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Everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about. Be kind
Early Edge Montana
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- Video: What happens when you put a preschool in a nursing home? Amazing happens
The beautiful clip showing the pure joy on the faces of both the young and old show what a perfect environment it is for both. Their interaction is absolutely precious and we hope this idea can spread across our country. The impact of it can likely be more far reaching than we could ever imagine!
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- The Whitefish, Columbia Falls and Bigfork Chambers of Commerce Team Up to Open Visitor Center in West Glacier
New visitor center in West Glacier depot will promote Flathead Valley
Big Sky Commerce
- Be sure to stop in Zortman, Montana (population 70) on your way to the American Prairie Reserve
The Miner's Club Bar and Cafe in this former mining town of 70 or so people serves a burger almost as big as a gold pan.
- New chip credit cards putting squeeze on small businesses - Big Sky Commerce
Businesses of all sizes face an Oct. 1 deadline to get new card readers and software that can handle chips. "Most people are definitely going to need to hire somebody to do it."
Come Home Montana
- Montana State University offers new support to companies seeking government contracting
Montana companies interested in doing business with federal, state and local government agencies will have a new resource for consulting, training and support through Montana State University beginning July 7.
- Montana Talent Available - Administrator or Executive Officer with Finance Experience
Licensed CPA with MBA from the University of Montana. My work experience has been a progression of increasingly responsible positions in accounting and management.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Magento Developer, GIS Database Engineer, Mobile App / Web App QA Test Engineer - onXmaps
We are a company looking to expand our workforce so we may continue pushing forward with new ideas, while continuing to produce quality maps available for purchase.
- Montana Career Opportunities - ETL Systems Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer / Product Specialist - Gomzee
Goomzee empowers real estate agents to connect with today's mobile real estate consumers using cell phone technology and helps convert more leads into sales.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Business Analyst/QA Analyst, Java Developer, Senior Web/Mobile Developer, Systems Administrator and more... - Zoot
Zoot provides software to the largest and most innovative financial companies worldwide including; banks, retailers, auto manufacturers, and Internet payment providers.
- James Taylor's "Montana"
Once the song started to appear and manifest, it was quickly clear that it was going to be about where I was in Montana. It's a song that's kind of rooted in the landscape, if it was a painting it would be a landscape painting.
- A Survey Finds Montana a Hotbed of Entrepreneurship
Silicon Valley gets all the glory, but the real hotbed of American entrepreneurship appears to be a few hundred miles to the northeast: Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Account Executive, Marketing Intern, Business Intern - Columbia Pacific Finance
Missoula gal, Reghan Brandt is bringing her very successful business home from Seattle.
- Great Falls to hold resource fair to help laid-off Asurion employees on June 30
"Our goal is to make sure these folks can switch to other jobs in which they can still earn a livable wage to support themselves and their families."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Welders, Fitters, many more... - ADF Group
Are you interested by the steel industry?
Montana Economic Development
- Groundbreaking Ceremony For The Old Sawmill District, 6/23, Missoula, Montana
The Old Sawmill District is nothing short of a rebirth for 46 acres along the Clark Fork River, in the heart of Missoula, Montana.
- Former LigoCyte Pharmaceuticals research facility in Bozeman set to close within two years
"I'm sure this was a tough decision for management at Takeda to make," Beeman said. "It's just one of those business decisions that gets made. It just looks like it's not working out in Bozeman's favor in this case."
- Ambitious aquaponics plan in Montana's Mission Valley
"At full scale, we should produce 2.5 million heads of lettuce a year, which would make us a good size producer in the United States," says Tom West, owner of Aquarius Farms.
- ADF keeps growing, hiring in Great Falls - Career Opportunities Available
ADF, which opened its fabrication shop in early 2014 and its paint shop early this year, has doubled its workforce to about 200 employees in the first six months of 2015 and is looking to hire a few dozen welders' helpers, welders and steel fitters, recruiter Kelley Aline said.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Montana CDC Receives $65 Million Allocation to Fund Start Ups and Expansions
Montana CDC works with investors to turn the credits into cash and then uses that cash to make projects like the Red Lion Inn in Polson, Montana, and the Golden Valley Natural facility in Shelley, Idaho, a reality.
- Today's TED Talk Steve Silberman: The forgotten history of autism
Decades ago, few pediatricians had heard of autism. In 1975, 1 in 5,000 kids was estimated to have it. Today, 1 in 68 is on the autism spectrum.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Tech Startup Helps Non-Techies Find Jobs at Tech Startups
Zheng says more than 400 companies across the US, including Constant Contact, Hearst Media and ThinkGeek are using Planted to find talent, and over 12,000 job seekers have signed up to use the service.
- Gigabit Internet Service to 'Future Proof' Beaufort County, S.C., Economy
Local leaders are lauding the Lowcountry Broadband Plan as a potential economic development tool likely to attract tech and startup businesses to the area.
- STEM supporters step up effort to improve math, science education
Employers say the state and schools must do more, and in earlier grades, to fatten the pipeline of students choosing STEM careers.
- What Makes Bonner County, Idaho Different?
Bonner County in Idaho's Panhandle, is quietly sustaining steady growth through a diverse mix of economic activity, and by playing to its strengths.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Responsible Tourism: How to Preserve the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg
Tourism is big business. Americans spend more than $800 billion a year on travel and recreational pursuits away from home. Tourism is one of the three largest industries in every American state and a critical factor in the world economy.
