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Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Bridging the Gap Between Shanghai, China And The Western U.S.:
The bottom line is that we are a place for you to consider as you look for the right place to be for your future. Give any of us a call and you will get the true Montana greeting: “Hey, welcome. How can we help you and what are your plans?” I promise that you will get a straight honest answer to all of your questions as you compare the Flathead and Montana to the many other options that are available.
- Montana Ambassadors Launch a Seattle Chapter with Governor Schweitzer
“We are delighted to see the enthusiasm for business connections for Montana from those who share a passion for our state. I am not sure that Montanans realize how much those who don’t live here value our wonderful state.”
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~BIG TIMBER
Movies such as A River Runs Through It and The Horse Whisperer depicted some of the beauty of our area on to the big screen.
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Technical Management of Donor and Volunteer Info
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Talent - Communications or Marketing Associate, Writer
- Psychologist - technology entrepreneurs frequently experience hypomania. “What, are you crazy?”
While Gartner doesn’t actually call entrepreneurs crazy, he does say they’re not entirely normal.
- Innovative Program Receives Renewal of USDA Grant - “Tomatoes on Steroids”
“Small businesses are the backbone of rural communities, and programs that support them are vital to the health of towns and cities,”
- Business Leader's Guide to Higher Education Reform
Researchers also provide business leaders with tools to engage in higher education reform at the state and national level.
- Bill Gates laments decreasing interest in computer science
The Microsoft chairman said he was perplexed by the declining enrollment in computer science programs at the nation's universities.
- Boise-based group gives computers to area kids
Computers for Kids http://www.cfkidaho.org, a Boise-based non-profit group, has announced it will give computers to children from kindergarten to 12th grade.
- Montana School funding survey waning
The survey, released online earlier this month, is due Monday. To date, just 22 percent of districts have completed it, with another 35 percent reportedly in the process and 43 percent unresponsive, University of Montana professor Merle Farrier said.
Montana Economic Development
- Merger approved, Corixa cutting 70 jobs in Seattle - No cuts in Hamilton, MT
Seif said there were no layoffs at Corixa's facility in Hamilton, Mont., which produces MPL and has about 125 employees.
- Montana Public Power Sets The Record Straight Regarding Its Offer to Acquire NorthWestern
- Changes at Montana's Mission Mountain Market in Ronan, MT
- Informed Bioscience (Bozeman) Launches GenePARTTM Beta Software
GenePARTTM is a powerful tool that assists researchers in analyzing genomic data. The software makes it possible for researchers to simultaneously identify an interesting set of genes and an optimal partitioning of array samples.
- Bozeman strategy firm, Strategix Vision, recognized for innovative products
Strategix Vision is a usability strategy firm, Clem said. It is hired by other companies to develop products based on how people use them.
- Bozeman man's former company sells for big bucks - Superdudes.net
Earlier this week News Corp bought Intermix and the Superdudes Web site for $580 million.
Funding and Building your Business
- Beartooth RC&D Area, Inc. Newsletter July 2005
- Montana Sen. Baucus goes after $5 million for Milltown Dam economic redevelopment
Redeveloping the Milltown area is a top priority because we can turn a sow's ear into a silk purse, create jobs and develop a real asset for the area."
- Montana Chamber of Commerce Update
- Montana Commerce Workforce Training Grant Programs
Funding is now available for two Montana Department of Commerce programs that are principally focused on providing job training grant funds to Montana workers.
- Montana Main Street Program Welcomes a new Coordinator
Congratulations and best wishes to Angela Wong
- Top-10 Marketing Processes for the 21st Century
By 2007, fewer than 20 percent of marketing organizations among Global 1000 enterprises will have evolved enough to successfully leverage customer-centric, value-added processes and capabilities (0.8 probability).
- Memo to the CEO: Get Out More
The heads of businesses need to get back with the customers.
- Check: How to Verify if a CIO is Important in an Organization
If the CIO does not have the authority to set and execute information management policies, information technology cannot be sufficiently important in a company or other organization. Without an empowered CIO, accountability for technology will be diffused and unfocused.
Regional Economic Development
- Utah State's Web site running with new content areas
The redesign is the fifth in six years.
Incubators and R&D
- Micron (Boise) joins R&D collaboration - 4 chip makers, N.Y. state will spend $600 million on microchip project
"They have recognized they need to pool R&D money to forward basic research."
- Hewlett-Packard to cut 14,500 jobs, reduce some pension benefits- No word on layoffs in Boise
There was no immediate word on how the restructuring plan would affect HP's Boise campus, which currently employs about 3,400 workers.
- Idaho film task force to meet in Sun Valley - Other States push tax breaks in hope of luring movie business
"Film trucks have wheels so they can go anywhere, and right now they're going where the best deals are,"
- NASA Extends University of Montana-Affiliated Terra Satelllite Mission
"This means we can continue our work to monitor the Earth’s surface through this mission for several more years," said Steven Running, NTSG director and a UM professor. "We can still get a lot of new science out of this old hardware."
- $400,000 grant expected to enhance work of physicist, BSU's stature
"Recognition for Punnoose's work helped the university further its goal of "becoming a metropolitan research university of distinction."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Oregon Legislature Passes University Venture Development Funds Bill
Under the legislation, revenue for the newly created funds will come from donors who, in turn, receive credit on their state income tax returns. The development funds will use capital raised through university foundations to bridge the gap between an idea and the point where private investors become interested.
- How Art Can Revitalize A City. Culture is drawing people to downtowns.
The attraction, obviously, is more than just a place to live. It's what Center City has to offer - what real estate agents call 'the whole package.'
- Resume Makeover: CFO Revamps His Presentation on Paper - Before and After
In this bi-monthly feature, CareerJournal.com presents before and after resumes of actual job hunters. The name of the candidate, his prior employers and contact information have been changed.
- If You Want a New Position, Start Networking Now
You never know with whom you might strike up an important conversation.
Connectivity & Communications
- Study says ethanol not worth the energy
Researchers at Cornell University and the University of California-Berkeley say it takes 29% more fossil energy to turn corn into ethanol than the amount of fuel the process produces.
- Satellite technology brings "wireless" Internet to rural areas in Montana
WildBlue will replace an older wireless Internet technology called, "Direct Way," Allum said. That technology used a bigger dish and was more expensive. WildBlue is faster, smaller and less expensive
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Disabled students learn leadership in Montana
"If we can give them some self-worth now, it can contribute to their success as an adult," Hermanson said.
- Blinkx Offers TV and Radio Program Searches Via RSS Feeds
The SmartFeed service allows a user to search program content from more than 30 video and audio content providers including BBC News, CNN, NBC, and ESPN.
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