|MATR Newsletter - Tue Jun 27, 2006|
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"I have not failed. I've just found 10,000 ways that won't work." — Thomas Edison
Hope you can attend and participate in the discussion panels on the Montana Economy and Leadership. Grand Opening Of PFL And Discussions On Economic Development And Leadership In Montana, 6/30, Livingston http://www.matr.net/ev ... =1626
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~GREAT FALLS
Simply put, Great Falls is a fantastic place to live.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Tax Accountant
If you want to work with a firm where you are given the opportunity to grow personally, professionally and as a community, consider JCCS.
- Inspiring Young Entrepreneurs in Wyoming
What are you doing to encourage the entrepreneurial spark in your community?
- Education for entrepreneurs. We need an educational system that, while teaching math and science and reading and writing, also stresses creativity, initiative, risk analysis, and thoroughness.
We need an educational system that, while teaching math and science and reading and writing, also stresses creativity, initiative, risk analysis, and thoroughness; namely, the same sorts of traits that help make one a good entrepreneur and an informed, smart citizen. We are living in an entrepreneurial age, and that will only increase as the century progresses.
- U.S. Chamber to Grade State Education Programs. Are Today’s Students Being Prepared for Tomorrow’s Jobs?
“America needs a world-class education system. Students deserve it, parents demand it, and businesses require it if we are to compete and win in the global economy.”
- Connecting Public Schools with Universities for Technical Assistance and Collaboration
“Teachers participating in this program will focus on technology to enhance and advance teaching and learning through the use of exciting media and Web applications that are motivators for today's P-12 students,” she said. “This project provides a wonderful opportunity to collaborate with Apple Computer and Dataseam to provide Kentucky teachers with professional development in educational technology applications.”
- Montana educators brainstorm ways to inject Indian culture into classroom
"When school starts, there will be a rich abundance of material teachers can draw from when they start transforming their classroom process," said Denise Juneau, Indian Education Office director.
Montana Economic Development
- PrintingForLess.com setting the pace for Livingston businesses. Grand Opening Celebration of new building set for June 30.
"When one business expands and does well, it attracts others," said Tracey Jette, executive director of the Gallatin Development Corporation. "That's what we've seen in Bozeman. Success builds success."
- Pyron Medical IT Services of Missoula, MT cracks health-care IT top 100
The 10-year-old company got its start by offering networking and computer support to a variety of businesses and organizations while specializing in the health-care industry. It currently serves more than 50 clients across the nation, from Cleveland to Colorado, as well as locally, said Pyron, who holds a business degree from the University of Montana.
- Montana Dept. of Corrections begins use of new CHAIN alert notification system from Invizeon of Missoula, MT
The CHAIN system is capable of transmitting a notification to thousands of recipients, depending on the type of incident involved. It also allows for expansion to include alerts issued to local law enforcement agencies, other state agencies and even to neighbors of a correctional facility where an incident occurred.
- GCS Research of Missoula joins the National Visualization and Analytics Center (NVAC™) Consortium
NVAC supports the Department of Homeland Security's mission to secure our homeland and protect the American people by giving analysts and emergency responders technology and capabilities to achieve the following objectives:
- PrintingForLess.com Wins National Customer Service Award
Please join PFL at the dedication of their new facilities in Livingston on June 30. http://www.matr.net/events.phtml?showdetail=1626
Funding and Building your Business
- Story about Butte on the John Daily Show is available in video "Bad Pit"
Anyone familiar with Butte’s Jon Sesso knows he always has plenty to say, making his speechless appearance on The Daily Show even funnier than intended.
- Montana Tourism quest uses GPS contest in Twin Cities to encourage more to visit Montana
It is called geocaching, or using GPS devices to locate hidden prizes, trinkets or other items. The idea is gaining popularity as more people adopt the technology. The Travel Montana contest is an extension of a print and broadcast advertising campaign that features GPS and several Montana adventures.
