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"I can accept failure. Everybody fails at something. But I can't accept not trying. Fear is an illusion." -- Michael Jordan
Montana Department of Commerce
- "A Celebration Of Montana Film & Filmmakers", 10/26, Missoula, Montana
"A Celebration of Montana Film & Filmmakers" -- As part of the 2012 Montana CINE International Film Festival, the Montana Film Office will sponsor a special screening of Montana-made films and a reception and panel discussion with the makers of this year's "Made in Montana" award winner.
- Video: Seeing Is Believing: How to be Credible, Clear, and Convincing with Visual Analytics
If you can't tell or present a compelling story, all too often the value of your work is lost.
- Transforming government - Better data, better policy making
I would suggest that the best way to improve government is to improve government's ability to manage risk and produce results. This could be achieved by a shift toward data-based policy making.
- Assessing Whether You Have an Elite Strategic Recruiting Function -- a Checklist
If you compare the strategic plans, processes, and programs of two recruiting functions at similar sized firms, you'll find that the elite functions have or are planning to add at least a third of the following elements. In direct contrast, the average function will have but a handful to none of the items.
- The New Demand for Data
Whatever your view on whether it is leadership or researchers who are lacking, if policymakers are to correctly identify the real weak points in their startup and entrepreneurship ecosystems and thereby accelerate their nations' growth rate and living standards, we need more and better data.
- Down to Big Data Business
"The evidence is clear: Data-driven decisions tend to be better decisions. Leaders will either embrace that fact or be replaced by others who do." McAfee and Brynjolfsson
- Big Data in HR -- The Time is Now
Now is the time to plan your budget for next year, and put aside some money to focus in this area. Most companies' biggest single expense is payroll (people), yet they have very little real data about what investments are needed to dramatically improve people performance.
- How to derive value from data: First, know what will make your business great
"You have to know what is going to make you great. If you want to run yourself as a company that is data savvy, information savvy, analytics savvy, you need great data about your business."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- MSU's Dan Stevenson wins Montana BetterBricks Award for responsible energy use
The BetterBricks awards are presented by the Northwest Energy Efficiency Alliance http://neea.org/ , a non-profit organization working to maximize energy efficiency to meet the nation's future energy needs.
2012 Montana Politics and Legislature
- The stunning vistas of Montana and Wyoming
Switchback after switchback provided new, wait-stop-the-car! vistas: a drop-off to a river-scarred valley; jagged waves of mountain peaks rippling into a blue-black infinity; rockscapes of soft red lichen; and stands of spikey pines poking into a flawless blue sky - big sky, this being Montana.
Come Home Montana
- MT Gubernatorial Candidates respond to MEDA's Key Economic Development Questions
Each candidate responded in writing; the answers are attached with responses in alphabetical order by name. At the end of the document is a matrix so that you can view how each candidate answered each question.
- Tourism And Small Business Governor Candidates Forum, 10/23, Missoula, Montana
Just two weeks before Election Day, Montana's gubernatorial candidates will be in Missoula to respond to questions about tourism, the lodging tax and Main Street business issues.
- Red Lodge, Montana - "The Gateway to Yellowstone via Beartooth Highway,"
Whether it the skiing or snowboarding on the slopes of Red Lodge Mountain, cross country skiing at the Red Lodge Nordic Center, dining in one of Red Lodge's many restaurants, or sipping local brews with the locals at one of the dozens of Red Lodge's watering holes, this colorful mountain town is a destination not to be overlooked.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Internships - Kalispell Regional Healthcare
Kalispell Regional Healthcare internships offer the opportunity for students to take classroom theory and apply it in real-world situations while gaining valuable experience.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Data and Systems Manager - State of Montana Department of Natural Resources and Conservation
Strong management, leadership, and technical abilities and experience are required.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Project Director Educational Talent Search Program - Commissioner of Higher Education
The Montana ETS program is a federally funded TRiO program designed to help middle and high school students prepare for and attend a postsecondary institution of their choice upon high school graduation.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President of National Sales - Merlin Information Services
The VP of National Sales focuses heavily on business development with high volume customers within the collections industry.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Director - Western CPE
We seek an experienced director driven by the prospect of growing the marketing function and building a great company.
