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"Those who understand data's strengths and weaknesses are poised to shape the next decade." Kemble Fletcher
3rd Annual Invest In Success Business Conference, 4/23-24, Missoula, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3974
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Dorsey & Whitney's Missoula Office Continues to Lead in M&A
Among the many deals originating from the Corporate Group and Office Head Jack Manning, the $1.5 billion sale of RightNow Technologies http://www.rightnow.com/ to computer technology giant Oracle http://www.oracle.com/ marks one of the largest M&A deals in the history of the State of Montana
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Best Data Scientists Should Be Earning More Than Tiger Woods
The data problems that need solving are so important that those who find the solutions should be paid like professional athletes.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Movie cast Montana in role as destination for fly fishermen
"The film is an iconic image of Montana and it has over the years attracted many visitors to the state from all over the world, even other filmmakers. It has made an indelible impression on them. It just draws people to the state."
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Economic Outlook 2012
Annual magazine reporting on the economy of Great Falls and northcentral Montana. Includes developments and forecasts.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Applications Administrator 1 - Glacier Bancorp, Inc. IT- Missoula
Full-time position based in Missoula, MT with overall responsibilities to include coordinating strategies for supporting and maintaining the company's e-mail and blackberry applications.
Montana Economic Development
- 3rd Annual 2012 Invest in Success Business Conference Missoula, MT - April 23 & 24th
The deadline to register is FRIDAY, APRIL 20th, so register today and reserve your space now!
- Montana Congressman Rehberg touts Flathead gun makers as economic prospect
Rehberg said the industry is a promising sector of economic growth in the region, and is in sync with Montana's hunting culture and strong appreciation for Second Amendment rights.
- SBA Says: Montana, Tell Us Your Story!
Video contest will showcase successful Montana small businesses; Winning videos to be highlighted during National Small Business Week
- Helena-based Montana Community Finance gives small businesses a lift
The goal of the SBA 504 program and Montana Community Finance is to help small businesses grow and create more jobs.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Bear Paw Development Corporation of Northern Montana - Paw Prints Newsletter Winter 2012
Bear Paw Coordinates $9.3 Million for Northern Montana in 2011. Leverages $104 for Every $1 of Local Support
- Why 'Caine's Arcade' moves grown men to tears (+video)
"This film is seriously sending people back into their own childhoods and remembering their own creativity," Mr. Mullick says, "and remembering how wonderful it felt to have that freedom of expression."
Come Home Idaho
- How to Quit Your Job Gracefully
You only get one chance at a last impression.
- You can create own happiness on job with sense of purpose
"Goals without a purpose behind them will generally create an 'empty' feeling of going through the motions."
- 'Shove It' indicator: More people now quit than get fired
"Quits go hand-in-hand with consumer confidence and for the first time of the recovery, quits represent a greater percentage of total separations than do involuntary layoffs."
- Ship Code or Ship Out - The Facebook Bootcamps
Taped to your monitor on day one in big, bold, red letters, are slogans like: "We Hack Therefore We Are," or "Move Fast and Break Things."
Business Plan Forums
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Human Resource Manager - Mountain West Bank- Coeur d'Alene
The Human Resources Manager is responsible for the overall human resources functions within the Bank
- John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana - May 10
The final round will be an exciting competition as the audience chooses its favorite competitor for the People's Choice Award. The final round is free and open to the public, appetizers and beverages are served throughout the evening.
- Angel Oregon draws heavily on consumer brands for this year's contest
But this year's lineup of Angel Oregon entrepreneurs has a distinctly non-tech vibe to it, in an investment climate that typically clamors for app makers and the next social media darling.
- Schweitzer wants Montana's government to be most efficient in country - "You should be here starting your company and living your dream" before he leaves
Looking back on his administration, Schweitzer touted that he created a government with record-breaking budget surpluses and that Montana is ranked as one of the best fiscally performing states in the nation.
Incubators and R&D
- Schweitzer Engineering Laboratories Inc. new Lewiston, idaho plant swings into full production
About 120 people work at the facility, manufacturing digital relays that will eventually help control the flow of electricity on power grids around the world.
Regional Economic Development
- Canadian Universities Form $210-Million Research Deal With IBM
The partnership will help solve "critical problems related to cities, heath care, water and energy management, and building the next generation of supercomputers."
- Experts at the McLaughlin Research Institute in Great Falls, Montana work to unlock cure to Alzeheimer's disease
"Everything is coming together," said McLaughlin Director George Carlson. "They are all caused by misfolded proteins."
- Crowdfunding's Next Frontier: Academic Research?
