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Montana Department of Commerce
- Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund (BSTF) Program Updates for FY13
The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Program is a state-funded program designed to aid in the development of good paying jobs for Montana residents and promote long-term, stable economic growth in Montana.
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces Economic Development Grant Awards
"Both Primary Sector Workforce Training Grants and Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund Grants help to grow businesses and create jobs," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "These grants work together to expand Montana's economy and help local leaders to invest smartly in our communities."
- Montana Small Business Development Centers Network Highlights: July 2012
The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) was established in 1989 as part of a nationwide network created to improve the success of small businesses in Montana. The SBDC program is funded through the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Department of Commerce, and local economic development organizations.
- Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division Finance Programs Certified Partner Training TRAINING IS NOW AVAILABLE
Economic development practitioners, local government employees, engineers, architects, or others that would benefit from online training related to the application process and administration of projects funded with Business Resources Division funding programs will again be able to become a Business Resources Division Certified Partner or become a Recertified Partner.
- Montana Office of Tourism Partners with National Geographic to Introduce Kids to the Wonders of Montana
"Partnering with National Geographic to bring these eager and inquisitive children from all corners of the U.S. to Montana is really an honor. I know these kids will experience the sense of true wonderment from Montana's pristine outdoors. They will come away inspired by our deep history, rich culture and dramatic beauty." Gov. Brian Schweitzer
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Data mobility adds nearly an extra day to the workweek
The ability to be mobile after the workday is prompting people to work additional hours, according to a study from Good Technology, with 80% working after leaving the office, adding seven extra hours each week on average -- nearly a full day at the office.
- GoogleEDU uses data analytics and other measures to ensure it is teaching employees what they need to know to keep profits humming.
GoogleEDU is formalizing learning at the company in an entirely new way, relying on data analytics and other measures to ensure it is teaching employees what they need to know to keep profits humming.
Come Home Montana
- Montana Folk Festival in Uptown Butte next weekend
The festival features hundreds of performers and craftspeople with music and dance
- Emmylou Harris, Mary Chapin Carpenter and Taj Mahal headlines at Red Ants Pants Concert July 26-29 in White Sulphur Springs, Montana
The Red Ants Pants Music Festival in White Sulphur Springs, July 26-29, kicks off with a street dance on July 26 in downtown White Sulphur Springs, then moves to the concert venue on the nearby Jackson Ranches on Friday, where it continues through Sunday.
- Cast members needed - Hamilton, Montana
Actors Wanted: MAPS is casting for a 30 second TV commercial. Auditions Monday & Tuesday July 9th & 10th from 2 pm - 5 pm, acting experience preferred.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Controller, Accounting Managers, Bookkeeper - Washington Corporations
We are the wheels of industry. The Washington Companies bring equipment and a history of professional service to connect our customers with their needs and help them reach their goals. We are diversified into several important industrial and commercial sectors where our skilled workforce, equipment, products and expertise lend critical support, providing the underlying services that keep commerce moving. Perhaps you're going our way.
- Governor Schweitzer's Energy Internship Program
Energy Interns are students Montana college students who demonstrate financial need: 52 interns will contribute more than 10,200 hours toward energy projects In its first year, 28 students participated as interns and received $54,000 in scholarships 208 students have applied to the program Applications came from 14 of the 20 Montana public and tribal post-secondary institutions
- Flynn's Harp: Heritage U's unlikely free-enterprise fans
They are an unlikely band of evangelists for the free enterprise system, a group of mostly Hispanic college students whose resumes almost inevitably include the phrase "first in (his or her) family to attend college."
Montana Economic Development
- Dell Comes to Missoula, Montana
With the just announced Dell purchase, potentially this is great news for Missoula, since there may soon be a Dell presence in the downtown.
- Victor, Montana based Lifeline Farms exemplifies benefits of organic food production
For those residing in the Bitterroot, Lifeline represents a prime example of the benefits of local food production. Lifeline sustainably works 500 acres in four different locations in the valley, supporting 12 local jobs while helping preserve the natural integrity of the soil, water and human health.
- Elke Govertsen's (Mamalode) chaotic success
The homework is paying off. Govertsen hit a milestone last week when Lisa Stone, CEO and cofounder of the website BlogHer http://www.blogher.com , which draws 40 million unique visitors monthly, declared Mamalode "America's Best Parenting Magazine in Print."
- Montana's HabiHut and GE test clean-water business model in Kenya
Michael "Buz" Weas, HabiHut president, said Thursday their goal is to create a "business kit," like a franchise, that is sustainable over the long run. Advocates say it has potential to change lives around the world.
- Making it in Montana: Oratium helps executives improve their speaking, presentation skills
Oratium helps business leaders hone their presentation skills, and also specifically helps businesses refine their sales strategy by refining their sales messaging according to the same design principles.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- U.S. Treasury Awards Certification to Lake County Community Development Corporation
"Receiving this certification is an exciting step forward for LCCDC and the greater community. Our status as a CDFI will help attract and leverage capital that can increase job creation, business development, and commercial real estate development within our region." Billie Lee, Executive Director at LCCDC
- New Video: Montana - You Should Be Hear Building Your Business - Living Your Dream
The Montana Associated Technology Roundtables was founded to promote economic development in Montana by bringing together the network of entrepreneurs and business professionals to share ideas and information. http://www.matr.net/
- Direct flight to LA may come to Glacier Park International airport
Glacier Park International Airport added a direct flight to the San Francisco Bay area earlier this year, and now the airport wants to add a direct flight service to Los Angeles.
