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“If you sit in a room of 200 startups, and you ask which of them are small businesses, no one will raise their hand. What they’ll tell you is that they are giant businesses that just haven’t scaled yet.” Scott Case, chief executive of the Startup America Partnership. http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Globalization Partners International
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Globalization Partners International Releases RightNow Connector for Expanded Global CRM
In this swiftly changing global economy, it is critical to stay on top of the latest tools that can improve your customer experience, not only domestically, but across all of your significant global markets.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Missoula, Montana students build robots and delve into circuitry, physics
"Robotics is just one great example of everything we're trying to do with our model of education. We are getting to a more project-based approach to learning, and I think that really matters to kids." Matt Clausen - "King Geek"
- State to require students to pick career path in 9th grad.
The objective is to raise career and college readiness for all students. Career pathways initiatives of some degree are already in place in most states.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Great Falls Development Authority Survey - Do we need a Certified Community Kitchen in Great Falls?
A certified processing facility and/or mobile equipment and/or a system to share existing equipment would be available for use by local growers and producers of raw food products who want to add value to the products and those individuals who want to sell their baked or canned food products to stores, restaurants, or to the general public at farmers' markets.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Four women on inaugural Missoula Economic Partnership board
"We certainly encourage more female business owners to invest, get on board and participate. If that voice isn't represented in a very strong fashion, we just feel fundamentally we're missing the mark."
- After the startup, help for small businesses - The Entrepreneur Acceleration System
"They have a client set. They have the product and the process fully developed. They were just in the stage where every company has some growing pains. You had to figure out how to get Jen and Josh away from being the technicians in the company and start growing the organization, or growth stagnates."
- Missoula students learning important life lesson thanks to Jason Burrell
Jason starts each new year at the school by telling the students the story of his life.
Come Home Montana
- Winter Montana - "Once I found the mountains of Montana, I stopped traveling." Warren Miller
"Visit Montana now because in a very short time, our waist deep powder will only be knee deep." Warren Miller
- Montana's Triple Creek Ranch Introduces Exciting Activities for 2012
Whether seeking a romantic getaway, the thrill of mountain adventure, or an authentic cowboy experience, Triple Creek Ranch guests will have their choice of fun new activities or the comfort of familiar pastimes.
Come Home South Dakota
- ONLY IN Montana
The year is 2036 and the United States has just elected, from Montana, the first woman as President of the United States.
- The Today Show - Philipsburg, Montana - Spirit of Giving Thrives in Montana Town
If there's no town, there's no people.
- Students create plans to revive Mobridge, South Dakota
The hope is that Mobridge's 3,500 residents can see the possibilities for their town - at no cost - while students gain valuable planning experience in a real-world setting.
- Prescience International Sharpens New Biotech Business Model - We need to develop more small biotech billionaires.
Prescience helps start and manage life sciences incubators, institutes, and other research centers.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula, Montana's Blue Marble Biomaterials - Renewable Chemical Manufacturer Redefines Resourcefulness
Blue Marble Biomaterials' investments to make its Montana biorefinery zero-waste through water recycling, biogas recycling and solid material recycling confirm the company's position as a leader in sustainable manufacturing.
- Rivertop Renewables wins MDT bid to add corrosion blocker to road de-icer
The almost $400,000 contract represents the first product-based revenue for the Missoula startup, which has pioneered the field of biodegradable chemicals and bio-products made from renewable plant sugars.
- WhoCanHelp - an innovative Montana company
"A better way to hire someone. Services comprise a trillion dollar industry. We think we have an innovative approach and can contribute to Montana's economy."
- Pyramid Mountain Lumber Co. - Once-imperiled Seeley Lake, Montana mill survives with specialization, diversification
By some estimates, Seeley Lake's major employer can produce about 3,000 different wood products without once nailing one board to another.
- The Montana Chamber Poll - Status of Workers' Compensation in Montana
This 3in3 poll asks three work comp and safety questions which can be answered in 3 minutes or less. Please respond to the poll so we can provide accurate information
Regional Economic Development
- Housing need rising in Cut Bank, Shelby, Montana
Oil development is increasing, work on the Montana Alberta Tie Line power transmission line is expected to start up again soon, followed by work on wind farm towers.
- Montana faces business challenges
Flanked by the some of the most business-friendly states in the country, Montana risks losing out if it doesn't improve its offerings.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- How startup failures drive economic success - The Startup America Partnership
Economically speaking, the important thing is that they almost always try again.
- In scramble for new jobs, incentives play a key role - One Idaho business expert says state governments can do more.
With the national unemployment rate at 8.6 percent, state leaders are wooing potential employers with everything from video messages to multimillion-dollar tax breaks.
- University of Montana Launches Partnership With Renewable Chemical Company Blue Marble Biomaterials
"Our goal will be to tap into Blue Marble's carbon dioxide waste stream and then turn that CO2 into algal biomass," Blank said. "We will then work together to harvest commercial products from that biomass."
Funding and Building your Business
- Startup Capital: Feast or Famine?
What evidence do we have of this shortage of capital?
Government and University TechTransfer
- 5 Steps To Begin Your Business Video Blog
In this post we will go over the very first things to consider as you plan your very own business show!
- 7 Reasons Big-Company Executives Fail in a Startup
The job of a big-company executive is very different from the job of a small-company executive.
- Big Data has Potential but Requires Care
Both data and tools to manage it are growing, but taking advantage of it requires planning
- Investors Like Ideas, But Measure You On Execution
Yes, even entrepreneurs need to follow a disciplined execution process if they want to maximize their probability for success.
