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"Universities want to more swiftly commercialize discoveries from their labs. Business and industry want to capitalize on the products and services that result from breakthrough research. Venture capitalists want to pluck the most promising investment opportunities. And we at the Kauffman Foundation want to see that entrepreneurship is cultivated to the greatest extent possible."
In light of the recent acknowledgment of the Tech Transfer success at MSU and if you're in the Missoula area, please try to make the time to attend this update on the success in moving research to the commercial market at the University of Montana at this City Council Economic Committee meeting tomorrow morning. Please share this with others who may be interested in learning more about this program that contributes to a more vital Montana economy: "Presentation Regarding Technology Transfer From The University Of Montana, 10/31, Missoula City Council Chambers" http://matr.net/events ... =2089
Montana Community Finance Corporation
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - Graduation Matters
Almost one million students who start ninth grade each year will not earn a diploma four years later.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Community Finance Corporation Fall 2007 Newsletter
The mission of Montana Community Finance Corporation is to stimulate growth and expansion of small business and employment in Montana.
- U.S. companies are finding savings they used to seek overseas
Some U.S. companies recently have pulled back from India to set up shop in rural areas where access to high-speed broadband connections isn't the problem it was just a few years ago and where lower real estate prices and wages are attractive.
- Small Town America Is Offshore Alternative for Some Companies
Add to that list Corsicana, Texas, and Helena, Mont., two cities where Northrop Grumman is recruiting IT specialists and software engineers, reports the Los Angeles Times.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Ambassadors San Francisco Outreach Event is a Success
“Montana and its future were on everyone’s mind.” Similar outreach events are being planned for Los Angeles, Chicago and Minneapolis as well as several cities in Texas, in the near future.
- After Succeeding, Young Tycoons Try, Try Again
The Internet, a low-overhead medium with a global reach, has greatly accelerated the wealth creation phenomenon, producing a larger breed of multimillionaires even younger and richer than in the past.
- How new technologies are changing the way we innovate
It is possible that it will have as profound an impact on economic growth and social well-being in today’s knowledge economy as the development of machine tools had on the industrial economy of the mid-19th century.
- Women gather to share know-how at the 'She's Geeky' high-tech confab
A VENTURE CAPITALIST who rejected Mary Hodder's startup for funding later told her he did so in part because Hodder had no male co-founder, and he thought she would quit because she's a woman.
- Sharpening Your Skills: Managing Innovation
Many managers in business experience difficulty dealing with their best creative thinkers. So how does violinist Paul Robertson, who leads one of the great string quartets in the world, manage himself and 3 colleagues? One idea: Don't make life too comfortable for them.
- Businesses Beware: The World Is Not Flat
"Strategies that presume complete global integration tend to place far too much emphasis on international standardization and scalar expansion."
- Directors Who Don't Deliver
These five types of dysfunctional board members "serve" at many companies
- Plentyoffish: 1-Man Company May Be Worth $1 Billion
In terms of traffic, currently POF gets 1.2 billion page views/month, and 500,000 average unique logins per day.
Montana Meth Project
- 'Higher' ed refers to price you pay if you don't get a college degree
A four-year college education is still a tremendous bargain anywhere in the U.S.
- 1 in 10 schools are 'dropout factories'. Montana ranked 31st.
Utah, which has low poverty rates and fewer minorities than most states, is the only state without a dropout factory.
- Alumni give $80 million to not name UW-Madison School of Business
This partnership provides a naming gift that will preserve the Wisconsin name for at least 20 years. During that time, the school will not be named for a single donor or entity.
- Montana Corporations Respond to Siebel Foundation Challenge - Donations to Montana Meth Project to Be Matched Dollar-for-Dollar until November 15
“The Montana Meth Project applauds the generosity of our newest corporate donors,” said Project Chairman Mike Gulledge. “We are fast approaching the deadline for the Siebel Foundation’s challenge grant on November 15, and urge other Montana businesses to help us raise an additional $500,000 by that deadline.
Connectivity & Communications
- Presentation Regarding Technology Transfer From The University Of Montana, 10/31, Missoula City Council Chambers
The 1980 law boosted technology transfer by assigning patent rights to universities. At the same time, schools are required to identify, patent, and license products that result from their federally funded research or to return the rights to the federal government to do so.
- Terabyte Thumb Drives Made Possible by Nanotech Memory
University researchers have developed a low-cost, low-power computer memory that could put terabyte-sized thumb drives in consumers' pockets within a few years.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Moving Freely between Virtual Worlds
Players hope to connect their separate domains to form a 3-D Internet.
- Broadband connections critical for regional viability and growth
Some rural communities are moving faster than larger suburbs in trying to plan and build new network infrastructure. It's a matter of economic survival.
