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"The function of leadership is to produce more leaders, not more followers." - Ralph Nader
If I Launched a Startup - By Startup Lawyer (This is a "must read" for entrepreneurs) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Native American Made in Montana logo helps tribal artists and businesses
Not only are we trying to encourage the market's demand for authentic Native American Made in Montana products, we also want enrolled tribal members of tribes in Montana to sign up for the program if they make or produce items for sale.
Great Falls Development Authority
- To inspire, schools take a page from Disney
More than 300 school systems and charter school operators have undergone Disney training in the past two years, underscoring the rising influence of business practices in public education at a time when schools are under intense pressure to improve performance.
- Changes at Bozeman schools aim to keep improving education for kids
"The best way for teachers to learn and grow is to join forces and collaborate and learn together....
- With new manual in hand, changes coming for Missoula schools
"The 21st century program is the driver of everything we're going to do in this district,"
- Great Falls egg factory ramps up production
The plant has created 14 jobs for Great Falls residents, but according to Brett Doney of the Great Falls Development Authority, the economic impact reaches even farther than that.
- Enbridge to Undertake $300 Million Montana-Alberta Tie-Line Power Transmission Project
"This is a fantastic development for the entire Great Falls region"! Brett Doney, Great Falls Development Authority
Come Home Idaho
- Free mobile phone app guides Whitefish visitors
The Whitefish Convention and Visitors Bureau launched a free mobile application http://www.explorewhitefish.com/ Friday that bestows even the most hapless and uninformed tourist with the shrewd knowledge of a seasoned local.
- Montana's Swan River National Wildlife Refuge
A break in the trees along MT Highway 83 offers a brief view of the Swan River National Wildlife Refuge, but only by taking the short drive down a one-lane dirt road can visitors experience the grandeur of wild Montana.
Come Home Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Executive Director/Chief Information Officer, ITS, University of Idaho
This position will provide leadership to the university's statewide ITS resources.
Come Home North Dakota
- Montana Career Opportunity - Website Designer/Graphics - Freightmonster
Marketing/communication skills a plus. MS Expression/Visual Web preferred.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Coordinator - Blackfoot Tellecommunications
Blackfoot Telecommunications, a diversified telecommunications company, is seeking a highly motivated, organized, and experienced marketing professional who loves to multitask.
- Montana Career opportunity - Volunteer App Developer - Sentinel High School
My idea for the students this year for an "authentic product" is a mobile app with fully documented disaster and emergency information for all 50 states.
Come Home Utah
- Unemployed? Go to North Dakota
The state's unemployment rate hovers around 3 percent, and "Help Wanted" signs litter the landscape of cities such as Williston in the same way "For Sale" signs populate the streets of Las Vegas.
- Prospecting for Black Gold in North Dakota - just be sure to bring your sleeping bag...
In North Dakota, unemployment is 3.2 percent. In Tioga, it's less than 2 percent. Workers in the oil fields make about $100,000 a year, and people come from all over for jobs. "But we've got a problem with sleeping arrangements," Grubb said. "They either stay in their campers or in the man camp." "The man camp?" I asked.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- ATK hiring 800 workers in Clearfield, Utah
ATK is hiring high school and college graduates to build commercial jet engine parts in its 615,000 square foot facility in Clearfield.
- Greg Mortenson: 'Three Cups of Tea' claims groundless
"They cannot demonstrate that an identifiable group of people has experienced any wrongdoing, let alone the same wrongdoing,"
- Getting Leaders to Change
The most effective way to change a leader's view of themselves and what they are capable of becoming is by changing their reference reservoir. This means that they must learn to succeed.
Regional Economic Development
- Betting on Bozeman, Montana: A CEO's Story of Big Sky Tech
What would happen if you tried to build one of the world's foremost web solutions companies in the middle of nowhere?
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Clean energy future of Western states depends on conservation, renewables and smart grid, says report
Western states could generate big economic and public health dividends by more aggressively pursuing a low-carbon, clean-energy strategy that relies on renewable energy, conservation and smart grid technologies, according to a new report from the Grid West Group.
- The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development - 10 Things You Should Know
Dedicated leadership is needed to raise awareness, help develop and communicate a common vision, and motivate stakeholders into action.
- Annual Technology Commercialization Data Shows Steady Momentum
University launches 23 companies, collects 233 invention disclosures, signs 81 licenses and engages over 2,400 students in fiscal year 2011
- People with a disability can get a ticket to work
If you receive Social Security or SSI benefits due to disability, are between 18 and 64 years old and want to work, getting started is easy.
- Hired: How to close the sale during an interview - Tips on how to impress potential employer.
The interviewer is always right.
- TED Video: Julian Treasure: 5 ways to listen better
In our louder and louder world, says sound expert Julian Treasure, "We are losing our listening." In this short, fascinating talk, Treasure shares five ways to re-tune your ears for conscious listening -- to other people and the world around you.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening Can Make West Virginia Bloom
Economic gardening focuses on growing local companies and the local economy.
