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"The real political season is nearly upon us. There are chores to do. Good work to accomplish. Encouraging plans to be made. We need to do it together with mature, calm and thoughtful leaders." Carl Borgquist "Maturity in Leadership" http://matr.net/articl ... .html
All are invited to participate: Governor Schweitzer And Harold Hamm, CEO Of Continental Resources Headline Montana Ambassador Meeting, 3/22-23, Billings http://matr.net/events ... =4013
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Trademark Q&A from Dorsey & Whitney
How do I let my competitors and my customers know that my company is claiming trademark rights in its brand names?
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Southgate Mall travel expo touts Missoula as tourist destination
Since the recession of 2008, Destination Missoula has been focusing its promotional efforts on the "fly-and-drive" markets surrounding Missoula - cities with a direct flight to and from the Garden City like Chicago and Phoenix and Seattle - as well as "drive" markets like Spokane.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Montana's SRS Crisafulli sets sights on international pump and dredge markets
After profits jumped 40 percent in 2011, officials at SRS Crisafulli Inc. in Glendive faced a business problem.
- Maryland raises $84 million to invest in tech startups
"For the first time in our nation's history, a state has successfully held an online auction to raise funds for a venture capital program and as a result, Maryland will infuse $84 million in venture capital into our Innovation Economy to create jobs"
- Should Angel Investors Get Tax Credits to Invest in Small Businesses?
Nearly half the states in the country offer such credits, and several more are actively considering putting tax credits for angel investment in place. But do they work?
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Leadership Montana group to tour Sidney this week
Leadership Montana meets seven times a year between September and May. In each of the communities visited, they learn from business leaders.
- Montana Economic Developers Association Economic Development Team Identifies Belgrade, Montana's Main Issues
"So often, what is a problem can also be looked on as a strength like, look at their closeness to Bozeman. It can be, 'people go to Bozeman to work and shop and then they come here,' but that's also a strength, in that you've got a population in Bozeman that could also come to Belgrade," says O'Rourke.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana's S&K Aerospace gets Air Force contract worth almost $1B
The $975 million contract is triple that of any previous contract S&K, owned by the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes, has been awarded.
- High-tech panel manufacturing company, Innovative Timber Systems coming to Columbia Falls, Montana
Kobelt says the panels go up faster and produce less waste on site, provide good insulation and thermal mass, burn slowly in a fire, provide acoustic protection, and have additional structural capacity so they can replace concrete and steel.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Missoula development seeks investment in trade for fast track to citizenship - Northern Rockies Regional Center.
The Rockies Center has found a handful of Chinese investors who are interested in putting money into the Old Sawmill District. At least four potential investors from China are planning a trip to Missoula this spring.
- Maturity in Leadership
What is it to have maturity and grace in political leadership?
Come Home Utah
- Ten Dumb Things Said During Job Interviews
"My apologies for being late, my husband and I were fighting. It happens all the time."
- How to Stand Out: Applying for a Startup Position
In order to find yourself employed by a successful startup, you'll need to bring more to the table than just your resume.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- EMC To Hire 500 In Utah
EMC President and Chief Operating Officer Howard Elias said the new center will help serve federal agencies and other companies which prefer onshore customer support.
- Is There Such a Thing as 'Rural' Gentrification?
Drawn by preexisting cultural, geographic, and/or historic assets, a small but significant professional cohort has traded the bustle of Metropolitan America for Smalltown, USA. In the process, a smattering of bucolic college towns, action sports meccas, and colonial-era hamlets have developed into economically and culturally vibrant micropolises, thanks largely to the endless possibilities afforded by e-commerce and telecommuting.
- Governor Schweitzer's speech in Ireland
Some of Governor Schweitzer's speech at the 1848 tricolour celebrations in Waterford City, Sunday 11th March 2012
Regional Economic Development
- The Idaho National Laboratory announces as many as 185 layoffs
The laboratory is doing what they can to turn this restructuring into a positive thing and evaluating their current employees and needs, so this restructuring doesn't turn into more layoffs in the future.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- President Obama to Announce New Efforts to Support Manufacturing Innovation, Encourage Insourcing
Administration Proposes New National Network to Support Manufacturing, Takes Immediate Action to Create a Pilot Manufacturing Institute
- States ramping up investment in start-ups
"If you're making good investments and you're investing in quality companies, they're going to create jobs and they're going to create economic opportunity."
- Group to draft rules to coordinate tech transfer efforts from multiple Universities
The program calls for the schools to create teams of individuals to help both schools increase the commercialization of their research programs. The teams will focus on developing and refining ideas for boosting intellectual property, patent submission, tech transfer and community outreach efforts for university researchers.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming pursues $112M data center
State officials are looking at offering $10 million in grants to help lure the data center, which would be owned by an unnamed Fortune 100 company with an international presence.
- Brunton's new compass line adds jobs in Riverton, Wyoming
Brunton's marketing manager Dani Schafer says the move has created about 50 jobs.
- Wyoming approves $10M in grants to attract data center to Cheyenne
Gov. Matt Mead also announced a second $5 million grant to reimburse the company for infrastructure improvements, such as clearing the land and building roads to the data center. That money would come from $15 million approved by the Legislature last year to recruit data centers to the state.
- What robots can teach us about learning
According to a new study, the way kids view robotics can help schools design better 21st-century lessons and create more productive classrooms.
