While we’re still fine tuning some of the new functionality we hope you’ll find the new site as exciting as we do.
Stay tuned for a full description of the new features.
To get started, we’ve cleaned out the very popular Companies listings as there was no way for companies to update their listings so please, if you haven’t already, register here https://matr.net/register/ and then register your company here https://matr.net/my-account/
We will continue to improve MATR and encourage your participation and recommendations.
PS – Sorry for the length of this newsletter but it contains all stories submitted over the last 2 weeks as we were working out the new functionality. Future newsletters will be more manageable. Events are at the bottom of the newsletter.
Today’s MATR Newsletter is sponsored by:
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development
- How the Outdoor Economy Feeds Us
Conference attendees noted that the very creation of a statewide Office of Outdoor Recreation represents a paradigm shift from the days when all economic attention centered on Montana’s oil and gas industries, as well as timber, coal and agriculture.
Great Falls Development Authority
- GFDA Top 10
Announcing our new logo to align GFDA’s business development marketing with Great Falls Tourism’s marketing efforts! The more Team Great Falls works together, along with our rural partners, the more bang for the buck we get out of local investment and the more wins we help generate.
- GFDA Top 10
Another downtown building is being renovated!
- New Cargill R&D facility opens in Great Falls, Montana
“We’re thrilled one of the world’s largest privately held companies has chosen Great Falls, Mont. for their innovative research facility,” says Brett Doney, president and chief executive officer of the Great Falls Montana Development Authority (GFDA).
- Great Falls on the Rise
“We’re doing well with our per capita income growth. You know, that growth rate is out pacing the national and Montana averages,” Jolene Schalper, Great Falls Development Authority’s VP of Business Development.
Come Home Montana
- BossB, MD – Full Service Coaching for Women Physicians
We specialize in helping you get the most out of your job search & negotiation processes.
- Open house planned for Montana’s first housing cooperative
People who opt to live in a cooperative give up the idea of a deed in exchange for becoming a shareholder in a corporation that owns the property they call home.
- Video: Montana Made: Swanky Roots
The system operates around the clock, producing lettuces, kale, tomatoes, and even edible flowers.
- Video – Montana Made: Shelter Designs Yurts
“Yurt living” is catching on across the globe as well as right here in Montana.
- Missoula women launch law SOVA firm with full business services for entrepreneurs
“When we’re talking to investors, we can tell that story through the images and through what we learn. We like to wrap our arms around clients in kind of a different way,”
- Whitefish Summit Focuses on Montana’s Outdoor Economy
If you hear more about Montana’s tourism economy in the coming year it’s likely because of the spark that was ignited this week in Whitefish.
- Surviving Through Change | Yellowstone Grassfed Beef | Under the Big Sky
In this Under the Big Sky bonus video, Zachary Jones of Yellowstone Grassfed Beef and his father Bill Jones talk to us about their family history and some of the challenges faced in the fourth and fifth generations of ranching.
- Summit Explores Economic Opportunities Around Outdoor Recreation In Montana
“Outdoor recreation, really it’s our Montana way of life. It is who we are, and there happens to be a booming economy around it. So how do we have that conversation together?”
- Bozeman entrepreneur helps launch app to train workers displaced by technology
A local entrepreneur has launched NextStep Interactive, a company that will use a mobile phone app to help train workers displaced by artificial intelligence and automation for careers in the growing health care industry.
- Outfitter, guide users bring $374M to Montana, report says
Expenditures from outfitted and guided activities brought in $374 million to the state’s tourism revenue in 2017, according to a new report from the University of Montana’s Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research.
- Butte restaurant starts grant program for workers with disabilities
As part of an ongoing program to reach out to people with disabilities, the OMG! Mongolian Grill celebrated raising $1,200 for the Montana Association for Rehabilitation on Friday.
- GatherBoard launches App – Curate Your Personal Community Event Experience
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Glacier National Park creates interactive tool to tell the tale of the fire that destroyed Sperry Chalet and its rebirth from the ashes
This restoration story is still to be written, but thanks to the Glacier National Park Conservancy and the many partners and individual supporters, the reconstruction of the Sperry Chalet is expected to be completed by December 2019.
