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"We need to believe in ourselves and our future but not to believe that life is easy. Life is painful and rain falls on the just. Leaders must help us see failure and frustration not as reason to doubt ourselves but as reason to strengthen resolve... Don't pray for the day when we finally solve our problems. Pray that we have the freedom to continue working on the problems the future will never cease to throw at us." John W. Gardner
Come Home Montana
- Featured "Come Home Montana" Community~ANACONDA
- Montana-Jobs.net Featured Career ~ Technology Advisor
- Montana-Jobs.net Talent - Desired Field: Facilities Manager / Critical Facilities
- Montana Class Reunion page developed. Are you having a reunion?
Just in case you hear of a class that would like a link :-)
- Scientists Say Earth's Center Rotates Faster Than Surface
That extra spin could give scientists information about how the earth generates its magnetic field.
- New two-year college program introduced in Montana
"Too many Montanans are overlooking the economic benefits of two-year education,"
- MSU noted in latest U.S. News magazine ranking
Montana State was among the top 180 universities in the country, according to the magazine.
Montana Economic Development
- Tourist info service signs up Billings hotel as 1st client - Accent Media Productions
The computers, each with an LCD monitor and mouse - no keyboard - are being used by tourists in Billings to find their way to local businesses.
- Former CEO of LigoCyte, Mike McCue, dies from cancer
- Group takes destination club status to "high end" (membership fees of up to $10 million) in Montana. Yellowstone Club
"The demand is there,"
- Centene moves into new building in Great Falls
"We are looking to bring some more people in October," Belew said. "I don't know the exact number yet."
- FireBreak AntiWorm(TM) from Intrinsic Security (Missoula) slows propagation of Zotob worm
"FireBreak AntiWorm is designed from the ground up to combat worms," says company founder Gary W. Longsine. "AntiVirus vendors require time to detect, capture, analyze, and distribute signature files.
- Tourism trends challenge mom and pop shops in Montana. Are we promoting tourism in Montana enough?
"The travel industry is one of the economic pillars Montana depends on for stability as well as growth," Nickerson told the Pilot that while tourism in Montana is not declining, it's simply not growing as fast as it is in the neighboring states of Idaho, Wyoming, Colorado, North Dakota and South Dakota. One reason could be insufficient promotion by the state tourism bureau.
- Young business started in Belgrade - Cuppa Jo, On The Go, Inc.
When asked how people respond to her being a business owner she said, "I think it surprises people when I tell them I own this place, but to me it's been a long time coming. I knew I'd always be my own boss.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- The Last Best Place? Entrepreneur's Bid to Trademark Slogan Angers Montanans
Shock -- together with shoot-that-varmint anger -- is what many Montanans felt when they heard about Lipson's effort to lock up commercial use of a euphonious and wildly popular slogan he did not invent.
Funding and Building your Business
- Suggestions offered to foster high-growth business investment
I would like to suggest that we aren't 'dreaming' big enough.
Regional Economic Development
- How to Make Your Business Plan the Perfect Pitch
Skip the full business plan in favor of an executive summary of less than three pages
- The $50 Million Giveaway - VC's tell what they're looking for
Why not ask dozens of VCs a tantalizing (but often unasked) question: What types of ideas would you fund tomorrow if the right pitch landed on your doorstep? After a few weeks of trolling Sand Hill Road and beyond, we got 11 leading venture firms to spill their most promising business ideas -- and to pony up $50 million in funding to the entrepreneurs who can pull them off.
- Are We Living in a 'Branding Bubble'? Nine Ways to a Great Brand
Creating a great and sustainable brand requires a different kind of customer focus. Consider these nine navigational aids.
- Intellectual Property 101: Patents, Trademarks, Servicemarks and Copyrights
This article will help you determine which form of protection is right for you.
- You're the Inspiration Know what product or service you want? Chances are, others want it, too.
How can you get the public to open their wallets for something you initially conceived just for you?
- Inside Entrepreneurship: How to protect business idea from others
What I can assure you is that venture funds are not likely to steal your ideas and morph into your main competition. The purpose of a venture fund is to invest in high potential companies like yours, not operate them.
- High-speed Internet critical for rural areas, official says
''We need to make sure every area of the country is as plugged in as anywhere else,'
- Recreation, Tourism, and Rural Well-Being
The findings imply that recreation and tourism development contributes to rural well-being, increasing local employment, wage levels, and income, reducing poverty, and improving education and health.
