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REGISTRATION RATES GREATLY REDUCED! The Sunflower Matrix: Introducing A New Model For Business Success, 10/06, Hamilton, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Department of Commerce Program Assists Small Business in Securing Federal Small Business Funding
"MTIP http://www.mtip.mt.gov is a valuable program that offers technical assistance to eligible for-profit small businesses who are engaged in innovative activities," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "MTIP can be a profitable tool for businesses."
- David Copperfield wants to make magic restoring anitque Virginia City, Montana fortuneteller
At least two collectors, including Copperfield, offered to pay millions for the machine. However, the Montana Heritage Commission, which oversees a vast collection of rare antiques at Virginia City, rebuffed the offers.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess Presents: "Kick Groupon To The Curb", 9/27, Webinar
Deal services like Groupon take a piece of your business by grabbing consumers and then selling them back to you at a premium. That's not the way to do online marketing!
Great Falls Development Authority
- NBC News is hosting the 2011 Education Nation Summit in New York City the week of September 25th!
This year's Education Nation Summit will convene educators, parents, policymakers, elected officials, business leaders, students and engaged citizens in a national discussion about the challenges and potential solutions spanning today's education landscape.
- iPads for every high school student in Michigan district
"They think technology now -- live, breathe and eat it," said John Holwerda, assistant principal at Zeeland West High School. "We're coming to their world, instead of them coming to ours."
- Improving public education isn't a mystery
What is the purpose of a public education system?
- Twenty states involved in changing science instruction
The National Academy of Sciences has kicked off a multi-state campaign to improve science instruction--a move that will lead to a greater emphasis on analytical and conceptual thinking.
- Breaking Through Barriers to Learning
With the generous support of Care Innovations-- a combination of GE Healthcare's Home Health Division and Intel Corp.'s Digital Health Group--we've assembled this collection of eSchool News stories, along with other relevant content, to help you choose wisely when investing in assistive technology.
- Technically, science will be less lonely for women when girls are spurred early
Although females fill almost half of the jobs in the American economy, less than 25 percent of jobs in STEM fields are held by women.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- On The Bubble Workshop, 10/26, Great Falls
Lillian Sunwall, PTAC Business Strategist & Project Manager and John Mack, SBDC Business Strategist will be presenting to contractors and subcontractors on various business improvement topics in preparation for a rough winter.
- Great Falls' shortest-in-nation commutes something to honk about
"It's a quality-of-life issue. I think it's important to companies and entrepreneurs, as well as just families looking at where to live." Brett Doney - Great Falls Development Authority http://www.gfdevelopment.org/
Rob Ryan's Entrepreneur- America
- Derek Sivers: How to start a movement
With help from some surprising footage, Derek Sivers explains how movements really get started. (Hint: it takes two.)
- "Higher Ambition: How Great Leaders Create Economic and Social Value,"
"With the exception of a minority of CEOs the purpose of the firm is defined by a single-minded focus on return on financial and physical assets, not creating social value."
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- REGISTRATION RATES GREATLY REDUCED! The Sunflower Matrix: Introducing A New Model For Business Success, 10/06, Hamilton, Montana
Rob Ryan, Joe Graziano, and Dan Floyd provide on-the-spot feedback to audience members on their business ideas as well as troubleshoot issues with existing businesses; audience members interested in participating will fill out a questionnaire during intermission; business ideas and issues are then selected at random from the pool of questionnaires.
- Wheeler Center Panel: Montana's medical marijuana law too murky
Law enforcement officials and a criminal defense attorney said at a conference Tuesday they find the Montana medical marijuana law ambiguous and leaving a lot open to legal interpretation because of conflicting federal law.
Come Home Alberta
- Want To Burn More Calories? Head to the Park
The study offers yet more incentive for the government to maintain and develop parks, the authors argue. And by tweaking management strategies and public programs, public parks can help even more people stay healthy -- just by spending time in the outdoors.
