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Globalization Partners International
Idaho National Laboratory
- New global search engine , "Glearch", from Globalization Partners International (GPI) wins two Web Awards
"Glearch (Global Search) is a mega-search engine (www.glearch.com) for international business professionals, travelers, translators, students, researchers and anyone else who needs to easily search the web by language, by country, and by search engine," says Yasser Ahmed, Web Development Lead, GPI.
- Internet set for change with non-English addresses
The Internet is set to undergo one of the biggest changes in its four-decade history with the expected approval this week of international domain names — or addresses — that can be written in languages other than English, an official said Monday.
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho National Laboratory increases corporate contribution in response to need
In a tough economic year, Battelle Energy Alliance is increasing its corporate gift to United Way by 10 percent -- to a record $55,000. And across the laboratory, employees continue to respond with compassion and ingenuity to community needs supported by the United Way.
- Montana World Trade Center October 22, 2009 Newsletter
The Montana World Trade Center (MWTC) works to increase international trade through public-private partnerships, business networking, and student education. In the entire state of Montana, and well beyond its borders, there is no other source of information and access to global trade opportunities that is comparable to the Montana World Trade Center.
- Montana World Trade Center - Selling & Sourcing In China - Nelson G. Dong, Dorsey & Whitney LLP, 11/12, Kalispell, Montana
China is world’s fastest growing economies. Montana companies have business opportunities across multiple sectors in China; however, despite large economic gains, China remains a challenging market for companies of all sizes.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Introducing Custom Post-It-Notes from PrintingForLess.com
What a great way to get your logo in front of your customers.
- PrintingForLess.com Sponsors Zahara Family Silent Auction, 11/6, Bozeman, Montana
“Recently, Leo Zahara, a dear friend of ours, passed away unexpectedly,” states Andrew Field, PrintingForLess.com Founder and CEO. “To remember Leo as a dedicated father, co-worker and manager, we are working with the local community to organize a silent auction. All proceeds will be donated to Leo’s two surviving children who, unfortunately, have been left with minimal financial support.”
Come Home Montana
- A Difficult Decision For First Time Founders
I find it puzzling that the vast majority of tech entrepreneurs who come up with brilliant ideas, start companies and then decide after getting them off the ground that they’re the best candidate to run and scale those businesses.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana Talent - John Hill - Senior Manager-Technology and Business Efficiency
I am looking to join/lead a early-stage technical business venture that is at the critical point that requires performance in a variety of areas (organizational management, project management, business development), but is still capital sensitive and can not fully staff in all areas.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- U.S. News and World Report Names Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) of Bozeman, one of America’s ‘best leaders’
His Central Asia Institute now leads a grassroots effort that has built 131 schools, and educates 54,000 students, including 38,000 girls. Educating girls, Mortenson says, improves families’ standard of living and reduces the chances their sons will engage in violence.
- Universities: Incubators of Entrepreneurial Talent
Entrepreneurship education is not only meaningful for business majors.
Montana Economic Development
- Canyon Lake Helicopters launces new tours in Butte, Montana
Canyon Lake Helicopters, based in Victor, Mont., offers short flights priced at $25 per person in a Bell 206 Jet Ranger that seats five over Montana landmarks such as the Anaconda smelter stack.
- Recession and Recovery in Montana
Recession took a chunk out of Montana, but optimistic signs emerge.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Department of Commerce Director to Present over $2.6 Million in Grants to Hi-Line Projects on Two-Day Tour - - Director to visit Fort Benton, Box Elder, Havre, Harlem & Malta -
“The Montana Department of Commerce has a commitment to support economic development projects – of all kinds – across Montana,” said Director Preite. “As a Havre native, it gives me great pride to visit the Hi-Line to see these projects in action. They are helping to retain jobs and put people to work. Many of these projects are the result of the efforts of Paul Tuss and his diligent staff at Bear Paw Development Corporation. I extend my congratulations to the communities and organizations involved in making these projects happen.”
- Fuhrlander developments in Montana encouraging
"Many things happen in life that are based on personal relationships," Evan Barrett said at the close of our recent phone interview. "This (trip) also cemented personal relationships very well, too." Let's hope the upcoming meetings in Montana continue that all-important person-to-person bonding process and lead to a new major employer for Butte-Silver Bow in 2010.
- Clean Energy and Climate Policies Lead to Economic Growth in Montana
On the eve of U.S. Senate deliberations on climate legislation, a new analysis shows that comprehensive federal clean energy and climate legislation could create up to 13,000 jobs in Montana by 2020 and increase the state’s GDP by as much as $500 million a year.
- Montana Tourism Projects in Billings, Deer Lodge, Fort Benton, Havre, Missoula and Wolf Point Awarded $289,767 in Facility Improvement Grants
“These grant funds are an important investment in some key community tourism facilities that help bring in new customers and new dollars to Montana businesses and communities,” said Governor Schweitzer. “We look forward to the completion of these projects that are going to strengthen Montana’s appeal as a place people want to come to visit and spend their travel dollars.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Stay or Go? The Quandary for Rural Youth
Does staying in a rural community mean young people must sacrifice economic and educational opportunity? A new study looks at an old dilemma.
- On March 16-17, 2010, the Washington Biotechnology & Biomedical Association (WBBA) will present Life Science Innovation Northwest 2010 (formerly “Invest Northwest”).
This year’s forum has been refocused and rebranded to better identify and highlight these unique and powerful assets, defining the Pacific Northwest’s life science sector.
- Western lawmakers focus on regional collaboration
States that sent legislators to participate in the event include: Alaska, Arizona, Colorado, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nevada, Oregon, Utah, Washington and Wyoming.
