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My families Coat of Arms ties in the back... Is that normal?
Experiential learning at its best: Montana State University business students raise more than $5,200 for local non-profits through three-week Entreprentice Challenge http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Gov. Steve Bullock
Montana Department of Commerce
- WGA Winter Meeting Day 1: Governors discuss Presidential transition, unveil resolution on state-federal relationship
The day's sessions, hosted by WGA Chair and Montana Gov. Steve Bullock, included a keynote address by Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton, who noted that his nation would work with the new administration.
- Three growing IT firms in Missoula receive grants from the Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund for workforce expansion
Missoula County commissioners on Tuesday signed off on several Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund grants from the Montana Department of Commerce to help the firms cover the cost of bringing the new employees onto their payrolls.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Printing For Less - Spread Some Holiday Cheer with EDDM® Postcards
Ready to promote your end of year sale?
Early Edge Montana
- Dorsey's Intellectual Property Webinar Series: Patenting & Licensing When Subject Matter Eligibility Is Uncertain, 1/18
Join us for a discussion of recent trends in patent subject matter eligibility, including the impact of Alice v. CLS Bank, Ariosa v. Sequenom, and related cases spanning the biotech and software industries.
Artificial Intelligence and The Internet of Things
- Do the effects of early education programs last past the third grade?
Overall research points to positive effects of pre-k programs as they improve school readiness, have short-term and long-term benefits, and are a cost-effective investment.
- 17 Ways Governors Can Lead on Early Education
Governors' toolkits include executive orders, state agency directives, budget proposals, and working "with their legislatures to prioritize state investments in young children."
Energy and Climate Change
- Today's TED Talk - How AI can bring on a second Industrial Revolution
"The most popular AI product 20 years from now that everyone uses has not been invented yet,"
- The Bittersweet Sweepstakes to Build an AI That Destroys Fake News
A machine that can reliably identify fake news would mean AI has reached human-level intelligence.
1 Million Cups
- Factory Farms Get Bigger, Pollution Grows, but Regulators Don't Even Know Where They Are
Thousands of industrial farms across the country release contaminants into the nation's water and airways, but in many states like North Carolina, the public has limited access to information about them.
Come Home Montana
- 1 Million Cups - Missoula Holiday Brunch Potluck Party, 12/21
Bring your favorite holiday dish and kick-off your holiday cheer by enjoying hot coffee, delicious food, and fun merriment! Let us know what you'll be bringing to the potluck by filling out the form here.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- 10 things newcomers learn after moving to Montana
Everything in California is so much more expensive than it is in Montana.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Director of e-learning & Academic Technologies - University of Montana Western
The Director of eLearning and Academic Technology will work with the provost and faculty to promote and support use of academic technologies for instructional use.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Angular UI/UX Engineer, Angular Full Stack Developer, VP of Information Technology - Arrow Solutions Group
As the top technical talent resource for the Northern Rockies, Pacific Northwest, and Northern Plains, we understand who will work best for you, both for the short term and the long term.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Content Marketer, Assistant, Controller, Marketing Manager, Business Development Representative, Human Resource Specialist - Printing For Less
We're looking for talented, hard-working people that are passionate about helping customers succeed. It helps if you enjoy clean mountain air and dogs.
- Montana Career Opportunities - IS Manager, Channel Account Manager and more - Blackfoot Telecommunications - Blackfoot
Blackfoot provides voice, data, cloud and IT services for small and large businesses across the region.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Technical Support Analyst I or II, Data Analyst I, II, or III, Senior Project Manager and more... - Education Logistics
Find out how EDULOG's integrated software for school transportation can help you.
- Montana Career Opportunities - QA Analyst, QA/Automation Engineer, Talent Acquisition Specialist and more... - ATG
Tired of the same old day-in, day-out drudgery of your current job?
- Montana Career Opportunities - Director of Software Engineering, Mobile App Developer, Inside Sales Professional and more... - Orbital Shift
Online Employee Scheduling & Time Clock Software
- Montana State University business students raise more than $5,200 for local non-profits through three-week Entreprentice Challenge
"A benefit of this project is that students have an opportunity to put their classroom learning into practice right from the start of the semester," Rosso said. "But I think it is equally important that students experience how their entrepreneurialism can impact their communities in tangible ways. This gives us the opportunity to discuss how entrepreneurs can do good while doing well, and vice versa."
MSU Leadership Institute & UM Global Leadership Initiative
- News & Events for Manufacturers
Keep an eye on our website and bi-monthly newsletters for 2017 trainings on Lean, Internal Quality Auditing, Exit Planning, Exporting, and more.