- Christmas In These 7 Montana Towns Looks Like Something From A Hallmark Movie
Hallmark movies have quite a reputation, especially their Christmas films. But if you want to experience the warm, fuzzy feeling in real life, all you have to do is head to one of these seven towns that look like the set of a holiday movie.
- Sounds of the Wild West – An audio tour of Montana’s four major ecosystems
“Every place, with its vast populations of plants and animals, becomes a concert hall, and everywhere a unique orchestra performs an unmatched symphony, with each species’ sound fitting into a specific part of the score. It is a highly evolved, naturally wrought masterpiece.”– The Great Animal Orchestra
- Montana Moments – Great Videos of Montana
Everyone will probably learn something about Montana here.
Montana Economic Development
- Choteau citizens continue to work on handful of projects
The Choteau Area Port Authority Board, meeting Nov. 29, reviewed project reports from several groups working on community and economic development projects that arose out of a community assessment held last spring.
- Is Havre, Montana Dying or Evolving?
The Herald spoke to business owners who’ve been in the game for decades and to those who’ve just begun, gears and levers that help make Havre go, day in day out.
- Do you know about Montana’s economic engine?
By providing access to information, connection to local resources and management of statewide data, Montana’s librarians and geographic information professionals are powering our communities.
Funding and Building your Business
- A new startup called Goodly is now looking to help employers offer one benefit that many new employees really want – paying off their student debt.
A recent US News poll found that of 500 employees polled, 90 percent would commit to a job for five years if given assistance with Student Loan repayment.
- Tax Cuts and Jobs Act: A comparison for businesses
The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (“TCJA”) changed deductions, depreciation, expensing, tax credits and other tax items that affect businesses. This side-by-side comparison can help businesses understand the changes and plan accordingly.
- 10 Simple Ways To Improve Onboarding For Increased Retention
Many employers still have the mindset once a contract is signed they’re guaranteed the loyalty of their new employee.
- Challenging Conversations—How to Tell an Employee It’s Over
The Final Conversation Should Never Be a Surprise
- 3 Killer Ways HR Uses Storytelling To Attract More Candidates
To help candidates visualize what their journey would be like, HR is incorporating storytelling to ignite an emotional connection and foster a relationship with their candidates.
- This Startup Program Is Harder To Get Into Than Harvard And Has Helped Entrepreneurs Raise Billions
To date AngelPad companies have raised around $1.4 billion, with Thomas’ own venture capital fund having raised close to $80 million itself.
- A.I. as Talent Scout: Unorthodox Hires, and Maybe Lower Pay
Many employers may soon have access to a universe of prospective workers — even for hard-to-fill roles — whom they might not otherwise have come across.
- A new kind of capitalism needs a new generation of inspired–and inspiring–leaders
“The sense of a system rigged to benefit the owners of capital at the expense of workers is profound. In 2016 a survey found that more than half of young Americans no longer support capitalism. This loss of faith is dangerous, but is also warranted.”
- New coworking lounge opens in Missoula’s Old Sawmill District
“C3 will be a space that allows for innovation and creative collaboration of businesspeople and freelancers. Dedicated desks and office space, along with open seating options, are available in a membership-style business design. It is integral to our Tech Campus opportunity.”
- More Female Founders Go From Raising Cash to Backing Other Startups as Angel Investors
In a survey of 279 U.S. women entrepreneurs conducted jointly by Inc. and Fast Company, a surprising 42 percent said that in addition to running their own companies, they made personal investments in startups.
- 8 Keys To Convincing A Bank To Fund Your New Venture
I’m told that 21 companies on the Inc 500 list started with bank loans, so you can do it too.
- How AI Can Help Small Business Solve Big Problems
- Mentor girls to fill technology jobs, panelists say
Women currently working in the technology field said that both men and women should mentor girls to encourage them to get into the industry because Idaho will need them to fill jobs.
- Idaho startup’s composite tech attracting lots of attention
Continuous Composites is a 3-year-old startup company that its owners say could revolutionize manufacturing, dramatically lowering the costs for fiberglass, Kevlar and carbon fiber composites.
