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Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~FLATHEAD VALLEY
Entrepreneurs are valued and essential to the Flathead Valley. Nearly 1,000 new businesses were established in the last decade. This is a 44% increase in local employers that marks a boom in entrepreneurial activity.
- Montana Jobs. Net Featured Career ~ Executive Director
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent Executive Director
- Wise words of advice from some young entrepreneurs
Remember, these are not all of the principles required to run a successful business, but they were the ones deemed most important by these young entrepreneurs.
- Venture makes child's play of technology
"It's interesting what the kids don't know," she said. "A lot didn't know about spyware, and most of them have been in chat rooms but didn't know what info was OK to give out and what wasn't."
- Governors Endorse a Standard Formula for Graduation Rates
"Right now, different states have different definitions. So how can we make valid comparisons? And if you can't compare, how do we validate who has the best practices?"
Montana Economic Development
- Butte business leaders recruited for battle by NorthWestern Energy - "There's no guarantee of these jobs staying in Butte,"
"If this was to happen to go through, I think we risk loss of a lot of jobs," he said. "It would be a political ping-pong ball as far as where the headquarters were located." "The risk this poses to our community is very high." Board member Jim Kambich agreed.
- A new start for Big Sky Airlines
"One thing I have learned over time is you gotta deal with people fairly and honestly," he said. "They'll give 110 percent every day because they know you care."
- Owner of "Paws Up" out to own 'The Last Best Place' through trademark registration
If the applications become registered trademarks, Lipson could significantly inhibit use of a phrase that Montana Arts Council director Arnie Fishbaugh described as intrinsic to the state's identity and almost synonymous with "Big Sky Country."
- 36 Hours in Missoula, Mont. from the New York Times
So there are plenty of reasons to bring boots and a bike - but none to bring a tie. This onetime logging center, unlike some once-depressed, now-chic Western mountain towns, flaunts its unpolished, industrial edge.
Funding and Building your Business
- Marrying Maps to Data for a New Web Service
The Web's New Math Is Geography
- Intellections Newsletter
- Exit Strategies for Your Business
If you're thinking ahead to the day when you'll no longer run your business, think about these five exit strategies now so you'll be prepared for your future.
Regional Economic Development
- High Country's $25M is attracting interest in Colorado - State-founded venture firm sifts startup candidates
"We're looking at a bunch of really interesting business plans, a couple of them in rural areas," Lupa said. "We're very happy with the quality of businesses we're seeing at this point."
- Governors Rely on Trusted Advisors for Effective Technology Management
"The right CIO can help a governor more skillfully manage their information technology," said John Thomasian, director of the NGA Center. "Successfully managed IT is one of the most important foundations state government can have to function at its best."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Idaho offers break to uninsured workers
The state legislature created this pilot program to help uninsured workers get health insurance after a state task force found that small businesses struggle the most with providing health benefits.
Incubators and R&D
- Yahoo and Cal Berkeley partner on Internet research center
The new facility gives Yahoo the opportunity to harness UCB's research power to study the technology and trends behind Internet growth, search technology, and global media.
- Bear-minded land trust moves to heart of griz country in Missoula - Vital Ground
"Missoula provides Vital Ground with a much higher degree of flexibility to reach program areas on short notice and at a lower cost than was possible from Utah," said Wolfe. "This is a need that has become much more urgent during the past three years as the organization expanded from acting primarily as a grant-making foundation to an organization that manages its own habitat conservation projects."
Connectivity & Communications
- Gold in garbage: Industries transform trash to energy
Jim Voss hopes his company will make a fortune out of garbage — specifically the methane gas produced when tons of trash decay in landfills across the nation.
- The future of fuel: It smells like popcorn
"I got more and more excited about alternative energy," he said. "Frankly, there are too many venture capitalists looking for that next Microsoft and not enough looking for solving problems in alternative energy."
- Firefox gains on IE in June - The alternate Web browser bumped its market share to 8.71%
As Firefox approaches the 10% market-share milestone, it's expected to gain "significant traction" once its acceptance grows among corporations, according to NetApplications.com
- Cities hope Wi-Fi will spur economy - Governments are facing resistance from lawmakers
Officials say that high-speed wireless Internet networks, known as wireless broadband, have become as essential to daily life as telephones, electric service and other public utilities.
- Media giants won't be ambushed by invasion of the podcasters
Podcasts are recorded audio files, distributed via Internet download.
- Inland Northwest Space Alliance (Missoula) and XM Satellite Radio wins tech grant to demonstrate the potential for XM radios to be used for mobile communication in remote areas
One nagging problem for law enforcement and emergency personnel are the lingering cell phone and radio dead spots. Many places simply do not have coverage, Bailey said.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Nominations Requested for Montana Governor's Award for Community Service
"In every community there is work to be done. In every nation there are wounds to heal. In every heart there is the power to do it."~Marianne Williamson
- Electronic paper debuts in Tokyo 5:39PM
The Japanese researchers claim it could be used wherever paper is currently used, such as for advertisements or information bulletins in public places.
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