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“They are our most powerful weapons. One child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. Education is the only solution.” Malala Yousafzai, Young girl who was shot by the Taliban
Boy Genius Hopes to Change World - (Amazing!!) http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- SBDC Network Highlights | Summer 2013
SBDC Network Says Goodbye to Long-Time SBDC Director
- Montana Census & Economic Information Center Wins Award for Innovation with Mapping Technology
This award acknowledges GIS Coordinator Leslie Zolman's substantial work establishing an interactive map site for CEIC using Esri's ArcGIS Online product.
- Elon Musk Thinks He Can Get You From NY to LA in 45 Minutes
Elon Musk wants to revolutionize transportation. Again.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Energy Data Management Workshop, 8/2, Missoula
The all-day workshop is intended for facility operators and maintenance staff, managers and executives, and system and process engineers.
- Great Falls Development Authority - Top 7 for 7-7-2013
Congratulations to Craig Raymond for being named the new City Planning and Community Development Director!
- Great Falls Development Authority Top 17 for 7-14-2013
The Entrepreneur Elite met for their monthly Roundtable discussing pressing issues and receiving peer experience to aid in making growth decisions. If you would like to join this group of growth-focused business leaders, contact Rebecca Engum at REngum@GFdevelopment.org or 781-6832.
Come Home Montana
- Big data: not just a buzzword but a fact of life
Human beings are generating data at an astonishing rate - there is no clear explanation as to what this actually means for the user, the business or the world.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- King of the mountain - Conrad Anker Keeps Coming Home to Montana
Yet for all his accomplishment and stature, Anker is still bound to a single day in 1999 when the course of his and Jenni's lives dramatically changed. What happened that day is why he never leaves home without telling her when to expect his return.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Production Engineer, Construction Engineer, Director Records Management, Information Analyst and more... - NorthWestern Energy
NorthWestern Energy is committed to providing excellent service for our customers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing & Events Director - Missoula Downtown Association
This position is responsible for the comprehensive marketing of Downtown Missoula, the MDA, and its programs, publications and services.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Network System Engineer, System Administrators, Operations Assistant, First Call Computer Solutions
At First Call we view our employees as business partners. We share business problems, challenges and performance openly and look for input and people who take ownership.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Small Business Development Center Director - Big Sky Economic Development
BSED is seeking candidates with a strong ability to provide comprehensive business consulting to local businesses.
- Startup scenes are popping up in cities all over the world. Brad Feld is part of the reason.
Entrepreneurs must be the "leaders."
- Social Intelligence Competencies Predict Transformational Leadership Style and Effectiveness
"Most of us know we would rather work with a leader that engages us, values us and treats us with respect. Yet some scholars still question whether or not emotional and social intelligence matters in leadership effectiveness.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula Marathon brings $1.2 million to local economy
5,000 people will participate in the 2013 Missoula Marathon or Half Marathon, races which count a record number of registrants this year.
- 'Life change' prompts Butte, Montana Uptown buildings' owner to take new turn and put 4 buildings on the market
"I'm offering them for sale because they've been empty for so long. We haven't really had luck getting tenants. Having a bunch of empty buildings isn't good for the town."
- SBA Disaster Assistance Available to Montana Private, Nonprofit Organizations
SBA disaster assistance is now available in the Montana counties of Blaine, Chouteau, Custer, Dawson, Fergus, Garfield, Hill, McCone, Musselshell, Petroleum, Rosebud, Valley and the Fort Belknap, Fort Peck and Rock Boy's Reservations.
- Omnibar Launches in Missoula, Montana - Finally an Energy Bar for Omnivores
No sugars. No preservatives. Just solid, sustainable energy that will last throughout the day. Coming soon to a store near you.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- University of Montana Collaborative Grant to Promote Interaction Between Researchers and Private Companies
The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology recently was awarded a $149,000 grant to support the collaborative biomedical research and commercial development between the University of Montana and private Montana companies.
- CDFI Fund Releases Public Data on New Markets Tax Credit Investments
$26.4 Billion, $70 Million in Montana, in Tax Credits Have Revitalized Low-Income Communities Nationwide
- Helena's economic outlook is strong
Helena is again (for the third year in a row) ranked number two in the nation out of 576 cities under 50,000 people!
- Economic Partnership: Missoula poised to benefit from Bakken
In conjunction with the Montana World Trade Center, the MEP created a comprehensive 48-page manual for taking advantage of business activities in the Bakken.
- Montana Technology Connection, 7/30, Missoula, Montana
Learn more about how local providers have become leaders in the country in technology services and what you need to know to insure your businesses success.
- The Google Job Search: 4 Little-used Tools to Help You Land a Job
The Internet has grown to such an enormous size, many job seekers find it incredibly daunting. For example, a quick Google search for "jobs in pr" results in 700,000 listings!
- Intern experience at Great Falls Job Service mutually beneficial
"Stefanie was able to gather that data and put together some slide shows that we will use to determine if there is anything that we should change and which workshops are the most beneficial," Reynolds said. "We'll be using that as a tool for years."
