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"Startups don’t win by attacking. They win by transcending." Paul Graham
THIS WEEKEND- FREE EVENT - The Second Annual Equal Pay Summit, 4/10-11, Butte, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5358 --- Montana's Smith River makes most enangered list by conservation group. You can help http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Montana laws dealing with how a solar homeowner's surplus power is 'sold' back to the grid could be changing
"We want to make sure that the benefits as well as the costs are appropriate, examined and everyone is getting a fair shake in this."
- Can money make Montana better?
The only way to guarantee that we don't improve the quality of life for Montanans is if we do nothing.
- Independent-minded Republicans may guide fate of 2015 Legislature
Members of this loosely knit group hail from all corners of the state. But much of its core is from Great Falls and north-central Montana -- and lawmakers from those areas say maybe that's not just a coincidence.
- Transforming the Workforce for Children Birth Through Age 8: A Unifying Foundation
The report offers recommendations to build a workforce that is unified by the foundation of the science of child development and early learning and the shared knowledge and competencies that are needed to provide consistent, high-quality support for the development and early learning of children from birth through age 8.
- Disability Rights Montana defends proposed MDC closure
The annual cost for an MDC client is $270,000 and is projected to climb to $310,000 per year, in the proposed budget for 2016-2017.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Missoula Economic Partnership to attend Big-Data consortium in Salt Lake City
"It's a collaborative public-private effort to determine where the Western regional hubs will sit, and what the West can bring to the national table," said Jenn Ewan, director of entrepreneurship and special projects with MEP.
- Missoula airport looking to learn more about passengers through data
Whether it's business or leisure, the information gleaned from the survey could help the airport plan for future expansion and help local marketers promote Missoula to potential visitors.
Sustainable Business Council
- Working In Indian Country, 5/27, Helena, Montana
“Working In Indian Country” workshops are one-day interactive open-registration seminars that provide participants the understanding, knowledge and tools needed to develop trust and effective working relationships with American Indian tribes and organizations.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Ease your K-Cup conscience with reusable K-Cups!
It's estimated that the amount of non-recyclable cups sold in 2014 alone could circle the earth 10 to 12 times or more! We're talking billions of K-Cups every year.
- 10 Tips To Zero Waste Your Business: An Educational Mixer, 4/16, Missoula
Learn how to save money, improve sustainability, and green your business through waste reduction activities at this fun and informative event.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- SEC Issues Regulation A+ Rules; Increases Access to Capital Markets for Smaller Issuers
Regulation A+, however, may provide a meaningful new tool for private issuers wishing to access the capital markets.
- Montana Office of Tourism Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - April 2015
"Montana is on the cusp of becoming a major destination for Chinese tourists." Ambassador Max Baucus
Come Home Montana
- If Algorithms Know All, How Much Should Humans Help?
The promise of big data decision-making, after all, is that decisions based on data and analysis -- more science, less gut feel and rule of thumb -- will yield better outcomes.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Development Officer - Providence Montana Health Foundation
Three or more years of fund development experience, including proven track record of success and knowledge of the principles and best practices associated with major gift fundraising
- Montana Career Opportunities - Technical Writer, Project Manager, Lead .NET Developer, and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
At ASG, we are passionate about fostering successful relationships with our customers and candidates--relationships where quality, honesty and respect matter.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Computer Technician - Alter Enterprise
The Computer Technician will help to monitor and maintain existing systems, assist with new and ongoing IT projects and provide Tier 1 support to employees and customers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Marketing Operations, Content Marketer, Account Executive, Customer Advocate and more..., PrintingForLess
At PFL, we want our employees to make a good living and make living good.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Business Recruitment and Marketing - Big Sky Economic Development
The Director of Business Recruitment & Marketing is the first point of contact for prospective businesses and facilitates the recruitment process.
- UM Entrepreneurship Club, SpectrUM Host 'Design, Build, Sell!', 4/11, Missoula
Entrepreneurship Club members will lead hands-on activities designed to inspire kids to think about how to turn their creative ideas into a business plan.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Missoula-based Ndigena excels in digital marketing - Montana Ambassadors Videos
Special thanks to Thomas Kurdy, Ndigena https://www.facebook.com/ndigena , for making the Montana Ambassador videos a reality.
- Travel Cafe - Montana's Travel Agency - We provide travel that can't be Googled.
By conducting ourselves the R.I.T.E. way, (through our values of Respect, Integrity, Teamwork, Excellence) we exceed your expectations for all your travel needs and dreams.
