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â€œRural America should demand to be front and center on everyoneâ€™s game plan for the entrepreneurship and pioneering that our Nation needs,â€ she writes. â€œItâ€™s a great place to live. Itâ€™s a great place to work. And, itâ€™s a great time to do both. Welcome to The New Rural.â€ Diane Smith â€œTheNewRural.Com,â€ http://matr.net/articl ... .html
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Missoula Schools Excellence
- When Machine Translation Backfires in Chinese
Although MT can sometimes be effective for high volume, repetitious content that uses a highly constrained vocabulary, it is all too often used for short translations "out of context."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Missoula schools program lets high-school students recover credits for courses
MCPS purchased the Aventa Learning program earlier this year as part of its Graduation Matters initiative, giving students one more tool to earn their diplomas on time.
- Improving the Science of Teaching Science
The techniques are rooted in an approach to learning known as deliberate practice, which previous research suggests is what leads to the acquisition of real expertise.
- Math on the move in Montana
Students at C. R. Anderson Middle School ride a bus every day to take math at Capital High School.
- Wonderville.ca is Website of the Week
A fun and entertaining site that features games, comics, activities and videos aimed at engaging children in science.
- 'Physically active learning' improves test scores, sharpens concentration
At a time when recess time is shrinking, childhood obesity is expanding, and everyone's worried about the academic achievement gap, some experts believe that physical learning could pay serious dividends in the classroom.
- Who Says You Can't Replicate Another School's Success?
In this package, we show you how a rural school district in northwest Georgia transformed the way its students learn, using the inspiration and mentorship provided by San Diego's acclaimed High Tech High.
Big Sky Commerce
- How to Make the Most of an Intern
Not all internships are successful, but by using L.E.A.F. principles, your business can benefit from the reciprocal learning experience offered by internships.
- Big Sky Commerce Golf Tournament, 8/24, Missoula, Montana
Big Sky Commerce http://www.bigskycommerce.com Announces 2011 Golf Tournament and Live Auction Benefiting Tamarack Grief Resource Center
Come Home Montana
- Rediscover Montana Magazine
"As you begin to think about your summer weekends and holidays, please use the information in this publication to help you see something new, revisit old haunts and make and renew friendships across the state." GOV. BRIAN SCHWEITZER
- Explore Montana's Mineral and Sanders counties
Route of the Olympian trail a good start
Three Cups of Tea - The Central Asia Institute
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Montana Nonprofit Association
The MNA Board of Directors is conducting an extensive search for a dynamic and talented leader to serve as the organization's next Executive Director and invites qualified candidates to submit their resumes for consideration.
- Greg Mortenson (Three Cups of Tea) downplays critics, stresses future plans
"I fully intend to continue in a life of service."
- "Too Many Bosses, Too Few Leaders" - The Three Things That Employees Really Care About
Here's a one-minute course on energizing and motivating others:
Montana Economic Development
- MCDC Chosen as Partner in Prestigious Goldman Sachs Small Business Collaborative
Some good business news: more proof that Montana matters!
- Group Promotes Workplace Safety in Montana
The group now faces another hurdle: the latest state budget signed by Governor Schweitzer, which eliminated all government funding for WorkSafeMT. Marsh said the group has enough money to run its campaigns until September, and that private donations will sustain the campaign after that.
- Small military contractors dot Montana's landscape
Bridger Photonics http://www.bridgerphotonics.com/ is one of several under-the-radar Montana companies doing millions of dollars in work for the for the U.S. Department of Defense.
- Billings' CTA Architects Engineers to Showcase Old Faithful Visitors' Center to International Delegates
The Visitors' Center, designed by CTA, is one of the first National Park Service visitor centers to achieve Gold LEED certification from the U. S. Green Building Council in recognition of its sustainable construction and operational standards.
- Senator Baucus Announces APEC Export Seminar for Montana Businesses
At Senator's Urging Trade Experts to Help Montana Business Sell More Goods, Services Overseas
Regional Economic Development
- Green Investment Group: Jobs slow in coming to other purchased millsites - Frenchtown, Montana
Despite Green's talk of one day creating more jobs than Smurfit provided, job creation at the company's other sites has been slow. In fact, two former millsites bought in 2006 still have no tenants.
- States go all out with tax incentives, deals to hook firms
Critics say states, in push to attract businesses, often do more harm than good, with few jobs created and money wasted
- Is creating a "college-going culture" the answer?
Simply put, rural communities need to send more young people to college because rural businesses need a well-educated workforce to compete in the global economy. Stronger rural businesses mean stronger rural economies.
- Why success always starts with failure
Three things you need to know, based on three very different examples.
- Being an Entrepreneur can Encourage Personal Growth
The bottom line is that becoming an entrepreneur can assist personal growth in a number of ways that are key not just to successful business but also to the enhancement of an individual's standing.
- Employers Put Executive Job Candidates to the Test
Management assessments are booming again as companies scramble to find the best leaders amid a hiring rebound.
