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"Save money whenever possible, and use all the resources you can....And don't die. That's basically my motto." Entrepreneur Eric Simons http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Hellgate Venture Network - Elke Govertsen, Mamalode, 5/31, Missoula, Montana http://matr.net/news.p ... twork
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Goes to Mount Everest
- MTIP's SBIR/STTR and TBED Montana Review
MTIP Clients are Winners!
- The State Of Montana's Consolidated Plan's Annual Action Plan For 2013-2014, 6/27, Billings, Montana
This is the an opportunity for you to provide input that will be incorporated into the Draft 2013-2014 Annual Action Plan about your community's economic development, public facility and infrastructure, affordable housing, and other community development needs.
- 2012 Montana Housing Partnership Conference, 6/26-29, Billings, Montana
Share successes and build the statewide network of housing supporters
- Everest Climbers Wear Biosensors to Help Scientists Study Disease
"Rather than just climbing the mountain for the sake of climbing, we get to learn about human physiology," said mountaineer and expedition leader Conrad Anker during a phone call from base camp. "It just makes it more meaningful from a personal standpoint."
- Reducing healthcare administrative inefficiencies with big data
While it is true that organizations across all industries experience a certain degree of inefficient administrative processes, the size and the cost of the problem in the US healthcare industry is colossal.
- Why managers should ask to see more data
Seeing the data raw instead of analytically pre-chewed can have enormous impact on executive perceptions.
- Big Data and a Brave New World
How civic leaders can approach Big Data as a means to understand cities better, make better decisions, and improve the quality of life for more citizens.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Printingforless.com May Newsletter - Start the Conversation
Okay, pop quiz time. What do Facebook, Gmail, an industry association breakfast and a weekend softball game have in common?
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- 'Reds' get ready: Workers prepare fleet of buses for season on the Going-to-the-Sun Road in Glacier National Park
"All of the other national parks either sold them off or wrecked them. Glacier is the only place with an intact fleet."
- Bozeman Firm Enriching the Research Experience for Students
"We thought better, more affordable and faster lab equipment was needed to improve learning," Amend said. Thus the journey to design computer data acquisition technology for student learning began and it has reallocated the way students use their lab time.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- 20 Video-Calling No-No's
People hate it when you:
- First-Ever New Business Startup Kit Launched in Yellowstone County, Montana
The new guide asks entrepreneurs some thought-provoking business questions and a directory of resources needed to get their business established before actually putting ideas into action.
- The 5 stages of leadership development
What stage are you at?
- Tester, Baucus congratulate Montana businesswoman Red Ants Pants owner Sarah Calhoun as national 'Champion of the Year'
"Montana needs more small businesswomen like Sarah" Sen. Jon Tester --- Sarah is a role model for young women and has the kind of entrepreneurial spirit that makes Montana proud." Sen. Max Baucus
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's Partnership Health Center wins $5.5M grant
The centers provide primary medical and dental care to anyone, but offer affordable prices for those without health insurance or much money.
- Wildfire Season 2012 Has Begun - EverLog™ Systems Newsletter May 2012 Volume 27
Let us know if EverLog™ Systems can assist in building your next firewise home.
- Missoula's Serious Scotch Gals throw a killer party
The duo, both moms, host monthly Scotch tastings at the Rhino.
- Flathead Valley-based Roddie, Inc. develops trenchless sewer pipe replacement technology
Originally from Silicon Valley in California, Herrick has set up shop in the Flathead Valley and will begin manufacturing and contracting his trenchless pipe bursting technology he began developing in the 1980s.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Montana Should Produce More Jobs Through Energy Conservation and Land Restoration
Larry Swanson proposed copying a recent program in Nebraska, where power companies underwrote upgrades to heating and cooling systems, insulation and other energy drains in existing homes and businesses. Dollar for dollar, such energy-savings work was more cost-effective than building new power-generating plants to meet growing demand.
