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“You're going to see some interesting growth in the area. I'm guessing that if we get 20 years into the future and look back, we're going to say this was a really important time.” Larry Johnson, president of the alliance and founder of ILX Lightwave -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Photonics industry forms trade group in Montana - The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance
Hellgate Venture Network Meeting, 1/23, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
Big Sky Commerce
- Montana launches website to highlight state ski destinations
"The great thing about Montana is you don't have the lift lines and it isn't expensive."
- Montana Tourism News - January 2014
The Montana Film Office announces that Montana-shot film, "Nebraska" has received five nominations for the 71st annual Golden Globes.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Mobile payment processing to suit your business - A success story with Big Sky Commerce
"It's opened the doors to a lot of possibilities."
- The Fire Within Nominations are OPEN!
There are amazing women all around us and now is the time to recognize them! Nominations for the Aspire and Inspire award are being accepted until January 31st. You still have time to get one in for a very deserving woman business owner.
Come Home Montana
- Why does Nest need Google? Analytics
Nest offers a warning that the next generation of smart, connected devices must get a whole lot smarter, and that it'll take a big investment in people and tech to get there.
- 2014: The Year Big Data Adoption Goes Mainstream In The Enterprise
Enterprises will average $8M in investments in big data-related initiatives and programs in 2014.
- 31 Reasons You're Proud To Be From Montana
When people are like, "Montana? Why would anyone want to live there?" you can barely contain yourself.
- A love note to Montana's Rocky Mountain Front - "Landscape and Legacy: The Splendor of Nature, History and Montana's Rocky Mountain Front"
"Somewhere between loving it to death and exploiting it to unsustainable proportions, the Front requires advocacy to maintain its monolithic appeal," Vollertsen wrote in the introduction. "It is the goal of this book to enlighten reasonable people to enact reasonable decisions about the Front, for the next one hundred or more generations."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Sales Engineer, Support, Salesforce Apex/Visual Force Developers, Senior Director, Customer Success - Apptus - Bozeman, Montana
People are What Make Apttus Successful
- Montana Career Opportunity - Internet Help Desk Technician - Vision Net
On-the-job training provides employees the ability to troubleshoot dialup, DSL, email, and network connections in various Windows and Macintosh operating systems.
- Montana Volunteer Opportunity - Board Member - Missoula Civic Television Advisory Commission
If you know someone who may interested, please encourage them to apply.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Mountain Butterfly - Epic hot air balloon flights over beautiful Montana
As each flight is unique, it is this singular experience that we hope will be a life long, treasured memory. The flight itself is only a vehicle for each one's imagination, to allow a moment of whimsy, and the release of all earth-bound concerns . . . however brief.
- Utah firm buys part of major Montana insurance broker
"Today, there's really not a lot of competition for your insurance dollars in Montana," he said. "By having the statewide scope and having the financial strength, frankly, of the Leavitt group partnering with us, we believe this is going to bring choices right to the front door of consumers all over Montana, from Libby to Baker."
- Photonics industry forms trade group in Montana - The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance
"You're going to see some interesting growth in the area. I'm guessing that if we get 20 years into the future and look back, we're going to say this was a really important time." Larry Johnson, president of the alliance and founder of ILX Lightwave.
- Billings man stitches together durable bag, backpack business - Willie Gear
"I still look at it as you never quit learning," he said. "I'm always finding new and better ways to build my products. It's kind of fun to look back at how much I've improved and where I can make it better."
- Missoula's Posh Chocolat looks to expand sweet success nationally
"We're really trying to align ourselves with stores that still mirror small communities."
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Bozeman celebrates Martin Luther King, Jr., on Jan. 18 and 19
A free, family-friendly celebration including music and inspirational speeches will begin at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Emerson Cultural Center.
- Missoula Economic Partnership Spring 2014 Innovation Initiative Events
All Innovation Initiative events are FREE
- Working the job market: Writer mines the Web and Job Service; advises 'tweak resume'
"You can't just keep sending out the same resume over and over. You have to look at what they want and even find ways that you might not have thought of before," where you might have performed relevant tasks at a past job.
- 5 Ways To Measure The Emotional Intelligence Of Your Boss
The higher up the ladder that leaders are, the more people they impact and their EI becomes increasingly important.
- Freelancers: How Not To Get Screwed By Clients
The overarching business problem designers will face early in their freelance careers is navigating the waters of how to get paid for things.
- You Don't Have to Reinvent Yourself in Your Second Career
What's the biggest mistake people make when it comes to starting a second career?
- Eph & Jeff Show from Crucial Catalyst - Local food laws under the microscope!
Download and listen to the podcast now. Your voice is shaping this important state bill.
- The Missoula City Budget Game, 2/11, Missoula, Montana
The priority-setting game event designed to inform policy makers as we go into the FY15 budget season and solicit innovative ideas from the community.
- 6 Books Public Employees and Managers Should Read
Entering a leadership role? Want a promotion? Need a better work-life balance? These six books (and one guide) might help.
- Governors Decry Federal Inaction
"Washington's short-term thinking and continued inaction are hurting state economies, repressing job growth and, ultimately, hurting American families in every state," Fallin said. "States are leading and we encourage our federal partners to work more closely with us...Above all, please do not get in our way."
