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Some drink at the fountain of knowledge. Others just gargle.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
Come Home Montana
- Blackfoot Sponsors A FREE Technology Conference to Cooperative K-8 Schools, 8/3-5, Missoula, Montana - Live Link for VisionNet Stream of Remote Speakers
The main conference goal is to help rural schools integrate effective teaching technology into their classrooms that bring “lessons to life.”
Come Home North Dakota
- Montana Career Opportunity - Advertising Manager - Bob Ward & Sons
Advertising Mgr for Bob Ward & Sons. Execute campaigns offline & online, manage budgets, etc.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Plant & Labor Analyst - Blackfoot Telecommunications
Position requires strong fundamental accounting knowledge, outstanding analytical problem solving skills, extensive knowledge in accounting software and a telephony/data acumen.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Manager, Electric Transmission Services - Northwestern Energy
Manager is responsible for supervising and managing the various electric transmission services activities including contracting under NorthWestern's Open Access Transmission Tariff and use and management of the OASIS system.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Supervisor of Operations Planning - Northwestern Energy
Supervisor of Operations Planning: responsible for supervising, managing and overseeing electric service work and meter operations in Billings, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Telecommunications Technician - Northwestern Energy
Responsibilities include maintenance of digital multiplex, SONET, analog and digital microwave, two-way radio, CSU's/DSU's, modems, and data including serial and Ethernet.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director of Institutional Research & Planning - MSU Great Falls
Great Falls Seeking an energetic professional to lead the institutional research and planning processes of the campus.
- Montana Career Opportunity - VB.Net Developer - AMDEC Software Consulting
Min 2 yrs exp with .Net and Oracle database. Crystal Reports, Active Reports, web services, and 5 yrs varied system dev exp preferred.
- Recipe for success: Newcomer living dream in Montana serving ‘real good food’ for a ‘real bargain’
“Montana is like a Norman Rockwell painting come to life,” says Findley. “It’s not just the beauty, but the people. It’s a culture shock almost, when you’re from somewhere else.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- The Great Great Plains
Nowhere is this potential clearer than in Fargo, which is emerging as a high-tech hub. Doug Burgum, from nearby Arthur, N.D., founded Great Plains Software in the mid-1980s. Burgum says he saw potential in the engineering grads pumped out by North Dakota State University, many of whom worked in Fargo’s large and expanding specialty-farm-equipment industry. “My business strategy is to be close to the source of supply,” says Burgum. “North Dakota gave us access to the raw material of college students.”
- MEDA August Online News
Do register for the Professional Development training – it is going to be very practical, dynamic and hands-on.
Montana Economic Development
- Prime time ready: B.D. Erickson soon taking energy-saving devices to the Home Shopping Network - Satic of Missoula, Montana
Erickson believes he has a product that will save more than energy – if all goes according to plan, it could save people money, jolt the Missoula economy by boosting the number of good-paying jobs and help save the planet.
- Welcome to the Montana Business Leadership Network
Did you know that 88% of Americans prefer to do business with companies who hire individuals with disabilities?
- The big picture for small businesses in Montana
“Once you get in the office and you sit down and you say, ‘Wow, he’s a senator.’ But you know what? He works for me, and my opinion matters to him more than anything.”
- Universal Technical Resource Services, Inc. in Butte, Montana works to improve titanium manufacturing
Montana Tech graduate Mike Lewis, director of business development, said the expansion will create more jobs, but success will mean much more than that. "We've been told we can change the world with this technology," said Lewis.
- This and That August 2010 - High Chai in Missoula, Montana - Tipu’s Chai
Tipu’s instant chai (CH I) is peppery and spicy and the best we’ve tasted. Made in Montana by Bipin Patel, whose family hails from Gujarat, India, the chai includes organic black tea and “spices.”
- Western Montana InBusiness Aug. 2010 - Niche marketing about finding, meeting needs
“From a theoretical perspective, niche marketing starts from the idea that nobody can satisfy everybody and nobody can satisfy all of the consumers.”
- Know customers for niche success, expert says - Paul Gladen and Muzeview of Missoula, Montana
If you can find one customer in your target niche who wants your products and services, you are relevant to someone, and chances are there are other customers somewhere else on the planet with identical or very similar needs. The question is whether you can find those other customers and reach and serve them profitably. Of course, the Internet, social media and globalization greatly increase the ability to do that.
