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It takes 3481 licks to get to the center of a Tootsie Pop
City Club Missoula Presents: The City Budget Game, 2/10, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4894
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- LMG Security holds Network Forensics Class in UM Cyber Innovation Lab
This fast-paced class is designed to teach students how to follow a cyber attacker's footprints and analyze evidence from the network environment.
- Cyberattacks are on the rise. And health-care data is the biggest target.
A study of all data breaches in 2013 (pdf) found that the health-care sector suffered the highest share of attacks last year, overtaking the business sector for the first time in almost a decade.
Montana Economic Development Summit - Butte, Montana
- Treasure State Endowment Program
The Department of Commerce will hold a public hearing - Monday, February 24th at 11:30 AM in Room 228 of the Park Avenue Building at 301 South Park Avenue, in Helena, Montana, to consider the proposed adoption of the DRAFT 2014 TSEP Application Guidelines and Grant Administration Manual.
Arrow Solutions Group
- Montana Economic Summit Letter of Intent: signed by MEDA and Montana Ambassadors and...
The initial press release omitted several of the names listed above.
- Employment outlook: These five generations must learn to work together
This year, for the first time in American history, five generations will be working together.
- TecNet February Event, 2/27, Billings, Montana
TecNet is a networking group for people who work in the technology field in the Billings, MT area.
Come Home Montana
- More States Create All-Payer Claims Databases
In an effort to improve health care, more states are requiring private insurers to provide information about their claims.
- CIOs Put Analytics at Top of Agenda
Cyberthreats notwithstanding, CIOs truly are focused on using technology as a tool for business growth. And it shows that they are increasingly attuned to the data-centric world.
- Software Companies use data analysis to show their customers how to use their products better
They can make their software more valuable by giving customers data and analytics on how they compare to other customers, or even how to improve their operations.
- What executives should know about open data
Open data, in short, seems to be another of the many relentless shifts in the digital landscape to appear unexpectedly, create new opportunities and strategic complexities, and leave established players with no place to hide.
- 25 Smart Recruiting Topics For Bold and Innovative Recruiting Leaders - Data is key
I have found a dramatic difference between the agenda items that are found on 95 percent of the firms (cost per hire, ATS issues, requisition loads, etc.) and the truly advanced subjects that only elite recruiting firms like Google, DaVita, Sodexo, etc. would even attempt to tackle.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data Manager, Missoula County Public Schools
To conceive and implement a coherent data system which unifies and facilitates the exchange, extraction and use of all data for Missoula County Public Schools.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Montana State University Billings (MSUB) Foundation President and Chief Executive Officer
The top priority project for the new President and CEO and the Foundation team will be the securing of $5 million to match the Montana Legislature's $10 million appropriation for a $15 million renovation and expansion of the existing science building.
- 'We want to do it right': Cruzado lays out goals for MSUB chancellor search
"I am asking you to go out, look for the best and the brightest in the nation and bring back the best candidates to this campus," she said.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Public Affairs Specialist - Department Of Agriculture
Rural Development is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in all of rural America by providing financial programs to support essential public facilities and services such as water and sewer systems, housing, health clinics, emergency service facilities and electric and telephone service.
- UM Celebrates Grand Opening Of Blackstone LaunchPad, Charter Day And Academics, 2/13
The celebration will kick off at 10 a.m. with a grand opening of UM's Blackstone LaunchPad in the University Center North Atrium. Blackstone LaunchPad will help UM students jumpstart their own businesses.
Montana Economic Development
- Facebook still relevant communication tool for Missoula organizations - Big Dipper Ice Cream and 10 below zero weather
It's a tool that's changed the business.
- Quality Foods Distributing helps expand markets for Montana-made products
A desire to live in a place like the Gallatin Valley and a career in distribution brought the Lindbergs here from California; Montana Made products kept them here.
- Centene increasing jobs in Great Falls, Montana to meet growing business
If Centene's business load continues to grow so rapidly, the company might expand its Great Falls building.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Investing in Montana's great outdoors makes sense for people, business
Smart investments in our outdoors pay us dividends immediately and in the future, and our businesses inevitably reap the benefits.
City Club Missoula
- MSU Leadership Fellows Program offers a living, learning community option for incoming student leaders
The MSU Leadership Fellows program incorporates interdisciplinary course work, self-study, service work and experiential education to empower students to become positive agents of change.
