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Dont' miss this opportunity! - REGISTRATION RATES GREATLY REDUCED! The Sunflower Matrix: Introducing A New Model For Business Success, 10/06, Hamilton, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Missoula Schools Excellence
- YOU Know That Graduation Matters - Your Help And Advice Needed To Make It Matter To Missoula's Kids, 10/5, Missoula
Representatives of Missoula businesses are needed to help shape business involvement in Graduation Matters Missoula, our community's successful stay-in-school initiative.
- NorthWestern Energy Encourages Helena Customers to Join Smart Grid Pilot Program
NorthWestern Energy is extending the deadline for customers in the midtown area of Helena, Mont., to participate in the company's regional Smart Grid Demonstration Project.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Big Companies Are Reporting Record Profit Levels! Are you? Take the Survey
Because of our nationwide customer base of over 100,000 American small businesses, PFL has the unique opportunity to take the pulse of business owners around the country and to give you a voice.
Rob Ryan's Entrepreneur- America
- Reinventing Education, Revisited - Meet six of the country's best STEM schools
Two years ago, the district embarked on a five-year journey to transform its classrooms and completely revamp the way San Diego students learn. Since that time, the i21 Interactive Classroom Initiative (i21) has expanded into more than 1,300 classrooms and has distributed some 78,000 netbooks and other mobile devices to teachers and students.
- More schools innovating with job experiences for students
High schools throughout the Inland Northwest are coming up with new ways to help teens gain work experience and/or prepare for postsecondary certification or education through Career and Technical Education classes.
- A laptop or tablet for every student?
Across the country, electronic textbooks represent less than 10 percent of the textbook market for elementary and secondary schools, said Karen Meaney, an analyst for Simba Information, a market research company. But the share is growing fast. A new Florida law will require schools to spend half of their textbook budgets on digital resources by 2015.
- North Carolina Grooms Its Best Students to Be Good Teachers
The idea is simple: the state pays top academic students to attend a public college, and in return they spend at least four years teaching in a public school.
Come Home Montana
- Bitterroot College Program to host business seminar with exceptional entrepreneurs
During the evening panel, "Putting your business idea to the test," attendees are invited to submit their business plans for feedback from the three presenters.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Robotics Program Advisor - Missoula County Public Schools
MCPS has an opening for a Robotics Program Advisor.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Accountant - Montana Refining Company
Must have strong time management and planning skills, ability to prioritize and multi-task to meet deadlines.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- MEDA October News
MEDA FALL CONFERENCE: CULTIVATING LOCAL ENTREPRENEURS FOR JOB GROWTH MEDA's 2011 Fall Conference kicks off with a special lunch presentation at FVCC, two presentations on "Growing Local Economies", a live videoconference with Kansas Center for Entrepreneurship, Homemade Ice Cream Social, Tours, Speed Networking, four breakout sessions, MEDA Update and much more!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Six tips to help your kids become entrepreneurs
We talked to several kid inventors and their parents about what makes them different from the rest of us. What are they doing that we're not?
- MSU College Of Business Hosts Entrepreneur Day For Montana High School Students, 10/26, Bozeman, Montana
Entrepreneur Day is geared towards high school students across the state interested in entrepreneurship and the field of business.
- Untapped Potential for Expanding Women's Entrepreneurship Holds Promise to Grow the U.S. Economy, According to Kauffman Report
Jobs and economic escalation will follow as more women break through "glass walls" to start high-growth ventures
Montana Economic Development
- Torrent Flood Receives 2011 Seattle Award - U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement
The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country.
- Federal program boosts Bank of Montana Small Business Lending- The Only Montana Bank to Receive the Honor
The government selected the Bank of Montana into its Small Business Lending Fund program and it's the only Montana bank to receive the honor, and one of just 130 banks nationwide that were picked.
- World-class competence: Manhattan, Montana's Plastic Design and Manufacturing is thriving in competitive marketplace
"We're a custom injection molding company, and we're one of the few in the state that's world class, Groff said. "We serve the OEM (original equipment manufacturers) and serve a lot of smaller customers. We support a lot of entrepreneurial activity with business in the state and out of state."
- Montana Community Development Corporation Success Stories
MCDC has helped hundreds of Montana entrepreneurs to realize success.
Regional Economic Development
- Senator Jon Tester jobs forum focuses on role of universities, federally funded research
"We've got a great land grant university here- Montana State University," Tester said. "And they're doing some great research and it's resulting in some jobs and there are ways we can maximize that opportunity to create more jobs to make Bozeman, Montana, and the country all it can be."
- The Montana Agriculture Development Council selects Growth Through Agriculture projects
The goal of the program is to provide financial assistance to develop new products or innovative ideas that enhance and add value to our state's agricultural industry.
- Speak Your Piece: Misguided Times - Rural Economic Development Funding
The New York Times wrote that the impact of rural development funding was "uncertain." One thing is certain, however. Failing to invest in rural communities will create two vastly different Americas.
Funding and Building your Business
- Ten Things Career Changers Need on Their Resume
Eager to switch careers? Here are 10 ways to improve your resume:
Montana Education Excellence
- 7 Common Questions About Startup Employee Stock Options
Stock options can be a nice benefit, but the value behind the offer can vary significantly.
- 10 Ways to Size Your Company's Value for Funding
"What is your company's valuation?"
- Top 5 Things Cleantech Entrepreneurs Fail to Understand About Raising Venture Capital
Cleantech companies are much more likely to be led by first-time entrepreneurs who often struggle to create an ecosystem of experienced people around them.
