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"The world will not be destroyed by those who do evil, but by those who watch them without doing anything." Albert Einstein
Globalization Partners International
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Website Translation: Personalized User Experience for your Target Markets
Your corporate website is one of the most powerful sales and marketing channels available to your organization today.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Fast-response method for struggling students is changing Bozeman's schools
"We're not waiting for kids to fail."
- Online Learning, Personalized
Jesse Roe, a ninth-grade math teacher at a charter school here called Summit, has a peephole into the brains of each of his 38 students.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- Replacement Parts - Are They Worth Stocking?
We have all been there. You are right in the middle of a project and something goes out.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Missoula Economic Partnership still needs Missoula's support: Economic development success depends on backing from public
This relationship could be made even stronger - even more beneficial - were MEP's board of directors to redouble its efforts to be open and accessible to the public.
- Interim Missoula Economic Partnership chief, James Grunke, promises momentum will continue
The Missoula Economic Partnership http://www.missoulaworks.org is a public/private initiative set up to bolster the Best Place goals of creating jobs and prosperity in Missoula.
- The Missoula Economic Partnership - Building Momentum
Though the Missoula Economic Partnership 2011-2016 Strategic Plan was just unveiled publicly, you'll be happy to know the Partnership staff has begun implementing elements of it over the past couple of months.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Missoula district stretched thin helping schools most in need
Losing Title I funds does not mean there are fewer children in poverty in Missoula. In fact, there are more.
- Highway 12 Ventures - Portfolio News | November 2011
Exciting news from Highway 12's portfolio companies
- GM Will Integrate Peer-to-Peer Car-Sharing Software Into OnStar - Car Sharing Discussion Started in Missoula
Car-sharing is becoming an increasingly popular choice for urban residents who occasionally need to use a car but don't consider owning one to be a practical option.
Come Home Montana
- Bozeman, Montana's elite climbers and their backyard playground - Hail to Hyalite Canyon Ice Fall Climbing
Conrad Anker has also spearheaded a drive to build an artificial ice tower at the Gallatin County Fairgrounds. Along with local architect Mike Everts and MSU students, Anker is finishing up a $4 million campaign to construct the facility. It will be made from recycled shipping containers and will include dorms for visiting climbers and will serve as a high-angle rescue training facility and outdoor concert venue.
Come Home North Dakota
- Crown Of The Continent Fall E-Magazine Now Available
Articles in this issue include "The Beauty of a Burned Forest," "Town of the Crown" and "The Lonesome Life: Kishenehn Ranger Station 1910-1940."
- Montana Career Opportunities - Sales & Engineering - SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
Crisafulli employs leading edge technologies to provide quality, cost effective products and exceptional service to our customers.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Systems Administrator - Modwest
If you're tech-savvy, ready for a challenge, motivated by providing fantastic customer service, and interested in joining our high-performance team of great people in Missoula, we'd love to hear from you!
- Montana Career Opportunity - Support Engineer - Modwest, Inc.
We're looking for a talented technical communicator capable of reducing complex concepts to plain English and motivated by providing fantastic customer service to our valued customers.
- Montana Career Opportunities - e-Business Specialist, Business Systems Analyst - Blue Cross Blue Shield
Are you a marketing savvy individual who enjoys a fast-paced environment and juggling multiple projects simultaneously?
- WECAN hopes to connect workers, employers at Hamilton, Montana kick-off event on December 6.
The WECAN kickoff will be on Tuesday, Dec. 6 starting at 7 p.m. at the Bitterroot Job Service, located at 274 Old Corvallis Road in Hamilton.
- Forget Florida My Dear, This Year We Shall Winter in The Bakkens
I smell opportunity, don't you?
Regional Economic Development
- Layoffs at 360 Networks - New owner will maintain Butte office
Russo said Zayo expects its Montana division to be an important part of the future of the company, which now becomes one of the largest bandwidth infrastructure companies in North America.
- Toying around: Christmas is harvest time for Action Farm Toys of Billings, Montana at it ships its toys worldwide
Action Toys http://www.actionfarmtoys.com/ is one of the largest U.S. companies specializing in farm toys.
- Ian Davidson has a passion for investing - Davidson Companies
Ian Davidson, chairman of the Davidson Companies, built the company from the three-person brokerage to an 1,100-employee operation with offices in 16 states.
- Missoula, Montana's Rivertop Renewables Offers Bio-based Corrosion Inhibitor for use with Liquid Deicers on Snowy and Icy Roads this Winter.
"Our Headwaters product provides the state a highly effective, affordable and environmentally safe corrosion inhibitor that not only helps keep the roads clear, but reduces the impact on infrastructure and the environment," said Jere Kolstad, President of Rivertop.
- Montana budget surplus expected to be $426.7M by mid-2013
The state's general fund budget surplus by mid-2013 is now projected to be much larger than what the 2011 Legislature had estimated
- Montana's Schedulicity Makes Its Mark on the Daily Deal Industry
Schedulicity http://www.schedulicity.com, the leader in online appointment scheduling for small businesses, today announced its notable momentum in the small business technology and daily deal space.
- Clustering Still Key for Industries
For a cluster to sustain its competitive advantage, pure manufacturing prowess isn't enough. Research, innovation, and technological advancement are necessary to sustain a long-term advantage.
Funding and Building your Business
- Startup Capital: Feast or Famine
For years there has been a pervasive opinion across the entrepreneurial landscape that the US has a shortage of capital required to startup and grow new ventures.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- 7 Steps to Closing a Deal Via Email
Despite what you may think, a perfectly crafted email can actually close a deal.
- How to Explain Stock Options to a Dog
When we choose to use complex compensation instruments during a period of unpredictable markets, we must also provide far more training and resources to our employees.
