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"A person’s main obstacle to improvement [is] his/her own fragile ego." Ray Dalio, Bridgewater Associates How Meditation Can Make You a Better Leader http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Ambassadors' 8th Annual "Open For Business" Golf Tournament, 8/15-16, Anaconda, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4197 --- Leadership Luncheon Featuring Patrick Lencioni, 8/16, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4156 --- Hellgate Venture Network - James Grunke - Overview Of MEP, 8/16, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4244
Montana Department of Commerce
- IdeaMensch - 5,000 Miles Into America - Bumps in the Road
We've been on the road for about 5,000 miles now. Maybe 6,000 since I accidentally reset our trip meter. Either way, we've been to 15 states so it's about time for another update.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Tourism E-Marketing Grants Available for Montana's Tourism Businesses
"Establishing a successful online presence has become a major component in effective business marketing," said Dore Schwinden, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "Today, the internet is the first resource people turn to for research when planning a vacation. It's critical for Montana businesses to be represented online."
- Innovation Roundtable: Dorsey & Whitney / Selling Your Company, 9/19, Missoula
Dorsey & Whitney http://www.dorsey.com/missoula/ M&A attorneys, Jack Manning and Jeremy Brown, will discuss issues involved in selling (or buying) a company, including deal structuring, price and payment terms, sellers? and buyers? representations and covenants, indemnification and other legal issues.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- New York City Shows New Law Enforcement Technology
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said Wednesday during an afternoon press conference that the new software is allowing personnel to more quickly access data from existing technology, consequently helping public safety to respond more quickly. The technology also is helping the NYPD to deploy officers more efficiently he said.
Big Sky Commerce
- "1 of 7" : Historic rail car offers unique accommodations along Yellowstone River
The only thing that isn't supplied at the Centennial Inn is a pot-bellied, tweedy railroad executive with a large mustache. His gold watch chain would be hanging from his vest pocket as he puffs on a cigar while occasionally tossing back swigs from a crystal tumbler of whiskey. Guests can take on that role in their imaginations.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Registration is Closing Soon! for the 2nd Annual Big Sky Commerce Charity Golf Classic benefiting Tamarack Grief Resource Center
THANK YOU to those who have already registered, and to our growing list of major sponsors!
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority creating a development loan fund
"We come in behind the bank, which can typically finance about 60 percent and provide a loan for 10 to 20 percent, reducing the amount of equity a developer needs for a project," Doney said. "It won't make a bad project doable, but it can be the difference to make a good project that is right on the edge happen."
- Dueling industrial parks jockey for business in Great Falls
"We're at a real crossroads," said Brett Doney, president of the Great Falls Development Authority. "I'm really bullish on the next six months."
- Avmax, Great Falls, Montana are a good fit
As many as 70 aircraft technicians could be doing required maintenance checks and repairs on mid-sized regional jets by spring. An additional 200 jobs could be added within five years
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Systems Installation Engineer, Software Development Technical Assistant , IT Support Technician, Project Manager, Professional Sales/Territory Manager - Edulog
Since 1977, edulog has been the most respected and popular choice for school district transportation and planning professionals.
- Montana Career Opportunities - CAD Implementor, Programmer, Software Tester - LogiSYS
Our products use advanced decision support techniques to not only help identify a correct response, but also provide ease of use for your front line communication personnel.
- Montana teens discover starting own business has benefits beyond a profit
"I can take the risk, since I'm 16 and can afford to fail," Marts said. "I can learn better here than in all the classes in college."
Montana Economic Development
- Submittable adds the ability to create completely custom forms
your software is perfect for accepting: School and university admissions, Start-up, grant, and residency applications, Business plans, Music being sent to producers, Film festival submissions.
- The Sweet Palace in Philipsburg, Montana savors taste of success
In 2010, it was named "world's greatest" candy store by the ION Network's "World's Greatest!" television program.
- Montana West Economic Development. Newsletter, August
Montana West Economic Development will develop within Flathead County a diversified, sustainable economic base while maintaining our quality of life and providing a culture of innovation, entrepreneurship and healthy growth.
