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"The days of going to a junkyard and trying to find an auto part that says Packard or Franklin on it are over. We can make almost anything we need right here in the shop ourselves." Jay Leno The "Maker Movement" - Who Says Jay Leno Isn't Cutting Edge? http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Certified ScrumMaster Training, 07/16, Missoula
Only 1 week until Montana's first ever Certified ScrumMaster training!
- Introduction To IOS Development, 07/29, Helena
This is an introductory course to iPhone/iPad Development.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Northwestern Energy - Utility works to rebuild trust; $370M investment in delivery system key
While NorthWestern Energy's purchases of gas and electric resources often get the headlines, the company is focusing just as much or more on the nuts and bolts of delivering that energy to customers, President and CEO Bob Rowe says.
- Artists, art lined up for Montana Folk Festival that runs July 12-14 in Butte, Montana
Here's a brief look some of the artists and non-music events planned for the Montana Folk Festival that runs July 12-14 throughout Uptown Butte.
- Montana's sweet spot - Big Sky is about clean air, recreation, embracing the West
In summer, when I visited, Big Sky recreation becomes an even broader palette of adventure: hiking, hunting, mountain-biking, zip-lining, fly-fishing, horseback-riding, rafting and golfing among them.
- Techlink - Moving technology from minds to markets ®
TechLink helps the US Department of Defense and other organizations to commercialize leading-edge new technology by partnering their labs with private sector companies for technology licensing and research and development.
- Economic Impacts Of Technology Transfer: Two Case Studies from TechLink
The study found that direct output (sales) resulting from the 326 TechLink-brokered technology-transfer agreements totaled $239.7 million at the time of the study.
Come Home Montana
- Review of "Predictive Analytics: The Power to Predict Who Will Click"
Get This Book to Make Better Models for Your Business
- TED Talks - Joel Selanikio: The surprising seeds of a big-data revolution in healthcare
Data geek Joel Selanikio talks through the sea change in collecting health data in the past decade
- Best place to spend the 4th of July - Missoula, Montana
Where would we as a team, away from personal friends & family, enjoy spending our 4th of July? The verdict? Missoula, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Hospital Positions - Community Hospital of Anaconda
Community Hospital of Anaconda was recently named a Top 100 Critical Access Hospital in America by the National Rural Health Association.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Customer Support Specialist - TeleSphere Software Inc.
You must be extremely detail oriented, be awesome at multi-tasking, love fast paced, very busy days, and enjoy working with a great bunch of co-workers.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's income tax revenue climbs significantly: Revenue Director Kadas credits oil boom and good farm production
The big growth this year is a very positive sign in this circumstance, because it shows Montana is coming out of the recession, during which time the income tax revenue amounts actually went down," Kadas said. "We feel good about the numbers."
- Surfing In Missoula, Montana Is Catching the Wave with Custom Surfboards From Strongwater Mountain Surf Co.
Already, Brown is hustling to keep up with orders on the new boards. "It's nuts," he said Tuesday from his workshop on South Higgins Avenue.
- Missoula-based Modern Machinery helps keep Russia gold mining Modern
"We're doing more revenue now in Russia (than the U.S.)," Sheridan said. "We never thought that would happen."
- Seeley Lake airport pushes economy
"They love the airstrip. They love the country. They're all from back east, or south, California, Idaho," Seeley Lake Airport Manager Mike Lindemer explained.
- Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Welcome to the Governor's Office of Economic Development
- Montana SBA District Office Newsletter
Workshop: Obtain Your Women-Owned Small Business Status for Government Federal Contracting
- Flathead County Outlines $44 Million Capital Improvement Plan
The Flathead County Commission unanimously approved the county's capital improvement plan last week; the document lays out the proposed projects for fiscal years 2014 through 2018.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- Why Productive People Get Up Insanely Early
If you want to do your best work, distraction is your enemy. So wake before it rises.
City Club Missoula
- Canada's OneGigabit planning Internet connection at Google Fiber-like speeds
The new Vancouver-based startup, dubbed OneGigabit, is offering fiber Internet at speeds of one gigabit per second, which is 60 times faster than the Canadian average.
- Gov. Steve Bullock addresses Missoula City Club
Bullock was the guest speaker at City Club in Missoula. He talked about missed opportunities and laid out vision for the future.
- Barbara Morgan STEM Academy will invite students on a path of discovery
"It's not just about careers," she said. "It's about having a literate society."
- Get small: Oregon tech companies recalibrate after years of struggle
Shrinkage is inevitable, of course, when sales fall. All companies cut back. Increasingly, though, they're trying to make modesty part of the strategy.
- Why Are California's Businesses Disappearing?
It's not exactly clear why California's businesses are disappearing.
Regional Economic Development
- Diagnosis: Insufficient Outrage
At what point does it become a crime?
Utah Economic Development
- Community centers for start-ups create buzz
Call it a community center for start-ups, a central gathering place for entrepreneurial activity. Even better, it's a key economic development driver.
