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"In about two decades the digital economy will reach the same size as the physical economy. The second economy will certainly be the engine of growth and the provider of prosperity for the rest of this century and beyond, but it may not provide jobs, so there may be prosperity without full access for many. This suggests to me that the main challenge of the economy is shifting from producing prosperity to distributing prosperity." W. Brian Arthur "The Second Economy" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
Montana's Two Year University System - A Strategy To Meet Workforce Needs, 10/13, Missoula http://matr.net/events ... =3849 ---
Montana Department of Commerce
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards $11 Million For Educational Infrastucture Projects
The DOC allocated over $11 million statewide for the grants, which are available on a competitive basis. Out of over 70 applications, only 30 projects were awarded grants statewide.
The Best Place Project - Missoula, Montana's Five-Year Economic Development Strategy
- Hall Passages: Hellgate Elementary students make leap in learning
A concerted effort to reach the children who had fallen behind in core subjects, and who often came from the population of children living in poverty - at 40 percent, high even by Montana standards.
Highway 12 Ventures
- 2 manufacturers look to use Smurfit-Stone millsite in Frenchtown
Green Investment Group site manager Tom Dauenhauer confirmed that the two manufacturing companies are conducting due diligence on the site, and he praised the relationship between GIGI and Missoula Economic Partnership's Bowman as productive.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Boise Software Company Balihoo Looking to Double Headcount
Boise-based software firm Balihoo http://balihoo.com/ is expecting to double its current roster of 50 employees by the end of next year, in an effort to spur further sales and revenue growth.
Come Home Montana
- Dorsey Named Winner of 2011 Alfred P. Sloan Award for Business Excellence in Workplace Flexibility
Our mission of providing superior client service is supported by the effort we have made to create a flexible workplace. This award acknowledges our efforts."
- Montana Career Opportunity - Accounting & Cost Analyst - Blackfoot Telecommunications
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group, a diversified telecommunications company, is seeking a highly organized and experienced accounting professional who will be responsible for cost analysis, plant and labor analysis, general regulatory reporting, and various general accounting duties.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Sales/Marketing, Project Management, Client Support, Customer Relations - Edulog
Whether you are just beginning a career or looking to find another, good people are needed.
- Glendive, Montana Schools begin superintendent search
This year they are raising the salary from $90,000 to $110,000.
- Montana Career Opportunities - CEO, CFO, COO, Account Executives - Short Sales Success Inc.
CEO, CFO, COO - Start-up Real Estate Software Company seeking CEO/CFO/COO run daily operations and tend to funding/team building/business plan development. The software is ready to go now we need a team to make it happen!
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- The 2011 Montana Ambassador Fall Newsletter
Free business card offer from PrintingForLess http://www.printingforless.com - to publicize Montana Ambassadors AND your business
- Ron Basini, CEO Of West Virginia Angel Investor Network, 10/17, MSU Billings, Montana
Dr. Tim Wilkinson, College of Business interim dean, said he wanted to bring in an entrepreneur to illustrate the possibilities that exist for entrepreneurial-minded students.
- Can entrepreneurship be taught?
Let's take a look at each of these traits in a bit more depth at it relates to "teachability".
Montana Economic Development
- Missoula's SameSky Systems - The Conduit for Data and Results Between Cloud and Supercomputing Environments.
SameSky technology addresses the cloud "barrier to entry" challenge and provides businesses access to cloud operating paradigms.
- Sen. Jon Tester: Montana aerospace business, Kalispell's Sonju Industries lands jobs partnership with Raytheon Missile Systems
"Senator Tester played a major role in getting this partnership off the ground, and we appreciate his hard work in fighting for and bringing to Montana jobs, opportunity and more dollars from the aerospace industry." Dick Sonju, president and CEO of Sonju Industries
- East Missoula Airstream business, Mintage Airstreams subject of reality TV pilot
Mintage has gone from simply restoring vintage Airstream trailers to making its own trailers, and orders have been coming in steadily in the past months.
- 360networks Bought by Zayo Group; changes for Butte employees unknown
Butte is a critical point for information traveling between Seattle and Chicago, and is also a good basis for emerging and underserved markets throughout the West.
- American Expedition Vehicles, with roots in Missoula, specializes in beefing up Jeeps
The tough-looking bison bull is the company's logo and a small symbol of American Expedition Vehicle's roots in western Montana. While the company does all its conversions and product shipping from the facility Wixom, Mich., all the research and development is done from its garage in Missoula.
- High-density foam manufacturer, Magnum Development moves business to Laurel, Montana
Magnum Development has the only radius cutter in the state, which allows the manufacturers to cut profiles into the material for arches and moulding. The Mussetters will install this and other manufacturing equipment at the Laurel location in mid-November.
- Spanish Peaks closes, employees laid off
"It is likely Spanish Peaks will remain closed for the foreseeable future."
- Montana World Trade Center Receives Export-Assistance Grant
The mission of the National Export Initiative Support Project is to accelerate the transformation of Montana companies into internationally recognized, export-orientated, market-focused and innovation-driven businesses, resulting in improved economic prosperity.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Projects Selected for Specialty Crop Grants
Specialty crop block grants announced this week by the U.S. Department of Agriculture included seven Montana projects that range in scope from educating growers and processors about safe food production and handling procedures to research that will broaden options for Montana growers.
- Ideas for a Re-Powered Economy Based Around a New Energy Future for the Flathead Valley
"I hope it's an informational tool that helps people connect with resources to harvest energy opportunities."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- Washington State breaks ground on new medical school in Spokane
The $70 million building is intended to produce more doctors for Washington, Wyoming, Alaska, Montana and Idaho will also be the new home of a consolidated Washington State University College of Pharmacy.
