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“The only disability in life is a bad attitude.” Olympic Gold Medalist, Network TV skating commentator, actor, performer, producer, Emmy Award nominee, best-selling author, role model, humanitarian, philanthropist, and a cancer and brain tumor survivor. Scott Hamilton --- Community Medical Center Presents Olympic Gold Medalist And Cancer Survivor, Scott Hamilton, 3/28, Missoula, Montana http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Missoula, Montana's TerraEchos Closes on $1.55 Million in Seed Financing Led By Flywheel Ventures http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- MSU Course - How To Start A Business In Montana, 02/09, Bozeman http://matr.net/events ... =3985 ---
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Department of Transportation
- Meeting looks to bring tourism money to the Bitterroot Valley of Montana - How can the Department of Commerce help you?
Montana Department of Commerce officials are making these workshops available to all communities in the state who want to find a way to boost their local economy.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Department of Transportation offers educators ideas to "Takeoff with Aviation"
The objective of "Takeoff with Aviation Education" is to expand the scope of aviation and aerospace education for teachers.
Highway 12 Ventures
- TED Video: Growing Our Way Into a New Economy
This may be the best 14 minutes of your day (and the best TED talk ever).
- When mom nurtures, kids' brains grow - The importance of early pre-natal to pre-k education
"This study validates something that seems to be intuitive, which is just how important nurturing parents are to creating adaptive human beings."
- Why French Parents Are Superior - the importance of "cadre"
When I asked French parents how they disciplined their children, it took them a few beats just to understand what I meant. "Ah, you mean how do we educate them?" they asked. "Discipline," I soon realized, is a narrow, seldom-used notion that deals with punishment. Whereas "educating" (which has nothing to do with school) is something they imagined themselves to be doing all the time.
- TED Video: Dave Eggers' wish: Once Upon a School
Author Dave Eggers asks the TED community to personally, creatively engage with local public schools. With spellbinding eagerness, he talks about how his 826 Valencia tutoring center inspired others around the world to open.
- Early Education is a Dropout Prevention Strategy
"To really lower the dropout rate, d'Entremont argued for early childhood care, like more pre-k and full-day kindergarten, and a better way to monitor which kids are likely to be at high-risk of dropping out--and provide resources in elementary and middle school. 'We need to focus more on prevention as opposed to intervention,' he said, explaining that 'changes that occur at the very tail end of a student's career' are least likely to bring change."
City Club Missoula
- Highway 12 Ventures Portfolio News | January 2012
lendio: 8 ways to finance your startup with debt.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- ONE MONTANA: Bridging the Rural-Urban Divide
A statewide initiative to help build and sustain connections between rural and urban Montana.
- Pillar of Montana law, government finance 'matriarch' Dorsey & Whitney's Mae Nan Ellingson retiring
Mae Nan Ellingson is retiring from her legendary career of nearly three decades as a public finance lawyer for Dorsey & Whitney in Missoula. "You know, I'd like to be involved in everything that goes on in Missoula," Ellingson said. "I've just been so lucky to be involved in so many wonderful, wonderful things."
Come Home Montana
- Cowboy fantasies on a ranch in Montana - The Ranch at Rock Creek
Standing on the porch, coffee in hand, looking across the early mist on the river to mountains touched gold by the sun, the sheer beauty of Montana that struck Lewis and Clark stays with you. And somehow Rock Creek makes you feel as if you belong there.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loan Officer - Great Northern Development Corporation
Qualifications include undergraduate degree in finance, accounting or business administration, with course work in business finance and analysis preferred.
- Montana Career Opportunity - CIO - Town Pump
The CIO will provide leadership and direction to the company as business strategist, IT strategist, IT functional leader, technology advocate, and change agent
Montana Economic Development
- Port of Montana - Multi-faceted operation sees growth
Port of Montana General Manager Kathy Fasso says that "our location is our greatest asset". The port located at Silver Bow is at the convergence of the Burlington Northern and Union Pacific railroads.
