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"I want to be thoroughly used up before I die" George Bernard Shaw
S&K Technologies Offering $15,000 Scholarship http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "After The Bell: Inside The MAPS Media Institute", 8/6-7, Montana PBS http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- University of Montana Joins Plan To Foster Faster Computer Networks http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- How to Create a Quote for Document Translation Services
This is the first in a series of four blogs in which I will share a quick approach to calculating translation costs for documents, software, websites and multimedia translation services.
Montana Department of Transportation
- 4th Annual Montana Downtown Conference, 10/12-14, Bozeman, Montana
The Montana Department of Commerce Presents
- Montana Department of Commerce Announces Recipients of 2011 Indian Equity Fund Grants for Indian Business Owners
During the first four years of the program, the Montana Department of Commerce and State Tribal Economic Development Commission provided $483,000 to fund a total of 72 business owners.
- Montana Department of Transportation - INROADS July 2011 Paving the Way for Montana's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
Be watching...lots of training sessions sponsored by the DBE program will be coming up. If you are interested in seeing something or your employees need specialized training, contact Shannon Hahn at 406-444-7287!
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Make Your Print Project Shine with PrintingForLess.com's New UV Coating Option
Stand out with an environmentally-friendly, high-shine marketing alternative to lamination at http://www.pfl.com/uv
Highway 12 Ventures
- Ending the 'tyranny of the lecture'
Educators need to transfer information, he said, but students also need to do something with this information to make it stick--not simply parrot it back during a test, but actually assimilate it and take ownership of it, so they can apply this knowledge in a different context. If students can't do that, he said, then they haven't really learned anything.
- Five things students say they want from education
With so many education stakeholders debating the needs of today's schools, student voices aren't always heard when it comes to what they want from their education.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Highway 12 Ventures - Important Firm News
Words cannot describe the gratitude we feel for everyone who has supported Highway 12 Ventures during the last decade. We look forward to continuing to work with the stakeholders in the Rocky Mountain region and Idaho in particular to support all the entrepreneurs in our startup communities.
- Engage Online at Blackfoot's Education Technology Conference
This year's Education Technology Conference (ETC) for rural teachers and administrators will focus on using technology tools in the classroom to build relationships with students, peers, mentors, the community and the world.
Come Home Idaho
- Philipsburg, Montana summer tourism is "better than ever"
Some folks have expressed worries that tourism in Montana is down this year, but in Philipsburg, they're having the best season ever.
- Glacier National Park - Into the Big Sky
To travel along the Going-t0-the-Sun Road, the 50-mile or so road across Glacier National Park in northern Montana, is to see the West as it was.
- Twilight of the Glaciers
A century and a half ago there were 150 glaciers in what is now Glacier National Park. Twenty-five remain.
- Register Now For Glacier Park Study Experience - 9/23-26
Participants will be guided to remote locations within the park to study wildlife habitat, Native American history, climate change, forest fires and physical geography.
Come Home Montana
- Idaho Career Opportunity - Software Engineer I - Healthwise
The Software Engineer I is an entry-level programmer who helps create software products and features at Healthwise.
Come Home Oregon
- Montana Career Opportunity - Print Media and Production Manager Client Process Specialist (CPS) - ALPS
Print Media and Production Manager Client Process Specialist (CPS) ALPS, a stock corporation and parent-holding company, is a national dynamic and growing professional services company, located in Missoula, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - General Systems Technical Data Engineer II - S&K Technologies
This individual must have a vast amount of knowledge and experience in repair of the F-15 general systems.
- Montana Career Opportunity - IT Supervisor - Enterprise Applications - State of Montana
Does the idea of supervising a team of top notch systems engineers in a fun and casual working environment in Helena Montana appeal to you?
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Oregon Career Opportunity - Finance Director - Rural Development Initiatives
This position is responsible for maintaining and strategically improving the financial systems necessary to support the organization's overall operations.
- MEDA August News
Two items for your attention:
- Why bosses should study failed leaders, not successful CEOs
Good leaders focus on where the bullet holes are; great leaders consider where they aren't.
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula based Micro-Trax - Dots track prized assets: Tiny IDs stick on items to help encourage return
The tiny dots are smaller than a grain of sand and can hold more than 200 characters visible only under a microscope. When applied to an object, the dot sticks with it and acts as a covert identifier if objects end up lost or in the wrong hands.
- Salient-Designed Product Hits Apple Retail Stores
The iBike Dash is a recent success story. Mechanically designed by Salient Technologies with hardware manufactured in Montana, it is now featured in Apple retail stores across the country, in select box stores, as well as online.
