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"Wars come about by men having drinks in bars, good things come about when women drink coffee together" Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own vegetables http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Karen Mills, head of Small Business Administration to headline Tester's next jobs workshop in Missoula, Montana on Feb. 21 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Governor Schweitzer And Harold Hamm, CEO Of Continental Resources Headline Montana Ambassador Meeting, 3/22-23, Billings - Everyone interested in Montana's future is invited to participate http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- Successful Global Marketing and Branding Localization - McDonalds in France
This very short, sweet and incredibly well-articulated article by these three students is a must read for anyone who is taking their franchises and brand global.
Montana Department of Transportation
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces Economic Development Planning Grant Awards
"Planning grants are essential economic development tools that allow community leaders to invest smartly in the future of their citizens," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Department of Transportation - INROADS January 2012
Paving the Way for Montana's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
- 3D technology helps autistic kids learn to read - 'Letters alive'
A menagerie of virtual 3D animals that swim, eat bugs, and fly are building crucial reading skills in autistic children
- The STEAM Camps Are Coming
The STEAM camps represent a totally new approach to the curriculum, and forge a new beginning in reinventing K-12 education.
- New Issue Brief Outlines State Strategies for Awarding Credits Based on Student Learning
"By shifting our education system from focusing on inputs such as seat time and the number of days in a school year to focusing on outputs like student mastery of academic skills and knowledge, states could realize gains in student achievement," said NGA Executive Director Dan Crippen. "Transitioning to credits based on mastery could also reduce the costs of remedial education."
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- National Geographic names Bozeman and Whitefish, Montana to list of Worlds 25 Best Ski Towns
The adventure capital of the Northern Rockies, Bozeman is an old Montana university town of cowboys and ski bums, pickups and unleashed dogs, and two of the premier ski hills in America.
- Whitefish, Montana - Destinations of the Month: Ski Towns, USA from Vogue Magazine
VIBE: Aspen the way it was.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Four-Star General Wesley Clark to Speak at Montana State University on March 5
According to Carmen McSpadden, director of the Leadership Institute, Clark's speech will be "focused on leadership for the 21st century, including globalization and international economics."
Highway 12 Ventures
- Artists, entertainers and performers sought for CREATE Missoula - a Festival of Creativity
Missoula County Public Schools seeks Missoulians of all ages to participate in a new festival that will highlight both student and community artists, entertainers and experts during the week of Sunday, April 15 through Saturday, April 21.
City Club Missoula
- OpenLogic: Record Breaking 2011
OpenLogic is headed by Steve Grandchamp, and is venture backed by Pelion Venture Partners, Red Rock Ventures, Appian Ventures, OnCorps, Highway 12 Ventures and Village Ventures.
Come Home Montana
- City Club Missoula Hosts Judge Donald Molloy, 2/13, Missoula, Montana
Please join us at City Club Missoula on Monday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn Parkside to hear Judge Molloy's reflections on his career as a federal jurist.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Field Technician, Swan Valley field technician, Field Technician Assistant Manager, Irrigator, Irrigation Assistant The MPG Ranch
MPG Ranch is an 8,790 acre undeveloped landscape in the northern Bitterroot Valley, Montana. This historic ranch was purchased in 2009 to protect it from development.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Tour Actors/Directors "The Little Red Truck" - Missoula Children's Theatre
During the 2011-2012 season, MCT will have up to 48 teams of Tour Actor/Directors touring 1,200 communitites in all 50 U.S. states, 5 Canadian Provinces as well as over a dozen other nations worldwide. This coming season more than 66,000 young people will be involved as cast members in our International Tour productions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing and Membership Director - The Prospera Business Network
The Prospera Business Network Marketing & Membership Director is responsible for engaging businesses in the Prospera mission and vision.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loan Technician - Montana Business Assistance Connection, Inc.
The Loan Technician is responsible for managing all MBAC loan portfolios.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Governor Schweitzer And Harold Hamm, CEO Of Continental Resources Headline Montana Ambassador Meeting, 3/22-23, Billings
The conference is open to and welcomes everyone interested in Montana's future.
- How to Build Resilient Business Communities Around You
It is possible for us, as business owners, to create more resilient business communities. That may just sound like one more thing piled onto your plate, a suggestion to be more altruistic to the people in your area. But the reality has less of a do-gooder feeling and more of a sense of good business sense altogether.
Montana Economic Development
- Solomon Bruce Consulting LLC - February 2012
Now is the time to give us a call and review your business plan, getting ready for the spring!
- Montana Senator Baucus - Oracle Corp President, Safra Catz, Meet to Promote Partnership For Montana Jobs - Leading Software Company to Make Bozeman its "Finance Hub"
"RightNow built a top-notch company for Oracle to build from, and Bozeman is a natural fit to grow Oracle's accounting operations. I'm excited to keep working with Safra and all the fine folks at Oracle to find even more ways they can thrive in Montana."
