|MATR Newsletter - Tue Apr 7, 2009|
This MATR newsletter sponsored by:
Add an event...
MATR Web services provided by:
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page
"It doesn't matter how many times you fail. It doesn't matter how many times you almost get it right. No one is going to know or care about your failures, and neither should you. All you have to do is learn from them and those around you because. All that matters in business is that you get it right once. Then everyone can tell you how lucky you are." -Mark Cuban
Everything you wanted to know about the future of Glacier National Park (and it's turning 100 next year) "April 13th - Glacier Country Montana and City Club Missoula Present Chas Cartwright, Superintendent of Glacier National Park" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
City Club Missoula
- Blackfoot Telecommunications Group Sponsors March Issue of InBusiness Monthly Highlighting The Benefits of Local Business Social Networking.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- April 13th - Glacier Country Montana and City Club Missoula Present Chas Cartwright, Superintendent of Glacier National Park
Building relationships for the benefit of Glacier National Park and its owners, the American people, will be one of the issues park superintendent Chas Cartwright will address at the April 13 meeting of City Club Missoula.
Come Home Montana
- Missoula Children's Theater director Jim Caron honored as Peacemaker of the Year for helping kids discover themselves
Jim Caron and the Missoula Children's Theater “develops self-esteem, leadership and a sense of community” in thousands of children across the world every year.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Butte, Montana is a wealthy community
As Shakespeare asked, rhetorically, long ago: "What is the city but the people?" The people are Butte's richest treasure, as they've always been.
- Opportunity Resources Inc. Announces Search for Executive Director of The C.M. Russell Museum in Great Falls, Montana
Often referred to as a “gem,” this museum has the potential to be a world-class institution.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Highway 12 Ventures Launches Blog
We’ll all be contributing regularly on topics that are relevant to start-ups and entrepreneurs in Idaho and the Intermountain West.
- Idaho: Plant Innovation Seeds Now For Tomorrow’s Growth
If Idaho’s lawmakers want to return to (and stay in) the heyday of higher paying technology jobs, I believe that the best way to get there is through significant investment in math & sciences, from K-12 up through PhD programs at our universities.
- Book Excerpt - "Bootstrap Business: A Step-by-Step Business Survival Guide"
Corporations are bulging with people who truly believe that the company they work for provides them with far more stability than they could ever create in their own business. It is a lie!
- Ravalli Entrepreneurship Center receives grant
The REC, which has been planned for more than a decade, will be an incubator that offers laboratories and office space to promote small start-up technology businesses.
- Entrepreneurship in Ann Arbor, Michigan
People want to live in places like Ann Arbor and Boulder, he says. Many people feel the intensity and quality of life of the Silicon Valley are not healthy, especially when you figure in the cost of living. He, it would seem, thinks Ann Arbor would be a better place to settle down and raise a family. Unfortunately, though, people don’t see it as a viable option because of this perception that nothing is happening business-wise.
Regional Economic Development
- Griffin-Hammis (Florence, Montana) and MNAPSE Will Establish a Minnesota Statewide Disability Employment Training and Technical Assistance Center.
Griffin-Hammis Associates, LLC (GHA), in partnership with the Minnesota Chapter of the Association for Persons in Supported Employment (MNAPSE) to develop and manage a statewide employment training and technical assistance center to support employment of people with disabilities.
- Dreaming Big - Self-taught Anaconda, Montana engineers say companies ready to rise. WaveTrek Marine, Lightning Marine and Duellin Motorcycle Co.
"There is a huge opportunity out there," William said. "This may be the best chance for jobs in Anaconda. This is about creating jobs for this community."
- Inland NW Mentoring connects experience with the thirst for guidance.
Inland NW Mentoring promotes awareness and development of mentoring programs and organizations in the Inland Northwest.
- What's 'broadband'? Billions in stimulus funds (especially in rural states) are at stake
"If we do it right, we can connect a critical segment of the U.S. population to the knowledge economy," he says, referring to the 40 million-plus consumers living in rural and low-income areas who don't have broadband. "If we do it wrong, we'll wind up giving money to companies that don't need it and won't use it efficiently."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Professional References: What Do People Really Say About You?
You may be surprised to learn how often professional references speak ill of the job seekers they purport to represent.
- Bulletproofing Your References in the Hunt for a New Job
Mr. Levine's advice to job seekers: "Seek references from someone besides the boss who fired you."
Funding and Building your Business
- The National Association Of Seed And Venture Funds 16th Annual Conference, 9/14-16, Oklahoma City, OK
Montana Education Excellence
- How 1 Autistic Young Man Runs a Business. Poppin' Joe's Kettle Korn shows how special-needs children can fare as adults
"It's been hard work, from the standpoint of physical work," says Ray Steffy, who is 67. "But a parent with a child like Joe has a choice. You can either kick in and do this kind of thing, or you can sit and fret emotionally with the amount of energy, worrying about what's going to happen to them."
