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“It’s Big Sky country. Something would have to be wrong with you not to want to be here.” Ted Turner http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Prospera Annual Dinner & Business Excellence Awards, 11/3, Bozeman, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3855
Montana Department of Commerce
- THE MTIP MAILER Volume 2, Issue 6 A Bimonthly Newsletter - November 2011 Montana Department of Commerce
The work on the SBIR reauthorization continues.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- NorthWestern Energy Plans Public Meetings In Helena 11/1 And Butte 11/2, Montana
NorthWestern Energy invites the public to attend a meeting regarding the company's local area electric transmission system planning process and how we plan to meet our Montana customers' needs.
- International Comparison Of Teacher Quality
Not only does our public-education system rank 26th out of 34 nations when it comes to graduation rates, but the U.S. also fails at treating teachers as professionals.
- Big thoughts on the nation's big problems - Trade geometry class for entrepreneurship
If a student is not destined to become an entrepreneur, the course may still help them become an intrapreneur -- someone able to create jobs within an organization as well as a better employee if they better understand the challenges inherent in running a company. In either case, students would be better empowered to create new products and services -- not to mention new jobs.
- Health Science Connection for K-12 Educators Preparing Montana's Students for Careers in Healthcare
Take a look at the resources in this e-news. We at Montana AHECs hope that you will find them helpful as you find ways to stay inspired -- and help your students aspire to dream big!
- Idaho Teacher Bonuses To Depend On Parents
Teacher bonuses in more than two dozen school districts statewide will depend to some degree on how well they can engage parents throughout the year, as part of new education changes signed into law earlier this year.
- School districts upgrading broadband
Both school districts said they were upgrading in order to meet continuing demand for streaming data, video and access to information stored in the cloud.
- Language Heard in Preschool Linked to Later Reading
Young children who hear sophisticated language in preschool are better readers in fourth grade, according to a study in the journal Child Development that reinforces the message in previous research about the important connection between early oral language development and later literacy.
Come Home Montana
- Digging for Dino Eggs on "Egg Mountain" in Montana With Famed Paleontologist Jack Horner
The area is one of the most productive dinosaur sites on earth.
- Following Old Trails in Montana
It's a great ride that we'll never tire of.
Come Home Oregon
- Citizen Ted Turner: Billionaire makes homes in Montana, where the buffalo can roam
“It’s Big Sky country. Something would have to be wrong with you not to want to be here.”
- Montana Career Opportunity - Outside Sales - Technology Advisor - First Solution
Are you looking for an exciting career opportunity in outside sales?
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Oregon Career Opportunity - Rails Developer and an Engineering Manager/Developer - Paydici
You code for fun. You're a generalist; you like working on the whole stack, but probably have strengths in particular areas.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- A Virtual Team is Not Another Name for Outsourcing
Technology has made virtual teams an everyday reality for entrepreneurs.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- An Evening With Warren Miller, 11/29, Seattle, WA
SIFF, in conjunction with the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation is proud to announce a celebration of the life and work of legendary action sports filmmaker Warren Miller.
- Experts: Michigan needs to do more to nurture start-ups
"If you can grow a company from one to 10 and then from 10 to 100, there's a pretty good chance that company is going to keep its headquarters here."
- Why Science Depends On Good Branding
The laws of the universe need effective branding, even when the scientists who discover them shudder at the thought.
- 5 mistakes companies make launching drugs, medical devices
The lifespan of a drug or device can be decided in the first few months of its launch.
Montana Economic Development
- Core Outdoor Power (Ronan, Montana) Launches State-of-the-art Line of GasLess (TM) Outdoor Power Equipment
These GasLess products look to disrupt the market for outdoor power equipment by creating unparalleled advantages over traditional gasoline powered products.
- Matson's Laboratory, LLC of Milltown, Montana - A wildlife laboratory offering cementum aging and tetracycline biomarker screening
Matson's Laboratory http://www.matsonslab.com is honored to continue as the source of cementum age and tetracycline biomarker analyses for worldwide clients we have worked with for many years.
Regional Economic Development
- Bozeman, Montana's attempts at economic diversity to be applauded
To their credit, local elected leaders have been proactive in trying to create a more business-friendly climate. And at least some developments on the local economic front indicate that it is working.
- Former Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. officials claim they were misled, deceived by ex-president , Dick King
For some who served on MAEDC's volunteer board, though, King's description doesn't begin to approximate the disaster that left them little choice but to shut the organization down.
- Native American entrepreneurs build a network of success
The status of entrepreneurship today, as well as economic development, are among pressing issues for the 3,000 tribal leaders convening in Portland this week starting today for the National Congress of American Indians' annual convention http://www.ncai.org/.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Top Eight Rules of Networking
Hand out Your Business Card, Not Your Resume
- 'Puppet' Masters in High Demand For Software Company Openings
Job postings with the keyword "Puppet" more than tripled from a year earlier in the three-month period from April to June,
- Advertising Companies Fret Over a Digital Talent Gap
A talent gap is growing between the skills that many new advertising jobs require and the number of people who have those skills.
Incubators and R&D
- 'Why Companies Aren't Getting the Employees They Need': The Author Follows Up
Organizations had shortages of employees because they would not train or invest in new hires.
- Why Digital Talent Doesn't Want To Work At Your Company
Some digital companies are hiring--and in fact are in hot competition for certain types of employees. But you don't have to be Google to attract top-tier talent.
- 11 things every entrepreneur should know about innovation
An innovation that revolutionizes your life is the dream of every entrepreneur. But that dream may die hard if you don't have the right expectations. What sort of expectations should you have? Well, you can start with these eleven:
- Savvy Entrepreneurs Adopt More Good Habits
Set yourself up to succeed.