- Montana West Economic Development Newsletter-August
Montana West in partnership with Flathead County, The Flathead Beacon and Flathead Living continues to work on internal and external promotional messages.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Why Doesn’t Job Retraining Work?
Despite billions spent and the best of intentions, the American workforce resists reinvention.
Funding and Building your Business
- Tech Coast Angels Announces ACE Fund to Provide Access to Entrepreneurial Investments for Private and Institutional Investors
A unique fund giving both private and institutional investors the opportunity to access diversified, early-stage, game-changing entrepreneurial company investments that would otherwise be available only to experienced angel investors.
Montana Education Excellence
- Q&A: 7 Fundraising Questions From Real Entrepreneurs
We received so much positive feedback from our This Week in Venture Capital show walking through valuation calculations & term sheets that we decided to do a Q&A show this week to address topics that entrepreneurs want to learn about.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Missoula County Public Schools Board of Trustees: Fuzzy logic behind Superintendent Apostle's 19.9% raise
We’d like to think that if the trustees had realized the outrage engendered by the announcement, they’d have done some math of their own and calculated that those sort of numbers, when stacked against public perception and in these economic times, just don’t add up.
- Congress Considers Federal Tax Credit for Angels
Angel investors would get a 25 percent credit for backing a business that's already qualified for a federal research and development grant program for small businesses (SBIR).
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho businesses face tax hike for jobless benefits
During the Great Recession, Idaho borrowed $200 million from the feds to cover payments to idle workers. Now businesses have to foot the bill.
- Energy is Idaho's Next Industry Frontier
Alternative and renewable energy development is a big part of my Project 60 initiative.
2011 Montana Legislature
- Renewing Motion Picture Incentive Fund a Top Priority for Governor's Office of Economic Development (GOED)
While the 2011 legislative session is still some six months away, top leaders in GOED are working hard now to ensure that the legislature will appropriate money to continue the programs, each of which is a significant job-generating engine for the state.
- Montana lawmakers want tougher renewable energy requirement for utilities
A panel of state lawmakers has endorsed drafting a bill to increase the amount of renewable energy that Montana electric utilities must supply their customers to 25 percent of the utility's power supply by 2025.
- Summer engineering program fosters genuine interest for high school students
Engineering Innovation, which Johns Hopkins has taken nationwide since 2006, is designed to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering and science. According to the university, 90 percent of students who participate in the summer program continue on that path.
- Online-Only Western Governors University Could be New Model for Education
As university budgets shrink, governors are searching for ways to make the remaining education money more effective, Thomasian said. "One of those ways to make it effective is for higher education to start using a lot more online learning."
- On Education - A School District That Takes the Isolation Out of Autism
In Tennessee, his parents said, they were constantly battling to have Garner included in regular programs, going through four mediation disputes. “We had to leave.” At the time, Ms. Moss, who stopped working as a teacher when Garner was born, was attending autism conferences. “I kept hearing about Madison,” she said.
- How Preschool Changes the Brain
How does preschool work its magic?
- Young entrepreneur shows kids how science can be cool
“Science can sometimes seem mysterious and complicated, like it’s only for certain kinds of people. That’s definitely not true,” Bernstein explains. “I believe we can never have enough experimenters and innovators. Inspiring our next generation of scientists with exciting, hands on experiences at an early age is what I’m all about. I mean, what’s better than having fun while you’re learning?”
Energy and Climate Change
- Resort Towns Becoming Neo-Company Towns
The question will be how to promote “creative destruction” without destroying the physical environment.
- Solar Power Gains Cost Advantage Over Nuclear
In a “historic crossover,” the costs of solar photovoltaic systems have declined to the point where they are lower than the rising projected costs of new nuclear plants, according to a paper published this month.
- Hacking the Smart Grid
The technology could open up all kinds of opportunities for attackers, researchers say.
- Biofuels left out as automakers go electric
The buzz surrounding electric transportation has never been louder, while the biofuel industry struggles to regain momentum after two brutal years.
- Western States Seek to Partner with USDA on Small-scale Bioenergy Projects
"While we feel that large-scale development of bioenergy is a necessary component of our domestic energy future, we should also promote local and small-scale developments that meet the needs of rural Western communities. Along these lines, we recommend that the USDA broaden its focus to include outreach and deployment of alternative energy projects through existing programs."
- Ketchum Route 75 becomes raceway for a good cause
The engine roared as he passed the two laser beams that measured his speed. “189.4” appeared on the large scoreboard facing the crowd and the sound of applause replaced the engine noise.
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