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"The reason most people never reach their goals is that they don't define them, or ever seriously consider them as believable or achievable. Winners can tell you where they are going, what they plan to do along the way, and who will be sharing the adventure with them." -- Denis Watley
Hope to see you at "City Club Missoula -Glacier National Park: Park Superintendent Chas Cartwright Addresses Current Issues, 4/13, Missoula" http://matr.net/events ... =2732 --- Great opportunity with a great company in a great community: "Montana Career Opportunity - Network & Systems Admin -Modwest" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- Very interesting discussion about Rural Broadband, especially in Montana - What are your thoughts? : "What's 'broadband'? Billions in stimulus funds (especially in rural states) are at stake. Dream Big, Feds, Very Big!" http://matr.net/articl ... .html --- Last day for early registration: "Missoula BarCamp, 04/18, Missoula" http://matr.net/events ... =2705 --- Bet you smile when you read: "Phones in Church..." http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Is your company achieving its maximum potential by using "The Sunflower Model"
This process represents a new way of thinking about your business which can result in more creation and better execution.
Montana World Trade Center
- Bootstrap Montana To Host Entrepreneurial Seminars: Glasgow 5/19, Havre, 5/20
The Bootstrap Montana Seminars will inform business leaders, community members, and individuals interested in entrepreneurship about the philosophy of “bootstrapping,” or building a business with little or no outside investment capital.
2009 Montana Legislature
- MWTC April 8th Newsletter
The 20th Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition is set for May 14 (Missoula)
Highway 12 Ventures
- Montana Legislative panel shifts stimulus ed money
"There is not nearly enough money here to overtake what we are throwing overboard," said Sen. David Wanzenried, D-Missoula. "It just doesn't make any sense."
- Bill Joos Entrepreneur Bootcamp April 13 in Boise, Idaho
If you are an entrepreneur, student, business owner or manager, you will benefit from the training, since the principles covered are applicable to presentations to an investor, bank or customer.
- ‘Say What?!’ - for greater alignment
The more emotional the situation, the more this simple tip seems to help.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Boomtown Institute - Prospering Rural Communities
The keys to rural prosperity?
MSU Leadership Institute
- High School Filmmakers Earn Their Keep in Montana - MAPS: Media Arts in the Public Schools
“To Inspire, Educate, Train and Create Quality Jobs for Montana Youth”
Come Home Montana
- Kal Penn alive, kicking and challenging stereotypes at Montana State Leadership Institute presentation
Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute, one of the sponsors of Penn’s appearance, said he met with about 30 leadership and film students earlier in the day. It was important for students to hear what he had to say about diversity and service, she said, and to know that “you can have a career ... and also serve your country.”
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - Network & Systems Admin -Modwest
This position is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and improving our network infrastructure and attached systems.
- Telecommuting surge taking hold in Utah
Though some bosses still fear the concept, in an era of concerns and policy discussions about dependence on foreign oil and global warming, working at home instead of driving to an office can save a lot of energy and offers other rewards.
- Top ten reasons managers become great
#1 Enjoy helping people grow.
Montana Economic Development
- Florence, Montana start-up, US Omega3 Foods eyes food processing
“We’ll function as an incubator and give them a place to get their product out to market,” Oberlander said, emphasizing that the start-up food business is a tricky endeavor and one he knows well. “We’ll try to help them from falling into the pitfalls that are out there with everything from labeling to nutritional information… it gets pretty technical.”
- Yard sale - Just how much trouble is the Bitterroot Resort in?
Dick King cautions that those residents rooting for Maclay’s resort to run adrift should consider the implications of that land instead turning into hundreds of unplanned McMansions dotting the ranch below Lolo Peak. “How that land will be developed—or not developed—is such a significantly large piece of property,” say King, “that it will have a big influence on our economy and our quality of life.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces New Application Cycle for the Montana Main Street Program
“For three years, the Montana Main Street Program has helped preserve business districts in many Montana communities,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “Much of what Montana’s towns are known for – unique character, colorful history and charm – would be lost without these revitalizations efforts. This program is economic development at its core.”
- Shelby incorporating Montana Main Street strategies, training for continued growth
The Main Street strategy and the bulk of the training focused on the four basic fundamentals: organization, design, promotion, and economic restructuring. Each element of the four-point plan supports the others in creating a four-prong approach in bringing downtown to life.
Montana Education Excellence
- Using Angel Websites On The Internet To Raise Small Amounts of Capital
Small Investors Wanted For Small Companies Who Need Small Amounts Of Capital.
- New Web address endings could be start of turf wars
"Whatever is open to the imagination can be applied for," says Paul Levins, ICANN's vice president of corporate affairs. "It could translate into one of the largest marketing and branding opportunities in history."
