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"Security is mostly a superstition. Life is either a daring adventure or nothing." -- Helen Keller
Paid Internships with small businesses in Missoula - University of Montana Entrepreneurship Club http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Why the U.S. needs entrepreneurial education - Learning entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a course. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Examining Workforce Needs In Missoula, 10/2 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4293 --- MEDA 2012 FALL CONFERENCE - Collaborative Leadership For Montana, 10/2-3, Lewistown, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4279
- Collecting Entrepreneur's Ideas on a U.S. Road Trip
How do successful entrepreneurs turn ideas into action? It's a question that every entrepreneur asks and one that 31-year-old Mario Schulzke is seeking to answer through 50 events in 48 states over the course of three months.
- Business Intelligence in Law Firms - A Guide to Knowing What You Know
BI as a discipline was long ago adopted into mainstream business practices, particularly and not surprisingly in large data-driven organizations such as in the consumer goods and hospitality industries, but it has only recently begun to be incorporated into the law firm environment.
- Utility companies' IT systems 'not prepared' for smart grid intelligence
Also needed is a platform that allows information to be linked into an end-to-end process - for example, to link with accounting, analytics and CRM systems. Those systems need to be able to cope with the data.
- Utilities take advantage of big data opportunities
While regulated utilities don’t necessarily compete for customers, they are using the information to better understand their customers and the services that they can provide them in an effort to boost customer service levels.
- Data analytics meets data visualization - Just one of the new ways utilities are becoming more efficient
No longer does an electric utility have to look at grid events, asset performance and energy usage in a purely historical fashion.
- How electric utilities view analytics
"Is your organization breaking down silos and mandating new data sharing processes in order to leverage information to your advantage and drive better decisions?"
- TED Video: Demand a more open-source government
What can governments learn from the open-data revolution? In this stirring talk, Beth Noveck, the former deputy CTO at the White House, shares a vision of practical openness -- connecting bureaucracies to citizens, sharing data, creating a truly participatory democracy. Imagine the "writable society"
- Business Intelligence Evangalists Help Organizations identify "what business should do next" and convince the business to do it.
What communication gap exists between the different departments of an organization? And what can data analysts and others do to overcome that gap?
- Harvard's Best Ideas for Government
"Government innovation does not require endless resources and generous budgets. As exemplified by this year's Bright Ideas, some of our country's smartest innovations can in fact reduce government's size while serving our citizens more efficiently and effectively."
- TED Video: How the Internet will (one day) transform government
In this rousing talk Clay Shirky shows how democracies can take a lesson from the Internet, to be not just transparent but also to draw on the knowledge of all their citizens.
- "The age of data-driven medicine"
Give the data to the decision-makers
Arrow Solutions Group
- Learn About the Sun and Wind as Electricity Sources for Your Home
Instructor Chris Borton will be teaching two-hour sessions at five locations throughout Montana. Attendees will learn about generating electricity through solar and wind technologies in addition to information on how to become a NorthWestern Energy net metering customer.
Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
- Montana Career Opportunity - Weblogic and JBOSS Administrator, Arrow Solutions Group
Perform Weblogic, JBOSSand Web server administration, change control and space management in the environments.
Come Home Montana
- October manufacturing conference in Missoula to offer local, national perspectives
Hosted by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Northwestern Energy, the event will also feature several speakers giving national manufacturing perspective and insights from a variety of innovative Montana company leaders.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Lake County Community Housing
Applicants for this position need enthusiasm for providing housing opportunities for disadvantaged families and show experience in delivering these opportunities in a difficult funding environment.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Headwaters RC&D
The Executive Director of Headwaters RC&D functions as the Chief Executive Officer of the not-for-profit corporation based in Butte, Montana, and covers Granite, Powell, Beaverhead, Madison, Jefferson, Anaconda-Deerlodge, and Butte-Silver Bow counties.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Developer - AXIOM IT
We're looking for the right person(s) to add to our software development team and are interested in both experienced developers and new graduates.
- Now might be the right time to start your business
Do you think conditions have to be completely perfect before you can move forward?
Montana Economic Development
- Polson ranked most business-friendly city in state
Cities and towns are the real engines that drive the statewide economy and Montanans should consider how they compare against each other with respect to economic, social, and educational factors attractive to businesses.
- Vann's triple bogey
One of those assets, bankruptcy documents show, is a home site at the Rock Creek Cattle Company, a 30,000-acre luxury vacation community with a Tom Doak-designed golf course northwest of Deer Lodge. How is high-end real estate relevant to selling stereos and washers and dryers?
