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"Being committed to something bigger than oneself is the source of both personal and corporate passion and energy." Michael C. Jensen - Harvard Business School http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Gov. Schweitzer Invites You: 7th Annual Montana Ambassador Business Open, 8/17-18, Anaconda, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3741
Missoula Schools Excellence
Montana Department of Commerce
- Missoula's Flagship after-school program to pull out of 2 schools due to federal cuts
The program was founded to give Missoula students after-school activities to steer them from drug and alcohol use.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Primary Sector Workforce Training Grant Program Guidelines Available
The program provides funds to businesses for training of new full-time and part-time workers with the purpose of creating jobs in Montana.
- LEADERSHIP EXCELLENCE A Special MMEC Lean Leadership Event Five Locations - Five Dates To Choose From!
Get all of your employees pulling in the same direction using simple straight- forward principles. Create a business model that builds confidence for prospective customers that yours is the right firm with which to do business.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Learning Time in America: Trends to Reform the American School Calendar
Schools, school districts, and states around the country are developing and implementing innovative and cost-effective ways to expand learning time for students in an effort to boost students' academic achievement and provide a well-rounded education, according to the most comprehensive study of time and learning policies ever conducted.
- Maryland becomes first state with environmental literacy requirement
A new policy adopted by the state board of education requires public schools to work lessons about conservation, sustainable growth, and studies about the natural world into a variety of subjects.
- New Classroom Tool Uses Laptops & Phones for Instant Assessment
Now a new startup called Socrative is offering a way for teachers like her to create a similar tool with smartphones or laptops -- for free.
- TED Video: Ken Robinson says schools kill creativity
Sir Ken Robinson makes an entertaining and profoundly moving case for creating an education system that nurtures (rather than undermines) creativity.
- Social Media Between Students and Teachers Restricted in Missouri
"As I have told others ... the only teachers who will be punished by this law are the ones who would never think of crossing the line with a student."
- The Kapors' SMASH Academy is filling an education gap
Give a kid a chance and you'll be amazed at what happens next.
Come Home Montana
- Highway 12 Ventures Portfolio News - July 2011
Highway 12 is working with exciting companies
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Public Relations Communication Manager - The Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association
The Montana Lodging and Hospitality Association http://www.mtlha.com/jobs.php seeks an individual to fulfill the responsibilities of the Communications Manager for the new Public Relations Campaign.
- Mid-Rivers Communications Current Job Vacancies
Mid-Rivers provides telecommunications services to 30,000 square miles in a 21-county area of eastern Montana and three counties in North Dakota. Mid-Rivers is the largest land mass telephone cooperative in the Continental U.S.
- Kohl's bringing more than 100 jobs to Bozeman, holding job fair next week
The company will be holding a five-day job fair at the Hilton Garden Inn on Sunday through Thursday.
- How to Raise an Entrepreneur
How do you get kids ready to become entrepreneurs?
- How sarcasm can boost creativity
A recent study that shows that organizations where people don’t express their frustrations can be just as harmful as those where it’s overdone.
Montana Economic Development
- Welcome to Solomon Bruce Consulting...
If you need help, or just want to have a discussion on where you are in your business plan, give us a call. We would be delighted to visit with you about business opportunities.
- Senator Baucus: Hope for Columbia Falls, Montana Aluminum Company
"Montana jobs rely on this proposal which is why I've been pressing BPA and Glencore to finalize an agreement. I've also urged Glencore to consider rehiring workers laid off from CFAC as they work through any deal to reopen the company. Families hit hardest in the Flathead deserve a crack at this important opportunity for the future."
- Montana Timber Products Announces Partnerships with Clawson Windows, Pine Door, and Buckeye Hardwood & Lumber Co. to Provide More Sustainable Montana Solutions in Home Design
Now ranchwood comes in windows, doors, and flooring, too. Together, these represent some of the finest wood products manufactured in Montana.
- C-U-C Software -- Contractor Essentials
Contractor Essentials contains all the necessary financial modules in its core product, including GL, AP, AR and Payroll.
- Montana Tourism Data Available To General Public
Tourism is a large and growing industry in Montana.
- Great Falls' Cable Technology to close doors
"When we bought the company, there was anticipation that there would be HUB zone work," Jendusa said. "But anticipated HUB zone-required business never fully materialized."
- Big Sky EDC Participates in State Small Business Credit Initiative: Opens Up New Loan Opportunities for Small Businesses
The program allows Big Sky Economic Development Corporation the ability to partner with Montana lending institutions to provide loans for business purposes, including but not limited to, working capital, business procurement, franchise fees, equipment, inventory, as well as the purchase, construction renovation or tenant improvements of an eligible place of business that is not of passive real estate purposes.
- Video from Billings Small Business Workshop Online
Today I posted video from the event of the lively "Montana Success Stories" panel discussion featuring four women business owners
- CSKT Economic Development office receives Department of Commerce grant
The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes' Economic Development Office has received an $80,000 grant from the Montana Department of Commerce Indian Country Economic Development Program to fund an Indian Business Assistance Project on the Flathead Reservation.
- New website, Gallatin Business Resource Network aims to help businesses start, grow and relocate in Gallatin Valley, Montana
The city of Bozeman, Bozeman Area Chamber of Commerce and Montana State University have teamed up to create a website they hope will make it easier for businesses to open or expand in the Gallatin Valley.
