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You are invited to attend: Montana Ambassadors: Larry Simkins, CEO Washington Companies Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Seattle, WA http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- FREE Online Training Sessions Every Friday! ikuw Solutions
Build professional IQ with Your Official Training Provider™
The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10, Billings, Montana
- Georgia Uses Big Data to Get Out the Vote
Leaders of the state's biggest political parties have made unprecedented use of analytics this year to pinpoint exactly which voters they need to win.
- Five Steps to Improved Manufacturing Quality - The 2014 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference, 10/9-10 ,Billings, Montana
By following these five steps, quality can be improved in a meaningful, sustainable way.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- Content Marketing - The 3-Part Series Starts Now
If content is king, you have to earn the crown.
- Tibetan Buddhists build Garden of One Thousand Buddhas for peace in Montana
The Ewam is home to the Garden of One Thousand Buddhas, which draws visitors from around the world.
Come Home Montana
- Is HR Failing To Capitalize On Big Data?
Those organizations failing to capitalise on data to improve business performance will miss out, said Holley. "These organizations will drop behind their competitors that do use big data effectively."
- How to analyze employee attrition - HR analytics
The ability to slice and dice sales attrition many ways to understand trends and their root-causes can seriously help sales leadership make the required changes to build a healthier more performing sales force.
- Analytics Software Mines the Store
The changes helped drive up Gordmans' conversion rate--the share of shoppers who make purchases--by more than 3 percent.
Hellgate Venture Network
- Montana Career Opportunity - Security Consultant - LMG Security
A growing cyber security firm is looking for a full time Security Consultant. We're a fun, close-knit 12-person company.
- Montana Career Opportunities - ETL Systems Engineer, Quality Assurance Engineer / Product Specialist- Goomzee
Goomzee is a rapidly-growing software technology startup providing mobile apps and productivity tools to real estate professionals nationwide.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Marketing Consultant - Elixiter
Elixiter seeks an experienced marketing consultant to join its high octane team. You can experience a fun, high growth, profitable start-up in Big Sky country.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Special Education Attorney - Advocacy Specialist - Disability Rights Montana
Disability Rights Montana envisions a society where people with disabilities have equality of opportunity and are able to participate fully in community life by exercising choice and self-determination. The Mission of Disability Rights Montana is to protect and advocate for the human, legal, and civil rights of Montanans with disabilities while advancing dignity, equality, and self-determination.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Consultant - commonFont
As a Consultant, you'll be an expert in understanding and connecting clients' business needs to Medallia system capabilities.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Analytics & Business Intelligence, EDI Specialist, Lead Mobile/.Net Engineer and more... - Arrow Solutions Group
Arrow Solutions Group (ASG) connects IT professionals and engineers with companies in Montana, Idaho, Wyoming, North & South Dakota.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Website Engineer, Website Tech, IT Support Tech, First Call Solutions
At First Call we view our employees as business partners. We share business problems, challenges and performance openly and look for input and people who take ownership.
- Hellgate Venture Network - Next Meeting: October 16 - Molly Bradford, GatherBoard
We're stoked to have one of Missoula's most awesome entrepreneurs, Molly Bradford, as this month's speaker. Molly is co-founder of Gather Board, the community events software inspired by http://www.MissoulaEvents.Net.
- Participants in women's leadership program at Stanford share their experiences with President Hennessy, other senior officials
"The overall vision of our program is for participants to commit to one action at the end of each meeting that will empower women, engage men and create organizations where all people can thrive."
- You are invited to attend: Montana Ambassadors: Larry Simkins, CEO Washington Companies Thursday, October 16, 2014 from 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM - Seattle, WA
Larry will share details of Montana's bold plans for future growth and how Northwest Leaders can take advantage of the plan's components.
Montana Economic Development
- Wall Street's Thrill Seekers Spend Winter At Montana's Yellowstone Club Mountain Resort Where A Spot Can Cost Up To $26 Million
It is well known that Wall Street heads to the Hamptons during the summer, but during the winter the most thrill-seeking of the financial set head to Montana's Yellowstone Club, a 13,600 acre private resort community in the Rocky Mountains.
- Businessweek Article Features Commentary from Bank of Montana's CEO Tom Swenson
Businessweek asked Bank of Montana's CEO, Tom Swenson, to share his thoughts on the challenges small business owners face when seeking to obtain a loan to start their business in the food industry.
- Great Harvest gift boxes are perfect for clients, coworkers, family or friends.
