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"Keep away from people who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you feel that you, too, can become great." -- Mark Twain
Come Home Montana
- Sun West Ranch Announces Availability of DVD, Capturing the Majesty of Montana’s Madison Valley on Film
Sun West Ranch is a unique development community in a highly sought-after area of Southwestern Montana.
Montana Education Excellence
- “Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) receives $40,000 grant from the Steele-Reese Foundation”
The grant will be used to purchase additional filmmaking equipment and underwrite student film production costs and salary support for its current Corvallis School District program.
- High-School Teachers Can Buy and Sell Lessons at an eBay-Like Website
Teachers are selling their original lectures, course outlines and study guides to other teachers through a new Web site
- M S E L C Montana Schools E-Learning Consortium June Newsletter
MT E-Learning Vision Statement: Implement a state-wide, non-profit, self funded, member governed distance education program designed for and by Montana’s K-12 Public School Districts using properly licensed and endorsed educators to provide exemplary instructional services to students across the state utilizing the latest technology in a costeffective delivery system.
- Post-College Interns Can Explore Careers, Get a Jump on Jobs
Most post-college interns receive job offers
- Arizona State University touts business on campus. School is among 19 schools nationwide that have been invited to apply for $35 million in grants to promote entrepreneurship on campus.
ASU officials hope to attract $5 million of the funds from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation's Kauffman Campuses Initiative. The program aims to make entrepreneurial education much more common on college campuses.
Montana Economic Development
- Connect Telephone & Computer Group and Apparent Networks Team Up to Deliver Innovative Diagnostic Software to Montana Area Businesses
"Gartner has warned that fewer than 15% of all corporate networks are capable of handling VoIP without modification.
- PrintingForLess.com a Poster Child for Economic Development. Grand Opening on June 30, promotes community collaboration to grow Montana’s economy
The company is using the occasion to educate and collaborate with the larger community on the challenges and opportunities for development throughout the state. More than 300 area business owners, community leaders and customers are expected to attend the company’s Grand Opening Celebration this Friday from 11:00 am to 3:00 pm.
Funding and Building your Business
- FCC chairman in Bozeman July 7-8 to address telemedicine future
The public is welcome to attend the free meetings. Organizers are asking those who plan to attend to pre-register using a Web-link at http://eu.montana.edu/digitalhealthcare.
- The July Edition of MEDA Online News
- 15 Tips for a Better Business Trip
Want to make your travels faster, cheaper, and far more comfortable? We've got the answers.
- Prepare for disaster, businesses warned
If a disaster strikes, small businesses are particularly vulnerable. And if those small businesses aren’t prepared for the disaster, their very existence may be threatened.
- How startups go global
Think multinationals have to be big? Think again. Scrappy, savvy small companies are operating worldwide in the battle for technology, talent, and customers.
- VCs Look for Entrepreneurs. Prominent venture capital executives want the right stuff in a startup.
“Most entrepreneurs we back are fairly self-assured. Some people might say they’re arrogant, but I don’t think arrogance is a virtue. The CEO needs to personally own the numbers, know how they work, and convey them to potential investors.”
- Green energy the new IT for venture capitalists
Up and down Sand Hill Road, the venture capital hub south of San Francisco, the financiers who bankrolled the technology boom of the 1990s are chasing their next big thing: alternative forms of energy.
- Product Development from 30,000 Feet -Or- The things you may never think about that will affect the cost and marketability of your new product…
I've found that for many people, who want to develop a new product for the first time, the initial process is simply to jump into the Product Development River head first, blind folded and with no floatation device or helmet.
- If payments to you are overdue, then collect without further ado
Keep the amount of product or services you offer a company with an iffy credit record to a minimum until it has proven itself. And never start doing business until you have a signed contract clearly stating payment terms.
- New England may see exodus of young talent, study warns
``Ultimately, young people are going to go or stay where there are good jobs, and firms going to grow or stay where there are good people,"
- Idaho Innovation Awards invite entries
The program, presented by the Idaho Office of Science and Technology and sponsored by Hewlett-Packard, is designed to recognize innovations and the Idaho companies that created them. Entry forms can be downloaded from www.stoel.com/innovation and may be submitted online before July 14.
- High-tech leaders want Idaho to do more. Member of governor's council says state should invest at least $50 million to boost technology businesses
"I think we always shoot too low, and we're always behind on the budget, " said council member Archie Clemins, president of Caribou Technologies in Boise, at a council meeting last week in Idaho Falls. "If we're talking about technology, our combined package shouldn't be less than $50 million."
Incubators and R&D
- Wiring Wyoming
"I don't think you can underestimate the importance of good broadband connectivity to the economic development of high-growth companies,"
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Criminal charges possible in University of Montana INSA space program inquiry
UM's Northern Rockies Center for Space Privatization and the spinoff company it started, the Inland Northwest Space Alliance, were the focus of a state legislative audit that concluded earlier this month. They are also the focus of an ongoing investigation by the NASA Office of Inspector General.
- Eighty below and loving it: Montana State University scientists to get new cold lab
"I don't know of anything quite like this in the world,"
- From Beirut to Bozeman (Montana) and back again Lebanese filmmaker Fouad Alaywan discusses his artistic trajectory and his interest in spying neighbors
"But I found I didn't make good friends there. I still have friends in Montana. I love it there. Very inexpensive. I never owned a key to my house. Maybe I was the first Lebanese to go to film school there."
- Women in Business - Networking for Success & The Highly-Evolved Networking Conversation Starter
Networking is such a central key to the process of attaining success and women who network with other women can't afford to overlook the traditional male networks.
Connectivity & Communications
- How To Give Money as Buffett Does
By announcing that he would more than double the holdings of the Gates Foundation, Mr. Buffett made the point that giving away money should be more about results than ego.
Commuter Rail Development
- Closing in on the holy grail of citywide Wi-Fi -Israeli startup Wavion is promising a cheaper way to flood entire cities with wireless broadband.
In order to cover a 20-square-mile area, says Wavion, just eight of its "spatially adaptive" APs are needed, as opposed to 25 conventional ones. That will translate into lower infrastructure costs for service providers, which could help goose along delayed citywide Wi-Fi projects.
- Filling a Gap in the Nation's High-Speed Networks
So far, 21 members have signed the letter of agreement, including: Montana State University and University of Montana
- U.S. vulnerable to ‘cyber Katrina’. Shortfalls could spell major Internet disruption
Despite efforts to address the problem, the federal government and private sector have not developed a coordinated plan for restoring the Internet and maintaining confidence in financial markets following a major breach in functioning.
- Minneapolis/St. Paul Light Rail Gets Green Light
"This is a giant leap forward," said Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin. "This is about thinking ahead 50 years, creating a transportation system for the next half a century. If we don't make this kind of investment, we're not going to stay competitive."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Leadership Lessons from Survivors: 'Climbing on the Mountain's Schedule, Not Ours'
"The mountain has been my workplace," said Breashears, adding that his high-altitude pursuits have taught him a few things about planning and leadership.
- The Energy Challenge | Exotic Visions - How to Cool a Planet (Maybe)
Worried about a potential planetary crisis, these leaders are calling on governments and scientific groups to study exotic ways to reduce global warming, seeing them as possible fallback positions if the planet eventually needs a dose of emergency cooling.
- Six New World-Changing Trends
A green economy and next-generation web sound exciting, but where exactly can they take us? Wired magazine parses the trajectory of the brightest stars in the zeitgeist.
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