- Graduated? Seven job tips for college graduates.
Use these seven career tips to change your job search into a job offer.
Funding and Building your Business
- How To Create a Job
Can politicians truly create many jobs?
Incubators and R&D
- For Startups Pitching VCs, Three Is a Magic Number
The panelists pointed to three main reasons companies with several co-founders seem to be a better bet than single-founder companies
- Investors Expect Ten Essentials in a Business Plan
Things that make it investment-grade for outside investors will also benefit you, since you are the ultimate investor.
- Innovation Takes Real Effort, Even For Startups
"Look at more stuff; think about it harder."
- Debunking the Myths About SBA Loans
Here are some popular myths about the SBA, along with reality checks.
- Employers tell workers to get a move on
Concerned about sedentary jobs, many offices find ways to add exercise to the workday. Some see it as an investment in workers' healthcare.
- Cost-Cutting Ideas You Might Not Have Thought Of
How to save on shipping, credit-card fees, debt charges and more
- Both Sides of the Table - Quick Practical, Tactical Tips for Presentations
It's any meeting where you are in a small room and are being called on to present on some form of overhead slides
- How To Use Facebook To Enchant Your Customers
The process of creating a deep, delightful, mutually-beneficial and voluntary relationship with customers is called enchanting them.
Montana Education Excellence
- Veteran Executive Entrepreneurs Join SIRTI in Spokane, WA
The Executive Entrepreneurs will serve as an extension of the Sirti Client Services team in a lead client advisory role to companies that have successfully completed the Sirti business development process.
- Zentz helps Sirti seek out new path
Sirti has helped craft legislation that would abolish it and a Seattle counterpart, the Washington Technology Center, and transfer their duties and functions to a new state agency, Innovate Washington.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Tom Brokaw tells University of Montana grads to 'make a difference'
"Go forth and make a difference. God knows, we need your help."
- University of Montana Students Assist Taxpayers in Claiming Nearly $800,000 in Refunds
The University of Montana Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program has concluded another successful tax season assisting low-income taxpayers in completing their federal and state income tax returns.
- Montana State University College of Business seeking donations of business attire
The Montana State University College of Business is seeking donations of business attire for "The Executive's Closet," a project aimed to help MSU business students achieve a professional look affordably.
University Business Plan Competitions
- APEC Needs to Recomit to Startups by November
It would be interesting, for example, to see a shift in the APEC emphasis from "small- and medium-sized businesses" to young businesses or "small and growing businesses."
- CreativiTea wins annual Montana University John Ruffatto business plan competition
John Beltrone and Emese Vitalis and CreativiTea won the 22nd annual University of Montana John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, which showcases the entrepreneurial aspirations of students across the state.
- Montana University System John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition Awards More Than $30,000 To Budding Entrepreneurs
Montana's next generation of entrepreneurs took home more than $30,000 in prize money during The University of Montana's 22nd annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, hosted May 12 by the UM School of Business Administration.
- Miami students looking to turn university invention into cash
"More universities have to do that now. We're supposed to be engines of economic development."
- Is University tech transfer flawed?
The U.'s model, which "cherry picks" technologies to sell as companies rather than just licensing technologies, could undermine tech transfer by "creating higher price tags for Utah's local entrepreneurs" to participate.
- Study: Idahoans earn less than national average
Experts cite a lack of a priority on educating the state's work force.
- Boise statistics paint a stark picture of the state of the city
When he gives his eighth State of the City address this week, it will be in the context of that economic slump. In just five years, foreclosures have increased tenfold and unemployment has more than tripled in Boise.
- Senator Baucus' Rural Education Bill Gathers Strength, Broad Support
Educators Say Baucus Bill is Vital for Rural Schools
Energy and Climate Change
- How to Create an Engaged Tourism Social Media Community
I like to call the online social media communities "places of thanks."
- BPA says it will tamp down windfarms when too much power floods the system
The Bonneville Power Administration will rein in the wind, and is likely to reap the legal whirlwind.
- Children, parents file suit to set, enforce limits on greenhouse gases in Montana
"There is not enough time to effectively arrest the effect of human-caused climate change unless immediate action is taken," it says. "Climatological 'tipping points' lie directly ahead."
- Smart meters take utility monitoring into the future
"Although this system served its purpose in the past increasing demand for electricity means the entire electric grid must be smarter and more efficient in the future. Smart grid technologies will empower members with real time information and greater control over their energy use."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Tricorder X PRIZE Offers $10 Million For Mobile Medical Solution
A $10 million prize to develop a mobile solution capable of diagnosing patients better than or equal to a panel of board certified physicians.
- New products: Printer handles more than paper
Feeling creative? The Epson Stylus Photo R2000 can print your designs on a variety of media, including roll paper, canvas, art boards and DVDs.
- Top 25 Innovations in Government
From the facilitation of video chatting with inmates to planning for the next natural disaster to Economic Gardening, here's a look at the best problem-solving programs in the country.
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