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“The landscape is changing fast. The hunters who’ve always been the backbone of the Elk Foundation are declining,” Decker said. “A growing population and increasing demands on open space mean our organization needs to work at a feverish pace, and I worry about getting it all done before it’s too late.” Charlie Decker - Founding Member, Rocky Mountain Elk Foundation http://matr.net/articl ... .html
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- PrintingForLess Newsletter - September 2009
In this month's newsletter, we're pulling back the curtain on confusing printing lingo to help you communicate more effectively with your printer and get the results you really want.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Montana Energy Corps - The National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT)
"This will allow Montanans to get hands-on experience in "green collar" service by promoting and implementing solutions for sustainable energy consumption."
- US Secretary of Commerce Announces New Office of Entrepreneurship and Innovation
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke says the new office "will be geared toward the first step in the business cycle: moving an idea from somebody's imagination or from a research lab into a business plan."
- Missoula online game business surprises teen creators with payday. "Infinity Forever"
The game has been played more than 40,000 times since its release last week.
- The Global Leader of the Future
I find this to be a fascinating list, because this is not at all what I heard just five years ago. Until very recently the major skills most companies focused on in their leaders were things like vision, strategic thinking, decisiveness, execution, drive, and accountability for results. And while these things still remain important, it is obvious that the pendulum has swung from a focus almost purely on maximizing ROI to highly ethical behavior that still delivers the numbers.
Montana Economic Development
- Red Ants Pants of White Sulpher Springs, Montana made for gals who buck bales, clear trails
Red Ants Pants are tailored with a lower rise in the front, and higher in the back, eliminating the problem of indecent exposure when you're bent over.
- Giddy-Up's new waterfall in downtown Anaconda soothes neighbors and attracts visitors to town
"(This award) is a highlight of my life," Thompson said. "I've worked very hard to get my business where it is." Since the store was built five years ago, the family has always wanted to do something with its front, Thompson said. The waterfall was built big, not just to benefit the store and its customers, but for the town as well. "We wanted to do this project to better the community."
- Home / News / Montana & Regional ‘Sustainable’ and ‘green’ – more than just nice words to Missoula builders, businesses
"It's a journey, not an end goal," she said, "and it's all about sustaining our future for future generations, and that concern isn't going to fade."
- Montana gets a C on financial security
At a time when the national housing market is in jeopardy, Montana is a national leader in housing and homeownership, earning an A and ranking third in housing cost burden of renters, fourth in foreclosures and seventh in high-cost mortgage loans. But while Montana ranks first in both small business and microenterprise ownership, as well as business creation, it ranks poorly in minority and women business ownership, coming in 45th and 50th, respectively.
- Statewide expo shows Montana entrepreneurs how to 'invest for success' - 10/13-14, Great Falls
"It will be the same type of format, but we've expanded our presentations and breakout sessions," Engum said. "We have tried to cover every topic we get questions about, from equity investment to improving retail displays to marketing, branding and media placement.
- 15 Polson, Montana businesses collaborate and call Treasure State Mercantile home
Treasure State Mercantile evolved as summer arrived - along with the tourists who flock to Flathead Lake - and the building was still sitting empty. And boy, did it evolve quickly.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Governor Schweitzer Makes New Appointments to the Montana Economic Development Advisory Council
The Economic Development Advisory Council provides direction and oversight to the Governor and the Montana Department of Commerce (DOC).
- Butte, Montana's economy gets a high tech boost
Every time scientists and engineers light off a rocket in Butte's rocket test facility, it fires up the local economy to the tune of several hundred thousand dollars.
- Missoula Events center should be built in I-90 corridor, consultants say
The feasibility study was the first of a two-part project, and the steering committee used Monday's presentation to gauge interest in proceeding to the next phase. Cost, funding options, and ownership and management issues will be front and center then.
Funding and Building your Business
- $200 mil sought for Ariz. startups - 'Fund of funds' to back small high-tech firms
About 40 other states have similar funds, and 27 of those have dedicated funding sources, such as appropriations from state government or specific taxes, Hecker said.
