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“Investing in high-quality child care and early education builds a strong foundation of cognitive and social skills in young children that can improve their engagement in school and increase per capita earnings and economic development. Business leaders and policymakers should consider investment in young children one of the most effective strategies to secure the future economic strength of their communities and the nation.” UNFINISHED BUSINESS: Continued Investment in Child Care and Early Education is Critical to Business and America's Future http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Petition to Support Former Congressman Pat Williams to Serve on the Montana Board of Regents http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
- Missoula ready to explore faster Internet connections
“Right now if you’re sending an email, for example, it goes from Seattle to Minneapolis and then back to Missoula,” Missoula City Councilwoman Caitlin Copple said.
- Northwestern Energy ramping up infrastructure work throughout Montana
"You can know our infrastructure will be reliable, safe and have the capacity you need as the city grows." CEO Bob Rowe
- Will Allowing Dogs at Work Benefit Your Company?
Slobbering, barking and scratching notwithstanding, the trend of welcoming dogs into the workplace is growing. Best behavior is required, of course. And I mean the people.
Come Home Montana
- 5 ways to be a really bad boss ... Hint - Emphasize anecdotes over analytics.
Incompetent managers prefer to rely on anecdotes because they can always find someone to tell them what they want to hear, rather than what the facts are."
- Using infographics to explain complicated topics is a fun and easy way to educate your audience.
In the age of big data and short attention spans, infographics help make facts and figures more visually appealing.
- Can Big Data Save Lives?
At the federal level, 83 percent said big data could slash the federal budget by 10 percent, which equates to about $1,200 per American.
- Montana Career Opportunity - System Programmer/Software Engineer - TeleSphere Software Inc.
Seeking a software engineer who has great communication skills and enjoys participating in the full development cycle.
- Welcome to Winston, Montana: One restaurant, one store, who needs anything more?
It's a good, simple life with hard work and dedication as the driving force.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Senior Network Technician, Senior Engineering Technician - Morrison-Maierle Systems Corp.
Regional career opportunities, unparalleled experiences, and the prestige that comes from working with some of the nation's most recognized engineers, surveyors, planners and scientists - these are just some of the benefits of a career with us.
- Sound Publishing, as major owner of newspapers in Northwest region, gaining attention
Sound Publishing is a company that has "quietly grown into a very important communications force in the Puget Sound area." The company "isn't growing just to grow, but rather with all the specifics of success in mind."
- The Montana State Leadership Forum Of Astra Women's Business Alliance"Get Plugged In And Powered Up For Growth", 3/28. Helena, Montana
Who Should Attend? Women Business Owners, Corporations, Prime Contractors, & Agency Representatives seeking new connections for growth.
- What are hospitals doing to prepare for changes coming?
In my opinion, the top 10 requirements for success in a post healthcare reform world for hospitals are the following:
Montana Economic Development
- Kickstarter Campaign - Market on Front - opening soon in Missoula, Montana
Jump on the pledging bandwagon to help fund our project in exchange for awesome rewards.
- Parsec Data is the preferred Montana based destination for companies needing a value-add, safe, secure and supportive data center
Parsec Data is the preferred Montana based destination for companies needing a value-add, safe, secure and supportive data center that enables them to confidently deploy their mission critical solutions and services in today's dispersed cloud computing environment.
- Restaurant in Paradise: Anthony Bourdain visits the "2nd Street Bistro" in Livingston, Montana
"Brian's cooking is as good as anything anywhere on the planet."
- Former Montana Governor Brian Schweitzer, hedge fund try to oust Stillwater Mining's board of directors while one year ago... Governor Schweitzer Honors Stillwater Mining as Business of the Year
Montana Ambassador Business of the Year: Frank McAllister, Chairman & CEO, Stillwater Mining Company http://www.stillwatermining.com/ Award for demonstrating extraordinary innovation and success in their field of business including a commitment to employees, community and economic development to the State of Montana.
- Convention center feasibility for Montana's Flathead
"There have been conversations in the local communities the past few years about the benefit of a convention/event center. I am pleased that a developer is willing to invest in a discovery process of the sustainability of an amenity community stakeholders have long thought they needed."
