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"Alcohol and calculus don't mix so don't drink and derive"
Community Development Forum: Lending And Investing Opportunities In Montana, 8/4, Billings http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5550
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Sustainable Business Council
- University of Chicago's 'Plenario' Changes How We Use Open Data
Plenario lets users access, combine, download and visualize disparate sets of data all in the same place.
The MDT Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Program
- Automated, online discount rack helps supermarkets cut food waste
About half of all of the world's food goes to waste, but we have seen plenty of companies doing their part to help curb this global issue.
Come Home Montana
- Writing A Business Plan - Not Just For Your Bookshelf, 08/18-22, Various Montana Communities
Don't be intimidated about writing a business plan. Learn how quick and easy it is to write your company's business plan.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Disability Rights Montana - Advocacy Specialist
Individual will assist persons with disabilities to enforce their rights and obtain needed services. This position handles cases under the supervision of an attorney, primarily in the area of special education, but also relating to traumatic brain injury, developmental disabilities, and mental health services for both children and adults.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Software Engineer - CMMS - Dematic (Bigfork)
Dematic is a global engineering company that provides a comprehensive range of intelligent warehouse logistics and materials handling solutions.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's Blue Sky Stewardship Focuses on Food
Our mission is to cultivate our community's relationship with food by providing education services, supporting localization efforts, and developing urban farming projects.
- Treasure State Internet's grant proposal to supply fiber Internet to Radersburg denied over technicality
"Rural communities are last on the list because it's not cost effective for big companies, and so that's where a Treasure State Internet that sees a need can really step in," Broadwater County Commissioner Laura Obert said.
- UM Research: Travelers Contribute $3.9 Billion to Montana Economy in 2014
Estimates showed nearly 11 million visitors spent approximately $3.9 billion in Montana in 2014, which directly supported $3.15 billion of economic activity and more than 38,000 Montana jobs.
- Training for you! What's Up for Manufacturers - check out these MMEC offerings ...
Tuesdays with Todd
- The Montana Business Hall Of Fame "An Evening With Terry Bradshaw", 9/10, Billings, Montana
The Montana Business Hall of Fame recognizes business leaders who have been successful in private enterprise in Montana. By identifying outstanding examples of business leadership, the Hall of Fame recognizes, shares, and documents stories of success and innovation.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Harris Manufacturing in Bonner, Montana Seeks to Fill the Employment Gap Left by Smurfit Stone's Closure
Industrial fabricator Harris Manufacturing in Bonner--just got a $262,500 vote of confidence from the Montana Department of Commerce.
- Thinking Like a Leader: Three Big Shifts
Leadership effectiveness really starts with thinking -- adopting a mental model that makes it possible to acquire skills and demonstrate behaviors in the first place.
- App turns freelancers' irregular income into a steady salary
Freelancers currently make up 34 percent of the total national workforce in the US, and many are probably drawn to it due to its flexible and variable nature.
- Beer has $1.2 billion economic impact on Idaho
Beer brewing supports 278 jobs in Idaho, totaling about $10 million in wages, the report said.
Washington State Business
- Skyly finds new supporters for progressive political organizations.
Skyly is primarily a contributor prospecting tool; it identifies voters who are likely to and capable of supporting progressive campaigns and organizations.
- Intel will pay double bonus to employees who refer women, minorities and veterans
Employees can earn a bonus of up to $4,000 if they refer a woman, underrepresented minority or veteran who is ultimately hired. That's twice the standard bonus.
- Comcast chooses Liberty Lake, WA site for customer service center
Employment at the new call center was projected at 675, but Comcast has revised it to 750 jobs.
- Technology - Getting up to code in Montana with Code Montana
Modeled after successful coding boot camps in San Francisco and New York, the Montana program will offer a "zero-to-60 mph" intensive learning environment in which students acquire the skills necessary to become employable junior web developers over the span of 12 weeks.
- Air service may return to Sheridan, Wyoming by November
The Sheridan/Johnson Critical Air Service Group is trying to raise about $2.6 million to entice Key Lime Air to replace Great Lakes Airlines.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Education Secretary Duncan calls for better student outcomes, accountability in higher ed
Nearly half of all U.S. college students in the United States do not graduate in six years' time. "We know the most expensive degree is the one you don't complete," he said.
- College of Idaho cracks 'Forbes' top 200 American colleges
"The Forbes ranking reaffirms The College of Idaho's status as a first-class academic institution--one that has produced seven Rhodes Scholars along with countless leaders and innovators who succeed in all walks of life," C of I president Charlotte Borst said. "I'm honored that such a respected publication is helping us get the word out on a national stage."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Ni Hao, Beijing! Missoula Children's Theatre & Missoula Community Theatre
MCT is very 我很兴奋 (xin fen = excited) to send a tour team to China this week!
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula high school students tasked with making their schools more sustainable
Plans included adopting recycling bins in schools, a plan to build greenhouses, beehives to produce honey and wind power using windmills.