Incubators and R&D
- Three Best Ways to Make a Viral Video
With a little creativity, it's possible to raise brand awareness about your business through a fast-spreading digital message.
- Top Small Workplaces 2009
In a difficult economic year, these companies managed to keep their employees a priority
- Seven famous founders share money mistakes, smart moves
"I thought that I knew more than anybody else," he says. "I thought I was the main attraction, and I wasn't listening to other people."
Montana Education Excellence
- Casper, Wyoming incubator holds promise
Most start-up businesses need support services in order to succeed. Some studies indicate that eight out of 10 new businesses fail. The incubator's goal will be to reverse those numbers and see 80 percent of the companies succeed.
- Leath sees Montana State University as economic engine for state
If he became president of MSU, Leath said his vision would be to make the Bozeman campus one of the nation’s best values in education, a place where students could graduate with little debt, and a university that generated high-tech jobs that would benefit the entire state.
- University of Montana Forum
UM Makes Top Colleges List
- NY universities fail to harness research for jobs
New York's universities and teaching hospitals have underfunded engineering and failed to encourage professors or students to become entrepreneurs.
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho Governor Governor orders funding holdbacks
"Clearly, we need to do more. We must explore significant restructuring and find further budget savings."
- Top innovators honored at Stoel Rives Idaho Innovation Awards
This year’s winners were IVUS Energy Innovations; the Idaho National Laboratory; Balihoo; Mark Rivers, of Brix and Company; and Ron Nilson, president and CEO of mining and construction support company Ground Force Manufacturing.
Washington State Business
- South Korean solar cell manufacturing company to buy Eugene, Oregon Hynix plant, hire 1,000
Uni-Chem representatives met with Oregon officials this week at a solar conference in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss potential subsidies, Little said. SolarWorld and other green companies have received tax credits and other government support.
- Appature Looks to Land Venture Funding, Go Big in Healthcare Marketing Software
The startup is known for its marketing software, which helps companies in the broader healthcare industry do things like deliver targeted and personalized marketing campaigns (and measure their effectiveness in real time), track marketing activity and the performance of their corporate and community websites, and learn more about their customers via sophisticated business intelligence and analytics tools.
Energy and Climate Change
- Eight Smart City Innovations
This series of infographics and posts from Good looks at innovations within a variety of world cities that improve city organization and operation -- from traffic to energy production to water conservation.
- NINE new grant opportunities
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Clean-energy jobs touch off bidding wars between states
Arizona hopes to improve its odds in what's become a pitched battle among states to nab renewable-energy companies, including those in the solar, wind and biomass sectors. Come January, Arizona will have $350 million in new incentives at its disposal to woo renewable-energy firms.
- West sees alternative-energy scramble
Scores of projects -- some speculative, others well-funded and a few quirky -- have surfaced with energy companies eager to take advantage of loan guarantees and tax breaks being promoted by President Barack Obama:
- LookingGlass lets marketers monitor, use social media
"What we're trying to do is to make social media actionable for businesses."
- A Burst of Technology, Helping the Blind to See
Scientists involved in the project, the artificial retina, say they have plans to develop the technology to allow people to read, write and recognize faces.
- E-Records Get a Big Endorsement
The nation’s drive toward computerized medical records is getting a push from big hospitals, which hope not only to improve patient care but to gain an edge on competitors.
- Dell Latitude Z Hands On: Kills Cords Completely With Wireless Charging
Someone at Dell must have tripped over some wires and after cleaning up the bloody gash came up with the $2,000 anti-cord Latitude Z: It has wireless charging and wirelessly connects to displays too.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Online services let cities bypass the mailbox to save money
If the experiment catches on with even a fraction of the population, San Francisco could save a chunk of the $3 million it spent last fiscal year on postage and associated labor costs.
- 'An Explosion of Creativity' in Grand Rapids
The ArtPrize competition in Grand Rapids, Michigan resulted in 1,262 artists temporarily installing their pieces in 159 venues around downtown. The public picks the winner.
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