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"If you want creative workers, give them enough time to play." - John Cleese
Montana Folk Festival wants volunteers from across the state http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- The Made in Montana program now has a page on Facebook.
If you like what you see don't forget to (Like) us!
- Montana Department of Commerce Grant Program Offers $530,000 for Tourism Infrastructure Projects
The Commerce Department's TIIP grants are for tourism-related "brick and mortar" projects sponsored and operated by non-profit organizations or local and tribal governments.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Printing Matters - PrintingForLess Newsletter - JUNE 2011
According to this Small Business Trends article , only 46% of U.S. small business owners plan to take a summer vacation this year.
- Make it Shine! PrintingForLess Now Offers UV Coating
There's nothing worse than blending in - especially when it comes to your print materials. Help your company stand out by adding PFL's new UV coating to your next print project:
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain" - Why kids deserve this program in school.
The revolutionary fitness program in Naperville, Illinois, which has put this school district of 19,000 kids first in the world of science test scores.
- Students in Top Early Ed Program More Likely to Graduate, Less Likely to Land in Jail
"It's important to recognize that this is research on a program that still exists in some form today. This isn't just a boutique, once-upon-a-time program. It is embedded in one of the largest school systems in the country,"
- Largest Expansion of Domain Name System in History: New Domain Name Plan Approved by ICANN on June 20, 2011
Today, ICANN approved the launch of its new generic top level domain name (gTLD) plan.
Come Home Montana
- With a Few Adjustments, Montana's Raft Guides Take on High Waters
Sally Thompson, co-owner of the Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier, said the Middle Fork's water level as of last week was typical of spring runoff, meaning it's high but not un-navigable.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Information Systems Administrator - Web Designer - Washington Companies
The Washington Companies are a vibrant group of individual and independently operated companies in which Montana businessman Dennis R. Washington directly or indirectly holds significant ownership position. Each company displays a unique entrepreneurial spirit that is individually cultured and managed by professional management teams that are guided by separate Boards of Directors.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Systems Administrator - Modwest
Duties will include installation, configuration, and management of Linux software related to 24/7/365 production hosting services.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Applications Specialist/Engineer - Heritage Propane
The primary responsibilities of the Application Specialist/Engineer are to develop, test, and maintain essential financial applications for Heritage Propane.
- Nurturing Montana's bioscience sector - The Montana Bioscience Alliance
The Montana Bioscience Alliance, established in 2004, is a organization dedicated to supporting and promoting Montana's bioscience industry.
Montana Economic Development
- GlaxoSmithKline continues to expand its drug research, operations in Hamilton, Montana
"We are very early in a lot of the research," Covarrubias said. "It could take many years before any of it is ready for the market. We always have to be thinking about what will be the next thing."
- Bozeman, Montana's MercuryCSC 'Nothing' campaign gets national award
"Were doing great work for things that we believe in," she said. "We're all here because we love Bozeman."
- High court allows Paws Up foreclosure in Montana
Lipson has run into conflict in Montana before, most notably with a failed attempt to trademark the state's "Last Best Place" slogan for Paws Up in the mid-2000s.
- TabCorral - The Social Media App That Brings Your Social Media Apps Together from Florence, Montana's Big Horizon Software
TabCorral, the versatile and wickedly useful Firefox add-on, helps make juggling your social media apps even easier.
- Senator Max Baucus Leads Effort to Support Montana's Small Brewers
"Montana's small brewers don't just make great beer out of the best Montana grains-- they also support good-paying Montana jobs."
Regional Economic Development
- 'Discovery in every direction' - New branding effort touts Kalispell as hub of visitor paradise
"We are in the middle of Montana's most iconic natural places. We're a mix of proximity, comfort and discovery."
- Northeast Ohio puts technology to work
The wider the geographic area that these ecosystems serve, the better able the component organizations to hire the very best professionals. That's why any remnants of provincialism need to be stamped out.
- Small Cities Feed the Knowledge Economy
Here are some surprising destinations
- HUD Secretary Donovan Announces $67 Million in Grants Will Soon Be Available In Second Round of Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Program
This year's Regional Planning Grant program will encourage grantees to support regional planning efforts that integrate housing, land-use, economic and workforce development, transportation, and infrastructure developments in a manner that empowers regions to consider how all of these factors work together to bring economic competitiveness and revitalization to a community.
- How do Lifestyle Businesses Differ from Growth Companies?
One way to categorize startups is as lifestyle businesses versus growth businesses. Don't jump to the wrong conclusion. Both are great for the US economy!
Funding and Building your Business
- Google launches tool for online reputation management
"Your online identity is determined not only by what you post, but also by what others post about you -- whether a mention in a blog post, a photo tag or a reply to a public status update," Google explains.
