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"MATR had a great time in the "Bob" thanks to Greg "watch me set myself on fire" Gilchrist of Lake Upsata Outfitters. Wanna job riding a horse in paradise?" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html -- As University tech transfer is vital to the future economic success of Montana, if you're going to be in Bozeman on Thursday 7/17, this will be a worthwhile event to attend: "Economic Affairs Subcommittee Technology Discussion, 7/17, Montana State University, Bozeman" http://matr.net/events ... =2399
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Idaho National Laboratory
- Quanta v. LG Electronics, Inc.: The Supreme Court Extends Patent Exhaustion To Patented Methods
The longstanding doctrine of patent exhaustion provides that “the initial authorized sale of a patented item terminates all patent rights to that item.”
- A Nuclear Renaissance - Idaho National Laboratory
Nuclear is an abundant source of energy, but without emitting carbon, sulfur or other harmful greenhouse gases into the environment.
- Utah officials visit Idaho National Laboratory to discuss energy systems. INL Meets with Wyoming Governor
"I didn’t know INL’s energy research was so diverse," said Gary Harter. "I can see that our energy economic development cluster needs to be part of a greater regional approach."
- INL researchers win 2008 R&D 100 award
Nine researchers at Idaho National Laboratory won an award in the latest R&D Magazine world-wide competition for the top 100 technologies during 2008.
- Want Your Marketing Message to Stick?
If you want your customers to think about your business message all year long, place it anywhere a magnet sticks.
City Club Missoula
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - The World - Rounder or Flatter?
It's our contention that the rapid increase in oil prices is perhaps rounding Friedman's world and that American rural communities could benefit.
- The Agurban from Boomtown Institute - More Wind News
The Department of Energy reports that 20% of America's electricity can come from wind.
- City Club Missoula - UM Bee Whisperer To Discuss Current Bee Research, 7/21, Missoula
UM’s “bee whisperer” Scott Debnam is responsible for the health and caretaking of up to 75 hives, or five million bees as part of UM’s 30-year old research involving bees.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Jerome, Idaho Business Owner, Dr. Bruce Bradley, owner of Microbial-Vac Systems, Inc., Earns International Recognition for Innovative Product
“This award acknowledges the dedication and determination of the Microbial-Vac team” said Rick Ritter, CEO of Idaho TechConnect. “Dr. Bradley saw a need and has worked tirelessly to bring a solution to market.”
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- American Prairie Foundation June 2008 Newsletter
APF National Council Update - Introducing Jay Abbe and Edward Schmults We are pleased to welcome two accomplished business executives to our National Council
Missoula Children's Theatre
- MAPS Program Grows into Business
MAPS was created in 2004 by the Florence Prever Rosten Foundation “to educate, create jobs and change lives for Montana youth.”
- "The Little Red Truck" film about the Missoula Children's Theater coming soon to a theatre near you
If you know anyone in the cities mentioned, please forward this email to them so they can be on the look out for it. We'll be adding cities to this list (NYC, LA, Chicago, SF, etc.) very soon!
Come Home Idaho
- Montana Ambassador Summer 2008 Newsletter
I want to bring other events to your attention that the Montana Ambassador Board is considering.
Come Home Montana
- Idaho Business for Sale: Grounds for Optimism
Though Idaho has historically been one of the least populous states in the country, the state has seen an influx of new residents many of them eager for a good cup of coffee.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Product Specialist - Goomzee.com
Candidate will be responsible for lead mining, demonstrating and selling technology product to all relevant real estate industry market segments.
- Rick Bass - 'Why I Came West' is about one man's fight to save Montana's Yaak Valley
"Should I just keep quiet about the damage -- the injustices -- being done to the Yaak?" Bass writes.
- MATR had a great time in the "Bob" thanks to Greg "watch me set myself on fire" Gilchrist of Lake Upsata Outfitters. Wanna job riding a horse in paradise?
How can someone dump a peach cobbler and then set themselves on fire while surrounded by mules in the "Bob"?
