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Come Home Montana
- Montana's Bitterroot valley's scenery reeled in new site director for GlaxoSmithKline
n the time that he's been here, Brandt has been struck by the sense of community both at the GSK facility and throughout the valley. "It's what makes this site such a great place to work," he said. "We have a very robust community outreach program. We work with many of the valley's 300 nonprofits."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Financial Officer - Montana Health Co-op
The ideal candidate must be committed to providing innovative and value based health care approaches for the members.
- Google employee, Chris Wright from Butte brings web to Montana businesses
With that success, Wright was looking to give back to his home state and he found that opportunity with the Montana Get Your Business Online program, which visited Billings last week to help small business owners get their organization online.
- Big Sky DevCON, 8/4, Bozeman, Montana - Register Now!
The Montana technology conference will focus on three main areas: User Experience, Application Development, and the Business of Technology.
Montana Economic Development
- AC/VC, Mamalode, and The Missoula Startup Community
"I am a huge fan of Brad Feld (from the Foundry Group in Boulder) and am very excited to be featured on his blog today (with links to the article from Lisa Stone of BlogHer and the Missoula Independent article by Jessica Mayrer.)" Elke Govertsen Publisher Mamalode http://www.mamalode.com http://www.elkegovertsen.com firstname.lastname@example.org read my writing http://www.makeitmissoula.com/category/community/blogs/elke-blog/ (406)531-0535 (email is typically the fastest way to reach me)
- Montana: The Good And Bad of Doing Business in Big Sky Country
First, here are some of the best things about doing business in Montana. The "last best place" is a truly great place to live. On any given weekend, you can find PFL employees enjoying the spectacular scenery and recreational opportunities in the great outdoors with friends and family.
- UM economist sees promising economic signs for Montana
"Our read on the overall condition of the economy is that it is reasonably good,"
- Rocky Mountain Log Homes offers open house, tour of facility
"The main benefit of a log home is just the feeling it gives you living in it. It's true Americana. They just have a historic charm."
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Community Development Block Grant nixed for SmartLam project
This week, everyone was surprised to hear that all of the money still available for the economic development program was being transferred to a community development program where it can be used for infrastructure, water and sewer projects and fire damage repairs.
- "Site Selector" Enhanced with Microsoft Azure
GCS Research Application Provides a Cloud-Hosted, Data-Driven, Decision-Making Tool for Strategic Planning and Business Development
- Getting Advice on "Once in Lifetime Opportunity" - The Business of Oil in Eastern Montana
The movement of western Montana businesses and laborers eastward is the beginning of a new era in the state. It's a watershed moment in the history of both Montana and North Dakota - nothing will ever be quite the same.
- Missoula Economic Partnership - Strategic partners' connect the dots
If we can shorten the cycle of hiring and expansion for local businesses and provide one-stop service for companies considering a move to our area, we accelerate the growth of Missoula's overall economy.
Come Home Idaho
- Strategies: Women entrepreneurs can learn a lot from men
A friend who was a hiring manager told me, "If there are 10 qualifications for a job, a man will apply if he has one; a woman won't apply if she's missing one." Women can learn from that.
- Top 5 tips for returning veterans looking to work in tech
Many organizations have either sprung up or added programs to help veterans with complementary skill sets find solid, well-paying jobs in tech to jumpstart their non-military careers.
- Amazon's New Employee Perk: 95 Percent Tuition Reimbursement
Amazon.com is dangling an interesting new perk to employees: it said it is offering to pay 95 percent of the tuition cost for its employees, in areas that the company said are well-paying and in high demand.
- Retire Here, Not There: Idaho
Leave Sun Valley to the CEOs. Here are four cheaper places to settle down in the "Potato State."
Government and University TechTransfer
- Why We Need Entrepreneurs in Government Agencies
The idea is to infuse many of the same operational and creative solutions-oriented principles found in startups and small businesses into the inner workings of government, and it's a good one.
- Healthy Montana Kids succeeds quietly
Healthy Montana Kids http://hmk.mt.gov/ , which expanded government health insurance for children in low- and moderate-income families, has extended coverage to 21,300 additional kids since its inception almost three years ago.
- TN universities lag in turning innovations into jobs
Experts say area labs don't spark enough startup businesses
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- New Valley angel fund to begin investing in startup businesses
"The Treasure Valley Angel Fund is the kind of jobs-and opportunity-creating machine that will help accelerate Idaho's economic growth through the skill and experience of proven business leaders and the creative energy of entrepreneurs," Gov. Butch Otter said in a news release.
- North Dakota's economy booming
The economy is so good in North Dakota, it's almost like being in another country.
- University of North Dakota Offers 4-Year Drone-Piloting Degree
The plains state is on its way to becoming the capital of the unmanned aerial vehicle industry, and with that comes inevitable difficulties.
- Connecting North Dakota - North Dakota Business Magazine Inaugural Edition
There's a story making the rounds while North Dakota's unemployment stands at the lowest in the country and the top three states with the highest unemployment figures - Nevada, Rhode Island and California -still have numbers in the double digits.
Regional Economic Development
- Matchmaking Program Finds Buyers for Rural Businesses
"If it works in Kansas, there's no reason it couldn't work in 49 other states."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- USDA Announces Federal Resource Guide to Assist Rural Communities
USDA Under Secretary for Rural Development Dallas Tonsager today announced the publication of a guide outlining programs the federal government has available to support rural communities as they promote economic development and enhance the quality of life for rural residents.
