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"People don't care how much you know until they know how much you care." -- Clara McDermott
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- VCs to data startups: Your fancy tool is not a product, it's just nerdy
Even big data companies need to take a look at the market, realize they're not alone, focus on shrinking their weaknesses, and create something that truly helps someone.
- Study Suggests the Montana Board of Research and Commercialization Technology Boosts Montana Economy
During the past 14 years, MBRCT has produced a larger, more prosperous and more populous state economy than would have existed in its absence, BBER Director Patrick Barkey said.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Ten Business Card Commandments - Part 2
We asked you last Tuesday if your business card commands attention and gave you the first 5 business card commandments. Here's 6-10, featuring some die-cuts, folds, pop-ups, and perforations that create business card perfection!
Great Falls Development Authority
- A Roiling Good Time Kayakers descend on Bigfork for whitewater festival on Swan River 5/24-25
This year, the aptly named "Wild Mile" of the Swan River promises to feature its vaunted big water as kayakers compete for a $5,000 cash purse, and the crowds are certain to turn out in droves.
- Great Falls Development Authority Presents CEO Forum: Creating Evangelists withe Headframe Spirits, 6/26, Great Falls, Montana
Any business owner, general manager, executive team member, or key employee who has known the struggles of finding the best way to communicate and develop relationships with customers is encouraged to attend.
Come Home Montana
- CFOs get schooled on hope and hype of big data analytics
"We have to deal with the fundamental facts that the vast majority of individuals and companies that have data don't have a big data problem. They have a distributed data problem."
- Stanford conference focuses on big data in health care
Experts say this huge influx of digital information, dubbed "big data," could improve everything from the drug-discovery process to personalized predictions for patients' disease risks.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunity - Associate Director of Programs - The Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation
Working with the Foundation's president and vice president, the majority of the associate director's responsibilities will be focused on the following programs:
- Montana Career Opportunity - Manager - Watkins/Shepard
ISO motivated, organized, enthusiastic, candidate for Management Position.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - AERO
The Board seeks an ambitious Executive Director, someone passionate about the work the organization has done and who brings his or her inspiration to build the organization's future.
- University of Montana Business School Announces Business Plan Competition Winners
During the 14-hour competition held May 15 at the UM Gallagher Business Building, 16 student teams competed in four divisions of judging and presentations, leading up to the evening's final round, during which they presented their business plans to a panel of 45 judges and an audience of close to 250.
- Teaching women philanthropists to be angel investors
Seattle is one four cities where the Pipeline Fellowship will launch in the coming months, with Los Angeles, Austin and Miami, along with Seattle, joining Boston, the Bay Area, Chicago and Washington, D.C., as locations that will help women of wealth begin to focus on how to invest in women entrepreneurs.
- Regulators ready rules for Washington crowd-funding law
Washington State securities regulators intend to make sure that entrepreneurs anxiously awaiting adoption of the rules that will permit them to begin raising capital under new state crowd-funding law won't face any of the frustrations and disappointments that have followed passage of similar legislation at the federal level.
Montana Economic Development
- Welcome to Schedulicity!
Based in beautiful Bozeman, Montana, we are the leader in online appointment scheduling, helping small businesses save hours a day and increase profitability by eliminating the hassles of scheduling with pencil and paper.
- Missoula Economic Partnership Businsess Attraction Success: Harris Manufacturing
"This is great news for Missoula's skilled workers as well as suppliers and other service providers in this area, who will benefit from Harris Manufacturing's operation," said James Grunke, CEO of Missoula Economic Partnership. "This new operation will create positive ripple effects across our local economy."
- For nearly four years, Missoula's most prominent downtown retail space has remained vacant.
"In a big-picture sense," McCarthy says, "it would be great if it was an active (retail) space and remains on the tax rolls. But having a library in that building is better than a vacant building."
