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"Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex. It takes a touch of genius - and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction." -Albert Einstein
City Club Missoula to host 'civil discussion' of Poverello Center on 11/14 http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- INVITE: Montana White House Conference Call - Nov 14 At 3:00 Pm (mountain Time) http://matr.net/events ... =3900
Montana Department of Commerce
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Means Energy Newsletter November 2011
The Energy Promotion and Development Division regularly release a newsletter that includes highlights on the work being done to promote energy development in Montana, relevant policy updates, and regular updates from Governor Brian Schweitzer.
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology Announces 2011 Awards
"These grants will make Montana more competitive in the global marketplace." Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce
Arrow Solutions Group
- Hopa Mountain announces training program and competitive grants for youth service
Participating teams may also choose to apply to receive up to $7,500 in support to launch a service-learning afterschool program.
- Preparing Children to Be Entrepreneurs
What are American schools doing right when it comes to entrepreneurship education?
- Mobile app rewards kids for keeping parents updated - I'mOK
Essentially, I'mOK uses an element of gaming to help families stay in close touch throughout the day.
- Could More High School Vocational Programs Prep for Jobs?
"We've gotten away from technical training in high schools, and that's moving us in the wrong direction. That's probably why we're losing jobs to other countries," he says. "The emphasis should be back on that captive audience that we have in high school students."
- Cheap broadband, PCs aimed at low-income families
Cox, Charter, Time Warner Cable and other Internet service providers plan to offer $9.95 monthly broadband service to households eligible for school-lunch aid, and PC refurbisher Redemtech will sell $150 laptops and desktop PCs with monitors.
- Kaiser Family Foundation Commits $22-Million for Early Education
The Kaiser foundation has provided $114-million to the Community Action Project's early-education programs since 2004.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Small businesses struggle to find workers with the right skills
Water, water everywhere -- and not a drop to drink. The U.S. labor pool has nearly 14 million unemployed workers, yet more small businesses complain about the dearth of qualified workers.
City Club Missoula
- 45 excellent posts on leadership - The 2011 Leadership Development Carnival
There's no theme this month, no cute nicknames, no commentary, just a straightforward list of 45 of the best posts submitted for your reading pleasure.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- City Club Missoula Presents: The Poverello Center At 36: Emergency Services At A Crossroads, 11/14, Missoula
Come hear Poverello Center executive director Eran Fowler Pehan discuss these engaging issues at the upcoming City Club Forum Nov. 14.
- City Club Missoula to host 'civil discussion' of Poverello Center on 11/14
The Poverello Center may be moving, but director Eran Fowler Pehan doesn't want the core mission of the shelter and soup kitchen to be lost along the way - folks who need a bed or a hot meal.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Protecting Your Intellectual Property, 12/1, Bozeman, Montana
TechRanch and the MSU College of Business are pleased to welcome patent attorneys from the global, full-service law firm of Dorsey & Whitney http://www.dorsey.com/locations/Office.aspx?office=22 to Bozeman to discuss intellectual property, the America Invents Act and its impact on your business.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Jim Bowman, Missoula Economic Partnership , 11/17 Missoula, Montana
Jim is keen to engage with HVN members and this will be a great opportunity to learn more about the goals and activities of MEP and how HVN members and their companies can get involved and benefit.
- "3 Miles An Hour" - Documentary Profiles Legendary Backcountry Outfitter, "Smoke" Elser, 11/22, PBS Stations
According to Arnold "Smoke" Elser, three miles an hour - the speed of a horse - is the best way to see and savor a life well-lived.
Montana Economic Development
- Chai ho! Montana's Tipu's Chai converting coffee drinking cowboys to chai.
It's true, Montana is not a place that Indians go to. But I love the mountains, rivers and lakes. People are very friendly. There are native Indians and cowboys here. We have a neighbour who is a cowboy and trains horses. He rides by in the morning with a cup of coffee in his hand. We call him the Coffee Cup Cowboy - but I hope to convert him to chai.
- Montana State Fund kicking off 'Work Heals' campaign
Improve productivity, quality and efficiency. Maintain a happier workforce and attract the best employees. You may even reduce work comp and other insurance costs. All by creating a culture of safety at work.
- Florida GPS Map Shows Landowner Names, Property Lines, and Public Property
"The statewide map shows all public and private land in a color coded system; designed for real estate agents, survey companies, and the outdoor community this maps allows the user to easily access the name of the landowner and property boundaries for all private and public property in Florida," said Eric Siegfried, CEO at Montana Mapping & GPS.
- SBA's Region 8 Administrator, Dan Hannaher Listening Session, 11/14, Billings, Montana
He will also be asking local business people what the government can do AND not do to help the economy and to grow jobs. He's also looking to get a pulse of the economy in Billings and Eastern Montana as well as feedback on the SBA and their programs.
- Digital by Design - OTB Designworks of Whitefish, Montana sees digital blueprints as future of home building
Virtual design environments have been used for years in creating digital recreations of buildings and landscapes, but Gailey hopes to lead the way in bringing the technology to home design.
- Whitefish-Based Algae Aqua-Culture Technology to Represent U.S. at Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Conference November 10 - 12, 2011 APEC CEO SUMMIT, Honolulu, Hawaii
Michael Smith, AACT's CEO, said "We are honored to be able to show our innovation to governments and corporate leaders from around the world at a time when energy solutions are so desperately needed."
