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"Even if you are on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." -- Will Rogers
Hope to see you Saturday in Missoula "Theater that delivers - 'Little Red Truck’ will move and enlighten audiences Sat. 2/16" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html or next Saturday in Bozeman " "Almost Spring" Job And Internship Fair, 2/21, Montana State University, Bozeman" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Come Home Idaho
Come Home Montana
- PakSense technology, New CEO comes home to Boise, Idaho
David Light, a former Boisean and a California angel investor, went to a forum last year to hear from companies needing money. After he heard a pitch from a Boise company, he went to work for it instead.
Come Home South Dakota
- "Almost Spring" Job And Internship Fair, 2/21, Montana State University, Bozeman
The fair is open to employers, MSU students and alumni looking for jobs, according to event organizers.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Come Home South Dakota - Director of Technology Transfer - South Dakota State University
South Dakota State University is strengthening its efforts in research, collaborations with private industry, and university-driven economic development.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Theater that delivers - 'Little Red Truck’ will move and enlighten audiences Sat. 2/16
A beautiful movie, timeless, one that will end up on top of your DVD collection.
Funding and Building your Business
- Lessons in Self-Made Success Programs Teach Business, Entrepreneurship
Do we value the entrepreneurs that want to remain small, agile, and independent, who represent a vastly underestimated proportion of the workforce, or only the gazelles we hope will become tomorrow’s Google and Intel?
- Early Stage, Step 17: Sale of the business - assets vs. stock
In the ideal, sellers prefer selling stock. It can be quick, clean, and simple.
- Failure Sucks
While the actual "failing" part generally happens very quickly the "leading up to failing" part takes forever.
- Follow-On Financings
Series B financing processes are all about credibility.
- Secret Weapon In A Downturn: Focus On People
More important than tightening belts and giving motivational talks, you should have one priority above all: Creating clarity for the people who work for you, a Lasik-clear picture for everyone in the company of how you view last year's results and what is now expected of them in the year of potential tribulation ahead.
Connectivity & Communications
- At the University of Washington, a quest to become the best public business school in the country
It's not often that an institution as large as the UW has the opportunity to radically transform itself.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Customers across Montana Can Now Make More Calls and Send More Data Wirelessly Than Ever Before
Verizon Wireless Adds 12 New Cell Sites and Invests $32 Million in the "Treasure State" in 2007
- Comcast explains why it slows down some Net traffic
The company, the largest cable provider and an ISP for many using high-speed data, has been accused by users for more than a year with interfering with Web traffic.
- Mobile Carriers See Gold in Femtocells
Similar in concept to the Wi-Fi routers that many people use to blanket their homes with wireless Internet access, these little boxes instead provide a network for carrying the voice and high-speed data services of mobile phones.
Incubators and R&D
- Robert Scoble - "Microsoft researchers make me cry"
I’m sure you’ll read about his work in the New York Times or TechCrunch, among other places. It’s too inspiring to stay a secret for long.
- Future of social networking explored in University of Washington's computer science building
The Ecosystem can alert users when they have left something behind.
- On the horizon: news from the frontiers of science
How your clothes might one day charge your cellphone, Saturn's icy 'waterworld,' and farmed salmon threaten wild ones
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#274), From Israel to Montana, Polar-Palooza, Birds and fire, Bees love it
Montanans fight spotted knapweed with sheep, insects and chemicals and by yanking it out by hand. Bees, on the other hand, seem to love it.
- Mutant parasites offer Montana State University researchers hope in fight against malaria
Judgment Day may be coming.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Mountainous Equity at Beartooth Capital Partners in Bozeman, Montana
Beartooth Capital invests in ranch real estate to generate strong returns for investors by restoring and protecting ecologically-important land. “I felt this could be a real engine for conservation.”
- Washington Technology Industry Association Unveils Venture Capital Outlook Survey
Inability to Find Top Executive Talent Is the Greatest Challenge
- Conservation Easements Abused in Colorado
Conservation easements in Colorado are being used to protect valuable home sites and areas earmarked for oil and gas exploration and development, not the open spaces the easements were designed to preserve.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Wellness Documentaries Headline Second Annual Hi-line Film Festival in Havre
Yellow Bus Creations is a committed group of artisans and business people helping cultivate a more peaceful world by catalyzing social change through the promotion of creative, innovative expression.
- Five promising points of entry to the 5th annual Big Sky Documentary Film Festival starting today in Missoula, Montana
The Little Film That Could
- Montana RFP Issued for Consultant Services for Angel Network Training and Development
The Governor’s Office of Economic Development seeks to establish a network of angel investment groups in Montana.
- Utah Technology Council focuses on Fund of Funds this Legislative Season
Utah is considered one of hottest places to invest, and much of that can be attributed to the Fund of Funds program.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana has strong recession resistance
As a whole, the Montana economy gains 90 percent of its vigor from sectors that remain strong: nonresident travel, mining, manufacturing, agriculture and the federal government.
- Montana Attorney General McGrath probing LifeLock, service preventing identity theft
The attorney general's office also has concerns about LifeLock because most of the services it offers are things people can do for free on their own.
- Montana flight students aim for their own school. Closure, loss of helicopter courses at Silver State Helicopters catch many off-guard
Former Silver State student Keifer Lewis said he has been working nonstop since the Helena school's closure to figure out how to bring a new flight school to that area.
- Missoula-based AquilaVision's "OTTER" Offender-tracking system funded in Montana
Bringing together Missoula-based AquilaVision, the Montana Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association and a group called MonTEC, the program will add refinements to an offender tracking system called OTTER, originally developed by AquilaVision.