Washington State Business
- In push for STEM education, officials shouldn't overlook technical workers
"If we're going to give our children and our youth the skills to be competitive in the global economy, we've got to make sure they have math and science backgrounds,"
- State's students flocking to computer-science programs
Students are flocking to computer science and engineering majors, even as the state sets aside $18 million to grow those programs at state universities. But the money may not be enough.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Business Council launches new campaign to attract manufacturing
The Wyoming Business Council launched a new marketing campaign aimed at recruiting outdoor-products manufacturing and supply chain companies to the state.
- Keeping the tourists in town
Tourism is big business. It is always a leading revenue source for the state and an industry essential for the economy of many Wyoming communities.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Death of the textbook--and the 50-pound bookbag
If his professor asks the students to follow along in the textbook, he taps his iPad, opens a digital copy and quickly lands at the right place without thumbing through any pages.
- Report notes shortage of high-quality STEM teachers
A shortage of math and science teachers could spell trouble for the economy, considering the projected growth of occupations that require skills in science, technology, engineering and math (commonly called STEM skills).
- Using QR Codes to Enhance Learning
By trying different technology tools such as QR codes, educators can help engage students, get them excited about learning and help them collaborate with others.
- Goldman Sachs Invests in High-Quality Preschool
In Utah, Goldman Sachs is working with Chicago investor J.B. Pritzker and the United Way of Salt Lake to offer $7 million in loans to pay for the expansion of preschool programs that enroll at-risk children.
- Big gains for kids in expanded Head Start
Preschoolers in Head Start who took part in an additional intervention showed significant improvement in behavior and attention, and their parents had reduced levels of stress.
Montana Education Excellence
- Target Range teacher Kaye Ebelt receives yearlong Einstein Fellowship
To help the youngsters fulfill their dream of space travels or creating the know-how to send others, Ebelt leaves in August for a yearlong Einstein Fellowship at the National Science Foundation in Virginia.
- New MSUB business dean focuses on accreditation, new programs
"Some companies are getting into social entrepreneurship, trying to produce products that make a profit," she said. "We'll be trying to match our skills with their needs."
Funding and Building your Business
- A Sustainable City With Cars and Low-Density Homes? It's Possible
The key to meeting this challenge, they argue, is creating brand new communities around a "dual roadway system."
- Entrepreneur looks to crowdfunding to help cities pay for the things we want and need
Through Neighbor.ly, city and county governments, neighborhood associations, nonprofits and other civic organizations can raise money from individual contributors.
Energy and Climate Change
- Getting people to take ownership of their jobs
Companies haven't stepped up to job ownership by defining it in writing and communicating what it is. They've failed to explain the big picture and the rewards it brings.
- 10 deep-dive interview questions for your unconventional business
Everyone works hard to seem interesting to employers, but the best prospects are those who appear to be interested.
- 10 Lessons For Entrepreneurs on Building Trust
They won't come if they don't trust you.
- 5 Startup Culture Crises That Need Immediate Action
How does a Founder recognize the warning signs, let alone know what to do about it?
- Women entrepreneurs sizzle, but still lack confidence
I often had to remind women entrepreneurs to take the word "just" out of pitches to clients or investors.
- Internet Entrepreneurs Think Beyond Get Rich Quick
The reality is that if you build a business you love, you may in fact make big money, but if you start a business to get rich, you will probably fail.
- An Entrepreneur Platform To Put You Above the Crowd
The days when you could launch your business with a new web site, and the phone would begin to ring, are long gone.
- 6 Emerging Technologies and What They Mean to CIOs
Which emerging technologies are worth investing in and which should CIOs steer clear of?
- Business hiring may anticipate better economy
Why are businesses hiring so many workers in a weakening economy?
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana well positioned for new energy reality
Montana and states throughout the Rockies now have enormous opportunities to dramatically change the way Americans produce and receive electricity. With his announcement President Obama has begun that transition.
- EPA Drops Fracking Studies across U.S.
Now the EPA will instead hand the study over to the state of Wyoming, whose research will be funded by EnCana, the very drilling company whose wells may have caused the contamination.
- How to cut the TV cable cord
We'll walk you through the process from start to finish.
- Wi-Fi is about to get faster, more reliable
The new technology - 802.11ac - has the potential to be up to four times as fast as the current standard 802.11n technology.
- Are Civic Hackathons Stupid?
Apps contests are not just overdone - there are just so many of them - but actually are becoming counterproductive, turning off developers and governments. In fact, they are stupid.
- MILLIONS UNCLAIMED - Montana website makes searching for property easier
The Montana Department of Revenue has just launched a user-friendly "Click for cash" button on its website where people can enter their names and see if they have unclaimed property waiting.
- Putting Citizens First Is a Big Part of Big Data
Citizen engagement is a big part of big data, so analyzing, sharing and engaging with that data should come naturally to governments. It's what they have always done, and now's not the time to stop.
- Portland Takes Pedal Power to New Limits
It's logical, then, that a Portland entrepreneur, Franklin Jones, would have helped pioneer the new field of pedal-powered freight delivery.
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