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2013 Montana Legislature
- Montana Technology Innovation Partnership - SBIR/STTR and TBED Newsletter - April 2013
Before protection by patent is complete, there are often circumstances under which inventors need to discuss or write about their technology with others, such as technical assistance counselors or investors.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Montana House backs historic rewrite of public school funding
"You have to prepare our young people to go on, and this bill does it," said Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip. "Not only that, but it provides a stable form of funding."
GigaPOP in Missoula
- What are the implications of a successfully registered trademark via the state of Montana or Federal?
Companies interested in filing for state trademark protection will want to search the USPTO database for similar trademarks prior to filing with the state.
- Google AdWords will soon hit Australia, Brazil, China and a country near you
Brand owners should take heed of an upcoming change in the online advertising policy of the world's most popular internet search engine.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- A Failing Grade for Broadband in our Schools
Education technology can't fulfill its promise if students can't get online.
- Provo, Utah to become nation's third Google Fiber high-speed city
Residents of Provo will soon be among the most technologically connected people in the country with a chance for free Internet service at the fastest speeds in the country.
- Who Should Control Broadband?
The question of who will install fiber-optic networks and who will control them is key because it could impact decades of economic growth. Telecom giants like AT&T think they should be the only player.
- PSC Asking Montanans To Complete Broadband Survey
Commissioners said they have a responsibility to provide direction for future broadband projects in the state and said the PSC survey is an opportunity for all Montanans to weigh in.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Montana Office of Tourism - Summer Theater, True Fishing Tales and A Frozen Era
Fort Peck is probably the easiest gateway into the 1,100,000-acre, delightfully remote Charles M. Russell National Wildlife Refuge, where you can catch a glimpse of year-round bugling elk herds, red fox, sage grouse and other prairie wildlife.
- Blackfoot To Honor 28 Local Students With $24,000 In Scholarships At Annual Meeting , 5/4, Missoula, Montana
Bill Squires , Blackfoot CEO , said, "Scholarships are just one way we give back to our Cooperative communities. It's an honor to meet these future leaders and recognize their high school success and future potential."
Come Home Montana
- Why big data needs human insight
The combined powers of human and machine offer the best hope for dealing with the world's biggest challenges.
- Businesses Are Measuring The Wrong Things
How does a business know if it is doing well?
- Boston Marathon case shows health IT gaps to be fixed in next phase of Massachusetts' Health Information Exchanges
Being able to run a query on anyone coming into an ER in a situation like the one that played out in Boston yesterday is the holy grail of the HIE network.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Technical Writer, Director, Acceptance & Integration , Vubiquity
We're always seeking talented individuals who are self-motivated, and who thrive in a high-growth, entrepreneurial environment.
- Rise of the Rest: It's Not Just Silicon Valley Anymore
"A lot of people are returning home. There's such energy and excitement for successful businesspeople to invest and be part of a startup community."
- Entrepreneurship in the New Rural America - Montana author Diane Smith says technology is increasing economic opportunities away from cities
"In order to survive, for much of its history," Smith continues, "Rural Americans had to learn basic attributes of entrepreneurship - traits like risk taking, hard work, frugality, and self-reliance. Notably, these are the same characteristics we also use to describe America's early pioneers."
- National entrepreneurship program Venture for America debuts in Baltimore
"We send out fellows to cities across the country that have high quality startups and, perhaps, less access to talent than major metropolitan areas," says Mike Tarullo, vice president of corporate development. "We look for places graduates might not think of going but have great opportunities."
- Flynn's Harp: Seattle area eyes attracting financial firms
The Economic Development Council of Seattle and King County has a list of industry clusters representing the key pillars of the region's economy and thus the key focuses for growth. Financial services is the newest industry on the list and attracting the most interest.
Come Home Wyoming
- HealthShare Montana Newsletter - April 2013
HealthShare Montana is currently working directly with these and other organizations to connect them to the statewide health information exchange.
