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“By 2013, enterprises using system-based pattern detection in strategic planning and tactical decisions will outperform their peers by 20%.” Yvonne Genovese, VP and distinguished analyst for Gartner
Compete Smart Montana Manufacturing Conference, 10/11-12, Missoula, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =4142
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- New Report Spotlights Government's Big Data
Big Data is as important to the U.S. economy as agricultural products.
- Predictive Policing a Success in Santa Cruz, Calif.
Once officers got comfortable using data generated from the sophisticated computer algorithm, crime started going down and some arrests were made because of correct predictions.
Highway 12 Ventures
- Uniquely Montana: Mountain ghost town Pony has rich history
"There are mountain trails for horses, hikers, mountain bikes, and ATVs, mountain lakes for fishing and Pony Park, where you can bring your lunch and enjoy the solitude," Rumsey said. "And don't forget the Pony Bar, for tall, cool refreshments and tall tales."
2012 Montana Politics and Legislature
- Highway 12 Ventures - Portfolio News | September 2012
Sphero rolls out at Target, following notable expansion to Apple and Brookstone.
Come Home Montana
- Education's direction at stake in Montana election
A lot is at stake for Montana students, parents, schools and universities in this election, candidates and education advocates agree.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - Camp Mak-A-Dream
The role will oversee annual fundraising activities, marketing, programs, management of all fiscal resources, supervision of employees, and business operations in accordance with standard business practices.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Market Controller - Bonten Media Group
Controller owns financial reporting, FP&A, human resource and benefits functions.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Media Group Marketing Director - NBC Montana
NBC Montana is looking for an experienced and goal-oriented Marketing Manager to create and lead marketing efforts for Bonten Media Group's NBC television properties: KECI, Missoula; KTVM, Bozeman/Butte; and KCFW, Kalispell, as well as related digital sub-channels and new media initiatives.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Health Information Technology Applications Supervisor - Kalispell Regional Medical Center
This role works as part of a multi-disciplinary team to ensure ongoing maintenance and support of HIT systems as well as successful implementations of new systems, with an emphasis on achieving a successful transition to a fully integrated Electronic Health Record (EHR) and health information exchange product solutions.
- The Montana Ethic Project
Montana is Big Sky Country. With just over 1,000,000 residents and just under six people per square mile, we have room to roam. The Montana Ethic Project features 34 presentations from leaders in business, academics, and politics that explores this room...and takes a snapshot of the values and beliefs that exist in The Last Best Place.
- Startup America - Pitch Across Maryland Tops Expectations
Startup Maryland is the local offshoot of Startup America, an entrepreneurial advocacy group that seeks to connect startups with the support and resources they need to survive and thrive.
- Fall Montana Ambassador Newsletter
Catch the latest news (and photos) of Montana Ambassador activities.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Montana Entrepreneurs: Name change becomes game-changer for Rocky Mountain Freight Management thanks to classes and support for our business at Big Sky Economic Development.
Last year the company, now called Rocky Mountain Freight Management http://rpktransport.com/index.htm , picked up freight in 28 states and delivered it to 34 states.
- Guest opinion: Circle the wagons for Montana-made energy
Energy industries in Montana might want to return to the "circle the wagons" approach that worked so well for the pioneers and unite around a single set of achievable energy development goals that we can all pursue together. It seems to be working for North Dakota. Why not here?
- Florida firm buys longtime Butte engineering operation - MSE Technology Applications, Inc.
Fallacaro plans to relocate his companies and holdings to the MSE facilities in Butte, where he spent last week implementing a plan of operations.
- MSU Leadership Institute Hosts White House Project, 10/20, Bozeman, Montana
The White House Project, http://thewhitehouseproject.org is dedicated to coaching and inspiring women to become new leaders in society and to diversify the workplace among all disciplines. Students and the general public are invited to participate.
- New York Conservatory Of Dramatic Arts To Audition Montana Talent For College Scholarships - 10/19-20, Missoula, Montana
New York Conservatory of Dramatic Arts to offer a training seminar and auditions for college scholarships on October 19 and 20, 2012, at the Holiday Inn Downtown at the Park in Missoula.
- Economic Gardening: My Favorite New-to-Me Idea of 2012
Economic gardening says that instead of playing this game of zero-sum competition, local authorities ought to look around at the businesses they already have and ask what would it take for some of these firms to grow.
Incubators and R&D
- 'Idaho 100' gets readers riled up
That just five women were included in "Idaho 100: The people Who Most Influenced the Gem State" didn't go over well with some readers.
- Can Idaho Power turn off the wind?
