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The (climate) problem is global but it will be resolved by individuals." Gov. Brian Schweitzer - Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer dines with energy-saving resident of Missoula's Equinox development http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
"Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. begins its reinvention" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development - 10 Things You Should Know (Please Pass This Along To Your Elected Representatives)" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
Come Home Montana
- The Burton K Wheeler Center for Public Policy Presents “Montana’s Challenge: Rethinking Education For The 21st Century”, 9/20-21, Helena, Montana
What commitments must be made if Montana's educational system is going to create the opportunity for Montanans to be competitive in the 21st century?
- Outside magazine chooses Bozeman as one of its favorites
"Translation: They put their money where their boots, bikes and skis go," the magazine reported.
- No place like Missoula, Montana for triathlete Linsey Corbin
She's a rare breed. A world-class triathlete who doesn't flock with her peers at popular warm- weather nesting spots like San Diego, Tucson and Boulder.
- Mario Schulzke - Ironman Switzerland Race Report
If you are only going to read the first paragraph of this entry, here it is in a nutshell. I signed up to do Ironman for all the wrong reasons, but I am going to finish it for the right reason. To make proud the one person who has made everything in my life possible – the burrito truck lady. Ok, you are going to have to read on to find out what this entry is all about. This isn’t Twitter, folks.
Montana Economic Development
- Charter flights available again in Great Falls, Montana - Gliko Air Charter
"There's been a massive void in this type of air travel in central Montana," Fontana said. "We expected most of our inquiries to be for business travel in Montana and Canada, but we've also been contacted to transport four people waiting for transplants in this area. It's been a real eye opener."
- Learn to work safe, Montana
"Even though we've seen a decline in workplace injuries in Montana, we've bounced up to number one in the nation in that category," said Carl Kochman, chairman of the WorkSafeMT foundation board. "Other states are decreasing their workplace injuries at a faster rate than Montana."
- Resodyn Corp. of Butte, Montana wins $1M contract
The contract, awarded by the Department of Energy, is for a project titled "Advanced Vibrothermography for Wind Turbine Applications."
- Creative director, Pat Doyle, new CEO at Banik Communications
"Pat's vision and dedication have helped guide our clients nimbly into new media and new conversations with their customers," said Carl Banik, who will remain on the firm's board of directors. "Our clients will benefit from his knowledge of evolving trends and ability to lead the team in pursuit of innovative marketing solutions."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Rep. Julie French Receives the 2010 Montana Telecommunications Association Distinguished Leadership Award
“Thanks to Julie’s efforts,” said MTA General Manager, Geoff Feiss, “people became aware that the broadband stimulus program can cause as much harm as good if it is not implemented properly
- Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. begins its reinvention
In the four months since the Missoula Area Economic Development Corp. http://www.maedc.org was critiqued as "woefully deficient" by an outside review team, the organization's leaders have gathered for frank talks filled with introspection.
- The Role of Local Elected Officials in Economic Development - 10 Things You Should Know (Please Pass This Along To Your Elected Representatives)
The format of the guide is a “top 10 list” of things elected officials should know about economic development in order to be effective leaders.
- Montana State University offers six new biomedical technologies for licensing
The technologies are available for licensing to interested companies and entrepreneurs.
Business Plan Forums
- Bill Payne asks: Business Plans – Why Write Them?
Writing business plans forces entrepreneurs to think through and then describe in writing all aspects of their business.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- New Hub for Business Plan Competitions to Create Access, Transparency for Entrepreneurial Community Worldwide - iStart
Entrepreneurs are the engine of the economy, and business plan competitions often serve as the spark that gets them going.
Funding and Building your Business
- State-backed venture funds carry risks, rewards - States shouldn't repeat Iowa's mistake
Advocates for more Wisconsin-sponsored venture funds, however, say the biggest risk is failing to create them at all.