Regional Economic Development
- The Montana Women's Business Center Opens A New Sub-center In Hamilton, Montana
"We are excited to expand the Montana WBC services to other areas of the state, as we continue our efforts to provide business assistance resources to Montana's women entrepreneurs," said Montana WBC Director, Amanda Schultz.
- Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana - Paw Prints Newsletter Fall 2011
For over thirty-five years, we have worked hard to serve the economic and community development needs of those who live and work in this special part of Montana.
- Survey: Business reps back Helena flight to Billings
Support for a daily flight linking Helena with Billings is strong, a community survey shows, and local officials are working on a plan to convince Gulfstream International Airlines http://www.gulfstreamair.com to add air service.
- Bay Limited Montana to add 250 jobs in Billings, Montana
This is a homerun for Billings.
- SBA Helps Veterans Start, Grow and Expand Small Businesses - Entrepreneurship Boot Camp for Disabled Veterans Expands to Eighth School
With thousands of service men and women returning from wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the U.S. Small Business Administration is welcoming them home with programs and initiatives to help them start, grow and expand their businesses.
- Six Organizations Win National Award from The The State Science and Technology Institute for Improving Regional Economies Through Science, Technology and Innovation
"The success stories from this year's winners characterize why support for tech-based initiatives is imperative for improving the national economy," said Dan Berglund, SSTI president and CEO.
Funding and Building your Business
- 10 Tips for Giving a Great Keynote
Delivering a kick ass keynote is not as easy as it looks.
Montana Education Excellence
- 'Hire for Attitude, Train for Skills'
"Hire 'nice' 'cause you can't train 'nice.'"
- AmEx lures digital commerce startups with $100M fund
The fund will be spread out over multiple years and will focus on early-stage startups that can create innovative ideas that will ultimately benefit AmEx and aid in its digital transformation.
- Why Second Life Failed - "The Milkshake Test"
"It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future."
- New Low: 35% of Workers Plan on Staying At Current Company for More Than Five Years
Though a plurality of American workers still believes staying at their current company offers the best opportunity for career advancement, fewer plan on staying at that company for the long term.
- Can a One-Page Business Plan Work for Your Business?
Putting together a formal business plan can be so daunting that it can prevent would-be entrepreneurs from starting a business altogether.
- Can You Move From Thought Leader to Business Leader?
Most entrepreneurs are not both.
- 1% Of Nothing Launches To Get Startups Donating Equity
It's aimed at inspiring early-stage companies to donate 1% of their equity to a cause of their choice.
Washington State Business
- "How To Build A Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to be Forever." - Dinosaur Expert Jack Horner cooking up Chickenosaurus at Montana State University
"How To Build A Dinosaur: Extinction Doesn't Have to be Forever."
- MSU offers more scholarships for Montana high school seniors
"It's one of my priorities to make higher education as accessible as possible," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "Montana high school students are the future of our state and I want to help them succeed. The benefits of a college education to one's life and one's career are huge."
- Voters kick state out of liquor business
Next June, consumers in Washington state will be able to buy hard liquor at grocery and warehouse stores, including Costco.
- Quincy, Wash., Cashes in on Data Center Boom
What's drawing big companies to this town of 6,500 residents?
- Seattle 'the envy of would-be Silicon Valleys around the world'
The article covers much familiar ground: Amazon's rise and the transformation of Seattle's South Lake Union thanks to Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen and companies like Amazon. Pioneer Square's new image as a tech magnet, thanks to companies like Zynga and Isilon.
- IBM picked to supply Wyoming climate supercomputer
The National Center for Atmospheric Research in Boulder announced Monday that the New York-based company will install critical components on the new system, which is named Yellowstone.
- 5 Government Procurement Practices That Stifle Innovation
Here's a look at some of the procurement rules that most often stifle innovative technology and how some agencies are working to improve the situation.
- Innovation and Entrepreneurship is Growing in Maine!
Over the past year, I have seen what appears to be a renewed focus on entrepreneurship here in Maine.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- Creating A Google+ Page For Your Business
You can create a Google+ page in one of five categories.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Alaska Air starts test of biofuel-powered flights
Alaska Airlines http://www.alaskaair.com begins an expensive trial of biofuel-powered passenger flights Wednesday, billing the 75 trips as a pioneering effort to "fly cleaner" and to kick-start a nascent renewable-energy economy.
- World's Tiniest Electric Vehicle Rolls Out
The nanoscale vehicle is a step in creating advanced machines that could do such things as travel through our veins to kill cancer cells.
- GIS Day At The Montana Capitol Rotunda, 11/16, Helena, Montana
Attend GIS Day at the Capitol Rotunda on November 16, 2011 & Register to Win:
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Google Backs Startup Weekend, Tapping Nonprofit's Global Network of Entrepreneurs
"Our mission has always been education, and I think we're kind of taking the whole world of entrepreneurial education to a different level," Nager says. "Our mission's not to create startups. It's to create more capable entrepreneurs."
- Free ways to recover your lost phone or laptop
With these downloads, your data can remain safe until you are able--hopefully--to track your device down and have it safely back in your possession.
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