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It's the only explanation. He quit so he can run for President! The dream is finally going to come true. John Stewart for President 2016!!!!
The Tesla Model S (0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds) Tour is coming to Montana and Idaho 8/11-20 - Schedule your Test Drive Now http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Main Street Montana Project
- Governor Bullock Announces Main Street Montana Project Peer-to Peer Symposiums
The first symposium will be held October 11th & 12th in Bozeman at the Montana State University Student Union Building and will focus on workforce development.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- NorthWestern Energy Responds to the EPA Clean Power Plan
"Now, we will carefully study the final rule and will work with others in Montana and South Dakota to consider all of our options," said Bob Rowe, NorthWestern Energy's President and Chief Executive Officer.
- NorthWestern Energy Issues New Alert About Collection Scams; Great Falls and Helena Customers Targeted
A number of business and residential customers in Great Falls and Helena have reported receiving suspicious collection calls in recent days.
Great Falls Development Authority
- Montana Office of Tourism - Travel and Marketing Trends for Montana - August 2015
With summer under way, travel trends and technology are continuing to evolve as brands and the tourism industry look at new ways to collaborate and innovate.
Come Home Montana
- Great Falls, Montana 2nd Quarter 2015 Economic Index
Economic Growth, Diversification and High Wage Jobs Great Falls Development Authority - Montana's only Accredited Economic Development Organization.
- Great Falls Growth Highlights 7 - 20 - 15 - Top 20 for August 2, 2015
Great Falls Businesses are Growing
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Circulation Technician I, Processing Technician I, Processing Supervisor - Bacterin
Bacterin's mission is to design, manufacture, and distribute innovative, safe, reliable, and cost-effective solutions for the medical needs of patients.
- MSU's Blackstone LaunchPad wins $50,000 from U.S. Small Business Administration
The Blackstone LaunchPad at MSU is the only organization in Montana to win the grant.
- 72 Percent of HS Students Are Entrepreneurial and Corporate America Just Doesn't Get It
Other countries are doing a better job of learning to capture entrepreneurial spirit and using it to grow business. What can we learn from them?
- 20 under 40: The business leaders that are leading Helena to the future
The 20 under 40 awards are meant to honor those who, through their industry and hard work, are moving the Helena Community forward toward the future. The winners of this award are those in our community who work beyond themselves and do truly amazing things.
Montana Economic Development
- Introducing Glo European Windows and Doors
Founded in Missoula, Montana in January 2015, Glo windows currently delivers custom made windows and doors throughout the United States and has active projects in Illinois, Montana, Oregon, Washington and Idaho.
- Governor Bullock tours Selway Corporation in Stevensville, Montana
"We need to invest more in technology," he said. "There have been more technological advances in your cell phone over the last three or four years than there has been in the last 40 years for power generation."
- Montana District SBA Office August 2015 Newsletter
Over 50 and want to start a small biz?|MEDA seeking nominations|Bozeman PTAC|VBOC is Open for Business|SBIR/STTR Summit|Taxpayer Advocate Service
Startup Weekend in Montana Communities
- Montana Governor Bullock addresses Native American Development Corporation
"State government cannot be that obstacle for the right of Indian people to thrive," Bullock told the Native American Development Corporation's Seventh Annual Economic Development and Procurement Conference being held at the Northern Hotel. "I stand ready to work with you to strengthen opportunities in our economy, and I won't be standing alone."
- MEDA August News
Save the date: MEDA Fall Conference Oct 13 - 15, in Billings
TEDx Events in Montana
- Glacier Startup Weekend, 10/9-11,
Startup Weekend is a 54-hour event that brings together Flathead Valley designers, developers, entrepreneurs, and experts from all domains to do amazing things.
The Missoula Economic Partnership
- TEDxWhitefish Video - A Case for Courage - Chuck Tooley - Longest-serving mayor in the history of Billings, Montana
He served in the leadership of the US Conference of Mayors, as President of the Montana League of Cities and Towns, and was later appointed Director of the Urban Institute of MSU in Billings.
- Missoula Economic Partnership: "Three phase power" can help city's economy
The partnership is also in year five of it's five year plan, which means a new plan will be launched soon for the next five years.
- This app may be the best career management tool yet
It all begins with their lifestyle assessment -- a sequence of questions designed to determine users' future salary needs.
- That 'Useless' Liberal Arts Degree Has Become Tech's Hottest Ticket
Throughout the major U.S. tech hubs, whether Silicon Valley or Seattle, Boston or Austin, Tex., software companies are discovering that liberal arts thinking makes them stronger.
