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Depending on your point of view, a dandelion is either a valuable herb — a source of iron and vitamin A, with many medicinal qualities — or a weed that invades your garden. “A weed is a beautiful plant in an unwanted place. An herb is the same plant where it is wanted. Who decides if something is a weed or an herb? Society does.” For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents - Specialisterne http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Rob Ryan: founder of tech darling Ascend now grows entrepreneurs on his Montana ranch using "The Sunflower" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Department of Transportation
- "Nothing Here" - Montana's 2010 Tourism Campaign Receives Preeminent Marketing Award
"While we are certainly pleased to be recognized at such a high level for our marketing acumen, what is really encouraging is while our campaigns are both bold and provocative they are also delivering substantial results for our tourism industry here in Montana," said Anna Marie Moe, Acting Division Administrator for the Montana Office of Tourism.
- Montana Department of Transportation - INROADS June 2011 Paving the Way for Montana's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
Bid and Contracting Opportunities
Highway 12 Ventures
- Enter-Tech Alliance Speaker Series "An Afternoon With Private Equity Investors", 7/19, Billings, Montana
Please join NorthWestern Energy and TechRanch on July 19 for an afternoon with Venture Capitalists and Private Equity Investors who are actively seeking investments in the Clean Tech and Energy sectors.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Entrepreneur feedback for VC's
What do you look for in a VC? What is most important to you and your business? How do we better serve your needs for building a successful company?
Rob Ryan's Entrepreneur- America
- A Plus For Patents Pending
Unlike the accelerated examination procedure, which can be extremely costly and thus limited in most cases to applicants with deep pockets, there are no extra USPTO fees for participating in this program. Thus, this program is truly available to all applicants.
- Rob Ryan: founder of tech darling Ascend now grows entrepreneurs on his Montana ranch using "The Sunflower"
"Think beyond your current product to find your core competency to which a whole series of petals (representing products) can be added." Ryan has come to view the Sunflower as the model for successful entrepreneurs.
Come Home Montana
- Western Montana getaway: Cheff Guest Ranch offers classic cowboy adventure
The Cheff Guest Ranch, located just north of Ninepipe National Wildlife Refuge, has everything you need for a classic cowboy adventure in the Mission Mountains.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- CBS newsman Barry Petersen says why Sidney, Montana's special in memorable speech
"Some of you said it's a lovely honor [for me] to be here. I thank you, but I will tell you, from the bottom of my heart, the honor is so much mine, and I so love that you have me. Thank you," Petersen said, fighting back tears as he received a standing ovation.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Supervisor Electric Opperations - Northwestern Energy
Supervisor Electric Ops Great Falls - Oversee utility crews and construct & maintain elec transmission & distribution system.
- Gov. Bill Haslam launches Startup Tennessee, statewide program to boost entrepreneurship
With the initiative's launch, Tennessee becomes the second state in the country -- Illinois was first -- to implement such a program.
- 15 Principles to Help Leaders Meet Their Toughest Challenges
You don't want that to happen to a leader who is trying to help everybody understand where the company is going to go in the coming 12 months but forgets to hit all the items on the checklist.
Montana Economic Development
- Blue Marble Biomaterials Launches First Zero-Waste Chemical Biorefinery in Missoula, Montana
The company uses a mix of proprietary clean technologies to produce natural, bio-based specialty chemicals used primarily in the food, cosmetics and personal care markets. The facility will produce 72 tons of fine chemicals a year and only purified water and pellet fuel for wood-boilers as its "waste".
- Montana Companies Participate In African Trade Forum
The contacts made during the forum moved the two Montana companies a step closer to business partnerships and increased sales in Africa.
Regional Economic Development
- SBA Awards $750,000 in Small Business Funds to Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC)
MCDC has used its previous SBA microloan funding to finance 35 small businesses across Montana, providing entrepreneurs with the business tools they need to weather the economic downturn and expand their services.
- Finding a New Rural America
Why should the approximately 80% of urban Americans care about the approximately 20% of us who live in rural areas?
- The Future of Economic Development - "Collaborate to Innovate"
To figure out where economic development is today, let's start with a little history.
- 'Skills gap' leaves firms without worker pipeline
States from Rhode Island to Washington are taking steps to address the gulf.
Funding and Building your Business
- How to Increase Your Likability
Great insights from Guy Kawasaki
- An open letter to speakers
Most events are boring because most speakers don't prepare.
Incubators and R&D
- The best ways to set up foreign operations
Too often, companies choose a country for their foreign operations without enough careful thought.
- Must-Have Mobile Tech Tools for Entrepreneurs
Here's a look at mobile tech tools that can make life easier for entrepreneurs in five key areas:
- Mentoring program for tech startups ready to go
"A lot of these entrepreneurs eventually end up venturing out (of the area) to find the resources that they are lacking in order to start their business," said Judy Sindecuse, CEO and managing partner of Capital Innovators. "We are trying to change that, and let these businesses know that ... the help they need is right here."