A federal energy decision raises more questions about whether the utility has the power to shut off existing wind plants even if it saves customers money.
- Programs court new lawyers
Programs that help borrowers pay off education debt are encouraging Idaho's law students to go into public service when they graduate.
- What Entrepreneurs Should Look for in Tech Startup Incubators
If you're a tech entrepreneur looking for an incubator, here's a quick breakdown of the terms for some of the most popular programs.
Oregon Economic Development
- Portland startup Little Bird raises $1 million from Mark Cuban, Wieden+Kennedy and others
Little Bird (as in "a little bird told me...") helps find and reach online experts on any topic. It's aimed at marketers and others seeking to reach and communicate with people who have influence in a given community.
- Startup: Portland-based Opal Labs takes brainstorming to next level
No business wants to miss out on the next big idea, and yet there are all kinds of ways for that to happen.
- Royal Caribbean will add 400 more workers at Springfield call center
Royal Caribbean opened the Springfield call center in 2006 with $1.3 million in incentives from the state.
- Teaching for the Future: Closing jobs skills gap - Right Skills Now
Experts say the program could serve as a national model for employers needing skilled workers yesterday and many jobless Americans unable to spend two years earning an associate degrees.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming moves closer to school rating system
The law requires schools not meeting expectations to file an improvement plan that addresses areas where performance falls below target levels.
- Wyoming Business Council website recognized
The Wyoming Business Council website http://www.wyomingbusiness.org/ , launched in May 2011, has increased outreach, education, marketing and public relations efforts for the agency, according to a media release. Site designers plan to include multimedia content, and soon GIS technology.
- Wyoming led the nation in 2010 in funding per student at $16,986 for its single major public research university,
"Those numbers very clearly show that the University of Wyoming has benefited tremendously from strong state support. And the students here see that. We have relatively small class sizes compared to our peer institution so the students get more attention and have more opportunity to do research,"
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- Toy and story kit aims to encourage girls to develop an interest in engineering
The Roominate range of dolls' houses is already offering a way for girls to become interested in design and electronics, and now GoldieBlox is another startup using building blocks and story books to encourage girls to construct spaces and objects.
Montana Education Excellence
- State of Creative: Embracing Risk
"Written, Filmed and Edited by MAPS students at HATCH, Bozeman 2012. Creative leaders discuss the creative process and the impact of creativity in our world.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana PresidentEngstrom: University will focus on tech, job readiness
Engstrom also said eventually, he'd like to ensure every single classroom on campus is filled with at least one computer.
- Five Social Media Tricks Every Entrepreneur Should Know
People don't buy what you do but why you do it.
- Google Founders Define the Meaning of 'Exceptional'
Here are some lessons from the book that all entrepreneurs should wish they could emulate:
- The Art of Damage Control
A crime at your workplace, an irate customer or a personal scandal can all spark bad publicity, devastating your business.
- Street Smart Disciplines Every Entrepreneur Needs
In the urban world, being street smart means instinctively knowing how to keep yourself safe from scams and bad guys.
- Measure results by the outcome not by the clock
It's an unfortunate reality that efficiency often goes unrewarded in the workplace.
- Why Entrepreneurs Need Mentors and How to Find Them
Finding a mentor is a bit like finding a spouse, yet in this case the more polygamous you are, the better. A stable of mentors will have a wider range of advice. So, begin the search.
- Stealth Mode Entrepreneurs Only Increase the Risk
Startup companies should seek out publicity and the open sharing of information, from day one.
- How one billion women will shake the business world
If you were to list the factors with the biggest potential impact on the business world over the next few decades, you'd likely cite some common themes - evolving technology, the globalization of markets, and fiscal challenges in Western countries, perhaps. But here's one you might not have considered: women.
- What You Can Learn About Social Media from Big Bird
They say that you learn everything you ever needed to know in kindergarten. As far as a social media strategy for your business, that may very well be true.
- NVCA Model Legal Docs Updated for 2012 - Road Tested & Increasingly Valuable
NVCA wishes to thank the large number of expert law firm attorneys across the country in-house counsel at VC firms who have shaped these valuable documents over the years.
- Hawaii Plans for 12-Year Tech Transformation
"We now have a course towards transforming how government delivers programs and services to the public."
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Next Year The Glacier Association and the Glacier National Park Fund will join forces
The merger will bring more money to the park and focus efforts on conservation and preservation.
- Microsoft project tracks hand from wrist, could alter how we control devices
Motion tracking and gesture controls have become common with the rollout of Microsoft Kinect and other sensor-based devices. But what if the sensors were on your wrist, not across the room?
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