|MATR Newsletter - Fri Oct 16, 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
Has your community taken advantage of this program? "Economic Development Tool Made Available to Montana Communities. The Montana BEAR project" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Recovery Act Helps Boost Small Business Lending in Montana
“The Recovery Act has had a real impact in Montana. Since the beginning of March, the average weekly loan volume in Montana has risen from just over $1.0 million a week to nearly $1.9 million per week."
- SBA Launches New Online Training Course: Winning Federal Contracts - A Guide for Women Entrepreneurs
"This online training course makes critical information and training available to an even wider array of women entrepreneurs and small business owners," said Ana Harvey, assistant administrator for SBA's Office of Women's Business Ownership. "SBA wants to help ensure they have the tools and resources they need to compete for and win federal contracts."
Idaho National Laboratory
- New Dorsey Update: Patent Office Director Rescinds Rule Changes; Signals New Direction
The Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, David Kappos, has issued a new rule rescinding widespread rule changes proposed earlier by the Office restricting the number of continuation applications, requests for continued applications, and claims that a patent owner could pursue.
- Utah State University and the Idaho National Laboratory team up on energy research
The other component will be investigating "hybrid energy systems" that combine traditional energy with renewables such as solar and wind.
- Idaho National Laboratory's Center for Advanced Energy Studies tests new wind energy system
"One of the reasons we chose Blackhawk is that it invites involvement from students and faculty," said Raymond Grosshans, program coordinator at CAES. "And it supports economic development in Idaho."
Highway 12 Ventures
- Blueprint For Incubator Fundraising, 10/21, TechRanch, Bozeman, Montana
Presenter Chuck Stein, of Strategic Development Services has raised more than $25 million for incubation programs. He will describe the five common denominators of successful fundraising campaigns and explain how to apply them in your circumstances. Secure your program’s future by learning proven techniques for raising money to build, expand or operate various incubation projects.
- The True Value of Failing Fast
Over the past several years we have adopted and added some structure to the model of pushing entrepreneurs to 'fail fast'.
- Charging Entrepreneurs to Present to Angels
Is an entrepreneur who is unable to weigh the cost/benefit of an angel presentation capable of weighing any of the other myriad opportunities in his venture?
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Don’t Let The Bastards Grind You Down
After literally thousands of meetings with entrepreneurs in my career, one of the lessons I’ve learned is giving an entrepreneur a quick “no” is much more beneficial to someone than stringing them along.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Lights, camera, education - MAPS Media Institute’s new after school program in Ravalli County, Montana
“It’s all state of the art,” Rosten said. “In the past we were always scrambling for gear. This year, with the support of the 21st Century grant and some other foundations, were able to start with state of the art equipment. And that will make a big difference in the experience of our students.”
Come Home Montana
- Economic Development Tool Made Available to Montana Communities. The Montana BEAR project
“Small businesses are the backbone of Montana’s economy,” said Governor Brian Schweitzer. “I’m proud to be able to offer this development tool to help our communities prosper.”
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana's Teton Pass Ski Area seeks new owners
Teton Pass is a small day-use area on the Rocky Mountain Front that has 26 runs and two chairlifts. The area includes a day lodge, restaurant, ski school and rental shop. It also includes a three-phase development plan previously approved by the U.S. Forest Service, under which the owners could expand the intermediate and expert terrain.
- Montana Career Opportunity - NET/COMP SYSTEMS ADMINISTRATOR II - Montana State University
WTI is a research department in the College of Engineering and thus has large amounts of critical data and equipment that must be functional 24/7.
- Montana Peace Prize goes to Greg "Three Cups of Tea" Mortenson. President Obama should give Nobel money to his organization.
Thanks to Mortenson, children throughout the world are aware that there are children in Central Asia who don't have pencils and paper to write with, let alone a school building. In fact, Missoula's children have been among the many Montanans who scraped together their pennies to help raise money for the institute.
- ‘Leadership makes communities’ - Economic expert talks business development for the Flathead
The most important thing communities need is good leadership, Garner added. All the communities his company has successfully aided had that factor in common.
Montana Economic Development
- Six Tips on How to Spot a Winning Biotech, From Dendreon Co-Founder Chris Henney
“I want to de-mythologize the scariness.”