- Future Careers in ND - Video
"The whole purpose behind this newsletter is to get information into the hands of parents."
- ScienceJobsHelp.com - Find the Perfect Science Job
What science career are you looking for?
- On the Job: Young workers leave U.S. for internships
"I've really immersed myself in the work and the community, and I've learned to communicate better with people," she said. "I think this experience is absolutely going to make a difference on my resume."
- At Work: Overcome your fear to realize your dreams
"I can't do that," they say. "What if I fail?
- Conquering the Job Search After a Long-Term Absence
Let it be these four lessons: pursue a specific target, retune your skills, recreate your network, and be transparent. Easier said than done?
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Improved Immigration Laws Would Help Foreign Student Entrepreneurs Launch U.S. Companies, Create U.S. Jobs, Says Kauffman Paper
"American colleges and universities are uniquely positioned to educate students on principles of entrepreneurship and innovation and give them opportunities to translate that knowledge into commercial ventures that create jobs and spur economic growth."
- Laws Fail to Keep Up With Efforts to Encourage Biking and Walking - Bikers, Walkers Need Cities to Protect Them
As cities across the world expand their infrastructure to support more bicycle- and pedestrian-friendly environments, outdated laws still support the use of streets by automobiles over people.
- North Dakota will be the place to be in 2032
In the poll, Minnesota came in at number two, North Dakota number 5. Utah took the top spot. North Dakota earned top marks in job creation and full-time employment.
- New Hampshire is building a tech cluster in Boston's shadow
"The Internet is no less fast in Manchester than it is in Cambridge."
Regional Economic Development
- Will the World Be Flatter in 3D?
3D printing, also known as additive manufacturing, has been heralded as "revolutionary" by The Economist and The New York Times and is becoming the next big thing in American manufacturing.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Brewing Economic Development
Over the past couple of years a number of cities launched attraction campaigns to land the east-coast expansions of some of the largest western craft brewers.
- Help your preschooler love to learn
Parents should try to create a nurturing learning environment in their homes by filling it with books, puzzles, blocks and other stimulating toys. And parents should always be looking for "teachable moments."
- Back to school: How to measure a good teacher
As the trend to overhaul teacher evaluations catches fire, some teachers find that new feedback and mentoring programs can lead to 'incredible' results with their students.
- Rebuilding America's Schools - They did it.... Why can't we do it here?
The average public school in this country is more than 40 years old--and showing its age. Roofs leak, walls are ridden with termites and lead paint, and rooms are chronically overcrowded. PARADE looks at two communities that remade their schools--and the lessons they can teach all of us.
- High School Majors Help Some States Cut Dropout Rate
In 2007, Florida graduated 70 percent of its high school students. Four years later, the state's graduation rate increased 10 percent and the dropout rate decreased. Aside from the portion of Floridians walking around with diplomas, what changed in the interim? In fall 2007, the Sunshine State started requiring freshmen to choose a major of interest -- an area of study that they hoped would help them in a career down the road.
Montana Education Excellence
- America's most entrepreneurial colleges
Forbes compiled the rankings based on data provided by LinkedIn, which show the number of alumni from each college who have founded businesses with at least 10 employees.
- Montana Campus Compact Welcomes new Class of Americorps VISTA Volunteers
"MTCC AmeriCorps VISTA members commit a year of their lives to leveraging resources of higher education - student volunteers - to meet critical community needs," said Brian Christianson, MTCC VISTA Program Manager, "when this works, mutually beneficial, long-term partnerships develop between community organizations and higher education institutions, providing college students exciting civic engagement opportunities, while addressing the most pressing issues facing their communities."
- Forbes magazine study ranks Carroll No. 152 in US and the best in Montana.
"There are more than 1,400 institutions of higher learning in this country and to be really in a top tier among all of those institutions, and on the right kinds of metrics, which are really the outcomes ... I think is wonderful."
