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"Change does not roll in on the wheels of inevitability, but comes through continuous struggle. And so we must straighten our backs and work for our freedom. A man can't ride you unless your back is bent." Martin Luther King, Jr.
Hellgate Venture Network - Joe Garrett, President Of Inteneo System , 1/19, Missoula http://matr.net/events ... =3964 --- UCF's GrowFL Team Hired to Share Economic-Gardening Techniques with other communities and states. http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Globalization Partners International
Montana Department of Commerce
- Website Translation and Localization Strategies: featured subjects in book from Nitish Singh
For those of you who are facing any website translation projects in 2012 and are interested in learning about success stories and best practices for translating websites there is a new book on topic by Nitish Singh, PhD. which we highly recommend.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- The 2012 Montana Housing Partnership Conference is coming fast. June 26th through 28th in beautiful, downtown Billings!
We need people to submit Proposals for Topics to be covered at the Housing Conference.
Great Falls Development Authority
- The National Center for Women & Information Technology
The K-12 Alliance uses its enormous reach to improve the image of computing and the teaching of foundational computing skills.
- The Academy Of Software Engineering
Hopefully the curriculum that is developed and teachers that are trained at the Academy will get rolled out into high schools all over the city in the coming years.
- Wyoming lawmakers want to increase dropout age, add consequences
If you drop out, you won't drive
- Montana high school business leaders compete
"It's guaranteed something will go wrong," she said. "It won't fall apart, but you have to problem solve. The kids are teaching each other. It's fun to watch and they don't even know they're learning."
Highway 12 Ventures
- Aerospace and energy bring hope to Northcentral Montana economy
"The three primary reasons we chose Great Falls (from among four finalists) were the talent pool there, the Great Falls Development Authority's recruiting efforts and the Air Force base, which we think will be a strong recruiting resource for employees."
Come Home Montana
- A Successful Pivot - Balihoo
I'm incredibly proud of everyone at Balihoo. Seeing this company grow and thrive right here in Boise makes it all the sweeter.
- Investors put $5 million into Boise-based Balihoo
"The market needs what we have, and they're buying it," he said.
- Invitation from Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer: You Could be Here Building Your Business and Living Your Dream
The Governor's Office of Economic Development serves to advise the Governor on policy issues related to economic development.
- Montana Career Opportunity - President - Missoula Economic Partnership
Missoula Economic Partnership (MEP) is looking for a charismatic, collaborative-minded executive to provide leadership and direction in developing, coordinating and implementing the economic development strategies for the newly formed Partnership.
- One Million, Still Rural - Montana's population growth
What does it mean for our state?
- BNSF on a hiring spree
The fortune 500 company is planning on hiring over 125 employees in Montana this year. Last year BNSF hired over 400 employees state-wide.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Director - Montana Silversmiths, Inc.
Montana Silversmiths Inc. http://www.montanasilversmiths.com is a world renowned designer and manufacturer of buckles, jewelry, and lifestyle products for the western industry.
- Montana's Wide-Open Spaces Getting A Bit Crowded
"Montana is full. We hear there's still room in North Dakota."
Montana Economic Development
- Big Data in Big Sky Country: Alex Philp co-founder, president and CEO of TerraEchos
Stay tuned for more innovation from Alex and TerraEchos as they tackle Big Data challenges to improve security and protect against threats. After all, as Alex concluded our interview, "You can't have a smart planet, unless you have a safe planet."
- Missoula's American Eagle Dental flourishing with help from Opportunity Resources
American Eagle considers Clark and other Opportunity workers the perfect fit for the packing jobs at a company that prides itself on quality products made in a family atmosphere. Opportunity considers the partnership with American Eagle one of its most successful, as the crew is completely integrated and works almost full time in the plant.
- Missoula, Montana Architect Jim McDonald of A&E Architects fulfills lifelong dream restoring Old Faithful Inn in Yellowstone
The proof of a great restoration project, however, comes in what you don't see.
- Montana Cowboys Ranching in Russia - "Comrade Cowboy"
"This kind of agriculture investment and diversification is a win for Montana," said Schweitzer. "Sputnik Ranch is able to showcase Montana beef genetics to a whole new market."
- Butte, Montana's Montana Aerospace Development Association (MADA) announces partnership with Japanese researchers
"Thanks for investing in our community."
- Guest opinion: Montana's hesitant economic recovery
The slow rebound in the national economy is right on track.
- Online job searching: A virtual waste of time
More and more, experts are agreeing that time spent searching online for jobs is time poorly spent. Not that jobs aren't found online, but the success rate is low.
- 7 Ways to Avoid a Poor First Impression in Business
The key message here is "preparation."
- Dealing with stress in business
Every business person has stress in his life.
Funding and Building your Business
- UCF's GrowFL Team Hired to Share Economic-Gardening Techniques with other communities and states.
The Edward Lowe Foundation, which promotes entrepreneurship as the strategy for economic growth, has contracted with the University of Central Florida's successful GrowFL http://www.growfl.com/ team to provide economic-gardening services for other communities and states.
Government and University TechTransfer
- Texting is Killing Real Business Communication
Let's look at the most commonly recognized forms of body language, and see how they apply to business:
- Proactive employers encourage workers to get out of seats
Perhaps the most important change she undertook, however, was getting out of her desk chair at work and spending several hours a day at a standing work station.
- Starting a Business in 2012? Here Are 10 Tips From Entrepreneurship Experts at Community Colleges on How to Get Started
#2. Answer the Big Questions
- Are you hiring? Show courtesy to applicants.