- Study ranks Montana 9th among states for fiscal condition
"It's good news," Bullock spokesman Kevin O'Brien said Wednesday. If you used fiscal year 2013, we'd be in a better position. What is sort of stunning is that we were in that good of position without taking into account the stuff taken in 2013 to ensure our fiscal security and strength in our economy."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Involta building $10.5 million data center in Boise, Idaho
The 34,000-square-foot computer data storage center will be Involta's second facility in Boise.
Regional Economic Development
- Running on Fumes in North Dakota'
"U.P.S. on steroids."
Washington State Business
- Economic Developers - Master Your Elevator Pitch
I've witnessed evidence of what happens when people are not prepared.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Washington governor vows to do more to keep Boeing, even after $9 billion in tax breaks
State officials identified more than $4 billion potentially new transportation projects that they deemed "key to Boeing's success in Washington State."
Montana Education Excellence
- This is What Happens When Kids Leave Traditional Education
13 year-old Logan Laplante is the future of education
- No Black Kids, Latinos, or Girls Took AP Computer Science in Montana
That doesn't mean that the tech world at large isn't at least partially responsible for what types of people see themselves growing up and working in that industry.
- Wooden toy teaches preschoolers to code, before they can read and write
Primo is on the surface a wooden toy for children, but is in fact a robotics kit that uses a visual block-based language to enable kids to learn how to program.
- If You Build It - A Documentary
"If You Build It" is a year in the life of one of America's most innovative classrooms where students design & build to transform their hometown community.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Four finalists for MSU's chief information officer position to visit campus Jan. 31-Feb. 7
MSU's new CIO will provide oversight, management and strategic planning for the university's information technology infrastructure, including the campus data networking and systems; classroom learning technology; information security; campus telephone system; the university-wide administrative software system; and Web infrastructure and user support services.
- The "Bringing the U to You" Lecture Series - Great Falls, Montana
The "Bringing the U to You" Lecture Series is a collaborative effort of the UM Alumni Association and MSU Alumni Foundation.
- Teaching with Technology in Montana
At Evergreen, educators have established a new "Bring Your Own Device" program that establishes designated days during the week when students can bring iPads and other devices to school.
- Missoula's Sentinel High School Design Lab students expand work to community
The students want to form more business relationships outside of the school district.
- University of Montana program looks to expand as 10 family medicine residents make rounds
"Going to the small towns around western Montana and providing care for people is one of the ultimate goals."
- Summer Program to Bring High School Students to the University of Montana to Explore Health Care Careers
Applications are available now at http://www.wmtahec.org.
- Butte ACE Hardware Steps Up For Education in Montana. Well done!
Butte loves its kids and their teachers.
Funding and Building your Business
- In Bigfork, Montana, An Eventful Community Builds Its Brand
If last year was any indicator, then the momentous streak should only keep expanding over the next 12 months.
Energy and Climate Change
- Is Your Great Idea A Terrible Business?
Does it solve a problem that enough people will pay for?
- Mark Zuckerberg and Stanford President John Hennessy share ideas for entrepreneurs
"You want to look at real problems that people have, and those are often the ones that you have yourself, which you have the most real empathy for," he said. "Pick problems that are real, and apply technology to that."
- Andreessen Horowitz invests $20 million in Teespring
"We're making it possible for people to come together and produce the products that they truly want," says co-founder Stites-Clayton.
- How Porch Landed a Partnership With Lowe's
The key to doing any big partnership like this is: You're not going to trick anyone. You have to be able to do something that's unique.
Connectivity & Communications
- Khosla Responds to "60 Minutes" Clean-Tech Takedown
Prominent Silicon Valley investor Vinod Khosla has responded to the "60 Minutes" segment last week that many characterized as a clean-tech hit piece, arguing the program "grossly misrepresented the state of the sustainable energy sector."
- U.N. Says Lag in Confronting Climate Woes Will Be Costly
Another 15 years of failure to limit carbon emissions could make the problem virtually impossible to solve with current technologies, the experts found.
- Say goodbye to the Internet we've known
If you like how cable television works, you're going to love how a court decision Tuesday could change the Internet.
- Butte-Silver Bow launches website
"We're excited to offer Butte a new and improved way to connect with the courthouse and engage with local government," Chief Executive Matt Vincent said in a news release Tuesday.
- Give Local Missoula Day Orientation, 2/11, Missoula, Montana
How about boosting your online fundraising?
- LinkedIn offers new service linking charities to volunteers
The LinkedIn Volunteer Marketplace is designed to connect the 92 percent of nonprofit organizations that say they need more help with the 82 percent of LinkedIn users interested in donating their time to a community cause.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Redesigned office chair encourages micro-exercise
Small movements throughout the day help to keep the body active, contribute to weight maintenance and can even help stimulate mental process.
- China creates giant vending machine dispensing electric cars for rent
Participants in the scheme receive a card linked to their account, and by visiting one of the facilities and swiping the card, the machines inside each building then automatically deliver one of Kandi's electric cars to the ground floor.
- CES 2014: 'Mobile, mobile, mobile'
Indeed, 2014 will be another defining year for wireless innovation, and the FCC has a pivotal role in making sure it's a definition that can proudly stand the test of time for consumers, our economy and the mobile future.
- Google's Latest Moon Shot Is a Smart Contact Lens for Diabetes Patients
Google has shrunk down a chip and sensor system so small it can be embedded in a contact lens.
- Google's Car Guru Talks About a Future of Wildly Safe Roads
By removing the most unpredictable element from the equation -- the driver -- commutes would be quicker, infrastructure would be maximized, and, ultimately, it could save tens of thousands of lives.
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