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"Sometimes I think the best way to prevent Alzheimer's is fully fund early childhood education." Steven Arnold, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Memory Center http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
This morning! - Hamilton Open Coffee Club, 07/23, Hamilton - Great networking opportunity in the Bitterroot http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana Healthcare Foundation Seeks Trustees http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
Great Falls Development Authority
- Great Falls Development Authority - Top 16 for 7-21-2013
GFDA investors and partners will gather on August 7th to hear a special presentation by Jerry Jendusa, founder and CEO of EMTEQ at our Annual Meeting, 11:30 AM at the Hilton Garden Inn. We'll also be announcing new initiatives to grow and diversify the Great Falls regional economy.
Come Home Montana
- How a secretive panel uses data that distorts doctors' pay
Unknown to most, a single committee of the AMA, the chief lobbying group for physicians, meets confidentially every year to come up with values for most of the services a doctor performs.
- CFOs Ignore Big Data at Their Peril - It's Time for CFOs to Embrace Big Data
"This offers a combination of much better quality for notably higher efficiency and lower costs." Chevron CFO Patricia Yarrington.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - PhillCo Economic Growth Council
Understanding of non-profit management and ability to work with Board of Directors, local officials, community members, and Bear Paw Development Corporation to accomplish action items set forth in the PhillCo Economic Growth Council Strategic Plan.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Account Coordinator, Web Developer/Tech - Banik
Does working for us work for you?
- 10 most entrepreneurial states - #1 is Montana
Montana has fast become the no. 1 state for startup activity, according to the annual Kauffman Index of Entrepreneurial Activity, having raced to the top spot this year from a 17th-place ranking a year earlier,
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President of Operations, IT Security Specialist, Claims Attorney and more... - Montana State Fund
Not Just Jobs, Careers
- Meet Kerryn Gerety of Fundraise.com - She really likes Missoula, Montana
It was really great to have the team in Missoula, Montana. It's a magical little incubator for startups over there and the people are amazingly genuine.
- Montana Business Opportunity - Small Technology Business For Sale
Two business lines provide ample growth opportunity in the health and wellness/athletics sectors
- Foundation pledges $2M to promote entrepreneurship in Montana - Blackstone Charitable Foundation Expands Campus Entrepreneurship Program "Blackstone LaunchPad" to Montana
Partnering with The University of Montana, Montana State University and Headwaters RC&D to Train the Region's Next Generation of Entrepreneurs
- The Ultimate Balancing Act: Five Tips for the Collegiate Entrepreneur
You don't have to go it alone.
- Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership Montana has selected 20 participants for inaugural class.
Montana State University announced the inaugural class for Resource Education and Agriculture Leadership Montana, a two-year program focused on building a network of informed and engaged leaders to advance the agriculture and natural resource industries in Montana.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Montana couple making 'magical' fly rods - 'Tom Morgan Rodsmiths'
Seventeen years ago, a long battle with Multiple Sclerosis left him paralyzed from the neck down. And yet, 'Tom Morgan Rodsmiths' carries on. How?
- Interview with Helena, Montana's Sri Vellanki, founder of Tech Tips and Nano Nails
The adoption of mobile touchscreen technology is transforming nearly every industry. Therefore, products that can make the human interaction with these devices more easy and accurate will be sought out.
- Stephen J. Mauer, CPA, owner of MauerPower Consulting provides CFO by-the-hour services to visionary entrepreneurs.
Ideal clients see their time is best focused on the vision, yet understand the need for a teammate with financial expertise; someone who speaks "money," and can answer these "money" questions:
- Montana's Injection Technologies develops device that replaces the standard syringe for injecting facial fillers
Injection Control Device (ICD) is a medical device designed to graft tissue (fat & synthetic fillers) in three dimensions for use in cosmetic surgery
- Innovation Expert On Site - Evaluate Your Business Idea, 11/14, Missoula
Have you thought about who your customer is? Is there a market for your product? Are you ready to be a business owner? Have you written a business plan? Can you make money in the business? How can you get cash for your business?
- Innovation Roundtable - Measuring Success Online With Google Analytics, 10/30, Missoula
Do you know which of your online marketing activities are driving sales to your business? Google Analytics can tell you.