Incubators and R&D
- Social Media Isn't Free to Entrepreneurs or Anyone
Make social media an integrated part of an overall strategy.
- 5 lessons learned from a serial entrepreneur
There is an old Chinese proverb that says, "The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." Sitting around thinking about your great ideas will never produce anything. You have to act. Do some research. Build a prototype. Create a website. Network with colleagues. Start somewhere.
- Men and Women Start Businesses With Unique Styles
The number of female-owned firms is growing twice as fast as all the rest
- These 10 Steps Will Make Your Startup Fundable
Here are some tips which will signal traction and fundability to investors, as well as to your team:
- Board meetings in an era of rapid execution
Too many board meetings suck
- Vintage Steve Jobs Video: "Focusing Is About Saying No"
Jobs says Apple was not focused enough, it was saying "yes" to too many projects, and it meant the total of Apple was worth less than the sum of its parts. "Focusing is about saying no," says Jobs.
- 11 Tools To Get Your Startup Launched Quickly and Efficiently
Everyone loves window shopping, so here is a list of some of the tools we're using to run our startup:
- How You Can be Viewed as a Fundable Entrepreneur
What have you done that would convince me that my money is safe in your hands?
- One-Third of U.S. Workers Ready to Quit
The survey offers a few possible reasons to explain why so many workers are tempted to seek out new jobs, even though there the competition for employment these days is stiff.
- Convince Employees to Work Hard
Foster competition outside the office.
- How to launch a startup and avoid ending up in jail
Certain violations of law, however, could lead to founders' criminal liability. Here are four sets of laws to watch-out for:
Montana Education Excellence
- When breakthroughs follow failure
Each year, the federal government, nonprofit organizations, and companies funnel billions of dollars into scientific and biomedical research, but the new findings suggest that something as subtle as how grants are structured may influence the type of scientific output: incremental progress or a transformative new idea.
- Chamber launching intiative to create a startup district
Similar districts on both coasts have helped startups grow. San Francisco's South of Market, or SoMa, district has incubators for young companies and has been home to upstarts, as well as Twitter, Zynga and Yelp. In Boston, Polaris Venture Partners created Dogpatch Labs to connect entrepreneurs and incubate startups.
- Hundreds of Montana Educators Gather to Focus on Student Success and School Climate - 6/20-24
"Creating a positive learning environment is a key part of student success. All students deserve to be treated with dignity and respect and be surrounded by caring adults to help them achieve their goals. MBI fosters learning environments that produce results." Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
- Chance for Montana's two-year colleges to gain support
Legislators may have missed one opportunity, but the state is seizing others.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Letter to Secretary Locke - Recommendation to Facilitate University-Based Technology Commercialization
Although the specifics of our strategies will vary, reflecting the diverse missions and resources of our institutions, we pledge our universities to greater efforts to advance regional and national economic growth. We are dedicated to ensuring that the knowledge and technological breakthroughs developed at our institutions are rapidly and broadly disseminated to advance the nation's social and economic interests.
Utah Economic Development
- Drones on the Prairie
Can the unmanned aircraft industry invigorate North Dakota?
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- 2 Utah tech firms adding jobs, investing more than $1B
The announcements came as the Governor's Office of Economic Development extended tax credits to the two companies to help with their expansions -- $45.9 million for IM Flash and $3.5 million to EMC .
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- American Prairie Foundation eNewsletter May/June 2011
This year, American Prairie Foundation celebrates its 10th year in operation.
- MAPS on You Tube
And if you know any Ravalli County high schoolers who'd like to participate or their parents, please feel free to forward this.
Connectivity & Communications
- City of Bozeman trying to improve public information strategy
The city of Bozeman has a new Twitter account, one of several ways local government is trying to improve communication with citizens.
- SEVEN New Grant announcements
Energy and Climate Change
- Interactive Media Awards top 10 websites of the year - # 1 - DeFilarmonie for Kids Website
Over 30 websites were selected among the Best in Class, but only 10 were chosen as sites of the year.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- What's the Worst Green-Tech Business to Be In?
But what do you think? If you had to start a company today, what's the one sector you'd avoid?
- Feedback Loops Are Changing What People Do
"Real-time feedback is key to conservation. There's a visceral impact when you see for yourself how much your toaster is costing you."
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Best Practices Guide for Local Governments
This report is based on the activities of the Digital Communities program, a network of public- and private-sector IT professionals who are working to improve local governments' delivery of public service through the use of digital technology.
- Montana Folk Festival wants volunteers from across the state
"It's a statewide event, it's the Montana folk festival and we really want the volunteer base to be represented from people all over the state."
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