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Globalization Partners International
- The Characteristics of Good Entrepreneurs
Have you got what it takes?
MATR Roundtable Gatherings
- Globalization Partners International (GPI) launches New Global Search Engine (Glearch) giving users 3x the search: by language, by country, and by search engine!
“Glearch stands for "Global Search" and is a tool for anyone who would like to perform searches by specific countries and languages,” says Yasser Ahmed, Web Development Lead, GPI, “Glearch selects the top results from Google, Yahoo and MSN as well as the most popular search engines for a selected country and returns results.”
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- MATR Roundtable - "Making Money Online" with Jesse Lakes, 5/8, Missoula
Are you maximizing the revenue potential of your website? While it's marketing your goods and services, is it also giving you a check or checks each month?
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Blackfoot Sends Two Montana Students, Ashley Holmes of Seeley Lake and Justin Ailport of Drummond, to Washington, D.C.
"We hope that by providing our youth with telecommunications services comparable to those found in urban areas, as well as exposing them to cultural and educational opportunities, such as the FRS Youth Tour, our youth will be able to remain in their rural communities while bringing a national understanding and perspective to their work," said Joan Mandeville, CEO of Blackfoot Telecommunications Group.
- Google Class Action Settlement: Are you in or are you out?
If you are a copyright owner, author or publisher, there’s a very good chance your rights may be affected by the proposed settlement agreement in the class action lawsuit against Google.
Highway 12 Ventures
- PrintingForLess Newsletter March 2009
Do you want to grow your customer base? Increase visibility? Sell more products and services? By setting measurable social networking goals, you can determine success or failure.
- PrintingForLess Newsletter - April 2009
Now might be the perfect time to do a little spring cleaning by dusting off your old business ideas to see if they still shine.
Come Home Idaho
- M&A opportunities in an economic downturn
Get ready. I think in the next six to twelve months we could see M&A activity really start to pick up. What do you think?
- La Signification De Vie
“Every person you meet in life has a present for you. Your job is to unwrap it and find out what that present is.”
Come Home Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Adversiting Account Executive - NewWest.net
New West.Net is currently seeking an Advertising Account Executive to work in the Boise market area.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Network & Systems Admin -Modwest
This position is responsible for monitoring, maintaining, and improving our network infrastructure and attached systems.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Multiple Positions - Headwaters Economic Development Team
Headwaters RC & D Economic Development District is creating a new Economic Development Team to serve Southwest Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Webmaster - NewWest.Net
NewWest.Net is in the market for a Webmaster, full-time or part-time.
- Teach Montana Educators' Fair planned for May 1 at MSU
Teachers looking for jobs in Montana are invited to attend the Teach Montana Educators' Fair Friday, May 1, at Montana State University in Bozeman.
- The $10 Business for a Lifetime of Entrepreneurial Learning!
The $10 Business, developed by Dr. Craig Armstrong of the University of Alabama, is an experiential learning exercise that requires students to start their own business using $10 or less.
- Entrepreneurs Overlooked in Recovery Plans
As most recently spelled out in The Economist , one of America’s most potent advantages – even in the current economic crisis – lies in its entrepreneurialism.
- Grade-School Entrepreneurs
"It's a beautiful thing when you have a child who understands entrepreneurship and markets," says Steve J. Mariotti, founder of the National Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship, a nonprofit organization that aims to educate kids from low-income communities. "They should be recognized and congratulated."
- Your Greater-Than-Yourself Project - Help develop the next generation of leaders
The greatest, most successful and well-respected leaders understand that the true measure of their greatness as leaders is their ability to develop leaders who go on to surpass them — who rise to a level greater than themselves in skill, influence and ability.
Montana Economic Development
- New Fort Peck Energy Company Created in Indian Country
“Energy investment capital and expertise together with the abundance of our natural resources have the potential to create long-term financial sovereignty for the Tribes while providing a great investment opportunity for NARP and Quantum. Non-tribal residents on and around the Reservation will also benefit from our partnership and the operations of Fort Peck Energy Company.”
- Missoula based Sustainable Systems fails to pay farmers. Missoula’s biodiesel bus system loses its fuel supplier of 10 years
“It’s kind of bad news on Earth Day,” said Nancy Wilson, ASUM Transportation director.
