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“The true measure of a man is how he treats someone who can do him absolutely no good.” - Samuel Johnson
If you're a small business owner or you're considering a startup, here's a great story to help you achieve success. "Riding the Circuit, Preaching Finance. Michelle A. Jutila Roams Southeastern Montana to Help Businesses Succeed" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Hoosier Expatriates: VC Chief James Eifert Wants You Back in Indiana
Here's an example of efforts in Indiana to develop the economic environment so they can bring home their best and brightest. Russ
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career- Executive Assistant to the President/CEO of Davidson Companies
The individual will be working full-time directly for the President/CEO of Davidson Companies providing administrative type functions.
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~JUDITH BASIN COUNTY
Surrounded by four mountain ranges the Little Belts, Snowy's, Highwoods, and Judith's - covered in a sea of grass and wheat, the farmer, recreationalist, rancher, and sportsman are able to reap and enjoy the rich bounties of this unique Basin.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Desired Field: Manager, Director
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Linking Youth Entrepreneurship and Savings Programs
What if kids could be assisted in saving money, which could then be used to build a new venture?
- The 2007 Farm Bill and Rural Entrepreneurship
The Farm Forums and other discussion have highlighted strong interest in entrepreneurship among rural Americans.
- Starting a business: What it takes
What attributes suggest someone's a good candidate to start their own business?
- New Series of Briefs on Challenges in Rural America
The six briefs, each drawn from a different chapter, stress the importance of promoting collective community action and developing the capacity of people and organizations to meet the special needs of rural communities.
- Substitute grandparents. Seniors lend a hand at local schools; give kids one-on-one reading time
The Foster Grandparent Program, for people 60 years of age and older, is a part of the National Senior Service Corps. “I didn't have anything else to do in the winter time so I thought it would be nice to help those kids try to read a little bit better,” Gerig said. “They really enjoy it, and I enjoy being with them.”
- MSU students experience the adrenaline of learning while building racecar
The car was a one-year joint project among seniors working on their capstone-engineering project for graduation and the school's Society of Automotive Engineers' club.
Montana Economic Development
- Foreign workers pick up slack for local business. Lawyers, accountants, others working in Billings hotels
As Congress and the nation debate fencing borders and cracking down on illegal immigrants, American businesses like the Billings Hotel and Convention Center are jumping through numerous hoops to bring in legal foreign workers.
- Kalispell man's company. Compatible Manufacturing known for completing complex technical jobs
He still spends some time in California but has no regrets about moving to the Flathead in 1999. The quality of life is better here, Miller said, and there are no limitations working in Montana while maintaining the business in Santa Clara. “I have great people in California and great people here,” he said.
- Cable Tech lands contract to help Boeing build P-8A aircraft
Cable Tech President Ed Buttrey said he will increase the company's staff by 15 to 20 workers just to handle the start-up of the program. By the end of the year, counting other projects, Buttrey expects Cable Tech to employ 60 to 70 well paid workers, about double its force a few weeks ago.
Funding and Building your Business
- Riding the Circuit, Preaching Finance. Michelle A. Jutila Roams Southeastern Montana to Help Businesses Succeed
“One job lost in eastern Montana hurts a lot of people,” said Ms. Jutila, whose Colstrip office is one of 10 regional small-business development centers in the state.
- CIO Survey Shows Popular Leadership Training Techniques
Are successful leaders born or made?
- Recruiting and Hiring the Best - Closing the Deal
Since there’s so much competition for these key individuals, it’s likely that you have to put a lot of effort into recruiting them.
- Power to the people: Conservation, alternate sources of energy needed to meet growth in the Northwest
"The summer load is growing faster than the winter load," said Ron Peterson, vice president of energy resources for Avista Utilities.
- NGA Center Announces Public Safety Interoperable Communications Grants. Five States, Including Montana Receive Support for Wireless Interoperability Efforts
Wireless interoperability allows different jurisdictions and levels of government to exchange information when and where it is needed, even when disparate communications and information systems are involved.
- Idaho leads nation in job growth. Construction remains hottest sector, with thousands of jobs created in low-paying service industry
Boise economist John Church said Idaho may have been helped to the top of the list by the fact that Arizona and Nevada have recently seen a slowing in the housing markets that have been driving their economies.
- Hells Angels' finds plenty of fun in Cody during its World Run. Next year - Portugal
Carl from Rhode Island rode 2,300 miles to get here. Jose G. visited the rodeo and even rode a bull. A man from Germany and his Austrian friend have decided to stay a few extra days. All the men are first-time visitors to Cody, and all said they're having a great time. And they all happen to be members of the Hells Angels Motorcycle Club.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Scottsdale and Sedona to cross promote their communities to Arizona visitors.
The partnership between the Scottsdale Convention and Visitors Bureau and Sedona Chamber of Commerce Tourism Bureau is aimed at enhancing the vacations of travelers to both cities and encouraging them to stay a day or more longer, executives for both bureaus said.
Incubators and R&D
- The North Dakota SBIR Newsletter for July 28, 2006 is available.
- Wyoming SBIR/STTR Initiative (WSSI) Newsletter, July 31, 2006
- Nanotech Lures Bankers, VCs With Promise of $1 Trillion Market
Venture capitalists, lured by potential breakthroughs in electronics, medicine and textiles, are heading to the labs in search of inventions based on nanotechnology, the study and manipulation of particles smaller than 100 nanometers. A single nanometer is equal to one-billionth of a meter.
- Center for Advanced Technology and Innovation (CATI) venture part of new tech-transfer strategy
CATI was formed in 2001 as a private, non-profit organization by a group of academic, workforce development, and economic development organizations in Southeastern Wisconsin. The purpose was and still is to be a source of innovation for entrepreneurs, companies, and students interested in harnessing underused research and development.
- On the Job: Landing a job is only the first step in creating a successful career
Are you positive you're not setting yourself up for disappointment? Or, are you so consumed with keeping up with everyday demands that you've failed to plan ahead?
- Men Not Working, and Not Wanting Just Any Job
Millions of men like Mr. Beggerow — men in the prime of their lives, between 30 and 55 — have dropped out of regular work. They are turning down jobs they think beneath them or are unable to find work for which they are qualified, even as an expanding economy offers opportunities to work.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Farming for fuel. U.S. biologists are re-engineering a once-prevalent prairie grass as an energy crop to replace gasoline
What's growing in the USDA greenhouse in Albany is federal scientists' first stab at genetically re-engineering a grass as an energy crop.
Connectivity & Communications
- In the New West, Do They Want Buffalo to Roam? Plans for Tourism-Friendly Reserve Concern Montana Ranchers. The American Prarie Foundation
But a grand new vision is taking shape for this depopulated patch of the prairie. It includes wild herds of buffalo and boomtowns of prairie dogs, as well as restaurants and hotels for high-end tourists who would descend on small towns such as Malta.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Hub sets Boston-wide WiFi plan. Nonprofit to install `open access' hookups. Motorola prepares plans for Chicago-wide Wi-Fi
Boston will tap a nonprofit corporation to blanket the city with ``open access" wireless Internet connections, under a plan to be unveiled today by Mayor Thomas M. Menino.
- Fiber-optic infrastructure spurring city economic development
If you're a municipality and haven't really implemented anything at this point, you should be looking at 40 gigabit speeds for your network infrastructure backbone.
- New Camera System Creates Sophisticated 3-D Effects
The system could change the nature of cinematography in several ways, according to leading Hollywood producers and technologists who are planning to use the system.
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