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When is the "Old enough to know better" supposed to kick in?
National Science Foundation (NSF) Informational Webinar, 5/16 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5953
Montana Governor's Office of Economic Development
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Montana's women paving entrepreneurial path
"there's no better place to start a new business."
Missoula Schools Excellence
- National Science Foundation (NSF) Informational Webinar, 5/16
In less than two weeks, tune in to this free informational webinar to learn about the NSF SBIR/STTR Program directly from the Program Director, just in time for the current solicitation (closing June 16, 2016).
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Missoula Education Foundation Fundraiser - Wine, Food, Scotch And Cigars, 5/21, Missoula
Missoula Education Foundation strives to raise funds and build community support for unique and creative opportunities for teachers and students in the Missoula County Public Schools
Big Sky Commerce
- Here Are 10 Unique Day Trips In Montana That Are An Absolute Must-Do
Depending on which part of the state you call home, you could easily make one of these Montana day trips happen.
Energy and Climate Change
- Happy Birthday to Big Sky Commerce
For our lucky #13 anniversary, we'll be showcasing one client each May weekday
Come Home Montana
- Tesla's Elon Musk: Time to 'revolt' against fossil fuel industry
Speaking at the World Energy Innovation Forum, Musk also called for the public to "revolt" against what he called the fossil fuel industry's "propaganda war" on renewable energy and electric vehicles.
- Just How Much Power Do Your Electronics Use When They Are 'Off'?
About a quarter of all residential energy consumption is used on devices in idle power mode
- Montana Career Opportunity - Economist - Montana Department of Labor and Industry
The Montana Department of Labor and Industry offers a great work environment and exceptional Benefits all while living and working in beautiful Montana.
- Governor Bullock honors Resonon as Montana Governor's Exporter of the Year as part of Manufacturing and International Trade Day in Missoula
Resonon, Inc. is a high-tech optics company based in Bozeman specializing in hyperspectral imaging systems.
- Simms gives tour of new building expansion, touts job creation in Bozeman, Montana
"We're excited to move in and give everyone their own space," said Diane Bristol, senior director for employee and community engagement. "It's a great space."
- Montana's drink local craze spawns secondary business: mobile canning
It helps that Montana's brewers are among the best in the nation, he said, and people want to drink their brews when they're on the move, floating, fishing and skiing.
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
- Inner Peace? The Dalai Lama Made a Website for That
"We have, by nature or biologically, this destructive emotion, also constructive emotion," the Dalai Lama said. "This innerness, people should pay more attention to, from kindergarten level up to university level. This is not just for knowledge, but in order to create a happy human being. Happy family, happy community and, finally, happy humanity."
- Goldman Sachs' HR chief says this is the key to writing a winning cover letter
If you ever questioned the value of a cover letter in today's technological age, Goldman Sachs' HR chief has an important message for you.
- The Science of Making Friends
Our number of friends starts to decrease steadily in adulthood; there are ways to reverse the tide
- A guide to help new graduates ace their job interviews
Young adults -- and plenty of older ones -- often falter when interviewing for a job. Their nerves or lack of preparation can make them do some crazy things.
Business Plan Forums
- Federal Pilot Seeks to Boost Broadband Connectivity in Rural Communities Nationwide
Five cities have been named as the testing grounds for the Cool and Connected program, a community-based plan aimed at boosting connectivity and pulling in money for their local economies.
City Club Missoula
- Montana University startup challenge goes big at 27th annual event
The challenge and the incentives that come with it only grows Montana's standing as one of the nation's entrepreneurial hotbeds. While Silicon Valley gets all the glory, the New York Times reported last year, "the real hotbed of American entrepreneurship appears to be a few hundred miles to the northeast in Montana."
- University of Montana Student Wins Business Startup Challenge, Winners Announced
"Montana has a special ecosystem that allows us to link students to statewide and national mentors, angel investors and venture capitalists in a personal way that other states just cannot do," said Paul Gladen, director of UM Blackstone LaunchPad and CEO of the Montana Academy of Distinguished Entrepreneurs, the organization that runs the competition.
- City Club Missoula forum explores historic preservation and economic growth
"We were as blindsided as the (Historic Preservation) commissioners were by the presentation that the Merc must be destroyed," said Goode. "It's no more hazardous than any other building of its vintage and construction."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Tester, Daines Rally Bipartisan Support for Rural County Funding Program
Montana's forested areas have depended on funding from Secure Rural Schools program
- In a First Since 2002, North Dakota Governor Requires Budget Cuts
"We must find greater savings and efficiencies while minimizing as much as possible the impact on services. We must continue to demonstrate that we are good stewards of the people's money."