- TED Video: John Maeda: How art, technology and design inform creative leaders
John Maeda, President of the Rhode Island School of Design, delivers a funny and charming talk that spans a lifetime of work in art, design and technology, concluding with a picture of creative leadership in the future.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Lifestyle Benefits Lure Engineers Back to Small-Town America - Missoula, Montana
"Compared to Seattle or L.A. or Silicon Valley or Houston or the Research Triangle in North Carolina, there's a radically different work ethic here. People in Montana will show up for work on time. They're not on Facebook and Twitter all day."
- Bullock looks to diversify Montana's economy
To Bullock, the Democratic candidate for governor, Diversified Plastics illustrates what is right with the business climate in Montana, but it also shows where government can do better.
- Missoula-based engineers from Sarens International steer Endeavour's final move in LA
Four engineers and four trailer operators from Sarens International's Missoula office http://www.sarens.com/en.aspx were the "transporters" involved in planning and executing the move.
- Town Pump sets $2M goal for food banks
"Unfortunately, more and more Montana families don't have enough to eat," said Maureen Kenneally, of the Town Pump Charitable Foundation. "Through the dedicated effort of our food bank partners and the generosity of thousands of Montanans, we can make a difference in the lives of our hungry neighbors."
- Cablevision Explores Sale of Bresnan
For the first six months of 2012, Bresnan's net loss widened to $21 million from around $19.5 million a year ago. Revenue for the same period rose 7% to $249 million.
- Thinking Outside the (Fuse) Box - Yellowstone Electric has thrived for 75 years by looking outside comfort zone
"It's really important to all our clients, no matter who they are, that we do a good job and when the job's complete, it's done correctly," Hill said. "They're going to want to call us back."
Canada Business & Economic Development
- 11 Books Every Young Leader Must Read
Invariably, many people will think some of the choices are poor or that the list is incomplete, but I hope it can serve as a start for young business leaders looking for literature to help them chart their careers.
- Why Calgary is an entrepreneur's dream
This is a city of risk takers, of dreamers and of visionary builders. All of these enviable traits have, however, been relatively unknown in the rest of Canada, until now.
- Montana's Gov. Schweitzer creates buzz his own way
He tells the story of how he bought his wife a pistol so she wouldn't be afraid to use the outhouse at night because of wolves and bears. And he loves a laugh, suggesting a reporter urinate on an electric fence to see if it was powered up. Does that really electrocute? his visitor asked. "What do you think?" Schweitzer said with a big laugh.
Incubators and R&D
- Wanted: new skills at Micron
Can you take me through a decision you have had to wrangle with during the last eight months?
- INL offers grants to enhance STEM education in Idaho
The INL Mini Grant and Extreme Classroom Makeover Grants are open to teachers at private and public elementary and secondary schools throughout the state.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- NCAR-Wyoming Supercomputing Center opens: First science begins
"This center will help transform our understanding of the natural world in ways that offer enormous benefits to society,"
- Video: North Dakota Ranks High for Entrepreneurs
North Dakota is ranked as number two in the country for national entrepreneurship. The ranking is based on total employer establishments and business income, which the state ranked in the top five for both.
- Inland Northwest aerospace poised for takeoff
A growing cluster of aerospace companies in the Inland Northwest is reaping the rewards of a global surge in aircraft production.
- More education is trend for future jobs
If you're thinking about you or your child's future, when it comes to educational requirements, here's what those surveyed say to expect in three to five years:
- Matching workers to jobs in Great Falls can be tricky
Finding workers can be a mixed bag with young people going back to school and the improving economy changing the dynamic of the work force.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming hopes Colorado high schoolers say, "It's better up here."
Once a student decides to cross the border, the lights of the big city somehow don't seem as alluring.
- Futuristic Rocketship schools redefine teaching
Rocketship http://www.rsed.org/ defies nearly all the conventional wisdom about how an urban elementary school should operate. For one thing, students spend as much as two hours a day one-on-one with a computer, learning virtually all of their basic skills through games.
- School Improvement Networks' online best-practice videos are a hit in schools.
School Improvement Network's greatest asset is the 3,000 or so videos of education experts and actual classroom footage from teachers recognized for effective teaching methods.