- 40 Under Forty: Exceptional business professionals in the Billings area
Billings Business' 2012 list of exceptional business professionals in the Billings area
- Baucus, Lindeen Applaud New Montana Based Mutual Fund - The Tarkio Fund from Front Street Capital
Montana's senior U.S. Senator Max Baucus is applauding Front Street Capital for successfully launching Montana's only current publicly traded mutual fund with no commission or sales fees.
- Missoula, Montana's TerraEchos Closes on $1.55 Million in Seed Financing Led By Flywheel Ventures
"We are excited to partner with the TerraEchos team to extend their effectiveness for government customers while broadening their offering to meet growing security challenges for commercial customers." Trevor Loy, General Partner at Flywheel Ventures
- Montana Senator Max Baucus Highlights Major Investment into Missoula High Tech company - TerraEchos, Inc. by Flywheel Ventures
Senator Says "All Hands on Deck" Approach Needed to Support High Tech, Good-paying Jobs for Montana
- Butte, Montana economic development team eyes more retail
In 2012, the Butte-Silver Bow economic team wants to recruit more retail to the Mining City.
Business Plan Forums
- No, I will not sign your non-disclosure agreement.
Why won't investors sign NDAs?
- Nearly 250 entries for Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest
Since its inception in 2004, 2,287 entries have been received from 1,919 individuals in 258 different Wisconsin communities. More than $1 million in cash and in-kind prizes have been awarded. This year's cash and in-kind prize total will approach $200,000.
Funding and Building your Business
- The job-shifters: people who reinvent themselves mid-career
An increasing number of workers are trying to reinvent themselves to fit in with a fragile, fast-moving world. For some, it's a voluntary change. For many, it isn't. It's a rough-and-tumble necessity. The future demands it.
- Looking for work? There may be an app for that
The study asserts this so-called "app economy" is still in the early stages of a boom driven by the mobile computing and social networking crazes unleashed by Apple Inc.'s iPhone and Facebook's online hangout.
- The Three Laws of Future Employment
Usually taken for granted is that future jobs depend on STEM disciplines (science, technology, engineering, and math).
Incubators and R&D
- Startup Due Diligence Is Not a Mysterious Black Art
Before smart investors write a check, they, or a trusted consultant, will want to meet and talk with your key team members, several customers, and evaluate the real product. If results don't match what they have been told, all bets are off.
- Most Investors Bite Only at Specific Startup Stages
If your company is only a few weeks old and you have zero customers and your product offering is still in design, don't expect someone to hand over $10 million to fund your efforts.
- How to Deliver a Killer Business Presentation
Avoid putting on a "Death by PowerPoint" presentation.
- 10 Things Start-Ups Won't Tell You
"Our businesses will probably fail."
- Four questions that determine whether an accelerator should accept you
Creativity track record: have they actually they made anything that they can show you that's cool, and have they built something impressive for its own sake, to solve a problem, not just to sell it, but for fun, obsession, curiosity, just to see if they could do it?
- 7 signs of a dysfunctional company
Leadership is about somehow getting people with disparate views to coalesce and execute on goals and plans they would never agree to on their own.
- This Startup Dream Team Will Assure Fundability
Everyone loves that dark horse who comes from the rear to lead the pack and win the race, but very few people will bet on him up front.
- Here is Why You Need a Good Startup Exit Strategy
Here are the most common exit strategies and considerations these days for planning purposes:
- Investors Fund Solutions Rather Than Technology
The best startups find a way to drive the market with their technology, rather than push their new technology-driven 'solution' on the marketplace.
- JetBlue Chairman Teaches Entrepreneurial Lessons
It's hard to pass [specific lessons] on to young investors or young entrepreneurs. However, if you can work with them as they build their business, they'll run into most of those issues [like coming up with an idea] and you're able to discuss them as they're going through them.
Montana Education Excellence
- This Guy Is Probably Going To Launch Your Next Startup - AngelPad
Unlike other programs, AngelPad focuses on founders that have technical ability and actual business plans.
