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Montana Department of Commerce
- Google+ for International Business
With all of these benefits and features, I believe that Google+ will have a tremendous impact on the social media and online business horizon, so I believe it is time for both - Google and businesses - to take further steps into this process and discover even greater opportunities.
- Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Newsletter F A L L 2 0 1 1
MADE IN MONTANA Marketing Targets Native American Made Products
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess Offers Lower Minimums and Special Offer on POST-IT® Notes
You asked - we listened.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Pilot Aims to Ready High Schoolers for Community College in 2 Years
Twenty-one high schools in four states are working this fall to restructure their academic programs into "lower division" and "upper division" courses that are aimed at readying all students for community college by the end of their sophomore year.
- Health Science Connection for K-12 Educators Preparing Montana's Students for Careers in Healthcare
Brains, Guts, Eyes, Ear, Muscles and Bones...Oh My!
- Digital badges could help measure 21st-century skills
How can schools accurately measure and categorize a student's 21st-century skills?
- Districts share progress toward 21st-century learning - Webinar highlights the importance of communication, stakeholder buy-in when implementing change
Incorporating technology to enhance student learning and creating teams of stakeholders to drive innovation in all school endeavors are two of a handful of best practices that educators from across the nation shared during a recent webinar on how to develop engaging learning environments.
Kids decide what they want to learn.
- Chicago Public Schools to roll out high school-college hybrid
The schools are a departure from traditional vocational high schools because incoming freshmen could be enrolled for up to six years and leave school with an associate's degree and specialized training. Graduates also will be given preference for entry-level jobs at IBM.
- Readers: These 10 education policies need to go
We recently asked readers: "If there was one policy/rule that you'd like to have waived for your school/district/state, what would it be and why?" Here are our readers' top responses.
Highway 12 Ventures
- The Great Falls Development Authority asks community members to take survey
The survey, which takes about 15 minutes to complete, asks about everything from the business climate and Great Falls' assets to perceived community perceptions and attitudes.
- Should I Bootstrap or Raise Capital?
First, let me state the obvious: there is no universal answer.
- Beers With Brad In Boise, 11/4
“Beers with Brad” will be chill. We’ll have a few kegs of beer and plenty of pizza for everyone . Brad will start off with a short talk and then we’ll spend the rest of the evening in a relaxed Q&A on whatever topics the crowd wants to engage in.
- Vision Net Attracting National Attention - Key attribute: the company's "Montana-ness"
Think videoconferencing, a 24/7 call center, network support, network engineering and broadband network services. But that's not all. Many of Vision Net's out-of-state clients cite one more key attribute: the company's "Montana-ness."
Come Home Montana
- Fluffy Snow, High Peaks and No Lift Lines - Visit Montana!
Did you know that you can rent an entire mountain for just you and your favorite friends?
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development Director - Indian Law Resource Center
The Indian Law Resource Center, an international American Indian human rights organization based in Helena, Montana, seeks a development director to manage all activities related to the planning, implementation, and evaluation of fund raising for the organization.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Technical Service Representative (TSR), Marketing Manager, Business Analyst / Business Process Engineer - PrintingForLess.com
Available Jobs in Livingston Montana We care about our employees, and we want them to know it. We provide some of the best benefits available anywhere in the state.
- The Long Road Home - An MSU-based program helps a physician come home - Mountains & Minds
Fast forward 17 years when a promise kept has become a dream fulfilled.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Employees Alone Together
Welcome to the age of the virtual worker.
- Montana State University College of Business Entrepreneurship Course Provides Students with Real-World Business Experience
Students enrolled in Management 463, The Entrepreneurial Experience, gain practical management experience as they work in teams with a local company to apply their business skills and knowledge to solve real-world business issues.
- "You're Just Not Leadership Material"
That thinking is bunk. I'm living proof.
- Higher Education Leaders Gather For Discussion, 10/20, Missoula, Montana
The discussion serves as the kickoff for a two-day conference for alumni of the Leadership Montana program.
Montana Economic Development
- It's Time...to Recognize a Small Business or Small Business Champion in Your Montana Community!
Let them get the recognition they deserve.
- Montana businesses cheer trade agreements passed by Congress
The big challenge will be gaining ground on countries like Canada and China that started trade talks after the U.S., but reached agreements sooner.
- Follow the grain: Stevensville, Montana's Wild West Machine builds grain mills locally and sells them all over the world
"It is the perfect merging of Montana agriculture with Montana manufacturing," Bonnie said. "And that's pretty special to me."
- Mountains & Minds - With laser intensity - Optics community rooted at MSU drives Bozeman, Montana's local industry and is recognized globally
The business numbers give Bozeman the distinction of being home to twice the number of optics companies per capita as Tucson, Ariz., which is widely regarded as a major center of the optical industry.