Funding and Building your Business
- "The Brain and Emotional Intelligence: New Insights"
Brain 2.0: our brain on the web - and the neural blindspot that we ignore at our own risk.
- Google, Please Hire This Guy
My spider senses are betting on Epstein getting hired rather swiftly, though.
- The Three Foundations of a Great Life, Great Leadership, and a Great Organization
Being committed to something bigger than oneself is the source of both personal and corporate passion and energy.
- Despite bad economy, more workers nationwide quit jobs
"When the economy is rebounding, workers are more likely to quit their jobs to take another."
- Business Schools Plan Leap Into Data
Faced with an increasing stream of data from the Web and other electronic sources, many companies are seeking managers who can make sense of the numbers through the growing practice of data analytics, also known as business intelligence.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- If Regulation D Is Not Available?
Over the years, the idea of the "sophisticated" investor has crept into the folklore of §4(2) , a concept now enshrined in the requirement that non-accredited investors in Regulation D offerings of more than $1 million have "such knowledge and experience in financial and business matters as to be capable of evaluating . . . the merits and risks of the prospective investment."
- Zappo's Core Values
1. Deliver Wow Through Service
- Six Ways to Overcome the Urge to Procrastinate
"Work Less, Do More"
- "The Social Media Pocket Guide: 6 Ways Marketers Should Use Social Media with the Proven Tactics to Achieve Success,"
The six main objectives every company should consider to have at the core of its social strategy, as well as highlighted real-world examples and proven tactics needed to achieve each objective.
- You'd Better Shop Around: Doing Due Diligence on Your VC
No venture fund can get to the top of this world via a career of double-dealing.
- When In Doubt on Pre-Money Valuation, Smart Guys Procrastinate
The virtue of this structure is that it postpones the pricing decision until (i) the company has made progress and the indicia of value are easier to ascertain and (ii) the pricing is established by professionals who have a keener sense of market conditions.
- Tech companies going all out to recruit talent
In five weeks, De Frenza, 34, has received five offers. "I'm taking my time trying to find the right fit," he says.
- Why Pay to Play is Unfair to Angel Investors and Bad for Venture Overall
"Pay to play" provisions in a term sheet are a mechanism to induce existing investors in a company to invest additional capital into the company.
- Entrepreneurs Need Every Secret to Persuasion
There is no single "silver bullet" here. Leaders seeking support for their ideas shouldn't rely on a single method of persuasion.
- Peter Thiel's first trust-fund dropout hits the big time
On Wednesday, for the first time, one of Thiel's "20 Under 20" fellows scored outside venture funding: a seed round led by Foundation Capital, Google (GOOG) Ventures and prominent Silicon Valley angels.
- Six Ways Corporations Can Kill Your Startup Dream
I hear many executives and professionals in large corporations talking about their dream of jumping ship, and starting their own company. What they don't realize is that the longer they wait, the more big-company habits they are acquiring, which will make their eventual decision harder and entrepreneurial efforts less and less likely to succeed.
- Invitation: Employer Information Booths - Fall 2011 at UM Business School
We are writing to invite you to host an Employer Information Booth in the Gallagher Business Building this semester.
- Gallatin Valley Robotics Center invites you to Open House @ THE BOTCAVE, 8/24, Bozeman, Montana
Introducing a place where robotics clubs, individual students and professionals come together to build futures. A hands-on environment, with real-world challenges that inspire learning by connecting mentors with students eager to become the next generation of engineers, scientists and technologists.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- A Detailed Look at Workforce Skill Shortages
It is not realistic for every position to be filled immediately--it takes time for employers to find the right workers, and vice versa. But the odd pairing of high unemployment and high job vacancies illustrates a structural employment issue, which may have worsened in recent years.
- Volunteer Opportunity on the Prairie - American Prairie Reserve
The event will conclude with a finale picnic, where you'll join new friends to watch hundreds of elk bugling during their annual mating ritual, known as the rut.
- Lawmakers Introduce Online Sales Tax Bill
A group of bills moving its way through the House would restrict the ability of state and local governments' to tax various industries.
Connectivity & Communications
- Family looks to future 8 months after Missoula, Montana rallys to help fund girl's life-changing hip surgery
It's been about eight months since Montanans opened their hearts and their wallets to help an 8-year-old Missoula girl named Mikaslyn Larson get an expensive life-changing surgery.
- THREE Grant announcements have been added to the MSU Extension Website
Energy and Climate Change
- Major breakthrough claimed in wireless technology
Perlman and a team of engineers and scientists at Rearden, his business incubator in San Francisco, have come up with an innovative technique for transmitting and receiving radio signals that he says will result in fewer dropped calls and much faster wireless Internet connections.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Temperature-Regulating Building Material Sucks Up Excess Heat
Simply set your walls to your desired temperature and sit back as they cool your room.
- TED Talk: Harald Haas: Wireless data from every light bulb
By flickering the light from a single LED, a change too quick for the human eye to detect, he can transmit far more data than a cellular tower -- and do it in a way that's more efficient, secure and widespread.
- Back to nature - Missoula's Biomimicry Institute finds engineering inspiration in the most likely places
"All organisms on the planet today are exquisitely designed because they have continued to adapt better and better to their environment," says the Biomimicry Institute's executive director, Bryony Schwan. "Rather than reinventing the wheel, we should be looking to nature for solutions."
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