- First Interstate BancSystem is recruiting for its Management Trainee Program
First Interstate has evolved since 1968 from a single bank in Sheridan, Wyoming to operating 49 branches and over 100 ATMs in Montana and Wyoming.
- Triangle Communications Contributes to Communities
As part of its Economic Development Program and commitment to the communities it serves, Triangle Communications (Triangle) is proud to announce that it has recently awarded several grants to area organizations and schools.
- River Design Group of Whitefish, Montana to remake Milltown Reservoir site east of Missoula.
"This is one of the largest projects of this type, possibly in the world," said Matt Daniels, a hydraulic engineer and River Design Group co-owner. "We're completely reconstructing a river valley."
Regional Economic Development
- Wind for Schools Montana - Needs your Help
Wind for Schools Montana is now turning to the general public for financial and in-kind contributions to the Program.
- Ammunition company, A-Square, backs out of Butte project
The Mining City has 24 economic projects in the works, with businesses looking to open warehouse distribution facilities and small manufacturing companies.
- Montana Commerce Director Presents $342,138 in Workforce Training Funds to Cable Technology Inc. of Great Falls
“These grant funds will create 100 new, good paying jobs for the Great Falls community,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “This is economic development at its best, and it’s proof that Montana’s on the move.”
- Preparing for Montana's Growing Older Population
Montana is on track to become the nation's 5th most elderly state per capita by the year 2030.
- NewWest.Net Launches The New West Magazine
The quarterly magazine, which carriers the tagline "Design. Development. Community," is the first publication to focus on the big story of growth and change in the mountain landscapes and high plains of Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Utah, Wyoming, Washington and Oregon.
Washington State Business
- Creativity Study: Boise Compares Well With Portland and Seattle
Boise State University's Centre for Creativity and Innovation has created and index of creative cities that's found Boise to be just about as creative as cities such as Portland and Seattle.
- Companies lean on Idaho insiders to make government contacts
“You just move from chair to chair,” said Jasper LiCalzi, a professor of political economy at the College of Idaho in Caldwell. “If you are going to hire somebody to lobby, they're going to have to know the system. You're not going to hire somebody off the street. This isn't all that unusual, especially in a small state.”
- Eastern Washington server farms could get $1 billion state exemption
"States such as Iowa and others have come on board with very attractive tax incentive packages to get data centers to locate in their communities," said DeLee Shoemaker, Microsoft's state government affairs director. "These other states that are in tough economic times and are looking to attract new business and new investments ... Washington state is no longer competitive for this type of business."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Wyoming - GE eye 'world-class facility' for coal research
If Wyoming legislators are willing to put up $20 million, General Electric may match that amount to build a research facility in the state aimed at reducing the cost of turning Wyoming coal into clean-burning gas.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Special Concern with SBIR Reauthorization
How hard can it be to get a popular program reauthorized?
- Montana University System Seeks Scorers
Anyone who is willing to commit two days--teachers, college instructors, counselors, teachers in training, administrators, parents, school board members--can learn to accurately score student essays.
- Missoula Nonprofit Network February Training-Volunteer Recruitment & Retention, 2/26, Missoula
Vicky Bostick will share her wisdom related to targeted recruitment to pinpoint what your organization is seeking in volunteers, ways to market that recruitment and retention of your new and current volunteers.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Internet helps Americans save more energy every year
For every kilowatt-hour of power that Internet-linked computers use, they save at least 10 times that amount, a recent study finds.
- A Better Way to Capture Carbon
New materials provide a potentially cheaper way to reduce carbon dioxide emissions from power plants.
Lewis and Clark Legacy
- American Prairie Foundation Feb. 2008 Newsletter
Tonight’s forecast for the American Prairie Reserve is twenty-two degrees below zero and possibly much colder given the wind chill factor.
- Black Poet Reads from New Collection Honoring York
York, childhood playmate and adult manservant to Captain William Clark, was the only black man among the exploring party 200 years ago. He accompanied his master on the journey west, serving his needs and experiencing both the hardships and wonders along the trail.
Montana Education Excellence
- Look out Alaska Airlines, here come rivals
The low-cost carriers, Virgin America and JetBlue, are bringing new flights and new planes to familiar Alaska Airlines routes.
- Frontier Airlines adds Missoula and Bozeman to its scheduled flights
Officials say the airline will serve Missoula and Bozeman, Colorado Springs, Aspen, Durango and Grand Junction in Colorado, along with Fargo, N.D., and Jackson, Wyo.
- Missoula seeks to curb high student dropout rate
Missoula ranks second-lowest among the state's larger cities for graduating seniors, with 82.3 percent getting diplomas in 2005.
- School chairman charges Montana governor is deceiving public
“This is not grousing by school people,” Miller said. “We’ve made-do a long time. What we’re looking at is fourth-generation scarcity. We can’t ‘suck it up.’ ”
- State Superintendent Linda McCulloch Seeks Outstanding Montana Educators for Talent Pool
"Montana has the best educators in the country. This is an opportunity to help them get the recognition they deserve."
- "Chicks in Science" program's message: Hey, girls, give it a whirl. Saturday 2/16 at Montana State University Billings
"It's all about having fun being a girl and being proud of being smart."
- Housing of the Future is Transit-Oriented - Reimagining Cities
As transit oriented development gains ground in cities across the country, it is increasingly seen as the model for the future of multi-family housing.
- Virus from China the gift that keeps on giving. A picture can impact a thousand computers.
An insidious computer virus recently discovered on digital photo frames has been identified as a powerful new Trojan Horse from China that collects passwords for online games - and its designers might have larger targets in mind.
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