- Behind the success of DC's unstoppable food incubator, Union Kitchen
Since Union Kitchen launched just over two years ago, it's seen 120 businesses come through; fifteen have opened their own storefronts (think Flying Fish Coffee and Tea, TaKorean, RareSweets, and Ice Cream Jubilee). The companies have, according to Singer, collectively generated $40 million in revenue and created more than 350 jobs.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana State University Technologies Available for Licensing in Energy, Biotech, IT, Optics, Medical Devices and Agriculture
The Technology Transfer Office (TTO) works to commercialize the inventions of MSU faculty, spur entrepreneurship based on MSU technology and provide a gateway for industry looking to utilize MSU resources.
- Want Smart Kids? Provide Access to Green Space
A new study finds that vegetation around schools cuts down on air pollution and boosts memory and attention.
- Software-Defined Networking Opens Innovation Channels for Higher Education
The goal of a new higher education pilot is to pressure vendors to make their technology more interoperable and programmable, and find out what it will take to build a next-generation academic network.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- You Can Do Real-World Work at This Free Coding Boot Camp
By building apps for non-profits, students learn about planning a project and how to work with a team. What's more, Free Code Camp, as they name suggests, is free.
Montana Education Excellence
- Broadway In Missoula! Eden Espinosa - Live In Concert, 7/1, Missoula, Montana
Eden Espinosa is best known for her portrayal of “Elphaba,” the green-hued wicked witch of the hit Broadway show Wicked. In addition to her work with Wicked, Eden originated the role of “Brooklyn” in the Broadway production, Brooklyn the Musical, and was featured as “Maureen” in the closing production of Rent, now available on DVD.
- Montana State University online grad urges parents of special-needs children to get degrees
"I'd love more people to know it's doable," she said. "I've seen parents stop their lives in order to care for and support their children with special needs or unique circumstances, and it breaks my heart."
- Montanans share ideas to raise graduation rates
At the Graduation Matters Montana Summer Summit, the keynote speaker urged principals, administrators and teachers to pay greater attention to children who are chronically absent, especially poor and minority students.
- Helena voters turn down school bond
"Now the hard work begins."
Funding and Building your Business
- Watch Jon Stewart's Scathing Commentary on the Charleston Shooting
"This wasn't a tornado, this was racist. This was a guy with a Rhodesia badge on his sweater....I hate to even use this pun, but this one is black and white. There's no nuance here."
Energy and Climate Change
- Google Aims to Own Online Ad Attribution, Native Ad Serving
"We want to be able to understand consumer behavior across screens and devices and stitch together a consumer journey."
- How Adobe keeps key employees from quitting
Adobe says it eliminated annual performance reviews and its "rank and yank" firing methods to improve retention. The company now uses a check-in system to help employees set goals every eight weeks and to hand out bonuses every year.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Proposed Rule for Big Trucks Aims at Cutting Fuel Emissions
The regulations will also set emissions targets for other types of trucks larger than light-duty pickups, like delivery vehicles, dump trucks and buses.
- Paris Smog Obscuring Eiffel Tower Threatens Diesel-Car Dominance
Famed Parisian landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower have been increasingly obscured in recent years by an oppressive smog. City officials have placed the blame chiefly on diesel exhaust, widening a Europewide attack on the fuel.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana's American Prairie reserve is one of the most important and vital conservation programs in the U.S.
APR's mission is to save mixed-grass prairie, which is on the decline, while managing the land for wildlife and providing the public access to wide-open land that remains almost the same as what explorers Lewis and Clark saw when they passed through Montana in the early 1800s.
- Senator Tester: $6.8 Million to Expand Broadband in NW Montana
"In the 21st Century, reliable Internet access is just as important as roads and bridges to growing our economy," Tester said. "This award will give northwest Montana's small business owners tools to expand their operations and ensures that folks have access to the world of information at their fingertips."
- Los Angeles Seeks Vendors For Five-Year Citywide Gigabit Project
On June 23, Los Angeles will ask the private sector for help in deploying Wi-Fi and wired broadband networks that would bring symmetrical gigabit connectivity to every home and business in the city.
- The FCC just gave consumers the right to block annoying robocalls
The proposal implements stricter definitions of "autodialing" to prevent companies from sneaking around the provisions, and it also gives the green light to 'Do Not Disturb' technology, allowing telecom companies greater autonomy to implement features that could block automated communication.
- How GIS Can Help Win the Economic-Development Street Fight
The latest mapping tools can give a community a better way to showcase its unique strengths -- and beat its competitors.
- Mayors Report Innovation Challenges at City Innovate Summit
"Cities today are the engines of the greatest surge in innovation, creativity and problem solving in human history ... and cities that think of themselves as platforms will become stronger, attract better talent and become smarter from the bottom up."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- GrantStation Launches the PathFinder
GrantStation.com, Inc. announces the release of the PathFinder, a free, interactive website designed to assist the grantseeker in discovering the right resources to achieve their professional development goals.
- Low-cost, tunable smart windows developed with 'electrokinetic pixels'
This patent-pending research, supported by the National Science Foundation, will hopefully lead to low-cost window tinting that can provide a wide range of optical functionality such as adjusting for color and brightness.
- Nevada creating 'electric highway' for EVs
Gov. Brian Sandoval and NV Energy unveiled the Nevada Electric Highway on Tuesday, a network of charging stations planned along U.S. Route 95 that would finally make it far easier to drive sparsely populated, mostly desert route between Reno and Las Vegas with an electric vehicle.
- How to Own a Tesla for Just $13,500!
There is no doubt that we are at the dawn of one of the biggest transitions we'll ever see in personal transportation. Ten years from now, I'll be surprised to see many internal combustion vehicles even being manufactured.
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