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If all economists, were laid end to end, they would not reach a conclusion. - George Bernard Shaw (1856 - 1950)
If you're in the Bozeman area tonight, here's an MSU Leadership Institute event that will inspire you: "Bozeman Premiers The Endless Knot on Oct 14 - A Benefit for the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation" http://matr.net/articl ... .html ---
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- “The Importance of Angel Investing in Financing the Growth of Entrepreneurial Ventures”
According to estimates based on the EUSA data, between 2001 and 2003, angels invested an estimated $23 billion per year.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Strategies for Sustainable Small Town and Rural Development
“ We want our future to be our choice and not something that happens to us.” – A small-town resident
Come Home Montana
- Bozeman Premiers The Endless Knot on Oct 14 - A Benefit for the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation. Montana State University Leadership Institute
In October of 1999, Michael Brown accompanied a North Face team of top athletes as they attempted to climb and ski Shishapangma, an 8000 meter peak in the Tibetan Himalaya. Tragedy struck in the form of a massive avalanche that took the life of Bozeman climber Alex Lowe and his companion, David Bridges.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Senior Software Engineer - First Interstate Bank
Provide technical guidance and/or supervision to other staff members, technical advice to management, and consulting support on technical issues within area of responsibility to the corresponding business units.
- Montana Talent - Multi-Talented Mechanical Engineer - Missoula
Objective -- Interesting new endeavor to use accumulated understanding, varied experience and skill in mechanical engineering with opportunity for continued growth.
- Montana Talent - CFO/Strategic Planner - Bozeman
Experienced senior energy executive seeks a position where my extensive experience in accounting, finance, strategic planning and investor relations will enable me to assist a growth oriented firm in moving forward to achieve its long-term goals.
- The Butte, Montana School board using association to search for superintendent and HR/Labor relations director
The board has also been searching for a human resources/labor relations director and opted to use the MTSBA to conduct that search after an initial attempt did not turn up enough applicants.
- Harold (Chairman and CEO of Sterling Financial Corp.) and Priscilla Gilkey break ground for new Executive Education Building at the University of Montana
The new building is “an investment in the future,” he said. Gilkey said he wanted to invest in education so that students could have opportunities that he didn't have.
Regional Economic Development
- Clearfly Communications announces regional expansion throughout the western US.
The States include Washington, Utah, Idaho, Wyoming, Oregon, Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, North Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa.
- Moonlight Basin Ranch CEO denies rumors of bankruptcy
Poole also said he was confident Moonlight would return to normal operations, thanks to funds that were housed in Lehman Brothers being freed up and a partnership coming “in the very near future.”
- Engineering marvels. MSE of Butte, Montana solves big problems
MSE solves big problems, like taking over where the Ph.D.- wielding scientists of a multi- billion dollar company leave off, and turning a small company's big ideas into reality.
- Couldn't be more timely, Small Business Expo set for Thursday, 10/16 in Great Falls
The expo provides businesses in Montana with the opportunity to learn more about how they can expand their market share with international trade and sales to state and federal government agencies, see a showcase of successful agriculture innovation and resources, and gain minority business development resources.
- October Compete Smart Conference Conference Keynote Urged Action, Asked Core Questions
Three simple but core questions for manufacturers and allies set the tone for the sixth biennial Compete Smart manufacturing conference held in Missoula in early October.
Funding and Building your Business
- “Tapping State College Research and Development Spending in Support of State Economic Development,”
As states boost efforts to fund and stimulate research as part of an integrated economic development strategy, they should seek to fully harness the research and innovation capacity of all four-year public colleges and universities.
- 'Green jobs' won't be the answer for every economy
At the moment, this country has 50 states and 50 governors; without methodically checking every governor's recent news releases and proclamations, it is still a reasonable assumption that almost every one of them believes that the "green economy" -- whatever it is -- will generate lots of green jobs and green money for state tax coffers, and that his or her state is the rightful and logical leader of this emerging segment.
Incubators and R&D
- What Will the Crisis Mean for Venture Capital?
Startups get funded in bunches, and in a downturn, the strong survive and the weak get sold for cheap or shuttered.
- Last Call for Bend Venture Conference (BVC). BVC 2008 Starts Thursday 10/16/2008
Early Stage Company Presentations – Five presenting companies vie for an investment fund of at least $100,000.
Montana Education Excellence
- Scientist, Richard Leakey warns: Financial crisis will be 'devastating' to science
"This has spread right across the world and there's quite a lot of science to be supported," Leakey said. "I think it is just devastating.
- University of Montana Scientists, Dan Reisenfeld and Paul Janzen, to Help Map Edge of Solar System
Besides answering questions about the size and shape of the bow shock and “heliosheath” surrounding our planetary system, IBEX also may answer questions about how that region protects us from interstellar cosmic rays.
