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"Entrepreneurs — not government programs — create businesses, jobs and growth for a city." Quicken Loans Chairman Dan Gilbert
Well deserved congratulations to Bill Payne. Montana is lucky to have him contributing to the future of our state. "William H. Payne (Frontier Angels in Whitefish, MT) Honored as 2009 Hans Severiens Award Recipient" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- If you missed this one, you need to plan on attending next year. Any other Montana communities interested in having a Bar Camp? " Missoula BarCamp 2009 a great success" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html ---- any suggestions?: "GearPods Corporation (Polson, MT) is looking for go-to-market manufacturing partners" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
Montana World Trade Center
- UNLV becomes partner with National Scientific User Facility
"The INL http://www.inl.gov strongly believes in establishing partnerships with existing facilities to optimize the quality of research sponsored by the NSUF. UNLV microscopy facilities will become an integral part of the NSUF capability," he said.
2009 Montana Legislature
- University of Montana Irish Studies Program Receives $120,000 from Emerald Isle
Traolach “Terry” O’Riordain, a UM Irish Studies faculty member, said the Irish government has an initiative to build stronger relationships in trade and commerce between Ireland and the Irish community in the United States.
- School funding should be top priority in Montana but stimulus money should not be used.
This isn’t what the stimulus money should be used for.
Come Home Montana
- The Montana Ambassador Spring Newsletter
Read a message from President Bill Johnston and learn of news, updates and events involving Montana Ambassadors.
Come Home Wyoming
- Doctors Needed in Central Montana
A national shortage of doctors is hitting rural areas the hardest. That is certainly the case here in Central Montana, as bringing physicians to the region is no easy task.
- Montana Career Opportunity - VISTA - City Club Missoula
This position holds a multitude of opportunities including intimate community involvement, marketing experience, web site maintenance and training, grant writing experience, project management, and youth development.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Wyoming attracting jobseekers during recession
Wyoming has had the nation's lowest unemployment rate for four months running.
- Some lose a job and become an entrepreneur
One in four workers who have not found jobs is considering launching a business.
Montana Economic Development
- GearPods Corporation (Polson, MT) is looking for go-to-market manufacturing partners
Immediate opportunities exist for tooling and production for both plastic injection molding and metal fabrication.
- Montana SBA-April 2009 Newsletter
And don’t forget...our Annual Small Business Week Awards Banquet is coming up on June 5th being held in Missoula at the Hilton Garden Inn.
- Billings, Montana company, Formula Fusing joins in developing a better way to deliver water
During a demonstration last week, company reps refrained from using the word "green." But the three-pronged approach certainly suggests several environmental advantages.
- Sonju Industries sees more than F-22
Sonju Industrial makes components for several industries, including defense, aerospace and medicine, a diversity he says will help maintain staffing even if he loses the F-22 contract.
- Glacier National Park plans year of centennial events in 2010
Kassandra Hardy, the park's centennial coordinator, said there will be at least 100 events and programs starting this August and continuing through fall 2010.
- LightNex Communications Announces 20 Megabit Internet Available in Bozeman
“LightNex's new 20 megabit package is simply the fastest available in Bozeman. It blows cable and DSL Internet service out of the water,” said Brock Williams, President of LightNex Communications.
- Missoula BarCamp 2009 a great success
The community clearly wants another BarCamp next year. The best way to make sure that happens is to keep building the community. Here are some ways you can contribute
- NorthWestern Energy Reminds Customers of Programs and Services for Earth Day
“Every day is Earth Day and NorthWestern Energy’s Efficiency Plus, or E+ Programs, provide many opportunities for our customers who are looking to take action.”
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Commerce Community Development Block Grant Program Awards $20,000 to Butte-Silver Bow for Rocket Testing Facility
"We have an exciting aerospace industry developing here in Montana," said Governor Brian Schweitzer. "The AeroTec project will open many doors for Butte and create valuable partnerships with industry leaders. This project will help take Montana's aerospace industry to the next level."
- April 2009 EYE on Business-Montana Chamber Newsletter
As you can see, the Montana Chamber team is hard at work for Montana. We’re never too busy, however, to hear from you, on how we can help you prosper in these challenging times.
- Bozeman, Montana's Prospera Business Network to channel $500K in USDA loans
The Bozeman-based nonprofit organization was one of 20 organization across the country selected to receive a total of $12.7 million in loans, according to a statement from Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack’s office.
- Missoula Business Forum - Positioning Missoula For Future Economic Success, 4/28, Missoula
The forum will include a presentation by Dr. Larry Swanson of The Center for the Rocky Mountain West on recent growth and change in the Missoula area economy, examining this growth in relation to other similar size cities in the western United States, and describing key trends and propositions that will heavily shape and determine future growth and prosperity in the area.
- The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce helps Flathead group of 100 get a peek into diverse country of China
China is indeed a land of contrasts and diversity, a land that cannot adequately be captured in words. It is a land that must be experienced, perhaps many times over, to be grasped.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- Detroit's Bizdom U course builds entrepreneurs
"Entrepreneurs — not government programs — create businesses, jobs and growth for a city."
- Energy Efficiency and Conservation block grants funds available to states and cities
Over $2.7 billion in formula grants are now available to U.S. states, territories, local governments and Indian tribes under the Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant (EECBG) Program .