- From MIT to Stanford, college classes where a startup is the final exam
Here is my run-down of the leading college classes that serve as launchpads for startups.
- Can Anyone Catch Khan Academy? The Fate of the U in the YouTube Era
Traditional American universities are suddenly running scared of the Internet, and for good reason. They successfully weathered the rise of online, open-enrollment degree programs like the University of Phoenix, but now they're confronting a much more terrifying enemy: YouTube.
- Fifty of the best ed-tech products for schools
These 50 educational technology products and services are the winners of our 2012-13 Readers' Choice Awards
- New project aims to transform the 'first five days' of school
"What do we currently do in the first five days of school? It's usually about control, organization, and administration," Whitby said. "The first thing we do is set the ground rules: This is how you learn. But what if we flip this around?"
- High school graduation is only start, former governor tells Montana conference
"You have to finish high school in order to get to the next point."
Montana Education Excellence
- Tough Times for Colleges--and College Towns
For a lot of college towns this is new terrain
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Editorial: Montana University System deserves legislature's support
Montana students need schools that are affordable. And the state needs clean industry to lift its economic prospects. There's no cleaner industry than higher education, and a thriving, accessible higher education system attracts out-of-state business.
- Ravalli County economic development director, Julie Foster headed to Laos
For a little more than two weeks in August, Foster and 19 other American women will be presented with the opportunity to learn firsthand about the challenges women in Southeast Asia face daily, as part of a cultural exchange hosted by University of Montana's Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center.
Funding and Building your Business
- Bozeman, Montana declared No. 2 dog-friendly city by Dog Fancy Magazine
Take Your Dog to Work Day - Dogs Increase Morale & Sales! Every day is Dog To Work Day at PrintingForLess.com
Energy and Climate Change
- Hire today or gone tomorrow: How your startup is getting lapped by companies who know how to hire
If you can't pull the process together to make a quick decision, you're not only going to lose people, but you're going to signal that you can't move quickly on other decisions as well, whether or not this is really the case.
- A Business Plan is for You First, Then for Investors
Too many entrepreneurs still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and investors will throw money at you.
- Entrepreneurs Who Can See Around the Corner
Seeing around the corner does not mean closing your eyes and jumping into the unknown.
- The Secret to Turning 401(k) Into Startup Capital
It's called a self-directed IRA plan and, according to Nilssen is the "next hot thing" in the startup world.
- From a doctor's problem to a new product: Startup ScrubStorm pilots healthcare innovation platform
ScrubStorm LLC http://www.scrubstorm.com/LearnMore is a cloud-based marketplace where clinicians, investors, companies and contractors go to collaboratively brainstorm, develop and commercialize solutions for unmet medical needs.
- 10 Keys to Making an Entrepreneur Website Credible
What validates credibility and makes your site memorable in the minds of consumers, and how much does it cost?
- You are the Best One to Build Your Startup Brand
How about talking to some real customers to see if they are as excited about your idea as you are?
- How Smart Leaders Translate Strategy into Execution
Many successful execution officers have said that, if they had it all to do over again, the one thing they would do differently would be to align the performance reward and recognition systems with strategy execution earlier in the process.
- 3 Reasons to Skip the Business Plan
World champion boxer Mike Tyson once said, "Everybody has a plan, until they get punched in the face."
- Eight Content Marketing Lessons From a Zombie Apocalypse Guide
Recently, a video prank of a "zombie attack" went viral online. If only the "victim" in the video had read the Center for Disease Control's Preparedness 101: Zombie Apocalypse guide.
- Think Hiring Is Tough In The Valley? Now Europe Joins The Talent Wars
"Hiring is a nightmare..."
- Tax Benefits of Donating Private Stock
Donations of private stock enable investors, founders and employees to support charitable causes and contribute to the community while receiving simultaneous benefits in the form of substantial cash savings from reduced taxes as well as bypassing capital gains taxes.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- An Electric Car That Actually Goes Far?
"The results are very encouraging in showing that it's not all hopeless," to try to make lithium-air batteries."
- American Prairie Reserve eNewsletter June/July 2012 - Happy Trails and Stargazing with Kids
In This Issue: Your Donations at Work: New Interpretive Signs | Mars Ambassadors Build a Second Trail | Science Update: Protecting Prairie Dogs from Plague | Wildlife Species: Woodhouse's Toad | Sights to See: Bowdoin National Wildlife Refuge | What We're Reading: A Child's Introduction to the Night Sky | By the Numbers: Bighorn Sheep
- Palo Alto, Calif., to Launch Open Data Initiative
Once an open data initiative is in place, subsets of other technologies such as mobility can emerge from it, for example, through building mobile apps from the open data.
- Certified Government CIO Program Seeks Students
The program tailored for would-be CIOs is accepting applications through Sept. 10. The CGCIO is the only training program of its kind, according to a university press release.
- Bitter Root RC&D receives three national awards
The Bitter Root RC&D was established in 1965, the first in the state, to help Mineral, Missoula and Ravalli counties promote conscientious development of the area's natural and human resources while maintaining a high quality of life.
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