- 2011 GE Aviation Small Business Supplier Symposium - Connecting Montana Suppliers to Opportunity
Join MMEC and other co-sponsors for a special August event in Billings with GE Aviation, a world leader in the aerospace industry. GE Executives will be on hand to provide insight into GE Aviation's business and opportunities for Montana manufacturers and suppliers
- Tester fights for Montana's small businesses
Montana's small business contractors aren't getting a fair shake when competing against big business owners for government contracts, Senator Jon Tester told government officials at the Senate today.
- ALPS Corporation Launches ALPS Talk for the Legal Profession
For over two decades, ALPS has partnered with lawyers, law firms, bar associations, and bar foundations nationwide to provide services and resources that further the positive advancement of the legal profession.
- Kalispell CVB introduces new website
The new site offers a wealth of information for potential visitors, residents planning a "staycation" or members of the travel media looking for additional information about the area.
- Angel Investors in Montana
Angel investing is not new to Montana. Wealthy businesspersons have been providing business savvy and capital to entrepreneurs for many years.
Funding and Building your Business
- Job Juggling in Montana
One of the best strategies is to remake your part-time job into a bridge to your ultimate goal.
- MCC Seeks Veterans for Job Skills Training Program
Participants will complete 300 hours of conservation skills training and practice through conservation projects that are of lasting benefit to some of our country's wildest places.
Incubators and R&D
- Butte Local Development Corporation to offer "Financing High IMpact ventures: creating wealth and jobs in Montana"
There are tremendous business opportunities for entrepreneurs in Montana. The SWIB/GOED workshop has been specifically developed to help growing Montana businesses understand the trajectory and elements of building an enterprise that creates wealth and jobs.
- 5 Reasons An Angel Investor Will Walk From Your Deal
Here are 5 of my non-negotiable hot buttons that will make me turn down an investment, no matter how good the financial prospects appear.
- One Book Every Entrepreneur and VC Should Own
In fact, some of the biggest surprises I learned about term sheets were:
- If You Want to Retain The Best Young Workers, Give Them A Mentor Instead Of Cash Bonuses
According to the 14th Annual Global CEO Survey by PricewaterhouseCoopers, 98% of Millennials believe working with a mentor is a necessary component in development.
- Health-care law could give rise to entrepreneurs
There's nothing more American than starting a business. Yet contrary to our self-image, most developed countries have larger small-business sectors than the United States does.
- Five myths about entrepreneurs
America's typical tech entrepreneurs are in their 20s.
- AngelList - Website plays matchmaker for start-ups and investors
Within 10 days of posting an overview of the start-up on AngelList, Bull says he had a verbal commitment for $150,000 from one investor and serious interest from another, who was doing research on the four-person start-up. "One fellow flew in from Cincinnati to talk with us, and we've been talking with investors in New York and even San Diego,'' says Bull. "That's a place where we normally wouldn't have made the rounds to talk with investors.''
- You Won't Find Startup Funding From These Sources
As examples, I present my list of ten of the most common ways to be victimized on the Internet by ignorance or greed, based on questions and stories I get from entrepreneurs and associates.
- Have You Created a Citadel for Your Startup?
The list of war references used in business is almost endless, from "gathering the troops" to "losing a battle but winning the war."
- Every Startup Founder Needs to Create Good Risks
Entrepreneurship is all about taking calculated risks, while minimizing non-calculated risks.
- Google Executives are Exceptions Worth Emulating
All the controversy is highlighted, but the message still seems to be that these guys were and are exceptional in their efforts to build a company.
- Video interviewing platform simplifies recruitment process - Ovia
Ovia's four stage recruitment process aims to save businesses time and money by helping them find the right candidate faster.
- How Much Money Do I Need for My Startup?
I'm amazed how often I see people pitch startups to investors without having a good answer to that question.
- Eric Schmidt nurtures new companies
Over the next four years, Berman expects to spend up to $40 million of Schmidt's cash investing in as many as 40 startups.
- Don't Let Investor Negotiations Kill Your Startup
In reality, a financing negotiation is not a single-round winner-take-all game, since a "good" deal requires that both parties walk away satisfied -- with a win-win relationship.
- Why Now Is the Time to Seek Investors
An individual--an investor, a current owner, an employee--who acquires qualified small business stock and holds it for more than five years pays no tax on gain.
- Roundtable: VC legends give their best advice for founders and CEOs
"The biggest mistakes I see involve freezing or thrashing. Startups are really hard. You are going to make mistakes -- a lot of them. Don't freeze. When you screw up, you have to own it, fix it, and move on." Brad Feld
Montana Education Excellence
- MSU moves forward with U.S. Department of Energy backed carbon dioxide storage project in northern Montana
The overall goal of the project is to demonstrate that CO2 can be stored safely and viably in regional geologic formations. It will be carried out by the Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership http://www.bigskyco2.org/ at MSU.
