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The foundation of every state is the education of its youth. Diogenes Laertius
"Let's stop addressing education funding as a liability and start thinking of education funding as an investment in our children, our Montana families and our Montana businesses." Sen. Rick Laible ----"Montana needs to invest in education funding, reorganization" http://matr.net/articl ... .html ---- Here's a special request: A new Montana startup with expertise in lasers and laser-based sensors is looking to find someone with DoD experience in these areas and with as many agency connections as possible to join their advisory board. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Idaho National Laboratory
- Craigslist introduces Web sites in four additional languages
Craigslist was the 23rd most popular U.S. Web site last month, with 26.8 million visitors
Montana World Trade Center
- Alberta Research Council (ARC) collaborates with Idaho National Laboratory for clear answers on energy options
INL and ARC will collaboratively develop an advisory report covering various aspects of potential introduction of nuclear energy into Alberta, for both electrical generation and also in relation to possible interaction in oil sands development. They will pay specific attention to environmental impact, industrial integration and holistic cost-effectiveness.
- Early Registration Discount for Global Trade Program Ends April 1st! - Montana World Trade Center
“The certification program is invaluable for new and growing businesses embracing the challenges and opportunities of doing business in a international business environment. The program greatly expands your global business knowledge and skills. Plus, the certification program fosters and supports public and private sector relationships that will last well beyond the program’s agenda.” Kitch Walker president of Ripple Marketing, which recently launched Flat Earth Imports
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - Jack Schultz Speaks to the National Lieutenant Governors Association's Winter Meeting
Jack's message offered examples of community successes, and encouraged those present to continue economic development efforts in their home state.
MSU Leadership Institute
- American Prairie Foundaiton E-Newsletter April 2008
We have been surprised and pleased with the increase of requests for information about the project's current status. Perfect timing for the new, soon to be available 30-minute film documentary, funded by Wallace Genetic Foundation, produced by Video Takes Inc. and narrated by Tom Brokaw, which provides a fresh look at our progress.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Leadership with Lou Gerstner at MIT
Leadership was the overriding objective of the graduate seminar I taught at MIT last Fall.
Come Home Montana
- Wheeler Conference - “Climate Change In Montana: Impacts And Opportunities For Agriculture And Energy”, 5/12-13, Bozeman
The conference is open to the general public and your participation is encouraged. The conference will be of particular interest to those in the agriculture and energy sectors (traditional and non-tradtional), environmentally- based organizations, the education community, state agencies, climate scientists, current and former legislators, state, city and county officials, and all others who have a role in making Montana's energy and agricultural economies work. Please join us for this very important discussion.
Come Home Washington
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Big Sky Economic Development Authority
Functions as CEO having overall management responsibility for the successful operation of the organization.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Laser System Technician & Electronics Technician/ Assembler - Quantum Composers
QUANTUM COMPOSERS http://www.quantum composers.com , A leading manufacturer of laser systems & instrumentation has openings for the following full-time positions:
- New Geotourism Mapguide Spotlights "Crown of the Continent" - "It’s important for Montanans to know that visitors can be part of the solution”
“People are passionate about protecting what we have here, and this map provides plenty of options.”
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director, Billings Head Start Inc
As there is a connection between economic development and education, please see the attached information for full details regarding this position.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vista - Marketing Assistant - Phillips County Museum
We are a leader and hub for tourism and related activities that promote the overall economic and community growth.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- 5 years on the market and Monse, Washington is still the town nobody wanted
"I think, honestly, this town would have sold best if it were just bulldozed."
- Innovative Montana Startup Seeking Advisory Board Member with Department of Defense Experience and Contacts
A new Montana startup with expertise in lasers and laser-based sensors is looking to find someone with DoD experience in these areas and with as many agency connections as possible.
- “Growth and Change: Does Enhancing Ohio’s Small Businesses and Entrepreneurs Provide the Key to Growth,”
High-growth businesses—sometimes known as gazelles---are the real drivers of innovation and economic growth in our economy.
Montana Economic Development
- Absarokee, Montana businessman growing a better world. "Three Little Birds"
"We're sequestering the carbon on a very local basis, from an area around the house and back into the soil," he said. "We've forgotten that a sunflower will absorb literally pounds of carbon dioxide in one growing season."
- Deal to Sell Yellowstone Club Falls Apart
The firm told the sellers -- Tim Blixseth and Edra Blixseth -- that it was unable to get adequate due diligence information.
- Richland County-wide conference was start of process - Economic survey offered to area residents
The State of the Community County-Wide Conference was not the end of the process, not the beginning of the process to, ultimately, help better the community. It was another mark along the way.
- Leonardo will bring fame, fortune to Malta, Montana
"Malta, Montana will be all over the place in that exhibit," said Sue Frary, who is working with the Houston museum and the nonprofit group organizing exhibits for Malta's new Great Plains Dinosaur Museum and Field Station.
- Great Falls, Montana 1,100 acre industrial park plan at funding stage
"I think Montana has been discovered," he said. "Montana is being looked upon as a lower cost state to do business in."
