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“You have to love a nation that celebrates its independence every July 4, not with a parade of guns, tanks, and soldiers who file by the White House in a show of strength and muscle, but with family picnics where kids throw Frisbees, the potato salad gets iffy, and the flies die from happiness. You may think you have overeaten, but it is patriotism.” Erma Bombeck
Missoula's Peter Lambros and Glenn Kreisel Launch Dolceclock.com - Smarter shift scheduling that can save your business http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
Montana Department of Commerce
- Why Computers Won't Be Replacing You Just Yet
Being good at prediction often does not mean being better at creation.
- Montana Announces SAM - a situational awareness tool that puts incident information from multiple sources in one place.
he big benefit of Situation Analyst is the ease in which incident personnel can create and share geographic information with each other from anyplace using a variety of devices.
- Hospitals Are Mining Patients' Credit Card Data to Predict Who Will Get Sick
Imagine getting a call from your doctor if you let your gym membership lapse, make a habit of buying candy bars at the checkout counter, or begin shopping at plus-size clothing stores.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Montana Main Street Program Welcomes Thompson Falls, Hamilton, and Cut Bank as New Members
"The Montana Main Street Program is helping communities throughout the state build and revitalize successful downtowns," said Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary.
- Your Input is Requested - Montana Department of Commerce Community Development and Housing Survey
Your participation is critical in deciding state priorities for economic development, housing, and community development activities.
- Early Bird Registration is now open for the 7th Annual Montana Downtown Conference.
Sept. 24-26 - Helena, Montana
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Office of Tourism - Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - July 2014
Have some news to share with us? We'd appreciate hearing from you. Send an email to [email protected] and let us know how the summer and fall seasons are looking for your business.
- GFDA Top 15 July 1, 2014
Here's the GFDA Top 15 for last week, celebrating great things happening to move Great Falls Forward!
- US Banks are betting big on Analytics
While banks are in a hurry to catch up and not miss the bus, they need external help for a successful transformation. They would need expert advice so that they do not have the re-invent the wheel. They need external help to carve a broader picture and pick the best practices or solution set that will be most appropriate for their bank.
Montana Economic Development
- Interim director appointed for Montana Manufacturing Extension Center
Paddy Fleming, a fifth-generation Montanan whose family first came to Montana in 1862, was recently appointed interim director of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, an outreach center at the Montana State University College of Engineering.
- Missoula's Peter Lambros and Glenn Kreisel Launch Dolceclock.com - Smarter shift scheduling that can save your business
Dolce Clock is built for store owners who want to make confident, data-driven schedules.
- Travel and Leisure Magazine names Montana's Triple Creek Ranch top hotel worldwide
"This prestigious endorsement from well-traveled, discriminating readers confirms our belief that today's sophisticated traveler is looking for active getaways offering upscale accommodations and thoughtful food in inspiring places," said Barbara Barrett. "We don't feel like we own Triple Creek Ranch. We believe we have temporary custody of a national gem with the responsibility to conserve, improve and appreciate it."
- Billings to Boise - Arrow Solutions Group Opens New Office!
Both offices will assist clients with IT contractors for project needs, as well as recruiting services for IT and Engineering positions
- Counter Assault Making its Name as the Best Defense in Bear Country
In the cultural mindset, bear spray is winning over the traditional firearms carriers when it comes to defending against agitated bears.
- Bacterin hires medical device industry vet as new president
In the president position, Di Silvio will be responsible for management of sales, marketing and business development.
- MEDA July Online News
Be sure to note the date and location for your area's Main Street Montana Program meeting site. This is YOUR opportunity to share about the issues, programs, and resources vital to economic development in your area.
- Montana Awards $11.4 Million to Grow Small Businesses
Montana has deployed 90 percent of its total $12,765,037 in SSBCI funds through the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
City Club Missoula
- Coast to coast, STEM jobs take longest to fill
Even more surprising, a high school graduate with a STEM background is in higher demand than a college grad without such skills, the report says.
- Mending Mentor Relationships
Young employees sometimes hit snags in their relationships with their office mentors but there are ways to salvage the relationship.
