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"With guns you can kill terrorists. With education you can kill terrorism." Malala Yousafzai
Montana's New Crowd Funding Law, 11/23, Great Falls, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5712
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- 111th Kalispell Chamber Banquet and Auction nets big results for Kidsports and "Here and Now" Initiatives
The Kalispell Chamber announced that $100,000 was raised for Kidsports at the auction, which was held Thursday, November 12.
Energy and Climate Change
- 2016 Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE) Summit, 2/3-4, Helena
Hosted by Montana's Department of Transportation's DBE program, this two day conference presents workshops and networking opportunities for developing DBE firms, and any other small business doing business in the government market place.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Elon Musk Powers Up: Inside Tesla's $5 Billion Gigafactory
"What I'm going to talk about tonight is a fundamental transformation of how the world works."
- These 3 New Devices Can Suck Water From The Air To Solve Our Droughts
"We're using air, sunlight, and salt, and we're making water."
- Opinion: Montana's Bumpy Road to Clean Power Plan Compliance
What would it take for Montana to produce electricity in a way that reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 47 percent?
- Wind-Power Giant to Enter Large-Scale Battery Storage Market
The nation's largest wind-power contractor, Mortenson Construction, said Tuesday that it formed a new business unit to install large battery storage systems for the electric grid and commercial operations.
Come Home Montana
- GFDA Top 10 for 11/15/15
Here's the GFDA Top 10 for this week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- A Jewish Mom Fed an Entire Plane of Stranded Passengers in Montana
What does a plane full of Jews heading to Israel eat when they end up stranded for a day in Montana?
- Why Warren Buffett Wants Children To Be Entrepreneurs
Starting a business teaches you a lot.
TEDx Events in Montana
- Governor to Weyerhaeuser CEO: Keep timberlands free and open, or risk Montanans' ire
The governor said he is "very concerned" that Weyerhaeuser "may not fully appreciate Montana's culture" of open and free access to thousands of acres of commercial timberlands.
- For-profit doctor colleges could benefit Montana, regents told
"We want to make sure it's done right, if it's done at all."
- Today's TED Talk Nonny de la Peña: The future of news? Virtual reality
What if you could experience a story with your entire body, not just with your mind?
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Job hunting? Startup CareerLabs can tell you what it's really like to work at that company
CareerLabs is a job search engine that harnesses data to pull back the curtain on the reality of a company's culture.
- Strategies: 8 tips for a knock-'em-dead presentation
Americans fear public speaking more than earthquakes, flying, clowns, zombies and even death.
- Try this year-end pledge: Sponsor a woman in tech
Think about how much we still need to accomplish, not only in gender equality as a whole but in the specific area of STEM.
- Elon Musk highlights Tesla job openings on Twitter
The entrepreneur will interview applicants himself for Tesla's self-driving car scheme.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- USDA Funding Expands Broadband Access to Nearly Six Million Rural Residents, Workers and Businesses
"I am proud to announce today that all of the active projects USDA has financed through the Recovery Act are now providing broadband service in rural areas nationwide,"
- Taking Broadband 'Border to Border'
"It's time for families and schools and communities to set the goals and leave the tactics to the providers," Joselyn said. "They will rise to the occasion, just as the auto industry did."
- Mark Zuckerberg Commits $20 Million To Bring Internet to Schools
A $20 million donation, along with continued support from the Obama administration's so-called ConnectED initiative to push for connectivity in schools, should help close the digital divide in education that remains.
- Fort Worth, Texas, Provides Internet Using Blended Approach
Using fiber and microwave technology will save the city about $1.5 million a year in operating costs annually beginning in fiscal 2017.
- With small tourism budget, North Dakota aims for savvy marketing
An unusual scene played out in downtown Fargo this summer.
Regional Economic Development
- Why can't Japan shake its economic malaise? Two words: old people.
If your population's share of old people is big and growing fast, that means your working population has to produce more and more to keep up.
- Governors Announce Strategies for State Innovation Economies
Several of these recommendations relate directly to innovation and entrepreneurship.
- When Can Economic Advocacy Succeed in City Hall?
