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Come Home Montana
- Montana Jobs. Net Featured Opportunity - Corporate Tax Accountant
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~CHOTEAU
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Director of Career Advancement - University of Montana School of Business Administration
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Manager
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Perplexed consumers dial up tech 'geeks'
"Help! Send a geek!"
- It's the Entrepreneurs, Stupid!
On attracting, keeping and nourishing entrepreneurs. Here's how.
- Do you have the right stuff to become an entrepreneur?
What does it take to be successful starting a business?
- Utah Business Week starts July 31 at USU
About 200 high school juniors and seniors are invited each year to participate in the event, in which students learn business fundamentals from local and national business leaders, start and analyze a mock company and tour area businesses.
- IBM Camp helps girls build interest in science, math
The company's annual Exploring Interests in Technology and Engineering Camp aims to interest young girls in science and engineering careers.
- Relevance of Montana school funding surveys questioned
While most education leaders praised Robson and others for their work, some questioned the relevance of several survey questions and suggested the effort may be a waste of time.
- Dan Kemmis takes on new role at Center for the Rocky Mountain West - Larry Swanson taking over as new Director
Taking over as director of the O'Connor Center will be Larry Swanson, now the associate director and regional economy associate.
- Report Recommends Stronger Links Between Community Colleges, Adult Education
The report calls on states to take advantage of the natural linkages between community colleges and adult education
Montana Economic Development
- Centene hoping to be up and running in Great Falls in five weeks
The company is currently advertising for additional claims analysts for the center, where workers will process Medicaid claims. The job total will climb to about 40 by mid-August, officials said.
- Montana Silversmiths, Big Sky Carvers merge
Manhattan's Big Sky Carvers, famous for its wooden duck decoys and summertime tent sale, has joined Montana Silversmiths of Columbus to form a new company under the umbrella of The Montana Group, Inc.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Pulitzer Winner Jared Diamond Packs Hamilton High, Gives Montana 'Collapse' Context
“What I see going on in Montana is the increasing collision of your two essential core values,” Diamond said. Those values being, “quality of life and love of beauty,” and “individual rights, property rights and freedom from government regulations.”
- Montana Commerce Department offers $200,000 for tourism projects
He said the "bed tax" money will be made available in grants under the 2005 Tourism Infrastructure Investment Program. The focus is on nonprofit and government groups trying to improve Montana's visitor attractions and facilities.
- Oklahoma man, Steven North tabbed for Great Falls Development Authority marketing post
North, currently the director of economic development for the Chamber of Commerce in Stillwater, Okla., has verbally accepted the job, said John Kramer, the GFDA president.
- Pools of Angels Make the Money Hunt Easier
More recently, angel groups have been teaming with one another, much as venture capitalists do, thereby offering entrepreneurs the opportunity to attract larger investments.
Funding and Building your Business
- Wi-Fi location system is better than GPS, says start-up
"GPS was designed by the military for guiding missiles," he said. "It performs poorly in urban areas where buildings block the view of satellites, and it doesn't provide any coverage inside of buildings."
- Emergency officials in Sidney research benefits of Global Positioning System mapping
Richland County Sheriff Brad Baisch said that he isn't interested in having mobile units in his department's vehicles at this point. He feels it will be more effective to have the dispatcher use the system and then have the dispatcher provide directions to officers.
- Conducting a Market Analysis for Your Business Plan
It's your plan--and every plan is different--so you need to know as much as you can about your target market.
- Old Dogs, New Clicks - During the past 10 years, E-commerce has changed dramatically. Is your company keeping up?
Rather than build dot-coms because their competitors have them—often the motivation 10 years ago—companies today think deeply about the purpose of their E-commerce effort before giving it life.
- Green Tinge Is Attracting Seed Money to Ventures
Top venture firms on Sand Hill Road in Menlo Park, Calif., are beginning to show serious interest in the alternative energy sector, though that typically means venturing outside their core expertise.
- Top 12 Things to Do Before You Hire
Regional Economic Development
- Company says BSE test awaiting OK
The test has two main advantages. It can be performed on live animals, and the results are available as quickly as in 30 minutes. Current tests can only be done on the brain tissue of a dead cow and the results often take weeks.
Utah Economic Development
- India-bound jobs may detour to areas such as North Dakota
Companies are betting that by doing business in cheaper locations and paying workers much less than their big-city counterparts, they can secure jobs that might otherwise go offshore.
- Colorado to invest $25 million in startup firms
Broken down by industry, 40 percent of the money will be devoted to software and technology; 40 percent will go to emerging growth companies, such as biomedical and agribusiness; and 20 percent will go to other categories.
- Seattle venture capitalists establish Portland offices
Both firms said this week they'll establish presences in Portland thanks at least partly to their OIF program participation.
- Spokane – leveraging alumni
When Spokane recognised that there was a crop of productive, contributing citizens slipping through their fingertips they did something about it.
