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"Humans may be very close to extracting all of the Earth's available plant resources" University of Montana professor Steve Running warns that earth may run out of plants http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Venture Capital In The Rockies, 9/26-28, Big Sky Resort In Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4173 --- Compete Smart Montana Manufacturing Conference, 10/11-12, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Update - #IM48 - a road trip for people with ideas.
Four guys, spending four months traveling across America to put on events that encourage people to bring to life their ideas.
Montana Community Finance Corporation
- Let's clear up one big misconception about Big Data now: It's not just for big businesses.
Data analytics is just another tool to increase revenue and maximize profitability.
- Do your employees have the skills to benefit from big data?
Companies leading the revolution already have an experiment-focused, numerate, data-literate workforce. Are you ready to join them?
- Meet the New Boss: Big Data
For more and more companies, the hiring boss is an algorithm.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Helping Business Take the Next Step - MCFC newsletter
Check it out for current interest rates and other information!
- Compete Smart Montana Manufacturing Conference, 10/11-12, Missoula, Montana
Come LEAD - INNOVATE - GROW and re-connect with manufacturing peers and allies.
- "Preparing for 21st Century Risks: Revitalizing American Manufacturing to Protect, Respond and Recover"
"There is a direct nexus between a strong domestic manufacturing sector and America's ability to prevent, mitigate, recover from, and rebuild quickly in the wake of catastrophic events," said Ridge. "Revitalizing America's domestic manufacturing capacity must become a clear and urgent national priority at all levels of government and among industry leaders."
Come Home Montana
- Video Introduction To Montana's TicketRiver.com
Ticket River is a full service online ticketing solution designed to make online ticketing easy. Free for hosts and very low fees for ticket buyers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Economic Development Coordinator, Stillwater County Economic Development
The primary responsibility of this position is encouraging economic development in the County and its communities.
Montana Economic Development
- Former Missoula, Montana Mill Eyed As Possible Superfund Site
"Even if not every inch was covered on the property, there already appears to be sufficient contamination from a cursory examination to warrant a Superfund listing," Opper said. "It looks like the more you dig, the more you'll find."
- Kramer Enterprises Profits by Putting Safety First
"Safety culture becomes part of what you do every day. It becomes who you are and what you do, not just on the job site, but at home and on the way home," said Terry Kramer, Kramer Enterprises owner and general contractor, in the Web video "Taking Care of the Family."
- Montana's S&K Global Solutions LLC company wins NASA contract worth up to $50M
"We'll help the directorate put robots in space."
- Sale of Butte's MSE Technology put on hold
The sale of Butte's MSE Technology Inc. has been halted after prospective buyer, Global Technologies Group, was suspended from trading by the Securities and Exchange Commission.
- Muzeview News: September 2012
This month, we look at whether your firm is setting and reviewing industry-specific goals on a regular basis and discuss taking the next step in developing your firm's profile.
- Vann's Closing All Stores
"We've been trying to restructure under Chapter 11 (bankruptcy rules) and we have an obligation to let the judge know that unless somebody is willing to put in $3 million to $5 million for inventory, we can't do it."
- Proposed MSE sale - Potential buyer says deal not dead
MERDI and Global Technologies Group Inc. had reached a verbal on the agreement on the sale, but the closing was delayed twice even before news broke of the SEC's decision.
- Ravalli County Commission cuts ties with Missoula-based BitterRoot Economic Development District
"We have dissimilar goals," said Commissioner Greg Chilcott. "They are focused on what's happening in Missoula."
- Money not used for feasibility study of former Smurfit-Stone pulp mill near Frenchtown
BREDD's director said that the company has "chosen not to take the traditional industry-specific path...Please go ahead and return the money to the grantor. We won't be engaged in that type of feasibility study."
Business Plan Forums
- 7 things to never say to a recruiter
"I'm open to anything."
- 6 Rules That Should Be Guiding Your Career
#6. Leave an imprint.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana companies - Schedulicity, Inc., Submittable, TerraEchos, Inc. and Zinc Air, Inc. among those presenting at the Venture Capital in the Rockies Conference 9/26-28, Big Sky, Montana
Come see 12 -14 of the region's best companies the Rockies have to offer.
- The 50-Foot Commute Takes Off Across America
In the United States, telecommuting is on the clear increase.
- NetWork Kansas Expands Economic Gardening Program; Kansas Communities Have New Opportunity to Support Business Growth
NetWork Kansas invites Kansas communities to apply for a new economic gardening program that would allow them to offer high-growth businesses in their area targeted economic gardening engagements
- Governor Schweitzer Announces Tuition Freeze for Montana Students
The tuition freeze is contingent on the 2013 Legislature adopting the Governor's $34 million recommended funding level. A freeze will continue to keep education affordable for both students and dislocated workers.
Incubators and R&D
- Hiring is up at Treasure Valley law firms and some firms say their work load is growing
Idaho is one of the cheapest places to get IP-law work done.
- Emergency-preparedness company moving to Boise and hiring 20 people.
Guardian is a multimillion-dollar wholesale importer, manufacturer and distributor. The company sells survival kits, food-storage kits, pet-survival kits and products for hygiene and sanitation.
- 5 Questions To Ask Before Entering An Incubator
What to know before you drink the Kool Aid.
Utah Economic Development
- Michigan Fights Obesity with a 4x4
The state is encouraging residents to abide by four healthy behaviors and monitor four health measures. Now all it has to do is convince people to follow the plan.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- State Economic Development Agency Recognized for Collaboration with Higher Education and Rural Communities
Eccles noted that the Governor's Office of Economic Development uses tools such as the statewide network of 14 Business Resource Centers and Rural Economic Development grants to support dynamic economic development activity.
