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“In Montana we have the second highest percentage of veterans per capita, so we will utilize every available tool to assist the men and women who have served our country.” Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly
Hire a Vet Legislation Signed Into Law - Large Tax Incentives for Employers http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Above Yellowstone DVD
Montana Department of Commerce
- "Above Yellowstone" DVD provides aerial view of Yellowstone National Park
Narrated by actor Tim Matheson and with an original musical score by Jesse Rhodes, the film puts viewers in the front seat as the helicopter-based camera swoops next to jagged mountain tops, up Yellowstone's Grand Canyon and dives close to the Yellowstone River just outside of Gardiner, Mont.
- MTIP Notification: 2012 Advanced Biofuel Producer Payment Program
Anybody who produces advanced biofuel (fuel made from renewable biomass except for corn kernel starch) is eligible to receive payments to encourage the continued production of that fuel.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess.com's New Service Offers One-Stop Shop for Eye-Catching Brochures in Minutes
"It's essential for business owners to move quickly in order to compete in today's economic environment," says Andrew Field, PFL Founder and CEO. "To help our customers get high-quality, custom-designed brochures fast, we have partnered with the designers at Tweak® to create a brand new offering that is simple and cost-effective."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Data from K-12 and beyond can aid change, educators say
"The silver bullet is to pay attention to people all the way through."
- Centers in Great Falls and Missoula help young parents build positive environment for children
When 17-year-old Katelyn Brutosky found out she was pregnant in September 2010, she realized that parenthood was already stressful -- even before her son Landon was born. "I didn't know how I was going to raise a kid."
- With Bookshare, students with disabilities get quicker access to traditional texts
Inspired by Napster, the music-sharing service, Bookshare turns books into a format that can be read aloud by computers, magnified, and spaced differently so that students with vision problems or learning disabilities can read them.
- Rethinking Classroom Furniture - Let the students design their own.
"We really want to engage the students throughout the thinking and the problem solving and the ideation process. Basically the process that we go through every day."
- Learn About Robots From Stanford Professors, Free of Charge
The three classes being offered--"Machine Learning," "Introduction to Artificial Intelligence," and "Introduction to Databases"--are among some of the university's most popular computer-science courses.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Great Falls Development Authority releases branding study results
The Development Authority's long-term vision for Great Falls, to which the branding process is tied, is that the city will be known around the west for having a diversified economy, job opportunities and for being a hub for business innovation and energy.
- Rebit Powers Kaspersky Security Software
Longmont, Colorado-based Rebit http://www.rebit.com/ , the developer of backup software, said Thursday that its Rebit 5 backup software has been included in Kaspersky's new Internet Security 2012 Booster Edition.
Come Home Montana
- An Ode to West Yellowstone
Every Thanksgiving, what seems like the entire American ski universe descends upon a tiny town on the border of Montana and Wyoming to experience the official start of the season we all worship. This is the West Yellowstone Ski Festival http://www.yellowstoneskifestival.com/ .
Come Home North Dakota
- Montana Career Opportunity - Geographic Information Scientist/Cartographer - University of Montana
A M.S./M.A. degree in geography, geosciences, forestry, or related field is required.
- Montana Career Opportunity - SQL Developer - Consumer Direct (Missoula)
This position is based in beautiful Missoula, MT in the midst of rivers and mountains and home to the University of Montana. Fantastic place to live for the entire family.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Great Northern Development Corporation of Northeastern Montana
The position requires a broad knowledge of professional planning functions, administrative and management techniques and skills in working with all levels of government.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Filmmaker introducing the world to the 'real North Dakota'
When ever I would say I'm from North Dakota I'd get these blank stares and everyone pictures the movie Fargo or thinks we all live on a farm so I wanted to do a documentary that represents present day North Dakota."
- Boomers Lead and Drive the New Wave of Entrepreneurs
Most surprisingly, according to a report from the Kauffman Foundation, the highest rate of entrepreneurship in America has already shifted to the 55-64 age group, with people over 55 almost twice as likely to found successful companies than those between 20 and 34.
- Biotech partnership formed to examine vaccine production feasibility in Missoula
"What we're trying to do is understand, can it be done here?"
Montana Economic Development
- Laid-off IT worker accused of hacking, crashing the servers of Missoula based Edulog and Logisys.
The crash also affected Edulog's http://edulog.com/ sister company, Logisys http://www.logisys911.com/ , which provides software for law enforcement, fire and emergency management services, including the Missoula County Sheriff's Office and the Missoula Police Department.
