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"This generation will be less literate than the one before it" "Waiting for Superman" is coming. http://www.waitingfors ... .com/
Great new site for employment opportunities " Highway 12 Ventures New Site to Recruit Talent for Portfolio Companies" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Want to live in beautiful Columbia Falls, Montana? "Montana Career Opportunity - IT Specialist Professional - develop and support Nomad, internal and external communications networks for Emergency Management Clients. Nomad Global Communications Solutions Inc. " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Register for pre-tournament social and the 6th Annual Montana Ambassadors Business Open! (Incredible networking opportunities!) " http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- I've heard several companies talking about "shared space". Here's another that's looking for space: "New Missoula, Montana startup, INformed, seeking shared office space arrangements within Missoula" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Glacier National Park Centennial
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- Wanted: All you old Glacier National Park gearjammers
We are looking for former gearjammers who drove Glacier National Park’s iconic red buses to join us for a reunion September 8 to 10 in Montana.
- Summer Camp at Sperry Chalet Glacier National Park, Montana
A college friend and I took that trip last week, and it was a vacation that exceeded all expectations.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Harlem Village Academy Students 100% proficient in Math and Science - John Legend leads the chorus of how schools can excel - "Waiting For Superman:"
CEO Deborah Kenny and John Legend - Grammy Award Winner and Co-Chair of Harlem Village Academies National Leadership Board - on MSNBC's "Morning Joe."
- Montana wins $11.5 million to turn around state’s lowest performing schools
“Every child growing up in Montana deserves a quality education and to be provided the very best opportunities to succeed,” said Juneau. “We know that not every child in our state is getting that opportunity and we know that, with communities’ support, this will change.”
- The Case Against Summer Vacation
When American students are competing with children around the globe who may be spending four weeks longer in school each year, larking through summer is a luxury we can't afford.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Highway 12 Ventures New Site to Recruit Talent for Portfolio Companies
This is a value-add service managed by StartUpHire and is designed to accelerate our portfolioï¿½s recruiting effectiveness by channeling talented individuals to our portfolio companies.
- Clipping the Wings of Angels? New Accredited Investor standards contained in Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform Act
Among the many goodies in the bill is Section 413 which excludes the value of an investor’s primary residence for purposes of calculating net worth for an “accredited investor.”
- Relationships count when pursuing an SBA loan
"There are two kinds of small businesses. There are Main Street small businesses and there are high-growth entrepreneurs. For net new job creation, a smaller number of high-growth entrepreneurs create lots of those jobs. So we have focused on them, and they need different kinds of capital and different kinds of counseling, and we are working very hard to make sure the programs we have stimulate those entrepreneurs." Karen Mills head of the SBA
Come Home Montana
- A point made: Montana offers much more than fishing
Consider raspberries, for example.
Come Home Wyoming
- Montana Career Opportunity - Design Engineer CAD - possess strong background in advanced and Solid Works Cad systems. Nomad Global Communication Solutions, Inc.
Engineer will be actively involved in the design of emergency management communication vehicles.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Specialist Professional - develop and support Nomad, internal and external communications networks for Emergency Management Clients. Nomad Global Communications Solutions Inc.
The IT Department of Nomad GCS, Inc., is tasked with supporting not only our internal office, but our clients while they are in the field.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- A drive through the Tetons
If you’ve never been to the Grand Tetons, you’ve missed something.
- Rural America in the 2000s: Age
Rural America — like the rest of the country — is getting older. But it's not that simple. In some parts of the Great Plains, the percentage of young people is growing!
- Register for pre-tournament social and the 6th Annual Montana Ambassadors Business Open! (Incredible networking opportunities!)
On Thursday, August 19th, you will have the opportunity to golf at one of the finest golf courses in the country, network with educational, government and business leaders and take part in an after golf social with the Governor and/or his representatives.
- Northwest Energy Angels Summer Showcase Draws 11 Startups Determined to Make a Greener World
So far, the group has invested more than $3 million in 17 local companies, a sign that it is active and growing—along with the Pacific Northwest cleantech sector.
