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“Our continued focus has to got to be on education. Why? Because that’s our future. Why? Because that’s our economy.” Governor Butch Otter http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Senator Tester's 15th Small Business Opportunity Workshop, 7/17, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- NorthWestern Energy Honored by NYSE for Compensation Disclosure Efforts
In announcing the award, the judges noted that NorthWestern's proxy statement was prepared in-house by a small team and used plain English, bulleted lists and graphics to clearly outline the company's compensation philosophy and demonstrate a strong link between pay and performance.
- Updated FTC Guidance on Endorsements and Testimonials in Social Media Advertising - Does Your Advertising Pass Muster?
Last week, in an effort to keep up with the fast-changing world of social media and online advertising, the FTC updated its informal publication called What People Are Asking, with FAQs that address real-world examples of promotional programs and advertising methods that are popular in social media.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- MAPS Media Institute's Peter Rosten joins Montana Ambassadors
The Montana Ambassadors is a volunteer organization of business and education professionals who work with Bullock, the state Department of Commerce and the Office of Economic Development to promote the economy of Montana.
Come Home Montana
- A Rookie's Road Trip Through Montana, Wyoming and Idaho
If you long to answer the call of the open road but lack experience behind the wheel, look no further than the rental lot at Billings Logan International Airport in Montana.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - VP of Engineering - Submittable
With over 9000 clients, the world's largest Submissions Management Platform
- Montana Career Opportunity - CX: Project Manager - Wisetail
We are looking for a highly motivated individual to join our CX team as a Project Manager responsible for planning, oversight and tracking of all Professional Service projects including system integrations and custom feature development.
- Report says Bozeman, Montana is a top moving destination
Bozeman was ranked No. 17 in the top 25 U.S. moving destinations in a recent report by HomeInsurance.com.
- Sales Management Professional Looking for Next Opportunity
I will be in Bozeman July 6-18th and will be available to meet and/or interview. I am hoping to relocate to Bozeman late this summer. Thank you! Cell: 406-599-4024 and email: [email protected]
- Montana tops nation again in number of new businesses
A new report from the Kauffman Foundation reveals that Montana continues to lead the nation in business startups. As measured by Kauffman, Montana had 540 new entrepreneurs for every 100,000 population during any given month in 2014. In other words, Montana had around 6,500 business startups last year.
Montana Economic Development
- New Series Explores Great Harvest's Business Model
What is Freedom in a small business sense?
- Marshall Mountain - Former ski area near Missoula for sale for $3 million
An iconic ski area northeast of Missoula is up for sale more than a decade after its pink chairlifts stopped running.
- Looking for citizenship, foreign investors fund Missoula Sawmill District projects
Nearly $23 million in foreign investment authorized under a U.S. visa program is helping fund several large projects heading for the Old Sawmill District in Missoula, the first of which broke ground Tuesday.
- Bozeman tech company Wisetail launches charitable giving program
Montana-native and Wisetail Founder/CEO Justin Bigart said they are launching "Wisetail Works" to give back to the community. "After six years building this company in Bozeman and really having a lot of pride; having a tech company in Bozeman, Montana we want to start giving back. And Wisetail Works is that vehicle for us," said Bigart.
- Montana Snowbowl ziplines into summer with new attractions
On Saturday, Snowbowl opened for the summer, featuring chairlift rides, hiking, folfing, mountain biking and, of course, ziplining.
- Kickstarter Campaign Success - Bozeman's Pocket NC - The first 5 axis CNC mill for your desktop.
Welcome to Pocket NC! We are a start-up out of Bozeman, Montana developing 5 axis desktop CNC mills. We are currently live on Kickstarter.
- Missoula's Barry Hartman Subject of Claims on Behalf of Clients Involved in Invizeon Investments
The allegations state that Hartman assured the investors that he would keep their money safe but instead invested their money in Invizeon Corporation ("Invizeon"). Moreover, Hartman allegedly used his customers to raise money for Invizeon, without ever disclosing his conflict of interest in that Hartman was the beneficial owner of the company.
- Montana film industry off to good start in 2015
Staggs said Montana isn't the only state getting out of the tax incentive game for movies.
- Missoula's Sunburst Sensors succeeds in Hawaii, awaits decision on XPRIZE awards
"Over the last five years, we've probably brought in around $5 million to $6 million from outside the state."
- Montana Success Story - Big Dipper Ice Cream
We've been fortunate to travel all over the world in the past several years, and we've seen a lot of great places, but we absolutely love living here...You cannot beat Montana communities, and how affordable an amazing life is here."
- Montana Success Story - Planetary Design
"There's absolutely no reason you can't build a global brand from Montana...the caliber of people you find in employees here is unlike anywhere else." - Scott Billadeau, Founder Planetary Desgin
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Taking over: New Prospera director Paul Reichert takes community building to heart
Paul Reichert loves building great communities.
- The Wait-for-Google-to-Do-It Strategy for America's Aommunications Infrastructure
America's communications infrastructure is finally getting some crucial upgrades because one company is forcing competition when regulators won't.
