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"Act normal... That's already crazy enough." Dutch Proverb
- Create Your Next Event and Start Selling Tickets on Ticket River
Easily create an event webpage, promote your event, and start selling tickets online now! Ticket River is a full service online ticketing solution.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- PrintingForLess: "How To Build A Profitable Website:, 8/24, Webinar
Whether you are looking to improve the effectiveness of your current site or want to add one to your marketing arsenal, we want to help!
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Super Teachers Alone Can't Save Our Schools
Superstar teachers and great charter schools are saving thousands of young lives. But reaching into every American classroom means working with the unions--and persuading them to yield to the interests of the children their members are supposed to serve.
- Treating Autism: There's an App for That
About one in every 110 children is diagnosed with autism, and new touchscreen applications offer help.
- Entities looking to gel: Missoula Economic Development and Finance Organizations Creating Unified Plan
Now, they say, it's time to decide, on a unified front, where Missoula is going.
Come Home Montana
- TechRanch pulls request for city funding from Bozeman, Montana
TechRanch has helped create local firms like Bacterin, Foundant Technologies, Bridger Photonics and Ticket Printing.
Come Home Wyoming
- Montana Career Opportunity - Outreach & Communications Director - MSU-Bozeman
Big Sky Carbon Sequestration Partnership
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Take Monday Off: Jackson Hole, Wyoming
Places like Jackson Hole, Wyo., are the reason people play Powerball
- Why is Fostering Entrepreneurship Important?
Entrepreneurship is a vital driving force for job creation and economic growth.
- What men can learn from women about leadership in the 21st century
The studies found that women experience two primary forms of prejudice: They are viewed as less qualified or natural than men in most leadership roles, and when women do adopt culturally masculine behaviors often required by these roles, they may be viewed as inappropriate or presumptuous.
- Seasoned Leaders Have Balance
Seasoned leaders know what it takes to help people and organizations achieve their potential.
Montana Economic Development
- Juhl Wind, Inc. Announces Agreement With Montana-based Zinc Air for Installation of a Mega Watt Scale Advanced Storage System at the Woodstock Hills, Minnesota Wind Farm
"Zinc Air Redox products are designed to have the highest round-trip energy efficiency, multiple revenue applications, and lower cost of operation, as to achieve best payback periods, while still being the greenest battery technology in the market. We have designed the product with the end customer in mind first," stated Peter Walters, COO of Zinc Air Inc.
- CenturyLink relocates its main office for Montana and Wyoming market to Billings - Creates new partnership with Big Sky Economic Development
CenturyLink also recently became a Member Investor in the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation, the agency's private business group. On Aug. 30, BSED and the organization's other Member Investors will hold a reception to welcome CenturyLink to the community.
- Entrepreneurs: Coach's business delves into the art of team building - CanvasCreekTeamBuilding.com.
Nothing sums up the modern office like seeing a young Gen-Xer wearing cargo shorts and a neck tattoo working on a project with an aging baby boomer whose idea of casual Friday is to loosen his tie.
- The Cycling House - Missoula-based cycling training business goes international, adds triathlons
In addition to the Arizona camps, The Cycling House now offers training trips in Spain, Italy, France and California.
- Montana Firearms Manufacturer Wants to "Revolutionize" Industry - "PROOF Research"
And if people want to see more proof of the accuracy of the company's rifles, they can refer to a photo of a different target with three clean shots in the middle. That target was located 1,124 yards away from the shooter - well over a half mile.
- 3 Rivers Communications going fiber optic in Montana
3 Rivers Communications is upgrading the system in Power from copper wiring to fiber optic cable beginning Monday. It's the start of a $70 million, 5-year project being financed with a loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service.
- Payne Financial Group Client Davidson Companies Wins National Communications Award
"As our health benefits advisor, Payne Financial Group has been instrumental in helping us produce a high-quality e-newsletter that is helping our employees get the most out of the benefits and wellness programs we offer," said Dena Engstrom, AVP manager of employee benefits at Davidson Companies.
Regional Economic Development
- Regional Economic Development Meeting, 8/25, Billings, Montana
The workshop will be of interest to state, local and regional economic development practitioners with an agenda featuring the new streamlined EDA application process, implementation of new national initiatives by USDA/Rural Development, and community disaster recovery programs, among other topics of interest.
- Idaho and Montana among states trying to woo gun makers like Colt and Remington
“There’s no question that the culture in states like Montana, where people are comfortable with firearms, gives a comfort level to manufacturers in other states who are assaulted with anti-gun forces,” said Evan Barrett, chief business development officer for Montana.
- SelectUSA: Facilitates U.S. Business Attraction and Retention
SelectUSA works on behalf of the entire Nation and exercises strict geographic neutrality.
- The Ten Worst Things to Put in Your Cover Letter
It's never too early to make a bad impression.
