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Montana Department of Commerce
- Career Opportunities - Network Technician - IT Project Manager - Application Developer - Arrow Solutions Group
At ASG, we are passionate about fostering successful relationships with our customers and candidates--relationships where quality, honesty and respect matter.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The Montana Small Business Development Center Presents "Invest In Your Businesses Success", 4/6, Billings,Montana
Do you want your business to be successful? Do you want to take your business to the next level?
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- What the U.S. can learn about improving teacher effectiveness
Finland, Ontario, and Singapore offer lessons in teacher retention and training
- Why does U.S. fail in science education?
That "tiger mother" approach may be one reason Singapore students consistently score at the top on international science knowledge tests, and American parents' more forgiving attitude may play some role in the less impressive U.S. scores.
- High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) for high school juniors or seniors who demonstrate an interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM)
HSAP is designed so that students can apprentice in fields of their choice with experienced scientists and engineers full-time during the summer or part-time during the school year.
- "Vanished" - MIT and the Smithsonian Institution parking curiosity in middle schoolers across the country by turning students into scientific sleuths
On April 4, developers at MIT and scientists at the Smithsonian Institution will launch a website called Vanished that will enable middle schoolers to help solve a mystery surrounding an environmental disaster.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Schools council to promote STEM education - Employers needs scientists and engineers
"Employers have a choice," Markell said. "We're not entitled to have anyone tomorrow just because they're here today."
- Nine Habits That Make "Contagious" Leaders
Leadership which incents other people to be leaders is called "contagious leadership."
Come Home Montana
- Guides bring tourists to Yellowstone wolves
"I never understood why Americans use the word 'awesome.' It seemed like the strangest of words, until the first time I stood here in the silence on a cold icy morning."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Network/Computer Systems Administrator - MSU-Bozeman
Network/Computer Systems Administrator II (Systems Administrator) Information Technology Center Montana State University in Bozeman
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Cleantech Venture Capital in 2015
What we've learned over the past few years is that cleantech markets don't necessarily lend themselves easily to venture capital models.
- Kauffman Study Reveals an Entrepreneurial Support Powerhouse in Southeast Michigan
The study concludes that Michigan already has in place many programs and initiatives that have been designed for entrepreneurs.
Montana Economic Development
- Lack of awareness, undiagnosed victims contribute to traumatic brain injury crisis in Montana and nationwide.
Aproximately 25 people die each month from traumatic brain injury in Montana.
- Kalispell, Montana based Ookla is global leader in broadband speed testing
More than three million times a day, Internet users tap into Ookla's free and licensed diagnostic tools such as Speedtest.net. To date the company has tallied more than 2.1 billion speed tests.
- Miller Colony to start raising Coho salmon in Montana - Teton Fisheries L.L.C.
With the arrival of 10,000 specially-bred Coho salmon eggs last December, Miller Hutterite Colony south of Bynum began operation of the first private, commercial salmon farm in the state using cutting-edge filtration technology that recirculates 99 percent of the groundwater used in the fish tanks.
- Small Business Administration Announces Winners of SBA 2011 Montana Small Business Week Awards
Several months ago the Small Business Administration asked for nominations in helping celebrate the many outstanding and successful businesses we have in the great state of Montana. The nominations opened our eyes to the many diverse, innovative and stable businesses we have located throughout Montana.
- Senator Max Baucus To Stand Up for Montana Jobs, Communities in Series of Events, 3/22-23
Senator Will Hold Series of Events in Montana Next Week to Highlight Smart Solutions to Cut the Deficit While Protecting Montana's Working Families
Funding and Building your Business
- Social Media Managers Just Tweet All Day And Surf Facebook
What was once the realm of pre-teens and college students is quickly becoming one of the most highly demanded skills in the job market.
- The Ten Worst Things to Put on Your Resume
We talked with career coaches and resume writers to find ten gaffes that will guarantee that your resume never makes it past round one.
Incubators and R&D
- Got a Great Idea? Tell Everyone!
"Entrepreneurs have a thousand great ideas, they don't need yours," he said. "And big companies can't turn on a dime and beat you to it, they need at least three quarters to get something new done. We were ready to move a lot faster than that."
