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“Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid.” Albert Einstein
Hope to see you at the Testy Fest on Saturday night! http://matr.net/events ... =3708 --- TREK: Dorsey And Whitney - "10 Things To Think About When Starting A Business", 6/13, Bozeman, Montana http://matr.net/events ... =3714 --- Financing A High-Impact Venture (in Montana) Workshop, 6/14, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
Big Sky Commerce
- Thinking Young, Very Young, with Title I
"The school district's Birth-Five program emerged as a response to concerns over school readiness of incoming kindergartners in the district and growing attention to the need to improve kindergarten through third grade reading performance.
- Ten ideas for interactive teaching
"Don't be afraid to experiment,"
- Innovators at boot camp pitch ideas to energize education
"It's a very personal process. You've got your guts on the line."
- Study shows preschool's benefits are long-lasting
Better jobs, less drug abuse and fewer arrests are among advantages found in the study.
- "Citizen Schools" Cisco shows one way businesses can support schools
"We're important to them."
- Registration Open For Science, Technology, Math Experience For Girls At University of Montana June 15-17
Schools from across the state will offer a free opportunity at The University of Montana this month for high school girls who will enter their junior year this fall to experience college life and explore science, technology, engineering and mathematics.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- A unique fundraising effort by two local groups Big Sky Commerce and Missoula Catholic Schools. Easy switch in credit card processing means more money for local schools
"We at Big Sky Commerce are thrilled to support the fundraising efforts of such a well-established and successful school system as Missoula Catholic Schools (MCS). This partnership provides MCS alumni, parents, staff, the foundation board and members of the Missoula community to utilize a service they may already be using to generate revenue for the school system," says Big Sky Commerce owner Kevin Davis.
- "Medical Marijuana In Montana: Thoughtful Questions, Responsible Answers", 9/19-20, Helena, Montana
Save the date for the upcoming Fall Conference in Helena
- The Cost of Water: Who Benefits? Who Pays? Summary, Ralph Johnson, Director, Burton K. Wheeler Center
Water is the most important resource Montana holds.
Come Home Montana
- Welcome Back to Montana
Montana's hometown hospitality knows no limits. Choose the next spot to pull up a chair and try the pie.
- Saturday, 6/11 - Congressional Roll Call has already covered it and celebrities are speaking out in support of it, but we still need your support of this year's D.C.-based Montana Testicle Festival.
"Eating Rocky Mountain Oysters is almost as fun as actually harvesting them," Sarah Palin didn't really say in a statement.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Database/GIS Analyst - Plum Creek
As the Database/GIS Analyst for Plum Creek, you will play a vital role in managing key data maintenance and integrity processes in Plum Creek's Integrated Forestry Management System (IFMS), an enterprise GIS system that has 300+ users who rely on this system to help them manage Plum Creek's 7+ million acres.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Support Technician- Butte, MT
This is a lead technical support position within IT Support Services and the primary role is to insure proper operation of internal customers' job related technology tools.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Civil Engineer /Project Manager - Billings, MT
In this position, employee is responsible for the timely and accurate completion of multiple projects assigned to him/her by combining overall technical and project management accountability.
- We Is Bigger Than Me
The true measure of success is not the value you create for yourself but the values that define your work and how you lead and live.
Regional Economic Development
- GlaxoSmithKline marks 30 years in Hamilton, Montana
"This was a chicken coop 30 years ago," he said. "And now look at it. What a great achievement to build not only this building, but to build this community. I hope you all feel proud of the work you have accomplished."
- Murdoch's buys Quality Supply stores in Montana
With the purchase of the four (4) Quality Supply stores, Murdoch's Ranch & Home Supply doubles the number of store locations it currently has in Montana.
- State-of-the-Art Measures in Economic Development
As local governments have gained greater experience with economic development and as more attention has been directed to outcomes and accountability across the range of local government programs and services, the state of the art has begun to change. Now, economic development officials--and those who monitor their performance--are increasingly tuned in to a broader and more meaningful array of measures to document their performance.