- Missoula's TerraEchos receives $1.55M in venture capital funding
Kairos can analyze, then react, to huge amounts of data in real time, allowing customers to respond to incidents like a security breach in less than a second.
- Student-Produced 'Business: Made in Montana' Program To Air
The television program premieres at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, on Montana PBS. This episode profiles a Flathead Valley business called Quadrocopter, which mixes technologies to bring surprising benefits to customers.
- Darigold Montana Introduces Its First Cream-On-Top Milk to Stores Throughout Montana
"We have 31 dairy farmers in the state who supply us with the best product we could ask for," said Scott Kiilsgaard, Bozeman's plant manager. "And the Cream-on-Top milk allows us to maintain the milk's most natural qualities."
- 2,900-acre Montana ranch at the base of Lolo Peak once slated for Bitterroot Resort to be sold at auction
Bitterroot Resort has been controversial from day one. A group that developed to oppose the plan, Friends of Lolo Peak, said Wednesday that it remains active and at work to ensure public lands on Lolo Peak remain wild and pristine.
- University of Montana Professor's Company Sunburst Sensors Earns $2.5 Million Contract
"Award of the Ocean Observatories Initiative contract to Sunburst Sensors is affirmation of the quality of our technology and is a credit to the hard work by my business partner Jim Beck and the employees at Sunburst Sensors," DeGrandpre said. "Through this contract Sunburst Sensors will become a leading contributor to our understanding of the ocean carbon cycle and ocean acidification."
Regional Economic Development
- Karen Mills, head of Small Business Administration to headline Tester's next jobs workshop in Missoula, Montana on Feb. 21
Mills will speak about the importance of supporting small businesses to spur the economy and their role in job creation.
- Whitefish, Montana's Economic Engine - Economists say the power of positive attitude jolts economic depressions
Economists say the power of positive attitude jolts economic depressions. Welcome back Whitefish, may your optimistic spirit again raise employment and resonate across Montana.
- Economist Larry Swanson says Ravalli County has the tools for bright future
"Ravalli County has a lot to work with," he said. "There are a lot of places in the country that would love to have what you have."
- JumpStart to Promote Entrepreneurship in 20 New Cities With $1 Million in Support From Knight Foundation
Knight Support Kicks Off Effort to Raise Funds for $15 Million Program Expansion
- Governors' Actions Moving States Toward a Cleaner Energy Future
"This report shows that every state and territory is working to advance clean energy and that states recognize the energy sector offers an opportunity to stimulate growth."
- Will a Liberated Workforce Still Need Cities?
Thomas Fisher, dean of the College of Design at the University of Minnesota, believes that we are undergoing an enormous change in "how people will live and work, in how businesses will operate, and in what services and support we will need from government."
- National CleanTech Syndication Kick-off at Angel Capital Association Summit
Over the past five years, angel group leaders have found that syndicating deals with neighboring angel groups and other early stage investors has several distinct advantages
Funding and Building your Business
- The University of Montana College of Technology Offers Free College Prep Classes For Veterans
Classes in basic computer skills, math and writing will take place Monday through Thursday, Feb. 27-May 3, at the COT East Campus, located at 909 South Ave. W. in Missoula.
- 9 Reasons Your Current Resume Will Never Get You A Job At Apple Or Google
Check out the red flags big tech companies see in your resume
- Yellowstone National Park recruits teenagers for summer program
No previous wilderness experience is required but participants should have a willingness to work in a physically active outdoor program while getting along with others.
Incubators and R&D
- Capital Gains Tax Exemption for Investments in Startups Would Help New Companies Cross the 'Valley of Death' Says Kauffman Report
While it is difficult to directly estimate the number of incremental new jobs this additional investment could create, the report offers ample indirect evidence that the amount would be significant.
- Entrepreneurial Tightrope: Don't be irked by unwanted advice
How you run your business is just that --your business.
- Monthly payment plans smart offering from small businesses
It is amazing the flexibility that you can offer a customer when a monthly payment option is listed along with full price.
- Do You Know When To Bootstrap and When Not?
A business that can grow organically and stay independent probably should; but there are also times and situations that call for ramping up a business as fast as possible, and that, in turn, means you need more money faster.
- 9 Questions and answers about successful startups - Harvard study
Question: What makes a successful entrepreneur, successful? Answer: Market timing, management skill, perceived ability.
Montana Education Excellence
- University of Washington Opening "New Ventures" Incubator to Support Spin-Offs
The incubator will be run by the university's Center for Commercialization, which recently topped off a $25 million fund for spinning out public university research.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University five-year plan seeks to get students engaged in real-world projects
Parents will like this idea because it means students are not only going to get a great education and an opportunity to do research, but they'll also get a chance to apply what they're learning in the real world, Rimpau said.
