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"After years of telling corporate citizens to 'trust the system,' many companies must relearn instead to trust their people - and encourage their people to use neglected creative capacities in order to tap the most potent economic stimulus of all: idea power." - Rosabeth Moss Kanter
All are invited to attend: UM Entrepreneurship Club Meeting With Submittable And Orbital Shift, 11/01, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Energy Seeks 2013 Corporate Philanthropy Partner
NorthWesternEnergy's Community Works program is seeking proposals from non-profit organizations to partner with the utility's employee volunteer effort for the upcoming coming year.
- NorthWestern Energy Employees Walk and Dig Deep for MS Society
"We are so grateful for this mighty group of NorthWestern Energy employees, friends and family members who rallied around this opportunity, raising an impressive $10,609 for Society programs, services and research."
- Montana's Blackfoot River Valley still 'a beautiful place to travel'
"It is," he simply wrote, "a beautiful trail to travel and it possesses historical associations that add to the delight of the journey."
Great Falls Development Authority
- Red Lobster Learns How to Fish
Darden Restaurants is investing $200 million in predictive analytics and mobile technologies over the next five years to help grow sales and inspire loyalty for its eight restaurant chains
- The Human Face of Big Data
The project allows people to download an app to their smartphones to stream data - like the number of emails sent, location data and "answers about yourself, your family, trust, sleep, sex, dating, and dreams" - to photographer Rick Smolan from September through Nov. 20.
- Big Data Drives Big IT Spending
What IT professionals will do, according to a Gartner study published today, is spend nearly half of all IT resources during the next few years in an effort to adapt large, complex IT infrastructures to the demands of big data projects.
- Beyond Excel: Taking Business Intelligence to the Next Level
As a means of supporting better business decision-making by extracting meaning from a company's data, business intelligence is a "no-brainer" initiative for enterprises looking to improve efficiencies.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA) Dominates 2012 IEDC Economic Development Awards
GFDA was the only economic development organization to win in Montana and topped the nation with the most awards in 2012.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Information Technology Systems Director - Bozeman, Montana
Under general supervision of the County Administrator, this position performs a variety of projects and departmental duties related to the successful design, development and management of Gallatin County's computer service systems....
- Montana Career Opportunities - Programmer/Software Engineer, Linux System Administrator, - Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
We offer rewarding careers along with the opportunity to live and work in picturesque western Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Network Engineering Manager - Triangle Communications
Network Engineering Manager Triangle Communications seeks a strong leader with a proven track record of successfully leading teams through multiple, complex, project life cycles while overseeing the day-to-day operations of our Network Engineering Department.
- Visionary Entrepreneurs are More Than Idea People
A visionary is someone who can make sense out of the wealth of ideas, and weave together a plan for implementation that will make a difference in the world.
Montana Economic Development
- The Last Best Vine - Montana Vineyards & Wineries
With ingenuity and local ingredients, three Montana vintners have successfully shunned tradition to make bottles of unique wines that reflect the natural bounty of the treasure state.
- SBA Loans to Small Business Exporters on the Rise - Montana Supported $3.72 million in Export Loans in FY2012
"Giving small businesses the tools they need to export their goods and services and create jobs is an important part of our core mission," said SBA Administrator Karen Mills.
- Inland Empire Paper Company and AlgEvolve, Inc. Commission Advanced Water Treatment Facility
The AlgEvolve Advanced Biological Nutrient Recovery™ technology uses the production of algae to naturally consume nutrients in a water stream.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Montana's Rocky Mountain Front gives competitive edge: New report shows landscape draws jobs, boosts economy
A new economic report touts the potential of one of the country's most picturesque landscapes -- the Rocky Mountain Front west of Great Falls -- to draw people and jobs to the region.
- Senator Baucus Launches Montana Tourism-Trade Mission to Canada
The reason behind the mission is simple: tourists bring money to the area.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- University Of Montana Global Leadership Initiative To Host Community Discussion On Global Education, 10/30, Missoula
The University of Montana Global Leadership Initiative will host a community discussion about how Americans can be change agents in mobilizing foreign policy on education, "Harnessing the Power of Education: RESULTS in Action."
- "To The Summit! Mountaineering And Responsibility To The Planet" with mountaineers Conrad Anker, Peter Metcalf and Rick Reese , 11/2, University Of Montana - Missoula
The speakers will share conservation and life lessons they've learned among the world's highest mountains.
- Expert tells Missoula how to 'stay on the island' to attract businesses
The Missoula Economic Partnership brought Szatan to town. He spent several days touring the city and meeting with businesspeople to assess Missoula's strengths and weaknesses when it comes to attracting new companies.
- Shortage of welders sparks interest in training
The act of welding to some is more than a craft. It's an art that hundreds of thousands will need to master if their ranks are to keep pace with growing demand.
- Melaleuca to hire hundreds of workers
Frank VanderSloot said his company plans to build a new Bonneville County manufacturing plant and hire hundreds of new workers on the promise of a recently obtained patent.
- Boulder entrepreneurs, venture capitalists launch "Colorado -- Entrepreneurial by Nature" campaign
"We felt we really wanted to give people a chance to put a stake in the ground about (the entrepreneurial community)."
Washington State Business
- Doctor shortage could take turn for the worse
The Association of American Medical Colleges predicts that by 2020, the shortage will amount to more than 90,000 doctors, including 45,000 patient care physicians.
