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“If I had asked people what they wanted, they’d have said faster horses.” Henry Ford
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- Cheap power can be magnet for industries
electricity was the key factor that brought the BMW consortium to Moses Lake, instead of Japan (where the raw material for the fiber is made), or Germany, where the fiber will be woven into fabric and then made into car parts and components.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Montana SBA April E-News
The Montana SBA has several reasons to celebrate!
- Blackfoot Telecommunications Group - Community Support in Montana
We bring the future to our customers.
- Pharmacology - The science and profession of redundancy
This is business process that needs to evolve.
Come Home Montana
- The Value of Intellectual Property to a Startup Venture
The most brilliant idea, with no execution, is worth $20. The most brilliant idea takes great execution to be worth $20,000,000.
- A talent for identifying profit - Angel Investor Extraordinaire Bill Payne Advises New Zealand Entrepreneurs
"Execution is what it is all about, finding the entrepreneur and management team that can executive against a business plan."
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - President & Chief Executive Officer - Montana Community Bank
Our client, a well capitalized community bank based in Mid-South Montana is seeking an experienced banker and strong leader to assume the role of President & Chief Executive Officer.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Corporate Accountant - Glacier Bancorp, Inc.
Bachelor degree in business with an accounting major required.
- Get Lost Exploring in Montana and Share Your Best Story and Maybe Win 7 Days in Montana!!
Enter To Win 7 Days Getting Lost in MT!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- How a Business Can Span the Globe and Stay Close-Knit: Microsoft’s “Telepresence” Project
It starts by saving on the number of business trips to headquarters a company might need to spend on remote workers. More broadly, the technology helps create “social capability and trust and fidelity” that allows groups to get work done more efficiently.
- The Next Best Career Move: Actually Moving
Professionals have found that going home, particularly to locations where the cachet of their former city is coveted, can be a good move.
- Colorado startups becoming tech stars
Colorado's high-tech community is turning heads — from as far away as Brazil — as it cranks out startups like real-time search engine OneRiot and mentoring programs like TechStars.
- Seth Godin on the Tribes We Lead - Can You Lead in Today's World?
Seth Godin argues the Internet has ended mass marketing and revived a human social unit from the distant past: tribes. Founded on shared ideas and values, tribes give ordinary people the power to lead and make big change. He urges us to do so.
Montana Economic Development
- Linking Montana to the world - without airfare - Fisher Video Conferencing
A professional videoconferencing company has opened in Butte and 5 other Montana communities, linking Montana to the rest of the world.
- Conference looks at who's visiting Montana
The survey broke down the details of vacationers who come to Montana each year and found that California and Washington had the highest number of visitors, and that the number one attraction was Yellowstone National Park.
- Bozeman bike builder, Carl Strong is earning global reputation for quality. Strong Frames
“My goal is to get better with every frame and continue the never-ending journey toward the perfect frame,” Strong wrote in a recent blog post on his Web site, http://www.strongframes.com.
Regional Economic Development
- Invenergy plans two additional central Montana wind farms, buys capacity on proposed transmission line
Chicago-based Invenergy Wind Development LLC, the owner of Montana's second-largest wind farm, is planning to construct two additional wind facilities in the Great Falls region and has agreed to co-develop and co-finance a new transmission line needed to ship the power to market.
Business Plan Forums
- The Heartland Will Play a Huge Role in America's Future
To fully appreciate this opportunity, Americans need to see the Heartland as far more than a rural or an agricultural zone. Although food production will remain a crucial component of its economy, high-tech services, communications, energy production, manufacturing and warehouses will serve as the critical levers for new employment and wealth creation.
- Twenty-one finalists in Governor's Business Plan contest
“The business plans in the final round reflect some of Wisconsin's core technology strengths, as well as the fact that entrepreneurs can be found in all corners of the state,” said Mark Bugher, chairman of the Tech Council.
- “Education & Training Pay” -- Why education really pays off in the long term. Posters available for your school.
"Our primary intent with the posters is to turn on students in secondary education to the advantages of postsecondary education and training. We want students who might never have thought about college to start asking questions."