- Financing A High-Impact Venture (in Montana) Workshop, 6/14, Bozeman, Montana
Topics covered by Bill Payne http://www.billpayne.com include capital sources for entrepreneurs, debt versus equity, exits, business plans, fundable companies, advisors, term sheets and valuation.
- Probability of Success in Raising Angel Capital
So...with all this capital being invested annually in the US in startup entrepreneurs, what is an entrepreneur's chance of success in angel fundraising?
Funding and Building your Business
- Governor Snyder's 'economic gardening' translates into billions in lending, seed funding and free legal work for Michigan businesses
During his campaign for governor, Snyder said his economic development strategy would focus on helping existing businesses grow, a process known as "economic gardening," and would enlist private sector resources in the effort.
Montana Education Excellence
- Free Online Tool from SBA Helps Small Businesses Develop an Export Business Plan
"Giving exporters the tools to do their part in this effort is essential. The new Export Business Planner is one such tool and will serve businesses in the critical process of planning for their success."
- Quotes From Entrepreneurs To Dodge Accountability
"I'd love to start a new company, but nobody will invest in me."
- Understanding Venture Debt
Watch our video for an explanation of venture debt and how it can help your growing company.
- 10 Questions To Shape Your Startup Strategic Plan
I'm not suggesting here that a strategic plan is a one-time set-in-stone effort. In fact, quite the opposite, every plan must be improved and adapted as you learn more and the world changes around you.
- How women entrepreneurs are changing the world
For aspiring female entrepreneurs -- and males, too -- these women prove to all of us that women can overcome great obstacles to build great businesses.
- Latest Report Shows Montana's Dropout Rate on the Decline
"Making dropout prevention a statewide priority is starting to pay off for Montana students," said Superintendent Juneau. "I believe in taking a hard look at data and confronting our challenges when we discover them. This news is truly something to celebrate as we mark the end of the school year."
- Where Are The Jobs In Indian Country?
Unemployment is significantly higher in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Utah Economic Development
2011 Montana Legislature
- State of Innovation Utah's - Gov. Gary Herbert touts his state's quality of life and educated work force.
We have an opportunity for business to succeed here. I am in competition with the other 49 states. We will win some and we will lose some, but it bodes well for us.
- Guest opinion: Legislature boosts jobs, Montana economy
Lawmakers made good progress this session in helping Montana's small businesses create those well-paying jobs that Montanans want to see.
- Universities Skip Basic Business Survival Skills
I'm sure that every one of us who has been out in the business world for a few years can look back with perfect hindsight and name a few college courses that we should have taken. What's more disconcerting to me is that I can name a few that weren't even offered!
- Business Boot Camp for High School Students
Students also compete in a simulated business experience where they have to make business decisions regarding supply and demand, price point, personnel, facilities and equipment needs, advertising, research and development and much more.
Energy and Climate Change
- Center for Social Capital Launches Compensating Balance Loan Fund: fighting poverty through employment
Half of all working-age adults experiencing income poverty have a disability.
- If Not 'The Next Silicon Valley,' How About 'The Next Boulder'?
Combine that with a low cost of living and the "great outdoors," and ----- sees an attractive place for entrepreneurs - and one it hopes will eventually come to resemble a certain city at the foot of the Rockies
- Hotter-than-ever summers predicted
Large areas of Earth are expected to warm up so quickly that by the middle of the century the coolest summers will be hotter than the hottest summers of the past 50 years.
- New Electric Fuel Behaves Like Gasoline
A radically new approach to the design of batteries, developed by researchers at MIT, could provide a lightweight and inexpensive alternative to existing batteries for electric vehicles and the power grid.
- Northwest Area Foundation non-profit could help create Idaho jobs
"I work with extraordinary people who are fighting the good fight and doing work that's hard and really believing in what they do," Peterson said. "It's really rewarding to help them. They've been doing this on their own."
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