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"Entrepreneur is not a job title. It is a state of mind of people who want to alter the future." - Guy Kawasaki
All the best Dick - Dick Clark Steps Down as Montana CIO http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html -- "Community Quality of Life Initiative" - University of Montana , City of Missoula sign pact to address student housing, quality of life issues http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
2013 Montana Legislature
- The Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology is accepting proposals for funding.
The emphasis of the program is on projects that lead to marketable products or processes.
- Montana Department of Commerce Awards Nearly $2 Million in Funds for Projects in Lewis & Clark County
"The Montana Department of Commerce is proud to partner with the city, the county and these worthwhile organizations to move these important projects forward," said Dore Schwinden, MDOC Director.
- Montana sees increase in out-of-state visitors, tourism spending
"Out of all the industries throughout this recession, the travel industry has bounced back better than anyone else," she said. "We're getting back to where we in 2007 before everything fell apart."
- Conflicting studies compare salaries of Montana public, private workers
In part because of recent pay freezes, the base pay for Montana state government workers lags further behind the prevailing midpoint of salaries for similar jobs done in the public and private sector in the five-state region, according to a salary survey done for the state.
Arrow Solutions Group
- IBM, TerraEchos and the University of Montana collaborate to teach students how to analyze big data to tackle complex challenges. Data Scientists Command $300K in Annual Salaries
"The collaboration between IBM, TerraEchos, and The University of Montana is a creative and definitive step in educating students for today's workforce needs. Introducing our students at the undergraduate level to the concepts of big data is innovative education at its best," said Royce C. Engstrom, president of the University of Montana.
- Moneyball, valley-style: Investor uses age bias to advantage, funds older entrepreneurs
"I'd hear 'Cisco is irrelevant, you're old, you're stupid,'" he says. "The level of hubris among the 25-year-olds, the ones who are getting funding, is very high."
- Health care creates a new state jobs boom for data analysts and specialists who steer patients through the system
Hospital networks say that as they try to move from a business model focused on a high volume of medical procedures to one that's rewarded for keeping patients healthy, they need people who can analyze data, talk to patients and guide them through their medical care.
- Tech companies use data to hire the best
"Using data, you can nudge someone toward a decision they want to make."
- "Time to Answer" (TTA) is a key to Business Intelligence/Big Data Success
A key to sustainable success in the business world is to learn what you do not know.
- Announcing Yellowfin 6.2 and "Storyboard" for increased Business Intelligence Success
Dashboards are great operational tools but "Storyboard" makes Business Intelligence a strategic asset.
- The Pathetic State of Dashboards
The early forms of dashboards appeared in the 1980s, but in my honest evaluation, today's dashboards have not gotten much more intelligent in all those years.
- Prepping for the Big Data Future
Big Data isn't coming, it's here. But having all the data in the world -- and there's an awful lot of it -- isn't going to help you one bit unless everyone on your team is on board.
- Better Living through Information: Big Data and Urban Systems
With a surplus of available information, often what is needed most is for someone to connect the dots.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Career Opportunity - Rails Developer in Kalispell - Arrow Solutions Group
We are have an immediate need for a Rails Developer in Kalispell for a 6 month contract.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls Development Authority working hard to encourage assembly plants to locate around northcentral Montana
"We are the closest U.S. metro area to the Canadian oil sands and that gives us a competitive advantage," said Brett Doney, president of the Great Falls Development Authority http://www.gfdevelopment.org/ .
- The Beauty of Montana
The official Facebook page for the Montana Office of Tourism. "I'm in love with Montana. For other states I have admiration, respect, recognition, even some affection. But with Montana it is love," John Steinbeck, "Travels With Charley."
- A Good Mentor Never Tramples on Big Dreams
When someone gives you an idea, try to wait just 24 seconds before criticizing it. If you can do that, wait 24 minutes. Then if you become a Zen master of optimism, you could wait a day, and spend that time thinking about why something actually might work.
Business Plan Forums
- Great Northern Pasta to Expand Distribution - Agriculture grant helps food producers across the valley
"The company's farm-to-table approach to product manufacturing and marketing of pasta products is unique in the regional market and has been met with enthusiastic reception from grocery and food services statewide."
- Bicycle industry looks for ways to promote tourism in Montana
Missoula-based Adventure Cycling set an internal record for membership with 45,225 and has seen steady growth in map sales and tour signups.
- Wisconsin Governor's Business Plan Contest open for 2013 entries through Jan. 31, 2013
Since its inception in 2004, more than 2,300 entries have been received and about $1.5 million in cash and services (such as legal, accounting, office space and marketing) have been awarded. Contest categories are Advanced Manufacturing, Business Services, Information Technology and Life Sciences.
- 2013 National Economic Gardening Conference, 6/5-7, Kansas City, Missouri
The 11th Annual National Economic Gardening Conference will be held June 5-7, 2013 at the Marriott Muehlebach Hotel in Kansas City, Missouri.
- Montana Department of Revenue to launch online newsletter
The Montana Department of Revenue's eNewsletter http://www.revenue.mt.gov/ is designed to provide tax preparers with new developments from the department, updated processes and issues and trends during tax season in Montana. And it's free. It's a communications tool for everyone who assists people in filing taxes and meeting their tax responsibility.
- The Next Government Workforce
The role of government is rapidly evolving. Building the workforce that will be needed requires new approaches.
- Dick Clark Steps Down as Montana CIO
Collaboration is the direction states are going in," Clark said, "and I think we were a big part of that discussion as we started to move forward."
