|MATR Newsletter - Tue Jul 4, 2006|
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America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves. --Abraham Lincoln
Congratulations to Andrew Field, the staff and all those who've helped Printing For Less become "America's Print Shop". "Leading Development in the New West: PrintingForLess.com’s Grand Opening Brings Leaders Together to Focus on Growth" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
- Montana Tech starts marketing campaign - "Get Into It"
"The better we market Montana Tech, the more our degrees will be worth in the job place,"
- Montana's 1st couple promote knowledge of science
They want the program to help young people to discover the natural wonders of Montana in a hands-on way. "We want to encourage kids to take science and math at younger ages and keep them interested," she said. "If they're interested when they're younger, they'll usually keep on going, and that perks their interest and they want to study more."
Montana Economic Development
- Leading Development in the New West: PrintingForLess.com’s Grand Opening Brings Leaders Together to Focus on Growth
“Our celebration today provided a rare opportunity for our fellow businesses and community members to network together and gain insights from knowledgeable leaders,” said Andrew Field, CEO and President of PrintingForLess.com. “We have learned so much from our friends and community over the years, it was nice to be able to give back.”
- Cable Tech of Great Falls, MT is thriving. Company ramps up to fill crush of advance orders
"We're in a definite growth phase," says company president Ed Buttrey. "We've gotten three or four times more advance orders than we've ever had before, some stretching out as far as 2010 or 2012."
- Better living through free technology. Open-Source software movement in Missoula
“What excites me is the vast untapped potential of this…it has enormous potential to help people without income level the playing field.”
Funding and Building your Business
- Online mag to promote Eastern Montana. "Alternatives Magazine" Eastern Montana Economic Solutions and Opportunities.
Alternatives Magazine is about the possibilities for a region of the state that has been losing population for years, Ketterman said.
- Social Networking Essays
Here are three interesting essays about how social networks work. Highly relevant reading for anyone in a social networking company—or investing in one.
- The top 10 biggest networking mistakes
Moral: The wise person isn't the one who makes the fewest mistakes. It's the one who learns the most from them.
- Social-Networking Site Gives Retailer a Start
For start-ups on a shoe-string budget, the opportunity to gain widespread exposure at no cost may seem too good to be true. But networking sites like MySpace, purchased by News Corp. last year, allow groups -- including businesses -- to create online communities for free.
- Employers taking extra steps to keep boomers working
Some company owners are making sure they retain boomer workers by offering them flex time and extra benefits to help offset any hankerings for retirement.
- Swapping job security for a startup
Open-source is a great idea for users--they typically get a decent product for free. But it's a far trickier proposition for companies trying to make a buck from an open-source application.
- Business 2.0 How to Build a Bulletproof Startup
For entrepreneurs, now is the time New technologies are creating new business opportunities, and radically reducing costs for startups. Still, success is as difficult as ever.
- When Firing Someone, Focus On Those Who Remain
This last item, while frequently a neglected part of the firing process, is the most crucial part of it.
Regional Economic Development
- Relocating for a Job That's a Shorter Commute
If you're seeking to relocate, consider targeting areas where the average commute time is minimal.
- SBA Newsline Eight July 2006
- The New Megalopolis. Our focus on cities is wrong. Growth and innovation come from new urban corridors.
The New Megas are the real economic organizing units of the world, producing the bulk of its wealth, attracting a large share of its talent and generating the lion's share of innovation.
- MotivePower Inc. rides rails to success. Boise company lands 2 more multimillion dollar contracts
MotivePower had to increase its workforce as it landed new contracts with several commuter agencies, freight companies and other locomotive manufacturers.
Connectivity & Communications
- Plugging the brain drain in Wyoming
Several states use scholarships to keep their best and brightest close to home. But Wyoming has added a twist: a planned $400 million endowment that will generate an estimated $20 million a year, virtually guaranteeing a steady source of funding for its program.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Money at center of Web fight
As demand for high-speed access surges, Internet-based companies clash with network operators over who will pay for critical upgrades.
- Elite thinkers lured to Aspen. The Ideas Festival offers discussions with Alan Greenspan and Justice Stephen Breyer.
Nearly 200 speakers were invited to the festival by the Aspen Institute, the Washington, D.C.-based think tank headed by Walter Isaacson, former chief executive of CNN.
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