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"If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader." John Quincy Adams
Nominations Open for Outstanding Public Service in Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- Organizational Imperatives in the Era of Big Data
More businesses are coming to realize the vast potential that lies in their data-potential to deliver more value, make better decisions top to bottom, and make fundamental discoveries that could "change everything."
Montana Economic Development Summit - 9-16/17, Butte, Montana
- Montana Main Street Program Grant Cycle to Open Nov. 15
MMS awards grant funding for a variety of activities including long range community planning, downtown revitalization, historic preservation and economic development projects.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- How Elon Musk Approaches IT at Tesla
"You can shoot yourself in the foot if you don't know what you're doing," said Mr. Vijayan. "You need the right team," he said.
- Dorsey & Whitney's Missoula Office Recognized by U.S. News-Best Lawyers "Best Law Firms"
The Missoula office received a tier 1 ranking, the highest recognition available.
- Powered by the sun: Grants from Northwestern Energy allow Hamilton nonprofits to install solar panels
The money for the grants comes from a small surcharge paid by the energy company's customers known as the universal system benefits charge.
Come Home Montana
- Spreadsheets for Business Analytics: Are You Exposing Your Business to Risk?
KPMG found that 91% of spreadsheets contained errors?
- Data Innovation 101: An Introduction to the Technologies and Policies Supporting Data-Driven Innovation
One 2011 study found that companies earn an average of $10.66 for every dollar spent on analytics applications.
- How Mature Is Your Hospital Business Intelligence System?
The vast majority of healthcare IT shops have not entered the brave new world of big data. But it's the kind of mature setup that will generate the wisdom and insightfulness needed to make the U.S. medical system truly cost effective.
- Open data: Unlocking innovation and performance with liquid information
Our research suggests that seven sectors alone could generate more than $3 trillion a year in additional value as a result of open data, which is already giving rise to hundreds of entrepreneurial businesses and helping established companies to segment markets, define new products and services, and improve the efficiency and effectiveness of operations.
- How retailers can keep up with consumers
The retail industry is more dynamic than ever. US retailers must evolve to succeed in the next decade.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- My Morning with an Astronaut in Montana - Jim "Houston we have a problem" Lovell
Jim Lovell wanted to come to check on the progress of a sculpture to be made of all three Apollo 8 astronauts, Frank Boorman, Bill Anders, and Jim Lovell and check off something on his bucket list. He wanted to go elk hunting in Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Small Business Startup Consultant - Great Harvest Bread Company
As a Small Business Startup Consultant in Great Harvest, you will work with new bakery owners to take their dream of owning a Great Harvest Bread store from idea to reality.
- Nominations Open for Outstanding Public Service in Montana
Governor's Office of Community Service announces in a commercial, the opportunity to nominate organizations or individuals for the Serve Montana Awards for outstanding public service.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Technology on display at Missoula's DevFest
The first event of its kind in Montana is aimed at bringing developers of various experience levels - as well as entrepreneurs - together to move technology in Montana.
- Kentucky considers creating small-business venture capital fund
Kentucky doesn't have a small-business venture capital fund, although many other states do.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula Mercantile listed for sale at $4.5 million
"We're willing to not sell it if we're able to identify an office tenant."
- Blue Cross raises rates for thousands in Montana, cites 'Obamacare'
Other major health insurers in Montana aren't invoking the law, saying they already built any costs from the Affordable Care Act - also known as Obamacare - into their current premiums.
- Montana Filmmakers and Media Artists
Let's get together and introduce ourselves to each other.
- Commercial kitchen open for rent to Missoula food producers - Mama's Pantry Commercial Kitchen
"If they want to do mass production, they can."
- The Launch MT Newsletter
CodeMontana enrollment open, REST Presentation, a talk on Agile, the WooCommerce Wordpress plugin, and weekly 3D Printing Makerspace meetups.
- Pi Property Management Launches in Missoula, Montana
Pi Property Management uses the most advanced web-based accounting systems to accommodate both owners and renters when dealing with property issues, as well as with timely processing and payments.
- Seeking Pura Vida: The traveler's evolving perspective on sustainability to be presented today at the World Travel Market
If a commitment to sustainability is no longer a distinguishing characteristic in tourism, what is?
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- BigSky Economic Development - Member Investor Newsletter
In Case You Missed the News at Our Annual Meeting...
- Crow Tribe in Montana begins economic development projects
The tribe recently received a $10 million loan from First Interstate Bank, and the building of these convenience stores ties in with Chairman Darrin Old Coyote's mission of "positive change" on the reservation.
