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"Teaching entrepreneurship in middle school is an amazing achievement. But teaching it to young women is even better" Startups--So Easy A 12-Year-Old Can Do It http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Missoula Children's Theatre's 40th Birthday! - Amazing Adventure Events Auction, 2/12, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black To Speak, 2/9, Montana State University, Bozeman http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- City Club Missoula "Recovery Of Damaged Knees, Brains And Rivers: Research At The U Of M, 2/14, Missoula http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- For Small Businesses, Big World Beckons
He adds that he doesn't think a company like his can do without an overseas presence."Even though we're a small company, our customer base is truly global," he says.
- Government to Urge Small Businesses to Export
"For America to win the future, more small and medium-size businesses must export, because the more small businesses export, the more they produce; the more they produce, the more workers they need, and that means good-paying jobs here at home." U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
- Montana Recycling and Waste Reduction
Recycling Center Processing Hub & Spoke Recycling Grant - Who may Apply - Applications are due on March 31, 2011
21st Century Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Ener-Tech Alliance Speaker Series, 2/22, Bozeman, Montana
NorthWestern Energy http://www.northwesternenergy.com/ and TechRanch http://www.techranch.org/ are pleased to present Wendolyn Holland from the Department of Energy / Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy as the next keynote in the next Montana Ener-Tech Alliance speaker series.
City Club Missoula
- Teen software whiz shows challenges facing schools
14-year-old entrepreneur highlights the challenges educators face in teaching members of the iGeneration
- Beyond the Business Suit - For young people, learning office norms is crucial for survival in the new economy.
Oddly, for something so important, it receives little emphasis in schools and colleges; many job training programs gloss over it.
- Focus on success, strict policies help Spokane, Washington's Rogers High transform
The school's renovation, completed in 2008-'09, made a difference. The students take pride in the school, technological resources are up-to-date, and it's cleaner and brighter, Rogers officials said.
- Cutting Education Costs, Not Education
A few promising approaches to finding cost savings without cutting student services.
- Sir Ken Robinson: Bring on the learning revolution!
In this poignant, funny follow-up to his fabled 2006 talk, Sir Ken Robinson makes the case for a radical shift from standardized schools to personalized learning -- creating conditions where kids' natural talents can flourish.
- Critics say top-rated Chinese education system has a flaw
Critics say the Chinese education system, though tops in test-taking, has a shortfall in producing students who are innovative and creative.
- Missoula, Montana's Hawthorne Elementary students get high-tech education
Some of the first-graders at Hawthorne Elementary enter school with zero exposure to technology.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- University Inventors Don't Have to be Entrepreneurs - Research Discussion in Missoula on 2/14.
If someone waved a magic wand and made you queen (or king) for a day, how would you set up the way our universities manage the research your tax payer dollars paid for? What do you need?
MSU Leadership Institute
- California Federal Court Sheds Light on Defining the Independent Contractor Relationship
In determining whether an individual is an employee or an independent contractor, courts apply an "economic realities" test.
Come Home Montana
- Academy Award Winner Dustin Lance Black To Speak, 2/9, Montana State University, Bozeman
"Black approaches both a controversial and important issue with his screenplay of MILK," said Carmen McSpadden, Director of the MSU Leadership Institute. "And recognizing and addressing issues around diversity is an essential leadership lesson, whether it be race, religion, gender, socio-economic, ethnicity, political beliefs or sexual orientation," McSpadden added.
- An Evening With Tom Brokaw, 2/28, Montana State University, Bozeman, Montana
As part of the event, Brokaw will be accepting an honorary MSU degree. This event is sponsored by the MSU Leadership Institute, ASMSU, Office of the President and University College.
- Legendary Mountaineer, Conrad Anker, "Leadership Lessons From The Top Of The World.", 3/2, Bozeman, Montana
Described as "the world's greatest adventurer" by Outside Magazine, Anker has spent his life ascending the highest peaks in the world, including the mighty Himalayas of Tibet, high Andes of Patagonia, and the frigid Vinson Massif of Antarctica.
