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"Don't cling to a mistake just because you spent a lot of time making it." Unknown - Fail Fast, Fail Often
See you in Billings next week - Governor Bullock Announces 2nd Annual Innovate Montana Symposium, 7/11-13, Billings http://www.matr.net/ev ... =6344
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Photonics Industry
- The Montana Main Street Program and the Community Technical Assistance Program (CTAP) are happy to forward along the following funding opportunities:
Great opportunities for your community.
- Video: Montana Photonics Industry - A Cluster of Exceptional Business Collaboration and Success Blooms in Bozeman, Montana
The Montana Photonics Industry Alliance serves as a hub for Montana's optics and photonics companies, entrepreneurs, laboratories, and universities to commercialize, grow and sustain globally leading organizations that create high quality jobs and economic opportunity in Montana.
Energy and Climate Change
- 3 Astonishingly Simple Tips to Make Your Business Better
Looking to increase your brand awareness? Searching for the secret to making connections with your customers?. Either way, these tricks will help you reach your goals!
- Hawaiian Electric Seeks Approval for Leaner, Meaner $205M Grid Modernization Plan
HECO's new phased-in, customer-focused plan to integrate distributed and renewable energy into its island grids.
- Google-Alphabet turns 'moonshot' into business with promise of cheaper geothermal heating and cooling for homes
"Home geothermal systems can offer lower and steadier monthly energy costs because they use the energy in the ground under your yard," Dandelion CEO Kathy Hannun
Hellgate Venture Network
- Doctors say electronic health records hurt patient care
The analysis also shows, however, that hospital-based physicians most often decried how EHRs take time away from patient contact, while office-based physicians most often lamented that EHRs detract from the quality of their patient interactions.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Red Storm Defense Products, 7/20, Missoula, Montana
Our next meeting features Steve Mangold and Joe Anderson of Red-Storm Defense, developers of an innovative, patented bear spray and home defense technology.
- Fisher's Technology announces expansion into Montana
Fisher's is a fast-growing company that has a passion to help make their communities thrive.
- SmartLam Shines a Light on Montana's Mass Timber Potential
"There are several sites (in Maine). And there is a huge initiative on the part of that state to get CLT up and running. They see the promise and future of that, and they want a plant there. It is something we're in the process of doing. It's really a matter of what comes first."
- Missoula Mastermind Entrepreneurs Challenge Each Other to Make 100 Videos in 100 Days
"This exercise will be a great lesson in discipline and goal setting." Joe Burnich, Missoula Mastermind founder said, "Hopefully it will take our businesses to the next level. We will leverage the group for accountability and support."
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Habits to get you to the next level
The side benefit is that while practicing these habits you build new leadership skills in the process.
City Club Missoula
- Podcast - Why the Internet Knows Us Better Than We Know Ourselves
Does it feel like people still believe they have a higher level of data security than they really do?
- City Club Missoula Forum Tackles Suicide In Missoula, 7/10
A panel of local experts will discuss Missoula's and Montana's high rates of suicide, and efforts to address it, at City Club Missoula's http://www.cityclubmissoula.com monthly forum Monday, July 10, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., at Missoula's Doubletree Hotel.
- The Cost of Water Is Rising. Philadelphia Has an Unprecedented Plan to Make It More Affordable.
It's the first city to set water rates based on income.
- Millions of student loans could be headed for a shakeup in coming months
Student loans could be in for a big shakeup in the coming months as President Trump and the Republican-controlled Congress set out to remake the complex business, potentially eliminating benefits and protections that borrowers depend on.
- Mark Zuckerberg praises universal basic income
"This is a novel approach to basic income in a few ways. First, it's funded by natural resources rather than raising taxes. Second, it comes from conservative principles of smaller government, rather than progressive principles of a larger safety net. This shows basic income is a bipartisan idea," Zuckerberg wrote.
- Missoula County takes issue with tone of Secretary of State Corey Stapleton emails, allegations of voter fraud
Missoula County commissioners on Thursday accused the Secretary of State of using artificial data to drive a personal legislative agenda and called the tone of several recent emails sent by the newly elected official as both "unprofessional" and "juvenile."
- Great Falls, Montana-based health system CEO John Goodnow accuses GOP of sabotaging insurance exchanges
"All you have to do is threaten to defund the subsidies," he said Thursday on a panel in Helena organized by the Montana Nurses Association to discuss the bill.
Incubators and R&D
- HotdeskHQ - Premium Botique Style Co-Working Site Opens In Boise, Idaho
No matter if you are a start-up or a seasoned entrepreneur, you need somewhere to work.
- Montana State University plan to move into tech park worries startup firms
Founders of high-tech startups in the Advanced Technology Park launched by Montana State University say they're concerned about losing their current offices and lab spaces.
- Oregon Business & Industry is the new voice of the state's corporate lobby
Oregon's two major corporate lobbying groups completed their merger Friday, establishing a new organization to serve as the primary voice of the state's business community.
- Oregon lawmakers plan to boost revenue by killing solar, e-commerce and wolf tax breaks
Oregon lawmakers are on track to scale back or eliminate several popular tax breaks this year, a decision that could boost state revenue by more than $100 million in future budgets.