- Hardin, Montana wants its empty jail to be new Gitmo
The development authority in Hardin, a city of 3,400 people bordering the Crow Indian Reservation, built the $27 million, 460-bed jail two years ago and has been looking for tenants ever since. Its construction loans are in default.
Regional Economic Development
- Invitation for China trade mission
I would like to invite you to join us on our next trade mission to China in March 2010. We had a great experience April 3-11 with 100 from the Flathead and wanted to make the experience available to others around Montana.
- Campaign in Montana Seeks to Establish Healthcare as a Human Right
We broadcast from Montana, where a vibrant movement is seeking to recognize healthcare as a universal human right.
- All Aboard - Thirty years after Amtrak derailed the North Coast Hiawatha, Missoulians organize to get it back on track
“You seem to be vocal, organized, and not very often do you see the relationship with multiple states really champion to the same cause.”
- American Association of Community Colleges, Sustaining Partnerships for Regional Economic Growth
For those who unrelentingly strive for a vibrant and evergrowing local economy.
- Small Town Sustainability: Prospects for Collaboration in a Global Age
Collaborative networks of small towns across the world are coming together to share knowledge and drive innovation, particularly when it comes to sustainable living.
- Creating a National Innovation Framework
Science, technology, and innovation experts in the United States today almost unanimously agree that our country needs to launch a collective national effort to accelerate U.S. technological- and innovation-based growth. The United States stands almost alone in the world without a national innovation framework.
- States Need to Support Innovation and Entrepreneurship
“We are very concerned that we could lose a generation of technology companies because venture funds can’t raise additional capital,” said Jim Jaffe, President/CEO of NASVF. “The results of the survey were very disturbing and show that Congress and the President need to act quickly before hundreds of millions of already invested dollars and high paying quality jobs are lost.”
- The Disproportionate Costs of Resort Developments
All development comes at a cost.
Funding and Building your Business
- 2009 Economic Gardening Conference June 17 - 19, 2009, Fort Sisseton State Park, Lake City, South Dakota
Learn more about Littleton's program of nurturing small businesses rather than offering incentives to attract large businesses.
Incubators and R&D
- Helena, MT author Mike Chaet, Ph.D., pens book that explains small business success. “Loops: The Seven Keys to Small Business Success.”
Chaet, 62, has built a global business as a consultant to health club owners. It was experience with hundreds of these small businesses, Chaet said, that helped him learn what works — and what doesn’t.
- The secret to using Second Life
Slowly, companies are leaving the physical world behind to cut costs, improve communication, and find new ways to collaborate.
- Elevator Pitches at 30 Thousand Feet - Virgin Atlantic Launches PitchTV.
Entrepreneurs pitch their ideas to the world in video format, uploading the videos to Virgin's website, where the online community can view and rate their idea.
- Stay Home and Work
"Make it the norm for everyone to work at home at least one day a week."
- New and Improved
For many small firms, the key to survival is this: Don't just sell the same old product to the same old people
- Free Online Term Sheet Generator
If you are raising venture capital, this is a great tool for you.
- Typical lost or stolen laptop costs companies nearly $50,000, study finds
A typical lost or stolen laptop costs employers $49,246, mostly due to the value of the missing intellectual property or other sensitive data, according to an Intel-commissioned study made public Wednesday.
- Work, workout at the same time - Details Worktools
It allows you to walk at a comfortable speed while typing, talking on the phone or doing other work.
- Musings of a VC in NYC - The Story of Geocities (very insightful into the workings of an investment deal)
I learned a lot from that investment and I thought I'd share some of the lessons with you all this morning.
- The Future Of PR When Every Company Is Now A Media Company...
"It's time. No more quibbling, no more dawdling. In this age of crumbling paradigms, it is time for you to think about how to become a media company.
- A secret look into the iPhone App Review Process: “Farts,” No. “Bunnies+Farts,” Si! ... It’s run by eight-year-olds
Hot on the heels of the Great iPhone Baby-Shaking App Debacle of 2009 we have another example of the crack Apple iPhone App Review Team in action.
- Why Startups Should ALWAYS Compromise When Hiring
Here are several different attributes or “dimensions of awesomeness” you might seek for your startup recruit:
Montana Education Excellence
- Workshop seeks to lure women researchers from industry to academia
The On-Ramps into Academia workshops are funded by a new grant from the National Science Foundation. The program is geared to provide an alternative to the intense competition that exists when hiring talented women faculty to tenure-track positions.
