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"When you are through changing, you are through" Bruce Barton
Video - AC/VC from Missoula's Mamalode (you're gonna love this one) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- IdeaMensch An Evening With A Community Of People Who Bring Ideas To Life, 7/13, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4211
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Measuring An Employee's Worth? Consider Influence
Today, your performance review is based on things like sales numbers or number of goals met. Tomorrow, though, it could be based on something that until now has remained ephemeral: organizational influence.
- An Algorithm to Pick Startup Winners
"We're not claiming to have a magic crystal ball. We're tilting the odds a little in our favor with each investment."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Video - Just for kicks - The Miles City, Montana Bucking Horse Sale
If you're in the market for a horse that's impossible to ride, head to the Miles City, Mont., Bucking Horse Sale where cowboys pay to mount - and rodeo owners bid to buy - some impossible-to-ride bucking horses. Bill Geist reports.
Come Home Montana
- Frontier Airlines' four-day a week, discount flights a hit in Great Falls, Montana
Here are a few of the favorable reactions about eight weeks into Frontier Airline's four-day-a-week discount flights between Great Falls and Denver. Frontier started the Great Falls-Denver flight in May and will continue it until mid-September.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Information Officer - The University of Montana
The University of Montana invites applications for the position of Chief Information Officer (CIO). The CIO serves as a member of the President's Cabinet and also serves as the Institution's IT liaison to the Montana University System.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Technology & Media Communications, Phyllis J. Washington College of Education & Human Sciences - University of Montana
The Director of Technology and Media Communications will be the primary advocate for the effective use of instructional technologies in the Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences while providing a quality customer service experience to all users of technology. Position is responsible for credible technology planning, procurement, maintenance, and training where appropriate.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Architect I - Montana State Fund
State Fund is a progressive workers' compensation insurer that utilizes a multi-functional team structure to provide exceptional products and services to its customers.
- University of Montana to reveal details of search for new communications slot
We'll learn the specifics of the job description later Friday, but Chair Peggy Kuhr tells us the new vice president will oversee everything from news releases to public relations to marketing and web content.
- Montana Ambassador Summer 2012 Newsletter
DISCOVER how Montana Ambassadors support the efforts of other groups to contribute to the economic vitality of the state.
Montana Economic Development
- Video - AC/VC from Missoula's Mamalode (you're gonna love this one)
- Shepherd, Montana based Floating Island International - Floating islands can boost fish production while cleaning water, creator claims
"I think this represents a new message for folks: that we can take water that's dead and make it high quality," Kania said. "And you don't have to travel far to do it. You can do it wherever."
- Missoula-based Wood for Haiti and Blue Marble Biomaterials band together to help Haiti
"We have to find a way to provide fully-functioning, self-sustaining communities," Funk said. "Haiti needs everything."
- Montana's Mission Mountain Winery - Every year the winery produces 6,500 cases of wine
Every year the winery produces 6,500 cases of wine, with everything from Vin Gris to Pinot Gris. Much of it is available to taste every day (from May 1 to Oct. 31) when the establishment opens its doors.
- Sidney, Montana Struggles with Development
"The more fracking the more traffic."
- Senator Tester announces national business leaders for Bozeman business workshop on July 13.
Tester's workshop will feature Tony James, president of the financial services company Blackstone Group, and Dave Morin, co-founder and CEO of Path, an award-winning social networking site.
- How to Make a Resume That Works
Other creative strategies to make a resume stand out include using infographics and videos, which highlight job seekers' accomplishments and communication and technical skills.
- People who can't manage their own lives don't make good entrepreneurs.
These points represent real problems for entrepreneurs trying to manage a startup:
- Sitting less could extend your life
If most people spent less than three hours a day sitting, it would add two years to the average life expectancy in this country.
- The knowledge economy requires skills of its own
Manufacturing jobs will not return to America on a large scale. We are no longer an industrial, manufacturing or agrarian economy. Rather, we are a knowledge economy.
- NYC mayor Bloomberg launches $9 million innovation challenge for mayors of 1,300 US cities
The program aims to reward the creation of great ideas that can ultimately make a difference in many cities.
Incubators and R&D
- Sun Valley, Idaho - Where Vacationing Media Moguls Enjoy More Than Scenery
"On the surface, it is a relaxing week of morning on-stage panels and afternoon and evening biking and barbeques. But no executive comes to this conference without a prescheduled shopping list of appointments meant to explore deals or settle disputes."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Can bees lead to a longer human life span?