- In World's Best-Run Economy, House Prices Keep Falling -- Because That's What House Prices Are Supposed To Do
The German system moreover is deliberately structured to encourage renting rather than owning. Tenants enjoy strong rights and, provided they pay their rent, are virtually immune from eviction and even from significant rent increases.
- How Colorado Lured the Biggest Trade Show in the Outdoor Industry
The inside story of how the state's outdoor recreation czar Luis Benitez landed the tradeshow--and how he plans to save it
Regional Economic Development
- Microsoft preparing thousands of layoffs as it shifts to the cloud, reports say
According to several news outlets, the software giant is set to cut thousands of jobs across the globe in an attempt to reorganize its sales force. The news could come as soon as this week.
- Will The Third Industrial Revolution Create An Economic Boom That Saves The Planet?
According to new numbers from Oxfam, just eight people are as rich as half the globe.
- Bioscience important for state growth
In Bioscience Innovation In The States: Legislation And Job Creation Through Public-Private Partnerships, BIO and its member companies have outlined three phases of bioscience company creation and expansion and identified legislative support mechanisms they say are needed in each phase.
Montana Education Excellence
- University sends out the coolest AR-enabled letter of acceptance
Upon opening the app, students will be able to see a virtual model of the university, including information about its history and find out more about its aeronautical, astronautical and marine engineering fields -- subjects which the school is famous for.
- California Gov. Jerry Brown Orders Creation of Online Community College
The college could serve nontraditional students such as working adults, unemployed or underemployed individuals and those left behind by for-profit colleges that have been shut down.
Funding and Building your Business
- New private high school, The Bozeman Field School opening in Bozeman, Montana
The Bozeman Field School will focus on "place-based, expeditionary learning," said Andy Harris, co-founder and board chair. "This town, this state, the northern Rockies -- this is our classroom."
- Tie employee development to potential challenges
The notion of "employee development" is a thing we say matters, but how much it actually matters varies greatly by company.
- Kokopelli Capital - Smarter Early Stage Investing
We're a Micro-VC fund that invests in early stage startups, primarily in the Rocky Mountain Region.
- 3 State Transportation Agencies Turn to Smart Technologies to Save Time, Money on Road Projects
Agencies in Idaho, California and Colorado are using Automated Machine Guidance, 3-D modeling and Intelligent Traffic Control Devices.
- 3 Reasons to Consider Converting a Nonprofit to a For-profit
Are you ready to make the transition?
- Glacier National Park Conservancy names Doug Mitchell new executive director
"The work being done by the Glacier National Park Conservancy is truly inspiring," Mitchell said in a statement. "In my view, philanthropy is a team sport and I'm excited to collaborate with our team, our donors, the park, local businesses, other conservation organizations and the larger community to help protect and enhance the iconic treasure that is Glacier National Park."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 17 incredibly useful Google products and services you didn't know existed
For example, did you know Google has a massive free font library?
- High-tech wound dressing glows if it has to go
A group of Swiss researchers has developed a new "glowing" bandage that lets caregivers monitor the healing progress of wounds, from the outside.
- Device may detect onset of sepsis, before it's too late
Scientists at the University of Illinois are working at detecting the harmful immune response quicker than ever, with a new lab-on-a-chip device.
- 3D-printed plastic bot can take biopsies inside an MRI scanner
It's hoped the device will offer doctors a new way to accurately biopsy and diagnose breast cancer in its early stages.
- Why You Will One Day Have a Chip in Your Brain
"The next frontier of human aspiration is inside our brains. We currently understand the world through our sensory mechanisms, and we will find thousands or millions of Everests as we unlock our brains." Bryan Johnson
- Volvo ditching gasoline engines for electric, hybrid cars after 2019
The company will no longer design any new models with conventional internal combustion engines after that date.
- Robotic charger seeks out and tops up VW Gen.E automatically
Technology like automated charging robots could make the swap from internal combustion to battery power easier.
- Autonomous Vehicles: Turn On, Tune-in, Drop Out?
AVs have vast potential to improve safety and mobility, but they also come with many uncertainties that policymakers can proactively address through a variety of planning and policy mechanisms.
- Determining the Feasibility of Shared Mobility Services in Low-Income, Rural Areas
While the ridesourcing model may never be as widespread and self-sufficient as ridehailing in urban cores, there is potential to reduce transit costs and reinvest the savings in shared mobility.
- Curbside Vehicle Chargers May Be Coming to Sacramento, Calif.
No garage? No problem.
- Horizon Air cutting hundreds of flights this summer due to pilot shortage
The pilot shortage became a crisis this past month when Horizon was forced to cancel more than 318 flights because it didn't have enough pilots to fly all its planes.
- Electric vehicles will hit auto markets 'harder and faster' than predicted
Around 530 million electric vehicles could zip quietly along the world's streets and highways by 2040, Bloomberg New Energy Finance (BNEF) said on Thursday in a new report.
- Sacramento, Calif., to Serve as 'Green City' with Massive Electric Vehicle Carsharing Program
The hope is that this carsharing network will expose a lower-income demographic to the benefits of driving zero-emission vehicles.
- Business Solutions Breakfast For Entrepreneurs, 7/13, Billings, MT
- Webinar: "How Small Town Incubators Can Be Successful" - 7/18
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