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If you're in the Missoula area on Tuesday, I'd like to recommend attending this discussion: " "Mastering Customer Value Management" With Ray Kordupleski, 10/19, University Of Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
2006 Montana Elections
- Internet Best Place to Learn About Candidates and Issues, Says Survey
Nearly one-quarter (23.7 percent ) of likely voters have clicked on a Web advertisement for a political candidate or issue advocacy group.
Come Home Montana
- Boomtown Institute - The Agurban E-Zine Issue 96 Oct 10, 2006
Does your community have any quirks that make it fondly stick in visitors' memories? You may think they're odd, but others may find them endearing.
Montana Education Excellence
- Outstanding Career Opportunity at PrintingForLess.com IT SYSTEMS SUPPORT SPECIALIST. Great place to WORK, in a Great place to LIVE
Located in beautiful Livingston, Montana, we recognize people as our most valuable asset.
- PrintingForLess.com has immediate opportunities for Technical Sales and Service Representatives (TSR)
Great place to WORK, in a Great place to LIVE
- Accounting Professional Career Opportunity at PrintingForLess.com in Livingston, Montana
We are looking for an organized, self-starter with an eye for detail. 1-2 years of bookkeeping experience or a BS or Associates in Accounting is preferred.
- PrintingForLess.com is looking for an Experienced Benefits/HR Support Specialist. Great place to WORK, in a Great place to LIVE
This position involves directing, planning and administering the day-to-day operations of the company group benefit programs, exploring new benefit programs, improving existing programs, and providing ongoing benefit administration.
- Economic Development Executive Director Career Opportunity
A new 800 acre industrial park is one of the many attributes in this community that provide the foundation for a creative and energetic person to be successful in this new position.
- Dr. George Haynes of Montana State University wins one of 19 SBA award to "Interpret the relationship between veterans’ income and wealth." Research Results Will Deepen Understanding Of Small Business Issues
“The United States is a leader in the world’s economy,” said Dr. Chad Moutray, Chief Economist for the Office of Advocacy. “The results of these studies will help policymakers understand how small business led the way in achieving that status, and how public policy can affect this dynamic sector of the economy.”
- $1.3 million UM grant to boost fossil study in eastern Montana training middle school teachers and students on better ways to hunt for fossils
“It’s a way of bringing technology into the classroom that enhances teaching and learning,” Almquist said. “We plan to use the excitement people have about fossils to make them think about various scientific concepts in new ways.”
- Builder recognized for energy efficient home construction
The award program, in its seventh year, is coordinated by the Montana State University Extension Pollution Prevention Program.
2007 Montana Legislature
- Agreement Gives All 1.2 million Libyan Kids Laptops
One Laptop per Child, which has the support of the United Nations Development Program, aims to provide laptops to school-aged children worldwide at a cost of about $100 per computer. It has also reached tentative purchase agreements with Argentina, Brazil, Nigeria and Thailand.
- Clorox funds healthy food in schools
"Children are much better students if they eat a variety of foods. Veggies are an important source of nutrients," said Barbara Sutherland, director of the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program at the University of California, Davis
- Despite a Doctorate and Top Students, Unqualified to Teach
TO call this situation perverse, to ascribe it to the principle of unintended consequences, is to be, if anything, too reasonable.
- MSU President Geoff Gamble reflects on year's events
"States that make substantial investments in higher education find a clear return, not only in a larger, better prepared workforce and stronger economy, but also in reduced demand on health and human service and corrections programs," Gamble said.
- IT worker shortage linked to tech enrollment drop
What is being done to lure back the future IT labor force to IT program enrollements in our schools?
- Proposal for local-option tax resurfacing in Montana
``We're still committed to that local-option tax,'' said Alec Hansen, executive director of the Montana League of Cities and Towns
Montana Economic Development
- Former United States Exploration Executives Announce the Formation of Upstream Entity and $228 million Private Equity Commitment
Additionally, AEP announced that, simultaneously with its formation, the Company closed on a private equity commitment of $228 million.
- Montana businesses saving money with new solar panels
The Red Lodge Volunteer Fire Department began generating solar power last summer, and Red Lodge Ales plans to heat its brewery and make hot water for the brewing process with a solar array set to go in next year.
- MSE Technology Applications mulls jet-engine testing site for Butte
“We do have a customer ready to come in and test rockets right now,”
- "Mastering Customer Value Management" With Ray Kordupleski, 10/19, University Of Montana
Ray Kordupleski is the author of "Mastering Customer Value Management" and an expert in helping companies link customer satisfaction measurement to business performance. He will be speaking about his world-wide consulting experience with companies on their customer relationship management programs.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- State Business Tax Climate Index - Montana Ranks 8th
The SBTCI is designed to measure the competitiveness of each state’s tax system so lawmakers, the media and the public alike can gauge how their state compares to other states. They can also use the SBTCI to pinpoint specific changes that will increase the competitive standing of their state.
- Federal Reserve Bank Officer To Talk At MSU On Strengthening Local Economy 10/23, Bozeman
"Dr. Orlando's presentation should interest people who deal with entrepreneurial policy, technological innovation, business leadership and shaping public policy to enhance regional innovative activity," said Dino Falaschetti, the MSU economist who invited Orlando to Bozeman.
- Tax credit for angel investors could produce mixed results
A proposed tax credit aimed at spurring investment in start-up companies is getting a mixed reaction from the angel investor community.
Funding and Building your Business
- Space policy touts satellite imagery for homeland security
For building the science industrial base, the government shall enable future space systems to achieve new and improved capabilities, conduct basic and applied research, use incentives including prize competitions to encourage innovations in technology, and ensure the availability of space-related industrial capabilities, the policy states.
