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"Perhaps the most valuable result of all education is the ability to make yourself do the thing you have to do, when it ought to be done, whether you like it or not, it is the first lesson that ought to be learned, and however early a man's training begins, it is probably the last lesson that he learns thoroughly." Technical Education (1877)
"Montana universities rich in value, poor in funding" http://www.matr.net/article-17390.html --------- If you have the opportunity on Thursday morning: "National spotlight focuses on historic Montana town’s perseverance. Philipsburg: "Liveliest Ghost Town in the West!" will be spotlighted Thursday (12/22) on the Today Show in a special report by Bob Dotson" http://www.matr.net/article-17411.html
Come Home Montana
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Horizon Leadership program provides Sidney, Montana with goals
"Sidney is a cohesive and healthy community with a strong pioneering spirit that offers opportunities for entrepreneurs and new leaders. It encourages and supports young families putting down roots in a community with small-town values and big-town services."
- National spotlight focuses on historic Montana town’s perseverance. Philipsburg: "Liveliest Ghost Town in the West!" will be spotlighted Thursday (12/22) on the Today Show in a special report by Bob Dotson
“They got three days of snow and ice and realized that when people live in an out of the way, and sometimes chilly place, it tends to bring out the best in neighbor helping neighbor.”
- The Keys to Our Entrepreneurial Future
The Kauffman Foundation supports high-quality research that puts entrepreneurship “on the map” for scholars and policy makers.
MEDA Entrepreneur Working Group
- Montana universities rich in value, poor in funding
To meet this challenge, we need to work together. We need to ensure that our funding for a quality higher education is fair to students and taxpayers while being sustainable and adequate over the long term. We hold the key to our future in our own hands. We owe it to ourselves, and we owe it to our children. - Steve Barrett
- National Association of Manufacturers President John Engler Calls for "Accelerated Innovation" at National Competitiveness Summit
“ China and India are racing to climb the technology ladder,” he added. “We must recognize that we’re in that race, too, and we have to run smarter if we are to maintain our high standard of living and our global leadership.”
- The Global Spread of Higher Ed. American universities have set a precedent for the world. But as advanced education in other countries becomes more common, the U.S. is losing its edge
Meanwhile, America's edge in education is eroding by many measures, including school test scores and high-school dropout rates. Even more worrying is that both the federal government and state legislatures have been reducing their support of colleges and universities, the crown jewels of America's human-capital economy.
- Indiana Task Force to Meet on Math, Science Resource Center
A two-day conference on "Indiana's Future: Economic Development and the High School Connection" opens Thursday with insights from former North Carolina Governor James B. Hunt Jr. and other leaders from around the world who have been transforming secondary education, especially in science, technology, engineering and math, to prepare all students for the rigors of the 21st century economy.
- Learn about it on the Web. Students these days rely on the Internet for research
New Web sites for kids are popping up every day, making it difficult for some parents to sort the good from the bad. Here are a few good, free educational sites for children.
- Public Education Goes to School at Harvard's School of Business and Education with the Public Education Leadership Project (PELP)
The PCF has roots in organizational alignment frameworks developed for business, but incorporates what we have learned in studying fifteen large districts and the education literature, and is therefore relevant to the unique managerial challenges leaders of urban systems face.
- Minnesota Economic Trends. Entrepreneurship and Economic Growth
The impact of entrepreneurship on economic growth is far more pervasive than is generally acknowledged.
- Understanding Entrepreneurship: A Research and Policy Report from the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation
This report, on theories, applications and policies, reflects the thoughts of some of the leading researchers in the field of entrepreneurship.
Montana Economic Development
- Growing abroad. Montana’s exporting of goods may pass $1B
Montana led the nation in percentage growth in exports from 2003 to 2004, growing the market 56 percent. Exports are up another 28 percent this year, eighth-best in the country.
- Great Falls medical claims center to grow
"All of that work will be done here because our other claims facility in Farmington, (Mo.), is at capacity," Centene Chief Executive Michael Neidorff told a group of employees and Great Falls community leaders Friday.