- National Award for Excellence in Tech-Based Economic Development (TBED) Presented to Six Organizations
“The impressive stories behind each of these six initiatives illustrate how strategic TBED investments work to promote regional growth through science and innovation,” said Dan Berglund, SSTI President and CEO. “These organizations serve as best practice models in the field for their demonstrated leadership and meaningful impact to state and regional economies.”
Incubators and R&D
- What Startups Are Really Like
Running a company is totally different from having a job, which makes it hard--and also interesting.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana State University to figure out tricky viruses, adapt for gene therapy
"We study viruses from lots of different angles," Bothner said. "This is from a biophysical standpoint."
- At Google, Energy Secretary Steven Chu announces grants for 'out-of-the-box' global warming projects
"We are trying to hit home runs, not base hits," Chu said. "These are out-of-the-box approaches."
- University of Montana Football Coach, Bobby Hauck, University Newspaper, Kaimin feud goes viral
A story about football coach Bobby Hauck's refusal to answer questions from the University of Montana student newspaper ran rampant across the Internet this week, providing fodder for national sportswriters at outlets such as http://www.SportsIllustrated.com and http://www.ESPN.com
- Montana's higher education enrollment soars
"It's more affordable for a lot of people," he said of attending the COT. "I think it's the realization people have to work and go to school at the same time."
- Chances of Race to the Top for Education's $4.3 Billion slim in Montana
While several states are scrambling to change their laws to comply, Montana isn’t one of them. Instead, Montana wants to change the rules of the race.
- Excel Mentoring boosts confidence, stems drop-outs in Montana schools
The Great Falls Public Schools Excel Mentoring program has been in place for five years, thanks to a Smaller Learning Communities Grant the high school received to set up the adult-to-student program.
- Lucrative inventions pit scientists against universities
"It's urgent that someone take the side of researchers in educating them about their rights to their inventions."
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- Idaho Power, Avista, M2M land $69M in stimulus grants; projects will transform state’s energy grid
The money will also finance a new outage management system and irrigation load control program to reduce peak and overall energy use and improve system reliability.
- Horizons III develops Idaho's rural leaders, improves infrastructure
“This has mobilized people to get things done in their communities that they’ve wanted to get done for a long time.”
- Of Alberta’s Oil Sands and ‘Harmonizing’ Canadian and U.S. Climate Policy
“The Canadians would be well served by keeping up with what’s going on in the United States with respect to this push towards clean technology.”
- Why We're Failing Math and Science... It's the Teachers
A panel of experts talks about what's wrong with our education system—and how to fix it
- Teaching for a Living: How Teachers See the Profession Today
Everyone agrees that you can't have good education without good teachers, but how do teachers see their profession? Why do people become teachers, what are their frustrations, and what reforms do they think would improve their work?
- Strengthening Community Colleges' Influence on Economic Mobility
In a time of high unemployment, community colleges are a critical stepping stone for people to increase their skills and earnings potential.
- School chooses Kindle; are libraries for the history 'books'?
"It was really to save libraries five, 10, 15 years down the road," he says. "What the students are telling us is: 'We're not using the print books. You can keep giving them to us, but they're just going to collect dust.' So we're saying, 'Let's be honest: Let's give them the best electronic information available.' "
Connectivity & Communications
- Five NEW grant opportunities
THREE of these five may be of interest to local librarians.
Energy and Climate Change
- How to Network – Live & In Person
Ever walk into a room full of strangers (and potential business contacts) – and not know what to say or do? Here's how to handle the situation.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Wyoming lawmakers invite Montana, neighboring states to energy meeting
Political leaders in Wyoming, the nation's leading coal-producing state, say the issue is important enough for the state and the region that it's worth staging an energy conference of their own to take a decidedly Western view of the issues.
- California Electric-Cars Push May Raise Power Costs
"If you look at the kind of money that will be needed for a full smart-grid and support for electric vehicles, then you are talking about a substantial amount," Miller said in a phone interview. The spending may total "multiple billions" of dollars over a decade or more, he said.
- Mayor releases plan to make Vancouver the world's greenest city by 2020
“This 10 point plan is not just about having a healthy environment that keeps us all alive, it’s about the economy and the community. It’s about keeping things in balance,” he said.
- Home-Based Businesses: Residential Zoning and The Cyber Village
Currently in the United States about 27% of all homes have some form of a home based business.
- Aviary Lets Anyone Create Digital Goods
On the Web, people do more than just consume articles, pictures, music, video and virtual goods. They also create them. Aviary, a start-up in Long Island, wants to make it much easier for people to become creators on the Web.
- White House opens its website programming to public
The online-savvy administration on Saturday switched to open-source code for http://www.whitehouse.gov — meaning the programming language is written in public view, available for public use and able for people to edit.
- Deal would send software development work for Montana's food stamp and cash payment programs overseas
One of the companies that lost out on the bid — a "Made In Montana" certified firm which would not have outsourced the work to foreign employees — announced Monday it was putting eight Helena workers on indefinite, unpaid furloughs.
- City of San Carlos Builds Virtual Business Guide on Facebook
This is another way that the city is stimulating economic development and the success of businesses located in San Carlos.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Is there a non-profit in Montana who could use this grant?
I truly believe that sharing our resources will sustain us longer than handing out cash. Pay it forward is more than a movie... it is an economical necessity. Especially in a taking world. We are all becoming trendy by giving! Now how awesome is that???
- University of Montana Crown of the Continent E-Publication
These are color filled publications covering everything from physical and historical geography of the Crown of the Continent to interesting scientific research on the Crown’s wildlife, climate, rivers, glaciers and much more.
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