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Life isn't about how to survive the storm - but how to dance in the rain.
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Montana Chamber of Commerce
- Sidney plays host to Montana Chamber of Commerce board
"There is a connection between good government and good economy." Chamber president Webb Brown
Montana Meth Project
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - "Wind"-y City
Rock Port, MO, became America's first ever community to be completely powered by wind in April 2008.
Come Home Montana
- Wyoming Meth Project Launches Statewide Meth Prevention Campaign
Community Leaders Announce Groundbreaking Anti-Meth Program
- Return of the native to Helena, Montana
“I spent my first 18 years trying to get out of Helena and then spent the last six or so years trying to get back,” Olson explained with a laugh. “I love it here.”
- Montana Talent - Senior Manager - Missoula
International finance, marketing, technology development and media relations are just a few of the focus areas where this individual can contribute to a company.
- The leaking pipeline: Where are our female leaders?
79 women share their stories.
- Listening Tips for Leaders
I did a coaching workshop with a team of managers a couple weeks ago, and while discussing the importance of listening in order to build trust, I realized many of them honestly didn’t know how to listen.
- The Montana BioScience Alliance Conference, 7/15-16, Missoula, Montana
“The Art of Attracting Investors and Strategic Partners”
Montana Economic Development
- Solar-powered car developed in Bozeman, Montana - Free Drive EV, Inc.
This mini-documentary about Steve Titus's efforts to develop and market a renewable-energy vehicle that is affordable for all is a provocative example of how Steve's belief that technology can save the world became reality in Bozeman, Montana.
- NorthWestern plan to sell generating facility bears watching - Must admit: PSC got it right on NorthWestern sale to Babcock & Brown Infrastructure Ltd.
If that doesn't happen, a Consumer Counsel consultant says, NorthWestern's Colstrip 4 gambit is little more than a multimillion-dollar shakedown of its Montana ratepayers - and a huge windfall for company shareholders.
- Mismo Gymnastics and Cheer Inc. of Missoula Wins Business Competition
Mismo targets children from age 18 months to 18 years, focusing on recreational classes and high-level competitions. She said about 700 of her 750 clients are girls, and 20 of her 24 employees are female.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana tourism officials targeting motorcyclists
The MDT has even assigned one of its managers to begin a new effort to alert motorcyclists to road construction and detours in a way to allow bikers to choose an alternate route before they get into the construction zone.
- Brand new way to market Montana - Marketing Montana by brand
The three statements are the result of Travel Montana's year-long effort to create a marketing brand for Montana.
- Western states stage China mission
The Oregon department said Wednesday the delegation will include Coba's counterparts from Utah, Washington, California, Montana, Wyoming and Colorado - and marketing officials from Idaho, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii.
- U.S. cities for the 21st century - Experts call for a new federal role in metropolitan development, one with fewer strings attached.
The goal is to revolutionize the way the US views its metropolises.
Funding and Building your Business
- Advice on how to choose a new career
First, find what truly excites your passions — and then study those fields, see how you can apply your skills, and determine what you need to learn.
- Comfortable retirement a fading dream for many
The trend marks one of the great social transformations of the postwar era.
- "Who's Your City?" by Richard Florida
Take the place finder to find your city.
Incubators and R&D
- CEO Roundtable Audio
Leaders of some high-growth Wisconsin companies met recently with Journal Sentinel reporter Kathleen Gallagher to discuss the importance of issues such as the need for more management talent and venture capital and the role of taxes in driving economic prosperity.
- Executive for hire on as-needed basis
"It's hard to run a business when you don't have timely or accurate information."
- Winning venture capital for your small business
"You have to have a road map for commercial viability. The further you are along that path, the better it is for you in securing capital."
- The Inside Word on Word-of-Mouth Marketing
How often do companies successfully engineer word-of-mouth marketing?
- Can the Employees at Your Company Pass This Computer Driving License Test?
You don’t need a driving license to buy and use a computer, but a growing number of businesses – including Volkswagen, Nokia, and HSBC – use the certification as a skills benchmark and to determine how much control over computers to give employees.
- New startup, Glassdoor.com unlocks salary information of companies. An inside look at companies from those who know them best.
WHAT'S IT REALLY like to work at Microsoft, Google or Yahoo? Are Steve Ballmer, Eric Schmidt and Jerry Yang good leaders? And more important, how much do employees at those companies make?
- Apple's bait: Application developers swarm to iPhone
"People who said they'd never start a mobile (applications) company because they didn't want to rely on the carriers are now starting companies focused only on the iPhone."
