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Anatomy Of A License: Tips, Traps And Best Practices Presented By BPCN, MSU And Dorsey & Whitney, 6/26, Bozeman, MT http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Anatomy Of A License: Tips, Traps And Best Practices Presented By Mamalode, UM And Dorsey & Whitney, 6/27, Missoula, MT http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- New Event Added: Main Street Montana Project Business Roundtable, 7/8, Kalispell, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
GigaPOP in Missoula
- Google Fiber Has Brought A Surge Of Startups To Kansas City
Entrepreneurs are rushing to the city thanks to Google launching an incredibly fast broadband network there last summer called Google Fiber.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Northwestern Energy Community Works Report - 2013
Community Works encompasses NorthWestern Energy's tradition of funding community activities, charitable efforts and economic development within its service territory.
Great Falls Development Authority
- VIDEO: Sun Road Opening Stuns First-Time Visitors - Glacier National Park opened all 50 miles of road on Friday
"People love it, even when they can't see anything," Stanton said. "They still think it's the greatest place on earth."
- Enter the#MontanaMomentCONTEST for a chance to win authentic Montana products and a grand prize trip to Big Sky Country.
Submit photos of your favorite #MontanaMoment for a chance to win authentic Montana products and a grand prize trip to Big Sky Country.
SRS Crisafulli, Inc.
- Great Falls Development Association - Top 10 for 6-16-2013
If you are interested in learning more about PeerSpective Roundtable and the eligibility requirements, contact Rebecca Engum at [email protected] or 781-6832.
- New Miss Montana pushing disability awareness
"Recognize disability, promote opportunities. Our previous title-holder Alex Wiseman and she was a woman with autism and helped spread her message. It's cool being her successor. My message is more to the neuro-typical person on how they can incorporate disabilities as an opportunity and learn from one another."
Come Home Montana
- The Best Big Data Trends for Healthcare
Deriving value out of big data is especially critical in the following areas for healthcare providers, and solutions are needed now more than ever:
- Montana Career Opportunities - Systems Administrator, Information Security Specialist, Solutions Consultant, Software Engineer, Database Engineer - Zoot
Zoot has been the pioneer in the financial industry's instant credit decisioning arena for 20 years and was recently named the #1 top tech company to watch by Bank Technology News.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Operations Manager - Blackfoot
This position is responsible for managing the daily operations of the Marketing department.
- Montana Ambassadors are making great strides with STEM education in Montana schools
From Alberton to Rocky Boy and from Kindergarten to College, be assured that the future generation of Montana engineers will be well equipped to tackle the important issues of tomorrow.
Montana Economic Development
- Bonner trailer plant bucks Montana's low marks for manufacturing
"Things are going better than we anticipated. This is the first time we've opened another facility. You plan on facing challenges but things have been great," said Dan Mills, ALCOM's national sales manager.
- Entrepreneurs: Montana Business "Billings Last Diet" offers clients their 'last diet'
The difference with this diet is understanding how your body metabolizes food, and then learning what foods are best for maintaining an ideal weight.
- Mamalode: Authentic, Sexy, World-Class Stories About Motherhood
"America's best parenting magazine."
- Grants entice filming in Montana
"The economic impact is incredible," Montana Film Commissioner Deny Staggs said. "We are talking jobs here."
- Main Street Montana Project Business Roundtable, 7/8, Kalispell, Montana
Here we'll work together to develop a business plan for Montana. We'll identify strengths and challenges that Montana businesses face.
- Write your cover letter with these sentence-starters
Writing a compelling cover letter is a chance to stand out from the crowd.
- In Silicon Valley, Meditation Is No Fad. It Could Make Your Career
It's not just Google that's embracing Eastern traditions. Across the Valley, quiet contemplation is seen as the new caffeine, the fuel that allegedly unlocks productivity and creative bursts.
- High-tech gains get disabled people into workforce
The past few years have seen a number of technological breakthroughs targeting disabled consumers.
Business Plan Forums
- Define Rural by Our Hopes, not Fears
The 2013 National Rural Assembly opens with a call for rural communities to define themselves by what they can get accomplished, rather than what they lack.
North Dakota Business and Economic Development
- Portland Seed Fund readies second act
The two-year-old investment vehicle, which backs promising ideas at their earliest stage, plans to launch a second, larger edition this fall.
- Newly insured will worsen Dakotas doctor shortage
Each state already has a shortage of 100 or so primary care doctors.
Regional Economic Development
- City and county launch initiative to invest in -- and keep -- start-ups
"It's not a fund. It's an initiative to build on the rich fundraising initiatives that are going on now."
University Business Plan Competitions
- HUD Hope VI Main Street Grants Notice of Funding Availability
Main Street area revitalization efforts seek to rejuvenate older, downtown business districts while retaining the area's traditional and Historic character.
- Do Economic Developers know what they are doing?