- Branching out - Rocky Mountain Log Homes of Hamilton, Montana courts investors for aggressive growth
When the deal is finalized, Rocky Mountain Log Homes will ramp up its manufacturing operation by duplicating its Hamilton plant at its facility in Canada. The company also will open sales offices and build show houses in targeted regions around the country and in Canada.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Babies as economic indicators?
In some northcentral Montana counties, economist Larry Swanson explained, population loss is simply a matter of deaths exceeding births.
- 'Major' employer hooked. Canadian firm might "land" in Great Falls
"will be a big addition to the area economy."
- Group gathers to write a business plan for Butte’s economic future
‘’This is about Butte and where do we want to take this city? What do we want to be?’’ said Chief Executive Paul Babb.
Funding and Building your Business
- Oklahoma Agency hits $100 million milestone. The Oklahoma Capital Investment Board has attracted more than $100 million in venture capital to Oklahoma business projects.
“We exist to help build the private, merit-based venture capital industry in Oklahoma,” said OCIB President Devon Sauzek. “Venture capital is critical to the growth of many young companies, particularly those commercializing advanced technologies. Our job is to seek out groups that demonstrate a successful investment track record, a strong strategic fit with Oklahoma investment opportunities and a solid plan for being accessible to Oklahoma entrepreneurs.”
- Companies learn to value 'alumni' `There's no more cutting the cord'; ex-workers valued, and they reciprocate; some come back
"We all are connected in one way or another. There's no more cutting the cord."
- Can Your Lawyer Handle Venture Capital Financing? What Makes You Eligible for Venture Capital in the First Place?
To find out if your attorney has what it takes, start by asking him or her what the following terms mean:
- Businesses must engage workers to meet goals
''Clearly, employees want and need more from senior management,''
- Many boomer retirees get restless, seek other jobs. It pays to make room for boomers at work
"All of a sudden, you have all this free time in retirement and find you need something to do for satisfaction."
- Resisting the IPO plunge
"For a small, young, growing company, the amount of time and personnel and expense is so great that a lot of them are saying, 'I don't want to be a public company, I want to be bought by a public company," said Chad Waite, general partner of OVP Venture Partners in Kirkland.
- Silicon Valley start-ups' cubicles thousands of miles apart. India is a Major Player in a Growing Trend
There's a new breed of start-up in Silicon Valley: the mini-multinational, launched from the get-go as a global business.
- Intellections "The Saga of the Last Best Place"
- Employers urged to let workers in on bad business news
Human resources consultants say it's critical for owners to be upfront with employees anytime there are problems in the business, whether it's during the holidays or any other time of the year.
- Continuous Bootstrapping as Strategy
Admonishing people and companies to "be more entrepreneurial" sounds swell, but isn't very actionable. Helping people and organizations learn how to think dynamically, pay attention to pacing, understand complementarity, and develop collaboration skills sounds more promising.
- California's CIO Outlines Projects, Progress
We don't have a giant IT budget anywhere, we don't have a giant IT governance structure in place, nevertheless we are moving forward and have had a lot of good IT procurement this year.
- The Integrated Justice Information Systems (IJIS) Institute has Deployed Blogs, Cited by BusinessWeek as Web Smart
With over 120 participating organizations and 16 committees working on various technology issues, the IJIS Institute needed to improve the way participants communicate, report back to other members, stay abreast of developments within committees and in the industry, and collaborate to draft policies and standards.
- Idaho's iconic potato-shaped candy bar sells 3 million a year. The Idaho Spud
"It's a fun, inexpensive way to say, `I was in Idaho,"
- Can the high-tech industry rescue rural Idaho economies? Commerce and Labor Department seeks $2 million for rural business plans
The closer high-speed Internet lines bring Emmett to New York and Hong Kong, the farther the 45-minute drive into Boise is going to feel.
- Wheat/plastics composite company breaks ground in Wyoming
"The financial implications are very good for rural economic development here," Van Eaton said. "We're a good market for regional recycling, and we're the primary market for western Nebraska and southeastern Wyoming farmers. The quality rural lifestyle here is something really special to offer our employees."