How do you translate science for the general public so that it can make good funding decisions?
- Evaluating State Tax Incentives for Jobs and Growth
In many cases, not only are states not getting reliable answers, they are not even asking questions about the effectiveness of their tax incentives. Because they are generally not considered part of the state budget, these incentives often avoid scrutiny from elected officials.
- Utah's wage gap for women third largest in U.S.
If the gap between men's and women's wages were eliminated, each full-time working woman in Utah could afford to pay for groceries for an additional 2.1 years, buy 3,890 more gallons of gas, pay mortgages and utilities for 10 more months, pay rent for 18 more months or purchase family health insurance premiums for 4.1 more years.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming getting interest from charter schools
They are being attracted by the state's strong financial backing of public schools and the fact that there are only a few charter schools currently operating in the state.
- Group seeks local expertise on higher education access in Wyoming
"Where are students falling through the cracks? They're on a collision course with poverty."
- Wyoming has nation's largest gender wage gap
According to the Association of University Women, Wyoming has the worst earnings ratio for women in the 50 states and the District of Columbia -- 64 percent of what a man earns.
Montana Education Excellence
- Making Education Brain Science
"I'm never anxious about academics," said Thomas Bierer, the father of first-grade twins who have been at the school for two years. "My main thing is how they will interact with others and what kind of people will they be."
- Helena, Montana school district hires firm to do technology assessment
One of the recommendations is to have one person at the leadership level that oversees about technology in schools. Currently, that job here is shared between a handful of people who have many other responsibilities.
Funding and Building your Business
- On the Need for New Urban Manners
There are growing pains related to how we share space in the city.
Energy and Climate Change
- Microsoft Forms Subsidiary to Engage With Open Source Communities
Called Microsoft Open Technologies Inc., the subsidiary is intended to advance Microsoft's investment in interoperability, open standards, and open source.
- Why Being a Successful Entrepreneur Takes Practice
Successful sports figures and musicians have long understood the value of time and practice in perfecting their skills. So why do entrepreneurs think that building a business is intuitively obvious, and should happen overnight?
- Taking Your Work to a Coffee Shop Can Improve Your Creativity
For tasks that require coming up with new ideas, such as how to handle an important client or assembling a presentation, a little noise may go a long way, according to the study.
- A sit down with Startup America CEO Scott Case
Any startup interested in connecting with the partnership's network should visit http://www.s.co.
- Startup Leaders Today Mentor More Than Dictate
I encourage you to take a look in the mirror, and check your leadership style. Just to make sure you are not looking through rose-colored glasses, ask a few of your most trusted associates what they see. If the answers surprise you, it may be time to find a leadership mentor.
- How to Run a Board Meeting
Board meetings should not be for the benefit of the board.
- Are A Few Doses of Crazy Ruining Your Ability to Hire?
"Would you work for company XYZ based on your first interaction with the recruiter?" Does that send chills down your spine or are you sitting there thinking, "bring it"!
- New law allows entrepreneurs to sell securities via crowdfunding - Consumer advocates fear crowdfleecing
But from the investor side of things, it's difficult not to think of this as a train wreck waiting to happen
- 10 Ways That Entrepreneurs Need to be More Open
The emergence of social networking and the Internet has caused a new focus and value on "openness," which leads to a new element of leadership, called "Open Leadership."
- Early Predictors of Long-Term Survival for Startups
#1 Founder is ready, willing, and able to learn.
- Don't Make Raising Angel Funding Your Plan B
Approaching experienced angel investors in this way will hopefully result in them leaning forward instead of backward, and being much more enthusiastic about finding a way to work together.
Connectivity & Communications
- Water communication strategies, step one: Listen to worldviews
For what appears a simple substance, the strongly felt worldviews about water are endless and often contradicting.
- Contradicting a Federal Judge, FCC Clears Google in Wi-Fi Sniffing Debacle
The flap has wide-ranging implications for the millions who use open, unencrypted Wi-Fi networks at coffee shops, restaurants or any other business that tries to attract customers by providing free Wi-Fi.
Montana Chamber of Commerce
- Drinking Beer Makes You Smarter
The more inebriated bunch solved 40% more problems, and also finished solving the problems quicker than the sober group, according to the Daily News.
- Governor Brian Schweitzer will appear on Letterman 4/25 to promote Montana - "Get Lost"
During Thursday's conference session, Norma Nickerson of the Institute for Tourism & Recreation noted that Montana's variety of free outdoor activities makes the Treasure State an attractive place for travelers on a budget - and keeps tourism a reliable source of revenue.
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