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“If something is important enough, even if the odds are against you, you should still do it.” Elon Musk
Dorsey & Whitney - Labor & Employment 2013 End Of The Year Conference, 12/3, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Missoula Co-Working Co-op Open House, 12/6, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- Why the U.S. needs a cyber doctrine
Without a doctrine, we can't protect our most critical assets – the innovative ideas of brilliant people. Without such a doctrine we cannot lead.
- Data Security - Montanans see opportunity in troubling technological world
David Hamon, the director of Banyan Analytics at Analytic Services Inc., and a former employee at the Defense Threat Reduction Agency with the Department of Defense, was in Missoula last week, where he met with University of Montana officials and local "big-data" business leaders.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Montana Department of Commerce to Provide $1.0 Million for Bio-Medical Research
"There are many opportunities on the horizon for Montana's bio-medical research industry," said Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary.
- Want to Apply to be a Speaker at TEDx Whitefish?
A wonderful opportunity.
- The 7 Steps To Delivering A Mind-Blowing TED Talk
It's been said that there are no original ideas. But what may seem like old hat to you could become the next compelling TED talk.
- Energy Boot Camps for Builders Planned at four locations across Montana in the first two weeks of December.
The Boot Camp will allow participants to learn about the latest changes to the Montana Energy Code and understand how building science continues to shape the energy code and above-code energy standards such as Energy Star.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- PrintingForLess named one of the top dog-friendly workplaces in America
The award was based on canine-friendly workspace, dog-driven work policies and dedication to humane causes.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Blackfoot Provides 16,500 Local Meals Through Several Food Bank Donations
The Blackfoot family of companies is proud to help support food banks who serve our neighbors.
- Duck Hunters Delight: Camouflaging the SRS Crisafulli Trailer Pump
At SRS Crisafulli we get calls from duck hunters and duck clubs throughout the United States. We are a proud sponsor of Ducks Unlimited. We are fans of Duck Dynasty and many of us here at SRS Crisafulli have hunting in our blood. So we decided to make a Camo pump.
- TechLink conducted an "invention mining" exercise for the Air Force.
This exercise demonstrated that review of DoD publications is an effective way to identify new inventions.
Come Home Montana
- New Big Data tools have the potential to usher an information-based scientific revolution
One of the most exciting part of data science is that it can be applied to just about any domain of knowledge, given our newfound ability to gather valuable data on almost any topic.
- State Health Exchanges Eye Analytics to Boost Sales
While such data helps administrators monitor the effective of the exchange, it could eventually help the exchange recommend health plans and even conduct more targeted marketing campaigns
- Mobilizing your C-suite for big-data analytics
The power of data and analytics is profoundly altering the business landscape, and once again companies may need more top-management muscle.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Sales, Product Development Manager, Product Line Manager, National Account Manager - Montana Silversmiths
Our facilities sit on the banks of the Yellowstone River and it wouldn't be out of place to tuck a rod and reel in your car in the morning before heading to work. Who knows, you may just want to wet a line before heading home that evening.
- In Libby, Montana, a Shut Mine Leaves an Open Wound
The EPA says the asbestos in the air is 10,000 times lower than when the mining operation was in full swing.
- Missoula Co-Working Co-op Open House, 12/6, Missoula, Montana
Come see the potential location for the Missoula Co-Working Co-op: A collision of the Technology Community, Startup Community and the Arts Community.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Missoula, Montana's VIM & VIGR brings the benefits of compression socks to more people who need everyday relief.
We make comfortable, stylish, and hardworking all-day, everyday compression socks.
- Feeling the pinch: Plummeting natural gas production hits Montana's Hi-Line hard
Montana collected $61 million in natural gas tax revenue in 2008, compared with $16 million in 2012. While statewide the loss of natural gas tax revenue is offset by oil production taxes collected from eastern Montana Bakken activity, that's not the case in many Hi-Line counties.
- EcoPlanet Environmental - Montana man reaches once more for top spot in number two business
"It's such a great feeling to be able to provide solutions to problems that people have been dealing with for so long. Human waste and animal waste is filled with problems, with contamination, disease," Phillips said. "It's not a glamorous field, but it's certainly a necessary one and people seem to appreciate (the work)."
- "Sloppy Dad's BBQ Pads" - Billings inventor tidies up barbecue business
I can not tell you how many different, smaller mom and pop businesses, insurance agents, real estate agents, golf courses and others, stop me and ask if they can get their logo or message on a Sloppy Dad's BBQ Pad.
- Bexbags - Discreet way to transport libations: Single mom designs purses with hidden, insulated compartments
Bexbags is your game day tote, your concert bag, your party purse and your best friend.
- Good Works Ventures - Montana based fund that invests in companies with high impact solutions to challenging problems.
Take a look through our portfolio companies.
- Funding programs can speed your company's growth
If your company provides jobs paying average or above-average wages, and if you expect growth in the relative near term, chances are good that funding is available for your company.