Incubators and R&D
- OriginOil Signs Cooperative Agreement With Idaho National Laboratory for Algae to Oil Technology Development
The multi-phase research program will focus on validation and commercial scaling of the company's technology in the production of algae-based fuels by utilizing the state-of-the-art equipment, capabilities, scientists and engineers of the INL.
- University of Arizona revamps tech transfer
The plan is for Tech Launch Arizona to bring together the academic and private sectors to enhance economic development in the region.
Montana Education Excellence
- Industry-backed University research touted
No longer would the two sides spend months quibbling over royalties that could be years off. Under the new model, businesses would pay a 1 percent royalty on annual sales, only after they exceed $20 million.
- Why Microsoft Drafted TechStars to Target Startups in Seattle
TechStars is a top-tier example of the startup incubator programs that are sweeping the country right now, a phenomenon that challenges the established education and entrepreneurship systems.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Charting President Cruzado's Leadership and Montana State University's Future
The buzz around campus is that it's a great time to be a Bobcat -- a direct testament to the leadership of President Waded Cruzado.
- $400,000 Grant Will Fund Women's Empowerment Program at the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at The University of Montana
The grant will fund the Women's Empowerment Project, which will send 20 Montana women to the Southeast Asian countries of Cambodia, Laos, Thailand and Vietnam.
- Please Vote! - Helena, Montana mom aims to create playground for special-needs kids
Helena's Playable Playground is seeking to be in the top ten as part of a Pepsi Refresh project that would help build a $50,000 special needs playground at Centennial Park.
- Bozeman School Board approves new career-oriented classes
The School Board voted 7-0 Monday night to offer several new career-oriented classes in engineering design, medical careers, graphic design, restaurant cooking and culinary arts, interior design and teaching.
- Montana colleges aim to improve access, enrollment
"We think we are now, after four years, step by step, on the verge of something truly groundbreaking for the state of Montana." Sheila Stearns, Montana Commissioner of Higher Education
- President Obama names Montana State University graduate, William Mendoza head of new White House initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education
"We're working hard to reduce the American Indian and Alaska Native student dropout rate and making sure students who stay in high school are ready to start their career by the time they complete college." William Mendoza
- University of Montana Students Award $10,000 To Local Nonprofits
With a generous grant from the Sunshine Lady Foundation, students are able to learn about the importance and practice of philanthropy by evaluating proposals and awarding grants.
- Gulfstream International Airlines will consider Billings-to-Williston service
Officials from Gulfstream International Airlines say they'll carefully consider a pitch to add direct flights between Billings and Williston, N.D., the epicenter of a historic oil boom that has sent thousands of people flocking to western North Dakota and Eastern Montana.
- What's the best way to measure the efficiency of a data center?
No one really knows. But there's no shortage of IT minds trying to figure it out.
- Coeur D'Alene, Idaho Based HubWorks Interactive Launches Test Pilot of iPad-Based Drink and Food Ordering System at Buffalo Wild Wings Toronto-Area Location
HubWorks Interactive provides innovative software for bars, restaurants, and entertainment establishments looking to improve their bottom line and increase customer satisfaction.
Utah Economic Development
- Reaching for the Sky in Utah - Canyons
Before me lay a good dozen turns through fluffy untracked snow three days -- three! -- after the storm.
- Utah sees growth in tech jobs
Utah's aerospace and high-tech manufacturing industry is poised for some significant growth.
- L-3 Communications to Expand Again in Utah
Beginning in 2012, L-3 will begin the process of hiring up to 500 new workers as it expands its current facility in Salt Lake City.
- Wyoming Governor Mead seeks to double fund to land tech firms
Mead's budget proposal released last week seeks to expand the fund to $30 million and broaden it to include other types of tech-related facilities.
- Time to curb dueling Montana legislative revenue guesses
The problem has been that the governor's estimate has consistently turned out to be more accurate than the Legislature's, putting him solidly in "I told you so" territory at the end of each fiscal year.
Energy and Climate Change
- Your Support Needed for Missoula's Grant Creek Trail Completion
As of today and through December 31st, an anonymous donor will match dollar-for-dollar... up to $25,000... every new dollar donated to the Grant Creek Trail Association http://www.grantcreektrails.org/ . Such superb demonstrations of community support are getting us to the $140,000 required from the public to make the trail a reality.
- Libraries Make Room For High-Tech 'Hackerspaces'
"We see the library as not being in the book business, but being in the learning business and the exploration business and the expand-your-mind business. We feel this is really in that spirit, that we provide a resource to the community that individuals would not be able to have access to on their own."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Bozeman to test out LED streetlights
LEDs are 80 percent more energy efficient than incandescent bulbs, according to the city's Municipal Climate Action Plan. The plan, which Bozeman city commissioners approved in 2008, calls for eventually using LEDs in all streetlights.
- College's wind technology program fills good-paying jobs
Powell will graduate from the program next year. Unlike other young college graduates, who face one of the toughest job markets in decades, Powell doesn't anticipate having trouble finding work. Wind developers across the country are hiring construction workers to build new farms and full-time technicians to run them.
- TED Video - Klaus Stadlmann: The world's smallest 3D printer
What could you do with the world's smallest 3D printer?
- Brain-controlled Computer Tracks Attention - BodyWave
Connected to a computer, BodyWave can tell when someone is paying attention and sound an alarm when they aren't. Something like this can also be used in cars -- for instance, sounding an alarm if a driver's attention drifts.
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