- Hiring process for Missoula Economic Partnership president irks some
The city of Missoula pays $100,000 a year to the Missoula Economic Partnership, and Missoula City Council president Marilyn Marler said she is aware of dissatisfaction with the way the organization brought on its president.
Business Plan Forums
- 2012 National Veteran Small Business Conference Hiring Fair And Expo, 6/26-28, Detroit, MI
- Silicon Valley needs humanities students
I believe humanity majors make the best project managers, the best product managers, and, ultimately, the most visionary technology leaders.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Entrepreneur "student fair on steroids" brings heavy hitter VCs to Stanford
"Stanford is one of the most entrepreneurial universities in the world and BASES is at its epicenter.
- Long commute time linked with poor health, new study shows
"This is the first study to show that people who commute long distances to work were less fit, weighed more, were less physically active and had higher blood pressure,"
Incubators and R&D
- GRE effort to assist second-stage companies
"In addition to attracting new businesses, the best way to grow a region's economy is through business expansion."
- Carroll College wins $1 million grant for disease research
For Carroll, the award builds on existing grant-funded research into West Nile virus that has been ongoing over the past few years.
- Portland-area startups evolve, grow as they build their brand
Startups begin with a good idea. But entrepreneurs must quickly adapt as their business takes shape.
Regional Economic Development
- State seeks to push broadband into all rural areas by the end of 2013.
"I think part of this is, we were sold some snake oil before."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Small Cities Are Becoming New Engine Of Economic Growth
Why are the stronger smaller cities growing faster than most larger ones?
- Conserving public lands helps rural counties thrive, study finds
"Counties that have a higher proportion of conservation land have had greater economic growth since 1969," said Rob Southwick, author of the study. "Counties dominated by intense land development have experienced lower levels of economic growth, lower income and lower job growth."
- Possible elimination of the American Community Survey and the Economic Census
The Statistical Abstract has been eliminated and now there could be additional cuts that would eliminate the American Community Survey and the Economic Census.
Montana Education Excellence
- National Think Tank Urges State to Increase Pre-K Investment to Remain Education Leader
An overwhelming body of research shows that high-quality pre-K prepares children to succeed in school, enroll in college or career training, and ultimately get better jobs in the increasingly competitive global economy.
- New Race to the Top Funds to Reward Personalized Instruction
Duncan said he expects that the total pool of about $400 million will be split among about 20 grant winners, eligible to receive $15 to $25 million each, based on the number of students they serve.
- 10 Insanely Cool Things We Saw at Maker Faire (Plus 5 Videos)
The Woodstock of DIY continues to blow minds (and flames), with exhibits and presentations
- Regents unveil new Montana two-year college names
The rebranding initiative is aimed at promoting the schools' development beyond just technology colleges. The higher education system hopes more students will complete the first two years of their education at the local colleges prior to transferring to one of the universities.
- Pilot program at Montana State University to help students stay in college shows great promise
"Clearly, this program fulfills an important need," said MSU President Waded Cruzado. "Continuing it is the right thing to do for our students. We want to help them succeed."
- Senator Baucus Pulls Out All the Stops for Montana Business Students in Washington
"80 percent of success in life is showing up," Baucus told the students. "Show up, just like you have today, speak up, and have fun doing it. Build startups, create jobs, find success. And while you're building your empires, always remember that there is no greater calling in life than service and giving back."
Funding and Building your Business
- Top 10 Websites for the Built Environment - 2012
Our annual list of the 10 best planning, design, and development websites represents some of the top online resources for news, information and research on the built environment.
- Montana Campus Compact wins Grant to Support September 11th Day of Community Service
The grant will support local projects and trainings, in the Northern Rocky Mountain region, led by MTCC and the American Red Cross. Specifically, it will allow project managers and site supervisors to train 2,000 college students and local citizens to prepare for and respond to disasters in rural areas.
- FOUR new grant announcements
Energy and Climate Change
- Section 83 and Stock Subject To Vesting
Section 83 becomes of cardinal importance in venture financings in which employees are acquiring "restricted" stock, meaning stock subject to contractual restraints on transferability and risks of "forfeiture."
