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"If there's one lesson, it's to know what you want to accomplish in the world and then work backward from that goal. Then you can make decisions along the way in a much more synchronous fashion than by simply chasing the highest-paying job." Jeff Skoll, founder, Participant Media and Skoll Foundation http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Hope to see you if you're in Missoula on the 24th - "Hellgate Venture Network "Making Missoula The Best Place For Entrepreneurs", 6/24, Missoula, Montana" http://matr.net/events ... =3265 --- " Guest opinion: Montana missing clean energy opportunities - “Clean Energy Leadership in the Rockies: Competitive Positioning in the Emerging Green Economy”" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- Montana State University program helps high school students chart a path to careers in science
MAP is part of the American Indian Research Opportunities program and has been bringing Native American and minority students to the MSU campus for more than 25 years.
- PrintingForLess.com June 2010 Printing Matters - We Love Referrals
So, what can you do to drive referrals for your business?
- The SBA Has a Deal for You It's called a 504 loan. Here's what you need to know about it.
If you're thinking of pursuing a 504 loan, though, there are some strategies and caveats to keep in mind.
Come Home Montana
- In Montana and Chicago, it's the people that matter most
It's who we are that matters, and no towering peaks or golden plains can redeem us when we fail to prove ourselves worthy of our surroundings.
Come Home Wyoming
- Newcomers to city bullish on Billing's atmosphere, townsfolk
“I always wanted to live here,” he said. “I knew I could make it happen.”
- Montana Career Opportunity - Attorney - Northwestern Energy
Responsible for conducting legal research, analyzing law sources, judicial decisions, legal articles, or code, assisting in state and federal regulatory proceedings and with transaction closings in various jurisdictions.
- Man up in Wyoming - Wyoming range provides unique challenge for cyclists, golfers, anglers
Hard to imagine that 529 inches of snow dumped on these mountains during the prior ski season.
- Application Available for Qualifying Therapeutic Discovery Project Program
As you know, Senator Max Baucus championed the creation of this new program to support biomedical research by small firms. The program provides tax credits and grants to small firms that show significant potential to produce new and cost-saving therapies.
Montana Economic Development
- Reading Fees From a Writer’s Perspective. - Submishmash makes it simple and effective
Submission fees gives my stories a better chance. I’d much rather my story was sitting in a pile of 200 other stories being read by a somewhat happy editor, rather than a pile of 2000 submissions being read by a miserable increasingly-cynical editor who can’t possibly read more than a page or two.
- Habihut: Montana startup company, Habihut, tackles housing crisis, from Kenya to Haiti
Habihut is a little startup company with big dreams.
- Bozeman, Montana shoe company, Oboz, hopes their eco-friendly shoes find their way on to feet around the globe
Here in a back half of an old Victorian home, a startup company with just four employees is plotting its run to the top of the outdoor-shoe industry.
- Montana manufacturers see 'buds of recovery'
Business is booming for Bequet Confections, a gourmet caramel manufacturer in Bozeman.
- Canine cause: Missoula Go Fetch! owner re-purposes 1 retail store to benefit nonprofits - Worthy Paws
Now called Worthy Paws, the pet supply store on the Hip Strip will dedicate 100 percent of its sale profits to a monthly rotating list of Missoula nonprofit organizations.
- Invizeon of Missoula, Montana Launches New Website and Product Focus
Invizeon Corporation is privately held shareholder owned Delaware C Corporation with global subsidiaries.
Regional Economic Development
- Guest opinion: Montana missing clean energy opportunities - “Clean Energy Leadership in the Rockies: Competitive Positioning in the Emerging Green Economy”
For Montana to maximize its renewable resources, ranking fifth in the nation for wind energy potential is not enough. The state must make itself more attractive for both private and public investment while improving its energy efficiency policies and investing in worker training and research facilities.
- ‘Excellent’ match - New school to bolster economic development in Anaconda, Montana
"It is a statement that Anaconda is open to businesses, and that we can accommodate them."
- Peak Health Project to Revitalize Helena Neighborhood
“As Montana continues on a path of economic recovery, we must come together and work on common sense solutions to create more good-paying jobs here at home. I worked hard to make sure the New Markets Tax Credit Program would do just that and I’m very proud to see this new health and wellness project open and bring 50 new jobs to the Helena community.” Senator Max Baucus
- From the Snake River to Europe : Boatbuilders seek export markets - Snake River Boat Builders’ Export Program 2010
A consortium of nine companies, along with economic development organizations announced Friday that they are launching the Snake River Boat Builders’ Export Program 2010.
Funding and Building your Business
- Shut your mouth and open your ears when interviewing
There's a battle going on in every first interview, but it's not the battle you're thinking of...
- The 20 Most Important Questions In Business. Ignore them at your peril.
