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"These students work on projects for major corporations, presenting proposals that are evaluated by industry leaders. This program will shape their college and career aspirations more than anything else they have experienced to this point. This is the future of education." Daniel J. Capra, a global sales executive for Hewlett Packard. High school program “accelerates” entrepreneurial, real-world education http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Please Attend And Support - University Of Montana Entrepreneurship Club, 2/26, Missoula http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Montana delegation fights to expand high-speed internet access http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
Montana Department of Commerce
- Broadband Providers Try to Block City Networks
In areas where connectivity options are few, government has stepped in to fill the void, financing modern networks with taxpayer dollars. Cities like Chattanooga, Tenn., and Lafayette, La., have gotten a lot of attention for investing public dollars in broadband infrastructure.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana Main Street Program Updated Website
It has been our vision to create a website that not only provides important information about what we do, but also serves as a valuable resource for our member communities and for those interested in Montana downtown districts.
Montana Department of Transportation
- 2013 MT Governor's Conference on Tourism & Recreation
While our 2013 MT Tourism Conference keynote speakers are providing us a "big picture" look at consumer trends, being authentic and the latest on the Social Media environment, our 15 break-out sessions that follow let you dive into more detail and hands-on experience with tools you can put to work in your tourism business and organization.
- Yellowstone crowdsources visitor photos to help study wolf disease, dynamics
Kickstarter campaign to raise $7,000 for a website that will solicit, organize and archive wolf photos.
- 2013 MT Governor's Conference on Tourism & Recreation "Early Bird" Registration Rates Run Through February"
Nearly 200 partners have taken advantage of the "Early Bird" rate of $140 and you can too by clicking here http://www.travelmontana.org/conference/2013_files/index.asp to get registered.
- Beartooth Highway generates millions of dollars for local Montana and Wyoming communities
32 percent of the nonresidents primarily traveled the highway because of its designation, which was the highest reason of all, and 54 percent actually indicated the highway was a destination, not just a travel route to somewhere else."
- "Taking Your Business To The Next Level: Developing A Fast And Effective Strategic Growth Plan,", 3/5, Bozeman, Montana
This workshop is beneficial to business owners and managers representing various business industries and planning for the next stage of growth.
Come Home Montana
- Social Media in the Workplace: Do Your Employers "Like" what their Employees are doing online?
While the law is struggling to keep pace with the changing trends in technology, there are some guidelines that may assist practitioners in advising employment clients on social media in the workplace.
- Future science: Using 3D worlds to visualize data
"In the next five years, we anticipate using the CAVE to look at really large-scale data to help scientists make sense of that information. CAVEs are essentially fantastic lenses for bringing data into focus," Leigh said.
- What Data Can't Do
In this world, data can be used to make sense of mind-bogglingly complex situations. Data can help compensate for our overconfidence in our own intuitions and can help reduce the extent to which our desires distort our perceptions.
- Open Data in Government
"This is the cusp of something so big that we can't even put our heads around it. It's really going to change and revolutionize the world."
- How to use text analytics to completely measure the customer experience
Any mass market business intent on delivering a superior customer experience should be developing its text analytics capability for mining complaints, voice of the customer feedback and the notes taken by customer service representatives during customer conversations (that would otherwise sit untouched in the CRM system).
- Bozeman Building Data
Explore data on construction projects within the Bozeman city limits between February 2012 and January 2013
- Big Law Firm K&L Gates Lifts Veil on Financial Performance
"In these times, opacity is not our friend."
- Kevin Michael Connolly Loves Bozeman, Montana
A Montana native, Kevin Michael Connolly is a prominent photographer and mono-skier. Despite being born without legs -- or maybe because of it -- Connolly has traveled the world taking pictures, surfing and generally getting into mischief. "Armed & Ready," his new show for the Travel Channel will premier on February 26 and feature Connolly's many adventures.
- Help wanted: Emotionally fit leaders are needed more than ever
Many corporate and political leaders are emotionally very ignorant -- maybe even immature.
