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Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- 3 ways to get a handle on Business Intelligence
Organizations that capitalize on big data stand apart from traditional data analysis environments in three key ways:
Highway 12 Ventures
- Reviving the OTO: Grant helps roof 'heart' of historic Montana dude ranch
"It's going to sound funny, but there's a spirit here that makes you want to come back."
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- Highway 12 Ventures Portfolio News | July 2012
Save your travel memories with Everlater.
- Montana Economic Developers Association August News
The Montana Economic Developers Association sponsors educational seminars, workshops and conferences to advance the economic development profession.
The Burton K. Wheeler Center
- Patrick Lencioni Leadership Luncheon Live at The Commons in Bozeman, Montana, August 16
Featuring Best-Selling Business Author, Internationally recognized Speaker and Management Consultant, Patrick Lencioni.
- Tax Break Nears End For Online Shoppers - Internet Taxation without Representation on Montana's Small Businesses
Montana's entrepreneurial momentum is under threat by proposed federal bills.
- Billings, Montana based Parsec Data Management announces strategic partnership with PeakColo for Patent-Pending Cloud Infrastructure.
"We believe PeakColo's WhiteCloud Services are an excellent addition to our current line of products and services" said Aaron Ramage, Business Manager for Parsec Data.
- AWS Case Study: Torrent Technologies
"From the beginning, Torrent's goal has always been to focus on being the best at what we do: providing fresh technology, innovative solutions, and customized services for insurance companies, lending institutions, and the U.S. government. Migrating our disaster recovery site and eventually our production environment to the cloud simply makes sense for us. It is just the next step in providing the additional scalability, security, and flexibility our customers are looking for."
- Vote Now! - Schedulicity Nominated for the 2012 Small Business Influencer Awards in: Corporations
Schedulicity not only saves small businesses time, it provides multiple entry points to attract the consumer and then allows the business to communicate with them in an efficient, effective manner.
- Graying of Montana is topic of Burton K. Wheeler conference set Sept. 10-11 in Helena
"Among the questions we will discuss are if Montana is rapidly getting older - and rural communities are getting smaller - what will Montana's population look like in 2030, and how do we prepare for the impacts of significant demographic change?" said Brad Snow, chair of the Wheeler Center.
- Ready for the Big Leagues? Ask a Career Coach
Professionals enlist coaches to accelerate their careers, getting help with things like making decisions, cultivating a presence and achieving self-awareness.
- The 3 Career Mentors Everyone Should Have
Throughout your career, there will be lots of people you turn to for help and advice. But, by being strategic and identifying a few key mentors to be your "board of advisors," you'll make sure that advice is always steering you in the right direction.
- Economic gardening - Communities gain jobs by nurturing homegrown companies
"Economic gardening is a greenhouse system."
- Governor: Montana Ends Fiscal Year with another Historic Ending Fund Balance
Montana has had the highest ending fund balances in the state's history under Governor Schweitzer with an average fund balance of $414 million. The average fund balance of the eighteen years prior was $54 million.
Regional Economic Development
- Nevada launches $50 million Silver State Opportunity Fund
"From what we've seen, we are very optimistic that they can produce real returns that benefit Nevada businesses and schoolchildren."
- Minnesota Courting Bicyclists' Billion-Dollar Business
With bicycling a $1 billion (with a 'B') industry in the State of Minnesota, a coalition of eight public partners are joining together to raise the profile of biking and make it easier to pedal through the already spoke-friendly state.
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- White House Announces 12 Winners of Rural Jobs and Innovation Accelerator Challenge
The winning projects will promote job creation, accelerate innovation and provide assistance to entrepreneurs and businesses in a wide range of industrial sectors, including advanced manufacturing, agribusiness, energy and natural resources, technology and tourism.
- Trends in Western State Business Incentives
Although the past year has brought some improvements, the number one question on state policymakers' minds continues to be this: What can we do to encourage job growth?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Strengthening the Link Between Industry and University Research
How do you get two different cultures – universities and private enterprise – to work together and collaborate to develop industries and create jobs?
- Supporting a Data-Driven School Culture
Turning data into higher achievement involves changing the entire school culture.