- Black Hills Vision - N2TEC networks innovators, entrepreneurs, and entrepreneurial communities to develop new technology-based businesses and expand existing businesses in rural regions.
- Renewable fuels join forces - Yuma ethanol plant to burn gas from manure - "Where's the beef?"
Yuma officials view the proposed plant as an economic windfall, producing 40 to 60 jobs at an average annual salary of $35,000 to $40,000 - up to 43 percent higher than prevailing local wages.
- GJXDM National Virtual Help Desk Open for Business
to serve developers in government and industry who are working on implementing the Global Justice XML Data Model
- Utah State Legislature's Web site named nation's best
The Online Democracy Award was created to recognize a state legislative Web site that stands out for making democracy user-friendly, and it seeks to honor the best use of the Web by a state legislature, legislative chamber or partisan legislative caucus.
Washington State Business
- Investors rush to latest venture of wireless entrepreneur Craig McCaw - Clearwire
Clearwire provides wireless broadband Internet access in 16 U.S. cities and dozens of other cities around the world. The technology is an early version of WiMax, which promises to deliver wireless high-speed Internet access.
- Puget Sound regional partnership continues to develop focus on clusters
This region has a long, frustrating history of balking at good ideas in pursuit of perfection. The Prosperity Partnership is ready to charge ahead in a rapidly changing world. Needless delay risks leaving our region behind.
- Venture Capital: Seattle firm, Paladin Partners matches investors with entrepreneurs
"The more angel groups the better,"
Incubators and R&D
- The Path to Sustainable Prosperity: Kern County’s Economic Development Strategy Focuses on Cluster Development
Kern County has for several years been using a “cluster-based economic development” approach in its economic strategy. This approach is grounded in decades of experience and is currently being implemented in hundreds of communities throughout the world.
- SBIR/STTR Training Opportunities in Montana September and October 2005
Are you Looking for Funds in All the Right Places? and Licensing Your Innovation: Developing the Knowledge and Skills to Net the Best Deal
- Purdue Promotes In-State Technology Transfers with frequent road shows to encourage startups - Universities all over the world are working toward commercializing more of their research.
Purdue University staffers are stopping in cities around the state to try to persuade entrepreneurs and financiers to create companies that would use technology developed by the university's labs.
- A Techie, Absolutely, and More
"If you have only technical knowledge, you are vulnerable,"
- "How to Deliver Bad News" and other CIO.com podcasts by John Baldoni
It's never easy. Here's some advice to make it less painful.
- 'Digital dirt' affecting job hunters - Google changes the way employers research candidates
Most job hunters never even know when they've lost out on an interview because of "digital dirt."
- Missouri Launches Online "Check a Charity" to Better Inform Charitable Givers
"Donors should be confident that their charitable dollars are being used wisely and in the most efficient manner,"
- Fuel Cell Developer Claims Methanol Advance - available next year for commercial mobile applications.
UltraCell said its portable power system achieves the power density of a hydrogen fuel cell while using cheap methanol fuel. The unit weighs 40 ounces, the company said.
- California energy strategy laid out - State trying to fight global warming, greenhouse gases
The plan, approved by the California Public Utilities Commission, represents the state's latest attempt to balance economic growth with increasingly urgent environmental concerns.
Connectivity & Communications
- Driving Green, Explosion-Free
Unlike the competition's, its batteries don't blow up.
- Coeur d'Alene Building Reservation-wide Wi-Fi
Spokane, Wash.-based Vivato was chosen to build the network, which will provide access to all 345,000 acres of the Coeur d'Alene Reservation. The reservation includes valleys, Palouse farm country, and the western edge of the Rocky Mountains. Vivato was chosen, in large part, because of its ability to deal with the challenges of the terrain.
- The Complicated Life of a Rural Telco
simplifying customers' lives begins with offering them a single bill for what can be a complex set of services.
- Why Did The Moose Cross The Road?
Vermont and Maine both have struggled with the deadly combination of increased traffic and a growing moose population. Moose pose a particular problem because they are slow, large and so tall that headlights often go under their legs, so their eyes don't reflect light at night the same way that deer do.
- Smart Growth and the Internet - Rethinking Cities: Telecommunication & Transportation
We are beginning to change the lens in our camera and see the need for a new and vastly different vision of our future and the role of cities.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- What makes a Great Leader?
- Which Type of Leader are You?
There are three types of brilliant bosses. No doubt, you're one of them. Find out which.
- North Pole sea ice may melt by 2040, researchers find
"If we lose the sea ice in the summer, there will be strong downstream effects,"
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