|MATR Newsletter - Tue Jan 10, 2006|
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Come Home Montana
MEDA Entrepreneur Working Group
- Why Montana? Montana natives and transplants tell the story of why it is they moved here, why they never left, why they left and came back.
This month’s Serendipity kicks off a new feature called “Why Montana?” Montana natives and transplants tell the story of why it is they moved here, why they never left, why they left and came back, in short, why they call Montana home. If you’d like to share your story, let us know by sending an e-mail to helenair.com">firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Hometown Competitiveness (http://www.htcnebraska.org/): For many small towns, scaling up resources can be a problem.
The Nebraska-based Hometown Competitiveness (HTC) program offers guidelines for communities seeking to stem rural decline.
- New resources for middle and high school entrepreneurship education
As interest in entrepreneurship education has heightened in recent years, authors and publishers have responded with new resources for educators.
- Preparation for Planning a Business Venture (Outstanding!)
"New businesses fail usually due to poor management, not because of the idea for the business." -- Peter Drucker, internationally renowned management expert
- Entrepreneurs - Turning Dreams into Reality
I believe in dreams.
- Alternative Energy Classes Offered by the University of Montana College of Technology. Spring 2006 - The Time For Change is Now.
Discover innovative methods that use the latest technology to create, capture, and employ Alternative Energy sources.
- Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University Looking for a Few Good EGov Interns
"The program was founded," says the eGov Interns Web site, "on the belief that changing demographics and the fiscal challenges facing public enterprises make this an ideal moment for connecting the extraordinary talent in our nation's best graduate schools to the extraordinary transformational challenges facing public enterprises."
- With the click of a mouse, parents will be able to check on grades, attendance with Parent Connect
Parent Connect informs parents of their son or daughter's grades, attendance, assignments and discipline with a click of the mouse.
- UM-Helena spruces up Web site
The site features testimonials from students. This recognizes that students use the internet as their main medium of communication, Valdez says.
Montana Economic Development
- Quiet Giant. One of Helena’s larger and better-paying employers - Mountain-Pacific Quality Health Foundation
One thing the group does is provide good jobs. Seventy of its 116 employees are in Helena, with an average wage of $48,000.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) Announces Online News To Build an Even Stronger Network of Economic Development for Montana
The organization also welcomes those who wish to actively contribute to the continued development of a more successful Montana economy.
- UM survey: eastern Montanans support economic hub idea
“What we need to do is create a city that has a population somewhere between those of Kalispell or Bozeman - about 25,000 people,” Rudbach said. “And we assume that most of the work force derived from existing Montanans would not move to the new hub city, but would continue to live in their rural communities or ranches and then commute to the economic center and then return home with their paychecks.”
- Finding an Angel to Finance Your New Business
Networking with people in your industry is so important when you begin thinking about starting a business. You need to build up a personal network to tap when it's time to look for private investment capital.
- The 70 Percent Solution. Google CEO Eric Schmidt gives us his golden rules for managing innovation.
Don't be evil.
- Top 20 Management white papers
Find out what Executive IS/IT Management white papers your fellow IT pros are interested in. These white were deemed the most popular over the past month.
- The Top Ten Lies of Entrepreneurs by Guy Kawasaki
At least new lies indicate a modicum of creativity!
Regional Economic Development
- Ore. growing into tech rival. State surpasses Ariz.; Intel's R&D focus is key to expansion
It may come as a surprise to those who think of Oregon mostly as a source of timber and cranberries. But starting in the 1990s, the state has gotten serious about cultivating a high-tech sector that rivals Arizona's.
Utah Economic Development
- Bizfind: new tool for attracting, developing, retaining, and transitioning small business
It brings all generally required resources together at one location. This saves users time and encourages frequent use.
- SBA Newsline Eight January 2006
- EntreWorks Insights, January 2006
- Utah's new brand getting last-minute touch-ups before unveiling Feb. 8
The Utah Board of Tourism Development on Friday approved the brand "platform" and gave the go-ahead to its marketing committee to work with Office of Tourism staff and W Communications of Salt Lake City to finalize creative elements and draft the marketing plan.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
Incubators and R&D
- Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) Newsletter No. 1-06
- Idaho Small Business Innovation Research Program – Quarterly Supplement
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Incubator failed to help entrepreneurs
A small business incubator in Waynesville has failed in it mission to nurture entrepreneurs and start-up companies, and instead has devolved into little more than a building to house a handful of companies for the long haul, according to critics.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- State Campuses Support Community Service
This year, 11 Montana colleges and universities have Campus Corps Program members working for local nonprofits, K-12 schools and government agencies in their communities.
- New Uses for Glut of Small Logs From Thinning of Forests
Until recently, most small trees were collected in piles and burned, but now businesses and the Forest Service have begun looking for uses for the tiny trees.
- Self-Employment in the Golden Years
As the number and proportion of older people is increasing, the traditional practice of completely retiring at age 62 or 65 is also changing.
Connectivity & Communications
- Applying business lessons. Nonprofits implement private sector strategies to support themselves
"Running a for-profit and a nonprofit really aren't very different,"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 20 ways to converge when we only need 2 or 3
The boundaries between devices will fade. There won't be much difference between a computer and a television, or between a mobile phone and a portable digital music player.
- Ultra-Wideband Brings Wireless Video to Cars. Wait till the guys at Pimp My Ride hear about this.
Leveraging Freescale's UWB technology, the SUV demo shows the ability to simultaneously stream two separate video streams to two liquid crystal display (LCD) screens mounted on the back of the driver and passenger headrests.
- City Broadband: The Debate Continues. Wi-Fi run by cities: Yea or nay?
“As a modern community, we need to keep an eye on the future.”
- 'Neurotech' Links Brain Waves With Computers
Nanotechnology is being developed that can read brain waves, communicate them to a computer, and, quite literally, take those thoughts and transform them into actions, experts tell TechNewsWorld.
- Ultrawideband's Macworld Twirl
A new radio technology that may yield whip-fast wireless networks, radars that can see through walls and location systems for finding lost keys is finally coming to market.
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