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"Real insights don't come out of linear plans; they come from collecting ideas and thinking about things and then all of the sudden -- creativity occurs on Saturday morning when you least expect it." Eric Schmidt, CEO, Google "Creating Smart Cities and Replicating Silicon Valley" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
"CleanTech" Company, The Noribachi Group, Promises Jobs, Technology For Montana" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Money well spent? Competitors question wisdom of giving $64 million in stimulus money to Montana Opticom to expand rural broadband" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Montana's state tourism director gone
"Betsy is widely respected by members of our association and by tourism professionals across the state. She has done an admirable job in leading the efforts of the Montana Office of Tourism and we will miss her enthusiasm, leadership and her dedication."
City Club Missoula
- Promotional Products Distributor Stops Costly Error and Increases Margin with Professional Printing Services from PrintingForLess.com
With PFL’s reasonable prices, now my customers receive high-quality letterhead, business cards, envelopes, catalogs, brochures, and other printed materials. Plus, PFL helped me catch a costly error.”
- Printing For Less AUGUST 2010 Newsletter
This month's newsletter features several practical business articles filled with juicy tips on writing an effective business plan, marketing your business the right way, and turning your employees into valuable managers.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- City Club Missoula Hosts Congresswoman Pat Schroeder, 9/10, Missoula, Montana
Patricia Scott Schroeder served as the first U.S. congresswoman from Colorado beginning in 1973. She was outspoken about what she considered wasteful spending by the Defense Department and championed women's and children's issues. When she retired from Congress in January 1997, she was the longest-serving woman in Congress.
- Job Description for a Startup CEO
On the lighter side, startup CEOs should be prepared for some fairly unorthodox job duties, such as Chief Barista.
Come Home Montana
- TechRanch TREK: What Can Camelina Do For You?, 8/26, Bozeman, Montana
Dr. Alice Pilgeram, Research Professor in Plant Science at Montana State University, will describe the current status of camelina production in Montana, biofuel production, and development of other products and applications for camelina seed, meal, and oil.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of Sales - West Paw Design
West Paw Design's http://www.westpawdesign.com plans for future growth will leverage its tradition of innovative, environmentally-conscious product designs complemented by the highest levels of customer service and satisfaction. With strong growth for 2010, we are seeking a Director of Sales who will lead the company to continued growth.
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Sen. Baucus co-hosts 2010 Montana Economic Development Summit Sept. 13-14 in Butte with the Montana Economic Developers Association and Montana Tech.
We hope you can join us as we gather to share Big Sky ideas on sparking innovation, boosting exports, and creating good-paying jobs.
"Montana's Race To The Top - The State with the Best Education Wins!"
- Troops see the value of ‘three cups of tea’
With its inspirational tone and idealistic worldview, “Three Cups of Tea” would seem an unlikely primer of military counterinsurgency.
- Ten States Chosen to Receive 'Race to the Top' Funds
The winners will receive funds set aside for states who could document that they would use the money to implement certain overhauls. Those changes include greater teacher accountability, the use of data systems and support for the growth of charter schools.
Glacier National Park Centennial
- How To Sell U.S. Clean Technologies In Europe, 8/26, Online
The US Commercial Service’s Energy Team, the Environmental Technologies Team, CS France and CS Belgium will present a webinar on opportunities in the Western European market for the green energy and clean technology sectors.
- Technology Leads More Park Visitors Into Trouble
People with cellphones call rangers from mountaintops to request refreshments or a guide; in Jackson Hole, Wyo., one lost hiker even asked for hot chocolate.
Montana Economic Development
- Yellowstone, Glacier building work making Valier, Montana's Swank a national park player
Swank, a Valier-based company, is gaining a reputation for its national parks work.
- Secretary Sebelius at St. Patrick Hospital in Missoula, Montana: Misinformation hampering health reform
From the so-called "death panels" to small employers who believe health care reform will cost them more instead of less, the misinformation spread by reform opponents has been yet another barrier between Americans and better, less expensive health care.
Regional Economic Development
- Sen. Baucus To Hold Small Business Roundtable, 8/26, Lewistown, Montana
Senator Works to Grow Central Montana Job Opportunities at Community Discussion
- Sen. Baucus To Hold Small Business Roundtable, 8/27, Miles City, Montana
Senator Works to Grow Eastern Montana Job Opportunities at Community Discussion
- "CleanTech" Company, The Noribachi Group, Promises Jobs, Technology For Montana
The Noribachi Group, LLC is a private equity firm focused on the CleanTech economy. We share a single-minded commitment to injecting clean, green and renewable energy technologies and products into everyday life.
- Montana Association Of Planners Conference, 9/22-24, Missoula, Montana
The conference will address issues of importance to Montana and to those involved with the built environment.
Funding and Building your Business
- Creating Smart Cities and Replicating Silicon Valley
Google CEO Eric Schmidt discusses what makes a city smart and successful in this interview with Foreign Policy.
Montana Education Excellence
- 6 Simple Selling Tips For Software Entrepreneurs
I actually recently realised that many of the things I'm doing on a daily basis are all part of what might be called "sales".
- Dave DeWalt's next big challenge: make Intel-McAfee marriage fruitful
The 60% share-price premium McAfee CEO Dave DeWalt got Intel to pay to acquire McAfee doubled the share-price premium DeWalt garnered the last time he flipped a mid-sized tech company to a giant corporation.
