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Bankers, venture capitalists do more homework on clients

WASHINGTON (Dow Jones/AP) — Eager to avoid the next corporate scandal, investment bankers and venture capitalists are increasingly taking some age-old advice to heart: The only stupid question is the one you didn’t ask. The…

Venture Capital: Dot-com founders got crash course in business

Shae Hong was one quarter shy of completing his course work at the University of Washington when he decided to quit school to create an Internet start-up. By JOHN COOK SEATTLE POST-INTELLIGENCER REPORTER It was…

Biotechnology could thrive in Spokane- Success requires money, facilities, and businesses working together

Spokane might become a thriving biotechnology center if area researchers, medical facilities and business leaders can work together, a panel of industry analysts said Wednesday. Tom Sowa Spokesman Review Staff writer The panel — part…

Rocky Mountain Labs unveils preliminary plans for new bio-hazard lab in Hamilton

In developing one of the premier biological research facilities in the country, Rocky Mountain Laboratories is soliciting comment from the community. By JENNY JOHNSON Ravalli Republic Staff Reporter A highly secure lab will be constructed…

Cautious times demand better business plans and solid management from start-ups

Venture capitalists in New Mexico and elsewhere are demonstrating a cautious, sober attitude that took root two years ago, says George Friberg, director of Technology Ventures Corporation (TVC). There is plenty of private equity looking…

Seize the Dip: Downturn Offers Ripe Conditions for a Start-Up

With venture capitalists keeping a tight grip on their purse strings, starting a company may not seem the savviest move nowadays. By: Janet Whitman Wall Street Journal But while capital is scarce and returns on…

Mutant Gene Linked to Miscarriages in Mouse Study by Dr. Edward Schmidt of MSU

Researchers studying mice say they have identified a gene that appears critical in preventing miscarriages. By Jacqueline Stenson Reuters Doctors have long been perplexed by the fact that in a normal pregnancy the mother’s immune…

Marketing to the World-Preparing for a Global Economy

Alan Webber, founding editor, Fast Company: Everybody’s talking about globalization as if we all know what it means. What does "globalization" mean to you? Fran Kelly, president and COO, Arnold Worldwide: From my seat as…

Avoiding Risky Business-Most companies would rather not have to face an EEOC (Equal Employment Opportunity Commission) complaint.

An effective way to reduce the chance of having a complaint filed against your company is to treat everyone "fairly." If specific measurements are not in place and applied equally, a company is open to…

Local (Rapid City, SD) technology firm closes its doors

RAPID CITY — Two years ago, Comuniq USA was hailed as a shining example of Rapid City’s potential role in a global, technology-based economy. Today, Comuniq is an example of how fickle that economy can…