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“The mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work if it is not open.” – Frank Zappa
Funded University of Montana Entrepreneur Interns Available to Businesses - Spring 2013 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana's Loyola High School wins 30th state speech and debate championship http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- i.Doctor - Could a Smartphone be the Future of Medicine? http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
2013 Montana Legislature
- Twenty Montana Communities Chosen for New Visitor Information Center Partnership Program
"Montana's VICs are an integral part of how we interact with our visitors while they are in the state," said Meg O'Leary, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce. "This new program is an effort to enhance and extend our assistance to the widest range of visitor information hubs as possible."
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Building momentum - Governor Bullock touts plan for $8M auto-tech center at Northern
"Knowing that you've had 100 percent placement year after year, knowing that we have 224 class and we could double it, knowing that most of you will come out of here making more than the governor, it makes a lot of sense for us to invest in higher education, " Bullock said. "It makes dollar sense right now and for the future. "
- Welcome To Red Lodge, Montana -- The Coolest Ski Town You've Never Heard Of
It's one of the last strongholds of the Western frontier, but it's also surprisingly modern and sophisticated.
Come Home Montana
- Much Hadoop About Nothing
Last month GameStop Corp. CIO Jeff Donaldson told CIO Journal that he passed on Hadoop because he didn't want to take the time to make his engineers learn to use the software, or have to call in consultants for help.
- Smart Courts: Performance Dashboards and Business Intelligence
… Running a modern court without a performance guidance system is like driving a car without a dashboard— like management by occasional disaster.
- The Big Data Tidal Wave - How Technology is Shaping the way Finanical Services Companies Operate
Current IT infrastructure needs an overhaul if financial institutions are able to respond to increasing regulatory pressure, new product innovation and huge volumes of complex data. By-products of this change include but are not limited to improved data analysis, reporting, data visualization, business intelligence and predictive analytics.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - High Impact MBA or Marking Student Project/Internship - Submittable.com
Post-revenue Y Combinator-backed startup seeking top tier MBA or Marketing student to define and execute high impact sales and marketing campaign.
- Funded University of Montana Entrepreneur Interns Available to Businesses - Spring 2013
The outreach and workforce development tract of the EPSCoR initiative aims to provide entrepreneurial students with experiential business opportunities with Montana companies, in turn benefiting both the student and the state economy.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Vice President, Sales and Branch Operations - AAA MountainWest
Our company is built on decades of tradition and innovation, and as we explore exciting new opportunities for growth and advancement, there has never been a better time to work at AAA.
- Now hiring: With economic recovery, Montana job market friendlier to workers
The days when companies could hire overqualified workers or not grant pay raises are ending.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Financial Controller - 3 Rivers Communication
The position reports to the Director of Financial Operations in Fairfield, Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Telecommunications Engineer - Northwestern Energy
Assist the existing Telecommunications staff in the maintenance, growth, and improvement of the telecommunications system.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Business Development Associate - Great Falls Development Authority (GFDA)
The primary objective of this position will be to assist the Vice President of Marketing in developing business expansion and start-up opportunities as well strengthening relations with lending and community partners, and marketing financing and business assistance services.
- University of Montana Entrepreneur Club has new exciting opportunities
E-Club is introducing a brand new idea called the Start-Up Round Table
- From the PTA to the corporate boardroom, 49ers coach Jim Harbaugh shows path to leadership
"Showing people that you care and understanding the work and getting out of the way are qualities of most good leaders."
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- The "State" of Banking in Helena, Montana - Lenders see stability, opportunity for growth
With three new bank and credit union offices either recently opened or under construction -- and a general consensus among lenders that Helena's economy is stable and experiencing growth -- 2013 may well be a good year for those involved with or needing financial services in the Helena area.
- Site Unseen: More 'Angels' Invest via Internet - Risks Abound, but Investors Search for Promising Startups
"With most of these investments, you're going to lose money."
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Missoula City Council Economic Development Subcommittee Meeting, 1/30, Missoula
Identify needs and possible solutions to Missoula's technology infrastructure that would help existing businesses expand and increase the City's competitive advantage in recruiting new companies.
Regional Economic Development
- North Dakota struggles with its prosperity
"We really can't grow fast enough," said Shawn Wenko, assistant director of economic development for the city of Williston. But amid the boundless opportunity, he conceded: "I'd be lying if I said it was all roses out here."
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Report calls states' efforts to lure business a 'fraudulent shell game'
States should compete, he said, but only on the basis of their quality of infrastructure, life, and workforce, not how big a check they can write.
- Governor's School for High School Entrepreneurs to welcome its first class in June
"Just because you're a 'C' student doesn't mean you're not incredibly smart," said Laurie Daugherty, the program's director. "Sometimes the personality types and thinkers who make the best entrepreneurs are the kids sitting in the back of the class not really engaged in the stereotypical classroom style of learning."