- New high school is latest to focus on project-based learning
"This is a very untraditional way of teaching and learning, so ... it's unlike anything we've ever done before,"
- Music before age 9 protects brain after 60
"The study confirms that musical activity preserves cognition as we age, by comparing variability in cognitive outcomes of older adults active in musical instrumental and other leisure activities."
- New nationwide online community opens for educators
"Improvement requires connection" with peers, colleagues, and new ideas, said Karen Cator, director of the Office of Educational Technology for the U.S. Education Department (ED), at a recent ed-tech conference--and that's the idea behind the first-ever Connected Educator Month, which kicks off Aug. 1.
- 5 reasons you should fail more often
I've been trying to discuss this more with my son as we're watching the Olympics. Imagine how many times those divers belly-flopped and how often those gymnasts fell down to learn those beautiful flips and spins! It makes sticking a puzzle piece in the wrong spot seem a lot less traumatic -- and maybe worth trying a few times.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Education fails when schools profit
This week, Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin released a damning report on for-profit higher education.
- Forbes 2012 List of Best Colleges
College is outrageously expensive. Four years at an elite, private school like the University of Chicago (#4) or Stanford (#3) costs more than a quarter of a million dollars.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MAPS First Feature Film Needs Your Support - Kickstarter
MAPS award-winning school teaches rural Montana youth, ages 12 - 18, the media arts. And now they want to make a feature film.
- Montana State University College of Business entrepreneurship course provides students with real-world business experience
"Management 463 offers tremendous benefits to both students and clients," explained Gary Bishop, adjunct instructor of management in the College of Business and director of student research services at the Jake Jabs Center for Entrepreneurship for the New West.
- Sideways Startups: An Investor's Dilemma
Amidst all the talk of failures and exits, we forget there are actually three possible outcomes for angel-backed startups.
Funding and Building your Business
- What cities are best for seniors? Try Provo, Sioux Falls... and Missoula, Montana
Missoula enjoys the cultural, educational, and financial benefits of being a university town. It has quality health care and many recreational facilities.
- Home, Home on the Bridge
The habitable bridge, out of favor since the Renaissance, has been making a bit of a comeback.
Energy and Climate Change
- Keeping talent in room - Missoula native, author talks about how you can develop employee skills
Working with a small business team, led by a driven entrepreneur, is where I do my best work.
- Doing Away With Stupid Rules
Want a happier, more engaged work force? Ask your employees to point out which company rules frustrate them the most.
- Dual Founders Manage Technology Startups Better
The simple answer is to find a business partner, not an "implementer," who already has the technical experience you need, and is willing and able to run that side of the business.
- Turning Lemons into Lemonade: 10 Inspirational Examples of Epic Failure and Resiliency
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling but in rising every time we fall." ~ Confucius
- 10 Personal Productivity Mantras For Entrepreneurs
Many entrepreneurs waste too much time on low-priority administrative tasks, procrastinating on higher priority but tougher tasks, resulting in last minute crises, and failure to complete the critical work that people are really expecting of them.
- Why Wrestlers Make the Best Employees
If you really want to separate two seemingly qualified employees, bring them in for an interview and ask a simple question, "Have you ever participated in sports at an elite level?"
- Location-Based Services in B2B Offer Better Return
I'm convinced that business-to-business has more money and more untapped opportunities, along the following lines:
- What is it like to lose all of your investors' money?
I am one of the more upbeat, positive-thinking people on the planet, but when my first venture-backed company went into Chapter 11 it was perhaps the most traumatic day of my life.
- Anatomy Of A Power Outage
With a giant swath of India losing power in the largest blackout in history, the question is: Could the same thing happen here?
- Governors Looking for New Ways to Increase Energy Efficiency and Renewable Sources
"A well-designed, comprehensive energy efficiency program can reduce energy bills, defer the construction of costly new power generation and reduce the environmental damage associated with using traditional fuels to generate electricity," said Rhode Island Gov. Lincoln Chafee.
- NREL Study Shows Renewable Energy Potential in Every State
The report is valuable for decision-makers and utility executives because it compares estimates across six renewable energy technologies and unifies assumptions and methods.
- 4 Big Cities Launch Shared Data Platform
"I think it's really going to open people's eyes to the power of data and what we can all do with it," he explained. "If we get people out of these silos, and we start sharing it, the development community, the public, the government itself, we're going to see more and more benefits over time."
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