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University of Montana Tech Transfer
- President Obama Outlines Latest in a Series of New Small Business Proposals - Successful SBA programs expanded to increase working capital, help businesses refinance
“The true engine of job creation will always be businesses. What government can do is fuel that engine: by giving entrepreneurs and companies the support to open their doors, expand, and hire more workers. Today, we're taking another step towards assisting small business owners get the capital they need to grow and hire.” President Obama
- Montana Career Opportunity - Lender Relations Specialist - Small Business Administration
You will be a representative of the District Office in matters relating to lender relation activities.
Idaho National Laboratory
- University of Montana professor tests meth as stroke treatment - Sinapis Pharma
If Sinapis gets permission from the FDA, clinical tests on volunteers could begin within the next few years.
- Idaho National Laboratory providing science, math grants to schools
If schools can’t get money from the education department, they can always look toward a nuclear-energy facility.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Startups Create Jobs
Back in the ‘70s, David Birch of MIT startled the world by reporting that US government data showed the predominance of new jobs in the US were created by startup companies.
City Club Missoula
- Glenn Michael - Highway 12 Ventures
One of the unique characteristics of Highway 12 Ventures is the very diverse backgrounds of our four partners.
- The Open Angel Forum & The Changing Face Of The Venture Industry
It wasn’t that long ago that when people asked me what I did for a living, I’d mumble something about being involved in “investments.” That’s changed these days. When it means being associated with the likes of the folks above, I’m proud to say that I’m a venture capitalist.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Montana Commissioner of Higher Education, Sheila Stearns, Discussed Higher Education at City Club Missoula
"The message is we have a lot to be proud of in the Montana University System," said Commissioner Sheila Stearns
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) and Trapper Creek Job Corp Team Up to Teach Film Making to At Risk Youth
When I first heard about this opportunity I was so excited to be apart of it. Things like this don't come along every day." Rachel Toupin
Come Home Montana
- IBM, Microsoft Help Create Montana Supercomputer
Montana’s “Big Sky” supercomputer, powered by technology from IBM, Microsoft, NextIO and Nice, is aimed at revitalizing the Rocky Mountain region by attracting business and jobs to the area.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Montana Career Opportunity - General Manager - Port of Montana
Successful candidates must have a Bachelor's Degree in an appropriate discipline, four years administrative experience and four years supervisory experience with advanced education and business experience preferred.
- Montana Career Opportunity - CFO - Community Health Center
Chief Financial Officer(CFO) position at a federally qualified community health center with administration office located in Butte, Montana, in the heart of the Rocky Mountains.
- WARREN MILLER’S WORLD: Are You Knitting My Nose Together?
Last week, Warren fell on his second turn of the day. When I can’t go out and ski with him, I call the ski patrol here at the Yellowstone Club and ask them to keep an eye on him. He’s 85 … not a child, but still, if he falls, skiing alone, I want someone to be aware that he’s out there.
- Leadership Conference “It Starts Here” , 2/20, University Of Montana
The event aims to give students the knowledge and skills to make a change or impact lives using leadership tools.
- Leadership Lessons from Undercover Boss: Episode 1
What a perfect opportunity for Great Leadership lessons and advice!
- Biotech Chiefs Slam U.S. Report on Gene Patents
Recommendations that would undermine the the technology transfer objectives of the Bayh-Dole Act and the biotech industry generally in the United States.
Montana Economic Development
- Yellowstone River Lodge in Montana provides peaceful river retreat
“You can’t go outside without seeing a hawk or an eagle.”
- Missoula business looks for strategies to cut airfares; Syracuse, N.Y., provides one answer
With more bodies in the seats, more planes coming and going, it just might attract more airline carriers who, by virtue of their presence, would create competition among all of Montana’s airline providers.
- Montana Assistance For Business Clinics 2010 - Throughout Montana - Various Dates
The Assistance for Business Clinics are developed to assist NEW and ESTABLISHED employers, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals and lawyers in constructing a proactive approach to prevent unnecessary claims and/or charges by providing updated reporting of state withholding, Unemployment Tax requirements, minimum wage laws, overtime laws, civil rights laws, new hire reporting, identity theft and federal tax incentives.
Regional Economic Development
- MWED Feb. 2010 Newsletter - MWED and FVCC Partner on Target Industry Research
We will present and discuss the proposal at the next Montana West Economic Development board meeting, February 17th at noon at Glacier Bank, Kalispell. Lunch is provided.
- Water in Montana. Are exempt wells fair?
A picture is worth a thousand words.
- Commerce Secretary pledges to help states seek export markets
"We in the Commerce Department are going to do a much better job at matchmaking."
Funding and Building your Business
- How to Succeed in the Age of Going Solo
Anybody can become a consultant. But not everybody does it well. Here's what you need to know to thrive.
- 'Future of Work' predicts jobs and home life will merge more
"We don't stop living when we go to work and, very often today, we don't stop working when we arrive home."
Incubators and R&D
- Don't Take Angel Investments From VCs
If you take money from a VC in your angel round, at a minimum you expose yourself to the huge risk that the VC will not want to invest in the Series A which will make raising your Series A much, much harder.
- 9 Quick Tips Learned While Raising $33 Million In Venture Capital
Some of these you’ve probably heard before, but one or two will likely be new to you.
- Employers, plan now for Mental Health Parity rules
Essentially, the act says that employers and group health plans cannot provide less coverage for mental health care than for the treatment of physical conditions like cancer and heart disease.