- Bioscience venture capitalists to open offices
The Kansas Bioscience Authority said Thursday that it will invest $50 million in newly formed Kansas-based bioscience companies.
- Wisconsin tax credits lure U of Minnesota start-ups to cross state lines
Wisconsin has become the regional biotech equivalent of traditional high-tech powerhouses like Boston, Silicon Valley, and Research Triangle Park, thanks to strong political support, an influx of investor capital, and a formidable university TT program.
Regional Economic Development
- Public Hearing To Discuss MDT's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Goal Methodology, 10/28, Helena, Montana
The purpose of the hearing is to inform the public of the methodology MDT applies to set the DBE goals.
- Montana Board of Research & Commercialization Technology Awards $2.7 Million for Biotechnology, Aerospace, Clean Coal & Renewable Resources, Production Agriculture, & Laser Optics Projects
"Research is a key component of economic development," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "To increase Montana's participation in the global economy, it is important that we continue to support projects with a high potential for commercialization across all business sectors."
- Montana Cooperative Development Center Receives $200,000 USDA Grant
The grant money will go to help the center create cooperatives in small communities.
Funding and Building your Business
- Speak Your Piece: Rural Economies Must Change or Die
The New Economy will be more diversified and faster moving; they will focus on early stage products, rather than mature ones. (In a sense, there was will be many New Economies, not just one.) It will focus growing and recruiting businesses that “spin-out” entrepreneurs, rather than consuming minimum wage workers.
- Economic Development or Poaching Business?
States across the US are stepping up their efforts to attract business from outside their borders. The California-Nevada rivalry heats up.
Montana Education Excellence
- The Most Important Things in Life Are Free
If you’re in a content or online service business, you’re well aware of the pressure to lower your prices to free. The key point is that what customers are willing to buy is far more important than what you’re willing to sell.
- Jim Markel of Red Oxx touts benefits of small-business expo-type events
"You can get a lot of great information and the networking opportunities are great," Markel said. "In fact, I was at an event like this a few years ago and met a guy from UPS, told him about a problem I was having and it was fixed the next week."
Washington State Business
- Teachers Invited To Free Montana State University Resource Fair And NASA Workshop 10/28, Bozeman, Montana
Teachers can pick up free lesson plans and classroom materials at a free resource fair at MSU on Oct. 28.
- Waded Cruzado-Salas to be Montana State University's next president.
"I am honored to be the next president of such a superb institution," Cruzado said. "MSU is deeply dedicated to its students and to the state. I look forward to continuing its tradition of excellence."
- University of Montana launches climate change degree program
If we all think it's hard to understand health care legislation, wait until climate change really hits Congress.
- Lee Hood’s New Company, Integrated Diagnostics, Snags $30M to Spot Cancer and Alzheimer’s in Early Days
It will make it possible for doctors to diagnose diseases much earlier; it will open the door to more individually tailored therapies that will have much greater odds of success; and it will allow doctors to follow up with patients to see if treatments they prescribe are really working at the molecular level, Hood says.
Connectivity & Communications
- STEMapalooza sews seeds for math, science careers
The free, two-day event opens students' eyes to fields of work
Energy and Climate Change
- Applause For Finland: First Country To Make Broadband Access A Legal Right
Starting July 2010, every person in Finland will have the right to a one-megabit broadband connection as an intermediate step, says the Ministry of Transport and Communications. By the end of 2015, the legal right will be extended to an impressive 100 Mb broadband connection for everyone.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Innovative Partnership to Develop Community Based Biomass Power in Montana
NorthWestern Energy and the Montana Community Development Corporation (MCDC) are partnering with eight Montana sawmills and public and private landowners to help develop community-based biomass power in Montana. The partnership will create a coordinated business plan to enable the production of wood-fueled power in the state.
- the SMART GRID: an introduction.
How a smarter grid works as an enabling engine for our economy, our environment and our future.
- Amazon Fresh: Will the grocery delivery service go national?
By doing so, Amazon would position itself to grab a piece of the multibillion-dollar U.S. grocery industry.
To subscribe or unsubscribe from the free weekly MATR newsletter, please visit our list info page