Funding and Building your Business
- State's "Economic gardening" program deserves time to grow
"We're a small company and, especially now, when the financial institutions are so tight with loans, this makes it easier for us to go and buy capital equipment and bring manufacturing here."
Montana Education Excellence
- Should Entrepreneurs Lie?
Many entrepreneurs feel they have to embellish or twist the truth, or outright fabricate some friendly "facts," to help level the playing field for their business.
- Twitter Unveils Ad-Supported Business Model
Promoted Tweets, will put tweets from paying customers at the top of some Twitter search pages, clearly marked as ads.
- Wings, the Medical Device Angel Network, Poised for Lift-Off at Initial Meeting
Wings hopes that by harnessing some of the creative juice of some of the region’s successful medical device entrepreneurs, they will be able to provide the money and mentorship that new startups can use to navigate the tough terrain.
Universities and Economic Development
- State Land Revenues Meant for Montana's Schools
In this specific instance, however, it is wrong to use money Constitutionally dedicated to Montana's public schools to solve those funding problems while leaving schools to solve their problems through budget cuts, increased local taxes or both.
- Local Montana high school offers on-site daycare
Offering on-sight child care is a good recruiting tool when it comes to staffing, Zook said. It's also a chance for students to access real-life examples of subjects they are studying, such as child development and child psychology.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Michigan community college offers money back if grads don't get jobs
"This is more about jobs with a longer-term positive outlook."
Washington State Business
- Intel researcher leads Oregon's prolific patents
While it's "exciting to invent new things," Chau said, "it's actually far more exciting if these inventions actually end up in your products."
- University of Washington study: Microsoft accounts for 13.6% of Washington state economy
If there was any doubt over Microsoft's influence in Washington state, consider the findings of a new University of Washington study: The software titan accounted for 13.6 percent of the gross state product here in 2008.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology
Together, through the Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology http://anitaborg.org/ (ABI), we are inventing a better future. Working with men that believe in our mission, we are changing the world for women and technology.
- Science is gaining momentum in American schools
The push is to gain public support, among parents in particular, for better math and science instruction to expand student interest in careers in fields such as energy technology, health care, and engineering.
- Stupid In America: What's Wrong with the U.S. Education System? - "Waiting For Superman"
This video should be required viewing for every member in Congress, every teacher in the United States, and every parent with children in public education. The video compares the U.S. public education system with that in Europe, and with magnet and charter schools vs. districts where there is no competition.
- American Serengeti to air on Earth Day, April 22nd
It’s almost here…. The long anticipated debut of American Serengeti, the National Geographic Channel’s hour-long feature about American Prairie Foundation's http://www.americanprairie.org/ effort to create the largest wildlife reserve in the continental United States.
Energy and Climate Change
- Smart-grid training programs get $11 million
The programs are preparing workers in the utility and electrical manufacturing industries to modernize the nation’s electrical grid and implement smart-grid technologies.
- Waste to energy—Cargill's 2nd Idaho dairy farm digester to produce enough electricity for approximately 1,100 homes
A Cargill built and operated anaerobic digester on the Bettencourt Dairy B6 Farm is now converting manure from the farm's 6,000 cows into 1 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per month. The electricity is sold to the local power grid.
- Forest Service's Missoula Technology and Development Center builds the "largest, grid-tied solar electrical system in Montana" thanks to Oasis Montana
With generous federal and state tax incentives, people who have been considering solar and other renewable energy sources are making their move.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 10 Simple Google Search Tricks
I’m always amazed that more people don’t know the little tricks you can use to get more out of a simple Google search. Here are 10 of my favorites.
- Cheer Up, America!
“You can always count on Americans to do the right thing,” Winston Churchill once quipped, “after they’ve tried everything else.”
- Mobile payment systems gain traction
Widespread adoption has been elusive, but now some analysts say the idea is gaining traction.
- Computer Chips Inspire New Water Purifier
A new device the size of a postage stamp could save millions of lives in developing countries.
- Adventure Cycling of Missoula, Montana introducing GIS mapping
Montana-based Adventure Cycling Association will produce its world-renowned cycling maps using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology, the large North American outfit announced Monday.
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