- Yellowstone to host climate change workshop for Montana teachers
The Parks Climate Challenge program is designed to give teachers the tools to develop lesson plans, create hands-on service projects, and design field trips for students to help them better understand climate change and develop a stronger connection to the national parks.
Funding and Building your Business
- Public interest in bison 'unprecedented'
"We've never seen anything like it. Not with wolves, not with grizzly bears and not with elk."
- Montana: Land of uncommon contrasts
Montana is a composite; its identity defined by the beholder. The journalist Joe Howard saw it as "high, wide, and handsome;" the historian Harry Fritz as "a land of contrast;" and K. Ross Toole described "an uncommon land."
- Getting Serious About Resilience in Planning
Our intention in writing this feature is to invite you to begin a broader conversation on these topics with the community-at-large.
- What's Old is New Again, as Markets and Streets Provide an Avenue for Building Healthier Cities
Historically, markets and streets were very much connected, with streets themselves often the setting for marketplaces. How and why has this changed?
Energy and Climate Change
- Service Helps Start-Ups See Where They Stand
We would like to impact hundreds of thousands of start-ups and help these companies as they mature. We want to empower them to make better decisions.
- An Entrepreneur Needs to Count Friends Carefully
So how many friends are enough for people?
- Startup America Regions Host Contest to Send Eight Lucky Startups to DEMO Fall 2012
DEMO Fall 2012 provides a unique opportunity for Startup America members to pitch to hundreds of investors and journalists. DEMO is known as the launch pad for the newest technology trends, and 92 percent of companies that pitch at the event receive funding within nine months.
- How do you pitch your idea to investors without giving away too much?
' Knowing that you need their money -- you have to sell the idea. That instinct kind of takes over.'
- The Best Entrepreneurs Ask The Dumbest Questions
Entrepreneurs and business executives have to keep reign over a very broad domain. They need to ask the right questions in the right contexts to stay ahead of the game, and to empower coworkers to find solutions, embrace responsibility, and become accountable.
- All CEOs Should Be An Outside Director For One Company
Wouldn't it be awesome to be able to spend a small amount of your time in that same emotional and functional detachment for someone else's company?
- Insights: Ideas for Change - Henry Chesbrough - Open Innovation
Not all the smart people work for your company.
- An Evening with Daniel Goleman - The hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy
The bestselling author of Emotional Intelligence and Primal Leadership, Daniel Goleman reveals the hidden environmental consequences of what we make and buy, and shows how new market forces can drive the essential changes we all must make to save our planet.
- How to put an accurate valuation on an early-stage startup
How can entrepreneurs accurately value their business when it's still a fledgling startup?
- Why So Many Startups Are Being Acqui-Hired
One of the most interesting trends in startup land is the rise of the "acqui-hire," which is when a big company buys a smaller company just to get its employees.
- Looking to Hire Top Talent? Try Recruiting With Video
Recruiters should take advantage of this growth in online video to shorten the hiring process and find great people.
- These 10 Key Elements Make a Business Plan Fundable
Any good business plan should demonstrate that you have done the homework to be an expert in your industry, and in what it takes to build a successful business from your idea.
- How Your Website Can Create Evangelists
Imagine if your website or blog had the power to get 1,000 people to show up in the same place from all over the world.
- A Mommy Startup with Attitude
"Everyone kept telling us 'Don't be afraid to ask for help,'" says Kelly. "We never let our pride get in the way."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Dialing the thermostat into the digital age
"Today, only 10 percent of thermostats, a quarter billion thermostats in the U.S., are actually programmed to saving energy," said Silicon Valley inventor Tony Fadell. "That's because they've been too confusing, too cumbersome to program."
- TED Video: Massimo Banzi: How Arduino is open-sourcing imagination
"You don't need anyone's permission to make something great."
- Hydrogen Fuel Cell Electric Vehicles Coming Soon
"As vehicle manufacturers and other researchers worldwide continue to focus on the remaining challenges of balancing durability, cost and high-volume manufacturability, there is optimism that manufacturers will introduce FCEVs [fuel cell electric vehicles] to the market within the next few years."
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