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Building Classrooms for 60,000. Learning management systems give 21st-century answers to worker training and productivity issues.
Some of the most significant human capital management challenges facing federal, state and local governments have to do with ensuring that employees have sufficient knowledge and skills to perform their jobs, replacing retiring workers with the best candidates, and increasing employee productivity. What is the public CIO's role in addressing these challenges?
University Business Plan Competitions
- 'Gorgeous geeks' get some exposure in new Calendar
It's well-known that engineers and computer scientists typically earn more than workers in other fields. But along with that comes the long-standing stereotype that tech types are dorky, pasty-faced drones.
- MIT Kicks Off Clean Energy Competition
Designed to develop the next generation of clean, renewable, or efficient energy resources, and to spur the entrepreneurial activities that will bring these resources to market, the Ignite Clean Energy Competition, offers a series of networking, team-building, training, and mentoring opportunities that culminate in a business-plan competition. Awards total $125,000.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Tech firms team up with big universities. Guidelines developed for shared research, mediating intellectual property disputes
While universities and the high-tech industry have long collaborated on research projects, it is imperative to "improve the process by which discoveries and innovations move into the marketplace,"
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Corvallis class takes on DUI ads and other paying jobs. Media Arts in Public Schools program at Corvallis or MAPS, as it's called, is turning pro.
“Because we aren't publicly funded, we have to be innovative,” says Rosten, who has booked the band Little Feat for a MAPS benefit concert in Missoula on Feb. 28.
- Phila.'s next revolution: Forging creative economy. For America to thrive, it needs to capitalize on its right-brain advantage. New York may be losing it's creative element.
These "creatives" are about to take the wheel as Philadelphia idles at an economic crossroads. They are the keepers of creativity in a world awash in technology and the champions of innovation in a globe drowning in commodities. Smart companies are beginning to tap this resource to generate top-line growth and maintain a competitive edge.
- Making a living at what you love - Artists find that business strategies can help them succeed
'I'm doing the artist thing successfully, but I'm not successful in a way to pay myself,' " he recalled. "I don't know how to market myself, sell myself, find my audience."
Connectivity & Communications
- NeoReach CEO upbeat on wireless cities
"We're doing more metro deployments than any single company in the business. I think that validates that we have a very workable plan."
- University blog gathers information for farmers
"It's just using a new tool to do that - a virtual or digital county agent."
- Is 'Googlezon' in our future?
While journalists often take the video as a dark jeremiad, nonjournalists often embrace it as a positive view of the media future.
- Websites let send e-mail to their future selves
"Messages into the future is something that people have always sought to do," said Paul Saffo, director of the Institute for the Future, a research group. "In a way, it's a statement of optimism."
- The Internet Is Broken. The Net's basic flaws cost firms billions, impede innovation, and threaten national security.
The Internet keeps getting worse, both at the user's level, and deep within its architecture.
- Pilot in Pennsylvania: Wireless Internet Delivered By Broadband Over Power Line
At a monthly price, pilot customers can receive a full line of services, including unlimited Internet access, multiple email accounts, spam blocking, anti-virus protection and parental controls, via a secure, personal connection.
- Vivato shuts its doors, leaving Kent and Spokane Wi-Fi networks up in the air
- Powell, Wyoming Pulls Together
'Wyoming was a state of low multitudes, high altitudes and great attitudes, and that is exactly what best describes Powell."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- The Center for Leadership Development Names University of Montana Forestry Doctorate Student, Martin Twer, Outstanding Student Leader
"Martin has shown great vision and commitment by seeing that international students have a voice on campus," said Michele Rutherford, a UM English language instructor, in her nomination letter. "He leads by example and encourages others to embrace diversity of people and cultures."
- E-Paper's Killer App: Packaging
In less than two years, Siemens says, the technology could transform consumer-goods packaging from the fixed, ink-printed images of today to a digital medium of flashing graphics and text that displays prices, special offers or alluring photos, all blinking on miniature flat screens.
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