- Former Export-Import Bank official Wayne Gardella is new director of Montana SBA
In addition to continuing to deliver the very best customer service possible to our resource partners and the small business enterprises, one of my primary goals is to better bridge the gap of understanding how the SBA products and services can help small businesses grow.
- Challenge yourself to be a better networker
Think a moment. What does a good networker do?
- Who does the State of Montana pay most? Top salary is $273,000
For the first time Montanans can log on and see where the state spends taxpayers' dollars, including how much it pays state employees.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Internet retailers oppose Marketplace Fairness Act
"Many businesses in Montana have robust e-commerce channels, as it is a way for us to get beyond our geography," Trebesch said. "This would essentially stop the growth of all that innovation happening."
Washington State Business
- The Rice Business Plan Competition - The richest and largest intercollegiate business plan competition in the world is open to all university students from around the world
The Rice Business Plan Competition is open to all currently enrolled university students from around the world who are seeking funding for their new venture.
- Lex Blog - Think. Write. Connect. Transform Your Law Practice. One blog at a time.
We are pioneering leaders known for our foundational knowledge and partnership in online practice development for legal and professional services firms.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Seeking new businesses, Casper turns to economic-development strategies
CAEDA's new move in wanting to own land and construct buildings may springboard the nonprofit to stride next to LEADS, whose ability to bring in businesses by owning parcels of land has stretched more than two decades.
Montana Education Excellence
- TED Talk - Andreas Schleicher: Use data to build better schools
What makes a great school system?
- Sometimes I think there should be a big sign in front of some schools saying "Welcome back to the 20th century."
Technology won't solve all of the problems of education. But in the hands of creative, talented and caring teachers and learners, it can help.
- 'Good to Great' author Jim Collins: How to have great schools
"We must reject the idea [that we should] mindlessly impose business thinking on the public sector," he said. After all, most companies are only average performers--and we don't want just average schools.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Petition to Support Former Congressman Pat Williams to Serve on the Montana Board of Regents
Please sign this petition to confirm Pat Williams to the Board of Regents. Pat has spent his life and career fighting for a stronger education system in Montana. He has spent his life standing up for Montana students. And when our most vulnerable need a voice, Pat has always been there.
- Registration open for MSU's 'Expanding Your Horizons' event for girls in grades 6, 7 and 8
The educational workshops promoting STEM - science, technology, engineering and mathematics - will be taught by MSU faculty and community members and will cover topics like astronomy, biochemistry, physics, sports medicine and more.
- Congratulations to University of Montana Entrepreneur Club members who applied for the internships!!!
Thank you to everyone who has shown interest in our internship program and all the companies and students who applied to be part of this.
Funding and Building your Business
- Is it Time to Ditch Zoning?
As mixed-use development increasingly supersedes single-use development, Roger K. Lewis argues that we should retire the word "zoning" and its outdated "characterization of how we plan and shape growth."
Energy and Climate Change
- The One Question to Ask in an Exit Interview
When workers are on their way out, exit interviews can make a difference.
- 7 Principles That Predict What Steve Jobs Would Do
- Hire Autistic People; Here's Why
People with autism are detail-oriented, fastidious, and reliable--and the largest generation is about to graduate high school.
- These 5 Trends Are Shaping the Future of Pre-hire Assessments
The following are key technology trends that are bigger than any individual industry but are already impacting products being offered in the pre-hire assessment market.
- Brighten Your Home With These iPhone-Controlled Light Bulbs
This is the joy of home automation.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Helena High students design app for fire department that allows firefighters to track emergency response times down to the second.
Logan even surveyed other fire departments around the state to see how they track their response times. One department in the state reported that they tracked response times by writing them down on their hands or gloves while responding to emergencies.
- South Dakota college tests fingerprint purchasing technology
Fingerprint technology isn't new, nor is the general concept of using biometrics as a way to pay for goods. But it's the extra layer of protection -- that deeper check to ensure the finger has a pulse -- that researchers say sets this technology apart from already-existing digital fingerprint scans, which are used mostly for criminal background checks.
- Solar Panel Canopy Charges and Protects Your EV
Industrial designer Hakan Gürsu calls his creation the V-Tent, a collapsible canopy that shields parked cars from weather while soaking in the sun's rays to charge the vehicle and power nearby street lights.
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