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Marine Gen. Chesty Puller's famous reaction to being told his troops were surrounded: "Great. Now we can shoot at those bastards from any direction."
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- Regents OK Missoula College to offer computer security certificate program
As a partial result of the university's efforts, Missoula ranked fifth nationally in a Kauffman Foundation study for small metros holding the highest density of high-tech startups, and was the fastest mover overall among small metros.
- Cyber Innovation Lab taking shape on University of Montana campus
When it comes to big data, the lab will also provide a platform for both undergraduates and doctoral candidates conducting analytical research on everything from geosciences to interpreting data generated from the Bakken oil fields.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Searching for Snow? Montana Office of Tourism Offers One-Stop Statewide Snow Report
"We're excited to be able to offer Montanans this resource," said Commerce Director and avid skier Meg O'Leary. "Snow is an essential part of winter tourism and stimulates economic activity. Having immediate, real-time updates for all of our ski resorts in one spot is priceless."
- TEDx Comes to Whitefish - Speaker lineup includes Montana entrepreneurs, business owners
The theme for the Whitefish event is "Defining the Last Best Place."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- 2014-The Year of Print
Simply put, print allows potential customers to follow that mental map back to your business.
Great Falls Development Authority
- 'Secret ski town': National Geographic features Discovery Ski Area in Montana
"Eighteen miles up the Pintler Scenic Highway is one of the best under-the-radar ski areas in the Northern Rockies -- Discovery, or Disco to the locals," reads the article. "The only thing missing -- in town, the surrounding mountains, or the wide ranching valleys sprawling out below -- are crowds.
- Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - January 2014
For this inaugural report, we are taking a look back at highlights from 2013 and paying attention to anticipated trends in 2014. Here are three key takeaways:
- Governor praises Great Falls economic effort
"The amount of energy I see in Great Falls in job creation makes it an exciting time," Bullock said.
Come Home Montana
- The Chief Data Officer: An executive whose time has come
You simply can't run fast in modern business if you're not using data effectively.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Leadership Montana
We are looking for an individual that is a self-directed, strategic, effective manager who will take the lead in ensuring a high quality student program as well as direct operations, strategy, growth and development of the Leadership Montana organization.
- Top 10 reasons not to move to Bozeman
In my role as a journalistic curmudgeon, today I'd like to tell you some of the drawbacks of living in a trendy Western town that often makes the Top 10 lists drawn up by the likes of Outside magazine, Entrepreneur magazine, and Livability.com.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Director - The Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District
The Northern Rocky Mountain Economic Development District serves Gallatin and Park counties Montana.
Hellgate Venture Network
- The Most Innovative States Of 2013
Phillip Luebke, founder of Bozeman-based Brilliant Swim is quoted in the article, and credits Startup Weekend Missoula, StartupBozeman and the Bozeman chapter of SCORE with helping him get up and running.
- MACH Central Collaborator space ready to blast off in Missoula, Montana
We're looking for founding members, not tire kickers!
- Hellgate Venture Network Meeting, 1/23, Missoula, Montana
Our first speaker of 2014 will be Paige Williams, entrepreneur, filmmaker, teacher and founder of http://www.theaudienceawards.com (go check it out!).
Montana Economic Development
- Upcoming Security Training in Helena offered by ikuw Solutions
We continually strive to provide the absolute best training experience consisting of world-class trainers, innovative lab environments, inspirational settings, leading-edge technology, service excellence and unrivaled customer service.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- "Economic Outlook Seminar Headed To Nine Montana Cities"
2014 Montana Economic Outlook Seminars are coming to Helena, Great Falls, Missoula, Billings, Bozeman, Butte, Kalispell, Lewistown, and Havre
- Ten Things To Do if You're Starting a Business
Remember that it will take patience to do all of these things right -- let alone see a profit. It may take a year or longer. But as long as you are moving forward, it can happen.
Business Plan Forums
- Tech has a woman problem.