- Leadership and behavior: Mastering the mechanics of reason and emotion
A Nobel Prize winner and a leading behavioral economist offer common sense and counterintuitive insights on performance, collaboration, and innovation.
Business Plan Forums
- Taking Charge: How Rural Residents Are Switching from Employees to Business Owners
The retirement of the baby boom generation of business proprietors is predicted to result in a major turnover in ownership.
- Wyden, Merkley fight to save 'lifeline' for rural communities - Senators seek renewed Secure Rural Schools funding
"The notion that these investments in rural communities could be killed and replaced with logging alone is disconnected from reality," Wyden said. "I will continue to pursue a comprehensive, reality-based approach to get these counties the funding they have long relied on.
- Students Awarded $3,000 at University of Montana Startup Pitch Competition
Clare Weiler, a UM MBA student, won the overall competition and took home $1,500 with her pitch for Bonsai. Bonsai makes homeownership more attainable and affordable by creating something akin to a condominium association with tiny homes
- Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship at MSU holds venture pitch competition
The Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship at Montana State University held a venture pitch competition today with over 20 groups presenting.
- Missoula tax relief fund to begin collecting donations soon
Council member Julie Armstrong, who represents Ward 5, said they want to use the tax relief fund to support the most disproportionately affected citizens of Missoula.
- Bozeman eyes local sales tax to tap tourist dollars
"The public is telling us, loud and clear, that they are looking for property tax relief and there is a vehicle out there to provide that property tax relief that's already working in many cities."
- Montana's process to choose Zinke's U.S. House successor is not entirely clear
If U.S. Rep. Ryan Zinke becomes Interior secretary under incoming President Donald Trump, a special election would be held in Montana to choose Zinke's successor -- but it's not clear who, if anyone, would hold the post until the election occurs.
- Housing, development among Missoula Mayor Engen's goals for 2017
When the city rings in the New Year, this year's victories will become next year's challenges, and the mayor is ready to buckle down and face them one by one.
- The Enduring Myth That Government Should Be Run Like a Business
Government is about this thing called the "public interest." There is no such animal in the private sector.
- Senator Tester Wants to Hear What Montanans Think About Trump's Nominees
Tester will consider Montanans' questions and comments throughout the confirmation process.
- Curious about maker spaces? Check out UP MakerSpace, the newest one in Garden City
"We're hoping to create a community where people can meet other makers. No matter what they make."
Washington State Business
- Free Webinar - The Future Of Health Care Delivery - Providence St. Joseph Health: Relentless Redesign, 1/19, Online
Join us for discussion, analysis, and personal accounts from the nation's leading experts in care redesign. Attendees will have the opportunity to ask live questions of our panelists.
- How Google practices the Circular Economy
Jim Miller, Google's Vice President of Global Operations discusses what the circular economy really means, and how Google is participating. It's definitely worth a watch.
- Direct Primary Care: An Innovative Alternative to Conventional Health Insurance
Direct primary care is a rapidly growing form of health care that not only alleviates such frustrations, but also goes above and beyond to offer increased access and improved care at an afford - able cost.
- Manufacturing's big challenge: Finding skilled and interested workers
Recruiting has been an uphill climb as an increasingly high-tech manufacturing sector battles the image of a dirty, dying industry and a mindset that idealizes a university education. Many manufacturers are bringing workers back from retirement to fill positions.
- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee wants to raise taxes and funnel nearly $4 billion more into schools over the next two years
Inslee unveiled his education budget Monday, proposing significant raises for teachers and other school staff as well as more training and assistance to educators and students.
- Grant to help laid off Weyerhaeuser lumber mill workers
The $225,000 grant will go to the Montana Department of Labor and Industry Workforce Services Division to provide reemployment services to Weyerhaeuser workers and will serve approximately 50 former employees.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- UW plans to reorganize outreach school with eye on community colleges
The university wants to strengthen its partnerships with community colleges while also making sure students can transfer to UW.
- Is a virtual education the future for K-12 students?
Virtual education expert details six ways these schools are better than traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms.
- Giving children computers basically does the opposite of what you expect
Parents fret: Do the costs of having children use a computer at home outweigh the benefits?
Montana Education Excellence
- The American Dream Is Under Threat. Can Higher Education Save It?
Students from low- and moderate-income families are missing out on that opportunity, in many cases because they are overwhelmed or uninformed when it comes to the byzantine processes governing admissions and financial aid.
