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Register Now for the 2013 Montana Economic Outlook Seminars Throughout Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---- 12 States (including Montana) Get Failing Grades on Public School Policies From Advocacy Group http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Greater Ravalli Foundation secures IBM workstations for six valley schools http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
- Agile/Scrum Workshop, 01/09, Missoula
This 2-day course assures students understand what adopting agile methods, such as Scrum, will mean for their organization and themselves.
2013 Montana Legislature
- The Montana Department of Commerce Business Resources Division has posted its 2013 Business Resources Guidebook
- Guide to the 63rd Session of the Montana Legislature
Events, Bills, Members, etc... of the 63rd Legislature are available here:
- Montana University System asks Legislature for tuition freeze, pay raises, buildings
The Montana University System has identified its list of priorities heading into the 2013 legislative session, where it will look to secure millions in funding to maintain the state's standard of higher education while meeting the demands of growth.
- Montana Legislature opens with vows to work together
With a new governor, dozens of freshman lawmakers and a state budget surplus approaching $500 million, Montana's 63rd Legislature got off to a feel-good start Monday, as legislative leaders said they want to work together to better the state.
- Register Now for the 2013 Montana Economic Outlook Seminars Throughout Montana
How Can Montanans Take Charge of Changes in Health Care?
Come Home Montana
- Organizations Using Social Media to Enhance Situational Awareness
Rather than shout, government agencies listen: They harvest the chatter, sifting for relevant mentions that might help them to better respond to crises and emergencies.
- Mobility and Big Data: Why They Need Each Other to Thrive
Sustaining behavior change is critical to virtually every industry, whether it's getting a patient to follow their prescribed therapy (only 70 percent do so in the U.S.), encouraging an employee to save more for retirement (there is only a 3.6 percent savings rate in the U.S.), or getting an energy customer to make more efficient decisions (the average U.S. household wastes 25 percent of its energy).
- Montana Career Opportunity - Web Developer - Davidson Companies
This individual will be a member of the Davidson Application Development team, but will also work closely with the Director of Marketing to understand business objectives and develop brand-centered applications and sites.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Community Relations Manager, Human Resources Generalist, Information Analyst - Northwestern Energy
We encourage employees to find opportunities to use their leadership skills to contribute to and strengthen the organization.
- Six Paradoxes Women Leaders Face in 2013
In 2013, we need to address the difficult paradoxes that women leaders continue to face -- these are the mixed messages and uncomfortable realities that complicate an arguably positive picture of progress.
Montana Economic Development
- Invest In Success Small Business Conference, 4/24-25, Butte, Montana
The Invest in Success conference allows businesses to hear dynamic talks from individuals including nationally-recognized speakers, Montana business experts, and SBDC business advisors.
- Electronic medical records, less invasive surgeries on tap for 2013 at Missoula hospitals
Providence is hoping to create an algorithm that can use a patient's medical data to predict when an individual might succumb to a disease or illness they might be prone to.
- Montana SBA District Office Newsletter
Is Your Business Stuck in Neutral?
- Robyn Morrison takes helm of WorkSafeMT
"This is about changing a deeply rooted historical mindset in Montana," says Morrison, herself a Montana native. "It might be traced to our early pioneers, our miners and railroaders. We have this tough attitude about work. We often don't even acknowledge when our workplaces aren't safe and when our own actions, the risks we take, contribute to those issues."
- California pension fund invests in historic buildings in Dillon, Montana
"I think (Micha's) motive is to get more business and build (Dillon) up," said Montie. "I love Dillon. I've been visiting for 20 years and I never want to leave here."
- How Bicycling Is Transforming Business
Cities across the US discover that good biking attracts great jobs and top talent to their communities.
- How to Survive a Terrible Job Interviewer... and Still Get the Job
Show the real you at all times. Great interviewers -- and great employers -- want the real you.
- Top 10 ten jobs fit for a psychopath
Have you ever experienced the feeling at work that everyone around you is unstable? That you're the only level-headed worker in a workplace populated by colleagues whose fits and outbursts are unpredictable, or even psychopathic?
- Legislation to Create a State Economic Gardening Pilot Program is Introduced
Through the pilot project, staff members of the office and small business development centers (SBDCs) who have been trained and certified in economic gardening principles and practices provide 12 months of strategic assistance to at least 20 Colorado-headquartered second-stage companies and SBDC clients selected by the state director of SBDCs in the office.
- 2013 Winter Newsletter from Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch
Next week the Legislature convenes. It's your right and responsibility to get involved.
- Governor Steve Bullock's Website
- Asheville's Efforts to Support and Attract Entrepreneurs
Asheville's effort to build an entrepreneurial ecosystem is still new, and only time will tell the long-term effects of the program. However, by attracting the right staff, building connections with resources, focusing on assets and having business champions, it is positioning itself to succeed and its model presents a number of lessons for communities across the country.
- What's Inside America's Banks?
Should more bankers be in prison?
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- College critical to business: Great Falls College MSU provides worker training
Dr. Susan Wolff, who became dean and CEO of Great Falls College MSU last spring, talked to the Tribune about the college's role in not only recruiting new industry to the area, but also how the college will meet new and changing workforce needs in the area.
- Lockheed CEO: Science and Tech Excellence Necessary to Create Jobs - The "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" Report
The "Rising Above the Gathering Storm" http://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11463 report, which Augustine helped develop, concluded that the only way to solve this problem is by promoting innovation.
- New Study Shows Impact of School Design on Grades
"School layouts can influence a child's development by as much as 25 percent over the course of an academic year."