- Start-Up Gets Course in Survival - “R.I.P. Good Times”
For start-ups, they said, it would be the survival of the quickest — the quickest to cut costs and get profitable.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University to honor "Father of Biodiversity" Edwin Wilson
Wilson is the third recipient of the MSU Presidential Medal. The first two were renowned primatologist Jane Goodall and Shirin Ebadi, the first Muslim woman to receive the Nobel Peace Prize. Both received their medals in April 2008.
- Craig Barrett, chairman of the Intel Corp. to speak at University of Montana commencement
“We try to find people who are outstanding in their work, who have connections to Montana and who set a good example for our undergraduates,” said UM President George Dennison.
- New education center opens in Darby, Montana
“Place-based education is about connecting kids to their local environments,” she said. “In other words, not only do you learn about the local land and the issues concerning the land and the environment and the animals, but you also learn about the cultural aspects, you learn about the political aspects; So, really, it’s a type of education where you’re connecting youth to their local environments, whatever that might be.”
- ‘Pennies for Peace': Missoula, Montana students raise money for campaign to build schools in central Asia
“It's hard to imagine how much more opportunity we have than the kids in those countries.”
- Students to build Missoula home
MBIA and Missoula Flagship Program, which provides skill-building after-school activities to middle and high school students, developed a partnership with the COT to provide students in building-related education programs with the opportunity to learn their trades.
- Deadline nears for Montana health scholarships from New West Health Services
David Kibbe, the CEO of New West, explained, "When we started the ‘Health Care for Montanans' programs, our state was facing a shortage of health care workers. We continue to face worker shortages. Now in the face of hard economic times, some students may be facing even greater challenges in the pursuit of college degrees. We believe it's vital to help our future workforce finish their education."
Utah Economic Development
- Putting University of Washington Startup Dreams on Hold: Entrepreneur Advises Researchers to Nurture Ideas More
We’ve been writing for months about the renaissance in startup activity at the University of Washington since Linden Rhoads came to campus to run tech transfer.
- State Helps Utah Businesses Obtain Government Contracts
During the first six months of fiscal year 2009, Utah's Procurement Technical Assistance Center helped Utah businesses secure $144 million in government contracts.
- The Power Co. of Wyoming plans huge wind farms creating 1,000 jobs.
The company, a subsidiary of the Denver-based Anschutz Corp., is moving forward with plans to build 1,000 wind turbines near Rawlins. The 325-turbine Sierra Madre project and 675-turbine Chokecherry project are expected to produce between 2,000 and 3,000 megawatts, the company said.
- Playing Nice: Teachers Learn to Help Kids Behave in School
Daily playtimes are a centerpiece of the curriculum used in Ms. Randle's Head Start classroom, "Tools of the Mind" -- which incorporates training in "executive function," or the mental ability to control impulses and focus on new information, into children's routine.
- South Carolina Committee Develops Plan for Higher Ed
Leveraging Higher Education for a Stronger South Carolina outlines more than 100 recommendations distributed among the following four goals: making South Carolina one of the most educated states in the nation; increasing innovation and research; improving workforce training and educational services; and, realizing the state's potential.
- Colleges in 3 States to Set Basics for Degrees
In the first American effort of its kind, universities and colleges in Indiana, Minnesota and Utah are starting pilot projects to make sure that degree programs in their states reflect a consensus about what specific knowledge and skills should be taught.
Connectivity & Communications
- Threat of workers' comp hike stresses Calif. employers
Word of a potential 24.4% increase in premiums came last week from an insurance industry-backed statistical agency that plays a key role in the rate-setting process for workers' compensation insurance premiums.
- Governor offers startups a boost, execs say
“As you know, it is nearly impossible to build a new company – so much has to go right for a long period of time and Mother Market is ruthlessly Darwinian,” he added. “Improving the economic rewards for success can only stimulate the extraordinary risk-taking that is essential.”
- New Australia National Broadband Network Announced
Why can't our country be as bold?
- FCC studies goal of nationwide affordable, fast Internet
"If we're talking about the Internet as infrastructure, the bar (on speed) has to be pretty high."
- Phones in Church...
A man in Topeka, Kansas decided to write a book about churches around the country. He started by flying to San Francisco and started working east from there.
- Ten principles for a Black Swan-proof world
1. What is fragile should break early while it is still small. Nothing should ever become too big to fail. Evolution in economic life helps those with the maximum amount of hidden risks – and hence the most fragile – become the biggest.
- Huge computer worm Conficker stirring to life
The dreaded Conficker computer worm is stirring. Security experts say the worm's authors appear to be trying to build a big moneymaker, but not a cyber weapon of mass destruction as many people feared.
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