- Four Key Elements for Competent Leadership
IBM recently published a remarkable worldwide study based on direct interviews with nearly 1,500 CEOs, general managers and senior leaders from the public and private sectors.
- Courage to be wrong is characteristic of leadership
In every walk of life, it is the lever that gets us unstuck and moves us forward.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Montana Career Opportunity - Analyst/Computer System Analyst II - MSU Division of Student Success
Financial Aid Business Area Analyst/Computer System Analyst II MSU Division of Student Success Details at http://www.montana.edu/jobs
- 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 - Data Network Support Technician - Blackfoot Telecommunication Group
Must have experience in providing exceptional technical, and customer service support to corporate networks for LAN/WAN, WiFi, and VOIP services.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of College Information Technology - The University of Montana
Position is responsible for providing leadership, vision, and management to ensure that the College stays current and competitive with respect to IT infrastructure and services
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Intern Sought for Montana Economic Developers Association Innovative Working Group Project
"Identify innovations and strategic opportunities that would feed into the effort to refine Montana's economic development model including our programs, tools, approach, and our vision."
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- WARREN'S WORLD: 'My Father Hates You'
Then it happened.
- Startups--So Easy A 12-Year-Old Can Do It
In this school every seventh-grade girl becomes part of a team of four or five that create and run their own business
- White House Announces Startup America Partnership to Foster Innovative, High-Growth Firms in United States
The Partnership will bring together top entrepreneurs, start-up firm funders, CEOs, university presidents, foundations, and other leaders to help entrepreneurial companies start or grow.
- How to Pass the Leadership Baton
It seems that very little has been written about how leaders should handle exiting their leadership position.
- University of Montana women give back to girls - GUTS!
GUTS!, or Girls Using Their Strengths http://www.ywcaofmissoula.org/?q=node/6 , a YWCA leadership project for girls ages 9 to 18.
Montana Economic Development
- Former Gardetto's exec shares wisdom at 6th annual Missoula Businesswomen's Network Symposium
"Ask yourself the questions you're afraid to ask and let the answers change your life."
- Dealing in Dell: Montana Tech Solutions relocates to Flathead
The business operates on several fronts. It offers computer network management plans, network design and support, data management and backup, virus removal and computer sales and service.
- Montana's economy boosted by record number of captive insurance companies
Montana licensed a record 26 captive insurance companies in 2010, boosting the number of captives at year-end to 67, also a record.
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- Investing in students is investing in Montana
Higher education provides the tools for Montanans to be resilient and versatile in an economy whose demands are perpetually progressing.
Regional Economic Development
- Butte's Big Sky Blue a super machine
The supercomputer runs at 3.8 teraflops, doing 3.8 trillion floating point operations a second. You'd need hundreds of garden variety PCs linked together to match that power.
- Want more jobs? Unleash small businesses, venture capital and technology
From these stories we know four things about jobs.
- 'Smart Growth' Replaced by 'Intelligent Cities'
Will 'intelligent cities' put an end to suburban sprawl?
- Rural Connections Monthly
The WRDC collaborates with its public and private sector partners to promote excellence in research, education and extension for the prosperity of western rural communities.
- SBA Announces Contracting Program For Women-Owned Small Businesses
Women business owners who want to participate in federal contracting should familiarize themselves with the program's requirements and download the documents they need to demonstrate their eligibility for the program.
- Debt or Equity: Does It Make Any Difference?
It is important that entrepreneurs understand each, especially the cost of these capital source alternatives.
- Establishing the Pre-money Valuation of Pre-revenue Startups
The Scorecard Method has become a popular method among angel investors for determining the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue, startup ventures.
Funding and Building your Business
- Encouraging Women in Industry to Apply for Faculty Jobs
If you're a woman working in government or industry and you haven't already considered an academic career, here are some reasons that you should.
