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We are so excited that we have made it to the Final Four round of SoMeT voting. Go Missoula! The PR we have received thus far has been amazing and we can't even put a price on the exposure we have garnered. In addition to the PR, getting this conference would provide a huge economic impact for us in the off-season. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!! - Missoula Makes Into the Final Four & We Need Your Help on Tuesday 3/26 ! This will be great for ALL of Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Montana Department of Commerce
- Tennessee Is Home to U.S. Leader in Offering Fast Internet
ITIF Senior Research Fellow Richard Bennett appeared on PBS Newshour last week to discuss high-speed broadband in the United States
2013 Montana Legislature
- Grant brings 32 new jobs to Hamilton, Montana GlaxoSmithKline facility
The Big Sky Economic Trust Fund is designed to aid in the development of good-paying jobs for Montana residents, to promote long-term stable economic growth in Montana.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Legislative Alert: Bill to abolish Montana Department of Commerce and transfer functions to Montana Department of Labor Hearing Notification for HB621
If you wish to contact members of the House Appropriations you can do so in several ways:
- Dorsey & Whitney - Consumer Protection Wherever You Pay: FTC Releases Mobile Payment Industry Report
The report identified three primary areas of concern: dispute resolution regarding unauthorized charges, data security, and privacy.
- Trademark Clearinghouse For New gTLDs (domain name extension) Opens March 26
It will soon be possible to create domain names along the lines of ourcompany.tech or yourtrademark.store.
- Vision Net To Present At Cloud Summit In Billings On April 9
The Cloud Summit presents a rare opportunity for Montana businesses to hear directly from global leaders in the cloud industry.
Come Home Montana
- Twitter, Pinterest Increase Focus On Real-Time Analytics
As marketers begin to understand insights coming from data, social sites have begun to increase efforts to parse data that provides deeper insights into meaning and content.
- Four types of data analytics that providers are using to improve population health
The push by the government to reduce healthcare costs and the increased liability providers have is forcing them to more easily identify and help chronic care patients to better manage their conditions.
- Technology And BIG Data Are Changing The Retail World
Change #1 - Predictions are becoming more difficult to make:
- Analytics used to predict who will leave a job!
"The scarcest resource any company has is human resources," Mr. Siegel said. Predictive analytics offers the possibility to "preemptively intervene" in employee attrition, and "that's the holy grail," Mr. Siegel said.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Computer Systems Senior Administrator, CRM Application Associate, Executive Coordinator - Davidson Companies
Davidson is a great place to work. Our employees are the reason for our success and as an employee-owned company, they share in that success.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's Submittable ranked at the top of the Y Combinator Startup Index
Submittable will save you and your staff hundreds of hours per month while increasing quality and creating new revenue streams.
- Success School - SBA's e200 class offers instruction for Montana small-business owners
When it comes to business, however, the bottom line speaks the loudest. And in that regard, the payoff from e200 could be considered significant.
- Aeronautics company eyes land at Helena airport
Among other assets he sees locally for aerospace manufacturing a local workforce withe the necessary training and skills.
City Club Missoula
- Action Institute for Montana hosts growth conference
During the state's first-ever Action Institute for Montana conference, held in Lewistown this week, representatives from a number of Montana communities learned how to facilitate growth in a healthy and economically beneficial way.
Incubators and R&D
- CCM Presents: Missoula Wayfinding: Developing A Strategic Marketing And Navigation Strategy For The Garden City, 4/8
What might Missoula's system look like? What will it take to build it? Doesn't Missoula have enough signs already? Come hear about the project from three of its leaders.
Oregon Economic Development
- MSU Wind Application Center to make wind energy more efficient
Researchers at the Montana State University Wind Application Center want to make wind energy more efficient.
- How one little-known biotech incubator is changing the face of medicine
By pairing experts with would-be entrepreneurs, Chicago Innovation Mentors is creating a path for knew technologies.
- No takers for Pendleton's $100,000 development offer
The city of Pendleton can't seem to give money away.
- Farmland prices: Is the bubble about to burst?
The favorable mix of both cash and credit has provided fuel to drive up land values across the Midwest, stoking fears of a bubble ready to burst.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Sequester hits those in need on Wind River Indian Reservation - "This isn't about cuts. It's about lives."
Nationwide, schools on reservations received only 46 percent of their needed funding in 2012.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- TED Talk - Shane Koyczan: "To This Day" ... for the bullied and beautiful
Shane Koyczan makes spoken-word poetry and music. His poem "To This Day" is a powerful story of bullying and survival, illustrated by animators from around the world.
- TED Talk: Ayah Bdeir: Building blocks that blink, beep and teach
Imagine a set of electronics as easy to play with as Legos.
- Teenage app makers see the world through an iPhone and Android prism
"You could say the movie 'The Social Network' was for them what "Easy Rider" was for an earlier generation," says Milpitas High School teacher John Ribovich, who's run across app developers in his English classes. "It was just like a way to live."
- National Security Agency recruits high school hackers
Bored with classes? Carnegie Mellon University and one of the government's top spy agencies want to interest high school students in a game of computer hacking.
- Blind, severely disabled boy forced to take standardized test
This isn't an isolated case.
- No big savings in shortened school week
A state education department review of schools that have switched to a four-day week has found most districts are not seeing substantial savings.