- STEM Daily
STEMdaily(TM) aggregates and curates news stories in STEM Education for all professionals interested in staying up-to-date on the latest developments in STEM.
- Schools Need To Start Training Entrepreneurs
Are these schools still producing young managers with the skills and capabilities that employers want?
- A Digital Tool to Unlock Learning - PowerMyLearning
One way to help students gain agency over their own education is through technology.
- "Ecoliterate: How Educators Are Cultivating Emotional, Social, and Ecological Intelligence" by Daniel Goleman
"If there is one book on education that needs to be read by every teacher on the planet, Ecoliterate is that book."
Montana Education Excellence
- Obama administration announces $500 million in community college grants to expand job training through local employer partnerships
The initiative complements President Obama's broader goals to help ensure that every American has at least one year of postsecondary education and the U.S. has the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University's workforce and professional development courses are now open for registration.
Extended University offers 15 different courses this fall, including a new course called "How to Build a Lean Start-up" as well as popular returning courses on Excel, Quickbooks, InDesign, Photoshop, Dreamweaver and other software programs. EU also offers a College of Nursing Webinar series for primary care providers.
- Montana Tech gets $1M grant to help state's science teachers
"Real science in the classroom" and in the outdoors, like experiments and observations, is the goal.
- New Missoula College building an essential priority
Ours is the only two-year college in Montana that has not had a significant upgrade during its lifetime. It's time to change that.
- THE MONTANAN The Magazine of The University of Montana - Fall 2012
- $1.7MM Awarded to MSU - Great Falls and Flathead Valley CC for expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers with the skills employers need.
On September 19, Department of Labor Secretary Hilda Solis announced $500 million in grants to create and expand innovative partnerships between community colleges and businesses to train workers with the skills employers need.
Funding and Building your Business
- TEDxBozeman Now Accepting Speaker Applications for 2013 Montana Event
The theme of this year's event is Conservation and Imagination.
- Transportation Open House, 9/24, Missoula, Montana
Do you want to support the construction of new bike and pedestrian space in Missoula?
- Why aren't we all Good Samaritans? Daniel Goleman on TED.com
We are all born with the capacity for empathy -- but we sometimes choose to ignore it.
Energy and Climate Change
- Free, online financial courses for entrepreneurs
The U.S. Small Business Administration is offering free, online courses to help new and existing entrepreneurs learn basic finance and accounting principles.
- Technology Means Pain and Customers Want Solutions
Here are a few thoughts on a process that will keep you on the right track for the majority of your real customers:
- Concept To Company Dangles $45K For Medical Device Ideas
The group is looking for people with new ideas for medical devices and technology in its contest, the latest in a series of events the group has run around different industry areas.
- How to Determine A Winning Investor Funding Request
Here are the parameters you should use in sizing your request, and be able to explain in justifying your request to investors:
- Save Thousands With This Tax Break
What is Section 179 all about and how do you know if your business qualifies for this tax break?
- Why Startups Should Study Abroad
The rewards of focusing on Europe early on can be great--a cheaper talent pool and the chance to head off pesky copycats are among the main perks. He concedes, though, that it's not without its challenges.
- 5 Ways Successful Entrepreneurs Make Their Own Luck
I'm a strong believer that we all make our own luck, which means that the harder we work, the luckier we get.
Connectivity & Communications
- Wind could meet many times world's total power demand by 2030, Stanford researchers say
If the world is to shift to clean energy, electricty generated by the wind will play a major role - and there is more than enough wind for that, according to new research from Stanford and the University of Delaware.
- University of Montana professor Steve Running warns that earth may run out of plants
"Endless economic growth and endless consumptive growth of the planet just can't happen," Running said. "And that the sooner we start getting realistic expectations for the future, the better we can manage ourselves to effectively use the planetary resources in a sustainable way."
- We are running out of water - Drought drives Governor to consider: How many people is too many?
Drought is driving Gov. John Hickenlooper and senior state planners to ask how many people Colorado could sustain in the future.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Survey on Technology Infrastructure in Missoula - Please Respond
Please take a few moments to answer this survey from the Missoula City Council Economic Development Subcommittee and share with your networks.
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership Technical Training Announcement: NSF SBIR PH I Webinar Series
These webinars will discuss the appropriate topics (areas of research) for these solicitations and tips on the Phase I proposal process through NSF's FastLane system.
- Applying Smart Technology To Municipalities....and Beyond!, 9/26, Webinar
Cities across the country spend a significant amount of time auditing businesses for correct licenses, permits and paperwork. What if this process could be automated to streamline, harmonize and improve citizen services?
- Patagonia Pledges Support for Bob Marshall Wilderness Foundation
BMWF is sponsoring its annual Voices of the Wilderness fundraiser event on Nov. 9.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- the noise of life
My choice to treasure the ups and the downs is an easy one.
- A new way to zap love handles
As many as two-thirds of people on diets regain more weight than they lost within five years, according to an analysis of 31 long-term studies on dieting by researchers at the University of California at Los Angeles.
- Software adds brawn to 3D-printed objects
"Imagine you are a hobbyist and you have a vintage train model. Parts are no longer being manufactured, but their specifications can be downloaded from the Internet and you can generate them using a 3D printer."
- Wild new inventions like an invisible helmet and cardboard bikes
Only by the end of the video do you see their secret, the invention that you'll wish you came up with.
- TechShop: Laser Cutters For The People - Missoula's REPLIK8TR MakerSpace Updates
In lesser hands, the TechShop could be an incubator for industrial accidents.
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