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Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana Office of Tourism - Monthly Archives: April 2012
2012 MT Tourism Conference Gets Underway April 11 in Great Falls
- MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Ignite Missoula v.4 is scheduled for Friday, April 13 at 6:00.
A venue conducive to good talks, good cheer and the vibrancy of Missoula.
- Green Data Centers Are Becoming the Go-To Move for Energy Efficiency - iConnect Montana
iConnect Montana is excited to offer our newest data center http://www.iconnectmontana.com/index.php?pr=WHY_iCONNECT facility in Billings, Montana.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Looking for a high tech job in Montana?
You could live here, in Silicon Valley....Or here, in Paradise Valley....
Come Home Montana
- Crown of the Continent Guitar Workshop and Festival - Chris Hillman, Herb Pedersen and Dave Grusin Confirmed as Artists in Residence
Celebrating the Love of the Guitar and the Magical Splendor of Montana
- The Film: "Where the Yellowstone Goes"
Where the Yellowstone Goes follows a 30-day drift boat journey down the longest "undammed" river in the lower 48.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Project Manager, Software Developers, Outrageous Marketing Professional, PrintingForLess
PFL pioneered online sales of commercial printing. Located in Montana's majestic Paradise Valley near the Yellowtone river, we've been called "America's Print Shop."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Graphic Designer - Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
The Sr. Graphic Designer would join a growing team of exceptionally talented professionals in the Marketing Department at Murdoch's Home Office in Bozeman, Montana.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Stanford Entrepreneurship Concierge Now at STVP
"There was no platform where students could gather teams effectively."
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Announcing the CSC National Business Capitalization Guaranteed Loan Program
Want to help someone with a disability start a business in your community?
- Tax Increment Financing Workshop , 05/18, Butte, Montana
Tax Increment Financing Workshop MEDA Professional Development Training Sponsored by PPL Montana
Montana Economic Development
- Busy Moms Knead a Break: Great Harvest Bread Company Reward Local Mothers With Some "Me Time"
Mia Redrick, The Mom Strategist and CEO of Finding Definitions, LLC has partnered with Great Harvest Bread Company in an effort to reach out to one million moms and help them practice better self-care.
- Passenger traffic surges at Great Falls International Airport
The airport finished 2011 with a healthy growth of 8.5 percent in total airline passengers flying in and out, surpassing 340,000 annual passengers for the first time in the airport's history.
- Glendive, Montana at the starting gate for another oil production race
Now, 30 years after the last oil boom abruptly ended, Glendive and its nearly 5,000 residents are at the starting gate for another oil production race.
- Black Mountain Software of Polson, Montana turns to humorous video to sell accounting, payroll, billing software
The firm, whose software is designed for municipal and county governments "population 50 to 20,000," has 477 clients in 23 states. The majority, Neff says, are municipal governments in cities with 5,000 or fewer people. It also markets software for school districts - supplying that to 120 districts in Montana alone - plus utility and special districts.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- EPA Smart Growth Assistance awarded to Billings, Montana to develop a model for collaborative planning that aligns school planning with community revitalization, affordable housing, and transportation plans.
"Billings is a model for other communities seeking to make sure that sustainable planning includes healthier school environments for kids," said Jim Martin, EPA's Regional Administrator. "EPA's assistance will help inform strategic school siting decisions and will result in safe, healthy and accessible schools."
- Montana Association of Community Development Extension Professionals: April 2012 E-Newsletter
Montana Ranks Among Happiest States
- Terry Myhre, leader of Helena, Montana economic development organization MBAC, retiring
While MBAC provides counseling and planning services to small business owners and would-be entrepreneurs, its primary mission is to retain and create jobs in Lewis and Clark, Broadwater and Meagher counties
- Wise Towns Will Spur Young Entrepreneurs
Clearly, it is the perceived lack of careers that is causing many rural youth to believe that they must leave their hometowns and never return.
Come Home South Dakota
- 10 new ways to build a kick-ass digital resume
Are prospective employers ready for what you can now dish up? It's time to find out!
- South Dakota Companies Lose Money Amid Labor Shortage
At 4.3 percent South Dakota's unemployment rate was about half the national average of 8.3 percent in February and the nation's third lowest.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Boise cleaning company finds time-sheet software service, TSheets close to home
"You're talking a huge dollar amount of savings just in the data entry," he said. "It's just a very easy software to use. It was easy to train people on and does what it's supposed to do."
- Ten education blogs worth following
From effectively using online media to organizing an early learning classroom, these blogs contain tons of useful information
- Free Technology For Teachers
Free Resources and Lesson Plans for Teaching with Technology
Montana Education Excellence
- Avoid generational betrayal: Reinvest in community colleges
This is a crisis we cannot afford as a nation.
Funding and Building your Business
- New Labor Rules Worry Montana Farmers, Educators
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester said the change "threatens Montana's agricultural tradition."