- Community service required for high school graduation?
"One thing we appreciate [in the business world] is a breadth of experience," said Chris Smith, a Nordstrom's analyst who was testifying as a private citizen. "Emotional intelligence is not a squishy thing, but it contributes" to how a young person adjusts to the working world.
- Teaching Students to Ask Their Own Questions - One small change can yield big results
When students know how to ask their own questions, they take greater ownership of their learning, deepen comprehension, and make new connections and discoveries on their own.
- Retooling Shop Class
"When students are building and making physical things, you can see their ideas concretized in these projects," says Blikstein, who detailed his research of new-style shop classes in a recent paper. "For teachers, it's a great opportunity to see how students are processing the knowledge they have acquired," he says.
- Montana students show smarts at STEM - This year saw a surge in high school students participating in the event.
Trevor Hughes, vice president of Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Co., said he and company president Josh Hughes always planned to find a way to help the community through their work. They found it when they received an education grant allowing them to teach elementary school students the basics of computer programming.
Funding and Building your Business
- PLEASE VOTE TODAY!!! - Missoula Makes Into the Final Four & We Need Your Help on Tuesday 3/26 !
We couldn't have gotten into the Final Four without you and your networks, and now we are again asking for your help.
- Mayor Sean Becker: Bozeman is thriving but will need support from voters
At the end of his speech, Becker, who has served on the City Commission for eight years, said he does not plan to run for re-election next fall. Being mayor has been a remarkable experience, he said, but life is busy. Becker works as an adviser at the Montana Small Business Development Center. He and his wife have two small children.
- TED Talk - Mind Blowing Statistics - Hans Rosling: Global population growth, box by box
The world's population will grow to 9 billion over the next 50 years -- and only by raising the living standards of the poorest can we check population growth.
Connectivity & Communications
- Startups Must Adapt to New Customer Buying Dynamics
Today's customer buying dynamics are all about "user experience."
- Winning Elevator Pitch Examples
Think about networking events where you might talk to a dozen people for little more than a few minutes. What do you want people walking away remembering about you?
- Team Building is Not an Extracurricular Activity: How to Make Company Culture a Priority from Day One
From the hiring practices to the onboarding process to daily interactions with seasoned employees, small changes to your company's culture can make a huge difference in employees' attitude and work.
- Startups Stick with Organic vs Paid Search Results
According to new research, 90% of search engine users rarely look at the paid results.
- How to Create a Truly Great Presentation
The phrase "Death by PowerPoint" has been a cliché for years, but sadly the same clichés are being perpetuated day in day out - slides "designed" using hideous templates, crawling with bullet points and paragraphs in tiny fonts, which presenters then read out in a monotone (turning their backs to the audience), using interchangeable meaningless corporate jargon.
- The Semantic Web Opens a New Age for Entrepreneurs
Someday you will be able to ask your browser or smart phone open questions like "Where should I take my wife for a good movie and dinner?"
- 10 Entrepreneur Comments That Kill Investor Deals
You probably think these are so obvious that they are clichés. I wish that were true, but I still see them happening every day.
- Google Ventures' Secret Mantra For Super-Productive Meetings
It's) about the habit of continuously recording the value from your conversation. For example: If you're talking about a new concept, you should be sketching it as you talk so your team has a shared understanding and an artifact of the conversation.
- 7 Worst Entrepreneurial Perceptions From Engineers
Clearly, engineers should think twice before assuming they have an advantage over the rest of us toward being an entrepreneur.
- Plan your free time and who to spend it with using an app.
Apps and services that seek to bring people together or find fun things to do saturate the market.
- TED Talk: David Cameron: The next age of government
The leader of Britain's Conservative Party says we're entering a new era -- where governments themselves have less power (and less money) and people empowered by technology have more.
- Big Data Brings Big Benefits to Bloomberg's New York
"I think of us as the Get Stuff Done Folks," Michael Flowers who oversees the group, said. "All we do is take and process massive amounts of information and use it to do things more effectively."
- University of Montana Students To Award $10,000 To Local Nonprofits
The grants will benefit local nonprofits and enhance the Missoula community.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- At 17, App Builder Rockets to Millions in Riches From Yahoo Deal
A person familiar with the situation said Yahoo paid tens of millions of dollars for the company. Not bad for a team that will bring just two other employees to Yahoo and generates no revenue.
- Old cellphones hold a host of treasure for innovators in the maker movement
Here is an example of how a maker can predict the availability of inexpensive chip sets that will be hackable/purchasable. An 18 month old smart phone carcass will yield a slew of sensors for chump change.
- Heart repair breakthroughs replace surgeon's knife
Now some patients are getting repairs for valves, irregular heartbeats, holes in the heart and other defects -- without major surgery.
- 3D printing pen that can draw real objects into existence raises over USD 2m on Kickstarter
The 3Doodler is an example of a business using forward-thinking for an emerging trend, finding a way into the market and future-proofing their concept. Product developers - plenty of inspiration here.
- National Fab Lab Network Proposed
Fab Labs are state-of-the-art fabrication laboratories available to the public throughout the country where children and adults can invent, design and manufacture products. The equipment can be used to design anything from tools to motors to data networks to artwork.
- Even with poor infrastructure, rail exceeds air market share in many domestic corridors
This is good for everyone, airlines included.
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