- Growth Through Agriculture Mini-Grant- Deadline June 1st
The Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program is now accepting applications through June 1, 2014 for mini-grants - maximum of $2,500.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- 'Early bird' bias can make flextime risky
"In three separate studies, we found evidence of a natural morning bias at work."
- Angel Capital Association Takes Action to Avoid Threat to Startup Funding
If changes proposed by "investor protection" organizations are enacted by the SEC, nearly 60 percent of angel investors would be eliminated.
- States Grapple With Unpopular Property Taxes
"It can literally make people homeless," he said. "It can drive seniors on a fixed income out of a home that they may have built 50 or 60 years ago. It's incredibly unfair."
- Governor looking at special session for expanding Medicaid in Montana
Gov. Steve Bullock, some Democratic legislators and others have been discussing whether to call a special legislative session next month to consider Medicaid expansion and other issues, such as funding Bullock's $45 million plan for infrastructure in eastern Montana.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- Las Vegas Builds a Startup Hardware Factory for Hardware Startups
Her plan is to try to make the manufacturing process affordable, or at least predictable, charging a simple formula of the bill of materials plus a 25 percent fee.
Montana Education Excellence
- Students find science, poetry a natural fit at Missoula Writing Collaborative fest
"Poetry allows for just a different way of writing about these things in the world, especially these natural science phenomena."
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Montana President Approves East Broadway Site for Missoula College after Environmental Assessment
I believe Missoula College will add tremendous attractiveness to the area on East Broadway and will serve as a catalyst for further positive development.
- Governor Bullock, Lt. Gov. McLean and Commissioner Christian Introduce Pilot Program to Increase Number of College Credits Offered in High School
Starting in the fall of 2014, any Montana teacher who teaches a concurrent dual enrollment class with at least four students receiving dual credit, will receive a credit-for-credit coupon that can be used towards classes for themselves at any Montana university, college or Tribal college.
- Montana universities push to grow research
"Research is directly linked to economic development."
- Two Butte elementary schools get free meals for next four years
The CEP program aims to reduce administrative costs and paperwork related to collecting and processing applications and tracking students based on meal-eligibility status and it reduces the stigma of low-income students eating meals at no cost.
Energy and Climate Change
- Senator Jon Tester backs measure allowing greater investment in Montana's small businesses
Senator supports bill that increases access to capital for small businesses, start-ups
Connectivity & Communications
- New energy-saving facility boosts Stanford's computing prowess
The SRCC could eventually contain as many as 180 refrigerator-sized racks of servers in its cavernous interior. This volume enables Stanford faculty to store the massive amounts of data being generated in research and also carry out complex computation to understand the world and our future.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Bozeman picks vendor for broadband planning
"We feel like connectivity and high-speed connectivity is a critical infrastructure piece for businesses that are here now, that are growing here now and that may choose to come here in the future," he said.
- Facebook Will Soon Detect What You're Watching and Listening To
Facebook will soon automatically identify the TV shows you're watching and the music you're listening to, making it easier to join online discussions involving your latest bit of entertainment.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- Why Tech's Best Minds Are Very Worried About the Internet of Things
Some of the brightest tech minds are expressing some doubts about the potential impact on everything from security and privacy to human dignity and social inequality.
- Compound discovery may calm chronic pain
A compound that dampens an enzyme that controls pain receptors could lead to a new type of pain reliever for more than 100 million people in the United States alone who suffer from chronic pain.
- Can supercapacitor 'wafers' make power cords obsolete?
Imagine a future in which plugs and external power sources no longer limit our electrical gadgets.
- EBay urging users to change passwords after breach
Online marketplace eBay says it will urge users to change their passwords following a "cyberattack" on a database with encrypted passwords and non-financial data.
- Why Electric Vehicles Will Rule the Road
Here's the good news: Today's new gas-powered vehicles are cleaner and more efficient than ever.
- Evaluating Public Transport Funding Options
As planners, it is our responsibility to help communities respond to these changing demands.
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