Take a look at our selections. There's a gift for everyone and every occasion. Whether you need a gift for a new neighbor or a hundred of your best customers, we unconditionally guarantee every gift we create.
- Forbes features Headframe Spirits' integration of their own marketing campaigns with Butte's identity.
Courtney told me that they were "Putting the history of the community in a bottle to share with the world." Living the brand story means living it past, present and future.
- ALPS Named 2014 Best Places To Work In Insurance
"We were very pleased to be recognized as a 'Best Place to Work'. Management can create policies and workplace incentives but the culture of ALPS is 'best' because of the men and women who work hard every day, treat one another with respect, challenge ourselves to be better, and generally try to have fun along the way," said ALPS President and CEO David Bell.
- ALPS A National Cyber Security Awareness Month Champion
"This is just one indication of our ongoing commitment to educate the legal community and reduce risk in law firms," states Matt Lubaroff, Director of Client Services at ALPS.
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- Bear Paw Development Corporation - Montana Hi-Line group extends business loan discount
"What we discovered over the past three months is a fairly significant demand by businesses in our region to expand, remodel, grow, try something different, add a new line, purchase new equipment or enter a new market. All of these opportunities typically require financing that may not be easy for every business to obtain," said Paul Tuss, executive director.
- MSU Leadership Institute - Michael McFaul, Who Served As Former Ambassador To Russia, Speaks At MSU On Nov. 6
“We are honored to bring Dr. McFaul back to his hometown of Bozeman and have him share his immense expertise with the students, faculty, staff and community of MSU,” said Carmen McSpadden, director of the MSU Leadership Institute.
Come Home Idaho
- How to Become a Designer Without Going to Design School
At first, I had a lot of doubts about whether someone could teach themselves well enough to get a job. If you're wondering the same, the answer is yes.
- Malcolm Gladwell on What Really Makes People Disruptive
The best-selling author says it's not tech, money, or brainpower. Successful disrupters all tend to have one huge precondition that's far more important.
- Microsoft CEO apologizes for comments on women
"It's not really about asking for the raise, but knowing and having faith that the system will actually give you the right raises as you go along." Not asking for raise, he added, is "good karma" that would help a boss realize that the employee could be trusted and should have more responsibility.
City Club Missoula
- Idaho Career Opportunities - IT Director, Front-End Web Developer - Arrow Solutions Group
The best jobs in our region are often found through knowing the right person at the right company. Our connections get you access to high quality jobs not found in newspapers and traditional media.
- City Club Missoula Presents: November Ballot Referendum To Repeal Same Day Voter Registration: Yes Or No?, 10/13
Montana Secretary of State Linda McCulloch, a Democrat, and Republican State Senator Champ Edmunds will debate Election Day voter registration at the October City Club Missoula forum.
Incubators and R&D
- Idaho National Laboratory spends dollars at home: $1 billion spent in Idaho
One of INL's objectives is to target, shape and retain Idaho businesses as valued partners in supporting research happening at the lab.
South Dakota Economic Development
- UM shares $50M NASA grant to study life in universe
UM President Royce Engstrom made the announcement Tuesday, saying UM was one of seven institutions across the country selected by NASA to research the origin, evolution and distribution of life in the universe.
- DOD To Award More Than $100M to Establish an Integrated Photonics Manufacturing Institute
The Obama administration cites the complexity of this technology, its importance to national security, and its revolutionary potential as the reasons for this large federal funding commitment.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- What is Dakota Rising?
Dakota Rising is a three-year Dakota Resources program that helps rural entrepreneurs discover new ways to grow their business.
- Clever Kano lets kids build computers and learn to code
Think of Kano the same way you and your family might approach an old-fashioned chemistry set, with curiosity, creativity and a sense that you're doing something together.
- We're failing to prepare our kids for the impending robot takeover. Here's what we should teach them.
This is the most important school reform that nobody is talking about.
- Afterschool Progress Report and Consumer Guide: Afterschool participation is on the decline in Montana
Montana's statewide afterschool network is no longer in operation and the need for afterschool programs is slipping off the radar for state policy makers and leaders. Children and families in Montana could greatly benefit from rededicating resources and attention to ensure that K-12 youth have greater access to quality afterschool options.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- MIT to offer free online courses in game design, ed tech
The place where the video game was invented more than 50 years ago now wants to teach teachers, entrepreneurs and students how to design games for the learning -- and it is hoping that the end result will be a new kind of tech tool for the classroom.