- Finding a Career Track in LinkedIn Profiles
Colleges themselves are using the service to find out where their alumni work.
- Ten best networking tips for people under 40
If you want to get ahead in this world, you have to network.
- Summer jobs turn into career paths for teens
"These programs help students make some connections ... to explore a lot of things that they can't do in school," she says. "The kids come out with a resume -- it's not just to keep the kids occupied."
- Young women from these college majors earn more than men
By the time men and women reach the middle of their careers, between the ages of 35 and 45, the gender pay gap is back and bigger than before.
- 5 Minutes Early Is On Time; On Time Is Late; Late Is Unacceptable
I don't care if you're attending a dinner party, a conference call, or a coffee meeting - your punctuality says a lot about you.
- Idaho's Price copes with backlash against the raise that roared - Gravity Payments
Three months ago, Price, a 31-year-old Idaho native, announced that he was setting a new minimum salary of $70,000 at his Seattle credit card processing firm, Gravity Payments, and slashing his own million-dollar pay package to do it.
Regional Economic Development
- In Delta's Frequent-Flier Magic Trick, Not Just Rabbits Disappear
"For travel on or after June 1, 2016, the number of miles needed will change based on destination, demand and other considerations. But most Award prices will remain unchanged."
- It's incredibly difficult to stop the Internet from knowing you're pregnant
You don't need to actually announce your pregnancy online for the Internet to find out about it.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- New Rule Will Require Local Governments to Account for Property Tax Breaks
An organization tasked with oversight of the accounting methods of government agencies will require local governments to report the value of property, sales, and income tax breaks.
- University Launches Online Master's Degree in Analytics to Fill Workforce Gap
Data analysts are in high demand across the country, but universities are struggling to churn out enough graduates to meet the need.
MAPS : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- B-Schools Aren't Bothering to Produce HR Experts
In most companies, the HR staff is many times larger than the marketing department--yet while all leading B-schools have a marketing department, almost none have any HR-dedicated faculty at all.
- How to Live Wisely
Imagine you are Dean for a Day. What is one actionable change you would implement to enhance the college experience on campus?
- Many States Now Demanding Colleges Prove Their Effectiveness
The idea of using outcomes _ not enrollments _ to guide public funding of higher education has so much bipartisan backing that both President Barack Obama and Florida's Republican Gov. Rick Scott support it.
- College Board Caves To Conservative Pressure, Changes AP U.S. History Curriculum
In September of last year, Ben Carson, a pediatric neurosurgeon who is now running for president, said "most people" who take the course would be "ready to sign up for ISIS."
Montana Education Excellence
- Greater Montana Foundation doubles grant for MAPS Media Institute
"The Greater Montana Foundation Board of Directors appreciates the overall program, including MAPS addition of the new entrepreneur class, which will help students create their own businesses, along with the new summer session. We applaud the two Awards of Excellence from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences, Northwest (NATAS, NW), for students' work. We hope the additional funding from GMF will support their continuing and future growth." GMF executive director Sidney Armstrong
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana medicine residency program gets $1.7M grant
In the state of Montana, 53 of the state's 56 counties are underserved when it comes to primary health care.
- First Call Computer Solutions grants first computing scholarship to Missoula College
"Every graduate makes an impact and it's also an opportunity for us to find another great person." CEO Conor Smith
Funding and Building your Business
- How are they Keeping Austin 'weird' amid record growth
Austin is the fastest growing big city in the U.S.; 110 people move there every day.
- Hipster Havens in All 50 States
When a place is literally called the "heart of" the city, you can assume there's a lot going on. So get out your pen, because we're going down along Higgins Avenue in Missoula.
Energy and Climate Change
- HR is the New 'New Frontier' for Data-Driven Business Strategies
"CEOs are looking for HR to be just as data-savvy and digitally savvy as other areas of the company and take quick, measurable actions that move the business toward its goals,"
- 6 dashboards I use daily -- and why every startup CEO should as well
But it isn't good enough to just make data available -- you need to build a culture where everyone has metrics that they track and manage and that they are held accountable for.
- 8 Common Elevator Pitch Blunders, and How to Fix Them
The better you understand what makes an effective elevator pitch, the more likely you will attract investors and customers.
- 40 Companies Share Their Tips for Remote Work
A distributed workforce comes with special challenges, from communication challenges to a diluted company culture to employee loneliness. Remote.co is the next step, where companies and workers already committed to the remote philosophy can learn how to put it into practice.