- Blowin' in the wind: Bozeman man's project aims to harness cheap wind power - Morone Wind Energy Co
John Nelsen's horizontal wind turbine uses a simple design, based in part on the movement of birds' wings, to capture wind and generate power.
- Want Work-Life Balance? Great Harvest has a Recipe for That.
"Be Loose and Have Fun" is the first line of our Mission Statement with good reason.
- Missoula company Hestia aims to provide comprehensive in-home health care
"We sort of want Missoula to get behind this movement because it starts in Missoula and a lot of great companies have. And so it's exciting to me to get our community around something like that, that we need nationwide."
- Montana's Smith River makes most enangered list by conservation group. You can help
Help raise funds for, and awareness of, our work to protect this Montana treasure.
- Today's TED Talk Bill Gates: The next outbreak? We're not ready
"There's no need to panic ... but we need to get going."
- 'Smart Girls' co-founder Butte-bound for Equal Pay Summit April 10 and 11 at Montana Tech
"Women graduating from college and starting their careers shouldn't have to worry that they'll get paid fairly for their hard work and expertise," said Tech Student Body Vice President Julia Bryant. "Pay equity is a top priority for students, and we are thrilled to host this year's summit."
- An Introvert's Advice for Getting Ahead
Public speaking is definitely one of those things that you get better at with a lot of practice. I force myself to do more of it.
- The habits behind successful, creative, productive people
The author of "The Happiness Project" talks with The Post's Lillian Cunningham about how the most creative, productive people structure their time.
- Want More Women Working in Tech? Let Them Stay Home
PowerToFly, a job site that connects women with employers who are willing to let them work remotely.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise State study shows artists want to stay in region
A study released this week shows that Boise has a vibrant cultural scene, but points to gaps in artistic opportunities, especially among emerging artists.
- Vacasa to hire 100 this year for its Boise office
Vacasa CEO and co-founder Eric Breon likes it in Idaho's capital.
Regional Economic Development
- Cerebral curiosity Graduate student Steven Keating takes a problem-solving approach to his brain cancer.
"Steven's insatiable curiosity is what science is all about."
- Custom melanoma vaccines provoke T cells
Personalized melanoma vaccines can spark a powerful immune response against unique mutations in patients' tumors, according to early data from a first-in-humans clinical trial.
- Killing Cancer With Polio
60 Minutes follows brain cancer patients in a Duke University clinical trial of a therapy that uses a re-engineered polio virus to kill cancer cells
Utah Economic Development
- Hello, Columbus: Cities Woo Millennials
Across the country, cities such as Philadelphia, Niagara Falls and Detroit are putting out the welcome mat for coveted professionals aged 25-34 in targeted social media and advertising campaigns, and with offers of internships, housing subsidies and student loan reimbursements. Some cities are paying people to move there.
- Salt Lake City unveils plans for mixed-use urban neighborhood
Salt Lake City Mayor Ralph Becker described Station Center as the "premier transit-oriented development opportunity in our region and perhaps anywhere in the country."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Teenagers have never been a smaller portion of our population
There are currently fewer #teens as a percentage of all Americans than at any point on record. And it will keep dropping.
- Microsoft launches program to hire people with autism
"People with autism bring strengths that we need at Microsoft, each individual is different, some have amazing ability to retain information, think at a level of detail and depth or excel in math or code," she wrote. "It's a talent pool that we want to continue to bring to Microsoft!"
- College Freshmen Feel Ill-Equipped to Manage Their Money
As students graduate with more college debt, "it is more important than ever that college students are equipped with the knowledge, perspectives, skills and habits" to successfully manage their money.
- Idaho Lawmakers Vote to Set Up New 'STEM Action Center'
The new center would identify and coordinate best practices for STEM education in the state's schools.
- Patching the pipeline: Educators, businesses call for Utah tech talent
"No one ever came to my high school to explain the STEM thing. I didn't really understand what kind of opportunities there were for science and math," Jensen said. "I think it's really important. You don't want to waste your time in a degree where there's no potential for work after."
- Measuring what policymakers want from academics
The obvious thing to do is ask policymakers what kinds of research they find most useful.
- What these colleges are doing on tuition is better than Stanford
If the schools that have cut prices start to see a few years of enrollment growth, more universities could get on board.
- The Hackathon Fast Track, From Campus to Silicon Valley
Fostering an education-first ethos, collegiate hackathons encourage students to tinker with new software and hardware and challenge themselves, and students teach one another.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Stanford Will Now Be Free To All Students From Families That Earn Less Than $125,000 Per Year
"Our highest priority is that Stanford remain affordable and accessible to the most talented students, regardless of their financial circumstances," said Provost John Etchemendy
- Ten Elite Schools Where Middle-Class Kids Don't Pay Tuition
Stanford is not the first elite school to slash tuition for middle-class and upper-middle-class students.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Ravalli County declares April 16 'MAPS Day'
MAPS is a free afterschool program available to all students, grades 8-12, and is not funded by taxes. It is a 32-week program that runs with the school year and expanding to include a 10-week summer program.
Funding and Building your Business
- Big Sky High School in Missoula, Montana becomes International Baccalaureate School - Health Science Academy Has Openings!
At the University of Montana students who take the whole IB program which is two years, will get sophomore standing. At Montana State University they receive sophomore standing with honors.
Energy and Climate Change
- Time and Oak - An ultra successful Kickstarter campaign may change the whiskey industry.
They "front-loaded" the Kickstarter project by having multiple focus groups at whiskey-tasting parties in the Portland area give their opinions on--and get excited about--the product before the Kickstarter launch.
- The future of work: Say goodbye to HR?
Not quite. HR's role is changing, as a growing number of companies give more power to individual team leaders to evaluate and guide their direct reports.
- Why shades of Asperger's Syndrome are the secret to building a great tech company
Only individuals with traits reminiscent of Asperger's Syndrome, which frees them from an attachment to social conventions, have the strength to create innovative businesses amid a culture that discourages daring entrepreneurship.
- With a bus and a checkbook, Steve Case tries to remap American entrepreneurship
The ideas were rich and exciting. The money, however, wasn't moving inland with them.
- Nice is suddenly fashionable in Corporate America
As strange as it may seem, nice is the new black when it comes to attracting customers and turning a profit.
- 5 Ways To Boost Productivity And Minimize Negativity
I've always thought that I might be overly sensitive, until I saw a classic survey done by badbossoloy.com, which claims that many employees spend 10 hours a month complaining or listening to others complain, and nearly one third spend 20 or more hours.
- Pitch Your Projects To Qualified Investors: Montana Investment Mission, 4/16,
The investors have been vetted and each has a minimum net-worth of $10 million.
- Ads that explain what you can provide for employees instead of what you need from them result in more candidates and better employee-company matches
Needs-supplies ads received almost three times as many highly rated applicants than demands-abilities ads.
- Employee appreciation is vital but employers must also provide challenge
The study notes that employees who believe their managers can name their strengths are 71 percent more likely to feel engaged and energized by their work.
- Restaurant crowdfunding platform Equity Eats turns customers into investors
EquityEats enables entrepreneurs, with viable business plans, to raise funds for their hospitality venture by crowdfunding the start-up capital in exchange for future equity.
Connectivity & Communications
- The New Tesla Home Battery Powered By Solar Will Make Off Grid Living Mainstream
One of the brains behind Tesla motors and Paypal, Tesla Motors CEO and entrepreneur Elon Musk has a new invention up his sleeve that will help power homes at low cost, and it will make living off-grid easier than ever.
- President Obama Announces Plan to Train 75,000 Solar Workers
The announcement comes as the solar industry in the U.S. booms, adding more than 30,000 people to its workforce between 2013 and 2014.
- Washington Governor Puts Focus on Climate Goals, and Less on Debate
"It's not the flowers," he said. "It's kids' lungs."
- Conservative group tired of being accused of climate denial fighting back
ALEC is firing back at its environmentalist critics with threats of lawsuits.
- Google's Plan to Keep You Online All the Time
The company is negotiating deals that would let phones move between its service and various international cellular networks at no extra cost to users.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana's Red Ants Pants Music Festival line up announced - July 23-26
This is the fifth year of the music festival which benefits the Red Ants Pants Foundation, a nonprofit organization in support of women's leadership, working farms and ranches, and rural communities.
- Tech titans' latest project: Defy death
Can science and technology help us live longer, to, say, 150 years?
- Electric bus being tested by UTA
"This is (us) looking to the future. What are the possibilities?" he said. "What can we do to benefit the public? What can we do to best use the moneys that we have and take care of our customers?"
- The Future of Parking in an Era of Car-Sharing
Could Uber, Lyft and Zipcar, so-called car-sharing services, be the end of parking requirements as we know them?
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