- Angel Investors Shift Away From Startups
Angels _ or wealthy individuals traditionally willing to place bets on nascent businesses before anyone else _ have continued to shy away from seed-stage and startup companies, a recent study shows.
- Startups: Competing With Venture Funded Rivals
Just because you’re running a bootstrapped startup doesn’t mean that you can’t compete effectively with better funded rivals.
- Asking the right questions is key to finding the right job candidates
One effective way to do this is to conduct behavior-based interviews.
- To blog or not: It's no longer really a question
Blogging has finally gone corporate.
- Draft Term Sheets: Expectation Setting
In our firm, we track along a 12 step process and the term sheet comes after my partners and I are comfortable with the potential deal.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- The Latest From the Governor of Montana
Earlier this month I joined Bull Mountain Land Company in announcing an initial agreement with DKRW Advanced Fuels on one of the nation's first coal-to-liquids facilities.
- North Dakota capital's new jobs help lift home market
"Fargo was our big shopping trip," she says. "Now, my husband says I have to stay home because I have everything here."
Regional Economic Development
- Washington View: Government ties U.S. manufacturers' hands
According to the National Association of Manufacturers (NAM), the situation is bad and getting worse.
- Developers, homebuyers are bringing Western trend of planned mini-cities to wide-open spaces of rural Idaho
"Living in a planned community wasn't just about purchasing a home — it was a lifestyle choice for us,"
- An upside down view of the future of the global workforce. How will you recruit the best and the brightest?
The onslaught of globalization, technology advances, and demographic changes are creating howling winds buffeting nations and businesses. It’s tough going for anyone heading directly into them, but an almost effortless glide if they are directly behind your back.
- Education is key to overcoming coming jobs crisis. "The 2010 Meltdown: Solving the Impending Jobs Crisis" by Edwin Gordon
The impending crisis that Gordon explores in his latest book, The 2010 Meltdown, will have two seemingly incompatible dynamics - wholesale unemployment and businesses' inability to find the qualified workers they need to compete effectively in the global economy.
- Philanthropy From the Heart of America
“They have the wealth,” he said. “They want to capitalize on it and build a community.”
- Report offers advice on how to 'GrowSmart'
Central Maine, like the rest of the state, is benefitting from an influx of people, a trend that could help the region and the rest of Maine grow in the years ahead, a study released today found.
- NASCIO Releases "Keeping Citizen Trust: What Can a State CIO Do to Protect Privacy?"
"Privacy is a particularly daunting challenge for state governments, because citizens have an expectation of openness and transparency.
Washington State Business
- Idaho Office of Science & Technology October 2006
The Wall Street Journal has named the PakSense TXi Label the runner-up in its 2006 Technology Innovation Awards. PakSense, a Boise firm making packaging sensors, was named in the Technology Design category. More than 600 applications from two dozen countries were received for the 12 award categories.
- Starbucks takes unique approach to marketing
The coffee retailer, based in Seattle, takes an unconventional approach to marketing, choosing parties and other in-person encounters over big national advertising campaigns. Starbucks spends far less on advertising than other large retailers and consumer-products companies.
- Michigan's High-Tech Hope: Ann Arbor's Economy Shines
"You really have to be aggressive in selling the assets of your region," said Michael Finney, chief executive of Ann Arbor SPARK, which was launched by university, business and civic leaders to attract so-called knowledge-based sectors, such as alternative energy and biotechnology. "We have to think regionally," Coleman said. "For us, the key came when we started thinking not just the University of Michigan and not just Ann Arbor. ... Now we need to be making those links all over southeastern Michigan.
- Wanted: Tech jobs. Michigan grants aim to diversify economy
The 21st Century Jobs Fund, a $2 billion, 10-year initiative signed into law last year, recently invested $100 million in universities, nonprofits and companies to help commercialize technology and create jobs.
Incubators and R&D
- 1. Make list of dreams. 2. Start to live them.
If it's never too early to start a life list, it may never be too late, either. Someday could come tomorrow, or even today.
- Venture Firm Shares a YouTube Jackpot. Denny's Breakfast Tab: $1.6 Bill. Now that's a "Grand Slam"!!!
Recipe: Invest $11.5 million, wait less than 12 months ...Receive $495 million
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- U.S. research funds bypass small farms
"Whatever benefits flow from ethanol and biofuel production will not generally flow to small and medium-sized farmers, as large-scale energy production will be dependent on large-scale grain production and will increasingly become corporatized,"
- Think Tank Cowboy
Since its founding in 1984, the nonprofit research center has united top minds from diverse fields to study cellular biology, computer networks, and other systems that underlie our lives.
- Finding Time: Blending Networking Into Your Life
If you're doing it right, networking isn't something that takes lots of extra time in your life.
- University of Montana Offers Nonprofit Management Courses Online
Short courses specifically designed for busy professionals in the nonprofit sector are now available through The University of Montana’s Online Program in Nonprofit Management.
Connectivity & Communications
- New combatant against global warming: insurance industry
The world's second-largest industry, worried about losses related to climate change, offers incentives to 'go green.'
- Cybercrime flourishes in online hacker forums - robs U.S. businesses of $67.2 billion a year
Over the past two years, U.S. consumers lost more than $8 billion to viruses, spyware and online fraud schemes, Consumer Reports says.
- "Personal broadband" on its way
The next stage of the Internet is on the verge of arriving.
- Sidney prepares for Leadership Montana
"I believe that the program demonstrates the value of providing a good understanding of the very different communities in Montana, economic sectors as well as cultural, with the goal of keeping the state moving forward."
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