Missoula Schools Excellence
- 'GRIMM' program delights MAPS students
"I think [MAPS] is a great program and a terrific way for students who want to explore that side of their personality. If you want to be an actor or filmmaker, you can't just sit in your room and act or pretend you're making film - get out and work.
Montana Education Excellence
- Missoula's Big Sky High could start International Baccalaureate program
"We're seeing as well, some of our Hellgate graduates now in their sophomore year, that they are able to perform with or above some of their peers in their freshman, sophomore classes in college because they have some of those practices in place," said IB coordinator Cameron Johnson.
Funding and Building your Business
- Montana Girls STEM Fall Collaboration Conference, 11/07, Helena
STEM advocates, educators and professionals are invited to the Fall Collaboration Conference, featuring networking, presentations from mini-grant awardees and STEM professional development, including Role Models Matter training. (STEM stands for science, technology, engineering and math)
- Missoula schools adopt national hands-on learning program
"They've given us all these materials for all these rich labs that they can learn from. They constantly -- so constantly -- are so hands-on that I think they are very excited to come here every day. You can see them, like the light bulbs going on in class, so that's great to be a part of."
- MSU psychology professor, Jessi Smith named to national girls STEM board
"Dr. Smith's research and expertise in translating research to practice exemplifies one of the most important functions of the National Girls Collaborative Project - distributing important research findings to educators working directly with youth."
- MSU named one of the nation's top institutions for awarding degrees to Native American students
"MSU is committed to increasing access to higher education and ensuring opportunities for underrepresented students," said Martha Potvin, MSU provost and vice president for academic affairs. "We are very pleased to be recognized for the success we've had in supporting Native American students in earning degrees."
Energy and Climate Change
- Realizing the power of talented women
In 2010, eBay embarked on a journey to bring more women into its top ranks. It found that commitment, measurement, and culture outweigh a business case and HR policies.
- Starting a Ski Film Company - Warren Miller
It is interesting to me that when I started making ski movies there were fewer than 15 chairlifts in North America, but luckily for me, there were enough skiers sprinkled across America who brought a friend to my early films to let me grow the business.
- Hire for the Long Haul: 6 Tips to Find Candidates Who Will Stay
One of my biggest hiring rules of thumb is to make sure the job candidate knows that I'm a candidate as much as he or she is a candidate.
Connectivity & Communications
- Stanford engineer says 'smart grid' needed to shift electrical system to alternative energy
"How do we measure flexibility potential in any given system? How do you identify customers who might be willing to participate? And how do we devise programs that elicit flexibility?"
- When will solar be the leading source of electricity? - Answer: by 2050
The study released by the agency also predicted that the technology will begin to make big progress between 2025 and 2030, when the cost of solar is estimated to reach $100 per megawatt hour (MWh), and carbon fuels are to reach $50 per ton.
- Solar powered trikes deliver food to local businesses without the emissions
The FOODLOGICA system aims to provide food producers with a zero-carbon transport option when dealing with catering businesses.
- Google's Schmidt: Surveillance fears are 'going to end up breaking the Internet'
"For all of you students," Senator Wyden said, "I hope you heard what Mr. Schmidt was talking about, 'cause that has huge implications for all of you."
- Data, Tech Tools Helping Reduce Crime, Says Seattle Police Chief
About a dozen anomalies have been found in overtime pay attributed to data-entry errors.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- How ActBlue Became a Powerful Force in Fund-Raising
It took two years for the service to record 100,000 contributions. Yet it handled a record 130,000 of them on a single day last month.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Festival of the Book spreads events throughout downtown Missoula
And so on Friday, Oct. 10, the 15th annual event will be spread across downtown Missoula, in galleries, movie theaters and more. Authors of novels, poetry, memoirs and nonfiction will fan out to eight different venues to share their work, instead of staying concentrated in the Holiday Inn Downtown.
- The New Squarespace Is a UX Dream That Eliminates the Backend Entirely
To streamline 7, Squarespace did away with most of the tabs and buttons, to instead let users edit in real time.
- What Tesla Needs to Fix Before It Gives Us a New Model S
The sedan may be the best car you can buy today, but it's hardly perfect.
- Tesla unveils exotic features, go-fast model
Drivers will be able to get out of the car in their driveways and watch it park itself in the garage. When drivers are ready to leave, the car will able to drive itself up, with the car's temperature and stereo system set to the driver's preferences. "It will come to you wherever you are," Musk says. "It will slowly make its way to you."
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