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"Nearly every man who develops an idea works it up to the point where it looks impossible, and then he gets discouraged. That's not the place to become discouraged." - Thomas Edison
2012 Montana Women In Business Conference, 06/14, Hamilton http://matr.net/events ... =4182 --- Hellgate High School graduate Lisa Stone, CEO and Founder of BlogHer to Keynote Montana Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day in Missoula, June 21 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Children ages 18 and younger can eat breakfast, lunch for free this summer in five Missoula schools http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Montana Department of CommerceTourism Industry News
MTOT released a mobile version of the Get Lost in MT site this spring while the iPhone and Android app will be available for download by the middle of June.
- Hellgate High School graduate Lisa Stone, CEO and Founder of BlogHer to Keynote Montana Innovation and Entrepreneurship Day in Missoula, June 21
Among her many professional accolades, Lisa was named one of the seven most powerful people in new media by Forbes in 2009.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Energy CEO, Bob Rowe, Special Energy Presentation, 6/22, Billings, Montana
Please join us in Billings on June 22 for a complimentary lunch and a special energy presentation.
- NorthWestern Energy Teams with Solution Mountain to Provide Community Economic Development Resources
Eligible applicants can apply for NWE grants valued at $5,000 each to assist both their business expansion and retention programs and their comprehensive economic development strategy programs.
Come Home Montana
- Restorations to shore up Old Faithful Inn's structural integrity in Yellowstone National Park
The flagpoles lining the inn's roof were taken down as part of the first phase, Galindo said. Inside a copper ball topping on one of the poles was a note from one of the workmen. The note had survived since 1911 and was even readable, saying something along the lines of "Hope you enjoy this building as much as we do," and was signed, "See you in heaven."
- A safari in Montana's outback - "The Bob"
A 1.5-million-acre preserve with no roads and only a handful of permanent structures, the Bob encompasses some of the state's most spectacular scenery. The only way in is by foot or horseback, which means the huge number of visitors that overwhelm most national parks, including Yellowstone, just 300 miles to the southeast, does not exist here.
- Montana Career Opportunity - General Manager - TeleSphere/Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
TeleSphere, a Missoula, Montana based software development company, is seeking a General Manager to provide decisive leadership for new company growth.
- Montana Career Opportunity - VoIP Administrator - Glacier Bancorp, Inc.
This role will be responsible for the design, implementation, support and management of Avaya Unified Communications architectures.
- A Great Helena High School Commencement Speech From Colin Meloy of the Decemberists
In the safety of my west coast university, I began to understand something. An understanding that grew and grew as I traveled more and more, stayed away from Montana for longer and longer stretches of time. A thing called Montanan exceptionalism.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Web Interface Developer, Senior Java Developer, Junior Java Developer, Controller - ZaneRay
The ZaneRay Group is an Internet development and software engineering firm located in Whitefish, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - NERC CIP Network Security Engineer - Northwestern Energy
Position will require subject matter expertise in network administration and security, computer client support, and regulatory compliance. Four-year computer science or engineering degree required.
- 2012 Montana State Society Testicle Festival in Washington, D.C. - NBC Foodies
Excellent coverage of the 2012 "Legends of the Ball" 8th Annual Montana State Society Testicle Festival by NBC Washington Nonstop - NBC Foodies.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer - Fidano, LLC
Fidano, LLC has an immediate position opening for a Senior Web Developer. This full-time position is located at the Fidano office in Whitefish, MT; however, telecommuting will be considered.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's "Red Ants Pants" founder, Sarah Calhoun honored
But how did this New Englander end up in White Sulphur Springs? You can thank famed Montana author Ivan Doig for that.
- Missoula's Everlog Systems Builds First Fire-Resistant Concrete 'Log' Home In Northern Utah
The concrete homes are built by the Montana-based company EverLog Systems, which is headed by former University of Utah quarterback Stewart Hansen. He said the idea was inspired by wildfires 12 years ago that claimed hundreds of Montana homes.
- Yellowstone National Park preps for influx of tourists
"We're now to the point where absent some strong, unanticipated external forces or some dramatic event to occur, we expect to see visitation this year somewhere at or above the 3 million mark."
- Missoula-based Caste Design's high-end furniture design on display around the world
Best said in Missoula, he is not bombarded by "the scene," which makes it easier to focus on his own work. He tries to incorporate places in Montana in the names of his pieces, such as the Powell table in honor of the county where he grew up.
- Blue Marble Biomaterials Launches: "Finding the Beauty in Byproducts Contest"
Blue Marble loves turning byproducts into useful products. We know you do, too. We want to share our love for reuse across the web and reward two participants for their reuse innovation. Whether you're an individual or a small business, we want to hear how you gave "trash", "waste", or "byproducts" a new life.
- Bozeman, Montana's Wisetail Named AlwaysOn's 2012 OnDemand One to Watch
Wisetail is one of just 25 private, software-as-a-service companies worldwide to receive the distinction.
- D.A. Davidson & Co. Receives Most Productive Broker Award - Again - for Top Analyst Rankings
"This is an unprecedented achievement and we are honored to have the deep expertise and hard work of our analysts recognized with these prestigious awards," said Doug Woodcock, president of equity capital markets for D.A. Davidson.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- June News from Prospera Business Network
Our success stems from the ability to attract and engage the brightest and most progressive business leaders in Bozeman and surrounding areas, and the 2012 U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Week Awards held on June 7th in Bozeman reinforced our commitment to excellence.
- Rural Alberta landowners demand details on "hundreds of thousands of litres" oil spill
Four days after a pipeline operated by Plains Midstream Canada spilled an estimated hundreds of thousands of litres of oil into the Red Deer River in central Alberta, local landowners are waiting for answers.