- Budding European leaders swing through Montana on fellowship
"They know the coasts, but they don't know rural Montana," Veis said. "The fellowship is all about exposing them to the American they don't know."
Montana Economic Development
- Closed-Door Deal Could Open Land In Montana - Forest Service Angers Locals With Move That May Speed Building
"We have 40 years of Forest Service history that has been reversed in the last three months," said Pat O'Herren, an official in Missoula County, which is threatening to sue the Forest Service for forgoing environmental assessments and other procedures that would have given the public a voice in the matter.
- Montana Property Owners Encouraged to List Available Housing. MTHousingSearch.com will link renters and rental housing
“I am pleased to announce this resource for Montana residents searching for affordable rental housing, which is vital to the future of our neighborhoods and our economy,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “I am urging property owners to use the system that will be the state’s primary housing search resource.”
- Paradise Dental Technologies of Missoula, Montana introduces the Platypus ortho flosser. "It can increase patient compliance up to 80%."
The Platypus is efficient and simple to use. It can increase patient compliance up to 80%.
- Yellowstone Club changes hands
www.cascadeaudiologymt.com The Wall Street Journal reported Saturday that Edna Blixseth will take over her husband's 50 percent ownership stake and become sole owner of the club.
- Montana financial-services firm, D.A. Davidson & Co. opens Hub office in Boston
"Boston is a major institutional investment market, and we are thrilled to have a team of experienced professionals with strong relationships to build D.A. Davidson's presence in New England."
- Coleen Smith Named BBB Montana Director of Accredited Business Programs
Coleen Smith of Helena, Montana, is the new Montana Director of Accredited Business Programs for BBB Serving Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana.
- Hotels join forces in creating Billings conference corridor
Traditional competitors in the hospitality industry have joined forces to promote downtown as a destination for major conventions.
- Billings, Missoula on Inc.com list for Best U.S. Cities for Doing Business.
The Inc.com Best Cities list focuses on short- and long-term job growth and is gauged at informing entrepreneurs some of the best places to locate or expand businesses.
- Grains of Montana expands into franchising
Franchising has a long history in Billings business. A generation ago, Kampgrounds of America Inc., became the first name in campgrounds by employing a similar expansion strategy.
- Montana Chamber Co-Sponsors 2008 International Trade Forums
For more information and sponsorship opportunities, please contact Webb Brown at 406-431-9508 or [email protected]
- America's Top States for Business - Montana Ranks 33rd
We weighted the categories based on how frequently each is cited in state economic development marketing materials.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- New Economic Development Director, Jerry Lamb Hired for the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes
“We’re pleased to have Jerry help oversee our numerous economic ventures,” said Chairman James Steele, Jr. “His experience is varied and impressive, and our on-going projects should keep him busy.”
- Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. July 2008 Newsletter
An exciting new tool is now available for MAEDC business partners.
- New 55-acre business and technology park in Kalispell, Montana - Old School Station
A brand new built-to-suit business park in Kalispell, Montana. State-of-the-art infrastructure for your Commercial or High-Tech Business.
- Montana Conservation Deal Was A Diversion
Now it appears that deal was a bit of a smokescreen.
- Montana Angel Investor Network Initiative Takes Wing
“Montana is ripe for this initiative” says Evan Barrett, Chief Development officer for the State. “We have more and more high net worth individuals willing to invest locally and we are seeing an ever increasing growth in entrepreneurial activity in bio science, energy and information technology.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Time to dig into economic gardening
“Economic gardening,” has been very successful in other communities.
Incubators and R&D
- Get customers to sell for you
Get customers to sell for you More entrepreneurs are embracing a simple metric that measures referrals - and helps boost profits.
- NIST is seeking proposals for high-risk research projects to develop innovative technologies for inspecting, monitoring and evaluating critical components of the nation’s roadways, bridges, and drinking and wastewater systems.
Rick Ritter, over at TechConnect sent this to me. Do you have a great idea that could become a successful business?
- Venture capitalists say startup community is in crisis
No venture-backed company went public in the second quarter — the first time in three decades that’s happened.