As businesses grow, new opportunities and threats emerge, and yesterday's answers probably won't suffice.
- Avoid e-mail in the peer-review process
What are the legal pitfalls of doing reviews via e-mail?
- Top five legal mistakes entrepreneurs make and how best to avoid them.
- From Minimally Viable To Maximally Buyable Product
One of the key parts of the lean startup is the concept of a “minimally viable product”.
- Start-up businesses are a significant result of university research
Reports that focus solely on technology transfer offices established by colleges and universities tend to underestimate the commercial activity resulting from academic research, according to a new study by Indiana University researchers.
Oregon Economic Development
- Idaho Department of Labor begins green job poll
The state got a $1.25 million federal grant to identify the extent of Idaho's green economy. Once they get the results, Labor officials will work with educators and businesses to develop training programs to prepare workers for these emerging jobs, under a second $6 million grant.
- Idaho Governor Otter: group lined up $10M in Idaho investments during China trip
A private entity that helps foreign nationals obtain visas if they invest their money in Idaho arranged $10 million worth of deals in mining and real estate during Gov. C.L. “Butch” Otter’s recent trade mission to China, the governor said.
South Dakota Economic Development
- IBM to bring 600 jobs to Oregon, most of them in Beaverton
The new jobs are expected to carry salaries averaging between $35,000 to $50,000 annually.
- Roslyn, South Dakota uses 'Sour Power' to draw people in. - International Vinegar Museum and Festival
By 1989, Diggs was looking for a quiet place to do some research and write. He stumbled onto Roslyn, initially thinking it would be his getaway. But he quickly made the town his home base and has never looked back. "I came here and the people were so nice to me here, that I thought, 'You know, it's quiet here. Why do I have to go back to San Francisco?"' he recalled.
Canada Business & Economic Development
- A Struggle to Educate the Severely Disabled
“I believe we are a special place,” she said. “Are we perfect? No. But no place is.”
- Five Utah schools will pay teachers for performance
While some educators have reservations about the $300,000-a-year program, saying it’s not the best use of state money in hard economic times, some Utah leaders see it as a first step in possibly spreading performance pay statewide.
- Canada's economy envy of world
The land of a thousand stereotypes — from Mounties and hockey to language wars and lousy weather — is feeling entitled to do a bit of crowing as it hosts the G-20 summit of wealthy and developing nations.
Connectivity & Communications
Energy and Climate Change
- Telstra strikes $10B deal for Australia broadband
The government and Australia's largest telecommunications company announced a deal Sunday that clears a major hurdle to Prime Minister Kevin Rudd's plans for a superfast national broadband network.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Nathan Myhrvold’s Intellectual Ventures on Patent Hoarding, Mosquito Lasers, and its $5 Billion Arsenal
The VCs were extremely excited about the opportunity. They said it was one of the biggest ideas — with more opportunity to change the world — that they’d ever seen.
- Debate: Does the world need nuclear energy? Bill Gates on energy: Innovating to zero!
Nuclear power: the energy crisis has even die-hard environmentalists reconsidering it. In this first-ever TED debate, Stewart Brand and Mark Z. Jacobson square off over the pros and cons. A discussion that'll make you think -- and might even change your mind.
- Net Benefits of Biomass Power Under Scrutiny
Power generated by burning wood, plants and other organic material, which makes up 50 percent of all renewable energy produced in the United States, according to federal statistics, is facing increased scrutiny and opposition.
- PG&E to finance SunRun solar panel installation in 5 states
A PG&E subsidiary will provide the funding to SunRun Inc., which will use the money to install more than 3,500 home solar systems in at least five states.
- Three questions for Ray Kurzweil
The best thing one can do to prepare him or herself is to find out where you have talent and where you have passion, because every field has something to contribute.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- NBC's Al Roker of the Today Show surprises Eagle Mount in Bozeman, Montana with $1.2 million in donations
Eagle Mount, a Bozeman nonprofit that provides therapeutic recreation for people with disabilities, got more than $1.2 million in donated items this morning when NBC Today Show weatherman Al Roker paid a visit.
- Montana Public Radio Offers Free Workshop For Nonprofits “Your Mission, Message and the Media” - Various Dates And Communities
“It can be a real challenge for nonprofits to capitalize on media coverage and evaluate how they spread the word when they’re also managing an increased demand for services, shrinking funding and overtasked staff,” Dascenzo said. “This workshop offers clear, easy-to-use solutions.”
- Celtic Festival Missoula 2010. Cannonballs.... Road Bowling!??, 7/31, Missoula, Montana
It's not every day that you can toss a small cannonball in a friendly game of Road Bowling. This celtic sport is very similar to golf in that the lowest score for a course wins. Want to know more? Check out our Celtic Road Bowling page.
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