- Cabela's Announces Plans for New Outdoor Retail Store in Kalispell
It will be Cabela's second store in Montana, joining the Billings location.
- Montana Ice Cream Company, Wilcoxson's Tells Local Muslim Customer 'We Don't Deliver to Pakistan'
Wilcoxson's has been serving its tasty frozen treat to neighboring communities for a hundred years, but a sloppy reply from president Matt Schaeffer could cost the company dearly.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Senator Baucus Announces $250,000 for Montana Small Businesses to Promote Trade Jobs
"Small businesses are the driving force behind job creation in Montana and across the country. That's why I fought so hard for a Small Business Jobs Bill that was tailor made for them - with investments like this one to give small businesses the extra boost they need to break into new markets around the world and create more jobs here are home," Baucus said.
- Missoula council looking at cyber-infrastructure needs - Please take the survey
Please take the survey: http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/Q9HFGC8
- MSU Leadership Institute Hosts Israeli-Palestinian Educators And Authors, 10/8, Bozeman, Montana
Dedicated to bringing to light the true causes of unrest in the Middle East, together they published the book One Land Two Stories, which offers stunning insights into the rich history and events that have shaped the scarred socio-political landscape of the Middle East.
- Leadership Institute Host Award-winning Producer And Film About Benazir Bhutto, 10/10, Bozeman, Montana
Winner of a prestigious Peabody Award and nominated for a News & Documentary Emmy Award, Bhutto chronicles the story of the first woman to lead a Muslim nation in spite of controversy and political struggles.
Business Plan Forums
- Report Details Pathways to Middle Class Jobs without a BA
There are 29 million jobs (21% of all jobs) for workers without Bachelor's degrees.
- Stand Out in Your Interview
One common piece of advice is to "take charge" of the interview.
- Boise Angel Alliance joins b|launched start-up competition
"This will be a new process, program, and way of thinking for the Boise Angel Alliance. To partner and engage from the very beginning of company creation is new and exciting."
- Local Governments Seeing Differently with Priority-Based Budgeting
The wealth of data about individual programs obtained through the program scoring process also causes endless new conversations about programs to occur.
- Innovative State Programs in Montana receive Harvard Award - Nancy's Garden and Workers' Compensation Management Program Recognized
Governor Brian Schweitzer announced today that two state programs received national recognition from Harvard University for its creative solution to a government issue.
Incubators and R&D
- How many Californians have come to Idaho? A new report offers an answer
The Gem State is one of the top destinations for Californians leaving their state, according to a new report.
- Micron posts $1 billion loss for the year
Company executives said they're trimming unnecessary spending, but they aren't considering cutting jobs in Boise.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Fueling a New Biomass Industry - Study exploring the creation of a new biofuel industry for waste wood
Nowhere else in the West is there a larger pile of "gold" than Northwest Montana.
- The September Issue of North Dakota Business Magazine
Would you take a job that pays less than comparable positions, requires you to supervise unruly individuals without the authority to discipline them, and results in your being blamed when other people don't take care of their responsibilities?
- North Dakota Banks Bulge with Deposits
As oil and gas fields boom, North Dakota banks are swamped with deposits and unknown customers seeking non-farm loans. Rural bankers are proceeding with caution.
Regional Economic Development
- Growing Iowa's Innovation Economy
In a recent editorial (Iowans Need to Talk Jobs Strategies, Sept. 9), the Des Moines Register recommended that state's economic development strategy should focus less on corporate incentives and more on creating a climate that encourages new investment in businesses large and small.
- "Startup Communities: Building an Entrepreneurial Ecosystem in Your City" is officially shipping.
If you want to create a Boulder or NYC tech scene in your community, this is your roadmap, bible, and textbook.
- How Far Should Communities Go To Subsidize Companies?
But what do the companies owe in return?
- Provo Stars in Utah's Economic Recovery
"Provo has not sat around and felt sorry for ourselves," says Mayor John Curtis, ticking off the $500 million in construction projects underway around the city. "We're moving forward."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- MSU Workforce and Professional Development courses now open
MSU's Extended University offers several non-credit courses this fall that help working professionals learn business and home office software.
- Fab Labs at the Library
"Anytime libraries come across an opportunity for people to learn and grow, they should do it."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- New masters program at U-M teaches inventors to be entrepreneurs
"In this program we're doing the opposite and starting with a particular technology," student Steven Sherman said in a release. "It's our job to find out what issue it is capable of solving."