- 6 Reasons Marketing Is Moving In-House
These companies aren't getting rid of marketing - they're just bringing it in-house.
- MMEC to offer monthly four-hour training topics for manufacturers July 30, 2015
The Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) http://www.mmec.montana.edu/ at Montana State University will offer a different four-hour training topic for manufacturers on the second Tuesday each month, August through December, at its Bozeman location, 2310 University Way, building 2.
- COLLEEN RUDIO: Stuck in a box? Take the pain out of growing your business
Throughout a 12-month period, participants gain in-depth knowledge and understanding of critical business topics allowing for systematic and specific improvements, creating strategic growth.
- Netflix offers one year of paid parental leave. Is the system changing? (+video) - Microsoft updates parental leave policy
Those planning on starting a family may want to think about working for Netflix.
- The Six Most Revealing Types Of Interview Questions
"It's our version of what we want everyone's résumé to look like," says Kelly. "If they're not happy to fill out our form, they're probably not a fit."
- 6 Startup Strategies That Turn Off Most Investors
Based on my own experience as an angel investor, and feedback I get from many other investors, here are a collection of answers that we often hear instead, from the least credible to at least reasonable:
- Questions Every Entrepreneur Must Be Ready to Answer When Raising Money
As an entrepreneur, investor, and mentor-to-many living in Northwest Montana, I often look at business plans and meet with lots of entrepreneurs looking for funding guidance.
- Heat, drought cook fish alive in Pacific Northwest
Freakishly hot, dry weather in the Pacific Northwest is killing millions of fish in the overheated waters of the region's rivers and streams.
- Saudi Arabia Racing to Move Beyond Oil Dependency
Bloomberg's Willem Marx reports on efforts by some Saudis to diversify the Kingdom's economy.
Connectivity & Communications
- Belgrade,Montana -based Bacterin to acquire Ohio firm, rebrand as Xtant Medical Holdings Inc. in $88-million deal
Bacterin representative Melissa Christensen said Friday that the combined company is also in talks for listing on the Nasdaq stock exchange.
- Verizon strike possible as contract deadline looms
Verizon workers in nine states could walk off the job as soon as early Sunday 8/2/15 if union negotiators don't reach an agreement over benefits with the wireless carrier.
- Helena provider The Montana Internet Corporation plans to bring Internet to Radersburg, Montana
"Our business model has generally been to provide service when there wasn't any."
- Bloomberg Philanthropies Announces First 'What Works Cities' Participants
"Making better use of data is one of the best opportunities cities have to solve problems and deliver better results for their citizens," said Michael Bloomberg in a press release.
- Saws, beards and dogs, the demonstration side of Red Ants Pants Music Festival
Whether it was Grizzly scat scenting dogs or competing co-ed crosscut teams, there was plenty of entertaining and informative activities in between the music.
- Surf Report: 10 things your didn't know about Windows 10 - Mozilla criticizes Microsoft over Windows 10 browser changes
You've also got one month to revert back to your previous OS if you're not a fan. Which, chances are you will be - if my three months with Windows 10 is any indication.
- Airfare Will Drop BIG Time In August, Experts Say
It's about to get GOOD.
- Time-share jet service opens for business in Bozeman, Montana - The Ascent Air Club
The company, founded by Denver-based entrepreneur Tom Filippini, allows members to share access to a private jet to charter flights throughout the region.
- As Americans Figure Out the Roundabout, It Spreads Across the U.S.
"It used to take me up to 10 minutes to get onto the main road," he said. "Now there are no holdups."
- Is This Flying Car Company For Real? - You'll just have to figure out where to put the landing pad
Owning something that starts out on the ground and ends up flying through the air is something I want to experience before I kick the bucket (and my son has promised to his mother).
- Among the States, Self-Driving Cars Have Ignited a Gold Rush
The prize: A piece of the estimated $20 billion automakers and other companies will spend globally on development over the next five years, according to an analysis by Gartner.
- Meet the Woman Guiding California to 100% Electric Vehicles by 2030
Nichols really does intend to force automakers to eventually sell nothing but electrics.
- The Tesla Model S (0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds) Tour is coming to Montana and Idaho 8/11-20 - Schedule your Test Drive Now
Our advanced electric drivetrain will propel you from 0 to 60 mph in as little as 2.8 seconds, without hesitation and without a drop of gasoline. With the highest safety rating in America and up to 270 miles of highway range, Model S redefines performance driving.
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