What should companies do to ensure they are displaying professional courtesy with applicants?
- How to better execute your company's strategy
When a company struggles to execute on a strategy, all too often the first reaction is to redraw the organization chart.
- How to stay safe and save on the legal cost of securing venture capital
Over-Communicate with Your Lawyer
- Redesigning the Site Redesign RFP: Eight Do's and Don'ts
But like so many other resolutions, site redesigns are much easier to commit to than to actually undertake.
- Presenting Option Grants to Boards
Here's are the eight pieces of data - go read the post for more details on why all eight are necessary.
- Businesses can do well by doing good
Does it have to be a nonprofit?
- "Collaborate or Perish! Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World"
In story after story Bratton and Tumin provide inspiration and example -- a playbook for doing together what no one can achieve alone -- collaborating across the boundaries of a networked world.
- 7 Lessons On Startup Funding From a Research Scientist
1. Always seek funding from the best people, even when you have easier alternatives.
Incubators and R&D
- Tech Launch Arizona aims to spur economy through technology transfer
Tech Launch, which began in November, will promote all types of concepts, such as science and research, in addition to inventions from students within the entrepreneurship program and patents already in the process.
Montana Education Excellence
- How To Start Smart: The Five Things To Know When Approaching An Incubator
In addition to the giving up meaningful equity there are other downsides to consider before participating in an incubator.
- Cracking Open the Scientific Process
"I want to make science more open. I want to change this," said Ijad Madisch, 31, the Harvard-trained virologist and computer scientist behind ResearchGate, the social networking site for scientists.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Model of success: Bitterroot College future tied to needs of valley residents, employers
"When you go to the BCP, you get treated like you are an important person, and I think that just means a lot."
- Bozeman schools tackle tough issue: Is it time to change the school calendar?
The Bozeman School Board has created a 45-member Calendar Task Force to investigate whether the traditional school calendar -- with its long summer break -- should be updated to better prepare kids for the 21st century.
- Montana Commissioner of Higher Education Appointment Questioned
Clayton Christian may in fact be the very best choice to hold the office of commissioner of higher education. But there's plenty about his selection by the Board of Regents, some of the events leading up to it, and the lack of a thorough search, that leaves us not entirely comfortable seeing him ease into that role.
- Montana commissioner of higher education, Clayton Christian, chosen for leadership skills - Critics question short search
The job was never opened or advertised publicly before the board hired its own chairman, Clayton Christian.
- New Law Allows Venture Capital-Backed Small Businesses to Qualify for SBIR and STTR Grants
It's a reversal of a 10-year-old policy that excluded firms that were more than 50 percent owned by VC investors.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Boise Metro Chamber of Commerce says it will push for business-recruitment fund
The chamber says it's not backing away from its proposal for a $5 million to $10 million statewide fund to lure businesses to Idaho, even though Otter decided not to include that money in his budget proposal for the fiscal year starting July 1.
- North Dakota Tourism Director: Ad Wasn't Meant To Be Racy
"It wasn't my favorite ad. I thought, 'Oh, this is a little cheesy.' I certainly didn't think it was over the line, or seductive, or in any way in poor taste," Coleman said. "It really just takes one or two (negative comments), and then people jump on the bandwagon."
- Autistic Girl Expresses Unimaginable Intelligence - I am Carly
Amazing video which proves autism is not what most doctors and everyone else think it is.
- Technology Is at Least 3 Years Away From Improving Student Success
Technology companies are only beginning to realize that the tools they created for interactivity--last decade's education buzzword--are powerful devices for learning analytics--this decade's hot term.
- Apple To Announce Tools, Platform To 'Digitally Destroy' Textbook Publishing
Technology-in-education expert Dr. William Rankin also believes digital books will expand with tools that will enable social interactions among textbook users.
- Obama to Elevate SBA Chief Karen Mills to Cabinet Position
"As of today, I am elevating the Small Business Administration to a cabinet-level agency," Mr. Obama said. "Karen Mills, who's been doing an outstanding job leading that agency, is going to make sure that small-business owners have their own seat at the table in our Cabinet meetings," he said.
Connectivity & Communications
- For Smaller Towns, Paying for Sidewalks Isn't Always Simple - Missoula, Montana
"We're moving towards a more community-based shared approach."
- A City Is A Startup: The Rise Of The Mayor-Entrepreneur
The ingredients for a successful startup and a successful city are remarkably similar.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google Search Plus Is Shaking Things Up a Bit
The new functionality is potentially as important as the switch to Universal Search a few years ago.
- Wikipedia blackout coming Jan. 18 to protest SOPA
Wales and other SOPA opponents hope to draw attention to language in SOPA that, according to some, is too broad and could hurt free speech and innovation.
- Aussie wunderkind gets $US250k for technology that could revolutionise web
The technology uses a technique called "machine learning".
- Straighten Up: It's the Electric Balancing Unicycle
I have nothing against people who enjoy riding Segways. But after riding a Solowheel last week at CES (short video below), I now look at those people the same way I looked at Big Wheels riders once I'd moved on to riding a bicycle.
- San Francisco Readies a Civic Startup Accelerator
"As we've seen from disruptive companies like TurboTax, SeeClickFix, and Socrata, there's a real opening for new businesses in the civic space; we want to turn those examples from the exception into the norm. We want entrepreneurs everywhere asking, 'How can I disrupt government?'"
- Missoula's Adventure Cycling is Expanding
Adventure Cycling the "premier bicycle travel organization in North America,"
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