- National Science Foundation Aims to Turn Research Into Startups
The public-private partnership between NSF, the Kauffman Foundation, and the Deshpande Foundation will provide $50,000 grants to help scientists turn research into viable products.
- State technology agencies merged
The name change reflects a stronger, clearer focus by state leaders on technology products as an engine for economic development.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Bozeman schools' goals to focus on each kid's progress
Superintendent Kirk Miller presented School Board trustees this week his list of 21 recommended goals for the next three to five years. Goals range from improving learning to making schools safer.
- Great Falls schools embrace online teaching
As schools learn to adapt to education in a virtual age, students in the Great Falls school district have been given many opportunities to learn in an online environment.
- S&K Technologies Offering $15,000 Scholarship
S&K Technologies is offering an academic scholarship award in the amount of $15,000 to Graduate Students in the IT and/or Business Administration fields.
- States cut back on efforts to draw tourists
One state -- Washington -- has shut down its tourism promotion office after lawmakers couldn't come up with the $2 million they usually spent to attract visitors.
- Commentary on Kauffman's "Rules for Growth - Regarding University Technology Transfer" - An Objective View from a Growth Practitioner
I was eager to review Kauffman's critique of technology transfer offices. As a result, I focused most of my attention on the section, "Universities and Economic Growth."
- A New Prescription for University Tech Transfer
The critical function of bringing important new technologies from collegiate laboratories to the commercial marketplace is heading for life support.
- Skin in the Game - University Takes Equity Stake in Spinoff to Increase Support
Through a deal with an alumnus, the university is planning to take an equity stake in a company created by two M.B.A. students that offers services that might help the university's fund-raisers. Proponents of the move, particularly the dean of the business school and the investor, hope the arrangement will motivate the university to see the company to success.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Idaho offers a playground for the Rocky Mountains
Welcome to the dusty outpost of Stanley, Idaho. It boasts a year-round population of 73.
- North Dakota's Oil Boom is a Blessing and a Curse
Dan Kalil still remembers a nightmare he had once as a child. In it, he envisioned looking out over his family's North Dakota farm and seeing it swarmed with strangers, bustling with unknown activity that filled the farm with a strange light. Kalil says the dream has stuck with him in the decades since. The eerie thing is that it came true.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Montana Peaks Hat Co. goes Wild West in Paris for Disney
Hats by Montana Peaks have even made it to the big screen. Sissy Spacek wore one in "Streets of Laredo" and so did Paul Gross in the Canadian Western "Gunless."
- Montana ends fiscal year with $340M
"While they're upside down in Washington, D.C., we have $340 million in the bank and we have record wage withholdings."
Connectivity & Communications
- Kunstler Predicts the Future Lies in Small Cities
I see our cities getting smaller and denser, with fewer people. Skyscrapers will be obsolete, travel greatly reduced, and the rural edge more distinct.
- FOUR Grant announcements have been added to the MSU Extension Website
- Small Town Promises Magic - Delivers Results
Over the last few months, the City of Golden realized the importance of creating opportunities for the community to steward their core values. Several efforts have emerged as a result of local government incentives to give control back to the community:
- Geoffrey West: The surprising math of cities and corporations
Physicist Geoffrey West has found that simple, mathematical laws govern the properties of cities -- that wealth, crime rate, walking speed and many other aspects of a city can be deduced from a single number: the city's population.
Energy and Climate Change
- Researchers Expose Cunning Online Tracking Service That Can't Be Dodged
The site is using sneaky techniques to prevent users from opting out of being tracked on popular sites, including the TV streaming site Hulu.com.
- 5 ways to make the most of Twitter
Some people question the purpose of Twitter.
- University of Montana Joins Plan To Foster Faster Computer Networks
The University of Montana has joined a group of 29 higher education institutions across the country to launch "Gig.U: The University Community Next Generation Innovation Project."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Smart Meters Enable Residents to Prepay for Electricity
The service is likened to buying gas at the pump: You buy what you need when you need it.
- To Build a Better Grid - Testing the Smart Grid
The $220-million pilot project is aimed at reducing an area's electricity costs and energy consumption, through the use of smarter technologies, increased efficiency and more renewable energy sources.
- Device scavenges power out of thin air
A new way to capture and harness energy from the air could lead to paper-based wireless sensors that are self-powered, low-cost, and able to function independently almost anywhere.
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