- Top five mistakes new IT security leaders make
1) Becoming "Dr. No"
- What is Your Career ROI (Return on Investment)?
I encourage you to NOT jump to the conclusion that you have to change companies, or even change jobs / roles to make the adjustments you may be seeking.
- 5 Biggest Resume Debates Among Recruiters
Here's what the experts have to say--and how you can read between the lines and send the best resume for the job.
- Locked up: Private property rights trump access to significant amounts of public land in Montana
Since the 1970s, as Montana's population and popularity as a place for vacation properties have grown, more landowners have barred public access routes and challenged road and trail easements.
Regional Economic Development
- Economic Policies Scoreboard - Right vs. Left in the Midwest
Evidence and common sense should matter more in our overheated political debates. The lesson from the upper Midwest is that rigid anti-tax dogma fails to deliver a convincing optimistic vision that widens economic opportunity and security. The excesses of liberalism may lurk, but Minnesota is building a modern progressivism that plows a hopeful path.
- How to Stop the Economic Development Wars
For several decades we have been conducting an economic-policy experiment in state and local governments, and now it's time to stop the testing because the results are clear: The dominant paradigm, incentive-fueled competition among these governments, does not create economic prosperity.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Senator Max Baucus hosts discussion with state's university, college leaders
"We have to find a way to respond and respond timely enough that it meets the needs for our business partners."
Montana Education Excellence
- A project-based curriculum may boost female (and probably male also) success in the science, technology, mathematics and engineering fields.
"We've got a lot of evidence showing that this is a curriculum that is appealing to students, that it doesn't turn them off, it doesn't drive them away."
- Montana Senator Jon Tester co-sponsors early childhood education bill
"Early learning is the best investment we can make to prepare our children for future success," said Tester, a former teacher. "Giving kids an early boost will pay big dividends down the road for Montana. By focusing on early childhood education and improving school readiness, we are investing in Montana's future."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Student Community Outreach ProjEct (SCOPE) wants to match more MSU students, Montana communities on meaningful projects
The organizers want to match more students and communities on projects that combine outreach and student research.
- Cash prizes, invaluable knowledge at CodeMontana, free to high-schoolers
The statewide CodeMontana http://www.codemontana.org/ program is free for any Montana high school student to sign up for through April 2014, and is designed to teach computer programming using a self-paced software development curriculum.
Funding and Building your Business
- Community - The Healthy Power of Place
Healthy rural places are needed now more than ever.
- A Quest to Keep the West Wild
Sprawling City Use Taxes, State Funds to Acquire and Preserve Open Lands
- Software Is Reorganizing the World
The concept of migrating our lives to the cloud is much more than a picturesque metaphor, and actually amenable to quantitative study.
- TED Talks - Jared Diamond: How societies can grow old better
Jared Diamond investigates why cultures prosper or decline -- and what we can learn by taking a broad look across many kinds of societies.
Energy and Climate Change
- 7 Key Realities Many Startup Founders Never Learn
Jumping into a business area you don't know, because you see a chance for big money, is a surefire path to disaster.
- How to value a startup for potential investors
First of all, a startup is worth as much as the market will pay.
- Are Your Employees Connected To A Common Good?
What do you think your employees really have in common?
- The Advice Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Dorsey, And 8 Other Tech Founders Gave To A Class Of Entrepreneurs
Elon Musk Explains What Really Motivates People To Buy A Tesla
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Climate threatens Montana's big-game animals
"As for hunters, I hate to be blunt, but it's going to suck."
- Greentech: Fuel Cell Cars at Center Stage
Fuel-cell vehicles, which produce zero tailpipe pollutants, are ever so close to production.
- Next: Charging your electric car while you're driving
Researchers at North Carolina State University have developed a way to deliver power to moving vehicles using simple electronic components, rather than the expensive power electronics or complex sensors previously employed.
- American Prairie Reserve Newsletter - Innovation and Optimism: Beef, Big Sky and Science
Engaging Children, Acres at a Time Donor John Seel connects family members to the prairie ecosystem by 'adopting' acres of American Prairie Reserve in their name.
- Time Ticking for States to Opt In or Out of FirstNet
The federal government wants to create a single network for emergency communications, and it's up to states to decide whether they want to join.
- Missoula listserv to continue after Bob Jaffe leaves council seat
"Everybody knows that it's a really great service that he's provided," said Jason Wiener, who is in the middle of his second term of four years. "We have such a much more tangible idea of what happens in those committee meetings than we ever did before."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Charities latch onto 'crowdsourcing'
With donations growing slowly, if at all, US charities are pulling out a new tool to help fill their coffers: a mass appeal that might ask you for only $5.
- The world-changing sensor we saw at CES
Why is this world changing? Because nothing can track human behavior quite as well as a 3D sensor.
- Marc Andreessen on the age of context
How are sensors, wearable computers, big data, social data, and location data changing business?
- 4 things U.S. college towns could teach planners about biking
Here's why colleges are terrific at encouraging biking, and what Portland and other cities should be learning from them:
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