It says a lot that cities are now leading the way in addressing the wick problem of economic inequality.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- ETA Announces $100M to Support Workforce Development in High-Need Tech Occupations, Industries
The ETA anticipates that it will make up to 35 grants to support pilot and scale public-private workforce development partnerships that can rapidly train workers for and connect them to well-paying, middle- and high-skilled, and high-growth jobs across a diversity of H-1B industries
American Prairie Reserve
- Bilingual Education Makes a Research-Based Comeback
Seventeen years ago, the opposition against bilingual programs -- now more commonly known as dual language programs -- was fierce.
- Raisin test for toddlers predicts learning at age 8
A simple test that uses a raisin and a plastic cup can predict how well a toddler will perform academically at age eight, researchers say.
Montana Education Excellence
- Enter to Win a American Prairie Reserve Adventure Prize Pack!
I'm writing to share a special video http://www.americanprairie.org/the-transect/ and let you know how you can enter to win a Reserve visitor's prize pack this winter.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The University of Montana will adjust its workforce to reflect lower enrollment.
Along with staffing reductions in all of our sectors, we will look at adjusting academic programs that have experienced substantive enrollment declines. We will consolidate administrative functions and reconfigure support programs.
- Montana State tops UM in enrollment for fourth year in a row
MSU's full-time numbers grew 3.1 percent last year, while UM lost 4.8 percent.
- How can UM more effectively increase student enrollment numbers?
Christian Grant takes to the Lommasson Center to ask students what UM can spend money on to more effectively increase student enrollment numbers.
- University of Montana faculty evaluations used to put programs on the chopping block
Now, the Missoula College's two-year degrees in energy technology and electronics technolog, and UM graduate programs in foreign languages are at risk of being cut.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana's 2-year colleges want to hear from employers about their short-term employee training needs.
MMEC will be hosting two lunch sessions: Lunch is included and free.
- How Trust Drives Loyalty and Sales: A MERCURYcsc Pulse Report
Fear is a tremendously powerful emotion.
- Google searches itself to build more productive teams
It's a high priority because the best products and ideas increasingly are springing from people working together.
- The One Thing Managers Aren't Doing That Could Cost Them Employees
A recent survey from Robert Half, a human resource consulting firm, shows 40% of managers aren't discussing an employee's career path, even when employees request it.
- Five Steps to Handling Objections
Objections are unavoidable in an entrepreneur's life.
- Why It Matters That New Businesses Are Creating Jobs More Slowly Than a Decade Ago
One factor holding back startups: the inability of entrepreneurs to access cash.
- Ignite Northwest Spring 2016 Accelerator is Open for Applications
The accelerator consists of a curriculum taught by subject matter experts, a built-in network of mentors, customized coaching, and a diverse collection of entrepreneurial tools.
- Google's big cloud move sharpens rivalry with Amazon, Microsoft
"Only a tiny fraction of the world's data is currently in the cloud -- most businesses and applications aren't cloud-based yet," Pichai said. "This is an important and fast-growing area for Google and we're investing in the future."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana Community Foundation opens branch office in Missoula
Over the past 20 years, the foundation and its affiliate, the Missoula Community Foundation, have worked with more than 800 individual and organizational donors in western Montana that represent some $8.8 million in donations.
- 'Three Cups of Tea' author Greg Mortenson to step down from charity
"The organization is now in a good place, with the assets, resources, and good people at home and abroad to move strongly into the future."
- Barcode trick forces cancer to gulp drugs
"It looks like this could be a universal strategy to increase the uptake of drugs into different kinds of cells involved in many types of diseases."
- Virtual reality faces first big consumer test
Predictions always carry risks. But there's a good bet that November 20, 2015, will go down in tech history as the day the humans truly went virtual.
- New Balance unveils first ever 3D printed running shoe
It uses lasers to add powder layer by layer to make the midsole.
- This Startup Has The Technology That Will Put Autonomous Cars On Road In 2019
Its next-generation system will be the key to unlocking true self-driving capabilities for vehicles because it has no moving parts, which means it won't break.
- Air service membership club expanding to Billings
"You tell us what the mission is for your trip. Are you needing to leave the next day, or for a holiday? You tell us how many people are flying, where you're going. We go to the network and line up exactly the right airplane for (the) mission," CEO Tom Filippini said
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