where elbow room comes measured in the hundreds of acres and the nearest public elementary school is 72 miles away, the "Little House on the Prairie" educational model is a logistical necessity.
- What I learned at FOO Camp '11
With room for 10 or 12 sessions to happen concurrently- anyone can organize one on anything. No restrictions. It's that simple. It works amazingly well because of the openness of the event.
Come Home Montana
- Obama Offers Training Plan Designed for High-Tech Jobs
The program, which Mr. Obama unveiled during a visit to a lighting manufacturer here, would seek to marry private companies with colleges and universities in a bid to encourage students to focus on science, technology, engineering and math degrees.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Sidney, Montana thrives at prairie's edge
'This is where Montana begins'
- Montana Career Opportunity - Regional Economic Development Planner - Headwater's
Headwater's http://www.headwatersrcd.org is a dynamic not for profit organization serving the counties of SW Montana seeking a self starter team member to carry on the planning and development efforts of the Headwater's region.
- GlaxoSmithKline to hire more workers for Hamilton, Montana labs - Job Fair 6/20
The company will host a job fair at the University of Montana on Monday, June 20, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
- How to Raise an Entrepreneur
Parents should urge kids to explore their environment--and don't let them get too comfortable
Regional Economic Development
- "Two Blokes Blending Butter" - Compound butter top-seller at Missoula Farmers Market
In case you're wondering, compound butter is any butter that has had an additional flavor or ingredient added to it - from dill to orange water to Chinese five-spice and cumin.
- Start-Up Watch COD: Missoula based Mamalode knows Mom Jeans (and Everything Mom) Are Cool
Mamalode http://www.mamalode.com/ , a start-up based in Missoula, MT, is a combined online/offline publication geared to meeting the needs of today's Mom. The key to Mamalode, it appears, is the idea that it offers a unique form of respect and admiration for the power and wonder of Motherhood.
- The new water wars? Study shows broad decline in Rockies snowpack.
Many studies have documented the West's declining snowpack. But a new one, published Friday in the journal Science, covers the length of the Rockies over an 800-year period.
- America's Entrepreneurial Innovation Needs Help
The innovation engine that powered the U.S. economy over the last century seems to be slowing down and dying, threatening not only local opportunities, but the economies all over the world.
- Oklahoma businesses have potential for raising capital for startups, i2E entrepreneur-in-residence, Bill Payne says
'Angel investor' Bill Payne says achieving positive cash flow is vital for new entrepreneurs.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Right Way To Answer "Tell Me About Yourself"
Even though there is no one right answer, focusing on the past, the negative, or the too personal can hurt your chances of making it through.
Montana Education Excellence
- Limit an Investor Pitch to 10 Pages and 10 Minutes
Every startup needs both a business plan and an investor presentation, completed before you formally approach any investors.
- Your Startup Technology is Like a Banana
Your prospects and customers will tolerate green or brown bananas for a while, but eventually they'll move on to the next tree where the fruit is ripe. Don't let this happen to your business.
- How Google Finds New Recruits
How do you hire more than 6,300 engineers, product specialists and salespeople in the most competitive tech talent market in a decade? That's the dilemma Google is facing in its biggest hiring year ever.
- So you want to raise seed capital...
Best thing is to either...
- Experience the Magic of Startup Team Collaboration
Expect conflict to reach consensus.
- Strategy: The deliberate reduction of alternatives
Strategy is the deliberate reduction of alternatives.
- The 9 Most Important Things to Remember If You Want to Sell Your Startup
Prepare a year in advance.
- Entrepreneurs, investors and board meetings: What's the right balance for start-up companies?
More regular board meetings can help a company establish and institutionalize more efficient and productive communications channels among inside and outside directors.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- More Non-Indians Choosing Tribal Colleges
The greatest numbers of non-beneficiary students are located on "checker board" reservations, in which Indian land is not contiguous, such as the Blackfeet and Salish Kootenai reservations in Montana.
- Innovative wind turbine struts its stuff on MSU Billings COT campus
"It's a sun mill rather than a windmill,"
- Helena firm to promote Montana's two-year colleges - Strategies 360 Montana
Helena-based communications and marketing firm Strategies 360 Montana has been selected to serve as the consultant for a Montana University System initiative that aims to draw interest and increase access to the state's two-year colleges.
