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R-E-S-P-E-C-T - Everyone want respect. Aretha
Plan on attending: Governor's Innovation Day And Innovative Business Awards, 8/28, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4213
Come Home Montana
- #IM48 - A Road Trip For People With Ideas - Coming to a town in your state
Ideas by themselves are rather worthless. They only matter when they're brought to life. Who brings ideas to life? People bring ideas to life. And when they do, amazing things happen.
- IdeaMensch #IM48 Tour, 7/18, Salt Lake City, Utah
Our mission is to help people bring their ideas to life. That's what we try to do through our daily interviews with folks ranging from Seth Godin to Tony Hsieh to Craig Newmark, and that's what we're trying to do with our 48-state road trip across America.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- How I came to move from France to Montana to start Your Custom Cellar
Go with the flow. Do what you love and love what you do. You have only one life and when you will be on your dying bed, it will be too late for regrets!
- Employers to look for recruits at Great Falls, Montana job fair on Aug. 11
The fair will be open to Montana Guard and Reserve members, military spouses, veterans, and the general public.
- Career Coach: What are you doing to keep learning? - Free college courses aiming to make entrepreneurs more successful
Handling everything can be overwhelming, especially if you're not trained in finance or any of the other subjects you need to know to help your business flourish.
Montana Economic Development
- Billings, Montana based Recreational Business Partners Announces Partnership with Resort Business Opportunities (RBO) to Create the Ultimate Resort and Recreation Business Resource
Team helps those who dream about owning a business in paradise make it a reality. From the initial search process, through the transaction and beyond, they assist people in realizing their ideal lifestyle.
- Dragon Skin - Entrepreneur proposes bringing high-tech manufacturing of body armor to Missoula, Montana
The search is on for 80 people as soon as possible, he said. NADG will need 50 high-tech sewing machine operators, 15 assemblers, 10 sales staff and five or six senior executives. Starting salaries of sewers would be roughly $35,000 a year. "If all goes as hoped, by the end of the first year we will have created 250 good-paying, good-technology, clean-technology jobs," Radcliff said.
- The Brad Feld lecture will be on MCAT Ch. 7
This is a must-see for anyone trying to start or grow an entrepreneurial community.
- UM, IBM, tech firm create course to analyze 'big data'
"Our entire company is based on this technology platform developed by IBM, and these are the skills we're looking for."
- Montana might miss big economic opportunity
Fortunately, Montana's U.S. Senator Max Baucus understands this important issue. For example, at a congressional hearing late last month, Sen. Baucus called Russia's WTO entry "a one-sided deal in America's favor, but only if we act." And in late June, he helped introduce bipartisan legislation to normalize trade relations with Russia.
- Small business workshop hosted by Sen. Tester aims to help small businesses identify funding, help
Hosted in part by the university, the city of Bozeman and U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, the workshop was spurred by the "huge influx of business startups" in Montana, said Bozeman Mayor Sean Becker, who also works as a business advisor with the Montana Community Development Corporation.
- Imagine the freedom to pursue the work you want
You probably know someone who stays at a job they dislike just for the health care.
- Video: Kevin Smith Says 'It's a Good Time to Be a Geek'
Give Kevin Smith an open forum and you've got instant gold.
Incubators and R&D
- Senate Republicans Vote Down Small-Business Tax Breaks
Another tax break was defeated on July 12 as well, by a vote of 57 to 41. That bill would have let small businesses take greater deductions during 2012 on particular kinds of investments, such as new equipment.
- A day in the life of Jag, Montana's First Dog
Jag is a spokesdog, a published author and Montana's First Dog.
- University of Wyoming receives $20M research grant to study water
The goal of the research is to gain a better understanding of how such water systems respond to changes, such as pine beetle outbreaks, climate variability and shifts in land use.
Regional Economic Development
- The Culture of Innovation - What Makes San Francisco Bay Area Companies Different?
Why are many of the largest and fastest growing companies in the U.S. based in the Bay Area?
South Dakota Economic Development
- Northwest Energy Angels Exceeds $1 Million Investment Milestone
"We offer promising, early stage clean technology companies not only capital, but expertise, passion and connections to help them accelerate their development," said Byron McCann, co-chair of the Northwest Energy Angels. "We continue to be impressed with, and inspired by, the quality of ideas and entrepreneurs dedicated to advancing our country to a sustainable economy."
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- The Secrets of Sioux Falls' Success
We need to give a little encouragement to citizens that and there are, despite the headlines, successful cities in America.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Strengthening the Link Between Industry and University Research
So how can we break down some of the barriers that exist between industry and universities to accelerate the tech transfer process?