- Senator Baucus endorses Columbia Falls, Montana based Nomad Global Communications Solutions
Nomad Global Communications Solutions http://www.nomadgcs.com/ specializes in providing advanced communications solutions to areas that have been struck by both man-made and natural disasters and these special vehicles are made in the Flathead Valley.
- Sen. Baucus Montana Jobs Economic Engine Initiative: Etheridge, Montana Based Torgerson's Farm Equipment Company
"My hat goes off to the Torgerson family. For four generations, they've weathered significant changes in the global economy and are continuing to hire folks in the face of today's current economic challenges. It's important that we recognize the hard work and true grit it takes for a business like Torgerson's to continue to provide folks with good-paying jobs," Baucus said.
Regional Economic Development
- Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. formally dissolves
Tough financial times and a changing economic development scene in Missoula, which includes the addition of the Missoula Economic Partnership to the mix, forced the organization to make the decision to dissolve.
Funding and Building your Business
- Regional clusters can spark growth
Today, it is one of the nation's high-growth regional innovation clusters -- groups of companies, educational institutions, municipalities, sometimes even states, working together to create the best possible climate for business.
- Richard Florida on the Importance of Place
We need to make the core products of the industrial age - housing, cars, energy - cheaper if we want to fuel demand for the new technologies and industries of the future, from healthcare and biotechnology to new information, educational, and entertainment industries.
Incubators and R&D
- Everyone benefits from a beast in the boardroom
The SOB Program
- Top money mistakes made by young entrepreneurs
"I was cash-flow positive in my first month and I have been ever since," Ms. Cameron says. But coming from her it doesn't sound like bragging. Instead, there is a quiet confidence behind the words of the Saskatchewan entrepreneur.
- 8 types of business insurance your business may need
General liability is not the only coverage crucial to the success of a small business.
- What We Are Seeing - Are New Angels In For A Rude Awakening
Fred Wilson and his partners are now so deluged with business plans that he feels like the "Annie" casting director who spends all day fending off mothers and red-haired daughters at casting calls only to arrive home and have yet another red-haired kid pop out of a bush and start singing "Tomorrow!"
Montana Education Excellence
- Budget: Research dollars vital to U.S.
Failure to invest in research would jeopardize our future by discouraging the next generation of scientists, doctors and engineers, and slowing down critical research on diseases affecting many Americans: Alzheimer's and Parkinson's, depression, stroke, traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder - the the latter two especially affecting our service members returning home from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Montana Digital Academy Trustees hire search and planning firms
The plan is to develop a road map to pursue the goals and delivery strategies for the coming 15 years, and Harris told the board it will affect the next 50 years.
- Mountains & Minds - The Heart of Montana - Small-town roots have big impact on the destinies of many MSU students
From the time that Montana State first began more than a century ago, students from small towns have been at the heart of its student body. And, still it is so.
- Re-branding the UM College of Technology - Vocational tech grads buck the jobs trend
College Now will help the COT build relationships with local businesses, work with local high schools to provide students with college credit and a new name may also be considered for the college.
- Missoula community discusses changes to College of Technology mission
Faculty, students and community members told state education leaders they are hopeful about the future of the University of Montana College of Technology as it expands its academic mission and rebrands its image. Still, most warned the changes will not happen easily.
- Montana Board of Regents want campuses to set priorities, find savings
Larry Baker, MSU dean of education, thanked Stearns for the "countless hours and endless miles" she traveled as she led higher education for years. The audience applauded her.
Universities and Economic Development
- Missoula Equestrian Park, College of Technology students to begin work on new arena
It's a nice project for heavy equipment operation students at the COT as well, Frost said. The school, located just a few blocks to the south, has been involved with the equestrian park since its inception. "It's a perfect place to train," he said. "It's a real-life, real-job situation."
- MSU Billings TechExpo Connects Employers With Students, 10/25, MSU Billings
As the economy continues its march toward recovery, area employers are looking for ways to connect with quality employees.
- Montana State University presented with $25M gift - Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West
Jake Jabs, president and CEO of American Furniture Warehouse, announced on Friday that he will give $25 million to MSU's college of business.
- MSU to create State's first university-based economic development center
"Essentially, the economic development profession is still using a 20th-Century toolbox," LaMore said. "What we're trying to do is produce a 21st-Century toolbox that will help it create jobs in our communities."
Utah Economic Development
- 10 things you should know about Idahoan and Melaleuca CEO Frank Vandersloot
Melaleuca CEO and President Frank VanderSloot of Idaho Falls is known for his business savvy and outspokenly conservative politics. Here are some facts you should know:
- Utah offers incentives to lure hundreds of new jobs
The incentive to Lifetime, payable in the form of a tax credit over 20 years, is designed to ensure the company will expand in Utah.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Sen. Baucus Reaches Out to Montanans on New Education Bill
Senator Seeking Input from Montana Educators, Parents, Students
- HP hosts 'hackathon' for autism "Hacking Autism"
Nearly 100 tech professionals and advocates for people with autism took part in an unusual software "hackathon" that HP hosted this week to develop touch-screen apps for autistic children and their families.