- Economic development is happening (in Missoula)
One year ago, a broad consortium of local business leaders launched the Missoula Economic Partnership with four clear goals: create 2,500 new primary jobs, attract $150 million in capital investment, help launch 25 local companies, and help relocate 25 "best-fit" companies to Missoula from elsewhere. All in the first five years.
City Club Missoula
- What Stephen Covey Taught Me - Great Business Mentors are Key
They have been taught themselves by other luminaries and are delighted to "pay it forward."
- Women: It's Time to Own Your Potential
Let's look at current statistics that illustrate the need for progress:
- LumoBack: This mobile solution can make you look taller and feel more attractive
Back pain is a leading cause of missed work days and disability claims, amounting to an estimated loss of $50 billion per year.
- You're Never Too Old--or Too Successful--to Need a Mentor
Any successful CEO can point to mentors along the way who made a difference in his or her career. I have been blessed with several. It is equally as rewarding and natural to want to give back and select those inside and outside your organization to mentor yourself.
- Online Education for Boomers
UCLA and Start-Up Teach New Skills as Retirement Becomes Elusive
Washington State Business
- City Club Missoula INVESTING IN A GREAT CITY: THE ART OF A MUNICIPAL BUDGET - Mayor John Engen & Marilyn Marler, 7/9
Join Missoula Mayor John Engen and Missoula City Council President Marilyn Marler for a discussion of how they approach the complex, important process of creating a sustainable financial program that serves a wide variety of interests and provides for public safety, recreation and a great place to work, live and play.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Northeastern Looks Northwest, Aims to Fill Voids in Tech Job Market with Seattle Campus
Northeastern publicly declared its interest in Seattle last fall, and has continued to follow through on the idea by hiring prominent local attorney and civic leader Tayloe Washburn to be the CEO of its new Northeastern campus in Seattle.
- Frazier Healthcare Ventures Makes It Official: Seeking to Raise New $400M Fund
Now that the firm is in fundraising mode, it will surely be talking up the winners in its recent portfolio, including Seattle-based Calistoga Pharmaceuticals, Oakland, CA-based Cerexa, San Diego-based Calixa Therapeutics, Carmel, IN-based Marcadia Biotech, Cambridge, MA-based Alnara Pharmaceuticals, and Boulder, CO-based Clovis Oncology.
- Stretching Dollars to Nurture Factories
The majority of American scientists and engineers work for manufacturers and industrial companies account for more than two-thirds of business research and development spending.
Montana Education Excellence
- MCT Glamour And Goop Fundraiser For Next Step Prep, 7/11, Missoula, Montana
Come join Tony Award nominee Egan and composer-lyricist Stitt. Egan was nominated for a Tony Award in 1994 for her performance as Belle in Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Stitt's original musicals include Big Red Sun, Sing Me A Happy Song, The Water, and Mosaic. http://www.glamourandgoop.com/
- University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has said he wants 75 percent of the school's undergraduate students to study abroad by 2020.
"It is important that university leaders make international education a priority and commit resources to helping students study abroad." Meghann Curtis, the deputy assistant secretary for academic programs at the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs
- Bitterroot College Waives Tuition For Senior Citizens
The Golden College Program allows Montana senior citizens to take college classes at the Bitterroot College of The University of Montana at greatly reduced rates.
Funding and Building your Business
Energy and Climate Change
- How to Survive Four Common Worst Case Scenarios
The challenges stem from the simple fact that every entrepreneur is starting something new, where things are predictably unpredictable.
- Should You Fund Your Startup With Convertible Debt?
Many investments in startup and small businesses today are done by using convertible debt.
- The Terrible Management Technique That Cost Microsoft Its Creativity
One former Microsoft engineer says that his performance reviews were "always much less about how I could become a better engineer and much more about my need to improve my visibility among other managers."
- Poor HR communication thwarts hiring
According to the job network's recent online survey, more than a quarter of 1,700 job seekers said their biggest frustrations were that job descriptions had limited detail and that they knew more about job requirements than recruiters.
- 5 Angel Investor Biases That You Can Capitalize On
Angels invest in people, more often than they invest in ideas.
- Crammed Into Cheap Bunks, Dreaming of Future Digital Glory
The San Francisco hostel is part of a minichain of three bunk-bed-stuffed residences under the same management, all places where young programmers, designers and scientists can work, eat and sleep.
- Obama Administration Announces $60+ Million in New Investments to Advance Biofuels Industry and Enhance America's Energy Security
Made possible through the Defense Production Act (DPA), this funding opportunity enhances national security by supporting the creation and commercial viability of a defense-critical domestic biofuels industry to advance alternatives to petroleum.
- Could A Smart Grid Curb Blackouts?
Are we doomed to experience blackouts every time a big storm comes along or can technology find a way keep the lights from going out?
- Society not ready for heat waves coming with climate change
Even worse disasters happened in Europe in 2003, when 70,000 excess deaths were caused by an extreme heat event that lasted three weeks, and in Russia in 2010, when a heat wave caused 50,000 excess deaths. The USA has yet to experience such an extreme heat event, but some experts believe that with climate change it's only a matter of time.
- 4 Hot Technology Tools for Public Safety (VIDEO)
Mobile data, video analytics, license plate recognition and remote monitoring for police and fire.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Please support The Declaration of Internet Freedom
Here is the Declaration of Internet Freedom. If you support this, either sign up your company or sign up as an individual.
- Malware may knock thousands off Internet on Monday
Users whose computers are still infected Monday will lose their ability to go online, and they will have to call their service providers for help deleting the malware and reconnecting to the Internet.
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