- Inside the walls: Facebook's new home
From exposing structural steel girders, and offering them up for employee graffiti, to choosing bare plywood as the ceiling material over employee walkways, Facebook's ongoing transformation of the button-down former Sun Microsystems campus is meant to telegraph that the company itself remains a work in progress.
- FitDesk lets you pedal and work
If you can multi-task, the FitDesk Pedal Desk can help you stay in shape while you check e-mail, update your social status or play a game.
- The World's Coolest Offices
There's an indoor skateboarding bowl, a converted railway station in Milan, a converted 1940s warehouse, and a tiny atelier open to the sky and earth in Japan. Which one is the coolest office in the world?
- What are the top 3 barriers to entrepreneurship?
- Marc Andreessen: Building Startups Is Like Baking A Cake In 3 Minutes
Many times, engineers are promoted to managers, but they have never been trained. "Someone has to teach them how to do it," he says.
- SBA 504 loans help small businesses grow when credit is tight
"There's more buzz on the street" over the loans.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Obama orders federal labs to help businesses create new products
The move is part of an effort to create jobs and strengthen competitiveness, according to the White House.
- University of Montana to save business MonTEC incubator after backer disbands
"MonTEC stakeholders need to understand if you're helping entrepreneurs launch and build companies, it's hard to ask them to sign year leases at market rate," O'Donnell said. "My advice: You're going to need to continually support the program and you may be setting yourself up for difficult conversations later on if you're thinking it will be sustainable." Read more: http://missoulian.com/news/local/university-of-montana-to-save-business-incubator-after-backer-disbands/article_dc7906d0-0379-11e1-ae10-001cc4c002e0.html#ixzz1cMICsJ7I
- Funding Available For Student Internships, Research at the University of Montana
Grants ranging from $500 to $2,000 are available for UM undergraduate and graduate students and will be awarded to projects that fall under the areas of public policy and leadership.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Pipeline's Nebraska Bond Doubted
TransCanada's offer to fund a $100 million performance bond if it fails to clean up a future oil spill in Nebraska's sensitive Sandhills might sound like a hefty sum.
- Conference to 'End Factory Farming'
A number of reports and experts say human and animal health and the environment are suffering as a result.
- 7 Billion People by Halloween - Overpopulation Isn't The Problem: It's Too Few Babies
In many of these countries, rising debt burdens and shrinking labor markets have already slowed economic growth and suppressed any hope for a major long-term turnaround. The same will happen to even the best-run European economies, just as it has in Japan, whose decades-long growth spurt ended as its workforce began to shrink.
- New State Effort to Bring Greater Collaboration in Research, Innovation, and Competition
EPSCoR refers to the National Science Foundation's Office of Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research, a national program to diversify science and engineering capabilities nationwide.
- New Websites let People and Cats Interact through AprioriControl Technology Robotics Online
These installations are currently resulting in many benefits for their cats, visitors, and shelters.
- Startup: Paydici, a Portland tech company
"I was really passionate about entrepreneurship and building things," Alford-Jones, 25, said. "For me, it almost seemed like there was no other alternative."
Washington State Business
- Customized Training Keeps Utah's Workforce Up to Speed with Business Needs, Aids Economic Growth
Such training has become an essential tool for Utah businesses to find and retain the talent they need to sustain their growth.
- VISIONTECH360 Selected to Guide University of Washington iSchool Through 2015
"The University of Washington iSchool faculty is recognized for leadership in information technology innovation," said VISIONTECH360 President Dr. Bill Gillis. "It is an honor to be selected to design the technology and research processes that will guide their strategic direction."
- Supercomputer could maximize Wyoming wind energy producers' efforts
A supercomputer destined for Cheyenne could someday help wind farm developers figure out the best places to put their turbines in Wyoming.
- New CraftNet Sketches for October 2011
CraftNet is an international alliance of community colleges in North America, Europe, and Africa that work together to enhance their own arts and crafts-based teaching programs and to develop local and regional artisan-based economies. It was conceived and is managed by Regional Technology Strategies.
- Gates Foundation, Washington Colleges Roll Out Open-Source Texts
Washington state's two-year colleges are putting some of those ideas into practice with the roll-out of a new digital system called the Open Course Library.
Connectivity & Communications
- SIX new grant announcements
- 'Way-finding' study finds Kalispell directions come up short
If Kalispell wants to market itself as the most rewarding place to stage a vacation in Northwest Montana, visitors need to be able to find their way around the city to its attractions.
Energy and Climate Change
- YouTube launching 100 new channels
The partners include an array of Hollywood production companies, celebrities and new media groups that will produce mainly niche-oriented videos.
- Protect The Internet
Recently, two bills have been introduced into Congress that - if passed - will do irreparable damage to the Internet, entrepreneurship, free speech, and job creation as a result of the continued entrepreneurial activity around the Internet.
- Austin Plugs In Big-Time
Austin, Texas connects an entire neighborhood with solar panels, electric vehicles, smart meters and batteries.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- "Oh Wow, Oh Wow, Oh Wow" - A Sister's Eulogy for Steve Jobs
Steve always aspired to make beautiful later. He was willing to be misunderstood.
- Missoula-area projects to be highlighted in America's Great Outdoors report
The America's Great Outdoors project involves 15 different federal agencies, but is intended to let local efforts lead the way, according to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar.
- Your Next Car May Run on Alligator Fat
With concerns over using limited arable land for fuel instead of food, PortStrategy says alligator fat could be the answer. It turns out the U.S. already wastes 15 million pounds of alligator fat each year.
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