- Internships key to hiring new college grads
By using internships to scout for top talent, employers are essentially cherry picking the best candidates before they reach the competitive job market.
- Forbes' List of the Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs
For the first time in Forbes' 94-year history, we've assembled the Impact 30: a list of the world's leading social entrepreneurs. We're defining "social entrepreneur" as a person who uses business to solve social issues.
- The case for old entrepreneurs
Our research revealed that successful entrepreneurs typically start companies for three reasons:
- Your Future Is In The Data - "We are at the point of an "industrial revolution of data"
Smart competitors are making significant investment in their ability to collect, integrate, and analyze data from anywhere and everywhere there is an engagement with the marketplace.
- The Care and Feeding of Advisory Boards
Sometimes the outsiders most capable of helping your business are those who invest time, not money.
- Interviews wanted with entrepreneurs in the environment or conservation fields for Doctoral Thesis: "How do entrepreneurs think about and use social networks to do their work and achieve success for their start-up organization?"
To complete my research I am asking for your assistance in connecting me to entrepreneurs who may be willing to do a phone interview with me.
- 5 tips from Leonardo on fostering your creativity
One sure way to recognize a creative person is her ability to quickly record an idea.
- 7 Keys to Startup Survival in Today's Now Economy
49 percent of current American employees admit to not being engaged, meaning they just show up, follow orders, and keep their mouths and their brains shut. Another 18 percent actively sabotage the company's performance. These perspectives evolved through the age of mass production.
- Innovation Begins in the Boardroom.
Our board rooms remain largely homogenous and are dramatically aging. These are not the ingredients for change. One of the key responsibilities of boards is strategic oversight - if the board room does not represent current and diverse thinking, it is improbable that our corporations will be able to successfully compete in today's ever-changing operating environment.
- Investors Fund Solutions Rather Than Technology
New technology really doesn't have any value, until it is integrated into a market-driven solution. Here are a few thoughts on a process that will keep you on the right track:
- There's no reason to fear failure if you have a business plan in place
Unfortunately, fear occurs more often than we think and literally eliminates economic progress for a founder, potential employees and a community.
- ARCHITECTS, ENGINEERS, and DESIGNERS! - Revit Training For Professionals , 01/16-20, Missoula, MT
Revit is the most important evolution of computer aided design since AutoCAD.
- Support the Montana State University College of Business through the Alumni Association Membership Match Program
You do not have to be an MSU alumnus to be a member of the MSU Alumni Association.
Universities and Economic Development
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Teaching Scientists To Become Entrepreneurs, One Cold Call At A Time
'Understand what the customer does and what problem your product would solve, then build something adjacent. Out of 100 people, you may find five who like it."
- Oil Boom Puts Strain On North Dakota Towns
Imagine you live in a small rural town worried for years about depopulation, and suddenly, overnight, the population doubles, and the newcomers are thousands of young men without families. Imagine that you live in a tiny town with one main street that doubles as a state highway.
Washington State Business
- Facebook Dons Cowboy Boots, Rides Into Desert For Economic Rescue
'Keeping the Town Alive'
- In rural Oregon, middle-class life is slipping away
The recession's punch hit the state's rural communities first and hardest.
- Washington Small Business Credit Initiative to spur $300 million in new lending
Gov. Chris Gregoire and the Washington State Department of Commerce today announced that help is on the way for our state's small businesses seeking new sources of financing to grow and create jobs.
- Wyoming wind tower plant delayed until next year
Plans to build a $40 million plant that would produce towers for wind turbines have been delayed, and industry observers say uncertainty over federal subsidies for renewable energy may be a factor.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Initiative aims for 100,000 new STEM teachers
A new national movement aims to increase the supply of math and science teachers and retain excellent teachers currently in U.S. classrooms by preparing 100,000 new math and science teachers over the next 10 years.
- What it takes to get more Americans trained for new technology jobs
The McGraw-Hill Research Foundation offers these suggestions for getting our educational system back on track:
- Montana's Media Arts in the Public Schools program producing videos for a variety of clients
All MAPS programs combine traditional education techniques with effective business strategies. To assist in achieving our goals, industry professionals are frequent guests and students work side-by-side with award-winning experts.
- Analysis Website Ranks Best- and Worst-Run States in U.S.
Wyoming and California were respectively named the best- and worst-run states in the U.S. this year, according to a new study.
Connectivity & Communications
- Job openings closed to the unemployed
In California, where the unemployment rate is 11.7 percent, it is legal for companies and employment agencies to apply the "no unemployed allowed" sticker on jobs ranging from electronic engineers to restaurant managers and mortgage underwriters (oh, the irony!).
Energy and Climate Change
- WeVideo Makes Cloud Video Editing Look Like Kids' Stuff
WeVideo offers a freemium, cloud-based video editing tool that's full-featured but easy to use, and doesn't tax your computer.
- Why It's Called 'The New Yorker' - Keystone XL pipeline
"What would be the effect on the climate" should the carbon trapped in the oil sands be burned and released into the atmosphere, McKibben asked the scientist. "Essentially, it's game over for the planet," Hansen answered.
- Palo Alto, Calif., Eyeing New Emerging Tech Program
The Emerging Technology Demonstration Program would invite technology companies to submit proposals for their products that would be evaluated by Palo Alto Utilities and potentially tested by city residents.
- Big data = smaller government - Data Analytics is changing the way governments do business
Will analytics help show how to pull the economy out of its current dive? Probably. But it is a much surer bet that continued investment in these tools by government will help make government smaller, smarter and more productive and its citizens financially -- and physically -- healthier.
- How data analytics is helping urban areas improve the quality of life by cutting crime, pollution and waste
Get Smart: 10 Cities Using Data to Improve the Quality of Life
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