- University of Montana Western professors Steve Mock and Rob Thomas to be honored as educators of the year by Montana Ambassadors
The two professors were chosen for their leadership roles in pioneering Montana Western's unique block scheduling program, Experience One.
Montana Economic Development
- Scheels general contractor favoring local Montana businesses in $40 million project in Billings
As the Billings store slowly takes shape, Scheels vice president of store development Jason Loney is working on other projects, including opening a store next month in Cedar Falls, Iowa, remodeling a Grand Forks, N.D., store and starting another in Overland, Kan., that will be a twin to the one in Billings.
- Increase in tourism, leads to growing Bozeman economy
Schleim says summer isn't the only time of year for tourists, a big ski season in our area helps keep our tourist numbers strong all year long.
- Montana's Beartooth Capital restores, sells large ranches
Beartooth Capital http://beartoothcap.com/ is selling feel-good investment opportunities with a sporting, environmental bent.
- Flathead Valley on the Move - Montana West Economic Development
EQ Network is Montana West's new enterprise for contributing to an entrepreneurial culture in the Flathead!
- No College Diploma, No Job, Even as a File Clerk
"College graduates are just more career-oriented," said Adam Slipakoff, the firm's managing partner. "Going to college means they are making a real commitment to their futures. They're not just looking for a paycheck."
- Butte-Silver Bow, Montana Chief Executive Matt Vincent plants seed for 'economic gardening' program
The target businesses are called "stage II emerging growth" businesses, organizations that have between 10 and 99 employees and make at least $1 million in annual sales and services.
Incubators and R&D
- Boise's First to File Acquired by CPA Global
"With this latest acquisition, another corporate giant will be setting up offices and creating jobs in the Treasure Valley."
- Cloud-computing tax will harm Idaho's growing tech economy
Few other services in Idaho are subject to the sales tax, and if cloud computing services are taxed, it will create unintended consequences that will ripple throughout Idaho's economy.
- In water, seals nap with half their brain
Seals can sleep with just half of their brain at a time, and biologists have discovered some of the chemicals involved.
- The California tax that terrifies tech - "Montana! - You should be hear starting your company and living your dream"
Entrepreneurs and investors in California can expect to receive a rude shock in the mail if they sold their company in the last four years.
Washington State Business
- A Digital Shift on Health Data Swells Profits in an Industry
Current and former industry executives say that big digital records companies like Cerner, Allscripts and Epic Systems of Verona, Wis., have reaped enormous rewards because of the legislation they pushed for.
- Itron CEO Talks Smart Grids and Cities, Big Data, China, and Water
Based outside of Spokane, WA, but with a business presence in 120 countries, Itron is the quiet, global giant in the state's cleantech sector--and a key part of the Pacific Northwest's cluster of smart grid businesses.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Senator Max Baucus Announces Job Training and Support for Montana Hostess Workers
Senator's Trade Adjustment Assistance Legislation to Help More Than 200 Montana Workers Find and Train for New Jobs
- Colleges take new approach to anticipating--and meeting--workforce needs
The technology is helping institutions add and update programs on short notice so their graduates can land real-world jobs.
- The future of the classroom
Instead of lecturing at the front of a classroom, a teacher would monitor students' progress and assist those who are struggling on an ad-hoc basis. A teacher will, ideally, be free to let advanced students do their own thing and pay more attention to those who need help.
- Five habits of great students: Lessons from top-ranked STEM school
The qualities many label as smart are actually learned habits, fostered by the parents, faculty, and administration who value them. How can schools and parents ensure that their own students are smart? We've noticed our students possess five habits that all children should be encouraged to pursue.
Montana Education Excellence
- Universities Test 'Tuition Guarantees' to Reduce Debt
This year, when freshmen at the University of Dayton walk into their first class, they'll already know exactly how much money they'll spend on tuition for a college education in the next four years. On the dot. No surprises, no unexpected expenses.
- U-M Opens Law Clinic for Student Startups
Described by officials as a first at the university, the clinic is joining the growing number of similar endeavors on college campuses across the nation as entrepreneurship is increasingly presented as a viable career path to new graduates.