- Transforming Economies through University Commercialization
"The only net generator of new jobs in the last 30 years has been start-up companies less than 5 years old ... And our research Institutions should be driving this" Kauffman Foundation
- 2011 Valuation Survey of North American Angel Groups
To provide some reference points, I surveyed thirteen angels groups in North American to determine their recent experience in negotiating the pre-money valuation of pre-revenue companies.
Funding and Building your Business
- China's Insatiable Demand for English Teachers
A surging demand for learning the English language in China has turned the export-intensive country into an importer of American teachers, creating thousands of potential jobs for recent graduates.
- For Stanford grads, Jobs' commencement speech in 2005 was life-changing
Viewed millions of times by people around the world, it is the only time Jobs spoke publicly about the most difficult times of his life. It's his meditation on birth, death and meaning. This is what I've learned, he said. This is what you need to know.
Incubators and R&D
- How Steve Jobs proved Venture Capital wrong
Innovation is not uniform, nor is its financial support
- 10 Quotes That Tag You as a High Risk Entrepreneur
Statistics show that at least 50% of new startups fail within five years, and many of the survivors eventually fail. If you don't want to be part of these statistics, consider all the alternatives to starting your own business, especially if you have one of the following perspectives:
- Entrepreneurial Words of Wisdom From the Trenches
Don't chase your tail.
- Game Theory of Motivating Workers
This "gamification" of the workplace, or "enterprise gamification" in tech-industry parlance, is a fast-growing business.
- How Not to Start a Startup
Don't do something you know 20 other startups are already doing.
- What I Learned From Steve Jobs
Changing your mind is a sign of intelligence. Read more: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/#ixzz1aTepBmdY
Montana Education Excellence
- Incubators are not just for tech firms and universities any more
Ferrington's for-profit venture is a departure from the more traditional programs established by nonprofits, universities and governments.
- Geekeasy incubator offers office space, camaraderie for startups
"You begin to have a group of people around you that believe in your vision with you in a way that makes you brave enough to do it."
- Top 5 investments UM missed out on before deciding to fund its own startups
U-M announced last Wednesday that it would set aside $25 million of its $7.8 billion endowment to invest in its own spinoff companies.
- Family law center at University of Montana offers students practical experience
Law students who volunteer at the center usually haven't had much experience dealing with the public, and that it gives them a chance to practice interaction with real people who are dealing with real problems. You just don't get that experience in law school"
Missoula Children's Theatre
- What Harvard Business School Is Doing To Make Sure 95% Of Its Students Get Jobs Again This Year
One of the most significant changes that we have made in our M.B.A. curriculum this year is a platform we're calling the FIELD [field immersion experiences for leadership development] method. Students will be required to develop a micro-business. We're going to give them $3,000, and they have to launch a product or service.
- What Do Godspell, Dracula and West Side Story Have In Common?
They're all part of the exciting Missoula Community Theater Program this season and you can attend all of them along with She Loves Me and Once Upon A Mattress.
- Financial firm kept nearly half of state's CAPCO investment
Rather than channel all of the $16.6 million into growing state companies, as lawmakers had intended, Wilshire Investors LLC invested just $8.6 million - plowing much of that money into companies that either failed or fed the growth of its own parent company, Newtek Business Services Inc., according to state records and federal securities filings.
Connectivity & Communications
- SEVEN new grant announcements
NOTE: The USDA Rural Development Gran Announcement defines "rural" as: any area not in a city or town with a population in excess of 10,000, according to the latest decennial census of the United States.
- City Building Through Art
With a total of $470,000 in prize moneys ($250,000 of it going to the first place winner), the grand sum lures artists from all over the world.
Energy and Climate Change
- G4S Technology selected to design and construct 90 mile fiber- optic, Montana network
G4S on board to improve health care information exchange, education and public safety for the great state of Montana.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- "WHAT HAPPENED- IT DIDN'T!!! "E-Waste" Recycling Day, 10/9, Missoula, Montana
"I really appreciate LG Electronics' and Vann's efforts to ensure that consumer electronics aren't piling up in our landfills when their components can be recycled and, in some cases. Re-used. This is a good thing for Missoula and its citizens" Mayor John Engen
- Bozeman tracking its greenhouse gas emissions electronically with new software
"Bozeman is the first city in the entire state to automate the tracking of energy, municipal solid waste, recycling, transportation fuel and water consumption," said Jonas Grenz, one of three partners in Gradient Systems http://www.gradientsystems.com/ , the Bozeman company that created the software the city is using.
- Global warming melts Montana's famous glaciers
Scientists warn if the ice keeps melting at this rate, the park's 25 remaining glaciers could all melt away by the year 2030.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- TED Conference Founder Has New Project: The WWW Conference
Wurman plans to invite high-profile individuals from around the world to the September 2012 conference. Once there, they will engage in one-on-one conversations in an "energetic exploration of the lost art of conversing." Asked when, specifically, we lost that art, Wurman pointed to a modern development that everyone loves to hate: elevator music.
- The second economy
Business processes that once took place among human beings are now being executed electronically.
- Bozeman, Montana's Hatch Festival struggling for definition and relevance
"We're either going to reengage or lose people,"
- Thanks to Hertz, Electric Car Sharing Arrives in San Francisco
They're using that new Hertz On Demand thing to offer up electric car rentals through a partnership with the San Francisco Airport Marriott Waterfront.
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