- My Space Is Our Space - Entrepreneurs look to share offices--even as they get bigger
Many entrepreneurs are turning to these spaces as a way to save on overhead as they expand, as well as maintain the communal feel of the business incubators where they launched their companies.
- SBA, AARP Team Up to Connect Older Americans With Resources to Start, Grow Businesses
Alliance will provide counseling, training to 100,000 encore entrepreneurs
- First Equity-based Crowdfunding Portal Opens its Doors to Businesses
Companies that move quickly to get themselves listed will have a competitive market advantage, and starting right away is important as the underwriting process takes time.
- What Small Business Can Learn From Google
Google's success owes far more to these mantras than the food in the cafes, and even better, they cost no money to implement.
- 4 Ways to Use Storytelling for B2B Social Media
No one wants to hear about your products. They want to hear about solutions to their problems.
- Five ways IT leaders can get more staff feedback
IT leaders stand to lose the most from employee silence.
- 10 Concrete Steps to Assure Business Innovation
Technologists often insist that new things can't be invented on a schedule, but successful companies seem to be able to do it on a regular basis.
- Meet the tireless entrepreneur who squatted at AOL - (This is one you must read!)
The story of how Simons, just two years removed from a Chicago high school, came to be living in AOL's Palo Alto campus could well become part of Silicon Valley lore, especially because it highlights the lengths some entrepreneurs will go to make their dreams a reality.
- Why Facebook Needs Sheryl Sandberg
Ever since Silicon Valley started turning out companies with beautiful growth charts, entrepreneurs and their investors have talked about the need for "adult supervision"--a seasoned executive who can take over a startup from its inexperienced founders, guide it through the hazards of hyperkinetic expansion, and convert a great idea or breakthrough technology into a bona fide business.
- 8 Clues that Your Business Honeymoon May be Over
I challenge any startup to show me they have avoided all of these:
- Bring LEGOs and Crayons to Your Next Meeting
"When combined with a comprehensive framework for innovation, LSP can open the doors to innovative new products, services and business models."
Connectivity & Communications
- World Leaders Tackle Climate Change at G8 Summit , and Nearly Everyone Missed It
The agreement could be "the biggest step in years in tackling climate change."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Partnership to Bring Ultrahigh-Speed Internet to Six Communities
A start-up company plans to announce Wednesday that it has raised $200 million to deliver ultrahigh-speed Internet service in six communities surrounding research universities around the country.
- 4 tips for biomedical startups on landing SBIR and STTR grants
Federal grants can be a lifeline that allows life sciences startups to refine their technologies before they commercialize, but the nondilutive government funding can be hard to get.
- Happiest Hour in Missoula, Montana: The Kettlehouse Community Unite Pint Night
It's an easy, open application process to get your group on the chalkboard, but you'd better plan ahead.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 10 Brainteasers to Test Your Mental Sharpness
To test your mental acuity, answer the following questions (no peeking at the answers!):
- Forget the Tan, Take a Maker Vacation!
For all you other fair-skinned, restless souls out there hunting for something fun to do this summer, we created this brochure of vacation spots where you can sharpen your skills, or learn some new ones.
- A Road Trip For People With Ideas - Help Bring Ideas To Life Across America
How can we help more people bring their ideas to life?
- 15 recent technologies children won't know
TVs won't need a remote control anymore. It will be replaced with smartphones, gestures or voice commands will control the TV set instead, according to Yahoo.
- Yahoo unveils slick new 'search browser' - Yahoo! Axis
On Wednesday night Yahoo unveiled Yahoo! Axis, a slick new mobile browser and desktop browser plug-in that lets you view visual search thumbnails of webpages, without leaving the page you're on.
- How the Blind Are Reinventing the iPhone
For its fans and advocates in the visually-impaired community, the iPhone has turned out to be one of the most revolutionary developments since the invention of Braille.
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