- In Case of Emergency: What Not to Do
WHOEVER suggested that all publicity is good publicity clearly never envisioned the wave of catastrophe engulfing high-profile corporations over the last year, laying waste to some of the most meticulously tailored reputations on earth.
- How Your Smartphone Will Transform Your Elevator Pitch
Osman refused to allow his smartphone to decay into a sales tool or product pitch — although those elements were baked into the material — and instead used the device as a medium to both reinforce his conversation points and invite new questions and comments from me.
- Here's The Problem With The Expanding Birthrate Of Web Startups
When I look at this expanding birthrate, I think "who is going to house, feed, school, and send all these kids to college?"
- Ideas For Building Better Software Businesses
My objective for this particular presentation was to improve the odds of your survival and your success if you're growing a software company.
- Registration Open For Fall Lifelong Learning Courses At the University of Montana
Community members ages 50 and older can explore topics ranging from literature, history and music to psychology, philosophy and current events through the courses, taught by dynamic UM and community instructors. Fall courses will be held September through November.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Alternative Co-ops Are Taking Root
Rural co-ops aren't just for electricity anymore. Now small towns, hospitals, schools -- and rural residents, too -- are joining forces to save on everything from paper to funeral services.
- Biotech Entrepreneurs Offer Tips For Winning an SBIR Including a Top 10 List of Dos and Don’ts
”The most important thing about submitting your proposal is to meet the deadline,” Fagaly said. “And you should always assume the server will go down on the day the electronic application is due.”
- Commercialization in Nevada presents both promises, challenges
“This has got to be the future of our economy,” says Mike Skaggs, executive director of the Nevada Commission on Economic Development. “We've got to build companies around the brain cells of the people who live here. It's of utmost importance.”
- Expediting University Startups: A Step Toward Advancing America’s Prosperity
There is evidence that restrictions at academic institutions themselves are slowing the diffusion of new technologies.
South Dakota Economic Development
- Why tech matters to Idaho - The Idaho Technology Council
To borrow a phrase from my experience in the U.S. Navy, the rising tide lifts all boats. That has never been truer than right now, within the high technology community of Idaho. Here, a rising tide of energy and collaboration is elevating a unified, statewide voice for high tech in our fearless, ambitious state.
- Economic development gets a mayoral jolt - City to get more aggressive in attracting jobs
"I believe the mayor's job is to help lead the charge. That's what I'm going to do."
- Profs get smartphones, so students can call them
As a professor, how do you get dropout-prone college students to stay in school? Give them your cellphone number. How do you get professors to promptly field text messages, calls and e-mails from students? Buy them smartphones and pay for the service plan.
- More students need a laptop computer for the classroom
Back-to-school supplies for middle school students used to mean pens, notebooks, maybe a new backpack. But for a growing number of families, the list now includes a laptop computer.
Connectivity & Communications
- The Community Tool Box
It offers more than 7,000 pages of practical guidance in creating change and improvement.
Energy and Climate Change
- Money well spent? Competitors question wisdom of giving $64 million in stimulus money to Montana Opticom to expand rural broadband
"This mindset that we've got to give a Pennsylvania company $64 million to run Montana companies out of business is ridiculous."
- USDA defends $64M stimulus award to Montana Opticom, a subsidiary of a Pittsburgh company for broadband in Gallatin County, Montana - Recipient of federal Internet award tied in to wealthy Pittsburgh family
“I can name 50 other communities around the state that have no Internet, but we’re going to give $64 million to a place that has a ton of it.”
- 24-year-old entrepreneur putting high-speed Internet in rural areas
LiveAir Networks offers broadband services using microwave technology, usually mounted on water towers, across 2,400 square miles in parts of five counties.
- Eight Great Tips for Traveling with the iPad
The iPad is an almost perfect travel computer.
- Calfornia turbulence blows ill for Pacific Northwest Region
For Northwest energy planners, Californian Propositions 23 and SB722 are disquieting because they might profoundly affect regional investment in wind energy.
- Noribachi Subsidiary Qnuru™ Celebrates Milestone Shipment of 2,000th LED Light Bulb for High Intensity Discharge Luminaires
Qnuru’s Vector LED Light Bulbs have saved customers over 3 million kilowatt hours of energy, the equivalent of unplugging every home in the city of Green Bay, Wisconsin for a day.
- “The Spirit Level: Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better” Can We Socialize Ourselves to Good Health?
History teaches us that one society simply cannot change to another by simply changing its policies.
- Pig wrestling cancelled in Montana
A pig wrestling competition at a county fair in northern Montana has been cancelled after the porkers eluded fair officials trying to round them up for the event.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano To Discuss Border Security , 8/24-25, Great Falls, Sunburst And Havre, Montana
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano is scheduled to travel to Great Falls, Sunburst and Havre next week to speak with Montana senators and law enforcement officials about efforts to secure the northern border.
- Missoula writer Sneed Collard III turns publisher for himself, other authors - Bucking Horse Books "Great Reads from the West."
It's his way of keeping new meaningful regional works alive, and keeping regional talent employed.
- News from Missoula Cultural Council - News and Events for the week of August 23, 2010
Get ready for Germanfest! The annual celebration of Missoula's sister city partnership with Neckargemund takes place in Caras Park on Sunday, September 12 from 2:00-6:00 p.m., and features German food, beer and music from the Bavarian Echoes.
- 60-mile traffic jam on Chinese freeway enters its 9th day
And we sometimes complain when we have to wait for road construction in the U.S... Next time just remember, it could be a lot worse!
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