- Innovation Roundtable - Developing Your Brand, 10/09, Missoula
Sean Benton of PartnersCreative will share his expertise on branding - he'll walk you through the basics of defining a brand, thinking through the business you're "really" in, and generating basic messages to promote your products or services.
- Innovation BB Lunch - From Disruption To Value, 10/10, Missoula
Why the future of marketing lies in creating value for your customers?
- Innovation Roundtable - Writing (and Implementing) A Marketing Plan, 10/16, Missoula
Marketing Plans can easily be broken down into 10 simple questions that business owners need to ask themselves.
- Innovation Roundtable - Funding Emploee Training, 10/23, Missoula
Wolf Ametsbichler, Missoula Job Service Manager, will present information on a variety of funding opportunities for businesses to help meet training expenses for new and existing employees.
- Innovation BB Lunch - The Power Of Online Marketing, 11/07, Missoula
In this session Andy Commons, a local Internet Marketing Consultant, will discuss how to drive traffic to your website in order to increase profits by using Keyword Research, SEO, Pay-per-click ads, and Facebook Fan Page.
- Innovation Roundtable - How To Pitch To Angel Investors, 11/13, Missoula
James Grunke, president & CEO of Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) will give a brief presentation about the MEP Angel Network and provide the insights on how to prepare for a pitch session.
- My mom has no idea what I do: 5 future jobs your kids will be explaining to you
Here are a few jobs your kids could most likely be explaining to you amidst a lot of eye-rolling:
Government and University TechTransfer
- Why it's hard for the government to create green jobs
Trying to create hundreds of thousands of jobs on a tight time frame when not much is known about where they're actually needed might not deliver the best possible results.
- What's driving University of Washington's new business boom?
“In previous years, the survival rates of these UW start-ups was roughly 50-50,” Holt said. “Now it’s closer to 80 percent surviving. Not only are we getting more start-ups going now, but we’re launching ones that will last, and have a greater chance of success.”
Regional Economic Development
- No more parking on someone else's dime in Boise, Idaho
This year, the city is installing about 200 new parking meters with sensors to reset the meter when a car pulls away, removing any paid-but-unused time. The sensors also will prevent refeeding the meter beyond the maximum time or - sorry, sneaky sidewalk cafe user - pushing the free 20-minute button more than once.
South Dakota Economic Development
- States Target Research, Commercialization for Economic Growth
Lawmakers dedicated funds for life sciences research and for initiatives aimed at commercialization through partnerships with higher education and the private sector.
- R&D Tax Credits in Many States Seek to Help Business Development, Innovation
A number of states recently have taken action to expand R&D tax credits and other legislation that would support innovation, commercialization and manufacturing.
- State Sponsored Internship Programs to Build Relationships Between Employers, Students
During this year's legislative sessions, several states looked toward creating, providing support for or redesigning programs that help incentivize businesses to hire and mentor student interns.
- Leveraging Regional Assets - Insights from High-Growth Companies in Kansas City
"The small-town environment often contributes to higher-quality professional leads and the quick establishment of trusted business relationships. Entrepreneurship leaders therefore need to take more intentional, formalized steps to connect experienced and new entrepreneurs."
- Starting Up the Startup Act
If America could pass the JOBS Act in a hotly contested presidential election year, surely, we can come together in the name of economic recovery and job creation to finish the job for America's risk-takers, doers and makers of things.
Washington State Business
- Flip side of state business-friendly climate: low wages
Legislature has rejected attempts to boost minimum, and opponents of an increase say a bump could cost jobs
- DUI arrests decrease after state monopoly on liquor sales ends
While he can't make a case that a decrease in drunk driving arrests is linked to selling vodka and other hard liquor in grocery stores, the opposite didn't happen either with private sales.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming may not be equipping the next generation well enough.
In many respects, the issue isn't just one for lawmakers or local school boards. The issue is one for communities.
Montana Education Excellence
- STEM at the Forefront of States' Education Policy
A number of states have created STEM advisory councils under the governors' offices
- Keys to preventing Alzheimer's disease
"Sometimes I think the best way to prevent Alzheimer's is fully fund early childhood education." Steven Arnold, director of the University of Pennsylvania's Penn Memory Center
- Is Your K-12 Network Ready for Next-Generation Learning?
After spending millions to put next-generation learning tools into teacher and students' hands, districts around the country are finding their make-do networks can't handle the increased data traffic, connections to different devices or the video scaling needs.