- Credit Woes Hit Entrepreneurs
Last September, Bank of America Corp. cut the $46,000 credit line on his card to $27,200, just a few hundred dollars above his current balance.
- Top 10 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs
Here are the top 10 social networks for entrepreneurs. Each helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the guidance, tools and resources they need to setup their company and gain exposure.
- 'Insider' Entrepreneurs - Become an intrapreneur by developing a new process, product or service within the context of your larger organization. & The Art of Commercialization by Guy Kawasaki
An intrapreneur doesn't quit her job to do her own thing. Instead, she develops a new process, product or service within the context of a larger organization.
- Is There a Future In ‘No-Growth’ Businesses?
Prof. Forrester says companies will need to find ways to keep vital and innovative within the organization without assuming that has to mean big expansion.
- Startup Marketing: Tactical Tips From The Trenches
This list is not intended to be a comprehensive “here all the things you should do”, but more of a “if I were starting a company today, here’s what I would do in the first 10 days…”
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- The Montana Office of Public Instruction receives $5.8MM grant to expand Statewide Data System.
In the future, this system will provide more information to parents and the public regarding school performance and provide for increased transparency.
- University of Montana Alumni to be Honored by Business School for Career Achievements
The honorees will share secrets of their success with business students at the school’s 62nd Annual Donor Recognition and Scholarship Awards Banquet.
- First Interstate president, Lyle R. Knight serves as executive in residence at MSU Billings College of Business
“We’re excited about having Mr. Knight here as our executive in residence this year and his availability for our faculty and students,” Young said. “It’s a tremendous opportunity for everyone.”
- Bullet Tools of Hayden, Idaho, has been named the U.S. Small Business Administration’s 2009 Exporter of the Year for the Northwest region.
The Northwest Exporter of the Year is chosen from export businesses in Washington, Idaho, Oregon and Alaska that excelled in export sales, gross margin and employment growth.
Oregon Economic Development
- Ketchum, Idaho free wireless Internet to end
The system allows laptop computer users in the downtown core to log onto the Internet for free.
Washington State Business
- Oregon in running for Norwegian car plant - Think North America
A Norwegian company considering Oregon for electric-car manufacturing may be eyeing the Portland plant that built Freightliners as a site to employ 900 workers.
- Washington community colleges lack funds for retraining
Amid rising unemployment, community colleges across Washington state are turning away laid-off workers for lack of retraining funds.
Energy and Climate Change
- A 'tsunami' of Boomer teacher retirements is on the horizon
The report by the National Commission on Teaching and America's Future calls for school administrators to take immediate action to lower attrition rates and establish programs that pass along valuable information from teaching veterans to new teachers.
- What's at the Root of a 'Stimulus' for Rural Schools
At schools in Kansas City, I saw indoor pools, multi-lingual classes and even a fencing coach from Russia.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Eastern Idaho seeks to boost use of wind turbines
The Zoning and Planning Commission finished work on a draft ordinance that would allow anyone who wants to erect a turbine to do so, while limiting height, noise, power lines, design and even color.
- Ice-free Arctic possible in 32 years
Summer ice measures suggest that the Arctic may lose most of it ice cap within three decades -- three times faster than projected -- suggest federal scientists.
- More states want solar power to be a new home option.
"It's not just the right thing to do. It makes economic sense."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- The Best Computer Interfaces: Past, Present, and Future
Say goodbye to the mouse and hello to augmented reality, voice recognition, and geospatial tracking.
- Flying Car Coming Soon to a Suburb Near You Terrafugia
Terrafugia's unusual aircraft just made a 30-second test flight as historic as it was brief, proving that flying cars aren't as outlandish as you might think.
- G.M. and Segway Build an EV Only Woz Could Love
General Motors and the people who make the world's coolest scooter have developed a two-wheeled, two-seat electric car that's essentially a big honkin' Segway, which makes us wonder how long it'll be before Woz is playing polo with one.
- Many hands still needed for Butte, Montana's National Folk Festival July 10 to 12. Still needs $350,000
Last year's inaugural festival drew an estimated 75,000 to Uptown over the three-day event, and this second year promises to bring upwards of 120,000 to Butte the weekend of July 10 to 12.
- University of Montana scientists, entrepreneurs take it to the next level at National Hydrogen Conference
Paul Williamson, director of the University of Montana Alternative Energy Technologies, showed off a project that would transport people in individual pods.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page