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Management is doing things right; leadership is doing the right things. ~ Peter F. Drucker
Montana Education Excellence
Montana Meth Project
- ‘Creativity Forge’ helping Montana Tech students prepare for their future
The Creativity Forge, a 6,000-square-foot computer- and machine-stuffed facility, allows students to put to use what they learn in books and from professors. And along the way, they build relationships with Montana businesses and other schools who are interested in the forge’s work.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Meth: What's Working? What's Next?, 5/15-16, Helena, Montana
The two-day event will conclude with a group discussion to recommend policy and action for the future of Montana’s fight against meth.
- SCORE is ready, willing and able to serve small business entrepreneurs throughout Montana.
SCORE can also help you in starting a business or in your existing business.
- Investigation Into UM Space Center Will Involve Montana Senator Conrad Burns and Representative Denny Rehberg
Seacat said Commissioner of Higher Education Shelia Sterns will keep the investigation going. “The commissioner isn’t going to let this leave her sights,” Seacat said.
- School systems argue merits of 'bonuses' tied to test scores
In the past year, Minnesota, Florida, Texas and the cities of Houston and Denver have established merit pay programs that partly or completely tie bonuses to student achievement. Other states, including Ohio, Iowa and Mississippi, are considering similar programs.
Montana Economic Development
- Big names seek out work of craftsman based in Lewistown
As one of Montana's most respected luthiers -- or guitar makers -- Wicks' work is in high demand.
- Lively wireless: New Montana cell company, Chinook Wireless in midst of $40 million expansion
In August, Chinook had about 40 employees. As of early March, it had 70. Foxman said he expects the company to grow to about 150 employees within two years.
Funding and Building your Business
- Voters think Montana is on right track, Montana Chamber of Commerce poll finds
It found that jobs and the economy ranked as the single major problem cited by 40 percent of voters, followed by schools and education at 15 percent, environmental issues at 9 percent and taxes and government spending at 9 percent.
- Get ready for Billings' future, says economist Larry Swanson, director of the O'Connor Center for the Rocky Mountain West at the University of Montana.
Billings must start planning now for the retirement of the baby boomer generation and a potential shortage of trained workers, or the community's decadelong economic expansion could be in jeopardy, Swanson said Friday morning at an economic development seminar sponsored by Celebrate Billings.
Utah Economic Development
- Entity Conversions In Delaware Just Got Easier
Now you can go from a Montana LLC to a Delaware corporation in one step.
- 'Optimize' Rankings At Your Own Risk
"I did not realize their methods were frowned upon,"
- The Art of Recruiting, Part II
I have been a candidate on interviews where it seemed like my interviewers didn't even know each other, their questions overlapped, they missed entire areas of stuff they should have asked me and so on. I turned down their offers.
- Older entrepreneurs face special considerations
As the Baby Boom generation ages, and as life expectancy increases, older Americans are finding that they have the time, energy, desire and, sometimes, need to start their own business.
- Startups told to be wary of Microsoft
Pursue a small niche market that wouldn't interest Microsoft.
- Seven Sales Tips For Solo Operators
Here are suggestions from business owners for winning new customers and building client relationships.
- Confessions of an Entrepreneur's Wife
I had originally thought of this as his company, his work, his life. But now Lily and I were also paying a price. Left with no profession, and essentially no husband, I became frustrated and resentful.
- Lehi deal: 1,850 jobs for $15M. State offers Micron, Intel incentive to expand in Utah
"These are the types of jobs Utah wants and needs,"
- Wyoming nanotech firm plans move. Nanomaterials Discovery Corp.
"We're ramping up our operations to execute on a fairly substantial set of government contracts," said Don Montgomery, company president.
- Arizona caters to tourists with special interests. Wisconsin is certifying 'green' tourism
Catering to those niche travelers is becoming increasingly critical as people look for things to do while on vacation besides sit in the sun, said Margie Emmerman, director of the Arizona Office of Tourism.
- The Art of Sucking Down - Just think about it....
The ability to suck up to the folks who don't have big titles but make the world run is more useful.
Small Diameter Timber Utilization
- Research, business institute launched in South Dakota. Tech Transfer and Commercilization keys to State Economic Development
Designed to bring ideas and technology developed by university researchers to entrepreneurs willing to turn them into commercial projects. "All of us have worked in various parts of the United States. We have never met a state where everybody was so focused on the same vision," Allen said. "You had a lot of things in place before we ever got involved."
- The 40th International Wood Composites Symposium, 4/10-12, Seattle, WA
The symposium is an industry-driven forum for producers, suppliers, and researchers to discuss the latest market developments and advances in wood composites technology
- The changing face of IT. Worker versatility is seen as crucial as marketplace shifts
people who know how will always work for those who know why.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Liquid fuel conversion renews coal's promise. Denver-based Rentech Inc. aims to be at the forefront of a unique alternative technology.
That has never been done in the United States, and Rentech wants to be the first company to try.
- Grow Your Own Oil, U.S. Sawdust and wood chips into bio-oil
Bio-oil can be made from almost any organic material, including agricultural and forest waste like corn stalks and scraps of bark.
Connectivity & Communications
- American Prairie Foundation hoping to expand Montana bison population
The American Prairie Foundation strung together about 31,000 acres of leased and deeded property and placed the 16 bison on some of that land in October. The foundation receives technical assistance from the World Wildlife Fund.
City Club Missoula
- Freeing Cities From Telco and Cable Monopolies
I believe broadband today is as important as waterways, railways and highways were in an earlier era. Unfortunately, this concern, indeed urgency, is not widely held. From a policy standpoint, clearly, at the federal, state and local level, we have lost our way, much to our peril.
- Face-to-face meetings gain remote possibilities
While video has been around, new software and Web access pump up its potential
- Global digital divide grows wider, UW research finds
The digital divide is becoming less like a crack and more like a canyon.
- Skeptics Want Details on Proposed Montana Public Utility - City Club Missoula
Before five Montana cities make any move to buy assets and create a public utility, Montanans need to know who will be running the utility and how it will be regulated, a University of Montana economist warned Friday.
- City Club Missoula- "Missoula County Search And Rescue: Leaving Dinner Half-eaten For 50 Years.", 4/21, Missoula
Missoula County Search and Rescue: Leaving dinner half-eaten for 50 years. A volunteer-run backcountry rescue team explores its past, present and future. Learn about Search and Rescue, and the upcoming mill levy on the May ballot at this community discussion.
- Researchers issue warning on 'powerful' Internet attacks
First detected late last year, the new attacks directed such massive amounts of spurious data against victim computers that even flagship technology companies could not cope, the report said.
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