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"You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you." -- Basketball Hall of Fame coach John Wooden
Thanks to the Graduate Business Students at the University of Montana for holding the fundraiser for the Warren Miller Freedom Foundation http://www.warrenmiller.org/ last night. Excellent turnout for a great program. Are your children taking advantage of this entrepreneurial bootcamp? It's their future.
Montana World Trade Center
Come Home Montana
- MWTC Newsletter - March 25, 2009
Quick Facts of the Jobs Bill “The American Recover and Reinvestment Act”
- Montana Career Opportunity - City Manager City Manager - Polson, Montana
Polson is located on the Flathead Indian Reservation in a natural amphitheater at the south end of Flathead Lake. This charming lakeside community is the trading center for one of Montana’s most fertile farming areas. In a prime cherry growing region and home to numerous cherry orchards, Polson celebrates with an annual Cherry Festival.
- Princeton Center for Leadership Training - Does Your School Have Peer Training?
Developing leadership, building partnerships...from the inside out.
Montana Economic Development
- 2009 Made in Montana Marketplace Opens Friday- March 27
This annual two-day trade show connects buyers looking for Montana products, with the people who produce them.
- Missoula business recognized for success - Paradise Dental Technologies
PDT is the second largest manufacturer of dental hygiene instruments in North America.
- Full metal ale: One-of-a-kind machine keeps the flavor in the cans for Big Sky Brewing
Big Sky currently is canning its flagship Moose Drool, a brown ale, as well as Trout Slayer, but Nabozney said there is a lot of excitement about seeing the brewery's other beers in cans soon.
Regional Economic Development
- Business leaders push Great Falls, Montana's location, financing as key assets
"Great Falls is the most stable city in Montana," said Lou Erck, whose company, Erck Hotels, opened the Hilton Garden Inn in December. "It's the most profitable market we are in right now."
- Rural Community Skills-Building Conference, 5/12-13, Bozeman, Montana
"We'll provide the tools and skills that individuals can take back to help their community grow and thrive."
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- 10 Ideas Changing the World Right Now
The global economy is being remade before our eyes. Here's what's on the horizon
- Rich States, Poor States ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index
The second edition of Rich States, Poor States is a valuable resource to those charged with understanding fiscal policy and enacting change. In times of change, it is essential to understand the perspectives from which other states are making decisions, especially as policy-makers determine the best path forward for their respective states.
- Municipal Broadband Efforts Succeed Despite Wi-Fi Meltdown
Broadband Internet connectivity helps cities diversify economies and boost efficiency.
- Tribes Build Portal to Tap Stimulus Funds
A new online resource explains how the stimulus funds will be dispersed to Indian County: which projects are eligible and how tribal governments can apply.
Funding and Building your Business
- POSTPONED - Great Falls Development Authority to Host Starting Angel Organizations - Montana Angel Initiative Comes to Great Falls April 8th
“Montana is ripe for this initiative” says Evan Barrett, Chief Development officer for the State. “We have more and more high net worth individuals willing to invest locally and we are seeing an ever increasing growth in entrepreneurial activity in bio science, energy and information technology.”
Montana Education Excellence
- INROADS March DBE Newsletter - Paving the Way for Montana's Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
"We believe a lot of money in the stimulus package will be funneled through the state procurement system, so we want to make sure small business is positioned to compete for those contracts."
- Getting Brand Communities Right
Embrace conflict, resist the urge to control, forget opinion leaders—and build your brand.
- Starting Up: Economy is rough, but you can still succeed
"You can observe a lot just by watching."
- Advice: Focus, don't reduce, advertising
Companies that maintained or increased their advertising during the 1982 recession averaged significantly higher sales growth, both during the recession and in the following three years, according to a study by McGraw-Hill.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- MSU Girls’ (grades 6, 7 And 8) Science And Math Program, 4/25, Bozeman
Montana State University's "Expanding Your Horizons," a day-long program to be held on Saturday, April 25, that is designed to motivate girls in grades 6, 7 and 8 to pursue careers in math and science.
- Low pay could trip up search for MSU president
Gamble and George Dennison, University of Montana president, are still the lowest paid presidents of universities awarding doctoral degrees in the country, according to the Montana University System’s personnel expert.
- Engaging high-school dropouts in Montana by enrolling them in college
“This is another avenue for students who fell through the cracks or are gifted and got bored.”
- Montana College Program that Aids Soldiers' Families Featured on 'NBC Nightly News'
UM President George Dennison said, "Grateful Nation offers an important service for the children of Americans who have made the greatest sacrifice for their country. We view it as a privilege for the University to participate in this effort. I can think of nothing more appropriate than a guarantee of education for the children of fallen heroes."
- University of Montana West (COT) Offers Summer Head Start for Culinary Degrees
The two classes – Intro to the Food Service Industry and Food Service Sanitation – are part of the curriculum for both the four-semester Food Service Management Associate of Applied Science degree and the two-semester Culinary Arts Certificate. It is recommended that the courses be taken together.
- Flat screens among high-tech tools adopted by Senior High in Billings, Montana
"We're disseminating student information the way they best receive it."