Regional Economic Development
- State seeking fund managers for venture, angel capital program
The program would likely involve $150 million to $200 million of taxpayer money over about six years, and its goal would be to boost investment in young businesses that would create jobs, and to expand the number of venture funds and fund managers in the state
University of Montana & Montana State University Tech Transfer
- USDA chief: Rural America becoming less relevant
''It's time for us to have an adult conversation with folks in rural America.''
- In relentless war to attract jobs, are we a nation and state of incentives gone wild?
Do we suffer from incentive fever? Are we getting to the point where no business will expand or relocate without an obligatory and often inflated handout of taxpayer money?
- The 2012 State New Economy Index
For the United States to be competitive, one key will be to compete more on the basis of innovation and entrepreneurship, and less on cost.
- Community Economic Developent: Attracting Retailers and Keeping Them
Fleming shared how his city overcame its small-town stigma by using sophisticated market analysis to develop a strategy to attract businesses.
- Can Regional Cooperation Work in Economic Development?
Communities that cooperate regionally can stem the tide of injurious competition among localities while improving business attraction and retention prospects.
- University of Montana program to help scientists explain their work to public
Dubbed "Journalistic Tools for Scientists," the course will help researchers better communicate with the public by learning, first, what it is that journalists need to get their story across.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Whiskey e-marketing primed thirsty bourbon buyers
Wyoming Whiskey's first batch, limited and available only to Wyomingites, sold out to retailers in four minutes and stores who filled pre-orders from customers quickly found themselves sold out as well.
- City of Casper receives final downtown strategic plan
"This is a plan that is very comprehensive and very complicated," he said. "And so we would only expect to eat it one bite at a time."
- Wyoming Town Hopes to Get Back in the Saddle With Carousel Horses
"It's here, it was brought here, and it's like it was meant to be here," says Kitty Merrill, a former president of the Chamber of Commerce here. "And it is a whole lot cheaper than an aquarium."
- Power Hour creates academic super heroes - "Having kids not succeed is not an option"
"We don't want to take responsibility away from the parent. We just want to help."
Missoula Children's Theatre
- 10 Universities Join Together to Offer Online Courses for Credit
"This is an extremely exciting way for us to really enhance the curricular opportunities for students in a way that gives up none of the rigor and quality that we expect of all of our courses and that they expect of us," said Peter Lange, provost of Duke University.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Missoula Children's Theater adapts 'Miracle on 34th Street' for special needs audience
Front and center, Miss Montana 2012 Alexis Wineman watched the show among her peers. She came to celebrate the adaptive performance of "34th Street," which was shortened and featured lower light and sound levels to make it more comfortable for people on the autism spectrum or with sensory integration issues.
Montana Education Excellence
- Montana public schools in need of more registered nurses
"A healthy child is the best learner, and if we can serve our kids in school and help keep them healthy and happy, it makes for child who is a better student and one who is better prepared for life."
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana - Update from President Royce Engstrom - "Partnering for Student Success"
UM's freshman-to-sophomore retention rate has reached 76 percent, the highest in the Montana University System.
- Higher education a wise investment for Montana
Montana State University has been able to attract amazing faculty and staff at "below-market" salaries for many years.
- Please Vote today - Incoming UM Student In Running For $100,000 Scholarship
"At most universities, you can get a biology or chemistry degree, but you have to take all the pre-vet classes separately," she said. "In the UM program, all the classes are built into the degree."
- "Community Quality of Life Initiative" - University of Montana , City of Missoula sign pact to address student housing, quality of life issues
"The city of Missoula and the university are inextricable," Engen said. "We matter to each other, and we would not be the same without each other. So together, we're going to work on planning together."
Funding and Building your Business
- Two New Grants
- One Montana - It's been a good year
"One Montana creates a vibrant Montana by connecting rural and urban communities"
Energy and Climate Change
- 5 Suggestions to Escape Linear Startup Thinking
Serious changes and great successes don't come from linear thinking.
- Users Guide to Startup Advisors
Advice is easy to get. Help, contributions, real discussions, digging into the details, making calls, returning calls, opening doors, and getting things done, that can be really valuable.
- It's My Business EXPO, 3/7-8, Boise, Idaho
Purpose: To give individuals with disabilities a forum to talk about their business, display and sell their products, show transition-age students what is possible, and build public awareness about the capabilities of people with disabilities.
- 10 Keys to Successful Entrepreneur Relationships
Compounding these strategies in today's startup environment are two divergent concepts: a heightened degree of competitiveness, and a greater emphasis on teamwork.
- Japanese Website Translation Basics
Although Japan's economy continues to face challenges, it still ranks among one of the leaders in the world.
- Is the IT organization, as we know it, worth saving?
The question goes deep.
- Global warming hits Utah's ski industry hard
"The solution should be for the ski industry to get off their asses and move like it's an existential threat to the business." Auden Schendler, Aspen Ski Co.'s vice president of sustainability
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- For the Non-Profit CEO: Start Accepting Donations Electronically
The Internet is already used for everything from shopping and paying bills to communicating with loved ones, so why not use this great online tool for collecting electronic donations too, to save everyone time and money.
- New search engine connects all the literary dots - Search engine unlocks which key words are in books.
Officially launched in August, Small Demons is the book world's latest mind game and guilty pleasure and a proving ground that everything really is connected.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 20 Tech Trends for 2013
Faces become interfaces
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