- The International Think Tank - A Business Think Tank And Innovation Institution
The International Think Tank is a business think tank and innovation institution. We innovate to increase the quality, marketability and overall market potential of businesses, products and services that result in the betterment of mankind.
- Sen.Jon Tester announces Montana panelists for his May 17 tourism workshop
Senator's 'Big Sky Advantage' panel showcases successful tourist-friendly companies
- Blue Cross of Montana execs' pay dwarfed by compensation at potential buyer - Montana officials not yet convinced on Blue Cross merger
Mike Frank, the CEO and president of Blue Cross of Montana, had $635,000 in total compensation for 2012, according to records filed with the state, including a $213,000 bonus. Blue Cross of Montana reported $10 million in underwriting losses last year - a year after having $5.4 million in losses.
- Algae Aqua-Culture Technology, Inc. Announces the Appointment of Loretta Napoleoni to Its Board of Directors
Algae Aqua-Culture Technology is an early-stage company located in Whitefish, Montana that creates bioenergy systems to produce renewable fuels, organic soil fertility conditioners and soil regenerating products, greenhouse crops, bio-oils, electricity, and heat.
- Helping Business Take the Next Step - MCFC newsletter April 2013
Is your business looking to finance commercial real estate or a large piece of equipment?
Business Plan Forums
- Wyoming Career Opportunity - Information Specialist - University of Wyoming
Prepares detailed and thorough market research and analysis reports for a variety of Wyoming businesses.
- Business Plan Contest finalists symbolize growth targets for state investment plan
The list is a harbinger of emerging opportunities.
- Baucus says 'train wreck' comment on Obamacare implementation needs context
"This is a good law, but it can't work if people don't understand it."
- Melaleuca's VanderSloot calls Idaho businesses to back immigration reform
"My position is we ought to secure the borders," VanderSloot said. "But no fence will be tall enough or wide enough. There's not enough razor wire to put on top of it or under it, because (those illegally entering the country) love their kids. They want a better life."
Regional Economic Development
- Western Governors request private sector be utilized to improve federal forest management
With continued uncertainty due to sequestration and the potential for further federal budget cuts, we recognize the financial challenges involved in such an endeavor, but believe that engaging the forest products industry as a partner can help alleviate some of these challenges.
- High student debt is dragging down the U.S. economy
The paper starts by noting that student debt has grown dramatically over the last decade -- some 43 percent of Americans under the age of 25 had student debt in 2012, with the average debt burden now $20,326. By contrast, back in 2003, just 25 percent of younger Americans had debt, and the average burden was $10,649.
- Oregon venture capital off to fastest start in 13 years
By the NVCA's count, though, Washington handily exceeded Oregon in the first quarter, besting the state by $18 million.
Washington State Business
- Our Economic Engine is Human Capital
Economic value doesn't always equate to monetary value however little if anything with monetary value will ever get produced without the contribution of human capital.
- What's Your Definition of Rural?
These definitions may not be precise enough for determining eligibility for federal rural development programs, but most of us will intuitively know these places when we see them:
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Pend Oreille County to get community broadband
The PUD this year is finishing a $34 million expansion of its fiber network to reach about 5,000 homes and businesses.
- Report on the Grad Nation Action Team Collaborative Convenings: College Readiness, Access and Completion Source: America's Promise Alliance
The report noted that non-academic factors such as financial and cultural barriers were as important as having adequate academic skills in determining whether a student would achieve college completion.
- Opportunity by Design: New High School Models for Student Success
"It is urgent that we act on what we know and redesign for success."
- A Nation Still At Risk: How We Can Fix Our Schools
Real change in America is possible, but only if we stop tinkering at the margins.
- Can New Building Toys for Girls Improve Math and Science Skills?
"The old chestnut that girls don't build is really gone. Now there is considerable interest in girls building."