- Service plays matchmaker for VCs, start-ups - TheFunded
TheFunded Connect, is designed to help streamline the often time-consuming and stressful process of raising capital.
- SEC adopts rules to make it easier for investors to sell securities in public and private companies.
The Securities and Exchange Commission has adopted rule changes that will make it much easier for investors to sell securities they acquire in both private and public companies.
Montana Education Excellence
- Accelerator to launch its eighth biotech company
"I am most pleased to work with Accelerator on initiating this new commercial effort because of the success they have had with another Caltech spin-off, Allozyne," Goddard said. "Accelerator allowed the scientists and founders to focus on developing the science while Carl and his staff at Accelerator took care of the initial nontechnical management, marketing, and legal work."
- Lack of AP Courses Holds Rural Students Back
There is an achievement gap between students in rural and non-rural schools, and it's due, in significant part, to unequal course offerings -- with effects that extend long past graduation.
- University of Montana School of Business Administration Internship Program - PROGRAM OVERVIEW
Learn why Interns are good for an organization
- Pay for CEOs in the Northwest shot up in 2007
The 20-best paid CEOs who were in place for both 2006 and 2007 saw their median compensation rise to $8 million from $6.1 million the year before.
- Farmland is the latest hot property
The market for farmland is having its biggest revival in almost 30 years as Asian demand for corn and soybeans and the ethanol industry drive commodity prices to record highs.
- Utah Recognized as Top Ten Business Climate State
“These impressive rankings are a reflection of Utah’s premier economy and the focus our state places on quality jobs and education,” said Governor Jon Huntsman.
Connectivity & Communications
- Commencement Speakers for the Class of 2008 - Messages of Exhortation, Counsel and Congratulation
“Until you are in a similar position as your parents are, you can never quite imagine the mixture of relief and joy and pride that your parents are experiencing today,” Gov. Edward G. Rendell of Pennsylvania told students at Susquehanna University. “So this would be a very opportune time to ask them for money.”
- Young American Indians Find Their Voice in Poetry
The success of the Indian School’s poetry program has particular importance in New Mexico, where 10 percent of the population is American Indian and where Indian students from grades 3 to 11 lag behind all other groups in reading proficiency, according to a 2007 state report.
- Lost in E-Mail, Tech Firms Face Self-Made Beast
Companies are also realizing that there is money to be made in helping people reduce their digital gluttony.
- Federal researchers rolling in hybrid at 100 mpg
"A 100 mile-per-gallon car is great," said Aaron Bragman, an auto analyst with Global Insight in Detroit. "It sounds like (NREL) is using a lot of off-the-shelf technology, which is no small feat. But you also have to look at affordability."
- Honda rolls out new zero-emission car
Honda's new zero-emission, hydrogen fuel cell car rolled off a Japanese production line Monday and is headed to Southern California, where Hollywood is already abuzz over the latest splash in green motoring.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Furnace malfunction blamed for hot house-melted refrigerator, TV, VCR, family pictures, linoleum floor ....
The refrigerator and other items in the house had melted when it is suspected the gas furnace system malfunctioned while the owner was out of town.
Commuter Rail Development
- Upstaging plasma TVs?
It's the harbinger of a new technology that makes today's flat panel sets look like your grandparents' 27-inch Magnavox.
- TED - The world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
The annual conference now brings together the world's most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives (in 18 minutes).
- Light Rail-More than Just a Train - Honolulu Eyes Light Rail As Savior of Local Economy
I believe the parties should explore having the state agency take more direct responsibility for building and paying for transit within urban areas. When the state builds a road, it takes on the burden of coordinating with all the counties it goes through. It buys land, negotiates rights of way and designs and builds a project. Why should transit be any different?
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Governments are Going Viral. The end of the traditional press release?
Videotaping dry-as-toast public service announcements — or the governor's entire news conference — is unlikely to go "viral" and draw millions of viewers in the same way that "Battle at Kruger" (30 million views) or "Evolution of Dance" (84 million hits) have.
- Harvard Glee Club Makes Historic Montana Visit
- Flora to fawn over - Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum in Jefferson City, Montana
Over the past year, Tizer Botanic Gardens and Arboretum became an official botanical garden affiliated with the Denver Botanic Gardens. It’s now the sole botanical garden in Montana.
- SnowGhost Studios of Whitefish, Montana offers more than just no cost recording opportunities.
“Camp for bands,” is how SnowGhost talent scout Keith Gardner describes the experience.
- June CraftNet Sketches
CraftNet is an international network of community colleges devising innovative ways through partnerships to develop artisan-based strengths into a sustainable growth sector for each of their service areas.
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