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Montana Department of Commerce
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- 2013-14 Action Plan Webinar Registration
If you would like to participate in the webinar and conference call regarding the Consolidated Plan's draft 2013-14 annual action plan on Aug. 30, please register at the following:
- Law: Employment Law: Employers should beware of independent contractors, could create liability
The U.S. and Washington state governments are cracking down on companies that treat workers as contractors when those workers really function as employees.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Facebook Tackles (Really) Big Data With 'Project Prism'
Today, countless websites are facing the epic amounts of online data that first hit Facebook a half decade ago. But according to Facebook engineering bigwig Jay Parikh, these sites have it so much easier.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Tech Employers Use In-Your-Face Videos to Recruit
On its careers website, Paris-based Aldebaran says that it's looking for engineers who can "be creative, be different, be humble and ambitious ... and if on top of that you are a funny geek, come join us!"
Come Home Montana
- Tentative deal with Canadian firm may bring high-wage jobs to Great Falls, Montana
"It all came together very rapidly," said Brett Doney, president of the Great Falls Development Authority http://www.gfdevelopment.org/ . "We're very excited. We just really like the company."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Logistics Manager, Product Developer - Outerwear & Waders - Simms Fishing Products
Simms Fishing Products, a leader in providing the finest fly fishing waders and apparel, currently has the following positions available.
- Montana to be featured in Smithsonian Channel show in 2013
"The story of Montana is unbridled, beautiful lands and the kind of taming of these lands, using those resources that the land has given the people who live there, yet allowing a certain kind of freedom. "People have an amazing respect for their environment and a love for the outdoors -- fishing, hunting ranching -- and a gratitude for what the environment has given them."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Linux System Administrator, Programmer/Software Engineer, Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Blackfoot provides local and long-distance phone service and also high- speed Internet access to Western Montana residences and businesses.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Tech - Arrow Solutions Group
Arrow Solutions Group is seeking an IT Tech professional for a growing company in Billings, Montana.
- Montana Governor Schweitzer helps celebrate Flathead business - Algae AquaCulture Technology
The giant greenhouse uses a natural process with algae that creates electricity, biofuel and rich organic soil fertilizer, and Schweitzer told us the facility is way ahead of its time.
- Missoula hospitals prepare to go live with electronic medical records
"We get a lot of patients from outlying hospitals, and what this does is help create a single medical record for patients," Fee explained. "This is more efficient for medical providers, and for our patients this will create much better access for people to access their own records and patient information."
- Rocket launchers -- Butte's Montana Aerospace Development Association testing facility poised to lift off
Rocket science is alive and well in Butte, Montana.
- Missoula's Invizeon Corporation Develops New Venture - United Needs
By matching up our users' needs with our users' goods, donations, ideas, and advice, the United Needs platform facilitates economic and social transactions in both crisis and non-crisis situations.
- How to Transition from Corporate Job to Entrepreneurship
How do you begin to transition out of that miserable yet comfortable workplace to the mysterious world of entrepreneurship?
- Senator Baucus Secures $47.8 Million in Critical Funding Resources for Rural Schools, Roads, First Responders
"Our rural classrooms, sheriffs and county roads depend on this program as a lifeline to keep essential services running. This is a part of the federal government's responsibility to counties that are home to large areas of national forest lands which is why I fought so hard to see the program extended," said Baucus.
- Montana employee health clinic opens this week
"This is a model that's being used by private enterprise all over America. What corporate America has found is that when you have your own health care facility, and the physicians, the nurse practitioners are paid a salary, not a piece of the action, or aren't paid for how many procedures they can gin up, you actually get better health care ... and it saves money." Gov. Brian Schweitzer
- Gubernatorial candidates: how to nourish innovation
The single most important thing overall that state government can do for the tech industry is produce people with intellectual capability to produce new products. That's why giving our children an opportunity to be proficient in science, technology and math is probably the single most important thing our state can do to help the state technology industry.
- Counties: An Outdated Concept or the Future?