Incubators and R&D
- Melinda French Gates: What nonprofits (and for-profits) can learn from Coca-Cola
At TEDxChange, Melinda Gates makes a provocative case for nonprofits taking a cue from corporations such as Coca-Cola, whose plugged-in, global network of marketers and distributors ensures that every remote village wants -- and can get -- a Coke. Why shouldn't this work for condoms, sanitation, vaccinations too?
- Ten Questions to Ensure a Viable Business Model
Businesses don't thrive just because they offer the latest technology, or because everyone wants to be "green, or because their goal is to reduce world hunger.
- 11 Ways Dating Is Like Starting A Company
#1. In the beginning, you have no freakin' idea what you're doing.
- Workshop - Board Development Committees, 2/17, Missoula, Montana
The board development committee is arguably one of the most important committees within a board.
- Fed says banks have eased business loan terms
The Federal Reserve says banks loosened lending standards modestly for some business loans the past three months but kept tight standards on consumer loans.
Montana Education Excellence
- Finding the next Groupon
'Hey, I've got this great idea written on this napkin. Who can I see and what can I do with this idea to make it a reality?"
- Intel Spreads Its University Research Bets
The new approach, Justin Rattner, Intel's chief technology officer, explained in an interview "allows us to include more institutions, get broader coverage and get more money to university researchers."
- University of Washington, Backed by Intel and U.S. Military, Sets Up Center to Merge Electronics, Photonics
This new effort at UW is supposed to enable scientists from academia, government and industry to experiment more cheaply with new circuits that integrate electronic and photonic technology,
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana Attorney General Steve Bullock - Time to Nominate Outstanding Mentors and Afterschool Providers
"We know from research into programs like Big Brothers Big Sisters that youth who are involved in supportive relationships and activities are less likely to be involved in crime, to skip school, and to use drugs and alcohol," Bullock said. "Caring mentors and afterschool providers do a fantastic job of keeping kids focused on positive pursuits and out of trouble."
- Loyola Sacred Heart High School of Missoula, Montana speech and debate team wins 28th consecutive state title
The Loyola Sacred Heart High School speech and debate team has the longest active high-school winning streak in the country.
- High-schoolers and middle-schoolers team up for tech/science competition
The FIRST competitions -- For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology -- were founded to inspire young people to study science and technology by engaging them in programs that both expand their technological capabilities and improve their self-confidence, communication and leadership.
- Healthcare career fair for Montana students, parents
On Tuesday, high school students from across the region who are considering careers in healthcare will have a chance to calculate dosages of medication, view an endoscopy scope, match food intake with insulin dosages for diabetic patients, perform endotrachial intubations, administer IV drugs, read EKG's, view radiological films and more during MSU-Great Falls' Healthcare Career Day.
- One Class At A Time: Sentinel High School
Students at Sentinel High School in Missoula are learning computer skills in shop class while building school pride.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Tech Transfer Office streamlines system to generate business with higher ed
A new streamlined system to enable University of Nevada, Reno and DRI faculty to begin start-up companies based on their research and development, and to seek entrepreneurial partners from the business community to encourage economic development, has been put in place by the institutions' Technology Transfer Office.
- Everything just changed in the angel investing world - 8 Reasons Why SV Angel/Yuri Milner Investing $150,000 In Every YCombinator Startup Is Brilliant
It's the most entrepreneur friendly investment that I can think of, short of just handing people money as a gift.
Oregon Economic Development
- Meridian, Idaho-based Scentsy is growing internationally
Scensty Inc., was founded in 2004, and has grown nationwide. In 2010, the company's revenue was reported at $380 million.
- Technology changes how Magic Valley students learn in Idaho
The Perrine Parent Teacher Association sold about $8,000 in cookie dough to raise enough money to buy projectors for the remaining classrooms without them last year. Now, PTA President Wendy Maughan said the group is eyeing more fundraising efforts to buy more Mimios for teachers. Technology, she said, is a fantastic resource for people.
- Idaho Gov. Butch Otter's blown-up budget empowers lawmakers
Budget hawks seize the day after the governor says he's off by $150 million.