- MSU online course helps students build a digital portfolio and marketing skills
"Whether searching for a first job, moving up the career ladder or providing samples of work for a coveted project, compiling a professional, updatable portfolio is crucial for career success."
- How to Negotiate Your Salary Like an FBI Agent
Imagine the HR director sitting across from you is a lunatic in a bank vault with 10 hostages. Instead of demanding millions and a private jet, he's guarding the spreadsheet containing the payroll budget.
Funding and Building your Business
- Insights from the Institute for Exceptional Growth Companies (IEGC)
The institute will focus on the relationship between equity funding sources and fast-growing companies.
Incubators and R&D
- Remote Work No Longer a Perk But a Business Imperative
More than half (56 percent) of information workers at small companies surveyed say their company has no formal telework policy allowing remote work. (39 percent have a telework policy.)
- Should Founders Personally Guaranty Bank Loans?
Once a company has institutional funding, the personal guaranty dynamic changes completely.
- Reid Hoffman discusses surviving the pivot
There's a point in the lives of most startups where a radical shift has to occur in order for them to hit the next level.
- How to Get Over Mourning Your Startup Demise
Your startup is gone, it's never coming back, and you are in mourning.
- Startups, Avoid 10 Common Million-Dollar Mistakes
Certainly there are innumerable possible mistakes to be made, but there is a thread of common ones that I see across the range of all startups.
- Entrepreneurs, what do you mean by 'my own business?'
Find the right kind of business for you and your needs and lifestyle. And remember, your goals may change over time - just as mine did.
- The Monstrous Startup You've Never Heard Of But Your Kids Are Obsessed With
We sat down with Smith who told us how he's making the latest kid's craze and building a billion-dollar business.
- A winning strategy in the war for talent
Despite there being a massive surplus of people looking for work, companies are having a hard time finding talent.
- 10 Top Content Marketing Tips for Your Startup
Most entrepreneurs don't know where to start.
- Setting Up Your Accounting System
To be successful, you need to know about a wide range of issues affecting your business.
- Don't Undercut Your Equity Stake
Founders raising capital from outside investors should understand governance and all players' motivations before doing the deal
- Why ABC's Shark Tank Is Entertaining... and 100% Wrong on Dealmaking
There are a few problems with the Shark Tank model that should be put out in the open right now.
Montana Education Excellence
- Uncle Sam to university inventors: School is in session
The National Science Foundation (NSF) announced at the end of July that it is setting up a public-private partnership to turn the most promising breakthroughs from its funding portfolio into successful start-ups.
- How to Make the Most of Your Time at an Incubator
If you happen to have found your way to a tech incubator, here are four tips to help you make the most of the summer:
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana Chosen To Foster Ties With Universities In India
"India is a country of enormous importance today, and we have not had a coordinated approach to our involvement with it and its higher education institutions."
- Montana Community Colleges Growing Up
Montana's two-year colleges have a tough task: How to increase enrollment closer to regional and national rates, while doing a better job with the students and programs they already have?
- Students, teachers sharpen science skills as interns at Great Falls' McLaughlin Research Institute
Before this summer, Emilie Jacobsen had never heard of synuclein. By Wednesday, she was able to speak fluently about how mutations in synuclein, a protein found in neural tissues, may affect Parkinson's disease.
Universities and Economic Development
- Weyerhaeuser performs as a REIT
After years of facing a stagnant stock price, Weyerhaeuser finally gave Wall Street what it wanted: a smaller company focused on timberlands rather than paper and packaging mills.
- U of M tech transfer operation commended for turnaround
"We feel that we've made great strides over the past few years, but I commissioned this review in order to have a professional evaluation of the university's current technology commercialization business model," Mulcahy said. "We are extremely pleased that the reviewers affirmed our own assessment of the progress made to date."
- Miriah Meyer Joins the Scientific Computing and Imaging Institute as a USTAR Assistant Professor of Computer Science
In her research, Dr. Meyer develops visualization tools that help scientists make sense of complex, heterogeneous data, currently with a focus on biology.
Energy and Climate Change
- Angel investment program planned
The tax credit program encourages high-risk investments in high-tech and other start-up enterprises by providing refundable state income tax credits. Up to $3 million a year in credits are offered for minimum investment of $25,000 for individuals and $50,000 for investment funds.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Biofuels created at breakneck speed
In a paper published online in Nature, the researchers described how they reversed one of the most efficient of all metabolic pathways--the beta oxidation cycle--to engineer bacteria that produce butanol, a biofuel that can replace gasoline in most engines.
- Bringing solar light bulbs to the world - Nokero
Nokero solar lights and phone chargers are tough and portable, so they go where you go.
- Robots on the rise
Several decades later, Ryan Calo, a legal privacy expert at Stanford, believes we're finally on the precipice of a genuine robot revolution. He expects it will transform our everyday lives as much as the PC and Internet did.
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