- Boise State seeks to redefine 'well-educated'
The program focuses on moving beyond pouring facts and theories into students' heads with a structure that makes critical thinking, innovation, teamwork, effective writing and communication essential outcomes of classes.
- How higher education may be easing the global recession
A new OECD report on education in the world's top economies highlights the importance of higher education, which includes vocational schooling, during an economic downturn.
- Why the U.S. needs entrepreneurial education - Learning entrepreneurship is a lifestyle, not a course.
Babson's faculty has pioneered its own teaching method, applying entrepreneurial thinking and hands-on learning to every aspect of campus life.
Montana Education Excellence
- Community Invited To Missoula College Building Plan Open House at the UM Golf Course, 10/3
"This proposed building will be an exceptional asset for Missoula College students," said Engstrom. "We want the community to be engaged in and supportive of this effort."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU receives $3.4 million to help broaden participation of women faculty
Announced Sept. 15, the five-year ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant from the National Science Foundation focuses on ways to broaden the participation of women in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics and the SBS fields of social and behavioral sciences.
- MSU off to a wonderful start, Cruzado says
Cruzado said MSU's new strategic plan, to guide its growth until 2019, has a new name: "Mountains and Minds, Learners and Leaders."
- University of Montana Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center Seeks High School Teachers, Students To Visit Cambodia
If you are a Montana high school teacher or student with interests in environmental issues or international affairs, you could be among 20 students and two teachers supported by the U.S. Department of State for an all-expenses-paid trip to Cambodia.
Funding and Building your Business
- Paid Internships with small businesses in Missoula - University of Montana Entrepreneurship Club
Our club is paying a select few of our most outstanding members to work for businesses in Missoula.
Energy and Climate Change
- How to Relate Your Technology to Business Values
If you want to win, then the onus is on you to communicate the value of your argument in terms the other party understands.
- Why our thinking about mentoring is all wrong
We have simplified a complex term -- "mentorship" -- into a generic synonym for dishing out advice.
- Why Putting Employees First is Profitable
"Your employees are the gateway to customer satisfaction, and if they aren't happy, the customer isn't going to be happy."
- SBA Web Chat Series Will Offer Tips for Women On Starting and Growing a Small Business
Are you a woman who is ready to start or expand a small business? Now's a good time to take that first step, with help from a U.S. Small Business Administration series of four web chats during October, which is also National Women's Small Business Month.
- 8 Ways Entrepreneurs Can Master the Creative Mind
But how does one recognize and nurture creativity in a person or team?
- Fire The Change Agents?
Most organizations resist change agents for the sake of protecting the way things are.
- 25 tips for managing your first direct reports
Managing your first direct reports is one of the most challenging transitions a leader will ever have to navigate.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Plug-in-the-wall device offers home control and information
The Ubi is a step closer to making the home more digital, connecting it to the tools we already use on our computers and mobile devices. How else can the home be brought into the 21st century?
- A call to end clean energy's politicization
"The military gets it. Investors get it. The American people get it," said retired Navy Vice Adm. Dennis McGinn, who serves as president of ACORE, the American Council on Renewable Energy. "We need to make sure the people we elect to higher office get it."
- SBIR/STTR National Conference, 11/13-15, Portland, Oregon
This will be the first SBIR/STTR conference held since the issue of the Reauthorization Implementation Policy so it's not to be missed.
- A New Tool for Those Searching for a Similar Sense of Place - LandEx
LandEx is a sort of search engine for maps that can scan through and identify places in the U.S. that have a similar land coverage or ecological patterns.
- States Should Switch to Digital Resources Within 5 Years
A number of states are already making the shift from print to digital.
- Nextdoor: An Emerging Social Network for Government to Connect with Residents
Nextdoor is available nationwide and currently is used by 45 cities to communicate with residents, according to the company.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Please Vote! - Glacier Institute is Montana's lone finalist for $50,000
The Glacier Institute stands poised to win $50,000 to support a suite of outdoor-oriented community projects after the local nonprofit was selected as Montana's lone finalist in the Tom's of Maine "50 States for Good" program.
- Expert details economic importance of arts to Missoula audience
"The arts aren't in trouble, but a lot of the traditional delivery methods need to be revisited."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Why Airplane Windows Don't Roll Down
Here's why they don't do that.
- Creation Engine: Autodesk Wants to Help Anyone, Anywhere, Make Anything
Autodesk has become the most prominent tech company so far to commit to a vision of the future in which makers--basement hobbyists, bootstrapped startups, boutique manufacturers--aren't just a cultural force but a profit center too.
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