Montana Education Excellence
- Making a Match. How PNNL puts together maturing technologies and venture capital
Our commercialization office uses a three-step approach for moving technology from the laboratory to industry.
- Economic Affairs Subcommittee Technology Discussion, 7/17, Montana State University, Bozeman
This will be an informative review of the excellent ongoing research and development underway at MSU. Please try to attend.
- Greater Yellowstone Parks debut Virtual Research Learning Center
Scholars from eight to eighty now have a new way to access the latest research about four national park sites in Montana and Wyoming.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Gov. Schweitzer skeptical on Montana colleges’ goal
The governor also told the board when it comes to money, they will have to do more with less.
- Teachers' attitude toward math shapes elementary students' learning curve
Elementary teachers' personal attitudes toward mathematics appear to influence their students' number skills even more than their formal classroom training, according to a nationwide review by the National Council on Teacher Quality.
- Bursting with creativity - Classes teach children to use their imaginations through science
Camp Invention features five “modules” or short classes concentrating on different skills. The overriding goals are learning to work together, to design and test ideas, and to soak up a substantial amount of math and science in the process.
- Toyota USA Foundation Awards $312,176 To Support MSU Math And Science Initiative
The program is designed to enhance teaching of K-12 math and science in and around Montana's Native American communities.
- Better Business Bureau - June Naming Names, 2008
Naming Names is not about revenge or vindictiveness, it is about accountability.
Utah Economic Development
- Call for nominations in expanded Idaho innovation awards program
“What we’re looking for are innovative companies, people and ideas that have the ability to make a difference in an industry or a market segment that’s really kind of game-changing…
Washington State Business
- With Support from Utah Fund of Funds, AlloCure Inc. Closes $14.5 Million Series A Financing Round
“We are delighted that we were able to play a part in enabling this promising Utah growth company to obtain world-class financing in a round led by a Utah Fund of Funds portfolio firm,” said Jeremy Neilson, managing director of the Utah Fund of Funds. “This deal is great news for Allocure, and for Utah’s entrepreneurial economy.”
- Washington Technology Center Awards $512,269 in Research Funding
"Washington's culture of innovation is world renowned," said Washington Governor Chris Gregoire in support of this year's award winners. "And these companies are exploring bold new innovations that will help take our state another step into the future. Congratulations to each of you."
- Report: Not enough graduating with science, math degrees
"This is on the top three CEO agendas of every company I know."
Connectivity & Communications
- Chrysler's In-Car Web Access Shifts Mobile Into Gear
GPS systems that are enhanced with Internet connectivity could provide services like real-time point-of-interest updating, and even offer things like current coupons that could be sent to your cell phone automatically via Bluetooth.
- Telemedicine connects Montana doctors, patients
“Technology is working for us — (EMTN) is convenient,” Hesse said. “Patients don’t have to travel to Billings — and who wants to travel when they aren’t feeling well.”
- Missoula considers hiring energy-conscious official
In Fayetteville, Ark., adding such a position a year and a half ago did wonders for the bottom line.
- NorthWestern electric rates tops in region
An analysis by Lee Newspapers shows that is 20 percent higher than the region's second-highest major-utility rate.
- Carly the Avatar Greets Visitors to San Carlos City Hall
Why not take a hosted Web-site avatar, and put it on a public access computer at reception?
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Group seeks federal funds for ‘green' building in Missoula, Montana
“A project like this will create dozens of jobs, and they are jobs that could possibly go to low- and moderate-income folks.”
- It Takes a School, Not Missiles - Greg Mortenson and the Central Asia Institute of Bozeman
So a lone Montanan staying at the cheapest guest houses has done more to advance U.S. interests in the region than the entire military and foreign policy apparatus of the Bush administration.
Experience Tourism Cluster
- Interactive Helena arts Web site in the works
The Web site is "tangentially related" to the consultant's work that branded Helena "The West's Learning Center for the Arts."
- BID incubator nurtures entrepreneurs in Great Falls, Montana
"This community really is full of resources that a lot of people don't know about."
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