- Teaching for the Future: Steering girls to science
A growing number of tech-savvy women are encouraging other women to follow in their footsteps.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- 10 things medical schools won't tell you
How a spoonful of bullying, plus a heaping pile of debt, helps turn students into doctors.
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula, Montana's Big Sky High School Health Science Academy uses hands-on approach to teaching - Grand opening celebration on 10/16
Here in this place of a new kind of learning, the halls pulsate with the high-octane life force that only teenagers can generate.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Webinar To Explain MSU's New Online Bachelor's Degree, 10/23
The program is designed for students who have at least two years of college credits but do not yet have a four-year degree. Students who complete the fully online program will earn an MSU bachelor's degree in liberal studies.
- Department of Defense language program flourishes at University of Montana
"The bottom line is, we've grown to become the best language and cultural course in the U.S.."
- Public Invited To Seventh Annual Day Of Dialogue, 10/25, Missoula, Montana
Participants can explore topics such as race, gender, ethnicity, ability/disability, religion, sexual orientation, class, social hierarchy and privilege.
- Legal Atlas - Missoula duo developing online atlas of laws, regulations around world
Legal Atlas is being developed as public-private partnership with the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Center at the University of Montana, adding what Pascual and Wingard say is a crucial "academia" element that can help expand on what's learned from the data.
Funding and Building your Business
- The Best River Towns in America: Missoula, Montana
The place where people who can choose to live anywhere call home
Energy and Climate Change
- Prepare Your Startup Now for International Markets
Recognizing this is as much about culture as about language, ensures an understanding of regional motivators, cultural taboos and local customs - so that your solutions are ideally designed and marketed to deliver value that has genuine local relevance.
- Why Some Entrepreneurs Undermine Their Own Success
I couldn't really believe that anyone would be afraid of success, until I recently finished a self-help book by Patrick Daniel, "Finding Your Road to Success."
- Free Stanford Entrepreneurship Courses
See all of the courses available from Stanford Online.
- Calling All (Very) Young Entrepreneurs: Applications Open for Peter Thiel's 2013 '20 Under 20′ Fellowships
Project ideas granted funding and help from the Thiel Network include nuclear and alternative energy, robotics, biotechnology, 3D printing, synthetic biology, public health, education, finance, scientific equipment, gaming, and software.
- 10 Forums Every Young Entrepreneur Should Belong To
Definitely worth dropping by to learn about the best ways in making money.
- Plan to streamline solar development in West OK'd
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar called the new plan a "roadmap ... that will lead to faster, smarter utility-scale solar development on public lands."
Connectivity & Communications
- GSK to open clinical data vaults to scientists via website
"As a truly global healthcare company, I believe we have a responsibility to do all we can at GSK to use our resources, knowledge and expertise to help tackle serious global health challenges. However, the complexity of the science and the scale of the challenge mean that we cannot solve these problems alone."
- When Free Wi-Fi is More than Just a Business Cost
Savvy businesses are looking for ways to make Wi-Fi less of a one-way street. They are turning up the engagement between the visitors and the store brand. Here are a few of the ideas I have seen lately that you may want to try:
- State saving millions with online services
Today, http://www.Utah.gov offers more than 1,000 online services, including ordering birth certificates and filing income taxes.
- Picture It: Form Based Coding for Building Community Character
To cities, planners, developers, and citizens, FBCs offer freedom of choice, quality of life, economic opportunity, environmental stewardship, and adaptability.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Google awards teenager $60,000 for hacking Chrome
Google gave a male teenage hacker known as "Pinkie Pie" $60,000 for uncovering a flaw in its browser's security at the second annual Pwnium competition.
- Three World-Changing Startups We Discovered This Morning
Here they are, in order of world-changingness, from "oh, handy" to "wow, that'll shake up humongous industries."
- Vinod Khosla Bets Millions on One Digital Identity
OneID is working on what is known in Silicon Valley as a big "customer pain point."
- Syringes May Disappear Soon
A replacement for needles was being searched since long and as per a recent report, a group of researchers at the University of Queensland is finally a step closer to such a development.
- Your Next Doctor Might Be Your Car
"I got a call from my car the other day to make a followup appointment because it needed some service. What if you could do that with your health?"
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