Montana Economic Development
- 'Largest online land auction in Montana's history'
In a sale described as "the largest online land auction in Montana's history," a group of landowners is unloading some 900 acres for at least 70 percent less than previous asking prices, according to LFC Group of Companies.
- The Western Montana Fair Gets Connected - News and Updates to be Broadcast Using Technology from Missoula Startup Company Castmo.com
The company plans to grow its operations in Missoula and eventually provide several hundred new jobs.
- Up, Up and Away with Fantasy Flights - Kalispell, Montana balloon operator battles the elements
As the sole balloon pilot navigating the Flathead Valley, Fifield has offered passengers one-of-a-kind views of the area’s spectacular terrain since 1996. Yet as his wife, Marlene, the company’s crew chief notes, the business’ operations are often “up in the air.”
- Doctors discuss new, less invasive heart surgery procedures at 20th annual Rocky Mountain Valve Symposium in Missoula, Montana
"What we're doing this week is not esoteric stuff," said the Heart Institute's Matt Maxwell. "This is about how surgeons get to the heart and that is critically important for patients because it affects recovery."
- New Missoula, Montana startup, INformed, seeking shared office space arrangements within Missoula
Ideally, we would like to find an arrangement on either an "as needed" basis where we can rent one office or conference room as the need arises, or a more fixed arrangement where we would lease one office or desk space on a regular basis with access to a conference room as needed.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Among States Most at Risk of Future Water Shortages
Fourteen states were highlighted as being most at risk: Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Idaho, Kansas, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma and Texas.
- The Great Falls Development Authority allocates $234,000 for Montana Specialty Mills
Doney hopes to increase the number of properties listed on the GFDA's Prospector website, where investors can list properties for sale.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Close tax havens, open up small-business lending?
ome small-business owners are organizing to fight offshore tax havens used by big corporations and wealthy investors. The members of the grassroots Business and Investors Against Tax Haven Abuse estimate tax havens cost the Treasury $37 billion a year, enough to "establish a $30 billion Small Business Lending Fund to ... increase lending to small enterprises."
- Idaho ranks among the worst states for job markets in Gallup index
North Dakota topped the index at 30 for the best job market
- Pat Williams: Time for the private sector to step up
During the Great Depression FDR said, “We have always known that greed was bad morals; now we know it is bad economics as well.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Minnesota Launches Tax Credits for High-Tech Investors
The new tax credit, signed into law on April 1, gives a 25 percent tax break to individuals and investment funds that provide as much as $4 million in seed money to businesses focused on high technology or new proprietary technology.
Incubators and R&D
- Mapping the Outsourcing Landscape
This article develops a framework that helps clients and service providers make better decisions about whether and when to outsource, and on the appropriate type of outsourcing arrangement.
- Lessons from the rise of Facebook
Facebook has joined the pantheon of the most important valley companies: Google, Apple, Oracle, Hewlett-Packard, Intel and Cisco Systems. Though it is far smaller than any of these in terms of revenue, its impact on society arguably rivals any of them.
- How VCs Calculate Valuation (And How It's Different From The Way Founders Do It)
I don’t feel that as a VC sneaking in nefarious terms into a term sheet that the entrepreneur doesn’t understand is a good way to build a long-term relationship nor to build a long-term reputation but this does happen and more frequently than we all would like.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Hamilton, Montana based Rocky Mountain Laboratory researchers discover new staph toxin
A team of local scientists researching Staph - the most common cause for bacterial infection in the industrial world - has discovered and isolated an abundant and potent toxin that kills white blood cells in humans.
- University of Montana Professor Dr. Jakki Mohr becomes a Contributing Writer for Wisepreneur
“We can’t emphasize enough how important it is for Wisepreneur to have a researcher, teacher, and writer of Dr. Mohr’s stature to join us.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Survey suggests top 10 reasons university start-ups fail
“This ‘survey’ was not proposed or promoted as a scientific survey in any manner,” Young explains. “Rather, it was a free-form attempt to learn from experts their opinions regarding the reasons for the failure of university start-up companies.”