- Rocky Mountain Laboratories biologist, Patti Rosa national mentor of the year
“She is an amazingly competent scientist with an exceptionally critical and analytic mind,” Marshall Bloom said. “And her talents and earnestness are equally applied when she mentors the people that work for her and the many others who come to her for informal advice.”
- Ravalli County afterschool program facing funding cuts. "Keystone to Discovery"
“I think it’s important for the kids to feel like they’re contributing to the sustainability of this program; they’re an important part of this.”
- New way to heat. "Fuels for Schools and Beyond" starts facility in Deer Lodge, Montana - expected to save the district $45,000 annually
Officials unveiled a "Fuels for Schools and Beyond" wood biomass heating system Thursday at the Central Park Center in Deer Lodge.
- Flathead Valley Community College honors Plum Creek for school support
“Any time we have a business and industry partnership to better serve the community, it's a big event in the Flathead,” said Jane Karas, FVCC president. “We really appreciate the support we do get, and Plum Creek has been a good partner over the years.”
- Montana Tech gets hefty gift to create The REC Silicon Engineering Scholarship
The endowment will be used to create the REC Silicon Engineering Scholarship and supports Montana Tech's comprehensive campaign, Strengthening Foudations...Ensuring the Future, a seven-year campaign to raise funds for students, programs, faculty and capital projects at the school.
- Montana Agriculture Department Seeking Summer Interns
The Montana Department of Agriculture is offering paid internships in several programs this summer for college students.
- University of Montana business internships decline with job losses
ccording to a March 24 article in BusinessWeek magazine, employers have cut internship offerings by 21 percent, and many businesses connected to The University of Montana have done the same.
- 2009 Better Business Bureau Torch Awards Winners. Congratulations to Montana's Merlin Information Systems
For the fourth year in a row, the Better Business Bureau held an evening ceremony to present regional business winners the coveted "eagle," 2009 Torch Award for Marketplace Ethics.
- New Mapguide Offers Insider's Look at Greater Yellowstone Region
“The MapGuide showcases what makes the Greater Yellowstone Region distinct from any other place on Earth, and underscores the importance of conserving its tremendous scenic and historical assets for future generations,” said James Dion, associate director of National Geographic’s Center for Sustainable Destinations.
- Manufacturing and Logistics 2009 Report Card
The 2009 Manufacturing and Logistics Report Card grades states in six areas of the economy that underlie the success of manufacturing and logistics in each state.
Utah Economic Development
- Idaho teacher sells advertising space on tests
Good morning, class, and welcome to U.S. history, brought to you by Molto Caldo Pizzeria.
- Clearwater Analytics® of Boise, Idaho Unveils Best Practices for Developing and Implementing an Automated World-Class Investment Reporting Strategy
Roadmap Identifies Eight Steps Organizations Can Take to Proactively Monitor Risk and Performance in Uncertain Times
- Idaho Commerce department releases promotional film. “Idaho… Business is Easy Here”
The video also includes a few computer generated potato characters to provide a little comic relief.
Alberta Business and Economic Development
- VIDEO: Jason Perry, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development
Utah Pulse speaks with Jason Perry, Executive Director of the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
- Alberta to unveil nuclear power blueprint
Beginning next month the government is planning polls, focus groups and an online questionnaire. After hearing from Albertans, the government says it will make a decision on whether to welcome nuclear energy to the province, or not, by the end of the year.
- Teacher training: what's the best way?
Some policymakers say the focus needs to be on improving traditional education schools, while others are advocates of so-called alternative models, which can speed up entry into the profession.
- The approach of Teach for America
It recruits top-flight candidates from universities and consists of an intense five weeks of training. Afterward, graduates commit to teaching two years in urban classrooms.
Connectivity & Communications
- Professional Bull Rider entertainer, Flint Rasmussen asks fans to help Choteau, Montana hospital. Teton Medical Center
Rasmussen asks for help saving the center that saved him
Energy and Climate Change
- A primer on Twitter
‘RT’ and ‘@’ and ‘#’ – oh my! Before you tweet, learn the new slang that surrounds microblogging.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Goodnight Computer - How to save money by logging off. PCs left on at night cost companies $2.8B a year
There's so much more you can accomplish when your employees have the mindset that their individual actions really are tied in to the state's overall energy use."
- “How to Build a Dinosaur: Extinction doesn’t have to be Forever.” by Jack Horner
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin have already created chicken with teeth.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Montana's Senator Max Baucus is Mr. Health Care
Sen. Baucus has been surprising almost everyone, most notably by the zeal with which he is tackling what could be the toughest challenge of all: overhauling the health-care system to provide coverage for the more than 45 million Americans who lack it and to bring soaring costs under control.
- In case of emergency break glass - Missoula’s vibrant arts community could hold the key to an economic turnaround
A wave of new business models, bold expansions and brave programs has artists and arts organizations rallying around the belief that they may hold the key to an economic turnaround.
- New Missoula whitewater park may be in the works
“Granted, this would be great for paddlers, but the point is to show how it is a good thing for Missoula, too.”
- Newberg, Oregon man dreams, then creates hydrogen power
The first time, the flames from the lawn mower were large enough to alarm the neighbors.
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