Oregon Economic Development
- Innovation's golden opportunity
If university research was a business, it would be bankrupt.
Utah Economic Development
- Startups play waiting game while Portland Seed Fund evaluates flood of applicants
The $2 million seed fund, backed primarily with public money, is an experiment to see whether government support can spark Oregon's historically weak funding environment for startups.
- Aerospace company will add hundreds of jobs in Utah
Buoyed by $33 million in tax credits from Utah state officials, an aerospace company is planning an expansion of their manufacturing facilities in Salt Lake City that could create 2,700 jobs over the next 15 years.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Future site of one of world's fastest supercomputers takes shape in Cheyenne, Wyoming
When completed next spring, the facility will help answer some of science's most fundamental, yet most complex questions about weather, including discovering how and why hurricanes and tornadoes form and predicting the effects of global warming on Wyoming and other parts of the world.
- Parent training program takes hold in Wyoming
Wyoming's Maternal and Family Health Section of the Department of Health has identified a curriculum that offers empowerment and civics skills to support parents and families in making desired changes for children.
- How educated are state legislators?
We got a glimpse of how the citizens who hold these seats reflect the average American experience.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- "Balancing Scholarship and Entrepreneurship: Issues for the Evolving Academic Environment,"
By uncritically embracing entrepreneurship, Balaban warned, universities risk changing how they view the nature of research.
- Duncan Threatens to Alter No Child Left Behind
"Principals, superintendents and children cannot wait forever for the legislative process to work itself out," Mr. Duncan said in a conference call with reporters. "As it exists now, No Child Left Behind is creating a slow-motion train wreck for children, parents and teachers."
- Idaho school's first technology task force meeting is in session
The task force is made up of 39 members, who will be in charge of helping teachers learn the best way to use computers in their classrooms and figuring out how online classes will work.
- Chris Christie Announces Plan To Privatize New Jersey Public Schools
The New Jersey proposal comes on the heels of a ruling by the state's highest court that Christie's education cuts of about $1 billion last year were unconstitutional and had shortchanged disadvantaged students.
- Education as an Export
With the right development and marketing, education, sold as an export, could grow to become one of the United States' highest earners.
- Tiny Town Recruits Students Worldwide
Why not bring in students from all over the world and give the local economy a much-needed boost?
- Marc Jacobs Tells What To Do When You're Terrified Of Speaking In Public
Watching his performance is a reminder of how long two minutes can be when all eyes are on you.
- Editorial: Missouri should hunt for long-term jobs solutions, stop poaching
Look deeper and you see a prime example of what Chicago author and economic analyst Richard Longworth says is a wrong-headed economic development policy in which states poach each other's businesses for little or no economic gain.
- Wanted: 'Angels' for businesses
Besides the angel tax credit, the laws encourage in-state internships for college students and promote business innovation and new commercial sites for business growth.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- A Broadband Bonanza in Powell, Wyoming
How does a town of 5,000 people in a sparsely populated region get its own fiber-to-household broadband system -- without relying on federal funding? Powell, Wyoming, is one of the great broadband success stories of the decade.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- White House Launches New Smart Grid Initiatives
"A 21st-century grid is essential to America's ability to lead the world in clean energy and win the future."
- Brain scans to spot Alzheimer's may be available this year
"You'll get a more accurate and earlier diagnosis, which can be important to people who want to know what's going on when their memory is starting to decline."
- Bike Helmet Of The Future Could Detect Traumatic Head Injuries
The Toyota competition, which ended this week, challenged entrants to repurpose Prius technology for use outside of the automotive arena.
- Android@Home could eliminate the light switch on the wall.
The Android Open Accessory Development Kit (ADK) allows Android's software to operate and communicate with motors, sensors, controllers and relays, allowing developers to create an interface in which a smartphone app could control or collect data from a thermostat, a lawn irrigation system or a group of lighting fixtures.
- A Great Idea to Improve U.S. Government Could Net You $50,000
The contest is structured in eight categories -- citizen engagement, defense, emergency response, entitlement reform, work force management and motivation, back office operations, results achievement and waste.
- Obama To Close 50% Of Federal Websites
President Obama on Monday revealed a new campaign to eliminate wasteful spending across the federal government that includes improved transparency and accountability, shutting down hundreds of websites, and freezing the development of new ones.
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