- NorthWestern Energy defends its energy efficiency programs
While we share Mr. Lane's support and emphasis on the importance of energy efficiency, we need to correct some mischaracterizations of the programs and process.
- The U.S. Commercial Service helps American small and medium-sized businesses tap export markets through its domestic operations.
Looking to facilitate a dredge sale to France, SRS Crisafulli requested help from the CS Missoula office. As a result, SRS successfully completed the $200,000 sale.
- Do you work for an amazing employer? Missoula JSEC Employer Of Choice Request For Nominations
The Missoula Job Service Employers' Council (JSEC) recognizes businesses that create great workplaces in our community by presenting them with the Employer of Choice Award. We will recognize two employers, one employer with 75 or more employees and one employer with less than 75 employees.
- Update from Montana Chamber of Commerce - Going to Brazil - Workplace Safer - HR Mandates
Governor Brian Schweitzer is recognizing the importance of Brazil. He left last Thursday for a ten-day visit with the Council of State Governments. We're confident he will find plenty of opportunity for Montana and we look forward to comparing notes.
Business Plan Forums
- Southwest Michigan First - The Organization
MATR is posting information about this organization on the recommendation of Missoula Economic Partnership http://www.bestplaceproject.com/ CEO, Jim Bowman who calls it an excellent example of highly successful economic programs.
- Invitation: ExporTech Coming Soon! Billings 1/24 & Kalispell 1/26
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and the Montana World Trade Center have launched a customized export training program to help Montana companies develop an Export Strategy and increase export sales.
- North America's Largest Business Plan Competition Awards Over $1 Million
The Accelerate Michigan Innovation Competition http://www.acceleratemichigan.org/ awarded more than $1 million in cash and in-kind services Thursday night to the winners of North America's largest business plan competition.
Funding and Building your Business
- How to Get the Coolest Tech Job Ever
When Steve Jobs returned to California in 1974 after dropping out of college, he found his first job through a newspaper ad that said, "Have fun, make money." Jobs was invited in and hired as a technician. He was paid $5 an hour.
- How To Take Control of Your Next Job Interview
Many job candidates aren't prepared to shine when they reach this final test in the interview. Failing to ask any questions or asking the wrong questions can send the wrong signals.
- Montana Department of Labor touts jobs plan aimed at helping veterans
"The intensive, personalized service the Gold Card provides will give these veterans the tools they need to navigate a difficult labor market and translate their military experience for civilian employers," said Labor Commissioner Keith Kelly. "In Montana we have the second highest percentage of veterans per capita, so we will utilize every available tool to assist the men and women who have served our country."
Montana Education Excellence
- A Primer on Patent and Copyright Misuse
A misuse defense is really about the unjustified extension of either a copyright or patent beyond the legitimate boundaries of the property right.
- 5 Easy Steps to Your Own E-Commerce Startup for $100
If you have a unique creation or invention, and you are not selling it around the world on the Internet, now is the time to start.
- Tips to get the most out of Facebook for your business
How can I use Facebook to promote my business, and what is the best way to manage the online relationship with my customers?
- Brad Feld's Startup Advice: Your Company Is Your Product; Get People to Do the Right Thing
"You will have meltdowns on a regular basis. You will have those moments. Make sure you have people you can talk to when you have those moments."
- LinkedIn's Reid Hoffman On Groupon's Big Advantage: Big Data
"Look, guys, I think there's going to be a lot of world-changing applications over here. We should all pay attention."
- The Brilliant Way To Negotiate In Three Easy Lessons
Much more important to get the foot in the door (the first "yes") then have the door slammed in your face. But once the foot is in the door you have to make sure it's not chopped off. This is negotiation.
- Ask an Expert: Tips on marketing your small business
Why is working on our business so important? Because clients and customers leave.
- Hire a Vet Legislation Signed Into Law - Large Tax Incentives for Employers
The legislation creates tax breaks for companies that hire jobless veterans and helps vets get job training and counseling.
- DON'T start a company...yet
For those new graduates itching to start a company, I'm giving some very contrarian (and possibly unpopular) advice: Don't do it. At least not yet.
- BYU grad helps groups find funding through Fundly
From charitable groups to competition singers, Fundly, based in Palo Alto, Calif., is building momentum as it helps organizations raise money over the Internet.
- 'Cat-Griz: 'Frenemies' get along better off the field
Off the football field frosty feelings appear to have thawed considerably compared to a generation ago, particularly in the past two years, since the hiring of new presidents at both universities.