- National Geographic Young Explorers Grants Workshop, 2/11, Montana State University, Bozeman
These workshops introduce National Geographic Young Explorer grantees--as well as National Geographic explorers, conservationists, and researchers--to students interested in pursuing grants from National Geographic to support their research or project.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Helena team wins state robotics title
Helena's team will now begin fundraising to cover their travel expenses to Worlds, and considering that's more than a $10,000 commitment, the group will once again be tested in their ability to think, plan and successfully execute a plan.
- Advice from the judges on business plans, entrepreneurship
"Your time is now. Find many mentors, and be open to new ideas/new people." Steven McKean, Community Track
South Dakota Economic Development
- Micron CEO dies in plane crash
"Steve's passion and energy left an indelible mark on Micron, the Idaho community and the technology industry at large."
- Canyon County's Lactalis cheese plant announces $40 million expansion, 70 new jobs
About 70 Treasure Valley residents will be hired to round out a staff of about 110, Bass said, adding that the new plant will be fully staffed by the spring of 2013.
Utah Economic Development
- South Dakota Governor Daugaard: Don't kill business development fund
Current South Dakota law gives partial refunds of sales taxes and contractor's excise taxes to large construction projects, but that law expires Dec. 31.
- SOUTH DAKOTA: Accelerator program assists entrepreneurs
The SDTBC, located in Sioux Falls, S.D., is an on-going effort to diversify and grow the regional economy by assisting in creation and expansion of technology-based business in the area.
Washington State Business
- 'Utah: Mixing Business and Pleasure' - A Video to Help Your Recruitment Efforts
Looking to persuade someone to move to Utah to work for your business? Looking to convince the folks at headquarters to move more operations to Utah? Put this fun and fast-paced video into the mix!
- Utah incentives total $148 million to spur growth
Last year, Utah said it would give $148 million worth of incentives to help companies expand, more than double the amount allocated in 2010, as the state tries to spur employment.
- Ritzville, Washington taps roots to cultivate tourism
"People here now think the freeway could be our salvation."
- Project aims to grow produce year-round in Casper, Wyoming
"We're really open right now to come up with the best greenhouse for Casper."
- For business schools, entrepreneurship is a bridge to other parts of campus
Thomas's effort is part of a larger trend by business school leaders to establish entrepreneurship programs that act as academic bridges to students who study subjects as varied as art, public policy and engineering.
- Harvard Conference Seeks to Jolt University Teaching
"It's hard to know what it is like for someone else not to know something that you know," Mr. Pinker said. "It's the chief driver of bad writing and, I would argue, bad teaching."
- For Students: Wise Words From Warren Buffett
Several times a year, Warren Buffett invites students from across the country to Omaha where they ply him with questions. Why does he do it?
Energy and Climate Change
- Colorado's innovation evident on world stage
Colorado's competitive advantage on the world stage is found in our spirit of innovation, collaboration and entrepreneurship.
- Denver to refocus economic-development office on helping startups
A revamp of Denver's economic development office is designed to change the culture of the city agency from bureaucratic to entrepreneurial.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Solar 'Wings' Power Swiss Ski Lift
On sunny days, the lift produces twice as much power as it consumes.
- Is Vasper really the exercise of the future?
It was truly unlike any exercise sensation I've ever had. That night I sleep soundly, woke up feeling refreshed and hoping that if this was the future of exercise, it couldn't get here fast enough.
- New Platform Makes 'Citizen Sourcing' Fun and Games - "Community Voice"
Citizens create a profile and as they participate in discussions or offer up commentary, they earn points and badges and compete with others to rise up in ranking on a community interaction leader board.
- Calgary Experiments With Crowdsourcing Its Budget - "Our City. Our Budget. Our Future"
Last year, months before the city finalized its 2012-2014 budget and business plan, Nenshi and the city launched a citywide engagement process to get citizens to participate in drafting the sort of budget they wanted for their city, an effort dubbed "Our City. Our Budget. Our Future."
- Developing Air Services in Rural States - The lessons to be learned from Sioux Falls, South Dakota
The Sioux Falls airport now has solid service from five airlines, with non-stop flights to nine cities.
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