- 25 minutes of meditating eases stress
"When you initially learn mindfulness mediation practices, you have to cognitively work at it--especially during a stressful task."
Incubators and R&D
- City Club Missoula Presents: Breathing In The Big Sky: Air Quality In Missoula, 7/14
Come hear Sarah Coefield, an air quality specialist at the Missoula City-County Health Dept., talk about the status of Missoula's air quality.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana State University Innovation Campus: a $100-million cutting edge investment in state's future
Nineteen buildings will go up behind the current advanced technology park, which sits near 19th Ave and College. The new facility will focus on six areas of development.
- Project seeking a location in the Pacific Northwest for a demonstration plant
This project will use agricultural, lumber and municipal waste product to create energy and hot water.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- What 8 States Are Doing to Build Better Pathways From High School to Careers
The network is trying to increase the number of high-school graduates earning a postsecondary credential that will lead to a decent-paying job.
- Governor Bullock Announces Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Program
In Montana, one in five children struggle with hunger. Through the Montana No Kid Hungry AmeriCorps Program, members will leverage No Kid Hungry efforts by working with local school-based leaders and stakeholders to increase participation in school breakfast programs.
Montana Education Excellence
- UCLA's Business School Hopes Chucking State Funds Will Give It an Edge in the Donation Race
"Some potential donors might wonder why they should give money to a school that is state-supported. Zero is a very easy number for people to understand,"
Universities and Economic Development
- Flathead Valley Community College students excel in business competition
In Montana, the BPA is much larger among high school age students than post-secondary students. The University of Montana and Montana State University do not participate, but Rudolph is trying to get them involved.
Funding and Building your Business
- University of Washington launches record 18 start-ups in FY14; UW ranks third in nation for number of companies spinning out of a university
"From our record number of start-up companies generated and our No. 1 national ranking in licenses signed, to the doubling of patent applications filed annually, the University of Washington has become one of the top universities in the nation taking ideas to impact."
Connectivity & Communications
- SBA Announces $1.5 Million Grant Funding Opportunity for Innovative Projects to Help Small Disadvantaged Businesses
Under this initiative, grants will be made to service providers to enable them to make unique management and technical assistance services available to eligible small businesses that are approved by the SBA to receive services.
- Startup Investor Money Always Comes With Strings
I'm still surprised to find entrepreneurs who expect investors to give them money, and then disappear into the sunset.
- 10 commandments that will transform your email marketing efforts forever
A welcome email in itself is a nice relationship building measure which few brands have adopted so far, but is deeply effective in the long run.
- Four Questions to Revolutionise Your Business Model
Innovation is about more than groundbreaking technology. Rigorous, systematic questioning of risks in your business model can unleash opportunities for game changing performance improvements.
- Vodafone to Use Electricity Poles to Roll Out Irish Fibre Network
Vodafone said it would open the network to other operators, meaning they could also offer superfast broadband speeds on a wholesale basis.
- Butte, Montana's fiber optic line reels in first new business, Hoplite, to take advantage of new network
"We have a competitive advantage right now over every city in Montana."
- Google's first "right to be forgotten" moves spark outrage over court order
Critics say the examples underscore concerns that prominent individuals might use the court ruling to hide relevant and newsworthy information about themselves, simply because it's unflattering.
- Tesla Motors on a mission to hire American veterans
Tesla Motors, which is on a mission to bring electric cars to the masses, now has another goal -- to become a leading employer of America's military veterans.
- Bees Do More Than Make Honey! with John Holbrook - Updates from Crucial Catalyst
Bees are responsible for pollinating many of our most important fruits and vegetables, but they are mysteriously disappearing around the world in the billions.
- These Parking Meters Know If You're Driving a Gas-Guzzler
In Madrid, parking meters are joining the fight against air pollution. Starting July 1, newly installed "smart" meters in the Spanish capital will charge higher parking fees to vehicles that guzzle fuel or emit clouds of exhaust fumes.
- Frontier asks for revenue guarantee from Missoula, Montana to stay during winter
Frontier says it will need a $240,000 revenue guarantee to maintain two flights a week from January to April 2015.
- The Great American Road Trip Has Gone Electric
In other words, it was a perfect road trip.
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