- Teachers flip for 'flipped learning' class model
It's a technology-driven teaching method known as "flipped learning" because it flips the time-honored model of classroom lecture and exercises for homework -- the lecture becomes homework and class time is for practice.
- New partnership aims to transform teacher education
'Mississippi Excellence in Teaching' could be a model for teacher education programs nationwide
- The Object Formerly Known as the Textbook
As these "courses in a box" continue to improve, though, they could shift the professors' role to be more like pilots on modern commercial planes, who let the autopilot do the flying except when they have to step in.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- See How a Rural Wyoming School District Closed the Achievement Gap and Increased Student Proficiency by 19 Percent
School Improvement Network's Educator Effectiveness System gives research-based, on-demand professional development for teachers through an ever-growing library of over 2,000 video segments on 125 educational topics with nationally renowned education experts.
- Revolution Hits the Universities
Nothing has more potential to unlock a billion more brains to solve the world's biggest problems.
- In massive online course offered by Stanford, teams unleash diverse approaches to creativity
Innovative 'Crash Course' inspires students around the world to think in new ways.
- College Degree, No Class Time Required
David Lando plans to start working toward a diploma from the University of Wisconsin this fall, but he doesn't intend to set foot on campus or even take a single online course offered by the school's well-regarded faculty.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- MAPS to produce promotional film for Bitterroot Youth Home
"Working with MAPS seems like a natural fit because it encourages kids to help other kids. Not only have the MAPS students gained an understanding of what some of their peers are going through, but the project has also sparked an interest in filmmaking among our kids," said Laura Henning, Bitterroot Youth Home development coordinator.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana's Loyola High School wins 30th state speech and debate championship
Loyola Sacred Heart High School's speech and debate team won its 30th consecutive state championship on Saturday.
- FAFSA Matters Missoula campaign to assist students, families with financial aid application
Each year, high school seniors and their families miss out on millions of dollars in higher education grants because they do not complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) early in the year.
Universities and Economic Development
- Bitterroot College Offers Small Business Venture Training
Small Business Venture Training will replace RCEDA's Basic Business course.
- U of M to offer free research until technology makes money
It's a bold realignment and an attempt to allow innovative work that is going on at the university to get outside the ivory tower.
Funding and Building your Business
- 18 IMMUTABLE Laws of Place Reputation
"Perception is everything, and reputation is certainly as important to places as it is to companies and other organizations. Just as a company's reputation affects people's purchasing and investment choices, so does a location's reputation influence development decisions." - Ronald Alsop Author of the 18 Immutable Laws of Corporate Reputation
Energy and Climate Change
- Entrepreneurs Who Master Storytelling Win More
Stories often work better, because humans don't always make rational decisions.
- Ready to Franchise? 3 Things You Need to Know
From my 26 years of franchise industry experience, I have identified three questions you should ask yourself to determine if franchising is right for you.
- Top Floor Relationships Make For a Top Entrepreneur
He talks about the actions required to build a network of contacts at the highest level. He also defines the five floors of relationships as follows:
- College Entrepreneur Creates Wireless Headphones
"Going into [research and development] I realized how much it would cost to develop the concept, and it made me think bigger."
- Startups Need the Right Team Mindset to Survive
Changing the culture and mindset in an existing businesses is difficult and slow, so this becomes another "opportunity" for smart entrepreneurs and startups to excel.
- SBA Launches Affordable Care Act Web Page & Blog
"SBA's new Affordable Care Act web page and blog will serve as a resource for small business owners who want learn more about how to take advantage of the benefits."
Connectivity & Communications
- A fiscal Code Blue for 'Code Red' pollution alerts
"Oh my gosh! I use these predictions to breathe!"
- Google Fiber provides faster Internet and, cities hope, business growth
An effort last spring to excite new Web entrepreneurs in a place better known for cattle drives and barbecue sauce turned up just a dozen people. Then Google blew into town.
- UN group OKs new video format to save bandwidth
The International Telecommunication Union says the format, or codec, known as H.265 would require just half the amount of data needed by its predecessor, H.264.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- 6 Ways to Optimize Government-to-Citizen Communication
Being proactive in making government services and data available can lead to both savings and improved customer service.
- Report Grades Cities' Transparency Websites on Spending
"How governments spend the public purse is something people should have easy access to," said Phineas Baxandall, a PIRG senior analyst who co-authored the report. "Transparency is really important for good fiscal management and checking against corruption so citizens can feel confident in how their governments spend tax dollars."
- i.Doctor - Could a Smartphone be the Future of Medicine?
Dr. Nancy Snyderman talks to one of the world's top physicians, Dr. Eric Topol, who has a prescription that could improve your family's health and make medical care cheaper.
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