- Why Bilinguals Are Smarter
Being bilingual, it turns out, makes you smarter. It can have a profound effect on your brain, improving cognitive skills not related to language and even shielding against dementia in old age.
Montana Education Excellence
- DECA International Career Development Conference renews plea for judges for national event in Salt Lake City
"The earlier we can get someone to sign up to be a judge, the better," he said. "But we will be accepting volunteers up until the day of the judging."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana students shoot, edit movies on cellphones
"You can do more than you would ever know on the iPhone,"
- Mountaineer Conrad Anker to Lead Spring 2012 Expedition to Mount Everest With Support of National Geographic and The North Face®
The scientific portion of the expedition involves geologists from Montana State University on the Southeast Ridge team and medical specialists from Mayo Clinic at Base Camp.
- Montana graduation rates on the rise
The initiative's goal is to reach a 90 percent graduation rate nationwide by 2020.
Funding and Building your Business
- Juneau to Announce Grantees for Graduation Matters Challenge Fund - Coincides with Statewide Release of Graduation and Dropout Data
"Schools are setting high goals to improve their graduation rates and engage their entire communities in supporting student success. If communities are successful in reaching their goals, we will be able to cut the statewide dropout rate in half by 2014."
Energy and Climate Change
- It's Time to Focus on Tools of Curation
If you're a content creator it's never been easier to create. But what about the poor souls on the other end of the pitch? Submittable's http://www.submittable.com/ Michael FitzGerald of Missoula, Montana argues it's time for techies to shift their focus from the creators to the curators.
- What one business learned by going online only
Convinced there was a better way, the couple cooked up a radical idea, at least for a bakery: online only.
- Are You an Entrepreneur Who Can Make a Business Fly?
According to Professor Sean Wise, who claims to have worked with more than 15,000 entrepreneurs (including many with the popular TV shows Shark Tank and Dragon's Den), no matter how great the idea and the opportunity, in the end it is only the execution that creates change and generates wealth.
- TEDxSanDiego 2011 Video - UM Professor Jakki Mohr - How Does Nature Do That?
Mohr encourages businesses to "bake biomimicry into their organizational DNA" and rethink their business models from a service-oriented rather than sales-oriented perspective.
- Investors Seek Entrepreneurs With Fire in the Belly
The reality is that angel investors are humans, and personal traits often make or break the relationship, even before the investment is considered.
- Giving Back: How Every Startup Can Be Philanthropic
A culture of giving can be a powerful force in the tech talent war, as more people seek work that embodies personal, professional and philanthropic ideals.
- A Quick Hack for Speeding up Term Sheet and other Negotiations
I was desperate to get my funding finalized to derisk my business as well as to get capital in the bank to meet our growing cash needs. But my VC didn't seem to be in such a rush. Nor did their lawyer.
- Sharing patents with competitors may encourage innovation
The company may lose a share of the market, but its product ultimately becomes more valuable as a result of the extended innovation effort.
- How to Gauge Business Potential for Your Invention
"Invention is turning money into technology. Business innovation is turning technology into money."
- Startup Handbook Wins Business Book Award - "Startup: The Complete Handbook for Launching a Company for Less"
"Elizabeth does a great job of explaining how to start your company for less - and offers great tips on personal finance and sources of capital for startups"
Connectivity & Communications
- Sandia Labs Fuel Cell Light Garners Tech Transfer Award
The Fuel Cell Mobile Light helps bring clean hydrogen (H2) fuel cell lighting products to industry.
- Need more energy at a lower cost? Purdue researchers may have the answer.
The Purdue team's solar cells are 1 inch square and achieve 8.4 percent efficient use of the sunlight energy. "The holy grail is to get the efficiency up to 15 percent."
- Startup Converts Plastic To Oil, And Finds A Niche
"When there have been attempts in the past to make fuel from plastic, it's been low-quality, low-flashpoint, kind of sludgy," he says. "In this case here, we're making a very highly refined, consistent product that's within specifications of any standardized fuel."
- NetZero to launch free wireless broadband service
The free accounts are limited to 200 megabytes of data per month_ enough for some email and Web surfing, but little else.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Missoula City Council subcommittee to look at economic improvements including free downtown Wi-Fi and Gigapop connection
"It just seems like we're at the mercy of different organizations that pick things up and drop things, and I just feel like we need something a little more targeted and strategic for our economic development infrastructure, and hopefully this will help."
- Microsoft gives cops tools to detect child porn
The software giant, along with a Swedish technology company, is providing photo-identification technology free of charge to law enforcement to help detect and thwart child abuse.
- A Road Trip For People With Ideas - Help Ignite Entrepreneurial Communities Across America
Time to try and take my passion and turn it into my career. Time to give up the perceived security of a corporate career, and place a big bet on myself. Time to walk the talk and become a real entrepreneur.
- Futurist Ray Kurzweil predicts heart disease will be cured and other cool predictions
"We'll get to a point at which technological progress will be so fast that normal human intelligence will be unable to follow it,"
- Touch-enabled wall paint converts skin contact into electronics control
On/Off paint could potentially remove the need for light switches around the home, controlling virtually any kind of electronic device and even acting as a dimmer switch when users touch with different pressures.
- First big piece of 'Electric Highway' gets juice
"I would say range-anxiety with these fast chargers will be nearly a non-issue for me."
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