- Hillsboro, Oregon donates $250,000 to the Oregon Entrepreneurs Network to kick-start new catalyst fund
"As a city that is always seeking new and innovative ways to support and grow our local businesses, this seed money will help entrepreneurs fill early funding gaps, which will in turn stimulate job creation prospects for start-up firms," Mayor Willey said.
Utah Economic Development
- Skullcandy Files S-1 Registration Statement for Initial Public Offering
BofA Merrill Lynch and Morgan Stanley will act as joint book-running managers for the offering.
2011 Montana Legislature
- In Utah, Developing the Science of Entrepreneurship
Utah may be known for many things, but who would have thought that Utah, and particularly Brigham Young University (BYU), would be participating in the transformation of entrepreneurship?
- Join Governor Herbert's Trade Mission to China April 11 - 15, 2011
An excellent opportunity to build partnerships and expand your business in the rapidly growing Chinese market!
- Prosperity 2020: Education Builds the Economy
Great businesses are built with human capital--well-trained and educated workers.
- Uneducated and unmotivated: Legislators attack integrity of Montana student voters
"Concerned individuals don't need to be coddled and babysat to make sure they get it right," he said. Ken Peterson, R-Billings, agreed and further suggested it would be reckless to encourage more university students to vote.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- Community colleges not producing enough health workers
"We know there is a big shortage. In a couple of years, it's going to be serious."
- Missoula Children's Theatre's 40th Birthday! - Amazing Adventure Events Auction, 2/12, Missoula, Montana
Join us to bid on fabulous, once-in-a-lifetime trips that will take you behind the scenes to places you've never been--around the world and right here at home.
Connectivity & Communications
- What's Broken in Greece? Ask an Entrepreneur
The effect on Greek competitiveness could not be more pernicious.
- Even with budget shortfall, Wisconsin Gov. signs 2 business recruitment and tax relief bills to encourage job creation
Signing his third and fourth bills Monday, Gov. Scott Walker wiped away two years of taxes for businesses that move to Wisconsin and added $25 million in tax credits to a state economic development program.
Energy and Climate Change
- Say Goodbye to All Those Passwords
The Commerce Dept. is backing a new security system for online identity checks that could be a boon for e-commerce
- Stimulus funds help wire rural homes for Internet
"Young people who grow up with the media will not live where they can't be connected to digital culture. So most rural communities have been behind the eight ball."
- 3 giant companies launch venture to fund energy tech startups
GE, ConocoPhillips and NRG Energy have partnered to create a venture to invest $300 million in early-stage energy technology firms.
- The world can be powered by alternative energy, using today's technology, in 20-40 years
The researchers' plan calls for wind and solar power to contribute 90 percent of needed energy.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- HEART ATTACK SLIDE SHOW - Worth 45 seconds of your time.....what to do if you have a heart attack and you're alone
Suddenly you start experiencing severe pain in your chest that starts to radiate out into your arm and up into your jaw. You are only five miles from the hospital nearest your home. Unfortunately you don't know if you'll be able to make it that far...
- Mobile App Sales To Top $15 Billion In 2011
By 2014, app downloads will jump to 185 billion.
- Apple's 'iWallet' Ready To Shake Up Registers
Simply put, consumers will be able to make purchases with the NFC-supported devices, which will have direct access to all manner of data from credit-card numbers and bank information to iTunes gift-card balances and prior purchase histories.
- Governors Making the Switch to Cloud Computing
William D. Eggers says the government is giving up the costly infrastructure investments in favor of cloud computing, and the Feds are leading the way.
- Ravalli County rescinds contract with Big Sky Institute for the Advancement of Non-Profits
Citing lack of legal authority, the Ravalli County commissioners on Friday voted to deny a contract with a nonprofit "capacity builder."
- Essential Air Service losing support
Essential Air Service, the federal program that pays airlines to serve more than 150 remote communities, including several in Montana, is once again facing elimination.
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