- Available SBA loans baffle many - Businesses could save millions on refi - if only they would apply
Industry experts say the program has been held back by restrictive requirements, lack of awareness among small businesses, lack of credit and equity among potential borrowers and, some say, because of foot-dragging on the part of the SBA to adopt rules to implement parts of the program.
- Reinventing the Board
Why take the time to address a potentially painful subject like the composition of the board of directors?
- Why Your Business Needs an Injury and Illness Prevention Program
It doesn't have to cost a dime.
- It's Time for Entrepreneurs to Shift and Reset
Serious changes and great successes don't come from linear thinking.
- Can't Afford an Office? Rent a Desk for $275
Forget privacy. Shared workspaces are the latest trend in office space.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Making Tracks The Monthly Newsletter of the Bitterroot College Program
Next Thursday, October 6 we are sponsoring the Sunflower Matrix Business Forum with entrepreneurial VIPs Rob Ryan (Ascend Communications and Entrepreneur America), Joe Graziano (former CFO of Apple) and Dan Floyd (founder/co-founder VSLI, CASI, and Coastal Inns of Distinction). Ryan, Graziano, and Floyd are donating their time to speak to our community about how to start and run a successful business. This is an event not to miss!
- Montana's 2-year colleges growing
Dr. Cruzado specified the MSU Great Falls COT for "doing an extraordinary job of attracting students, retaining them and graduating them" at much lower costs than any other institutions in the system.
- University System Announces COT Mission Expansion And Rebranding Listening Tour, Helena, 10/3, Billings, 10/5, Missoula, 10/13, Butte, 10/17, Great Falls, 10/19
"Our proposal highlighted the challenges and opportunities in Montana for two-year education," said John Cech, Deputy Commissioner for Two-Year and Community College Education. "As we all know, Montana is a wonderfully unique state with our own set of challenges and opportunities when it comes to higher education. Through College!NOW, we're looking at those challenges and finding creative ways to address them." Cech continued, "One challenge is the simple misperception of two-year education. It's not only a tech degree or a certificate. Those are available, but so are transfer degrees and continuing education. Two-year education is exciting, and we're preparing to tell that story, these listening sessions are the first step in that process."
- Montana Governor Schweitzer Announces that the Montana University System Received $20 Million Grant for Science and Engineering
"This is going to help Montana train our own scientists and engineers who will work on issues dear to our state and who will be tomorrow's entrepreneurs creating high-tech jobs right here under the Big Sky," said Governor Schweitzer.
- Montana Educators and Businesses Focus on Preparing Students for Jobs of the Future in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, 10/4-5 in Helena, Montana
Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau said, "We need to be preparing Montana students for the jobs of the future. The K-12 system must create a pipeline of students with the necessary skills to go on to higher education in these fields, and businesses need to be ready to hire these students when they complete their education."
- New law will decrease revenue for MT education
A new study shows a recently passed bill will reduce revenue used to fund education in Montana.
- The Montana State University College of Engineering to offer international engineering certificate beginning this fall
"This will not only prepare our students for the global workplace, but it will also make them better global citizens."
- The University of Montana - Recruiting Trends 2011-2012 survey
The Office of Career Services at The University of Montana would like to bring to your attention a very important research project that provides our office with a valuable resource to better serve internship seekers, graduating students, and talent managers.
Utah Economic Development
- Comcast hopes to connect needy Utah families with the Internet
"While the world has gone digital, many low-income families have not, and they and their children are at risk of falling behind."
- It started with Great Harvest Bread - Taylorsville, Utah touts location, residents' buying power to lure businesses
City administrators aren't surprised by the Great Harvest success.
- Beyond Super and Ill-Prepared Students, How About Some With Creativity?
We're quickly headed toward a future in which college students will either be super achievers or unprepared for the workplace.
Energy and Climate Change
- California and Bust
All states may have been created equal, but they were equal no longer. The states that had enjoyed the biggest boom were now facing the biggest busts. "How does the United States emerge from the credit crisis?"
- No timber suppliers bid on contract to feed University of Montana's biomass boiler
"I think we set the bar too high," said Tom Javins, UM's biomass project manager. "Our goal was to minimize the risk. There's a price associated with risk. We were asking the wood suppliers to assume all that risk. We've since taken on some of that risk."
- UM Project To Study Forests For Effort To Create Aviation Fuel From Wood
"I am honored and excited to be invited to participate in this project," said Todd Morgan, BBER director of forest products and manufacturing research. "We will learn a great deal about the regional viability and sustainability of a woody-biomass fuel industry, and I'm glad UM will play a role in gathering and sharing that knowledge."
- Technology to Allow Electric Vehicles to Sell Excess Power - Nissan Leaf, GE partner on electric-car grid research
The University of Delaware and and an energy company are partnering to make commercially available technology that would allow electric vehicles to sell power back to the grid.
- Cozy relationships and 'peer benchmarking' send CEOs' pay soaring
A chief executive's pay is more influenced by what his or her "peers" earn than by the company's recent performance for shareholders
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Allegiant flying high: Airline named to Fortune's '100 fastest-growing' still not likely for Helena
"Every city west of the Rockies is under consideration right now," she said. "We're on target to begin service in the summer of 2012." One city that appears to be absent of those considerations is Helena.
- Cyber attacks on utilities, industries rise
"We are connecting equipment that has never been connected before to these global networks," Schaffer said. Disgruntled employees, hackers and perhaps foreign governments "are knocking on the doors of these systems, and there have been intrusions."
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