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“Looking back at the last couple of months, what’s the message from the University System? ’Dear Student, we are going to raise your expenses, fire modestly paid frontline employees and create and fund new administrative positions’?” Buchanan said. “That is the wrong message, but unfortunately it is exactly what we are saying and reiterates the need to talk systemic reform.“ Regent Todd Buchanan "An Academic Disconnect at the Montana University System Board of Regents" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Sorry for the delay in the newsletter today but I'm enjoying some time in Glacier Park with Angel investors from CA at The Glacier Raft Company http://www.matr.net/cl ... om%2F . Great river ride today, (thanks to the guide in our boat - Graham, for getting the 6x6 elk to swim across the river right in front of us) and wonderful cabins. Hope we can encourage these investors to get interested in Montana startups. I'm sure the scenery and facilities here don't hurt...
2009 Montana Legislature
Highway 12 Ventures
- Montana Chamber Releases Legislative Scorecard
Shows “Business Scores” for all Legislators and the Governor
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- The “Heart” Of The Matter - SynCardia
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., claiming more lives than all forms of cancer combined.
Montana Community Finance Corporation
- BEAR (Business Expansion and Retention) Builds Montana's Economy One Business at a Time
The Montana Bear Program is a partnership with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, Montana Department of Commerce, Montana Department of Labor, ExecutivePulse and is an active group associated with MEDA.
Come Home Montana
- Changes to SBA 504 loan program allow businesses to refinance existing debt
Small businesses seeking to expand will be able to refinance existing loans used to purchase real estate and other fixed assets as a result of permanent changes to the 504 loan program, the U.S. Small Business Administration announced today.
- Vann's currently accepting applications for Web Designer in Missoula
In this critical role you will be responsible for the architecture, design and implementation of leading technologies for web site and page design.
- Bringing Technology to the Flathead Valley of Montana, One Entrepreneur at a Time - Montana West Economic Development ("Outside the Box Inside the Valley")
Brown said the valley lacks a high-density population of skilled members of the technology community, but he believes in the adage: If you build it, they will come. If a technology company starts up in the valley, Brown said, it usually is able to bring in the expertise it desires. With good wages, the valley isn’t a tough sell. “Let’s put it this way: I’ve never had any problem recruiting technology people here.”
- Oil & Vinegar: Exotic tastes - Missoula specialty shop to become hub for Northwestern expansion of international company
“Missoula is an untapped hot spot for companies like us that have a unique product and where our product is not available except through the store,” said Matt Stermer, CEO of the company's American franchises. “Missoula gets great tourism traffic. It's a college town, which also attracts its own kind of tourism, and the consumer demographics include a lot of people who like to cook and are adventurous.
Montana Economic Development
- Sidney, Montana City Council leaders receive Small Business Community of the Year award
Sidney City Council members were presented the Small Business Community of the Year award June 15 from the Small Business Administration.
- Diamond Bar T Designs LLC - Innovative travel bags work the cowboy way. Billings businessman's luggage a hit with western enthusiasts
Diamond Bar T Designs LLC, specializes in versatile, high-quality leather travel cases.
- Dr. Joe Michels, former Dean of the Business College at Montana State University – Billings Becomes Business Consultant. Solomon Bruce Consulting, L. L. C.
Drawing upon his own expertise, as well as that of other retired professionals who have extensive experience in business, industry, government and academia, Solomon Bruce Consulting, offers clients solutions to problems that may be hindering the growth and expansion of their businesses.
- Sustainable Oils updates Montana Governor Schweitzer on camelina-based biodiesel
The company is working to develop fuel to be used in aircraft.
- Bresnan looks to expand to wideband
Called Docsis 3.0, the technology allows speeds of up to 100 mbps — which can allow a user to download the entire set of Britannica Encyclopedias, with 18,000 color photos, in six minutes.
- Carbonics Taps Dr. Paul Miller for CEO - First action is planned acquisition of Sustainable Systems
Carbonics’ first project involves its planned acquisition of the Sustainable Systems oilseed crush facility in Culbertson, Montana from GreenShift Corporation (OTCBB: GERS), and the restructuring and repositioning of this facility as a strategic location for the processing of carbon-neutral second generation feedstocks for biofuel applications.
Business Plan Forums
- Stimulus session targets Montana wood products companies
The funds, which are available to both large companies and mom-and-pop operations, are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
- Tourism grant program good fit for southwest Montana
The minimum grant amount is $20,000, and the maximum is the whole pot. The deadline to apply is Aug. 3, and the required match is half the grant amount requested — in hard dollars only, not in-kind contributions.