City Club Missoula
- Small Towns: The Value of Unique Places
More cities that nurture native industry will create this new future. Balancing that approach with the Jeffersonian ideals of a strong, rural economy will bring equity to areas that are suffering. And that will build upon our strength.
- Rural Gets Less Foundation Money
Whichever way you slice it, rural communities aren't getting a proportionate share of foundation grants compared to the relative size of the rural population, a new report says.
- City Club Missoula Presents: 2015 Montana Legislative Session Retrospective, 7/13, Missoula
Featuring Will Deschamps (Chair of the Montana Republican Party) and for the Democrats, Ellie Hill (Representative House District 94). Their perspectives will be presented followed by a Q&A session with moderator Steve Fetveit, KECI News Anchor.
- Senator Tester announces critical payments for Montana counties
Montana receives nearly $27 million in PILT to pay for local infrastructure and education
Incubators and R&D
- Governor Otter stresses continued effort to strengthen Idaho schools, state economy in speech to business group
"Our continued focus has to got to be on education," the governor said. "Why? Because that's our future. Why? Because that's our economy."
- MSUB professor gets $332K grant for disease research
Lynn George, an assistant professor at Montana State University Billings, has been awarded a $332,000 research grant to further her work studying a neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative disease.
- Looking for the next crisis? Try student debt
Mounting student loan debt is ricocheting through the United States, now affecting institutions and economic patterns that have been at the core of America's very might.
- Google's search practices come under scrutiny from leading academic Wu
Google is allegedly degrading its search results to favor its own properties, argues a paper co-written by Columbia Law School professor and author Tim Wu.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Great Falls, Montana Leaders agree: Business is good, but labor market tight
"Our business is good, and we continue to win new contracts," she said. "It's been a challenge to find experienced welders and fitters, but we are working with local technical colleges to hire and train employees."
- Flipped learning is changing the face of special ed
Flipped learning and one-to-one are a powerful combo for some populations
- How well is your state teaching the whole child?
ASCD has released updated Whole Child Snapshots for each of the 50 U.S. states to display the progress the nation has made in supporting the whole child as well as the areas where negative trends have continued.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- UW, China's 'MIT' to run tech program in Bellevue
Microsoft believes GIX is something new that "can potentially put all of the good things about our economy on steroids."
- Want to help kids succeed in college? Let them take a gap year.
Want independent, well-adjusted kids who succeed in college, career and beyond?
Montana Education Excellence
- 2015 Energy Technology Summer Practicum Demonstrations, 6/26, Missoula, Montana
The Energy Technology Program introduces students to the full suite of energy systems and technologies—traditional and renewable—and prepares them for careers in the rapidly expanding energy industry.
Funding and Building your Business
- I Want Her Job Interviews University of Montana Regents Professor Jakki Mohr
Teaching and technology is what makes Regents Professor Jakki Mohr tick. A senior faculty member in the University of Montana School of Business Administration, she's built her career on being at the forefront of marketing high tech products and services.
Energy and Climate Change
- Prevent Exit Interviews With Stay Interviews
Yep, that's right. Recruiters doing stay interviews.
- 5 Ways to Grow Your Business Through Social Media
Having a strong social media presence naturally creates a unique voice through which a company can engage with their audience, who will appreciate the content more than ever.
- The Essential Guide to Crowdfunding
Everything you ever wanted to know about asking strangers for money on the Internet.
- Single-catalyst water splitter from Stanford produces clean-burning hydrogen 24/7
Stanford scientists have developed a cheap and efficient way to extract clean-burning hydrogen fuel from water 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
- Western Governors' Drought Forum
Recent drought throughout the West has affected economies and communities in ways both visible and hidden. Fallowed fields, bare streambeds and near-empty reservoirs provide stark reminders of drought's effects, but they do not tell the full story. Drought has also resulted in lost tourism revenues, increased are risk, decreased quality of wildlife habitat, unemployment and livestock losses.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Bozeman biotech industry takes a breath at Takeda announcement, but continued growth likely
The biotechnology industry in Montana might be small, and it may be fragile. But it's probably not going away any time soon.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Greater Yellowstone Regional Entrepreneurship and SBIR Summit (GYRES), 08/17, Bozeman
A two-day summit (Aug. 17th - 18th) for innovators, entrepreneurs, researchers, and small business operators to meet with and learn from key leaders in government, industry, academia and the legal profession, who collectively support small business innovation and funding. Over 200 participants are expected.
- Wi-Fi-powered electronics make Nikola Tesla's dream a reality
What if you could power your iPhone from thin air?
- This High-Tech Vision Test Could Make the World See 20/20
"Our mission is to provide affordable vision to any corner of the world."
- A Chip That Mimics Human Organs Is the Design of the Year
The ultimate goal is to lessen dependence on animal test subjects and decrease time and cost for developing drugs.
- Nifty New Resin Solves a Major Problem With 3-D Printing
Until recently, buying a 3-D printer required a difficult choice: Get a heated-chamber system like the popular MakerBot, which prints durable, colorful pieces marred by ridges and pockmarks.
- Today's TED Talk Chris Urmson: How a driverless car sees the road
Statistically, the least reliable part of the car is ... the driver.
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