- Montana Agriculture Development Council selects Growth Through Agriculture projects ~ Next Application Deadline is July 31, 2006 ~
"Projects this quarter show the diversity of agricultural development projects in Montana, from apple cider and wine grapes to agri-tourism, bison meat processing, dairy expansion, wool processing, ethanol and bio-diesel," said Nancy K. Peterson, director of the Montana Department of Agriculture.
- A Perfect Brainstorm- The three-part equation that supercharges big-idea generation
By correlating their responses with the number of big ideas the teams came up with, we've been able to identify three simple principles that make brainstorming more powerful.
- Sun CEO sees competitive advantage in blogging
Schwartz says the payback for allowing free expression is that customers value authenticity and integrity and that one day it will prove to be a competitive advantage.
- How to Delegate to Others And Lower Your Stress Level
The reason so many leaders have trouble giving up projects is because they've risen up the corporate ladder by doing everything themselves.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Online Job Networks For the 55-Plus Crowd
"Companies realize they will soon be faced with a mass exodus of their most qualified people," says Donna Wadleigh, manager of member services at YourEncore.com. By tapping into the new networks, she adds, "companies can bring back highly skilled people that provide value immediately."
Regional Economic Development
- Dickinson State University’s Center for Entrepreneurship and Rural Revitalization designated Center of Excellence
DSU sought the funding through Gov. John Hoeven’s Centers of Excellence initiative. The university submitted and presented a proposal that meets Center of Excellence criteria of directly linking economic development and education to create higher paying jobs and new businesses in North Dakota.
- US Businesses, Educators Team Up to Boost Language Skills "The World is Flat"
"We need to encourage both government and the private sector to make available funds adequately to invest in training and educating Americans about other countries, cultures and languages," he said. "And when I say private sector, I refer to individual contributors, I refer to corporations, business corporations and private foundations, as well as the federal government."
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Idaho Bodybuilding.com CEO makes 'coolest' list in Inc. maganize
"People naturally want to meet others with their same passion," he said. "How cool is it that if I am in Idaho and I am having a problem building my arms, I can talk with somebody in Australia who had the same problem but found the way to overcome it?"
- Montana Forest Fuel Collection Business, All Woody Resources, Wins USDA/RD Grant
It's easy to find uses for small-diameter trees and woody biomass. It's not so easy to find a cost-effective way of getting that material from the forest to the people who can use it.
- Winning Interview Strategies: Make the Most of Job Meetings
"The greater your knowledge, the more confident you will be," he writes. "The more confident you are, the greater your interview success. The greater your interview success, the greater your potential for faster job placement."
Connectivity & Communications
- Wyoming Governor Buchanan targets energy school. Asks for $40MM to recruit professors and researchers for UW's new School of Energy Resources
"I want every penny of that money for the energy school," Buchanan said, admitting it's tempting to spread the money among several departments. "I think we're much better off focusing on a world-class program."
- For Good or Ill, Boom in Ethanol Reshapes Economy of Heartland
Once considered the green dream of the environmentally sensitive, ethanol has become the province of agricultural giants that have long pressed for its use as fuel, as well as newcomers seeking to cash in on a bonanza.
- The End of E-Mail Is there a Wiki in your future?
There are hundreds of wikis to choose from, and finding the best one for your business can be confusing. Here are three good options that require varying levels of tech know-how.
- Silicon Valley takes up electric car challenge
Commuter Cars Corp., based in Spokane, Wash., last year started selling its Tango T600, an ultra-narrow, two-seat electric car that claims actor George Clooney among its customers.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Empowering youths with disabilities - The Montana Youth Leadership Forum (MYLF)
“It is an opportunity for youth with disabilities to learn who they are within the disability community and society as a whole,”
- MIT research may spell end for the battery. Supercapacitor could make electric car viable
But unlike the rechargeable batteries used on today's cellphones and laptop computers, these devices could be recharged hundreds of thousands of times before wearing out. And instead of taking hours to recharge, they could be powered up in about the same time it takes to fill up a gas tank.
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