- Montana Department of Commerce Film Office Unveils New Incentive Package
"Montana is offering filmmakers something other states don't - a solid cash incentive, backed up with a host of extra incentives that save productions significant money and make film shoots more enjoyable," said Governor Schweitzer.
- Governor Schweitzer unveils website for Montana stimulus funds, projects
The Governor says his office is working to make the state as transparent as possible when it comes to using federal stimulus funds
Funding and Building your Business
- Idaho teams compete in Pacific NW Clean Tech Open
Five teams from Idaho are among the 56 entrants in the first-ever Pacific Northwest regional Clean Tech Open, where ideas for viable clean tech businesses will vie for $150,000 in cash and professional services.
Montana Education Excellence
- Google Service Helps Businesses With Data Mining
Now local businesses, even those without Web sites, can monitor customers' online behavior, too.
- Businesses use Twitter to communicate with customers
When a Stanley Cup broadcast suddenly went black in late April, many Comcast subscribers simply scooted to Twitter to find out why.
- Educator lauds Wyoming funding system
"There are a lot of great things going on in Wyoming schools, largely because of the resources we have available to us," Monteith told members of the Montana Rural Education Association on Tuesday morning at the organization's conference in Billings.
- Quick Survey Request: Help Advance Montana's Two-Year College Agenda
If you would take just 10-15 minutes between now and July 8 to complete the survey, I’ll compile the results in the latter part of July and share them with you and others.
- University of Montana College of Technology Offers Summer Work Force Development Courses
The University of Montana College of Technology in Missoula will offer summer work force development courses in heavy equipment operation and diesel service and maintenance beginning in July.
- University of Montana Foundation - "Raising Montana" - Premier Issue: Summer 2009 -- Welcome
As you read the newsletter, we hope you will take a moment to share with us your impressions. We want to make every effort to ensure that the stories and information we deliver create an increased awareness and understanding of The University of Montana Foundation.
- Private and public sectors must collaborate to build Idaho's economy
Idaho needs to defend and reinforce its market share in Canada. A good starting point is for Idaho elected officials and business leaders to discuss and better understand issues that transcend international boundaries.
Oregon Economic Development
- Portland advertising awards taunt other cities
"Our city is better than your city."
- Software company wins venture backing, moves to Portland, Oregon
Reductive Labs' technology is designed to help manage large computer networks.
Utah Economic Development
- Utah 'Angel' investor, Scott Frazier, honored as Angel Investor of the Year for helping entrepreneurs
Scott Frazier was honored Tuesday as the inaugural Angel Investor of the Year by his peers during a ceremony
- Utah called second-best pro-business state
"The effort to make America more business friendly must come from all levels of government. America must be an integral part of global business if it is to remain a superpower, but we have done a terrible job of integrating ourselves into the 21st century marketplace," he said. "There are, however, states that serve as a model for the rest of the country."
- Here's what schools accountability looks like
It's time to put some teeth into one of education's over-used buzzwords. What's need are proper testing and real consequences for failure.
- Montana Senator Max Baucus Grabs Pacesetter Role on Health Bill
Mr. Baucus, in an interview, said he had been preparing for this role since he was elected to the Senate in 1978, and viewed this as his moment — and Montana’s — to make history.
- California dropping off the list of states that companies are willing to consider for manufacturing jobs.
"Everyone says the regulatory burden in California is too much," said Gino DiCaro, spokesman for the Manufacturers Association. "Over time, we're dropping off the list of states that companies are willing to consider."
- California will issue IOUs starting next week
“Unfortunately, the state’s inability to balance its checkbook will now mean short-changing taxpayers, local governments and small businesses.”
Energy and Climate Change
- EIGHT New Community-Friendly Grant Opportunities
- SIX Additional New Community-Friendly Grant Opportunities
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Chasing the Sun
The federal government is about to spend billions of dollars on renewable energy. In Part II of our series on the federal stimulus bill, we look at the impact the spending will have on the future of solar power.
- Repairing the Stroke-Damaged Brain
A simple, inexpensive device that delivers electrical current to the brain noninvasively could help stroke patients recover lost motor ability.
- New Drug Kills Cancer with Few Side Effects
A personalized therapy targets the molecular mechanism behind a specific kind of tumor.
- Just Another Online Fad--or the Biggest Revolution Since the Internet?
A survey of corporate software buyers by the 451 Group showed the use of public cloud computing increasing by more than 60 percent in the last quarter of 2008 over the previous two quarters, and International Data Corporation has predicted that business IT spending on cloud services will rise from $16 billion last year to $42 billion by 2012, setting up cloud computing as one of the few areas of growth in an otherwise gloomy economy.
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