- Business is thriving in Montana's Flathead Valley - Montana West Economic Development
Founded in 1997 as Jobs Now, Montana West has brought in new businesses and new funding, and greased the wheels for public-private partnerships.
- MEDA April Online News
Learn what is new in your region with the statewide Montana BEAR Program.
Funding and Building your Business
- How to answer a misguided interview question
How can I answer this question to impress the employer?
Incubators and R&D
- Don't Fear Failure, Learn from It
Different Kinds of Failure
- Manufacture and Sell Anything — in Minutes
Welcome to the age of the instapreneur.
- Job hopping an option for young people. Greatest concern for employers: a shortage of skilled and talented workers
Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu says the next 10 years will be an employee-driven market, because of a whole host of demographics issues, from boomers leaving the workforce to fewer Generation Yers being interested in corporate life.
- Solo Entrepreneurs: Big Bucks From Tiny Computing Startups
One-person companies are earning upward of $1 million in revenue annually. How do they do it? With high-speed Internet connectivity, mobile apps, automation, and a little help from their customers.
- Making Appointments for Doctor, Dinner or Sales Pitch
“This is something that’s been needed for a while, but no one has been able to do it successfully,”
- Social Networking Websites Key to Generating Business, Experts Say
“Social networking is becoming an international phenomena. If you think it’s a fad, it’s not. By 2012, there will be 1.2 billion people using social networks. It’s the next big thing,”
- How does a small angel investment impact a future VC round?
The angel in question is a family member of a friend, so would it be better to have them invest as a family/friend financier rather than an angel, and how exactly would that work?
- For Entrepreneurs, It’s All About Time
Plan tomorrow today.
Montana Education Excellence
- MSU-Northern opens biofuels lab
‘‘It sends a signal to the rest of the state, it sends a signal to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. We will grow, produce and consume our own fuel domestically,’’ Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Thursday.
- University of Washington team researches a future filled with RFID chips
"What we want to understand is what makes it useful, what makes it threatening and how to balance the two."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana needs to invest in education funding, reorganization
Let's stop addressing education funding as a liability and start thinking of education funding as an investment in our children, our Montana families and our Montana businesses.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Montana State University Northern’s fuel certification lab draws national attention
“It sends a signal to the rest of Montana, it sends a signal to the rest of the country and the rest of the world. We will grow, produce and consume our own fuel domestically.” Gov. Brian Schweitzer
- University of Montana Internship Program - Benefits to employers
The mission of Internship Services at The University of Montana is to provide undergraduate and graduate students a means to integrate academic theories and principles with practical job experience through cooperative education and internships, thereby reinforcing and expanding classroom learning while preparing them for postgraduate employment.
University Business Plan Competitions
- SBA to give federal research grants a boost
"It's time for the size of the grants to increase."
Oregon Economic Development
- The Mid-Atlantic Business Plan Competition --"SMACKDOWN!"
By participating on a team in The Mid-Atlantic Business Plan Competition, a student entrepreneur gains valuable insight to the challenges faced by businesspeople in startup companies.
Washington State Business
- Blueprint for Oregon's Future
Called ''Envision Oregon,'' these forums challenged more than 2,200 participants from over 140 towns and places in Oregon to describe their vision for Oregon's future, and to help create strategies for making that vision a reality. They also formed the foundation for Blueprint for Oregon's Future.
- The University of Washington tops national primary care medical school rankings for 15th straight year
The School of Medicine was tied for sixth in biomedical research. Only Harvard Medical School was ranked as high as the UW in both primary care and research.
- Google Street View adds views of Spokane, Spokane Valley, Post Falls and Coeur d'Alene
There are more than 45 cities in the Street View database (we're one of the 13 just added).
Connectivity & Communications
- U.S. educators seek lessons from Scandinavia
High-scoring nations on an international exam say success stems from autonomy, project-based learning
- Big wireless carriers get set to free the phone
"Open Access is the New Black."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Governments begin greenhouse gases talks
Governments from 163 countries will launch discussions Monday on forging a global warming agreement, a process expected to be fraught with disagreements over which countries should take the lead to reduce greenhouse gases by as much as half by 2050.
- Increasing concern about our water footprint
The threat of climate change has drawn attention to the carbon footprint, the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity. Now scientists have begun calculating a water footprint, the amount of water needed to produce goods or services.
- Cellphone Makers Realize: It's the Software, Stupid
Wishful thinking is one thing, but there are some concrete things we do know will be released at CTIA. To stoke your gadget lust, here are some quick hits on what the major manufacturers will be up to.
- Nonprofit gears up for biotech road show
The Myelin Repair Foundation, which Johnson founded in 2004, is part of a growing phenomenon in the nonprofit arena that some call "venture philanthropy" or "social entrepreneurship." Business veterans like Johnson put grant-making organizations at the helm, and adopt business methods such as precise goal-setting and performance standards. A more traditional philanthropy would solicit proposals from scientists and fund the best ones, even if the different projects had no coordinated goal.
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