Come Home Idaho
- Alberta should look south for more skilled workers
Some 30 per cent of Albertans work in occupational categories that are already facing labour shortages. We're shy of everything from long-haul truckers to nurses. Skilled trades shortages will only get worse as recently announced major construction projects, public and private, come on line.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunity - GIS Analyst I, Bonneville County, Idaho
Performs a variety of working level skilled technical duties associated with the development, implementation, operation and maintenance of the county geographic information system.
- Why Haven't You Started a Business Yet?
Making money is not a major reason why Americans favor self employment.
- "Student Sandbox" - Syracuse University Demonstrates How To Setup And Grow Student Incubator, Pilot Results Attract $500K From The EDA
Entry into the Sandbox typically follows one of two pathways.
Montana Economic Development
- Do You Know of a Small Business or Small Business Advocate That Deserves Recognition?
The SBA Montana District Office http://www.sba.gov/mt is actively seeking nominations for the 2012 Small Business Week Awards. Nominations are being accepted for outstanding small business owners and advocates in a variety of categories.
- Green Investment Talks With 4 Potential Investors For Smurfit Plant in Frenchtown, Montana
The company that brought Smurfit Stone in Frenchtown reports it's in talks with four potential business investors. Green Investment says two of the groups signed letters of intent, with two others presenting non-disclosure agreements.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana's Workforce is Prepared for a Green Economy
The report includes research on the skills of newly hired workers, a labor market supply and demand analysis, research on new and emerging renewable energy technologies, and other related studies to enhance knowledge about Montana's economy and workforce.
- New Obama Administration Initiative to Spur Job Creation and Accelerate Economic Growth in 20 Regions across the Country
MT, ND, SD: Upper Missouri Tribal Environmental Risk Mitigation
- Train the workers that are here instead of trying to recruit new business. "Linking Higher Education and Workforce Development"es
"Linking Higher Education and Workforce Development," is a significant shift from traditional economic development policy and thinking, which pours millions of dollars into advertising campaigns and tax incentives to recruit firms from other states.
Funding and Building your Business
- Economic Gardening Network
The Edward Lowe Foundation is setting up state and regional "Economic Gardening Networks." This is a five minute interview with Ron White in Minnesota about their network.
Incubators and R&D
- How to deliver difficult messages in the workplace
How can CEOs of struggling businesses allow themselves to be more receptive to new ideas from within their organization, and from outside?
- 7 Examples of Stunning Online Presentations
These presentations demonstration the use of slick graphics, real-time Twitter feeds, embedded video clips, and registration forms for lead generation (all great for inbound marketing!).
- "X Saves the World: How Generation X Got the Shaft but Can Still Keep Everything from Sucking " - Gen-X Sets High Standards for Gen-Y Entrepreneurs
What are the legacies that Gen-Y inherited from Gen-X?
- 6 Steps To Effectively Position Your Company
Similar to the famous expression, "you only get one chance to make a first impression," you only get one chance to tell your company's story for the first time.
- When Mentors Matter More Than Money
While entrepreneurs have long sought mentors informally, policymakers, universities, and investors are recognizing that the hands-on help can be as essential as financing in getting a new business off the ground.
- Entrepreneur Success: It's Not Always About You
These are lessons that every entrepreneur should take to heart:
- Most Entrepreneurs Should Never Bring On Investors
90 percent of all businesses are started and grown with no equity financing, and many others would have been better off without it.
- Startup uses autistic adults to test software
Traits that make great software testers -- intense focus, comfort with repetition, memory for detail -- also happen to be characteristics of autism. People with Asperger's syndrome, a mild form of autism, have normal to high intelligence and often are highly skilled with computers.
- Don't Give Your Company Away in Pieces
Never give equity in exchange for a short-term service. Never give equity as a favor. It's ownership, and it lasts forever.
- How to Build a Web Startup: Lean LaunchPad Edition
Here's the step-by-step process we suggest our students use in our Lean LaunchPad classes.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Disrupt Experience
The decision to apply to TechCrunch's Disrupt Battlefield competition wasn't an easy one. TalkTo http://talkto.com/ had been operating in stealth. We didn't want to launch publicly, we wanted to launch successfully.