- Translate Your Startup Vision to Investor Values
Your message better hit one or more of these priorities dead on, if you hope to get some traction.
- 10 Marketing Lessons for Early-Stage Tech Startups
It's a Marathon, Not a Sprint
- Best Business Deals
A bootstrapper's guide to saving money on office furniture, phone service, computers, business travel, and more.
- Kauffman Foundation-Supported Online Entrepreneurship Learning Curriculum Launches Today
A new, inspiring online education program designed to engage students in the unlimited opportunities that an entrepreneurial mindset can provide launches today.
- A Startup Partner Needs More Than a Good Resume
In all cases, the challenge is the same, of finding people that you can work with and enjoy in the business relationship. The relationship has to have trust, communication, and respect in order to work. Otherwise, like a marriage, it will be doomed to constant conflict, second guessing, and unhappiness. So the following attributes have to apply to both sides of the partnership to work:
- When Is a Business Plan Not a Business Plan?
There are at least two completely different meanings for the two-word phrase "business plan:"
- Anything You Want: 21 Inspiring Ideas From Derek Sivers
Derek has done at least two remarkable things: 1. He created a successful business, from scratch. 2. He gave the business away to charity when he was done.
- Data is the new platform, and social is the intelligence
"We see data taking its rightful place as another platform inside enterprise."
- Startups Without Financial Projections are Doomed
In reality, it's like jumping in your car for a long hard drive with no destination in mind. Chances are, you won't enjoy success from the trip.
- "Startup Ideas We'd Like to Fund" No Longer Content to Write Checks, VCs Are Giving Away Their Best Ideas
If you want to Zuck someone else's idea, there are plenty of places to look
- The 4 Principles of a Successful Data Strategy
Creating an effective data environment requires change and coordination across the board, with business and IT joined at the hip. To ensure success, they must create a practical data strategy that guides process changes as well as ongoing investments in their data assets.
- For Some With Autism, Jobs to Match Their Talents - Specialisterne
"I had the perfect career and the perfect family," he recalled. "It was so shocking to realize that one of our family members had a lifelong disability. As parents we wanted to make the best possible future for all of our children, not just the two who were non-disabled. So we had to come up with a new plan for our family's future." Specialisterne Founder Thorkil Sonne
- Utah researchers experiment with electric roads to charge electric cars
what if the electricity could literally jump from the highway to the car?
Oregon Economic Development
- China trade delegation sees a lot to like in Idaho
Business people get a firsthand look at opportunities for investment and downplay negative Internet buzz.
- Wieden+Kennedy launches incubator to develop Portland tech startups
The Wieden+Kennedy advertising firm is launching a technology-oriented business incubator at its Pearl District offices, joining some of its most prominent clients and some of the city's best-known technologists.
- Professor as Entrepreneur
Can something like intellectual entrepreneurship help us break out of our current box, where outside forces are demanding more?
- Wyoming first in federal dollars per capita
The federal budget provides about 30 percent of state revenue, making it the largest single source of funds for many states.
- Amazon, Overstock Flee California in Wake of New Tax Law
Some 25,000 companies within the state are Amazon or Overstock affiliates. In order to continue earning referral commissions, Amazon notified affiliates they'd need to move their operations out of California.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Governor's Travels - How I Left Politics, Learned to Back Up a Bus, and Found America
After two terms as Governor, Angus King, along with his wife and children, packed into an RV and set out on a five-and-a-half-month journey to circumnavigate the United States. Governor's Travels describes the places they went and the people they met.
- Brain in a Dish Comes Alive
A computer chip marinated in neurons and stem cells creates super bursts of activity and could someday help stroke victims' brains heal.
- Grocery shopping through Facebook
The benefits of a bigger, coordinated online presence are clear for small, local retailers who may otherwise be drowned out by larger competitors online. For time-strapped consumers, meanwhile, shopping capabilities not just online but through Facebook offer an extra measure of convenience. One to emulate in a market near you?
- GIS: City IT Leaders Discuss Geospatial Data's Growing Role
Perhaps what's most important, experts say, is the need to educate officials on how they think of data.
- The Technology for a Dialogue Between Citizens and Cities
Where change is perceptible, rapid change makes change itself even more visible.
- Missoula-based Adventure Cycling Association Leading Effort to Develop Interstate Bicycle Corridors Throughout the U.S.
The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) approved six new routes in June and released an ambitious new map in partnership with the Adventure Cycling Association http://www.adventurecycling.org/ that traces routes that would join the contiguous 48 states and carve out routes in Alaska and Hawaii.
- Massive botnet 'indestructible,' say researchers
"Each time a botnet gets taken down it raises the bar for the next time," noted Schouwenberg. "The truly professional cyber criminals are watching and working on their botnets to make them more resilient against takedowns or takeovers."
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