Incubators and R&D
- Companies reward workers with unlimited paid vacations
Why the uptick in unlimited paid leave now? Studies have long shown that â€” believe it or not â€” such flexibility actually makes workers more productive and engaged.
- 'Super Angels' Alight No Longer Flying Solo, Big Investors Attract Others to Juice Start-Ups
Many super angels started out just as mere angels, wealthy current and former Silicon Valley entrepreneurs and executives who invest their own money in technology start-ups.
- Start-Ups on a Shoestring - The tales of three entrepreneurs who launched companies—for less than $150
You don't have to break the bank to start a business.
- How to Discuss an Employee Performance Problem
Knowing how to sit down with an employee and have an effective conversation about a performance problem is one of the hardest things for any manager to do, new or experienced, and should never be taken for granted.
- If you are small and not social, you are missing a huge opportunity
And you, Mr. or Mrs. Small Business Owner, all you need to do to bring new customers to your business is find a way to make a connection with some of those millions of people.
- Beware the trappings of liquidation preference
Welcome to the world of venture capital.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Betting on Incubators to Create Jobs - The number of programs that nurture startups is at a record level
Participants' survival rate after five years is 87 percent, compared with 44 percent for companies that didn't use incubators, according to the group.
Universities and Economic Development
- 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.
- The SBIR Coach's Playbook
This isn't rocket science. It shouldn't be so hard to come up with an SBIR compromise if everyone involved really was interested in defining a program that worked better than what we've got.
- University is a serious player in economic development
The grant will help UW-W and its partners eliminate duplicative services, fill known gaps and generally create a platform for economic development, namely new business startups and expansions that can benefit from the resources and knowledge the university and its partners offer.
Utah Economic Development
- Another thought on the Kauffman vs. University tech transfer squabble
The topic of the webinar is the current and ongoing debate stemming from the Kauffman Foundation's very public appeal to the U.S. government (via a memo to the Dept of Commerce) that federal law be changed such that when an invention is made using federal grant monies at a university that the patent rights be owned by the inventor(s) personally rather than by the university where the research takes place.
Washington State Business
- Utah lures Adobe, other California high-tech companies
The Beehive State has been reaching out to California-based technology companies, touting Utah's business-friendly environment, alluring tax incentives, comparatively affordable cost of living and pleasing recreational attractions, including Olympic-grade winter sports facilities. And it's working.
- PBS chooses Bellingham, Washington to show sustainable economy
Bellingham will be one of many cities nationwide featured in a PBS "Now" special called "Fixing the Future."
- Eleutian looks to open new teaching centers in Wyoming
Eleutian Technology may soon be hiring 100 teachers each month to keep up with demand for its instructional services, which means enlarging its Wyoming operations.
Connectivity & Communications
- New angel tax credit program intended to prod investment
Finding investors in a weak economy is never easy, but John Marano hopes a new state tax credit will persuade some wealthy individuals to take a chance with his medical equipment manufacturing company.
Energy and Climate Change
- AT&T bringing iPhone to Montana
After years of waiting, it appears that Montana customers will finally be able to get their hands on an Apple iPhone.
- Bill seeks to make electronics accessible to blind, deaf
Legislation is in the works to put pressure on consumer electronics companies that revolutionized an earlier generation of technology for the vision- and hearing-impaired.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Home Energy Monitor for Less than $30
Users simply plug any appliance into the Conserve Insight. Whether it's a TV, microwave or lamp, the Belkin device will show how much that device really costs each year in terms of watts, dollars and carbon dioxide.
- Utahns warming to solar energy systems
For a slowing growing number of Utahns that dream no longer seems so far-fetched.
- Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer dines with energy-saving resident of Missoula's Equinox development
"The (climate) problem is global," Schweitzer said, "but it will be resolved by individuals."
- Ray Kurzweil Says Reverse-Engineering of Human Brain Likely by 2030
"exponential growth in technology is being applied to reverse-engineer the brain, arguably the most important project in history.”
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