- White House wants more students graduating, Montana State University strives to improve
"The most expensive education is one that doesn't lead to a degree," the White House said Monday in a news release.
- Lessons learned from Helena and Billings school bonds
Here is a tale of two cities, their schools, and what happened with their levy.
- Gov. Bullock and Superintendent Juneau Announce Scholarship Availability For Educators Seeking Preschool Teaching Endorsement
"Through these scholarships, we will grow and strengthen our early childhood workforce, ensuring that more young learners in Montana -- particularly those in at-risk communities -- will have the benefit of high-quality educators," Bullock noted.
Funding and Building your Business
- CDC: 1 in 5 American adults live with a disability
The study, drawn from 2013 data, says 53 million Americans have a disability.
Energy and Climate Change
- Limiting Your Liability: Protect Yourself with a Well-Written General Release
We dissect a simple General Release Agreement below to reveal its essential elements. The text of our sample General Release Agreement is at the end of this article.
- What unique perk does your company offer?
We have a list of people we call mentors who specialize in different things.
- 32 Financial-Technology VCs Entrepreneurs Need to Know
The rapid growth of 'fintech' in recent years shows no sign of slackening.
- Sheryl Sandberg says Facebook will publicly share its internal diversity training
The company launched a Web site that includes video modules of its training course, slides used in the presentation and a downloadable worksheet with a bulleted list of "what you can do."
- Amazon's new "launchpad" for start-ups
The program offers a streamlined onboarding experience, custom product pages, a comprehensive marketing package, and access to Amazon's global fulfillment network, all geared toward helping startups successfully launch their innovations and share their stories.
- 9 Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Program centers (PTAC) aim to help businesses find government contracts
If you teach a company how (to navigate government contracts), they're going to be more successful in pursuing that marketplace."
- CEO shared $27 million with his employees after selling his company
Aydın carved out $27 million for his 114 employees and give each of them a slice. This made the average bonus in the payout $237,000
Connectivity & Communications
- Smart-home heating startup Ecovent lands $6.9m investment, touts $1m in pre-orders
The two-year-old company, which makes a "smart" heating vent system for homes, has landed a $6.9 million investment to help it launch its product later this year.
- Report presents case for Wyoming wind power to California
California regulators could achieve savings in water use, electricity rates and greenhouse emissions by turning to Wyoming wind power to help offset the natural ups and downs of wind and solar power in their state, according to a University of Wyoming report released Monday.
- SunPort lets you support solar power anytime, anywhere, without the need for solar panels
A little company called SunPort has launched a crowdfunding campaign that could change the clean energy game in a new way.
- One California Community's Power Switch
One California city is laying a path away from the dysfunctional 20th-century development processes that were put in place to keep costs low at the expense of long-term value and functionality, process that are still too often the norm for many cities.
- Facebook reveals plans for drone-based Internet in the sky
The solution: Drones the size of a Boeing 737 -- launched by helium balloons.
- How Analytics Helps Minneapolis Make Smarter Daily Decisions
Collectively that information provides a window into the city's past, present and future, and it can be used to make smarter choices for solving problems and allocating resources, Doll says. "It allows us to really get a good handle on the state of the city at any given moment."
- The Next Big Thing in Data Analytics
It's at the "heart of the new focus on data analytics," says Harry Hatry, director of the public management program at the Urban Institute, who has been an advocate of using disaggregated data for decades.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Red Ants Pants rhapsody: Music festival draws record-breaking crowd of 14,000
Now in its fifth year, it's a fundraiser for the Red Ants Pants Foundation, which supports rural communities, family farms and women's leadership.
- Users can revoke emails long after sending with Dmail
Ever sent an email you wanted to take back the moment it left your inbox?
- 20 Languages Added to Google's Translation App
The smartphone app now can read 27 languages and instantly convert the text without an Internet connection, the tech giant said.
- The fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world hits 100 km/h in 1.779 seconds
A team of students from the University of Stuttgart just designed, built and raced what could be the fastest accelerating electric vehicle in the world.
- Will Self-Driving Vehicles Erase the Auto Insurance Industry?
Though the industry won't be impacted "significantly" for at least a decade, the landscape will begin to shift dramatically after that.
- Big Data Can Save Billions in Transportation Delays
There's a lot of room for improvement in the world's transportation infrastructure, and using big data is one way to close the gap.
- Neptune Aviation starting flights between Missoula & Billings on September 3rd
Neptune will offer two roundtrip flights per week to Billings every Tuesday and Thursday. The service is designed for Missoula-area individuals and companies that travel frequently to Billings who want to get there and back on the same day.
- Tesla Motors offers social-referral incentive for Model S
Silicon Valley automaker Tesla Motors introduced an incentive program to encourage owners of its electric vehicles to convince their friends to buy cars, even as the company spurns traditional marketing tactics such as advertising.
- Used market plugs the less affluent into Tesla ownership
An analysis of used Model S sales finds that while not many have hit the market so far -- just 1,600 -- they typically command prices well above $50,000.
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