Tech women are busy building their own networks
- 'Reset': How to overcome the job-loss blues and get back in the game
In "Reset," Dwain Schenck provides a practical, tip-laden pep talk towards getting out of a slump after a job loss. By providing the right strategies, "Reset" can help you prepare for the next stage of your career.
City Club Missoula
- It all starts with an idea: Governor's Business Plan Contest offers a way to build a new business'
There may be as many ways to get a company up-and-running as there are startups.
- B-Launched business competitions begin in Boise, Idaho
The competition pairs teams of aspiring entrepreneurs with local professionals who serve as mentors as teams cultivate their business plans and prepare presentations for judges at the end of the contest April 17 at the Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce.
- City Club Forum - Attorney General Tim Fox, 1/13, Missoula, Montana
Tim Fox, Montana's attorney general, will present a year in a review at City Club Missoula's January forum. He will summarize important issues and key concerns about law enforcement, protecting children and combating human trafficking.
- Montana Tax News You Can Use - An e-newsletter for tax preparers and those interested in the state's tax system
Montana Tax News You Can Use is published weekly during tax season and periodically at other times. It is for anyone who helps people file taxes and meet their tax responsibility and for anyone simply interested in the state's tax system. It keeps you posted on what's happening at the department, lets you know about new ways of preparing and filing taxes and brings you up-to-date on some of the issues and trends popping up during tax season in Montana.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee bemoans corporate incentive competitions
Inslee said Thursday he would like to see a national agreement among states to make that sort of subsidy escalation illegal.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Idaho Women of the Year event, business symposium to feature Patty Duke
Jessica Rolph, co-founder and chief operating officer of Happy Family, the Boise-centric organic baby food company recently sold to Danone for $220 million, will kick off the symposium, speaking on the topic From Nothing to Something.
- North Dakota Weather Alert!
This is apparently run several times a day starting in October.
Regional Economic Development
- New Mexico Gov Proposes Tax Credits, Research Initiatives for Startup Growth
Funding to universities to compete for endowed chairs and startup funds for a commercialization initiative are among New Mexico Gov. Susana Martinez's proposals for tech-based economic growth in the coming year.
- Tech Talkin' Govs: Part I
"... Emphasis on STEM in education will prepare our children for tomorrow's jobs. It will develop skilled workers and professionals for qualified employment."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Can startups succeed outside Silicon Valley? - You should decide where to live your life, and then build your life around that."
"I think it's unbelievably myopic to say the only place you can build your company is Silicon Valley or City X." Brad Feld
- A Preschool Teacher Becomes an Advocate
How does a preschool teacher change public policy?
- Montana loses early education grant; Governor Bullock calls for more funding
"If we want to have a workforce that can compete for the jobs of tomorrow, we must invest in the children of today." Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Education Excellence
- How the College Bubble Will Pop
The benefits of a degree are declining while costs rise.
Funding and Building your Business
- Bozeman High students find senior projects powerful - 6 to be presented at Museum of the Rockies on 1/15
Hers was one of six senior class projects chosen by a vote of their classmates to be presented to the public next Wednesday at 6 p.m. in the Museum of the Rockies.
- Montana Tech's online engineering programs among the top for 2014
U.S. News and World Report ranked two of Montana Tech's online programs as among the top online engineering programs for 2014.
Connectivity & Communications
- 10 Startup Shortcuts That Will Be Back To Haunt You
In the spirit of saving you a few lifetimes of pain, here are some common mistakes or shortcuts that seem to happen routinely:
- Three insane ways marketers will reach you in the future
If you've interacted much with the Internet in recent years, you probably understand that it's watching you: Web companies have found ways to tailor the ads you see to what they understand about who you are, based on how you travel through cyberspace.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Private Sector's Lessons for Government
Agencies should encourage data analysis in talent management, measuring results, budgeting, status reporting and project scoping. Data analysis should be embedded into the government culture.
- Cool Stuff from CES 2014 in Las Vegas
At the International Consumer Electronics Show, companies show off new technologies and gadgets.
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