What's the secret to living a longer life?
- U-M Tech Transfer Office, MVCA Announce Partnership
Though this is the first collaboration of its kind, the U-M tech transfer office and the MVCA have enjoyed a long, interdependent history. Tayal says that MVCA members, made up of 240 individuals and 80 firms representing private and corporate VCs, angel investors, economic development organizations, and academic institutions, have invested in many U-M startups.
- An 'Electronic Dog's Nose' Sniffs Out Meth
Vaporsens is developing a hand-held sensor that deploys nanofibers (incredibly small fibers) and electronics to help law enforcement and border security personnel quickly "sniff out" meth and related substances in homes, vehicles, and at America's borders.
- Tourism department promoting North Dakota to international travelers
"We are getting the word out,"
- Oregon's startup community by the numbers: Tiny, but strong
It's attracting out-of-state investors by the bushel, tapping some of technology's hottest markets. Startups draw buyers with names such as Google, eBay and Dell that might otherwise never think to open an office in Portland.
- Southern States Have Become Job-Training Leaders
Alabama, Georgia, Louisiana and South Carolina have quietly positioned themselves as leaders in the job-training effort. Each state's program is unique, but they share some commonalities.
Regional Economic Development
- How Fire Could Change the Face of the West
The fire debt is finally coming due.
Washington State Business
- Protecting our Pathways to Prosperity - New report analyzes the Crown of the Continent's economic value
The Crown's natural beauty is evident to anybody who bothers to look around. Yet perhaps less obvious is the economic value derived from that beauty. What is the worth of this diverse landscape we call home?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The University of Washington - A Northwest Pipeline to Silicon Valley
"It's the most underrated computer science department I've seen."
Montana Education Excellence
- TechStars Goes National With 'Microinternships' For Middle School Kids
When you have thirteen-year-olds around, you have to explain what your business is, and how you make money in a way that they can really understand. It's an exercise in delivering simplicity.
- How Colleges Are Becoming Entrepreneurial
Many students could use the education, network and support of an entrepreneurial institution.
Funding and Building your Business
- College!Now initiative - Changes coming for Montana's 2-year colleges
College!Now backers explain the changes coming for 2-year colleges and how it will benefit those enrolling in two-year programs.
Energy and Climate Change
- GUY KAWASAKI: The Real Rules On How To Innovate
Kawasaki's "rules" have served as his own guidelines, and have helped propel him to success. Here are his must-know strategies that could change how your business operates:
- Think Again Before Declaring Business Bankruptcy
There are many other negative implications to bankruptcy.
- What To Do When Your Startup Profits Hit the Wall
It's no fun on this plateau, just "making payroll," and watching some employees make more then you as the founder.
- New Early Stage Financing Options for Entrepreneurs
With the Internet and other powerful but inexpensive business tools, the cost of development and rollout of new startups is lower than ever before, so the "big bang" theory of funding no longer makes sense. This should be a wake-up call for traditional entrepreneurs and investors alike.
- Design Your Company, Not Your Product
"A lot of companies people work with have a solution in mind, but don't know what problem they're solving," she said. "If you don't know what the problem is you're trying to solve, why are you in business in the first place?"
- Video: I'm a VC
The film entitled "I'm a VC" is an in-depth, hard-hitting, and emotionally charged look into the lives of four veteran venture capitalists trying to make the world a better place.
- The Perils Of Legal Self-Help Websites For Entrepreneurs
The initial intention to save money can backfire -- badly.
- 'Always Be Publishing,' Brand Journalism and How It Can Help Your Startup
"Brand journalism," is the practice of covering your business and industry like a reporter. In other words, you're transforming your marketing efforts into publishing efforts.
- Every Entrepreneur Dreams of an Overnight Success
With most businesses you rarely hear about the months and years of hard work behind the scenes.
- Does Your Business Understand Social Media Analytics?
Most businesses are not utilizing tools and services properly.
- What Climate Change??? - First half of 2012 is USA's warmest ever
Twenty-eight states and more than 100 cities have posted their warmest first six months on record, based on national weather data that go back to 1895, according to the report from NOAA's National Climatic Data Center.
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