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A Kalispell woman called 911 to ask if there was any correlation between the amount of junk mail she’s been getting and her computer crashing. She thinks “bitcoin” has something to do with it.
Gazette opinion: Montana's tool for job creators - "The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund is one of the best programs in our toolbox for supporting long-term, sustainable business growth by encouraging job creation and retention," Montana Department of Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote said. -- http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2018 Montana Politics
- Protesters Walk Out Of Gianforte Forest Hearing In Hamilton
"You're just talking to people that you've preselected to interview," she said. "That is recorded, but you need to hear from the locals on this information. And so far Gianforte hasn't been meeting with the public."
- Q&A With A Couple Of Rock Stars: Senator Jon Tester And Pearl Jam Bassist Jeff Ament - 8/12 - Missoula
This Sunday, Big Sandy natives Sen. Jon Tester and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament will be sitting down for a candid conversation with Missoula Mayor John Engen at the Wilma Theater.
- 'Dark Money' - Award-winning political documentary, filmed largely in Montana, hits theaters
"Dark Money," filmed largely in Montana, follows the trail of reporters and political figures in Montana as they experience, investigate and attempt to regulate a surge of shadowy campaign spending that began cropping up in legislative and other races a decade ago.
Montana Department of Commerce
- commonFont and Qualtrics Partner to Help Organizations Become Customer Experience Leaders
commonFont is setting new standards for client experience, impact, and value in cloud technology services.
Flathead Valley Community College
- As Small Businesses Add Jobs, the Montana Department of Commerce Announces Grants to Support Growth
"The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund is one of the best programs in our toolbox for supporting long-term, sustainable business growth by encouraging job creation and retention," said Commerce Director Pam Haxby-Cote.
- Gazette opinion: Montana's tool for job creators - Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund
"The Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund is one of the best programs in our toolbox for supporting long-term, sustainable business growth by encouraging job creation and retention," Haxby-Cote said.
Great Falls Development Authority
- FVCC Foundation Awards Nearly $14,000 for Innovative Projects and Student Travel
"The Enhancement Grants provide funding to faculty and staff to create new educational partnerships, elevate the student experience and develop new ways of teaching and learning," said Foundation Executive Director Colleen Unterreiner. "We are grateful to the donors who make these opportunities possible."
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
- GFDA Business Education Calendar: August-September 2018
Here is our upcoming educational event for business owners, managers, and professionals for August and September 2018:
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Kalispell Chamber To Host First Public Event At New Kalispell Elementary School - 8/21
The event, which will take place from 11:45am to 1:15pm, will highlight the new school's 21st-century learning environments, which are better equipped to best educate students both now and into the future, as technology rapidly changes.
- Narrowing the Rural School Digital Divide in Montana
A debate over a Wi-Fi tower near Creston School brings into focus a broader issue of rural schools keeping pace with technological progress
- The language of software and why you need to learn it
Some students is Missoula recognize this and want to learn as much as they can to stick out in the job pool or make a career change.
- IConnect Montana Data Center Lunch And Tour, 08/10, Billings
Join iConnect Montana for lunch and a tour of our state-of-the-art data center.
Energy and Climate Change
- The best towns and small cities in the US: Missoula, Montana
With forests, mountains and Native American reservations nearby, this town is a goldmine for the adventurous, and there's a homespun arts scene, too
- What's so great about the middle of nowhere? Life in Montana's remote northeast speaks to some
Get lost in the middle of nowhere.
Come Home Montana
- Earth Could Face 'Hothouse' Climate With Uninhabitable Parts, New Study Warns
If this happens much of the world would be uninhabitable for humans.
- Western Governors' News: Wyoming and Montana partner on carbon capture
Wyoming Gov. Matt Mead partnered with fellow Western Governor Steve Bullock of Montana in a new effort to provide state executive leadership on carbon capture policy and technology development.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Associate Director, Associate, and Senior Project Coordinator - Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE)
Profitable Ideas Exchange (PIE) is a leading provider of facilitated executive roundtables for large professional services companies.
- Montana Career Opportunities- Multiple GIS Analyst's - State of Montana
There are several of these positions and each specializes in a particular function of the division and performs the following tasks and duties in support of that function. This current opening is targeted to the Geographic Information Systems functions of the division.
- Volunteers helping complete park renovation in Dillon, Montana
"It just inspiring, it's so awesome to be around people that like-minded that want to give back to the community," said project coordinator Erin Hughes.
- Early stage investing in startups is essential
Once a company makes it through proof of concept, it needs much larger capital rounds to scale and grow geographically, as well as across new product lines and market segments.
Montana Economic Development
- Alchemy Systems, which acquired Wisetail in Bozeman, Montana, to sell to Intertek Group for $480 million
The Austin company employs about 270 people in four U.S. offices and makes software to monitor workforces in the food sector and also train them.
- Butte's Bob Carlson now president of American Bar Association
Carlson, a shareholder in the Butte firm of Corette Black Carlson & Mickelson, P.C., told The Montana Standard that the ABA is truly a "big tent" but that's not always how it's viewed.
- CO Brew, Inc. - Innovative Great Falls native leads charge to cut down waste in brewing process
Great Falls native, Taylor Woods, founder of CO Brew, Inc. in Missoula, is making it even better by developing the means to capture and use the carbon dioxide produced in the brewing process.
- Climbing the Company Ladder at LC Staffing
LC Staffing owner Kristen Heck certifies company as a woman-owned small business after starting as the receptionist 26 years ago
- Montana ranks 9th in US for new business survival rate
The percentage of Montanans whose main occupation is owning a business is the highest in the country.