- MSU named one of 100 best college buys for its high-quality education at a low cost
"We are delighted to be recognized for something that our students and their families have recognized for many years: Montana State University is an incredible value," said Ronda Russell, MSU admissions director.
- University of Montana's MBA Program Ranked No. 13 Among Top 50 Most Affordable
The ranking brings to light UM's flourishing MBA program, highlighting the School of Business Administration's "elite AACSB-International accreditation" and its extremely affordable base tuition cost. Students who are Montana residents can complete the MBA with base tuition costs under $7,000.
- Experience the Difference - A Five-Year Strategic Plan (2014-19) for the University of Montana Western
Experience One engages students and faculty in actively exploring the knowledge, purposes and practices in every fi eld of study.
- UM Employees Donate $96,000 to Local Nonprofits During Annual Fundraiser
The annual campaign offers UM employees the opportunity to make donations to various local organizations through one-time gifts or payroll deductions.
- Polson, Montana school slashes suspension rates with pro-active approach
Three and a half months into the school year, Finkbeiner has yet to suspend a student for any reason.
- Missoula legislators weigh in on search for new University of Montana president
Clayton Christian, the state's commissioner of higher education, said that while the opinions have been diverse, several common themes have emerged and the feedback has been "incredibly positive."
Funding and Building your Business
- Amazon Weakening Communities and Local Governments, Report Finds
Amazon is placeless. The company doesn't have a physical presence, create jobs, or pay taxes in most of the places where it does business -- and it's having a profound impact on the health of cities and towns, a new report finds.
Connectivity & Communications
- Did You Price Your Product Right? How to Know.
After building your product, pricing it is the hardest puzzle you'll face.
- Fundraising don'ts.
Aside from actually building your business, asking others to invest in your company is the hardest thing a founder will do.
- Don't "do" a startup.
If you can't describe your exact customer in a sentence, you probably don't know your customer at all. (Dead giveaway: "anyone that needs [X] will need us.")
- Making data analytics work for you--instead of the other way around
Does your data have a purpose? If not, you're spinning your wheels. Here's how to discover one and then translate it into action.
- Sprint aiming for 1 gigabit-per-second speeds
Sprint Corp. is aiming to offer its customers peak wireless speeds of 1 gigabit per second next year -- about 100 times faster than most wireless services -- in hopes it can boost its service reputation and attract more customers.
- Cincinnati Uses Visual Dashboards to Demystify Government
CincyInsights aggregates information -- trash collection, snowplow location, police calls for service -- already available in Cincinnati's open data portal, which launched about a year and a half ago. But it reconfigures that data into elements like heat maps and charts that are engaging, quickly relatable and more easily understood.
- Why Government Should Embrace Tech Startups
The state of Ohio recently announced a new RFP aimed at bringing smaller vendors in to work on some of the state's biggest challenges.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Montana Healthcare Foundation invests $600,000 into improving Native American health
The median age of death for Native American in Montana is 50, according to state vital statistics, which is about 20 years younger than non-Indian Montanans.
HACKING AND VIRUS ALERTS
- App lets passengers buy frequent flyers' extra miles
Par is a new peer-to-peer app connecting frequent flyers with travelers wanting a bargain ticket, allowing users to agree a fee for the air miles.
- The Perfect Weapon: How Russian Cyberpower Invaded the U.S.
"This was a conscious effort by a nation-state to attempt to achieve a specific effect."
- Democratic House Candidates Were Also Targets of Russian Hacking
This untold story underscores the effect the Russian operation had on the American electoral system.
- Google's spins off self-driving car unit - Waymo
"We're now an independent company within the Alphabet umbrella," Waymo CEO John Krafcik told an audience at a press event in San Francisco today.
- Washington state to test-drive charging drivers by the mile to pay for infrastructure
The state is evaluating a potential alternative to the gas tax it now imposes to pay for road projects.
- Uber self-driving cars hit the streets of San Francisco
Uber is bringing a small number of self-driving cars to its ride-hailing service in San Francisco -- a move likely to excite the city's tech-savvy population and certain to antagonize California regulators.
- Thinking Beyond the (Autonomous) Vehicle: The Promise of Saved Lives
Developing a shared technology perspective and outcome for AVs should be particularly compelling as it relates to one of the key of promises of automated driving: saved lives.
- 2017 State Of Missoula Building Tomorrow's Missoula: The Entrepreneur Economy, 1/17
- Art Of Diplomacy Conference Returns To University Of Montana, 1/12-13, Missoula
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