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“Don’t let your adventures end here. Continue on your adventure approach. Make a list. Start tonight. Write down 100 daring adventures. It can be anything from being a good mother to climbing a mountain, or going to Africa. Make your life a daring adventure.” Peter Tomaryn in his commencement speech to the 2006 graduates of the University of Montana-Western
Congratulations to the entrepreneurs, judges and organizers on the successful --"17th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana “Brews” up success out of “Thin Air” for Montana's Economic Future" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html and to the the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority: "Finalists Announced for EDA Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2006 - Congratulations to the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Also if you know of kids who would like to win money for helping an outstanding project: "Montana Meth Project Announces "Paint the State" Contest. Nearly $350,000 in prize money will be awarded statewide" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Education Excellence
Montana Meth Project
- Montana Tech team headed to Washington, D.C. ‘Task 2’ project selected by Department of Energy for honor
“It’s very exciting for Tech and Montana. We’re going to represent Montana and it’s a big thing,” said Tech professor Kumar Ganesan.
- Montana Meth Project Announces "Paint the State" Contest. Nearly $350,000 in prize money will be awarded statewide
You’ve seen the ads and heard the buzz. Now rally your friends and get creative – paint a barn, build a sculpture or design some other work of public art that will get people’s attention and get them to say “Not Even Once” to Meth.
- Superior schools receive technology grant from Hewlett Packard Corp.
The project, centered on the solar system, will compare Earth with its neighbors. Third- through sixth-grade classes will be integrated into the program. Kryzsko said the project will run for a year with the help of a mentor from HP who will train participants to use the technology being provided.
- Full-day kindergarten. Montana kids deserve it now
We commend Gov. Brian Schweitzer, Superintendent Linda McCulloch, and all other political and education community leaders who have announced their support for state-funded full-day kindergarten.
Montana Economic Development
- Montana Department of Commerce Census and Economic Information Center Spring 2006 Newsletter
What the Numbers Say for Montana
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- $15M WIRED grant aims to train rural workers. Montana towns, colleges to be engaged in developing alternative fuels
"This will help workers get the skills they need for new technologies,"
- New project aimed at easing poverty in Montana
"Our focus here is to increase the assets and incomes of these families,"
- Fun On The TechRanch
But, what is needed? John O'Donnell, executive director of the TechRanch says entrepreneurs.
- Highlights of the 2006 State Venture Capital Program Study May 2006. 44 States Reported on 151 State Programs
The Primary State Goal is to Create New Jobs and Grow the Economy: ROI is Secondary
Funding and Building your Business
- Great New GPS Gadgets
If you don't know where you are and you don't know where you're going, then you are, as they say, lost.
- Successful Entrepreneurs need employee ownership
Doing your best in a competitive global market is just not good enough! It suggests a linear measurement. Steady as she goes means managing to mediocrity.
- Seven rules for managing, profiting from innovation
Innovation drives change. It is the foundation for increasing sales and margins. Companies that innovate successfully will thrive.
- MWTC announces user-friendly means for exporters to immediately discover the trade finance solution to their business challenge.
This exporter CD is menu-driven and contains all of the pertinent information, forms, and applications so exporters can quickly understand how Ex-Im Bank products can enable them to increase their international sales.
- Venture Capital Panel - "The Art of the Start"
In this panel, five prominent venture capitalists from Silicon Valley firms discuss entrepreneurship, fund raising, and market sectors.
- Mark Fletcher on startups. How to get in to see a VC
I particularly liked this story:
- Inside Entrepreneurship: Invite prospective investors in early
In the raw startup world, I've found angel investors and true seed venture funds to be very forgiving.
Regional Economic Development
- Jobs available: Can they be filled?
"I would hire tomorrow if I had the candidates." While many say they plan to hire more workers in the coming months, they also say it is getting harder to find qualified candidates because they can't afford to live here.
Utah Economic Development
- Finalists Announced for EDA Excellence in Economic Development Awards 2006 - Congratulations to the Ravalli County Economic Development Authority
Warmest congratulations to the Staff and Board of the RCEDA and the entrepreneurs and business professionals of Ravalli County. You've made Montana proud by your example.
- Economic Gardening
“In 1989, we took the funds that we had been spending on recruiting in new businesses and decided to spend them on local businesses, in helping them to grow.”
- $207 million for OVP's latest VC fund. Amount is largest raised in firm's 23-year history
Andy Dale, a partner at Seattle venture capital firm Buerk Dale Victor, said that OVP's success is "further validation that the Northwest is a great place to invest."
- University of Utah President Michael Young urges universities, businesses to collaborate
The U., he said, has "2,000 brilliant, pointy-headed professors, but they're not businesspeople."
- Nampa designer's clothing won't let 'em see you sweat. Cyclone Clothing has fashioned sportswear for troops in Iraq
Haro uses a quick-dry polyester blend. The fibers in the blend absorb moisture off the body and send it into the air so people can stay dry during a run, she said.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Parade Webcam- Saturday AM
To christen it, a live webcast is being planned for tomorrow (Saturday) of the Miles City Bucking Horse Sale Parade at 9:30am.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- 17th annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition at the University of Montana “Brews” up success out of “Thin Air” for Montana's Economic Future
Win or lose, every student in the competition received a priceless initiation into the high-pressure world of business, said Jeffrey Shay, a lead organizer of the competition and professor at UM’s business school.
- The Daly Hospital Foundation Partners with Media Arts in the Public Schools (MAPS) for Film
“It was a logical choice," said Kevin Hurt, Executive Director of the Daly Hospital Foundation. “The students are passionate about making movies, and the film is built on interviews with hospital employees passionate about their careers and jobs at Marcus Daly. These kids are professionals, capturing the spirit of the hospital in order to move others.”
- Senior Hiring Improves In Surprising Industries
"I've been in this business for 38 years, and I've concentrated on financial services. And 2005 was the best year I ever had in all sectors of financial services."
- Five Tips for Writing A Tailored Thank-You
For job candidates seeking an edge, sending interviewers a customized thank-you is critical.
Connectivity & Communications
- Kleiner Perkins launches award to spur green innovation
"There's enormous power in prizes," said Kleiner Perkins Partner John Doerr. "Innovation in green tech could be the biggest economic opportunity of the 21st century."
- Seven-step Program for Community Information Strategies
Communities willing and able to make the appropriate investment decisions regarding information improve their abilities to compete.
- CEO roundtable: Top tech players sound off about evolving industry
To talk about these changes, USA TODAY, in conjunction with Silicon Valley's Churchill Club, assembled five top players from the communications industry for a discussion
- Tip of the Spear: Leadership Lessons from the U.S.-led Armed Forces in the Middle East
From even this brief foray into their world, it is evident that the U.S. armed services have built what many private companies strive for: a culture of readiness and commitment, cross-service and cross-national integration, and pragmatic flexibility."
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