- Five Numbers about Early Childhood
Five compelling facts that can be used by advocates, parents, healthcare providers, and anyone trying to improve outcomes for one child or for a community of children.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Office of Public Instruction gets $1.8M to help children on reservations
"The need for grass-roots, community-based solutions to address the mental health needs of children in these communities is clear."
- Montana State University admits mistake in faculty hiring numbers
One concern some faculty members have expressed is that MSU is only willing to hire research faculty at the lower-paid junior level - and that the university won't offer more competitive salaries at the higher, associate professor level that could attract scientists who might bring research grants worth thousands or perhaps $1 million with them to MSU.
- MSU student Andy Austin shines as an example of excellence in our future leaders
He goes beyond just donating bicycles in Africa to helping people start companies and become more financially independent.
- Montana's colleges continue to emphasize a rounded education
"In the age of the Internet, it's pretty easy to look things up. But the purpose of higher education is not just to know facts, but to learn how to think, problem solve and communicate."
- MSU announces development of new online programs
Montana State University has announced development of three new online programs covering nursing, digital marketing and gerontology, as well as seven individual courses in its initiative to expand the university's online offerings.
Energy and Climate Change
- iOS or Android? Choosing the Best Platform For Your Mobile App
Here are three factors to help you make the right decision for your app venture:
- What we wished we knew when we were 20
Many of the responses focus on the importance of building relationships, the importance of perseverance, and advice for those looking to start their own companies. Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/what-we-wish-we-knew-at-age-20-2013-7?op=1#ixzz2Zauzev2I
- New angel group FP Angels wants to take bicoastal bias out of angel networks
The focus is technology companies, including healthcare IT and medical devices. It expects to make investments of $50,000 to $500,000 and favors companies with pre-money valuations of $5 million to $7 million.
- 7 Steps to Outstanding Sales Growth for Your Startup
I'm a big proponent of self-help and practicing the pragmatics in-house first.
- Why 99.95% Of Entrepreneurs Should Stop Wasting Time Seeking Venture Capital
The reality is that most ventures do not qualify for venture capital and never will.
Connectivity & Communications
- Harvesting Clean Energy-- SAVE THE DATE!
The Northwest's premier gathering of agriculture, forestry, and energy industries to advance rural economic development through clean energy.
- Leaner, Meaner, Greener, Tri-county program helps businesses cut waste, save energy
"We wanted to show people that it is important to their bottom line to save energy," said Lewis and Clark County Grants Coordinator Laura Erikson. "The cost of business can be decreased," she added.
- Ron Wyden: 'Opt-in' should be the standard for online privacy
People very much in this country want to be able to say: I'm in charge of my information and my data."
- Butte School District, Fatbeam and MERDI team up for fiber optic cable connection
"What we're doing here is what they're doing in cities of 500,000 or more."
- Speak Your Piece: Broadband, Let's Get Real
The federal government says I should have no trouble getting broadband Internet service. My experience says otherwise.
- Missoula City Council adopts online privacy ordinance for workers
On Monday in a unanimous vote, the Missoula City Council preliminarily adopted an online privacy ordinance to protect employees from having to divulge private passwords to online accounts.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Montana Healthcare Foundation Seeks Trustees
The Search and Screening Committee of the Montana Healthcare Foundation seeks applications from interested Montanans who wish to serve as Foundation trustees. Five trustees will be selected to govern the Foundation.
- Whitefish Philanthropist and VC at Sequoia Capital Mike Goguen Donates $500,000 to Food Bank
"I love this place for the same reasons that everybody else does. I find it incredibly satisfying and rewarding when I do something that helps people in a significant way or solves a tough problem."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Mainstreet Uptown Butte gets $150K NEA grant
Butte is the only place in Montana to receive a grant from the NEA this year. Mainstreet Uptown Butte organizes the annual Montana Folk Festival.
- Forget Battery Swapping: Tesla Aims to Charge Electric Cars in Five Minutes
Tesla plans to introduce cars in the $30,000 to $35,000 range in the next few years.
- Hamilton Open Coffee Club, 07/23, Hamilton - Great networking opportunity in the Bitterroot
This is an informal get together that bring scientists, entrepreneurs, programmers, and those looking to build a company.
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