- Montana Senator Jon Tester: Race to the Top must 'help kids, not create grant writers'
"Race to the Top doesn't work real well for small school districts," Tester told Duncan. "We only have small school districts in Montana. What can be done so that we're not creating grant writers, but we are getting money to the ground to help kids move forward in these rural school districts?"
- 'Making Scientists' - What works for which students, and why.
One of the most important things administrators can do is to demonstrate to faculty that they believe in and desire pedagogical change.
Montana Education Excellence
- Republicans Versus the Business Community
The R.N.C.'s ill-advised attack on the Common Core has placed it in conflict with the business community in general and specifically the Business Roundtable, an association of chief executive officers of leading U.S. companies with more than $7.3 trillion in annual revenues and nearly 16 million employees.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU Online launches graduate certificates in architecture as well as online Spanish courses for professionals
The certificate is intended to provide the knowledge, skills and insights needed by young professionals to become the next generation of leaders in professional practice.
- Guest opinion: Workforce-only focus shortchanges University of Montana students
The financial guillotine forced onto the State Flagship Institution will not make it more efficient or better. Instead it will cost jobs, programs and future opportunities for Montanans and negatively impact their thinking ability.
- Entrepreneurship at the University of Montana - Alex Chandler Receives Grant for Water Bottle Refilling Station
Alex hopes giving students better options to refill reusable bottles will reduce the University's garbage footprint and encourage resource conservation.
- MSU-Northern technology expo draws hundreds of high school students
"It's a little bit of a recruiting tool," said Mary Heller, director of Career Services at MSU-Northern. "It gives us a chance to get high school students interested in the diesel mechanics program, the automotive technology program and the agricultural technology programs. We get a chance to talk to them and explain the educational opportunities that are here. But our industry partners that come to this event do eventually hire our students. These students can see that these are real people who, someday when they want a job, come to our campus and hire."
Funding and Building your Business
- Halting urban sprawl may improve social interaction
The more centralized and area is -- or the less sprawl it has -- the more easily people are able to get together to socialize and share ideas.
- TEDx is making its way across Montana. Who's next?
It started out (in 1984) as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design.
Energy and Climate Change
- How does a company measure local community demographics when expanding or relocating?
What does a community need to consider to attract new businesses?
- The Impact of Strategic Focus and Previous Business Experience on Small Business Performance
This study examines whether or not having an internal or external strategic focus interacts with prior experience in the small business realm to impact perceived organizational performance.
- Don't Hurt Friends and Family Investors Who Love You
In their passion to succeed, too many entrepreneurs treat friends and family investments as "low-hanging" fruit, only to find out later, after a stumble, that the pain of lost relationships is greater than the loss of their beloved startup.
- Award-winning journalist Nance Guilmartin to deliver keynote address at W2: The Women to Women Conference, 5/23 in Bozeman, Montana
Guilmartin will discuss ways to exercise leadership skills that can save time and strengthen relationships.
- Venture Capital, Social Capital and the Funding of Women-led Businesses
The study finds that VC firms that did invest in WLBs saw an improvement in their VC firm's performance, which means that investments in WLBs are successful, leading to a positive return on the VC firm investments.
- Why the Lean Start-Up Changes Everything
Although the methodology is just a few years old, its concepts--such as "minimum viable product" and "pivoting"--have quickly taken root in the start-up world, and business schools have already begun adapting their curricula to teach them.
Connectivity & Communications
- Brain in a Dish Controls Power Grid
Forget smart. The next generation electrical grid could be sentient.
- Stanford scientists develop new type of solar structure that cools buildings in full sunlight
A Stanford team has designed an entirely new form of cooling panel that works even when the sun is shining. Such a panel could vastly improve the daylight cooling of buildings, cars and other structures by radiating sunlight back into the chilly vacuum of space.
- After Boston Marathon, Google releases people finder tool
The people finder tool isn't released for every disaster. The Google Crisis Team analyzes the scale of impact of the disaster and then determines which tools would be most useful for responding to the given situation, according to information posted by Google.
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