- A Degree Drawn in Red Ink - The "College Scorecard"
Families can search by school to see how much money students owe on federal student loans when they leave college, as well as estimated monthly loan payments.
- The next step in education
Students experienced a sampling of college classes in several career-technical programs, such as health care, manufacturing, information technology, automotive technology, culinary arts and criminal justice.
- Designing creative spaces for idea generation and start-up experiments -The role of university ecosystems
A 'university ecosystem' approach can unleash much of the potential energy in universities and transform it into kinetic energy, with graduates emerging not just in a state of readiness to be employees, but often as highly motivated entrepreneurs with business or social innovation initiatives in flight.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University named to "America's 100 Best College Buys" list
Approximately 1,500 schools were analyzed in the study, which used academic performance data from the freshman class, as well as the cost of education for out-of-state students, to select schools to recognize.
- The idea of a four-year university program in the Flathead Valley is gaining momentum
Providing one more incentive to boost the quality of life, particularly a critical cornerstone like a four-year university, appears to be a logical next step in the Flathead's evolution, ripe with economic and cultural potential.
- Please Attend And Support - University Of Montana Entrepreneurship Club, 2/26, Missoula
We need the Missoula business community and UM students to show up and support our UM Entrepreneurship Club as we seek funding from ASUM!
Funding and Building your Business
- SIX New Grants have been added to the MSU Extension website
- "State of the City" - Missoula-area leaders work together to improve city relations
"We've decided to march down a path together again to recognize those tensions we've been talking about and experiencing over the course of the last 10, 15, 20 years," said Missoula Mayor John Engen. "What we recognize is that a shared community value is our quality of life."
Connectivity & Communications
- The K-Fund Microloan Initiative to assist working-age individuals with Intellectual or Developmental Disabilities (I/DD) interested in starting a business or enhancing their current job
"The unemployment rate for individuals with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities is 80%."
- Helping Business Take the Next Step - MCFC Feb. 2013 newsletter
Did you know the SBA 504 loan program isn't just for commercial real estate property?
- 11 Inspiring Videos Every Entrepreneur Should Watch
At his Stanford University commencement speech, Steve Jobs, CEO and co-founder of Apple and Pixar, urges us to pursue our dreams and see the opportunities in life's setbacks -- including death itself.
- 10 Ways for Startups to Survive the Valley of Death
My first advice for new entrepreneurs is to pick a domain that doesn't have the sky-high up-front development costs, like online web sites and smart phone apps.
- MATR member book recommendation: Medici Effect: What Elephants and Epidemics Can Teach Us About Innovation
Frans Johansson's The Medici Effect shows how breakthrough ideas most often occur when we bring concepts from one field into a new, unfamiliar territory, and offers examples how we can turn the ideas we discover into path-breaking innovations.
- Missoula Job Service Career Fair!, 4/25, Missoula, Montana
Sign up today for a table at the Missoula Job Service Career Fair!
- 6 Keys to a Satisfied Yet Successful Entrepreneur
The difference between being "successful" and being "satisfied" in your personal and professional lives.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana delegation fights to expand high-speed internet access
Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, along with Representative Steve Daines, want the FCC to maximize broadband's effectiveness in Montana by expanding it more quickly across the Big Sky State. They say the technology will strengthen the state's economy.
- How Big Businesses Are Stifling Innovation in 3-D Printing
The hobbyist segment of the industry has been built on the back of expired patents, but as the Electronic Frontier Foundation has pointed out, many patents that will be required to advance the state of the art will not expire for years or even a decade.
- 1925 White Yellowstone Park touring bus for sale
Bears, Buffalos, and Buses, are all truly iconic to Yellowstone National Park, and the bus is the only one you can own
- Increasing Parking Space may Decrease Downtown Businesses, People
Cities with higher rates of driving have fewer people
- Confessions of a Tesla 'fanboy'
I am eagerly awaiting the Model S version 3, which I expect will be available in four or five years. By then, I expect it will have a range of more than 1,000 miles and I won't have to watch the battery level. By then, you'll need to drive cross-country to stall the car out.
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