- Angel Investors Get Backers of Their Own
Venture-capital firms investing in angel funds "allows them to be more plugged into the seed community.
- Evolving Models of Angel Groups
"We now have more people who are doing angel investing full time."
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho STEM gets million dollar boost - University of Idaho and Micron join forces for STEM research project
The University of Idaho will dig deep and statewide to discover and address the root causes of why Idaho is losing its advantage in global competitiveness.
- SBDC helps employees succeed as partner
"Sometimes you are so close to having a great idea and you are just missing one little piece of the puzzle and a fresh pair of eyes from the outside with a great deal of experience in the business world can help to complete the circle," Delavan said. "I think business owners have a tendency to work too much as technicians in their businesses and don't spend enough time working on the business. The SBDC coaches really stress taking an hour or so each week to work on your business."
- Politics of pollution - Blue Water Technologies of Coeur d'Alene, Idaho has technology to achieve phosphorus requirements
"I think Coeur d'Alene is doing all the right moves."
Washington State Business
- Officials extol Twitter's decision as sign of Utah's tech strength
Twitter profiles are going crazy over the news that a custom data center for the company will be built in Utah.
- Merger to create heart institute: Providence, doctor groups to broaden array of services in Spokane, WA
Spokane Cardiology's president, Dr. Braden Batkoff, said the Heart Institute would be able to retain and attract more specialists to provide a broader array of services to patients who might now travel outside Spokane for treatment.
Connectivity & Communications
- Many States Adopt National Standards for Their Schools - Do high standards really help kids?
Less than two months after the nation’s governors and state school chiefs released their final recommendations for national education standards, 27 states have adopted them and about a dozen more are expected to do so in the next two weeks.
- Report aims to boost number of U.S. college grads
The report, developed over two years by a commission studying access, admissions and success in higher education, outlines 10 recommendations aimed at boosting the percentage of young adults with at least an associate degree from 40.4% today to 55% by 2025. That's where three countries — Canada, Korea and the Russian Federation— are now.
- Education inventors get boost under new programs
K-12 schools and degree-granting institutions spend more than $1 trillion on education annually, federal statistics show. That represents immense potential for entrepreneurs.
Energy and Climate Change
- Less Than 1 Year Until The Internet Runs Out of Addresses
Why a New Internet Protocol is Needed
- Google Officially Enters the Energy Market
In other words, Google-owned resources may soon be keeping your lights on.
- Montana needs climate change fix: Tester, Baucus deserve support on energy policies
It is important to remember that our education system leads the world in innovation.
- solar decathlon: fab lab house - amazing designs for the future
with the objective of achieving the cheapest solar home in the world, the institute for advanced architecture of catalonia (IAAC) has designed and fabricated the 'fab lab house' as their official entry into the competition. the 75 m2 house is suitable for a family of 4 and the use of light wood as its main structural component makes it possible to assemble the house in fifteen days.
- Consumers wary of smart meters
New high-tech electric meters are supposed to help save energy. As states let utilities roll out smart meters, however, consumers are complaining that their costs are going up rather than down.
- Our energy dilemma - Still no real direction in Montana or the nation
Oil and methane bubbling uncontrollably from the sea floor, the collapse of the upper atmosphere, and an increase in global energy consumption and pollution do not bode well for the future. If we can't change our intransigent, self-serving politicians, a largely head-in-the-sand awareness of the consequences, and the continuing wrong-headed approach to simply meeting the demand, we are literally toast.
- Encouraging Future Social Entrepreneurs: Community Outreach and MBA's
Recent studies have indicated concern about future leadership of the nonprofit sector, questioning whether the sector can effectively recruit a workforce that will meet current and future needs. This paper introduces a unique MBA course that uses Service Learning to introduce potential nonprofit leaders and social entrepreneurs to this sector.
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