- Speakers tout Native economic strength
“The key to sustainable economic development in Indian Country lies in how Native nations govern themselves,” said Begay, who is also co-director of the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development. “Self-determination is the only policy that ever worked.”
Funding and Building your Business
- William H. Payne (Frontier Angels in Whitefish, MT) Honored as 2009 Hans Severiens Award Recipient
"Bill Payne is a huge believer in the angel group movement. He combines an exceptional level of practical knowledge and a keen interest in helping and teaching people with such an amazing spirit and energy," says Marianne Hudson, executive director of ACA. "He is so generous with his time and expertise and has helped angel groups all over the country get started and grow. He is the definition of this award."
Montana Education Excellence
- Washington state sees uptick in venture capital amid dismal first quarter nationally
Venture-capital investment nationwide plunged to its lowest levels since 1997, reaching just $3 billion in the first quarter of 2009, a little more than half of what was invested in the last quarter of 2008.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Montana State University Billings College of Technology to offer degree in business admin
Students completing the degree can transfer to MSU Billings College of Business for the last two years of a bachelor's degree in business.
- The new ice age: investing in a competitive, educated workforce
As Montana employers struggle to find workers qualified to meet specific labor demands and replace retiring baby boomers, it becomes clear that investing in a competitive, educated workforce is of critical importance.
- Montana State University-Billings College of Technology, 40 Years, Meeting the Labor Challenge
Celebrating its 40th anniversary this week, COT, part of Montana State University-Billings, has long been an important factor in helping prepare Montanans for the future, while at the same time bolstering the strength of local business by providing a well-trained work force.
University Business Plan Competitions
- Student Assistance Foundation Awards $56,000 in Circle of Succe$$ Grants to Montana Students
“It’s our privilege to provide these grants to students to help them on their path to achieving their dreams of a college education. This program gives SAF employees an opportunity to truly live our company’s mission and to really make a difference for the Montana students and families we serve.”
- Boise State entrepreneurs have got a deal for you!
Budding Boise State entrepreneurs pitch their ideas in competition.
- 20th Annual John Ruffatto Business Plan Competition, 5/14, University of Montana
The mission of the Montana Business Plan Competition is threefold: to provide a positive educational experience in which students receive feedback and advice from experienced business professionals, to foster economic growth through the creation of new businesses in Montana, and to provide a forum for students to interact with the community.
- Idaho's jobless fund is going broke
A law designed to ease unemployment taxes backfired on the very businesses it was meant to help.
- Developmentally disabled service providers say in lawsuit that state cuts will shut them down
A group of 16 companies that provide services to the developmentally disabled filed a lawsuit this month that says state budget cuts could put them out of business and force hundreds of vulnerable people into state institutions in violation of state and federal law.
- Eagle, Idaho company that made Pleo, the robot dinosaur, is now extinct
Ugobe ("you go be") moved to the Treasure Valley from Emeryville, Calif., earlier this year. Its chief executive officer, Caleb Chung, attracted nationwide publicity for his baby dinosaur toy, which had the characteristics of a household pet.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Federal Formula Skews against Rural Schools
Under current guidelines, rural school districts like Dillon are at a disadvantage.
- American Prairie Foundation April Newsletter
We hope spring is coming to you wherever you are and that news of this project, which you so generously support, will bring some satisfaction and joy to your month.
Connectivity & Communications
- Bicyclists are changing our streets and cities
I see how learning to ride my bike in the city has changed my life.
Energy and Climate Change
- How To Choose Greener Data-Center Gear
This chapter from the upcoming book, Grow A Greener Data Center outlines server energy efficiency standards and metrics and discusses how to reduce hardware power consumption.
- More than 140 characters from Biz Stone of Twitter
MediaNews caught up with Twitter co-founder Biz Stone to talk about Twitter's exploding appeal and whether the money-losing company has plans to cash in. Following is an edited transcript.
- Audit Report: Rural Utilities Service Broadband Loan and Loan Guarantee Program
The program isn't working where and how it should.
- How to Suck People into Twitter
Check it out if you’ve ever needed help convince people to join Twitter.
- E.P.A. to Clear the Way for Regulation of Warming Gases
A new process that for the first time in the United States will regulate the gases blamed for global warming.
- Pond scum produces diesel
Chemist says process is cheap, portable and uses biowaste
- Cold Fusion Is Hot Again - A New Edison?
Scientist Michael McKubre says Thomas Edison is his role model.
- Nation's first chief technology officer is chosen to modernize government
"Aneesh will promote technological innovation to help achieve our most urgent priorities — from creating jobs and reducing health-care costs to keeping our nation secure," Obama said in the address.
- Colorado Seeking Ideas for Shared Services From Private Sector
The Colorado Office of Information Technology (OIT) issued a request for information (RFI) April 13 that seeks to obtain ideas, methodologies and approaches from the private sector for incorporating the concepts of shared/common services into the state's IT consolidation program.
- Bozeman, Montana based nonprofit, Reach Out and Care Wheels gets kids moving
Since 2003, ROC Wheels has distributed thousands of chairs to kids in 36 countries. And on Monday, Babcock watched as 650 more wheelchairs got packed up and shipped off to disabled Iraqi children.
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