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"Change before you have to." - Jack Welch
University of Montana Marketing Management Class (MKTG 461) Offering Marketing Plan Development to Montana Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Craig Barrett to lead as Arizona school system braces for biggest shake-up in decades
Gov. Jan Brewer recently appointed Craig Barrett, former president and chairman of Intel Corp., to lead the change. He is chairman of the new Arizona Ready Education Council, responsible for monitoring and gauging success of the changes.
- JAMES GRUNKE: Missoula job growth goals ambitious, attainable
Notice the emphasis on understanding what organizations need to grow. Expanding and startup businesses typically have windows of opportunity, times when their talent, market position and ideas align to propel them forward.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Angler Fly Fishing Partners to Offer Lodging with Unique Historic Rail Car on the Yellowstone River
"The Centennial offers anglers a location on the most productive stretch of the blue ribbon Yellowstone River while enjoying luxury accommodations in a unique and historic fashion."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loan Technician - Montana Business Assistance Connection, Inc.
The Loan Technician is responsible for managing all MBAC loan portfolios.
- How lucky we are in Missoula, Montana
I believe we are all compassionate on some level. Missoula does not make us compassionate, we already are, but maybe there is something about Missoula that offers us ways to share that compassion. It is one of the primary reasons my wife and I love to call Missoula, home.
- Christmas Day 2011: Western Montana nourishes hope
These are difficult times for many in our communities. But always, we pull together. We have done so before; we will do so many times again.
- 'Keep Christmas all the year' for Montana nonprofits
This year, as Missoula's charitable spirit brightens the holidays for thousands of our neighbors, let us also think of the challenging year ahead for local nonprofits. Generous year-end contributions can help them, as Dickens said, "keep Christmas all the year." Please, consider yourself asked.
- "How can you not love this story?" - Montana wrangler, horse who saved boy ride into national spotlight
The grizzly bear followed on their heels. "He had tunnel vision for that pony and that little boy."
- WELCOME to the Workforce Services Division - "Superior Service for a Working Montana, Continuous Improvement for Increased Customer Satisfaction."
Our primary purpose is to develop and maintain a high quality workforce system for the state of Montana that supports and enhances the economic health of the business community as well as to provide a prepared workforce.
Regional Economic Development
- Downtown Missoula: Sale of Florence Hotel is in the works
"We look forward with a great enthusiasm to all that is to unfold as we make our home in Missoula," DeVere said. "As one of our commitments to the city and to the people of Missoula http://www.onedropwithinthewave.com/ , we are currently working to bring new industry and jobs to help stimulate the local economy and improve the sustainability of the city so that no worthy social or educational program need be affected by the constraints of funding at a federal level."
- Local Chamber of Commerce tied to false ads
Locally, our engineering firm has rescinded our membership to the Missoula Chamber of Commerce http://www.missoulachamber.com/index.asp and encourage others to look closely at what your dues are financing.
- Business of the Year: Nomad Global Communication Solutions Tech company secures contracts with half-dozen federal agencies
Montana Senator Max Baucus certainly isn't the only person in Washington D.C. taking notice of Nomad, which is headquartered just outside of Columbia Falls with a satellite office in Chicago.
- Iowa startup registrations surge with national partnership
Startup America Partnership President and CEO Scott Case has challenged the Silicon Prairie -- Iowa, Nebraska, Missouri and Kansas -- to register more startup companies than California.
- Does Local Economic Development Work?
The history of local economic development is a story of academic fads.
Funding and Building your Business
- The 10 key skills for the future of work
2 Social intelligence Definition: ability to connect to others in a deep and direct way, to sense and stimulate reactions and desired interactions
- Key Characteristics of an Entrepreneur. How Many Do You Have?
Visualizing the Invisible
- Hagadone Directories helps 'American Hometown Heroes' Veterans
The initiative provides free professional marketing advice and consultation to any returning veteran who would like to start a business in their hometown.