Simply put, economic developers and their programs do not directly create jobs and pay taxes.
- University of Montana Business Plans Contest Shows City's Potential
Although the daylong competition took place on the UM campus, this wasn't simply an academic exercise for those involved. It was, rather, focused on helping young innovators move from idea to action.
- University of Montana camp aims to ease health care workforce shortage
Health care professionals say that Montana, as well as the nation as a whole, is facing a health care workforce shortage. But the weeklong MedStart camp hopes to help stem that tide by showing high school students a variety of health science fields.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Wyoming Poised for Transformation, Starting with IPv6
The fact that Wyoming is planning for this change is representative of the state's broader goal of harnessing progressive IT and transforming the state.
- States Selected to Improve Early Learning Outcomes
"To ensure the nation's workforce is competitive in the global market, we need to raise the bar for student success," said Nevada Gov. Brian Sandoval. "Too many students are falling short. We must do all we can to ensure that every child is getting the strong start to their education that they need and deserve."
- 8th Annual Community Dialogue on Early Education and Care
Throughout the day, participants asked a common question: How can we get better at telling our story? Good answers came from elected officials, advocates and child care providers.
Montana Education Excellence
- Banking on Education
On July 1st, student loan rates are set to double, which spells dire consequences for our nation's future. But it's not just students, or even young adults who suffer from this debt crisis, but the economy as a whole! Find out how this impacts everyone and what you can do:
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana Tech keeping pace, growing, maturing
The school also offers degrees that can't be found at many universities.
- Missoula College should obtain accreditation, absorb MCPS adult education programs
The idea is UM should abandon its false notion of "integrating" UM and Missoula College students, instruction and services, and allow Missoula College to be the institution it can be for Missoula County and Missoula. It can no longer be about UM.
- $1.5M grant adds fire to welding program at Great Falls College-Montana State University
"This federal grant money will help make sure that folks in central Montana can become qualified for these good-paying jobs," Gov. Steve Bullock
Funding and Building your Business
- 15 Innovative Policies Any City Would be Wise to Steal
This report spotlights 15 innovative policies from cities across the U.S. and around the globe that could serve as a model.
Energy and Climate Change
- Hiring Made Simple - Talentd is the best and easiest way to accept, review, and manage job applicants.
"No matter how small, any business owner could and should benefit from time saving management tools like Talentd. You'll be a better business person and run a more successful business." - Peter Lambros, Owner, Caffe Dolce
- The 10 Worst Traits of Even the Great Entrepreneurs
Does it really take a few flaws to make a great entrepreneur, or are the rest of us just confused about what a perfect business person is all about?
- The 17 Best Pieces Of Advice You'll Ever Hear
We publish a lot of advice from executives and commencement speakers, but due to survivor bias, those might not always be the best tips.
- 6 Reasons Why Focus is Job One for Every Startup
Trying to do everything at once probably means that none of the items will be done well.
- Google Changes How It Hires, Calls GPAs 'Worthless'
GPAs don't predict anything about who is going to be a successful employee.
- How to Make Sure Your Startup is Built on Values
Your values as you create a startup are the key to creating an enviable culture that attracts more customers.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana PSC rule could threaten renewable energy projects
On Monday the Public Service Commission will hear public comment on a proposal to reduce the amount of power a renewable energy project can produce while receiving a standard-rate contract from NorthWestern Energy.
- A pilot program in Meridian, Eagle and Boise will gather and reuse lawn clippings
"We're looking at this as an opportunity to divert more green waste from the waste stream."
- Renewable Energy Incentives Survive Lobby Attack - Developers, landowners urge Montana PSC to reject small-power rule change
With most sessions now wrapped up or waning, renewable energy backers now brim with triumph and relief as they eye a legislative scorecard tilting their way.
- Faster wireless LAN on the horizon as new Wi-Fi standard goes live
The emerging IEEE 802.11ac wireless LAN standard will be able to deliver faster connections wherever it's used, but the biggest benefit may come at public hotspots--eventually.
- Can We Be Emotionally Intelligent Online?
We're essentially flying blind. Which leads me to wonder: is the web actually designed to optimize flaming?
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Disabled workers paid just pennies an hour - and it's legal
"People are profiting from exploiting disabled workers," said Ari Ne'eman, president of the Autistic Self Advocacy Network. "It is clearly and unquestionably exploitation."
- We Need a Fixer (Not Just a Maker) Movement
"It made me realize I didn't need to buy new every time something breaks."
- Soylent raises $800,000 for food replacement product - (As far as we can tell Soylent is not people.)
6,000-plus people gave nearly $800,000 to successfully fund Soylent's crowdfunding campaign.
- Smart sock can help joggers run better and detect injuries
The Sensoria sock includes a sensor that can not only suggest exercise improvements, but also inform the wearer of bad running habits and track recovery from injury.
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