- Big Data Alliance Meeting, 11/21, Missoula
Missoula Economic Partnership's Big Data Alliance and BREDD are hosting a broadband consultant visit in November.
- 6 Job Interview Questions and Answers to Avoid
One unwitting slip-up could cost you your dream position, so it's crucial to know what kinds of questions and answers will set off a red flag for your interviewer.
- For Career Success, Study Those Quadratics
Slackers, beware: A student's income later in life is tied to the level of mathematics taken in high school, according to research done at the Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland.
Incubators and R&D
- City of Missoula Government - Find Where You Can...
What would you like to do?
Regional Economic Development
- MSU's Western Transportation Institute lands major new federal grants
The SURLC will focus on transportation issues that improve the "livability" of small towns and rural regions, including: Expanding public transportation options; creating safe routes for bicyclists and pedestrians; improving access to key regional transportation hubs and destinations; and integrating all available modes of transportation.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Cities, states and regions must ultimately map own routes to success
Cities need to build their identities and economies based on indigenous strengths and needs versus what they envy about others.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- National report: Montana kids lag in early education screening
"All children need nurturing and plentiful opportunities to develop during their crucial first eight years."
- College Makes Studying Pay
The Associate Accelerated Program, known by the nickname ASAP, aims to chart a new path to a degree as two-year schools across the nation wrestle with poor graduation and retention rates and a growing need to upgrade the skills of people entering the workforce.
- Colorado's $950 Million Plan to Fix Education
In exchange for an annual tax hike, Colorado residents will get major investments to early childhood education and more money for districts educating kids living in poverty and English-language learners.
- To Teach Entrepreneurship, Get Out of the Classroom
Three key ingredients to train and develop entrepreneurial thinking are a supportive network, outstanding mentors, and personal reflection, according to entrepreneurship researcher Norris Krueger, speaking at the World Entrepreneurship Forum in Singapore.
Montana Education Excellence
- Booming student population pushes need for Missoula County Public Schools long-range facilities plan
The collision of aging schools - most of which were built in the 1950s, but some earlier - and 21st century learning models makes it imperative that Missoula address the needs for students of today and tomorrow.
Universities and Economic Development
- Use of electronic data kept on Montana students growing
Schools have been collecting and logging student data electronically for years, school officials say, and it's largely the same information they had kept on paper.
- Public Invited To Eighth Annual Day Of Dialogue At UM, 11/6, Missoula
The Day of Dialogue is a campuswide symposium focused on topics of diversity.
Funding and Building your Business
- Mississippi Public Universities Serve as Hotbed of Innovation
"Innovation is a way of life on the campuses of Mississippi Public Universities," said Dr. Hank M. Bounds, Commissioner of Higher Education.
Energy and Climate Change
- Are You Asking The Right Question?
When we traced the genesis of innovation and value creation back to its source, we were surprised to see how many times it began with asking the right question.
- Keeping your startup's employees with no cash: 5 tips for the digital age
The digital economy workforce cannot be 'instructed' to do a particular task; an employee is not a machine anymore.
- The SBA Offers Sweeteners to Encourage More Small Loans
A plan to waive some fees and reduce others for loans of $150,000 and less.
- When A Startup Chooses IPO Most Founders Are Out
This synopsis of the key risks should make you look hard for an alternate exit strategy:
Connectivity & Communications
- Climate Change Seen Posing Risk to Food Supplies
They are already seeing the harmful effects in some regions.
- EPA plan to require adaptation to climate change trends - Montana may receive most attention
Climate change affects the coldest areas hardest, and those who live closest to the land notice it first.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Senator Tester secures victory for rural phone service
FCC implements Senator's call to end discrimination against rural customers
- Sooner or later, your wireless carrier will become just a glorified ISP
With the rise of smartphone messaging apps, people are using SMS less frequently than before -- and that's digging into the profits of wireless companies.
- Telling Powerful Stories - Missoula's Tree and Sky Institute
The power of story is immeasurable.
- Powerful film 'Bridegroom' hits Netflix: Kalispell native's story makes for award-winning documentary
"Bridegroom," premiered on Netflix streaming and the Oprah Winfrey Network this week. Over the summer it won awards at film festivals across the country, including the Tribeca Film Festival in Manhattan.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 'Stay classy, Boise' Ron Burgundy stunt goes viral
Video of the portrayal, which incorporated a healthy dose of improvisation, quickly spread.
- 5 most incredible discoveries of the week
Yellowstone's magma reservoir bigger than thought:
- 5 things you missed: Facebook's new division and more
Google's starting to seem more like Skynet with mystery barge
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