- Missoula residents encouraged to register for city budget game on 2/11 - City Club Luncheon on 2/10
If you've ever wanted to fiddle with the city of Missoula's budget, your time has come.
- Montana Tax News You Can Use
Property tax benefits for qualified applicants
- Senator Max Baucus: "Thank You, Montana"
Senator Bids Farewell as U.S. Senate Confirms Him to Serve As U.S. Ambassador to China
- The Politics of Being a City CFO - Missoula residents encouraged to register for city budget game
It's easy to say numbers don't lie. But when it comes to politics, numbers are easily (and frequently) manipulated into telling some very tall tales useful for the person delivering the message.
- Applesauce snack company GoGo sqeeZ to bring 230 jobs to Nampa, Idaho
Materne was attracted to Nampa because of it's access to fruit, skilled workforce and the fit of the former Micron building for Materne's needs.
- CVS tobacco ban: Why it's sacrificing $2 billion in sales
"We've come to the conclusion that cigarettes have no place in a setting where health care is being delivered."
- BNSF to Invest $5 Billion in its Railroad in 2014
In addition to expanding capacity, BNSF plans to spend $2.3 billion maintaining its network and $1.6 billion on locomotives and equipment.
- Obama launching "Made in Rural America" program to promote rural exports
President Barack Obama is launching a new program to help American farmers and rural businesses boost their exports.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- New website launches to help Montana veterans transition to civilian life
According to Montana Veteran Affairs, Montana has tens of thousands of military veterans, and thousands of active duty members. Resources are available for them, but Matteucci said not many know help is out there.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Wrong Way to Judge an Entrepreneurship Course
We need to understand what happens not just in the months after students leave school, but over the course of their lives and careers.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana must 'staff down' to match enrollment decline
"In today's recruiting world, data-based decision-making is imperative and we are not yet where we need to be."
- MSU's new free mobile app provides easy access to campus and arearesources
"We've created the mobile app because it allows us to better connect our audiences with campus resources," Dolan said. "Putting all of these items in a single location helps students and others collect information more easily and connect with the university.
Energy and Climate Change
- Senator Tester Announces Manufacturing Workshop, 3/7, Helena, Montana
Tester's 14th small business workshop will connect national manufacturing industry leaders with Montana businesses to expand economic opportunities and create jobs in the Treasure State.
- Reid Hoffman of LinkedIn and Greylock fame shares startup tips
But Hoffman -- an early PayPal employee and Facebook investor who later founded LinkedIn -- made clear that a yen for wealth or fame alone won't carry an entrepreneur through what he called the inevitable "valley of shadows" every fledgling company encounters at some point.
- Why You Should Let Your Employees Do What They Want
Try asking your employees to identify the unique places where their talents and passions intersect, and then build teams to optimize those energies.
- This 23-Year-Old Entrepreneur Turned Down A Six-Figure Deal -- You'll Never Guess Why
"If venture capitalists existed back in the day with Thomas Edison , we would still be using gas lanterns."
- Why Startups Should Steal Ideas and Hire Weirdos
The most consistently creative and insightful people are explorers. They spend an enormous amount of time seeking out new people and different ideas, without necessarily trying very hard to find the "best" people or "best" ideas.
- How Amazon Forced CVS to Stop Selling Cigarettes
It's about staying one step ahead of Amazon's relentless campaign to eviscerate brick-and-mortar businesses.
Connectivity & Communications
- Giant glass orb could replace the solar panel
Currently seeking funding through Indiegogo, Rawlemon is an oddly beautiful eyeball-shaped lens, that uses refraction to concentrate sunlight with minimal need for tracking.
- FCC to Launch Rural Broadband Trials
For years, small broadband providers have been locked out of the Connect America Fund, which is supposed to support broadband service in hard-to-reach areas.
- Cable co. blames "misinformation" for failure of municipal Internet ban
Kansas cable lobby will try again, now facing opposition from Google.
- Bill Gates Spends Entire First Day Back in Office Trying to Install Windows 8.1
One source described the situation as "tense."
- 13 Hilariously Absurd Inventions That Deserve to Be Real
"It's a constant challenge to break my mind out of the normal, day to day world we all have our heads in and try to take myself to new, surprising and imagined places."
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