- A Core Curriculum To Create Engaged Entrepreneurs
Nearly 50% of students today leave college without earning a degree. The data suggests students drop out from lack of funds, interest, mentorship, and real world relevance.
- Flummoxed by Failure--or Focused?
Over the past 25 years, social scientists have produced some key insights into how successful people overcome their unsuccessful moments--and they have found that attitudes toward learning play a large role from a young age.
- Universities Reshaping Education on the Web
In the fall, Coursera https://www.coursera.org/ will offer 100 or more free massive open online courses, or MOOCs, that are expected to draw millions of students and adult learners globally.
Montana Education Excellence
- Students sue school district for violating their 'right to read'
The class-action lawsuit appears to be the first of its kind, and potentially signals a new wave of civil rights litigation in the United States to enforce laws intended to boost academic achievement, education law experts say.
- Prepare now for Minnesota's future higher-ed needs, Itasca report advises
The bottom line: The state's demand for better-educated workers is growing. By 2018, 70 percent of Minnesota jobs will require post-secondary education.
- Business schools offering public relations tips to students
"PR becomes a problem when it's clear a good image is more important than making things right,"
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Board of Regents Approve Re-branding and Renaming of Six of Montana's Two-Year Colleges and Programs of Higher Education, As Part of the Montana University System's College!NOW Initiative
Re-branding Montana's two-year education system sets the stage for transformation of higher education access and degree attainment in Montana.
Energy and Climate Change
- Don't Allow Your Startup To Be a 'One-Trick Pony'
In today's competitive world, with its accelerating rate of change, no competitive advantage lasts long.
- How One Startup Turned a $5,000 Contest Into Millions
Jetpac's fundraising represents a striking success for data science as sport--an approach that first drew attention when Netflix offered $1 million to whomever could best improve their movie recommendation algorithm.
- Startup Viral Marketing Costs Real Money These Days
"Buzz-worthy" and "viral" are marketing illusions that cost big money to create. In a business plan these are called marketing campaigns, which continue to rise in cost. Here are three elements of most viral marketing campaigns:
- NEWSFLASH: You Will Never Get Really Rich Working For Someone Else
"If your only goal is to become rich, you'll never achieve it."
- 5 Opportunity Areas To Motivate Any Entrepreneur
Potential startup founders are always looking for ideas to implement, when they should be looking for problems to solve.
- Best Entrepreneurship Book Ever Has Nothing to Do With Business
Entrepreneurship itself doesn't have anything to do with money. Instead, it's a style of leadership and finding ways to build something out of nothing.
- A Boot Camp for Veterans to Learn Business Basics
Next week the TechStars accelerator is sponsoring a Patriot Boot Camp for about 75 veterans who want to start technology companies.
- A Startup Advisory Board Dream Team is Priceless
I recommend that every early-stage startup find three Advisory Board members.
- Bootstrap Montana - Loan program lifting Montana entrepreneurs
There are several standards a business must meet to qualify for a loan, among them that the company must be headquartered in Montana with more than half its employees working in state, must not have a history of bankruptcy and be selling products or services outside Montana.
- Small Biz Buying Office Spaces With Government Help
The government's SBA 504 loan plan allows business owners to pay much less down on commercial real estate while still getting favorable loans. The SBA covers 40% of the loan, banks cover another 50% and most borrowers only have to pay 10% cash up front according to the SBA's website.
Connectivity & Communications
- Tools let renters test energy efficiency
Even the most efficient buildings can have high energy costs if the occupants are wasteful. Read more: Tools Let Renters Test Energy Efficiency | Bankrate.com http://www.bankrate.com/finance/frugal/tools-let-renters-test-energy-efficiency.aspx#ixzz20iOtzE85
- Are States Doing Enough to Protect Water Supplies from Fracking Pollution?
According to the report, of the 30 states that are engaged in natural gas drilling, only 13 have passed some legislation regulating fracking, a controversial drilling technique that pumps large volumes of water mixed with chemicals and sand into the ground in an attempt to break apart shale rock and free natural gas.
- City Plans to Use Sewer Heat to Power Homes
The city also plans to have a sewer-heated police station by the end of this year.
- Is the Web Driving Us Mad?
The first good, peer-reviewed research is emerging, and the picture is much gloomier than the trumpet blasts of Web utopians have allowed.
- Nonprofits generate billions for state economy
"Sometimes, especially when the economy is tough, it's easy to say 'Nonprofits are nice to have, but if we can't contribute right now that's okay,'" she said. "But I think if we ignore nonprofit organizations or are not as generous as we need to be to keep nonprofits going, the economy will feel that impact."
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