- University of Montana Grant Will Place Sensors Beneath Arctic Ice
"With global warming we are seeing less summer sea ice, and the sea surface is warming and freshening," DeGrandpre said. "This changing physical environment is altering the carbon cycle in the Arctic Ocean."
- Montana EPSCoR Annual Meeting, 10/5-6, Bozeman, Montana
EPSCoR, or the Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, is a statewide program for science infrastructure funded by the National Science Foundation.
- University of Montana may take bigger role in MonTEC Incubabor
UM's interest in MonTEC stems from some of its tenants hiring UM alumni, and it allows current students to partner with tenants on projects outside of the classroom.
- Anatomy of a University Incubator
I have a simple message to relay: there is no bottom line and no single formula for creation, let alone success.
- University of Montana receives $9.9 million grant for health research
UM was awarded a $9.9 million health grant over the next five years aimed at helping scientists in rural states enhance research in biochemistry, physics and atomic structure.
- UM researcher receives $926,000 to study effects of melting Arctic ice - Missoula's Sunburst Sensors
The sensors, built by Missoula-based Sunburst Sensors, are made for sustained observation of pH and carbon dioxide, and will send real-time data via satellite to the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution in Massachusetts.
- Portland's clean tech cluster lands $2.1 million federal grant
The federal Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge will provide an average $1.8 million to 20 selected business clusters, ranging from mining in Minnesota to interactive media near Seattle.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Letter on two-year education in Montana from Commissioner Stearns
I will keep you posted with future updates on Montana's Two-Year College Initiative through future newsletters.
- Retraining for the Future - Flathead Valley Community college training local workforce
For some in Libby this is just a classroom, but for others it's a future.
Utah Economic Development
- Missoula-based Good Nutrition Ideas, LLC secures a six month, $75,000 Small Business Innovation Research grant from the U.S. Department of Education and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
MenuChoice will be an innovative product based on the popular program, MENU-AIDDs, which was developed in partnership with the University of Montana and the Montana Disability and Health Program.
Washington State Business
- BYU social entrepreneurs seek to solve world problems
The Ballard Center for Self Reliance includes the Peery Social Entrepreneurship Program which supports students and faculty involved in the work of social entrepreneurship.
- Indian tech giant comes to Redmond, hiring hundreds
"We appreciate that HCL has recognized the value of Washington, which is home to an established business climate, highly trained technology professionals and an excellent quality of life." Gov. Chris Gregoire
- Kauffman Foundation Expands Global Scholars Program, Invites U.S. Graduates to Apply
In 2012, the expanded Program will enable selected U.S. Scholars to learn and network with an international group of fellow aspiring entrepreneurs.
Montana Meth Project
- Finding Yourself on Stage™ - Message Glue™ Strategic messaging "adhesive" for people, presentations & media.
The same instincts that drive you to successful conversations with one or two people, when projected from a stage, can make you a very powerful speaker.
- Graphic ads turn around Montana teen meth use
Montana had a big problem and decided to tackle it head-on with a series of in-your-face ads targeted toward teens.
Energy and Climate Change
- UM Students Publish Website Exploring Issues Surrounding Proposed Sale Of Missoula Water Utility
Who should own municipal water?
- Upright Turbines Breathe New Life Into Wind Farms
The vertical design can produce more power and is proving to be easier on wildlife.
- Montana Selects Upp Technology's irms|360(TM) Enterprise for Management of Laboratory Inventory and Emergency Resources
irms|360 Enterprise is a single source solution that connects disparate data systems into a secure, enterprise-wide data repository, transforming data into real-time actionable intelligence for the ultimate in communication, collaboration and informed decision making.
- Helena could get new flights to Montana cities
The Helena Regional Airport could see new flights that would connect the Capital City to other regional markets in the state, namely Billings, but first it must make its case.
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