- An elusive search for the new mass medium
In the Internet world, hope is not just a strategy, it's a business plan.
Incubators and R&D
- Making Games Physical
With a new vest, players can feel the impact of video games.
- Yellowstone Park bacteria studied for fuel
Scientists say a new bacteria species discovered in Yellowstone's thermal pools could improve the use of bacteria to produce ethanol.
- Idaho National Lab co-sponsors electric hybrid urban trials
Achieving up to 100 mpg, plug-in hybrid vehicles are just one more step in the city's fight against climate change with the added benefit of ultimately reducing dependence on foreign oil.
Montana Economic Development
- Have a complaint? Better Business Bureau can help
"I think we've done a pretty good job, based on the number of accredited businesses we serve and the complaints and inquiries we handle," said Jan Quintrall, president of the Spokane-based BBB serving eastern Washington, northern Idaho and Montana.
- Gov. Schweitzer expects Montana economy to cool
“I don't think it can maintain at the same rate that we have for the past three years,” Schweitzer told the Associated Press.
Regional Economic Development
- Wanted: Warehouses in Butte, Montana
Lack of warehouses is one of the glaring omissions in the Mining City, Butte Local Development Co. Executive Director Jim Smitham said this week, and filling that void can boost the area economy.
- Stereotypes Stymie Affordable Housing Options in the Flathead Valley of Montana
The region is losing its affordability. But only to those who rely on the local economy for their living.
- Workplace issues face Montana higher education leaders
Education is important to economic development.
- WestWord Fall 2007 Newsletter from the Sonoran Institute features Red Lodge, Montana
The Sonoran Institute’s community based conservation work is enriched by lessons gleaned from its community partners. Some of these mentors are in Red Lodge, Montana, a town with a proud, multi-ethnic mining heritage that has gracefully made the transition to a bustling New West community. This didn’t happen by accident.
- Whitefish, Montana Business Park First of its Kind
“If we want to be more than just a resort town with only service industries, we have to have opportunities and spaces to keep companies. I think this provides needed space,”
- Great Falls, Montana area makes progress on landing economic grants as Minuteman III deactivation proceeds
Doney said he's excited about the proposals brainstormed by a partnership of GFDA; the Sweetgrass Development Authority, which represents the five rural counties that house the 564th's missiles; and other area government and business leaders.
- Making Communities 'Fire Smart'
The increasing risk, and how to keep the flames at bay
- Groen Bros. Aviation in quest to build a jet-fast heliplane. Looking to go vertical
The company's latest mission - design a rotor-type aircraft capable of vertical takeoffs and landings that can fly 400 mph.
Washington State Business
- Aiming at Idaho. Firearms manufacturers looking to 'gun-friendly' states for business
Almost by accident, Idaho has created a business environment that gives gun makers exactly the tax and regulatory climate they like.
- Idaho Cities Cascade, Riggins and Boise work on water parks
Whitewater parks built in cities such as Vail and Golden, Colo., and Green River, Wyo., have generated a favorable economic impact on the local communities. Idaho cities are envisioning similar benefits.
- Camo of a different color. M2D Camo Inc. is “made to deceive.”
“Game animals know their habitat very well,” he says. “When one sees a stump that wasn’t there yesterday, it doesn’t come any closer.”
- Wind power — New Wyoming plant generating plenty of interest
The 29-turbine project covers six parcels of land that are each one square mile.
- Wyoming builders fight labor shortage
"The volume of our business is absolutely related to the number of people I can find to do the work," Woodward said. "We've moved past putting an ad in the paper; we have a whole recruitment program we are using."
- New boss hates you? Take defensive measures
I'll be resigning, but how do I ensure this company doesn't say negative things to a future employer?
- Strategies for Answering Weird Interview Questions
"What is your perception of the painting in the lobby?"
Montana Education Excellence
- Geothermal heating and cooling - Future's fuel right under our feet
Unlike the better-known underground energy sources of oil and natural gas, geothermal energy is less developed but holds major potential for both residential and utility-scale projects.
- Montana geologist, professor reaps success in study and teaching
Thomas loves to share his knowledge with people. He’s working with fellow UM-Western geology professor Sheila Roberts on a book about geology for novices. And he takes professionals and laypeople alike on “GeoVentures,” trips focusing on the geology of an area.
- Gazette Opinion: Montana's University system must boost efficiency, public support
College enrollment isn't matching worker needs.
- What Great American Leaders Teach Us
Harvard Business School's Leadership Initiative is attempting to answer these and other questions about the nature of leadership through its formation and study of the Great American Business Leaders database.
- Bogus E-mail Claims to Come From FTC
As with any suspicious e-mail, the recipients are warned not to click on links within the e-mail and not to open any attachments.
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