- Corporations getting back into venture funding
Experts say that, thanks to bulging corporate balance sheets and a growing reluctance among traditional venture investors like state pension funds to dabble in risky investments, big companies are getting back into the game in a big way.
- The power of the pitch: Advice from the receiving end
The elevator pitch is one of the most important items in an entrepreneur's toolkit.
- Small Business Administration moves to let more companies qualify as 'small'
The Small Business Administration last week took a step toward redefining what it means to be "small" for information technology, engineering and consulting-services companies, among others, marking another change in a tumultuous period for federal contractors.
- How to Find the Right Investor for Your Business
Beware of investors who want a majority stake in your business.
- The 5 Minute Guide To Cheap Startup Advertising
The half-life of advertising traffic is zero. This means that the moment you stop shelling out cash, the traffic stops.
- For better meetings, set some ground rules
Meetings can be highly productive, if they are facilitated according to shared ground rules.
Montana Education Excellence
- Kalispell urologist, Dr. William Stewart's SurgiCount Medical inspired by grocery scanner to develop life-saving invention
Dr. William Stewart, a Kalispell urologist, recalls the moment inspiration struck for a life-saving technology now used at Kalispell Regional Medical Center and more than 70 other hospitals.
- Mountain Moodle Moot, 6/1-3, Helena, Montana
This will be the premier MoodleMoot in the Northwestern U.S. The moot will be one and a half days of informal discussions, laughter, insight and enlightening tips.
- University of Montana students enjoy rare, in-person Q-and-A with Warren Buffett
For some, the sit-down with the famed investor and philanthropist was the culmination of their graduate-school tenure. "A great finale," as one put it, as many will accept diplomas in May.
- The Montana Middle and High School Apprenticeship & Training Program
Check out our new website that is exclusively designed for middle and high school students.
- Wyoming remains in contention for Verizon data center
Laramie remained in the running for a $4 billion Verizon data center after western New York was no longer considered.
- Ravalli County to create business plan
"We are all in agreement that we need to run our county as a business and every good business has a business plan," said Commissioner Suzy Foss.
- First edition of Montana Municipal Officials Handbook now available
The first edition of the Montana Municipal Officials Handbook, which includes an overview of local government and a procedures manual for clerks, treasurers and finance officers, was just released by the Montana State University Extension Local Government Center.
Energy and Climate Change
- Richland County, Montana's Board of Health highlighted in national magazine
"It's important for the community to know the activities in Richland County and that the board of health got recognized in the national magazine," Judy LaPan, Richland County Health Department administrator, said. "It's key to having a supportive board of health to do these kinds of things."
- Megaloads, water company: The Community Environmental Legal Defense Fund helps local communities fend off corporations
"Communities are no longer accepting that they don't have the authority to say 'no' to megaloads, or drilling, mining, water withdrawals."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Fuel for Schools - Darby, Montana School District honored for success of biomass system
With skyrocketing fuel prices gouging other school budgets across the state, the Darby School District is thanking their lucky stars they were able to install a biomass boiler back in 2003.
- Governors Give Industrial Energy Efficiency a Boost
"Energy efficiency is the low hanging fruit in our energy orchard and we need to aggressively pursue all reasonable cost-effective opportunities," Otter said. "By aggressively pursuing energy efficiency we free up capacity on our transmission system and make more energy available to help businesses expand."
- Accidental Nano-Breakthrough May Be Big for Batteries, Bioenergy
Apparently, the discovery was made by accident. The researchers were studying carbon particles in soil and added gold particles to boost the laser signals. They found that carbon and gold particle chains would form wherever they moved the laser.
- How to Churn Out Cheap LED Lighting
Making LEDs microchip manufacturing methods could slash the cost of lighting.
- Video: Zappos.com CEO talks the future of technology, business
What's the biggest trend in technology, according to Zappos.com chief Tony Hsieh?
- 10 Apps You Should Download for iPad 2
Which of the 65,000 iPad apps should you download?
- "The key to moving individual transportation behavior away from the convenience of the single-occupancy vehicle." Australians Have Learned to Drive Less
Australia, a booming economy with a higher rate of car ownership than the United States and even more wide-open spaces, is a model for what we must do.
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