- Appetite for artificial intelligence is growing - How about a class of 140,000?
The university is conducting what it calls a "bold experiment in distributed education," by offering the course for free to anyone interested. Tens of thousands snapped at the chance, overloading the servers when the class kicked off this week.
- New Beyond the Blue Website Features Faculty Expert Podcasts
A new website - http://beyondtheblue.boisestate.edu/ - has been launched to showcase the expertise and innovative spirit that exists in many fields at Boise State.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Bringing back the bison: The National Wildlife Federation pushes reintroduction to Montana public lands
"We always thought it was undoable, because of a cultural cliché: 'Well you ain't bringing back the buffalo,'" Posewitz said. "That doesn't apply anymore."
- MAPS Students New Video - Hatchfest 2011
Last week, 5 MAPS students attended Hatchfest (in Bozeman, MT) and they made a terrific short video about creativity.
- Senator Baucus Introduces Bipartisan Bill to Support Montana's Forest Counties
"Montana counties rely on Secure Rural Schools and PILT as a lifeline for jobs, balancing the books, supporting schools and road construction. This bill honors the contract between rural America and the federal government while making sure we can support jobs, businesses and families in Montana's forest counties."
Connectivity & Communications
- Establishing a Community Vision in Polson, Montana
Polson is searching for a brighter and more prosperous future and a $100,000 grant from the Orton Family Foundation could be the key.
Energy and Climate Change
- Best Buy, Microsoft join FCC in bid to boost broadband - "Connect to Compete"
Best Buy and Microsoft are among companies partnering with the Federal Communications Commission on a plan to help the 100 million Americans without high-speed Internet service.
- High-Speed Internet Comes to West Glacier
In a long-anticipated step toward better technology, CenturyLink announced an expansion of high-speed Internet service to residents and businesses in West Glacier through its acquisition of Qwest.
- "A partially connected rural (broadband) America makes about as much sense as having a highway system that's paved about 25 percent of the time."
"We know that our people are capable of producing great wealth. We need to start with universal access as the goal and work backward from that, rather than moving forward from the mess we have now."
- Austin, Texas, Switches to All Renewable Energy
"These subscriptions provide stability in electric costs for city of Austin operations and also take a leadership step forward in climate responsibility," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell, who co-sponsored the 2007 Climate Protection Plan. "We are setting an important standard for U.S. cities. We hope other American communities will join us soon."
- Iberdrola halts work on $100 million Lakeview biomass project
"The bottom line is that we didn't get the long-term purchase from a utility."
- Electric Car Can Power Home
Nissan's Leaf electric car can feed power from its battery back into a family home and run appliances for up to two days under a new project the Japanese car-maker unveiled Tuesday.
- Green sidewalk makes electricity -- one footstep at a time
The recycled rubber "PaveGen" paving slabs harvest kinetic energy from the impact of people stepping on them and instantly deliver tiny bursts of electricity to nearby appliances. The slabs can also store energy for up to three days in an on-board battery, according to its creator.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- What is a natural born citizen?
An good education is a matter of degrees
- Siri Is Stuffed With Hilarious Easter Eggs
'Open the pod bay doors.' -- 'I'm sorry Joshua, I can't do that. Are you happy now?'
- Worldwide Tributes To Apple's Steve Jobs Planned For Friday, 10/14
According to the event's Facebook page, more than 22,000 people from around the world say they plan to honor Jobs in some way on Friday, including tributes at a Fremont factory, where the first Macintosh computers were built.
- Origo's 3D Printer Could Be The Last Toy Your Ten Year Old Will Ever Need
Origo allows children aged ten and up to design figurines and shapes on a computer, and then print them out to play with.
- Code for America Announces 2012 Cities and Fellows
Eight U.S. cities and 25 fellows have been chosen to participate in next year's Code for America, a nonprofit program that brings together volunteers and local governments to work on innovative IT projects.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Sign Now to Protect Charitable Giving to Montana's Nonprofits
Tuesday, October 18 at 10:00 a.m. Eastern, the Senate Finance committee will hold a hearing on "Incentives for Charitable Giving".
- Bitter Root Valley Historical Society Museum in Ravalli County in danger of closing
Every member of the Bitter Root Valley Historical Society http://brvhsmuseum.org/ knows that something is going to have to change financially for the museum to survive.
- Sen. Tester And Other Leaders To Discuss Passenger Rail Service, 10/22, Laurel, Montana
The panel will feature City of Laurel Mayor Ken Olson, MRL Superintendent Mark Smith, State Senator John Esp, Montana Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Webb Brown, Senator Jon Testor, and City of Billings Mayor Tom Hanel
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