- Young Montana scientists showcase their research at national competition
The high-level research from student scientists in Great Falls and Sunburst involving cutthroat trout and popcorn has earned them recognition at a national level — and they aren't even in high school yet.
- Team building by Montana Tech Grad - Engineer, Bryan Larson discovers new frontiers with R&D at Stryker
Take a hands-on approach to what you want — or think you want — to do. If you want to be an engineer, go shadow an engineer for a few days. If you want to be an accountant, go get a summer job at an accounting firm, even if it is only delivering the mail. Find out first hand what the careers entail. Ask a lot of questions! If you find something you love, be passionate about it and find a way to get involved and do it. Don't let people/things stand in the way of your dreams, passion can overcome any shortcoming.
- A 50-foot conversation-starter: Montana State University installs wind turbine on campus
The turbine is part of the Montana Wind for Schools program, which will install four similar turbines at schools in Cascade, Fairfield, Livingston and Stanford in the coming weeks. Students will use the turbines in lessons about alternative energy.
- Montana State University architecture students help design school at the top of the world in cooperation with the Alex Lowe Charitable Foundation.
The group is planning to build a school at 13,000 ft. elevation in the Himalayas in one of the most remote locations on earth.
- Ireland Wind Energy Company announces joint venture with AirDynamics of Clarkston, Washington - Gaelectric Northwest
“This is an excellent example of how a joint venture between an experienced international wind farm company, Gaelectric, and a local business can reach critical mass quickly with a quality build-out of projects aimed at delivering a serious sustainable energy footprint in the tri-state area.”
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Micron jobs not easy to replace
While Treasure Valley jobs are limited, there are opportunities elsewhere
South Dakota Economic Development
- Intelligent InSites Receives Venture Capital Funding from Arthur Ventures of Fargo, North Dakota. Former Microsoft Senior Executive Backs Real-Time Location Software Company
"Intelligent InSites is a company with aggressive goals and tremendous potential for growth," said Arthur Ventures Chairman Doug Burgum. "With a product conceived and developed in this region, but with global application, and an ambitious plan to succeed, it was exactly the kind of business we were looking for."
Washington State Business
- South Dakota SBA launches hotline
The hotline is specifically designated for small-businesses and not for people who may have questions regarding their personal finances or mortgages.
- Spokane Regional Convention and Visitors Bureau studies expected to boost efforts
‘We come to work every day, and we work hard. Wouldn’t you really rather be going down the right road?’”
- The Flight to Rural Private Schools
Citing academic rigor and the teaching of moral standards, many rural parents are choosing private schools, even in states without voucher programs.
- Ireland's economy ends long winning run
"The dumbest bet I've ever made was on this Celtic Tiger. Now I can't afford to lose."
Connectivity & Communications
- Friday Funny: Cat Key to Town's Economic Development by more than $10 million
A stray cat born and raised at a Japanese train station has been named its official stationmaster -- and become a tourist attraction that's successfully boosted the local economy by more than $10 million.
- Eleven NEW Community-Friendly Grants
- DigitalBridge Communications Announces Voice over WiMAX
This week, DBC announced BridgeMAXX VOICE, powered by the Alianza platform.
- Kansas To Get WiMax For Rural Areas
While Sprint's effort to roll out a nationwide WiMax network has drawn the most attention, highlighted by the successful launch of its Baltimore pilot deployment last week, some rural WiMax deployments have been up and running for more than a year.
- Free broadband plan clears hurdle
“This is a critical step in moving forward” with free broadband for America.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Tax credit extension gives huge boost to solar industry
"We may not be quite at solar nirvana, but we're going to be getting close."
- Green teams: employees use peer pressure, creative ideas to help the environment
While companies add solar-panel systems on roofs and talk about becoming carbon-neutral, green teams independently promote awareness of what fellow employees can do — at work and at home. They seek to foster, not force, change. In the end, they believe, little things add up to big results.
- Beyond WiFi: Connecting by light. BU system could use a fraction of the power, keep data transmissions private
The BU system could use a fraction of the power of radio systems like WiFi networking. It would also offer greater privacy, because signals from a light-based network won't penetrate walls or doors, as WiFi signals do.
- A Helmet Patch to Measure Blasts
Researchers are developing a cheap, lightweight plastic strip that can be worn on a soldier's helmet to help diagnose brain injury.
- Microscope-On-a-Chip Is One Step Closer to the Tricorder
In the very near future, drawing blood may be obsolete. Instead, implants will be able to image your blood and monitor it constantly.
- Fake YouTube Pages Used To Spread Viruses
Truly alert Internet users can still see the telltale warning signs
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