- MSU Alumni Association and Foundation merging
"Both of us are here to support MSU," said Michael Stevenson, president and chief executive officer of the renamed MSU Alumni Foundation http://www.montana.edu/wwwulf/ . "We know we can achieve more as one team."
- Gazette opinion: Let's move ahead quickly with Montana's 2-year college mission
"Work force development and education should be centerpieces of any strategy for community improvement," Cech said, quoting economist Larry Swanson of the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
- Six Idaho companies train, compete to increase exports
"The expertise and genuine support we received during this program is truly remarkable," said Joe DeGano, sales and marketing manager for Rekluse. "The resources we had available to us in exporting have exploded."
- New Hoku Materials polysilicon production plant in Pocatello plugs into Idaho Power's grid
Hoku Materials http://www.hokuscientific.com , which manufactures and sells polysilicon for photovoltaic modules, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Hoku Corp.
- Data centers in Oregon: High tech meets high desert - Google searches for privacy, finds a community - Oregon is a great deal for server farms. Is the deal too good?
Data centers arrived in Oregon five years ago, cloaked in mystery. There's no hiding them now.
Utah Economic Development
- University of Utah's David Eccles School of Business Ranked Top 25 in U.S., No. 1 in Utah in Bloomberg Businessweek MBA Rankings Read more: Utah Pulse - University of Utah s David Eccles School of Business Ranked Top 25 in U S No 1 in Utah in Bloomberg
In addition to being No. 1 in Utah, the Executive MBA ranked No. 25 in the nation, No. 5 in the West, and No. 33 in the world, of more than 300 global executive MBA programs.
- Cooking Up Economic Prosperity with Utah's 'Secret Sauce' Read more: Utah Pulse - Cooking Up Economic Prosperity with Utah s Secret Sauce
The Fall edition features highlights from EDCUtah's annual meeting, a list of Utah's latest national rankings from media outlets, data on EDCUtah's project "wins," and a story about "Cooking Up Economic Prosperity with Utah's Secret Sauce."
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Most 2-Year Students Quit
Too many students arrive at community colleges without having learned basic reading and math concepts. Most must take developmental courses that provide no credit toward a degree but still cost as much as college-level courses.
- The Story Behind the Picture - Missoula Children's Theatre International Touring Program
We may look, live, or learn differently, but when we work together we can make unforgettable things happen.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Center for the Future of Arizona - Creating the Arizona We Want
More than a think tank, the center is an independent "do tank" that combines public-policy research with collaborative partnerships and initiatives that will create opportunities and quality of life for all Arizonans.
Energy and Climate Change
- Facebook's Timeline followed years of conversation
"Our children and our children's children can look back and have such a richer understanding than we do now," Lessin said. "I think that undeniably is going to happen."
- "Tubes: A Journey to the Center of the Internet."
You will never open an e-mail in quite the same way again.
- 'WTF Mobile Web' Tracks Terrible Mobile Web Design
Sometimes the best way to figure out what works is to see what doesn't.
- Scientists Report Climate Change To Cause More 'Unprecedented Extreme Weather'
Think of the Texas drought, floods in Thailand and Russia's devastating heat waves as coming attractions in a warming world.
- Will the Illinois Utility Hack Impede Smart-Grid Rollout?
As the systems that control power, water, sewage, gas and other utilities are updated, most are looking to smarter systems and the so-called "smart grid."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- People are Awesome 2011
... title says it all.
- Terminator-Style Contact Lens Closer to Reality
Cyborgs of the future beware: Humans are working on computerized contact lenses with display technology.
- GPS Saves the World -- But Who'll Save GPS?
The enemies threatening the future of the GPS are many:
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Nonprofits get innovative to find financing - The Alliance for Global Good
To help encourage more creativity, the Alliance for Global Good http://afgg.org/, a nonprofit group that promotes philanthropic efficiency and effectiveness, has established a fund to support charitable organizations that come up with new business models. The alliance's Innovation Fund will initially have about $10 million.
- Intel offers retiring employees a $25,000 incentive to go back to work -- for nonprofits
These encore fellowships could have a disproportionate benefit to Oregon, Intel's largest operating hub. The California-based company has 16,000 employees in the state, more than any other business.
- Niarada, Montana man creates art that cowboys, horses wear - Shooting Star Saddlery
"When you see the shooting stars come up," Morrow explains, "you know the really good grass is right behind it."
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