Montana Education Excellence
- Navigating Employment Law for Small Business Owners
Here are the three areas of employment law small businesses need to be conscious of, according to Milito and the NFIB:
- 10 Simple Ways to Maximize Business Plan Impact
If you want people to invest in your idea, then my best advice is first write a business plan, and keep it simple.
- Every Entrepreneur Needs to Embrace Team Conflict
Surround yourself with "yes" people, and you may feel good initially, but the brick walls no one mentions will hurt later.
- World's biggest startup launches in Silicon Valley
What do you mean, nothing with Walmart in its name could be a startup?
- Some Entrepreneurs are Too Busy to Get Results
Too many entrepreneurs confuse motion with momentum and results.
- If I Launched a Startup - By Startup Lawyer (This is a "must read" for entrepreneurs)
Here's what I'd do in the beginning:
- Should you use an investor's lawyer?
I think a good startup lawyer has two important roles: (1) to watch his client's back - that is, to make sure his client is protected from a legal standpoint and doesn't get blind-sided; and (2) to act as a consigliere - that is, to provide strong, disinterested business advice (to the extent necessary).
- 10 Funding Quotes Every Entrepreneur Should Skip
Other writers, like Guy Kawasaki, have irreverently called some of these "entrepreneur lies," but I prefer to think of them as innocent over-enthusiasm or over-confidence that can kill your deal.
- How To Pick The Right Idea For Your Startup
I'll do two things in this post. I'll lay out some criteria for what makes a good startup idea. Then, I'll describe some ways that people can successfully come up with ideas that satisfy those critera.
- University of Montana President Royce Engstrom outlines ambitious benchmarks for the next 10 years
"The fact is, this would be a quite different place if not for the generosity of donors."
- Report shows more U.S. farmers relying on Internet
"The Internet is such an integral part of doing business in agriculture," said Dan Errotabere, who farms 3,500 acres in Riverdale, 25 miles south of Fresno. "If the power goes off, everything on the farm seems to stop. Everything is so electronic now."
- BioTracking.com can quickly tell you if your cow, sheep, bison, elk or whatever is pregnant.
"BioPRYN® has allowed us to do weekly pregnancy checks without involving a vet every week.
- Oregon state economists estimate state revenues have dropped by $200 million
"Make no mistake, if the U.S. and nationwide economy goes into recession, it will drag Oregon down with it."
- Deflecting dumb queries about Wyoming.: Sisters make T-shirts for out-of-state trips
'Not only do we have electricity, without Wyoming you wouldn't have any.'
- Higher Salaries Draw Idaho Teachers To Wyoming
Marjean McConnell, the human resources director for Bonneville Joint School District 93 in eastern Idaho, says she tries to focus on the recreation and lifestyle opportunities of the region when recruiting new teachers. But she says competing with Wyoming is a challenge for everyone.
- The case against college
"Creativity is innate -- the problem is that schools kill creativity."
- Speak Your Piece: Rural Education Reform
The greatest challenge in rural education is the utter disregard for place.
- 4 Tips on How Federal, State and Local Government Can Hire Top Talent More Successfully
Over the next decade, there will be a continual push for local governments to do more with less in conjunction with financial pressures to cut pensions and benefits. The only way for government to succeed is to attract and retain great talent. Let's make sure we spend time implementing these ideas to make that happen.
- The state accepting applications for a competitive grant to support nine regional business accelerators across the state.
"Our department has just completed a very successful RFI process in preparation for the program and is ready to move forward in establishing an accelerator in each of the nine economic development regions to create a more robust entrepreneurial system in the state."
Energy and Climate Change
- In Frederick, aiming to build 'green homes' that don't break the bank
The 55 homes start in the mid-$200,000s, but will offer the kind of "green bling" usually found in more upscale models: solar panels, geothermal heating and a sophisticated computer system to help manage energy usage.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Special NonProfit Rate: Western Wind & Transmission Leadership Summit, 9/25-28, Big Sky, Montana
The summit will provide a venue for wind energy and transmission leaders from across the country to discuss the issues facing further development of these projects in the west and begin to get to work on overcoming obstacles.
- Portland Plans for Transit All Powered by Electricity
“Electric vehicles are just a part of the way we’re going to make cities smarter and more efficient,” said Deena Platman, a transportation planner at Metro, the regional planning agency. “It’s the next evolution in sustainability in the city.”
- Bluetooth sunglasses keep you connected - Qi-wear Stereo Bluetooth Eyewear
Equipped with dual microphones, the electronic shades from iharmonix can communicate with Bluetooth devices, such as phones and MP3 players.
- No driver needed: Iowa firm develops 'autonomous' tractor
"About 10 years ago, Dad started thinking that the future of agriculture wasn't necessarily in bigger equipment, but in autonomous drones."
- Montana Association Of GIS Professionals - 2011 Fall Technical Session, 10/3-4, Missoula, Montana
The MAGIP Technical Committee is pleased to announce that registration for the 2011 Fall Technical Session is NOW OPEN! Learn about the latest technological trends and developments in GIS at this informative 2-Day session
- Feds Launch Performance.gov
The website is designed to highlight government efforts to cut waste and improve efficiency.
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