Montana Education Excellence
- 12 States Get Failing Grades on Public School Policies From Advocacy Group
In a report issued Monday, StudentsFirst ranks states based on how closely they follow the group's platform, looking at policies related not only to tenure and evaluations but also to pensions and the governance of school districts.
- 3 Key Ingredients to a Data Science Degree
Companies need one graduate who can do it all quickly: extract data, create tables for analysis, run the analysis, generate results and make decisions on those results. They're currently training these people in-house because universities aren't providing training.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Flathead Valley Community College offers new course in agribusiness
Called "Multifunctional Farming: Creating New Markets for Your Business," the class provides guidance on how to turn regional developments into new for-profit opportunities on farms and ranches.
- Montana farm school plans include autistic kids
Her mission is to create a school that can unlock each student's potential to achieve success, regardless of ability, in an agricultural learning environment.
- University of Montana President Royce Engstrom has hired Peggy Kuhr as the University's vice president for integrated communications and Mario Schulzke as assistant vice president for marketing.
"I couldn't be more excited to be back on campus for this opportunity," Schulzke said. "UM has so many positive stories and achievements to highlight, and I can't wait to start helping tell those stories via the Web, traditional and social media."
Funding and Building your Business
- Invitation: Spring 2013 Employer Information Booths at UM Business School for Feb 7th, March 20th, & April 9th
Info Booths provide employers with access to students in an informal setting for more in-depth information exchange, as well as continually offering different internship, part-time, & career opportunities to students to keep them on track in planning for their careers.
Energy and Climate Change
- Getting the Most Out of Your Board of Directors
With many companies - particularly early-stage ones - the Board of Directors is seen as little more than a legal necessity. But it can be so much more including an important force for growth and a gyroscope that keeps things on course and sure-footed.
- 8 Indications of a 'Wanna Be' Entrepreneur Dreamer
If you recognize yourself in any of these categories, you may be more of a "wanna be" than a real entrepreneur:
- Here are 10 of the worst social media mistakes brands made in 2012
After President Barack Obama was re-elected, Trump had a freakout on Twitter. Saying things like this: "We can't let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty. Our nation is totally divided!" And making himself look silly in the process. Even NBC anchor Brian Williams called Trump out on air, saying that he had "driven well past the last exit to relevance."
- 10 Attributes of That Rare Ideal Manager at Work
Almost every one of us in business can remember that one special manager in their career who exemplifies the norm, who commanded our respect, and treated us like a friend, even in the toughest of personal or business crises.
- Can Social Media Sell Soap?
Social networks, like them or not, are fast laying out a new grid of personal connections.
- 7 Startup High Risk Factors That Scare Investors
Of course, if you intend to fund the business yourself, or have a rich uncle, external investment funding concerns are not a problem. Yet, it's still worthwhile to understand the issues so you can minimize your own risk of failure.
- How to design breakthrough inventions
Global firm IDEO incorporates human behavior into product design -- an innovative approach being taught at Stanford. Charlie Rose profiles the company's founder, David Kelley.
- U.S. Electricity Use on Wane
The slower pace of growth in electricity use may be helping the environment, since most of the nation's electricity still comes from burning fossil fuels. But it has power companies scrambling to trim spending or redirect capital investment, to improve their profits regardless of consumption patterns.
- Gazette opinion: Bright ideas: Take students' smart energy advice
"If we can control part of those energy costs, we can control one part of the cost of education," UM's Brown told The Missoulian. "It's good for the state and it's good for the students."
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Montana Senators Tester and Baucus challenge government effort to redefine 'frontier'
Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus are standing up for rural Montana's health care needs and families by demanding that the government reconsider efforts to change the definition of 'frontier.'
- American Prairie Reserve Newsletter - 30 Miles of Fence Removed, 30 More in 2013!
Thanks to your contributions, we acquired our largest property to date, grew the bison herd by more than 110 animals, installed our first interpretive signs, and connected the public to the prairie through exciting educational programs and volunteer opportunities.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Greater Ravalli Foundation secures IBM workstations for six valley schools
Jim Cote, a co-chair of the foundation, said the idea to get the IBM "Young Explorers" computers came about through his talks with Mary Olsen, who is in charge of IBM's educational programs in the western U.S.
- Humanities MONTANA January e-Newsletter
The next deadline for grants $5000 and below is February 20. Humanities Montana is especially interested in proposals focused on the 150th anniversary of Montana Territory (2014). Full information on grant guidelines and deadlines is available at Grants.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Defusing the health care time bomb
The solution must start with a re-evaluation of the American food system. Until we start ratcheting down our added sugar consumption, expect to keep ratcheting up the health care dollars wasted.
- A 3-D Printer Will Soon Print You New Organs
Design software company Autodesk has teamed up with bioprinting company Organovo to try to deliver us the future of personalized medicine: new organs that can be printed up just for you.
- MIT Students Invent Surface Coating Where Everything Slips Off - No more ketchup left in the bottle.
Last spring, they invented LiquiGlide, an edible, plant-based coating that can be placed on any surface, from glass to ceramics. Liquid-based products that encounter the surfaces will slip right off, whether it's ketchup in a bottle or rain on a jacket.
- Your phone will soon tell you if you have bad breath
This is not about turning your smartphone into some kind of scratch-and-sniff thing that emits scent. It's about letting your phone or computer or other medical devices smell for themselves.
- Flights to resume from Missoula to L.A., San Francisco... but not until June
The discount flights offered in Missoula by Allegiant have remained popular.
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