Hit harder by the economic downturn than either cities or states, counties are feeling pressure from all sides, leading many to reexamine county functions altogether.
Oregon Economic Development
- Commerce director's bankruptcy is his 'life lesson'
A decade ago, Idaho's Commerce director was awash in debt. But some say that makes him a more seasoned leader.
- Idahoans honored for innovation by technology hall of fame
Father of the respiratory industry: First introduced in 1955, Bird's device was the first highly reliable, low-cost, mass-produced respirator in the world, saving millions of lives, the council said.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Salesforce.com plans major Oregon outpost, promises 'hundreds' of jobs
While several California tech companies have offices in the Portland area, Salesforce's arrival could be among the biggest infusions of tech jobs in a generation.
- 7 Paybacks an Alma Mater Can Offer an Entrepreneur
Here is a short list of the areas where you should be able to find help, whether you are a student or an independent entrepreneur
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming ranked 3rd for business climate
It is considered to be 1 of the most comprehensive and unbiased of its type for evaluating and ranking states based on 32 factors controlled by state government, including taxes, human resources, education, right-to-work legislation, energy costs, infrastructure spending, workers compensation laws, economic incentive programs and state economic development efforts.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Donated iPads augment kindergarten classroom
Kindergarten? There's an app for that.
Montana Education Excellence
- MAPS Begins New Classes Sept. 10, 2012
As it begins its 9th year, the MAPS Media Institute after-school program's new classes start September, 10, 2012. And this year, MAPS has exciting new developments to report.
- "State of the University" address - University of Montana President Engstrom looks to prepare for 'global century'
"I'm especially excited about the Global Leadership Initiative, which was launched last year," Engstrom said. "The program provides a pathway for students to supplement any major with a set of experiences designed to prepare them to be leaders when they graduate."
Funding and Building your Business
Energy and Climate Change
- Selling Your Product May Be Harder Than Building It
Every entrepreneur has to be a great salesman to succeed (among the many other required skills), so you should take a hard look at these points
- 12 Ways to Create Interesting Company Content in a Boring Industry
What are some tips for creating really interesting company blogs even in my dry, boring old industry?
- The Unwritten Secrets for Choosing a Startup Mentor
The best mentor candidates are the most experienced professionals you admire, and from whom you can learn, to accelerate your progress and avoid the deep potholes in the road ahead.
- New SBA Platform Lets Small Businesses Tell Their Stories - SBA today launched "Small Business Owners Speak"
Videos Showcase Entrepreneurs Who Have Started or Grown a Business
- To Create True Innovation, Consider Who You Want Your Customers To Become
"How can we be disruptive? How can we create new value for our customers? How can we do things that allow customers to do things that they've never done before?"
Connectivity & Communications
- Solar legislation opposed by California utilities
"It's the ability to allow more participation, allow more types of people to participate in the solar economy," said Adam Browning, executive director of the Vote Solar advocacy group. "There is a tremendous level of interest in this."
- The Next Battle for Internet Freedom Could Be Over 3D Printing
If high-quality weapons can be printed by anyone with a 3D printer, and 3D printers are widely available, then law enforcement agencies will be forced to monitor what you're printing in order to maintain current gun control laws.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Five lessons for aspiring tech cities. It's the technology, stupid
Memo to mayors, state premiers and even ministers for broadband, communications and the digital economy: technology is the economy.
- The 20 Most Popular TED Talks Ever
To date, the talks have received over 800 million pageviews. TED has just released a list of the top 20 talks of all time, which we've compiled here.
- Ivan Doig's story of a bright boy, a Montana bar and a buried past
It is 1960 in rural Montana, and a theatrical future is just an awakening dream for Rusty Harry, the bright 12-year-old narrator of Doig's 11th novel, "The Bartender's Tale."
- 10 Underrated Hotbeds Of American Innovation
In many ways, that underdog status is a boon, enabling outlandish ideas that wouldn't rate in more competitive markets, such as San Francisco and New York.
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