University Business Plan Competitions
- 3rd year of program brings aspiring doctors back to Montana
WWAMI is a partnership between the University of Washington and five northwestern states - Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho - that allows students to complete some of their medical education near home and some in Seattle.
- School ties - Missoula County Public Schools struggles to stop potential pink slips
To meet the budget shortfall, MCPS Business Services Director Pat McHugh says the district needs to secure multiple levies placed on next month’s school board ballot. Just to reach last year’s high school operating budget, for instance, McHugh says a $52,375 levy must pass.
- Washington State University Business Plan Competition Awards $100,000
The two-day event, organized by the Center for Entrepreneurial Studies in the College of Business, took place in Pullman and included more than 130 competitors in four divisions, including two WSU divisions, and high school and non-student divisions.
- Idaho seeks Seattle family to star in reality series
Forget travelogues and brochures. To market itself as a tourist destination, the state of Idaho is making an online reality series -- and it wants a Seattle family to be the star.
- Post Falls, ID firm LCF Enterprises proposes North Idaho Discovery Association (NIDA) Science Center for Youth.
Lorna Finman plans to take her mission of creating a world where young people dream of becoming science heroes to another level. "The whole idea is to give kids opportunities in science and technology."
- Oregon business groups consider tax increases
One of Oregon's major business groups backs some budget-balancing tax measures, including an increase in the corporate minimum tax and a three-year surcharge on corporate income taxes.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Sweetwater County, Wyoming debates impact of wind energy development
The wind energy boom blowing through Sweetwater County will be a gale force soon and could threaten the region's quality of life, a host of speakers said this week.
- Canadian Economic Development Impact Study Underway
Recent economic developments in the Canadian provinces of Alberta and Saskatchewan are generating changes in commercial traffic at border crossings into Montana and along associated north-south highway corridors.
- Public universities predict hefty tuition hikes
Budget-strapped public universities are predicting significant tuition increases at a time when private universities are doing everything to maintain or even lower tuition rates during the recession, experts say.
- Study Cites Dire Economic Impact of Poor Schools - Negative effect greater than current recession.
The lagging performance of American schoolchildren, particularly among poor and minority students, has had a negative economic impact on the country that exceeds that of the current recession.
- Stimulus money puts teachers in layoff limbo - School funding should be top priority in Montana but stimulus money should not be used.
"There is definitely concern that [the stimulus money] will get diffused and diluted by other political pressures within states."
Connectivity & Communications
- Report recommends state science, technology, engineering and math education strategy
“The United States and Wisconsin have been slowly but steadily losing ground to other nations when it comes to producing science, technology, engineering and math graduates,” according to council President Tom Still. “Wisconsin can fight and even reverse that trend by embracing proven ways to engage students, teachers and businesses. A deliberate public-private strategy can help produce a workforce that will make Wisconsin a more competitive, attractive place to build a business.”
Energy and Climate Change
- Government, tech giants team up to protect kids online
The pioneering program will teach youngsters not just to be wary of online predators and bullies but alert to the tricks of data thieves and scam artists.
- Rural Riddle: Do Jobs Follow Broadband Access?
Two Hamlets That Got High-Speed Lines Show Wildly Different Results
- Missoulian's Go Green 2009 Magazine
Environmentally friendly living in western Montana
- Pitney Bowes Business Insight and Earthsense Uncover the Top Ten Green U.S. States
Vermont Ranks as America’s Greenest State; Baby Boomer Women Most Likely to Exhibit Green Behaviors and Buy Green Products
- Bitterroot's Janine Benyus honored by the United Nations for environmental work
Bitterroot resident Janine Benyus was honored by the United Nations on Wednesday in Paris as one of six innovators from around the world who were named as the UN Environment Programme’s (UNEP) 2009 Champions of the Earth.
- Governor Schweitzer provides Earth Week finale at the University of Montana
“We need to produce an energy system and a food system that is sustainable,” Schweitzer said. “It’s not going to be easy.”
- April MTc3 - News for the Nonprofit Sector in Montana
Today was an historic day for the nonprofit community across this country and Montana.
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