- Portland gave its minimum wage workers a raise. Here's what happened next.
For the lowest paid in Portland, Jan. 1 brought a whopping rise of 34 percent.
Regional Economic Development
- LinkedIn Just Made a Savvy Business Move and Nobody Noticed
LinkedIn has quietly jumped into the ever-expanding "freelancer-for-hire" marketplace. Here's why it could be a game-changer on several fronts.
- Don't be fooled; FCC's set-top box rules good for consumers, industry
Depending on where you sit, this is either a modestly good thing or the end of the world as we know it.
- Cutting the Cord: A bright streaming future
In recent days, there's been plenty of signs that cutting the cord will be easier and more satisfying.
Washington State Business
- Fed To Host Forum On Rural Housing, Development, 5/10
Speakers from the Fed, U.S. Department of Agriculture and housing organizations will discuss the effects of various policies and practices on rural economic vitality and the availability of homes and financing to rural consumers
- The Next Economic Frontier: Cities - "agglomeration externality"
Familiar with the concept of agglomeration externality? Finance professor and Bloomberg View writer Noah Smith opines it's a major reason why American cities are not as productive as they should be.
- Downtown Spokane Macy's bids due Wednesday
Historic retail buildings sold by Macy's in other downtown areas typically have been redeveloped for mixed uses - retail on the bottom floors and residential, office or hotel space above.
- Big Sky Code Academy™ Announces its Code4Philanthropy™ Fellowship
Innovative new fellowship combines free tuition at Big Sky Code Academy's 12 week coding boot camp with a 12 month fellowship to support the technology needs of nonprofits.
American Prairie Reserve
- Wyoming panel to look at state regulation of shell companies following Panama Papers
The Wyoming Legislature's Joint Corporations, Elections and Political Subdivisions Interim Committee will discuss the state's limited liability company statutes at a regularly scheduled meeting in Lander.
- Historic Habitat: 50,000 Acres Added to Montana's American Prairie Reserve - Take a virtual tour
The PN represents an incredible chance to improve public access to more than 20,000 acres of private lands and permanently conserve key habitat in the wildlife corridors along the region's river bottoms.
Funding and Building your Business
- Billings still in the running for Best Town Ever - Vote Now!
Outside's criteria? "Places with great access to trails and public lands, thriving restaurants and neighborhoods, and, of course, a good beer scene."
- FOUR New grant announcements
- The importance of "place"
How Jane Jacobs changed the way we look at cities
- How Libraries -- Yes, Libraries -- Are Helping People Ditch Stuff They Don't Need
Have you ever checked out a sewing machine from your local library? What about a guitar or a 3D printer? If you haven't, you might soon.
- Unboxing and Onboarding: How They're Similar and Why It Matters
Yippeeee! It's the feeling of exploding excitement--exhilaration!--the uncontrollable glee of a little kid opening presents on Christmas morning.
- In search of scarcer funding, start-ups go corporate
The convergence of tech start-ups reshaping brick-and-mortar industries and the Fortune 500 companies delving into digital services is making for new couplings in venture funding.
- State Technology Leaders Focus on Procurement, Cybersecurity and Agile
Scott Klososky's views on technology-infused leadership offered interesting stories and helpful analogies that certainly raised the bar for public- and private-sector attendees.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Big Sky Code Academy - New tech fellowship rolls skills and service into one
Founded by the America Campaign, the new fellowship - Code4Philanthropy - provides graduates of the Big Sky Code Academy's 12-week boot camp with a stipend in exchange for service to a nonprofit.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 'Saving For The Day' Montana Movie Fundraising Needs Your Support
This project of passion is a unique and highly entertaining epic. There's never been a film made like this. The single narrative weaves through 15 different genres seamlessly. So far, our cast/crew has put in over 6500 hours of work. We're in the final stages of postproduction and we need your help.
- Siri creator introduces Viv, the new AI assistant
Kittlaus believes that AI today is in a similar stage to where his old employer at Apple was when it first launched the App Store.
- Google Announced Their D-Wave 2X Quantum Computer Succesfully Works
The extra speed can be attributed to a quantum mechanical quirk.
- These Optical Illusions Make Drivers Slow Down For Crosswalks
Is that a crosswalk or a roadblock?
- LA to SF in 30 min: the hyperloop wars are on
How fast is that?
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