Incubators and R&D
- Former Montana Governor Schweitzer Rejects Senate Bid
The Democrat told the Associated Press that he doesn't want to leave Montana and go to Washington.
- Cutbacks on 'The Rez'
At Pine Ridge Indian Reservation, one of the poorest parts of the United States, the budget cuts known as sequestration have slashed millions of federal dollars in funding.
- Senator Baucus Advances Investment in Montana Rural Schools, Jobs
Baucus is working to renew the Rural Education Achievement Program (REAP), which provides about $5 million each year that 420 Montana schools rely on to keep teachers on the job.
- University of Montana researchers, others close in on cause of bee collapse
"We still think it's a pathogen - a concurring infection of at least two different organisms that cause colony collapse, and they all happen to infect the intestines of the bees," said Colin Henderson, a project research manager at Bee Alert Technology and a professor at Missoula College. "We've done whole-colony experiments on this, and it works every time."
- University of Montana Science $5MM Phase 3 Funding is a First for Montana
"It's gratifying to be the first COBRE center in Montana to earn a Phase 3 award," Director Andrij Holian said. "At each stage these awards get more competitive and harder to get. This outcome is a direct result of the high level of science being conducted by our investigators."
- Project Minerva - University of Montana Researchers Land NASA Grant to Search Space for Exoplanets
The NASA award will enable UM to purchase one of the four 0.7-meter telescopes that, when used in conjunction with the others in the Minerva array, will allow astronomers to search the skies with innovative precision. It's the only exoplanet project of its kind.
- What Stanford's Startup Garage Teaches Us About Invention and Innovation
Stanford's Startup Garage is aimed at offering students a chance to identify a customer pain point, design a solution, and develop a business that supports its creation and launch.
Regional Economic Development
- Pennsylvania To Invest $100M in Tech Startups
The legislation (HB 465) is modeled after a similar program in Maryland that raised $84 million for $100 million in deferred tax credits to be serviced between 2014-2022.
- Will Europe Hit a Demographic Tipping Point?
Countries like Spain and Greece have astonishing youth unemployment rates of nearly 60%. What does the future of these countries' youth look like?
- Economic Cluster Policy Begins to Work
Led by the Economic Development and Small Business administrations, more than 50 pilot projects have been funded around the country.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Aerial firefighting company cancels move to Casper, Wyoming
The costs of keeping its hoped-for larger fleet in colder weather during the storage and repair months of the year outweighed the advantages of Wyoming's low-tax business climate.
Montana Education Excellence
- High School IT Interns in Local Government Find Solutions to Big Ideas (STEM)
Office of Information Technology interns are participating in experiential and project-based learning centered around science, technology, engineering, arts and math.
- 7 Inspiring TED Talks on the 21st Century Curriculum
The rigid teacher-centered instruction does not fit in the 21st century classroom.
- Montana State University's research at a crossroads as McCoy leaves
President Waded Cruzado praised McCoy, MSU's vice president for research for 15 years, leaving to do similar things for a Texas university, as a "wonderful" and "transformational" leader.
Funding and Building your Business
- Could Carless Cities Be On the Horizon?
"By the year 2033 -- my 100th birthday -- you're looking at a widespread ban on cars, certainly in the centre of town," he said. "There will be a major change in the power and form of cars everywhere, with electric rickshaws and devices that resemble Segways a common sight."
Energy and Climate Change
- Entrepreneurs are now measured against the "triple bottom line" (TBL or 3BL) of people, planet, and profit.
How does any entrepreneur define the right balance, and then measure their performance against real metrics?
- 10 Reality Checks to Verify Your Entrepreneur Fit
Consider the following ten reality checks on your entrepreneurial aspirations, before you step in so deep that it's hard to back out:
Connectivity & Communications
- Climate-Caused Blackouts Ahead, Warns DOE
The nation's entire energy system is vulnerable to increasingly severe and costly weather events driven by climate change, according to a report from the Department of Energy.
- Fatbeam Launches Fiber Optic Network in Butte Montana
At an estimated cost of $1.6M, Fatbeam will rival Google Fiber's much publicized 1Gigabit offering in certain U.S cities by delivering 2Gigabits of data transmission to each of the 14 Butte School District locations.
- TECH NOW: Cutting Cable, Part 4 - Choosing a streaming media player
In Part 4 of her 4-part series on cutting the cable cord, contributor Jennifer Jolly demonstrates the latest streaming media players from Roku and others.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Hawaii's Open Data Law Takes Aloha State to 'Next Level'
State CIO says the new law will help excite and engage citizens in developing solutions around government data.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Extractive Creative Economy - We shouldn't ship our artists out like we do timber or coal.
This is the extractive creativity economy in action.
- Baby cries offer 'window into the brain'
A new tool that analyzes babies' cries is a noninvasive way to pick up on clues to potential health and developmental problems, say researchers.
- Boy Genius Hopes to Change World - (Amazing!!)
Taylor Wilson - "I want to change the world."
- NASA successfully tests 3D-printed rocket part
Using the traditional manufacturing process, NASA says that it would have taken one year to build this part. With 3D printing the total time needed to make the part has been slashed to four months, reducing costs by 70 percent.
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