Incubators and R&D
- Outside capital: do or die?
Do you really have to raise money or is it still possible to bootstrap and build a company organically?
- The Entrepreneur's Handbook: 101 Resources for First Time Entrepreneurs
The following 101 resources will help you learn more about entrepreneurship, startups, small business, and much more.
- Why Mom-trepreneurs Rule the Web
Mom-trepreneurs like Scarlett Paolicchi are a good example of the ingenuity and variety of today's small business owner.
- Startups With More 'Go-To People' Lead the Pack
"I have more than 1000 people in my head office organization, 900 can tell me something's gone wrong, 90 can tell me what's gone wrong, 9 can tell me why it went wrong, and one can actually fix it!"
- Eight Ways To Go Viral
What do Facebook, LinkedIn, Youtube, Dropbox and Skype have in common? Except for being ridiculously successful, they all enjoyed a strong viral effect that helped accelerate their growth.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- New beetle discovered at Montana State University named after Robert Redford and Liver-Eater Jeremiah Johnson
The entomologists joke that the Redford beetle - like the mountain man Jeremiah Johnson - shuns soap.
- University of Montana Marketing Management Class (MKTG 461) Offering Marketing Plan Development to Montana Businesses and Nonprofit Organizations
If you know of a business or organization that needs to have a marketing plan developed this semester, please have them contact me as soon as possible.
- Economic struggles spur calls for public banking
North Dakota currently has the nation's only state-run bank. Supporters point out that the state is the only one to have had a budget surplus since the economic crisis began, and has an unemployment rate below 4 percent.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Idaho's assault on small power producers continues
Through the actions of Idaho Power as implemented by the Idaho Public Utilities Commission, Idaho continues to enlarge the barriers to renewable energy opportunities.
- Exceptional resources for business growth
"This unique combination of teaching, coaching and peer to peer interaction helps accelerate business leaders' learning."
- Idaho Economic Developers Want $5- to $10-million Employer Incentive Fund
The business-recruitment arm of the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce is talking with the Idaho Department of Commerce and economic developers around the state to push lawmakers in the 2012 legislative session to create such a fund.
Washington State Business
- Study: Labor shortage looms in South Dakota
Seventy percent of South Dakotans attending one of the state's six public universities will remain here after graduation to either work or pursue more education, the study found. And further, three out of every 10 out-of-state students also will remain in South Dakota once they graduate from the public universities. The trouble is, it's not nearly enough.
- Washington governor seeks a sales tax increase to limit education cuts
Businesses such as Boeing and Microsoft are concerned that pulling more cash from education will lead to a less-qualified workforce down the line.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- 7 states win "Race to the Top" federal education competition
"We're going to look for some pretty significant improvements early in the new year," Arne Duncan said. "There's not a hard-and-fast date. If we see things turning around, that would be fantastic. If we don't see things turning around, then we've got some tough decisions to make."
Energy and Climate Change
- In Internal Canadian Documents, a Warning on Oil Sands
The presentation also noted that the increase in greenhouse gas emissions related to the oil sands would equal the increase in emissions from all other sources in Canada by 2020. And it raised concerns about other forms of air pollution from the projects.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Citizen's Guide to Montana Energy Law
Electricity. Shockingly, we can't do without it.
- Silicon Valley VCs predict the top trends for 2012
f the venture capital community has anything to do with it, this time next year, you'll be monitoring your blood pressure with your iPhone, recruiting helpers from the Web to help around the house, and automatically receiving coupons for free coffee at your destination the next time you board a train.
- The Montana Budget and Policy Center receives $200,000 grant for research
During the legislative session, the MBPC supported a handful of bills and pushed for the state to update and produce realistic revenue estimates, hoping to avoid the unnecessary cuts that occurred.
- Group interested in car share program for Missoula
A car share is one way people can live downtown, not own two cars per family, and still head outside the urban area to recreate.
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