- University of Montana Entrepreneurship Club pays big for student internships with local businesses
Club president Ivy Dong said the club's goal is to "allow students from any discipline to work with local businesses."
Universities and Economic Development
- Wind turbine manufacturer Vestas warns on profits, chairman resigns
Last month, the company announced it would lay off 2,335 people.
- UConn's Role in Driving Economic Development
UConn itself has a specific role to play in bolstering the Connecticut economy as well. We want to do all that we can to help the state build on its inherent strengths.
- New angel fund promising cash for Idaho startups - The Treasure Valley Angel Fund
"The infusion of private angel investment is an invaluable resource for new Idaho businesses -- especially those with evolving technologies and products," said Jeffery Sayer, director of the Idaho Department of Commerce.
- $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture helps Fish Processors of Idaho promote Idaho cavier nationwide
"We'll see if we can't build a national market for Idaho caviar."
- Idaho National Lab cutting 185 jobs
Those who lose their jobs will get a severance package.
- Elite computer club accepts University of Wyoming
"To be invited is an honor. The University of Wyoming will benefit big time."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- This Week in Maker Business -- Obama and Young Makers
What's happening for maker-business owners this week.
- Introducing Our (Not So) New Name! American Prairie Reserve
Today, while still surely a work in progress, the Reserve spans more than 123,000 acres of public and private land. It is already a haven for outdoors enthusiasts and is home to an expanding herd of bison and diversity of grassland species.
- Montana Governor Schweitzer Announces Employee Health Center being Considered - Better Care, Less Cost
"The idea is to have a health care system that encourages and promotes wellness, involves employees in their health care decisions, and puts the patient at the center of all health care decisions - all while saving money," said Governor Schweitzer.
- Iowa's Creative Corridor
Iowa's Creative Corridor from Iowa City to Cedar Rapids along I-380 is home to nearly 30 Fortune 500 companies and more than a dozen international organizations.
- Ohio Broadband Network Speeds to Hit 100 Gbps
The high-speed boost is something Gov. John R. Kasich believes will foster better research, education, manufacturing and engineering opportunities in Ohio.
- Head of state's new economic development group touts aggressive agenda
Jadin will introduce two new tools at the conference, aimed at helping site selection consultants find locations for expanding or locating businesses.
Connectivity & Communications
- Most Americans Want a Walkable Neighborhood, Not a Big House
Six in 10 people said they would sacrifice a bigger house to live in a neighborhood that featured a mix of houses, stores, and businesses within an easy walk.
- Carrots in the car park. Radishes on the roundabout. The deliciously eccentric story of the town growing ALL its own vegetables
The vegetable plots are the most visible sign of an amazing plan: to make this the first town in the country that is self-sufficient in food.
Energy and Climate Change
- MTA Commentary for Montana Public Radio - What's behind the State-University System Broadband Deal?
I'm sure that's not what the State of Montana and the Montana University System have in mind. Right?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Water Pressure Turned Into Power
Recently, the company did an installation for Pennsylvania American Water at their Oneida Valley water treatment plant, Zammataro told me. "This 25-kilowatt 'Flow-to-Wire' system offsets approximately 15% of the power needed by the plant to process raw water into clean drinkable water for the local community," he said.
- Ten states join effort to buy natural gas vehicles
"These are states that are working together collaboratively on an issue that really is important to the entire United States," Stepto says. "It's unusual."
- One Battery Powers 1,400 Homes
The fuel cell converts the chemical energy from hydrogen into clean electricity through an electrochemical reaction with oxygen, and "has generated over 500 MWh in about 800 hours of operation."
- 'Fracture putty' to repair broken bone in days
More work is needed to get to human medical trials, but the threat of losing federal funding for biomedical work through the DOD means they will have to find new ways to fund the project.
- Oregon Saves Millions with Web Conferencing
The company claims Green Meter has showed global iLinc clients have saved $1 billion using Web conferencing during the past four years.
- Bozeman Yellowstone International to announce New York flight
Airport officials are expected to make an announcement about a direct flight to New York Wednesday morning after nearly five months of negotiations.
- Using the Wrong Metrics for Creating Great Streets
Worse yet, many designers size a road or intersection to be free-flowing for the worst hour of the day. Sized to accommodate cars during the highest peak hour, such streets will be "overdesigned" for the other 23 hours of the day and will always function poorly for the surrounding community.
- Frontier Airlines to add flights from Great Falls to Denver in May
"It's a great start for us," Faulkner said. "Great Falls is smaller than most places Frontier goes. We need to show them that our region can fill 400 seats a week. This could be the first stage in what we hope will be a two-stage development."
- Paris Cyclists Given Right To Break Traffic Laws
Under the new system, which will be first tested on 15 crossroads in the East of the French capital, cyclists are allowed to turn right or go straight ahead even when the lights are red.
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