Business Plan Forums
- Here Are 15 Brain Busting Interview Questions Apple Asks Potential Employees
How will you calculate the supply of apples from China?
- Airtime Helps Student Land Internship: Will it Work for Hiring?
"The crazy thing about Airtime https://www.airtime.com/ ," Finkel said, "is the fact that you really get to meet the person on the other side of the screen. You get a really quick feel about what the other person is about, and what they are looking for.
- Learn to think if you want to get hired
Consider for a minute what employers are looking for in their workers.
- RoWheels of Madison wins 2012 Governor's Business Plan Contest
RoWheels, led by Rimas Buinevicius, former CEO of Sonic Foundry Inc., worked with Salim Nasser, a NASA engineer to create a geared wheeling system that allows a wheelchair user to use a pulling motion, similar to rowing a boat, instead of having to push the wheels forward to move it.
- Harvest time: growing movement in Columbia focuses on entrepreneurial cultivation
Since Brooks took the reins of REDI in 2009, he has put a heavier emphasis on "economic gardening," as he often puts it.
Incubators and R&D
- Profits? No. - Jobs, money, fun and benefits? Yes.
Idaho nonprofits, including hospitals, employ 48,700 people, or 8 per-cent of the state's workforce, according to the report by Steven Peterson, a research economist at the University of Idaho. The average annual salary plus benefits for those workers is $43,350.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Swedes Explore Computer Interface for Your Biceps
In their device, Berggren's group are essentially looking to build the biological version of transistors and electrical circuits.
- Technology partnerships allow community members to leverage the resources of Sandia National Laboratory.
Non-federal entities may enter into a variety of technology partnerships agreements with Sandia.
- North Dakota's Oil Boom Brings Damage Along With Prosperity
The downside is waste -- lots of it. Companies produce millions of gallons of salty, chemical-infused wastewater, known as brine, as part of drilling and fracking each well. Drillers are supposed to inject this material thousands of feet underground into disposal wells, but some of it isn't making it that far.
Regional Economic Development
- Outdoor Recreation a $646 Billion National Industry - Western States $256 Billion Industry
The study marks the first time the non-motorized and motorized recreation industries have joined forces to provide a complete picture of the economic impact and importance of outdoor recreation for the economy.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- An Older, Wiser SBA Makes New Run at Early-Stage VC
The new program allocates $1 billion over the next five years and is modeled on the successful Small Business Investment Company, or SBIC, debentures program, which is used mainly by lower-midmarket buyout shops.
- 5 Kids Who Are Using Science To Change The World
At Google's annual science fair, the projects go well beyond making a tornado in a bottle. These impressive kids are doing things like inventing new toilets and giving hearing to the deaf.
- What Stanford Professor Tina Seelig Told Googlers About Innovation
When we're young we're given information to understand how the world works, but not given a parallel process to learn how to invent new things.
- $100,000 saved per child when pre-natal to pre-k education program implemented.
"Investing in school readiness produces an educated and skilled workforce and social returns with substantial economic value."
Montana Education Excellence
- An Entrepreneurial Approach to Reforming Higher Education - 'Dysfunctional' Higher-Education Policy Is Called Threat to California Economy
A paradox of American higher education is the disconnect between our vaunted international reputation and the severe problems we face at home.
- TED for Design Wonks: CreativeMornings Offers Coffee and a Shot of Inspiration
CreativeMornings has grown to 31 locales. (Raleigh, North Carolina, is up next.) Now, thousands of people from Cape Town to Atlanta to Berlin get up a little earlier one Friday a month to join their fellow bright-eyed creatives for short, inspirational lectures (and, importantly, coffee).
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Children ages 18 and younger can eat breakfast, lunch for free this summer in five Missoula schools
Five public schools in Missoula will offer free breakfasts and lunches to children age 18 and younger from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, beginning June 11 and continuing through August 17.
- New E-Publication of Montana Field Notes Features Eastern Montana, Forestry
Montana Field Notes focuses on the diverse landscapes, ecology, history and culture of Big Sky Country and the important work being done by the University of Montana statewide.
Funding and Building your Business
- THREE new grant announcements
- University of Wyoming Offers Website to Reduce Wildfire Risks
Subjects in how-to articles and videos include creating defensible space around a house, cabin or outbuilding, firewise plants that can be used in landscapes and other steps to prepare for wildfire.
Energy and Climate Change
- Making Financial Projections is Not Rocket Science
Projecting the financials should be the last step of your business plan preparation, since it assumes you already know the opportunity size, customer buying habits, pricing, costs, and competition.
- Just Go With It - On Entrepreneurship and Life
I'm an entrepreneur, business woman, wife, and soon to be mom.
- How to Make 6 Figures in a 30-Hour Work Week
Here's how they do it.
- Nurturing a Baby and a Start-Up Business
The average age of a first-time founder of a company is 39 -- meaning that start-up life for some entrepreneurs is less about video game marathons on Saturdays and more about balancing parental responsibilities.
- The Cost Equation for a Startup is Better Than Ever
Being an entrepreneur in now within the financial reach of almost everyone.
- Recruiting tips from successful small tech firms
Build your pipeline for the future.
- Hiring veterans is good business, study reports
The Center for a New American Security study found that nearly 30% of companies hire veterans because it's the "right thing to do." But the majority are driven by what is best for their bottom line, the study says.
- Western Governor Association - Enhancing State Energy Efficiency Efforts Through Information and Outreach to Consumers
Policymakers in some states are using an emerging body of social science research to redesign the outreach, marketing and feedback elements of their programs to use behavior-based strategies that motivate consumers to reduce their energy consumption.
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