- SBA Redefines 'Small' Business
The SBA recently raised the size standards for 58 industries; the new definitions take effect Oct. 24.
- Schweitzer has big plans for expansion in Lewiston, Idaho
The expansion will give the Pullman, Wash.-based company room for more than 750 employees in Lewiston. The Lewiston facility now has 150 employees.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming biotech firm awarded $1M grant
University of Wyoming molecular biology professor Don Jarvis and former UW student Christoph Geisler received the grant for a collaborative effort to develop new platforms for manufacturing biotechnology products.
- Angel Investor and Venture Capital Search Engine Launches
"We are opening up this resource to allow small businesses in America ready access to the groups that are willing and able to supply their much needed capital.
- Wyoming, companies work to expand state's high-speed Internet access
Wyoming's a "pretty attractive place for somebody who says, 'Listen, I want to start up my business here,'" Gov. Matt Mead said. "But in order to do that, you have to have that connectivity."
- Jobs of the future: Technical, highly skilled
Kids' classroom work needs to be connected to "what they need to be able to do in the real world," Esau said. "That is a lot more engaging."
- TED Video: Beau Lotto + Amy O'Toole: Science is for everyone, kids included
Amy O'Toole is a 12-year-old student who helped run a science experiment inspired by Beau Lotto's participative science approach. At age 10 she became one of the youngest people ever to publish a peer-reviewed science paper.
- New York City program teaches next generation of tech workers
The creating of new tech roles, such as data scientist, is prompting educational institutions to revise or create new curricula and programs tailored to preparing students for careers in the IT industry.
Montana Education Excellence
- Hooking Up: Making the Most of B-School Partnerships
Given that the real strength of business schools seems to lie in developing ideas rather than coming up with them, shouldn't more schools be reaching out to their counterparts teaching in hard science, engineering, and the arts?
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana unveils new family medicine residency program
"There are about 52 jobs associated with this project, and the average salary will be about $70,000 per year," White said. "This will be a huge economic boost for western Montana."
- Assorted programs give students more pathways to college diplomas in Montana
UM's MBA degree is one of several other higher-educational programs in Billings.
- Booming Bitterroot College faces $50K shortfall, seeks sponsors for spring classes
Without some help from the community, the program may have to drop more than half of its offerings.
- UM Marketing Professor, Jakki Mohr Appointed To National Research Council Committee on Overcoming Barriers to Electric Vehicle Deployment
The committee will study the technological, infrastructure and behavioral aspects of introducing more electric vehicles into the country's transportation system, and will evaluate past incentive programs and the different components of the electric/hybrid vehicle "ecosystem."
Universities and Economic Development
- UM Entrepreneurship Club Meeting With Submittable And Orbital Shift, 11/01, Missoula, Montana
All are welcome to network with Montana's future entrepreneurs
- Business minds compile research strategies for University
The Commercialization Interchange was hosted by the U's Technology Commercialization Office, which aims to discover ways for university developments in the technology field to be brought into practical applications in the business world. The laid-back seminar included problem-solving workshops and lectures.
- Dust Off That Science: Marblar Wants To Bring The Crowd To Tech Transfer (And Change The World)
Marblar aims to find commercial uses for the thousands of scientific discoveries otherwise laying dormant in universities around the globe.
Funding and Building your Business
- Fix This - City Planning
Globally, more than half of us are now urbanites. How can we make our cities more sustainable, efficient, and prosperous in the years ahead? In our quarterly Fix This series, we get some answers from the experts
- Here's how to become an app store millionaire
Kaufman is a true indie -- with only one partner, he handles all the design, art and animation for his apps. And the success has been remarkable.
- Startup Execution Transcends the Idea From Day One
Repeatable practices to maximize business opportunities in large companies that apply equally well to startups:
- Video: Big Idea? Three Rules for a Perfect Elevator Pitch
Joe Green knows all about pitching. He has set up numerous online companies and hangs out with the stars of Silicon Valley, such as Mark Zuckerberg. He reveals the winning pitching formula to win over an investor with your big idea.
- 7 Startup Mistakes Kill the Best Profit Projections
I'm sure all you accountants will agree that fixing the mistakes listed here does not require rocket science, but I've seen them so often that to be forewarned is to be forearmed:
- 7 ways to stop being selfish and set your business up for success
Giving more is the key to growing more.
- How to extinguish a social media firestorm
Through an in-depth survey of online users, this study found that companies can repair their brands' reputations by having spokespeople engage with dissatisfied consumers online, especially with those who explicitly request a response.
- 10 Entrepreneur Tips Dodge Million-Dollar Mistakes
Certainly there are innumerable possible mistakes to be made, but there is a thread of common ones that I see across the range of all startups.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bozeman, Montana based SensoPath Technologies gets contract to continue cancer research
The contract will go toward the company's Phase II research into its treatment for recurring head and neck cancers.
- Necessity Births a Rural Broadband Network
Local leaders decided broadband was too important to wait for and embarked on a path of self-reliance with smart investments in Internet infrastructure.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Best Practices Rise to the Top in Digital States Survey
The Center for Digital Government (CDG) amasses an impressive inventory of strategies employed by states across the country to advance state priorities using technology.
- Big Dairy Enters the Era of Big Data
Fortunately, technology has made deep inroads into the world of dairy farming, helping manage day-to-day chores and collecting and analyzing the large batches of data a herd of cattle generates daily.
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