- 2018-2019 Missoula Business Retention + Expansion Survey for your review Missoula Economic Partnership
We have identified the need to better collaborate with our strategic partner organizations in the BRE efforts, as many of you have closer relationships with the local businesses we are trying to reach, and/or are already actively working on solutions for challenges local businesses face.
- 7 ways to show emotional intelligence in a job interview
It's one of the top job skills of the future, but how do you convey something intangible like EQ in a job interview?
City Club Missoula
- The Importance of Farmer's Markets to Rural Businesses, Local Economies
For every $100 spent at a farmer's market 62% stays in the local economy.
- Participate in City Club Missoula's Survey
Please take the time to help us better understand how to improve customer service, forum offerings, and membership and sponsorship benefits.
- Announcomg the selection of Brent Donnelly as the new Deputy District Director for the SBA's Montana office
Donnelly has an extensive background in economic development, including a comprehensive understanding of the needs of small businesses in Big Sky Country.
- Sinclair Television of Montana, LLC, the parent company of local NBC affiliate KECI (and stations in Butte, Kalispell and Bozeman) sues the City of Missoula for Mountain Water legal bills
The broadcast company has been covered extensively for its requirements that affiliates broadcast commentary by former Trump campaign staffer Boris Epshteyn and that local anchors read commentary supplied by its national office.
- Is Your City Positioned to Weather the Next Recession?
A new report identifies the different factors affecting a city's ability to respond to a fiscal crisis -- and what policymakers can do about it.
Incubators and R&D
- Pack your bags! Boise gets hyped in 4 articles in past week. Including New York Times
Less than one week after USA Today made the laughable claim that Boise is "the best-kept secret in the Pacific Northwest," http://www.matr.net/article-84114.html The New York Times has piled on.
- Montana State University Billings professor snags grant for research of rare neurological disease
It's a progressive disease that causes a host of issues with involuntary nervous system functions.
- The first human trials of this experimental, cancer-killing drug could change everything
For the man, and for the medicine, the stakes could not have been higher.
- Only 18% of Bay Area households could afford a median-priced home
A Bay Area household would have needed at least $219,380 in annual income to make the $5,480 monthly payment on a $1.035 million home, with mortgage rates at 4.7 percent.
- CVS to offer nationwide telemedicine service through smartphone video
Think of it as a digital doctor.
- Impossible Foods is making 500,000 pounds of fake meat a month
It's already available in around 3,000 restaurants, and the company's first-ever impact report details how it plans to double production of its plant-based meat out of its Oakland facility.
- Tribune Media nixes $3.9B Sinclair merger, cites misleading FCC as contract breach
Tribune Media has called off the planned $3.9 billion sale of 42 TV stations to the Sinclair Broadcast Group, saying the nation's largest broadcast chain breached its contract by misleading regulators during the transaction's approval process.
Montana Education Excellence
- Stanford's free online classes expand education opportunities worldwide and on campus
Stanford University has put extensive efforts into providing free online courses over the past several years in an effort to promote lifelong learning and share knowledge with the general public.
- University of Montana CIO Matt Riley Leaving for the University of Oregon
Riley comes to the UO from the University of Montana, where he served as chief information officer for five years.
- "Montana Proud" series celebrate American Indian success stories
Each poster features a young American Indian, along with their achievements and their advice to young people. They will be distributed to all Montana middle schools and high schools.
Funding and Building your Business
- Survey: People think Native Americans don't exist/aren't discriminated against
A recent survey found 40 percent of respondents didn't think Native Americans still exist.
- Video - We move to our own rhythm. Find your sense of place here in Missoula.
Nestled in the mountains of Western Montana is a small city of big opportunity.
- 3 tips for pitching Midwest venture capitalists
The Midwest is a great place to live, sure, but is it a great place to grow a startup?
- With lean manufacturing, MMEC helps improve businesses of all types
Changes include production facility layout changes that streamline how parts are handled, changes to machining and welding practices in order to eliminate unnecessary work and a few equipment upgrades.
- New law may force small businesses to reveal data practices
Privacy rights have gotten more attention since news earlier this year that the data firm Cambridge Analytica improperly accessed Facebook user information. New regulations also took effect in Europe.
- What This Company Has Learned From Making It Mandatory for Employees to Take 4 Weeks of Vacation Per Year
So even though Americans are getting more vacation time -- chances are you or someone you know works at a company that offers "unlimited vacation" -- they're working more than they're required to.
- Take a number: Long lines greet Missoulians trying to register vehicles
Tyler Gernant, the Missoula County clerk and treasurer, is blaming what he's calling "excessive wait times" to new motor vehicle software from the Montana Department of Justice.
- Stanford Undergrads Build New Platform to Connect Citizens with Elected Officials
Pulse is a civic engagement platform that simplifies info about legislation, allows constituents to make their opinions known and gives elected leaders a simplified dashboard to process input.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- College students create app to help feed those in need MEANS
Led by Maria Rose Belding, a group of students created MEANS Database to help connect businesses with leftovers to charities in need.
- An EKG at your fingertips whenever you need it wherever you are. KardiaMobile
"You cannot imagine the face of the nurse when I told them I was in AFib - This is one of the best products I have ever purchased and well worth the price. If you are suffering from AFib or had it you should get this. It will make a world difference for you." JMS
- Novel compounds turn old cells young again in promising new anti-aging research
One of the fundamental biological mechanisms that defines aging is called cellular senescence.
- This new apartment building will pay you to ditch your car
In Miami, the developers of a new building are giving residents $100 per month to not use their parking space-and take the public transportation next door.
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