- Utah Gov. Huntsman's Economic Summit — boosting business
"These are tough, complex issues today that confront our society that we didn't think much about 15, 20 years ago. So we're all in it together. We all want Utah to succeed and prosper, and we're on the cusp of some excellent years ahead. Let's make sure that we do it for all Utahns. That's why we're here today."
- Montana justice computer project may be awarded without contract
Rather than put the project up for bid, the state said it intends to award the contract to BearingPoint Inc., an international business consulting firm based in Virginia, in a partnership with Denver-based Archon Technologies. The decision, however, isn't final.
- Extended Systems (Boise) expands security for its products - partners with Pointsec Mobile Technologies (Illinois)
"Security is becoming more important. As PDAs (personal digital assistants) and (cellular) phones become smaller, they are easier to lose," Extended Systems spokeswoman Amy Childress said.
- Micron gives BSU $320,000 challenge grant - Money will go to engineering doctoral program
"High-tech employers in Idaho have very sophisticated employees who need access to more education to stay competitive," Kustra added.
- Teams ready for Idaho TechLaunch - Students had chance to make real-life analyses along with aspiring Idaho companies
TechLaunch 2.0 is a two-day event where Idaho companies present their inventions and their plans to get them in the market. Companies with the best commercialization plans will receive cash prizes. Student presentations also will be showcased.
Incubators and R&D
- Seattle is ranked 10th in U.S. in life sciences study
The Milken Institute of Santa Monica, Calif., said that although the Puget Sound region excels in biotechnology research and in attracting money, the area lacks an important piece of the life sciences industry -- pharmaceutical and manufacturing companies that employ large numbers of people.
- New venture firm, Divergent Ventures plans to invest in tech startups - Seattle fund created by three from Vulcan, Microsoft
Kevin Doren and Kevin Ober, both of whom worked at Vulcan in the late '90s, have joined with Rob Shurtleff -- a former manager and software developer at Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard and Digital Equipment Corp. -- to create the new fund.
- MSU Researchers hope to reduce 'greenhouse gas' emissions
Now, a research team headquartered at Montana State University is working on a solution that, if proven feasible, could reduce the emissions from coal-fired plants to almost nothing.
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#249), Gunky pools, Safer picnics, Gentle giants of the sea, Knapweed weevil
- 17 research projects in Utah notch state funding
"It's a jewel of the state's economic development policy," board member Richard Nelson said Friday in noting that the legislative appropriation for the Centers program had increased from $2 million to $3 million for the upcoming fiscal year. "It has been for years, and now it's being reinvented, and we see in future years it being much more important."
- High-tech magnets - Universities use economic-development partnerships to attract other funding
Through their involvement in technology-based economic development, “universities can tap an external source of funding that is beyond state funding, alumni or tuition,” Cherry said.
- Finding Time: Blending Networking Into Your Life
"You need to realize you are building your network everywhere all the time."
- In Sarbanes-Oxley Era, Running A Nonprofit Is Only Getting Harder
"Sarbanes-Oxley doesn't apply to nonprofits, but like ink in water it's changing the way they operate,"
- Capaciteria is a comprehensive, searchable database directory of administrative resources that help
It's worth checking out and passing on to others who might find it useful...
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Biogas-Powered Passenger Train, Billed as World's First, To Make Maiden Journey in Sweden. - Utah firm aims to turn trash into power, Utah Valley Energy
Biogas is produced by decomposing organic material in an oxygen-free environment, and emits just a small fraction of the carbon dioxide released by diesel engines.
- 2 more wind farms planned in North Dakota
They will generate 49.5 megawatts, enough electricity to serve about 15,000 houses, company spokesman Steve Stengel said.
- Montana has 4 top sites for grasslands wildlife restoration, study says
"We want to promote these areas as great opportunities,'' Proctor said.
- Swan Valley, Montana residents create workshop for rural newcomers
The Swan Valley workshop is only the latest in what are becoming increasingly popular attempts to inform newcomers about their place in their new place.
City Club Missoula
- Arizona Partnership Promotes Early Childhood Leadership
Research demonstrates that for every dollar invested in early education programs, there is a seven dollar savings in criminal justice, welfare, remedial education, and other related costs.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The 100 Best Products of 2005 from PC World magazine
In the following pages you'll find our top picks grouped by category , as well as in ranked order from 1 to 100. Here, we begin with our Product of the Year.
- Cell phones now playing role of wallet
The phone would supplant not only credit and debit cards, but wallets, checkbooks, Web sites, computer programs like Quicken, and online bill payment services such as PayPal or CheckFree.
- Top 100 Forgotten Gadgets: The Readers' Revenge
More than 1,000 letters later, we figured we were duty-bound to compile the best reader suggestions. Here they are: the 100 best gadgets we missed in our original list.
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