- Superintendent Juneau Convenes 2011-2012 Student Advisory Board at MSU Discussion to Focus on Strengthening Student Voices in Schools
"As adults, we often make policies without ever speaking with those who will be most impacted by our decisions-the students. Student voices are critical to understanding how to keep education relevant and engaging and ensure we are preparing students for the next steps in their lives," Superintendent Juneau said.
- Montana High School students invited to apply for summer camp in China
All expenses in China will be covered for the accepted participants. Students will pay for their round trip airfare from Missoula to Beijing, the visa application fee and international insurance.
Energy and Climate Change
- Managing Angel Investors: It's Like Herding Cats
Here are three ways to ensure that managing your early investors doesn't turn into an administrative nightmare.
- Crowdfunding goes legal: What should startups do next?
Nicholas Tommarello notes that it will be another nine months before crowd-fundraising site such as his, Cambridge's Wefunder, would be able to go live under the new law.
- Many Entrepreneurs Never Leave Their Comfort Zone
If you want to be an entrepreneur and start a new business, you must be willing and able to break through your terror barrier.
- Forget Crowdfunding: Why JOBS Matters
Almost more important than the mere expansion of the size limits, however, are the refreshingly practical "regulatory on-ramp" provisions.
- FREDMT.org (Financial Resource Education Database in Montana) brings reliable, comprehensive financial education resources together in one place for Montanans.
FRED links you to financial resources in your community.
- Everything You Ever Wanted To Know About Convertible Note Seed Financings (But Were Afraid To Ask)
What is a Convertible Note?
- Why startups shouldn't just be for the young
Look behind the headlines, and you'll find a cadre of experienced, older entrepreneurs who find ways to balance the hectic pace of startup life with other priorities such as friends, family and, well, a life.
- JOBS Act ambiguity won't boost workforce
"Election-year politics have blinded Congress and the White House to the unintended consequences of their actions, which, however well-intentioned, could open the floodgates to investment fraud," according to Jack E. Herstein, a Nebraska securities regulator and president of the North American Securities Administrators Association.
- Make Social Networks Work for Your Start-Up
If you're starting a business on a shoestring budget, you might be tempted to build a social-media presence for it right off the bat.
- Entrepreneurial 'tool kit' can help boost state's economy
Entrepreneurs can also learn about a variety of business assistance programs, how to write a business plan, how to choose a business structure, where to find help with marketing and feasibility studies, and how to find a mentor.
- 10 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Beat the Odds
Did you ever wonder why some entrepreneurs always seem to have all the luck and success, while others never seem to catch a break?
- Companies set to go public don't have to share troubles
Here's an unsettling fact for anyone thinking of ever buying shares in a newly public company: Even if its executives know their internal accounting systems are a wreck, they aren't required to disclose this until after the company goes public.
- Pull Investors to Your Business Plan With a Summary
Think of it as a selling effort, not an attempt to fully describe your startup. Here are the key components:
- 10 Small Business Tips and Tactics for Pinterest
The early read on Pinterest is that it's more effective in some cases than Facebook.
- Crowdfunding: The Train to the Future Is Leaving--Get on Board
Forget everything you know about the rules of equity financing for seed-stage startups.
- Leading-edge Candidate Screening, Interviewing, and Assessment Practices
Over the last couple of years, a significant number of new approaches have evolved, and as a result, recruiters and hiring managers now have a wide range of alternative approaches to consider.
- The 10 Mistakes Most Likely to Get You Sued
You may be violating an employment law just by trying to be nice to your employees, says a new report.
- From 0 To $1 Billion In Two Years: Instagram's Rose-Tinted Ride To Glory
After months of testing, Instagram launched on Sept. 20, 2010. Systrom and Krieger didn't know exactly what to expect, but 25,000 users showed up on the first day.
Connectivity & Communications
- New Report Ties Fracking to Rise in Earthquakes
Our analysis showed that shortly after hydraulic fracturing began small earthquakes started occurring, and more than 50 were identified, of which 43 were large enough to be located. Most of these earthquakes occurred within a 24 hour period after hydraulic fracturing operations had ceased.
- TED Video: Jonathan Foley: The other inconvenient truth
A skyrocketing demand for food means that agriculture has become the largest driver of climate change, biodiversity loss and environmental destruction. At TEDxTC Jonathan Foley shows why we desperately need the begin "terraculture" -- farming for the whole planet.
- Senator Tester Pushes For Broadband In Rural America
"The economy is starting to come out of the recession it was in and rural America will still be left in a difficult position if we don't have that broadband investment," Tester said, "What we are saying is making sure when those reforms are don that it doesn't have negative impacts on our ability to have broadband service and the economic development that goes with it."
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Hacker steals data on 780K from Utah state computer
The revised figure means that roughly 1 in 4 Utahans may have had their individual information compromised.
- Mac hacker attack hits more than 600,000 computers
More than 600,000 Mac computers were affected by a hacking attack, a sign that the once rarely targeted company is becoming a bigger focus for people intent on spreading malware, a security-research firm said.
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