- The Mothers of Invention
Heeding maternal instincts has worked well for Ms. Schulman and a number of other women who have launched food and beverage companies in the past few years. Most of them had a common motivation: They couldn't find products that were nutritious enough for their kids—and they saw an entrepreneurial opportunity in filling the gap.
- Books Show How To Engage Clients with Social Media
Social-media marketing is more than just a catchy buzzword, it's a tool that can take businesses to the next level in customer engagement.
- Use the power of PR to boost profits
How can a business connect with the media for free?
Montana Education Excellence
- U.S. Scientists Given Access to Cloud Computing
The National Science Foundation and the Microsoft Corporation have agreed to offer American scientific researchers free access to the company’s new cloud computing service.
- Montana Tech offers video design class
When it comes to designing a video game, the sky's the limit.
- Sussex School Tech Club in Missoula, Montana is seeking volunteers with a passion for sharing their technology skills with eager minds.
Sussex Tech Club http://www.sussexschool.org/ is a opportunity for students in the 4th - 8th grade to explore their technology interests.
- $100,000 University of Montana salary worthy of admiration, not ridicule
The recent business closures testify to the realization that a bad economy is exactly when we need to invest in educating and retraining our citizens.
- Legislative Policy Recommendations for Improving America’s High Schools
State legislatures are on the front lines of developing bold new strategies to bring American high schools into the 21st century.
- The Gero-Economy Revs Up
“The boomers are going to have a rougher time in retirement than their parents,” says Robert Butler. “That can mean two things: they can complain about it, or they can retool it for their kids and take advantage of its promise.”
Oregon Economic Development
- UC Davis aims to turn more of its tech into business
From biofuels to pharmaceuticals, Sacramento-area inventors have created scores of promising scientific breakthroughs, many of them in the well-funded laboratories of UC Davis.
- How colleges can better nurture startups
Most schools could benefit from revamping their spin-off practices.
- Idaho State University professor to work on bomb-finding technology
Phil Cole says the patent gives him exclusive rights to a bomb-detecting method that uses high-energy electron beams to probe material stored deep in cargo shipments.
- Portland mayor promises $500k for small bizs & startups
In today's State of the City address, Portland Mayor Sam Adams said the city will be putting up $500,000 to help get small businesses and startups launched.
- Technology is a key to Oregon's economic recovery, state economist says
With the global tech economy rebounding, prospects are finally starting to look up for Oregon's beleaguered high-tech sectory.
- Leader of Ohio State, biggest U.S. campus, takes on tenure
Ohio State University President Gordon Gee says the traditional formula that rewards publishing in scholarly journals over excellence in teaching and other contributions is outdated and too often favors the quantity of a professor's output over quality.
- School administrators’ pay among highest in county
Even after salary cuts, three county districts have 133 officials who make more than $100,000 per year
- “The Funding Cliff.” - With Federal Stimulus Money Gone, Many Schools Face Budget Gaps
“States are going to face a huge problem because they’ll have to find some way to replace these billions, either with cuts to their K-12 systems or by finding alternative revenues.”
- The 15 Coolest College Courses
From "The Art of Garbage"at Santa Clara to "Tree Climbing" at Cornell, the scope of education in America is changing to make it more practical.
- For Students at Risk, Early College Proves a Draw
“Last year, half our early-college high schools had zero dropouts, and that’s just unprecedented for North Carolina, where only 62 percent of our high school students graduate after four years.”
- What Bill Gates is Learning Online
An advocate for open courseware, Gates shares his favorite sources for online lectures—as well as other education musings—on a new web site
- Using Outcomes Data to Hold High Schools Accountable for Student Success
The goal of helping all students become college- and career-ready has become a focal point of American education.
- Washington among states weighing sale of liquor business
"To me this isn't a core function of government. It's a retail operation. Private companies can do it as good or better."
- Report: Tax Incentives Waste Money, Don't Create Jobs
“everything matters more than [taxes] do.”
Connectivity & Communications
- February Sustainable Council Newsletter & Calendar of Events
Our members are more than employers and profit-makers; they are neighbors, community builders and the starting point for social innovation, aligning commerce with the common good and bringing transparency, accountability, and a caring human face to the marketplace.
Energy and Climate Change
- Get Rid of DSL and Go Wireless
Today your internet has a wire. Tomorrow, it probably won't.
- Telecom's Internet Crisis
The future of telecommunication resembles many other industries that are succumbing to the power of the World Wide Web.
- Broadband cuts wide swath through Montana
Compared with other rural states and even some urban areas, broadband Internet service in Montana is widely available.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Planning the ‘smart grid’ - Bozeman company, Grasslands Renewable Energy LLC, proposes solution to wind’s variability
Should Borgquist’s vision come to fruition, he and his team at Grasslands are looking to build a system that will gather renewable energy from Montana, North Dakota and Canada and export a dependable 1,000 megawatts to markets in the Southwest and Northwest.
- Internet 'driver's license'? Microsoft's Mundie wants it
What Mundie is proposing is to impose authentication.
- Online Data Sets Could Spur Innovation in High-Tech Northwest
"This legislation will literally allow the smartest people from Microsoft, Google, Amazon and others to use King County data in new and innovative ways," Dunn said in a statement. "In the process, our citizens get access to more information and our government becomes more accessible."
- Biomimicry Institute at Arizona State University
ASU is the only US institution to be awarded this status.
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