- Think You Know Sun Valley, Idaho?
Sun Valley, Idaho: More than America’s first ski resort
- The lightbulb is turning on for Boise leaders: Clean, renewable energy is our future
We, the youth, are some of the greatest, most concerned, and highly motivated stakeholders.
American Prairie Reserve
City Club Missoula
Montana Education Excellence
- Gifts from Scott and Payne families complete fundraising for MSU’s American Indian Hall
“Our family is pleased to be able to help the American Indian Hall come to fruition. We were excited and gratified to see the remarkable donation from the Kendeda Fund and proud to join it, the Scott family and others in following President Cruzado’s leadership in bringing this project into reality for the benefit of American Indians and all students as well as the entire campus, community and state,” Payne said.
- Congratulations to the five schools in Montana who were named finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow Competition
Congratulations to the five schools in Montana who were named finalists in the Samsung Solve for Tomorrow, a nationwide competition challenging students to creatively use S.T.E.M: science, technology, engineering, and math.
- Entertainment Management Course Places University of Montana Students Inside Local Organizations
It’s part of the experiential learning opportunities that UM is known for.
- Montana State University sees historic highs in retention and graduation rates
“We at Montana State University know that attracting new students is not enough,” said MSU President Waded Cruzado. “Our job is not done unless they graduate.
- A NewAngle Podcast – Cheryl Strayed on Finding Truth
Cheryl Strayed is a literary force.
- The University of Montana Montanan Fall 2018
In our State of the University address, three key themes emerged.
- Montana Aerospace Scholars Program Seeks High School Sophomores
This experience exposes students to the opportunity to work face-to-face with professional engineers, NASA scientists, university students and educators.
- Entrepreneurial opportunities associated with MSU business college highlighted in magazine
Entrepreneurial opportunities associated with Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship were highlighted in an article that recently appeared in a magazine with an international reach.
- UM Researchers Among the Most Cited in the World
“This recognition highlights the national and even international impact of the amazing research that has been conducted right here at the University of Montana,” said Scott Whittenburg, UM vice president for research and creative scholarship.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
University Business Plan Competitions
Regional Economic Development
Cool Stuff That’s Coming
Incubators and R&D
Energy and Climate Change
- To Expand Clean Energy Access to All Californians, It’s Time to Expand Net Metering
Californians have developed the country’s most ambitious cap-and-trade program, own more electric cars than any other state, and have created 542,000 clean energy jobs.
- California’s Rooftop Solar Mandate Wins Final Approval
It’s official. All new homes in California must incorporate solar power starting in 2020.
- Steel for Fuel: How Utilities Can Replace Fossil Fuel Expenses With Renewables Earning Potential
If managed well, this clean energy transition can actually create opportunities for utility managers to reduce risks and increase shareholder earnings.
- Here’s a Way to Fight Climate Change: Empower Women
“In my experience, to have eyes wide open is to hold a broken heart every day,”
- State of the Climate report paints 2018 as a devastating, record-breaking year
The main take-away from the report might be that 2018 is the fourth hottest year on record, in terms of average global temperature.
- How Google Keeps Its Power-Hungry Operations Carbon-Neutral
Kate Brandt has a radical idea for how we’ll have to live in the future, if we’re going to be in balance with nature.
- New Hampshire Utility to Fight System Peaks With Home Batteries Under New Settlement
Liberty Utilities will own up to 500 units, but the compromise allows third parties to participate, too.
Come Home Wyoming
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- MSU students paired with local nonprofit boards
Created and developed by Carmen McSpadden, MSU Leadership Institute director and staff, Boardroom Bobcats was launched in 2016 with the support from a $5,000 seed grant from MSU’s Outreach and Engagement Council.
Montana Economic Developers Association
Montana Businesses For Sale
The Telecommuting and Gig Workforce in Montana
2018 Montana Politics
21st Century Education Initiative – “You Should Care…”
Next Generation Broadband in Montana
Privacy, Hacking and Virus Alerts
STARS Montana Early Education Program
MATR Newsletter Supporters: