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"Anywhere where there's a Montana community that wants to learn more about media arts that doesn't have that available," said MAPS instructor Tim Kolberg," we will be able to take the van and share our experiences." Hamilton-based MAPS after school media arts program wants to take classes on the road - Kickstarter Campaign http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Missoula Job Service Career Fair, 4/21, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5421 --- Hellgate Venture Network - Bryony Schwan, Kind Kudos, 4/23, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5420
2014 Montana Politics & 2015 Legislature
AAA Mountain West
- Kindergartners Who Share iPads Perform Better In School, Study Suggests
The researchers found that the students who shared iPads scored approximately 30 points higher compared to those who were not given iPads and those who were provided with one iPad each.
- Montana Developmental Center is Ordered to Cease Taking New Admissions in its Secure Unit
"The Administrator of the Montana Developmental Center Intermediate Care Facility for Developmentally Disabled has been unable to assure a safe environment for the residents at MDC ICF-DD. The number of substantiated reports of abuse and or neglect has increased at an alarming rate which places residents and staff at an unacceptable risk of harm."
- Montana Republicans And Democrats Unite To Ban Dark Money
The bipartisan Montana Disclose Act will effectively end the flood of "dark money" -- electoral spending by nonprofit groups that do not disclose their donors -- that has plagued recent Montana elections.
- House to reconsider closing Montana Developmental Center
"I believe that the institution should be closed because they cannot keep people safe. They're not preparing people for community living and they're wasting taxpayer's money." Republican Rep. Bill Harris of Winnett
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- AAA e-Update: April 2015
Many drivers don't think about their insurance coverage until after they have an accident and need to file a claim. Here's what you should know up front.
Sustainable Business Council
- Montana Cyber Triathlon Prep Session Set for April 18 at UM
The prep session will prepare students for the Cyber Triathlon and cover all tools needed in order to participate successfully in the competition.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- It would be greatly appreciated if you could spare a few minutes to take this sustainable business practices survey.
They will be presenting their findings as part of the Undergraduate Research Conference and really appreciate the 8 to 10 minutes that it will take to fill it out!
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Montana Office of Tourism, Department of Commerce | Official Tourism Industry News
New Tourism Grant Program Improves Access to $1 Million Pool
Great Falls Development Authority
- ScienceLogic and TeleSphere Software Announce Integration
"Integrating our ACM platform with ScienceLogic will bridge that operational shortcoming and position our customers to readily meet SLA requirements and improve the profitability of their special circuits." Todd Twete, TeleSphere's Vice President of Sales
- Workshop on entrepreneurial-friendly community planned
This free opportunity will be held at Montana State University Great Falls in Heritage Hall, 2100 16th Ave. S. from 3 to 5 p.m. May 4.
- GFDA CEO Forum: Adapting To Opportunities-Innovation By Bacteria, 5/21, Great Falls, Montana
Anyone who has known the need and frustration of developing leaders and choosing someone to take the helm of a company is encouraged to attend.
Come Home Montana
- Assume Nothing: 5 Tests Every Manufacturer Should Run Quarterly
Manufacturers can't wait that long; conditions change too frequently.
- Where Is B-to-B Data-driven Marketing Headed?
New tools, new technologies, and most important, new buying behavior among businesses--these changes are accelerating the pace and driving new directions for B-to-B data-driven marketing.
- Big Data and the Board
We are entering a brave new world where technological tools are now available for boards to deliver optimal value to shareholders -- and Big Data should be high on any board's agenda.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Account Coordinator - MMG
We are actively seeking an experienced Marketing Account Coordinator to join our team and assist in developing creative, innovative and effective advertising campaigns for our clients.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IT Help Desk Specialist, Application Developer, Workstation Administrator, Workstation Administrator, Network Engineer - Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply
Here at Murdoch's, we welcome energetic and enthusiastic individuals with a passion for exceptional service to become part of our team.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Seasonal Student, Interns and more... - Northwestern Energy
We encourage employees to find opportunities to use their leadership skills to contribute to and strengthen the organization.
- Worker shortage affects Missoula businesses - Missoula Job Service Career Fair, 4/21
Unemployment is below 4% in Missoula and that's good news for people trying to get a job.
- Montana Career Opportunities, Press Operator, Manager of Manufacturing - MMEC clients
Job Postings are a service for MMEC clients
- Hellgate Venture Network - Bryony Schwan, Kind Kudos, 4/23, Missoula, Montana
Our next meeting will feature the brilliant Bryony Schwan who will talk about her exciting new app "Kind Kudos" (http://www.kindkudos.com).
Montana Economic Development
- $250K federal grant to help Columbia Falls company SmartLAM grow
SmartLAM is the very first manufacturer and distributor of this product in the U.S., and according to a release from Tester's office, the money will allow the Columbia Falls company to grow into the largest of it's kind in the world.
- Fail Better - Short Video Contest
It is free to enter. Only the first 500 entries will be considered.
- Sip-N-Dip named Montana's most iconic bar
The website Thrillist has named the most iconic bar in all 50 states. Great Falls bar lovers know Montana's winner well.
- Great Falls, Montana home to big companies for the great employees, the outdoors
The entrepreneurs who launched or expanded companies in Great Falls that now stretch across the region or country had vastly different reasons for starting their businesses here, but face some of the same challenges and advantages for keeping their headquarters in the Electric City.
- Montana ranked 7th best state for local foods
This is the fourth consecutive year that Montana has ranked within the top 10 states
- New Missoula Stockman Bank aims to be state's greenest commercial building
Bob Burns, the Missoula market president for Stockman Bank, said he expects to hold a grand opening in the summer of 2017.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Experts highlight importance of bike tourism to Montana economy
"The data showed that these folks are coming from all over the place."
- Neil deGrasse Tyson at Montana State University - 3 minute highlight
World-renowned scientist Neil deGrasse Tyson gave a lecture at MSU on March 4th, 2015 that was hosted by the MSU Leadership Institute.
- Tesla dispute over $25/hr wage vow won't hurt tax breaks
Electric-car maker Tesla is building a massive battery plant called the Gigafactory in the desert east of Reno, and is planning to hire 6,500 workers over the next eight years.
- Reporter's notebook: Montana Governor's Pay Equity Summit leaves lasting impressions
Women in business, politics, nonprofits, foundations, education and Gov. Steve Bullock's annual Equal Pay for Equal Work Task Force converged -- this time at Montana Tech -- last weekend.
- Business Professionals Can Be The New Entrepreneurs
As a mentor to startups, I see more and more startups that are really an individual professional, marketing themselves as a consultant or freelancer.
- Life as Jon Tester's Executive Assistant
With 14 fingers between them, there's never a shortage of joke material for Montana Sen. Jon Tester and his executive assistant, Luke Jackson: catching, texting, meat grinders.
- Idaho child support system at risk
The problem arose after a House committee, on the final day of the legislative session last Friday, killed legislation to bring Idaho into compliance with federal rules.
Regional Economic Development
- Americans are spending $153 billion a year to subsidize McDonald's and Wal-Mart's low wage workers
The low wages paid by businesses, including some of the largest and most profitable companies in the U.S. - like McDonald's and Wal-Mart - are costing taxpayers nearly $153 billion a year.
- The Oil Industry's 'Man Camps' Are Dying
Drillers spent big to house workers in the new boomtowns. No more
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- How to Create a "Coachella" for Small Businesses
Colleges, venture capitalists and city economic development departments are also pitching in to create unique events that show the national tech community and other small business founders what it means for a city to be committed to business retention and growth.
- Today's TED Talk Takaharu Tezuka: The best kindergarten you've ever seen
At this school in Tokyo, five-year-olds cause traffic jams and windows are for Santa to climb into.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- The dramatic solutions to lift the country's economy, as only college students could imagine
The game required students to stabilize America's national debt as a share of the economy over the next 25 years. You've heard of Model U.N.? This was Model Simpson-Bowles.
- Senator Tester helps reauthorize Secure Rural Schools
Senator votes for bipartisan compromise that supports rural infrastructure
- What Not to Do When Asking Voters to Increase Their Taxes to Fund Schools
The failure to convince residents in an affluent area that they needed to spend more money to keep up the quality of the schools offers several lessons as to why local tax increases are often a tough sell.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MAPS Mobile: Entrepreneurship class working to fund van for new state-wide venture
"I've felt so blessed to have attended MAPS for the last four years," said Wyatt Campbell, a Darby senior. "I want everyone else in Montana to be able to share that experience."
- Kickstarter Campaign - The MAPS Mobile: Media on the Move To Montana's Future Leaders
Please check it out, and PLEASE SHARE. Together we can bring MAPS across Montana!
- Hamilton-based MAPS after school media arts program wants to take classes on the road - Kickstarter Campaign
It offers students from 8th to 12th grade, classes free of charge, in music, film making, and graphic design. Recently, it started an entrepreneur class, teaching kids business skills.
- 16 Montana Schools Awarded Nearly $60,000 to Expand School Breakfast
Governor Steve Bullock and First Lady Lisa Bullock announced today that a total of $59,600 in privately funded grants have been awarded to 16 schools across Montana to assist them in starting new breakfast programs and expanding participation in existing programs.
Funding and Building your Business
- Gateway Pride - Columbia Falls, Montana
As renewed optimism emerges and rises to the fore of economic development, businesses and civic leaders say Columbia Falls is poised for a renaissance
- THIRTEEN New grant announcements
- Missoula - Hope and Progress in a University Town (or 12 reasons to love Missoula right now)
As Missoula prepares to be put under the microscope, we figured what better time to look at aspects of the community that are also putting us on the map, bringing us together or otherwise making this a pretty cool place to live.
Energy and Climate Change
- Frontier Fund II - Montana's Angel Investment Fund
We concentrate on early-stage businesses with high growth potential and the intention to exit within 5-10 years.
- SBA Reporter - $4 Million for Startups, Veteran Business Center, R&D Grant Info
SBA Renews Funding for Pacific Northwest Veteran Business Outreach Center
Connectivity & Communications
- Big-building owners would have to track, report energy use under Portland rule
Portland is upping the ante.
- Travel agency offsets CO2 emissions of its customers' hotel stays for free
One percent of the world's carbon emissions are created by the hotel industry
- Verizon to offer custom pay TV with monthly programming bundles
"Everybody is getting into the video space... increasingly customers are saying, 'I want to pay for what I view,'"
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Nonprofit Kaleidoscope 2015, 04/24, Miles City
This one day conference http://www.mtnonprofit.org/Kaleidoscope-2015/ is a first of its kind training and networking opportunity for nonprofit staff, volunteers and board members in eastern Montana and surrounding communities.
- George Winston - Benefit Concert For Hopa Mountain, 5/12, Bozeman, Montana
Hopa Mountain invests in citizen leaders of all ages in realizing the hopes and dreams for their hometowns.
- The latest tool for selling real estate: FaceTime
It's the new normal, where "seeing" a property means taking an online video tour via an agency's 3-D walk-through program -- or via FaceTime.
- West Yellowstone to Get Jet Service in June
West Yellowstone airport manager Jeff Kadlec says this will be the first time in almost 30 years that the airport has had scheduled jet service.
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