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"Running a country is a lot like running a cemetery; you've got a lot of people under you and nobody's listening." President Bill Clinton
Congratulations to the team at Nittany Grantworks - Could your community or organization benefit from their expertise? "Montana Grant Development Firm, Nittany Grantworks, Surpasses $9.2 Million Raised for Communities" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- Does your company qualify for assistance from DBE Supportive Services ? "INROADS Newsletter - Paving the Way for Montana’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Public Invited to Help Design Montana's Energy Future" http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Idaho National Laboratory
- Washington Chooses Data Center Over The Cloud
In weighing their options, business people, IT managers, and government technologists will have to test the commonly held assumption that cloud computing is cheaper. McKinsey & Co. did so and came to the controversial conclusion that cloud computing is twice as expensive as do-it-yourself data centers for wholesale data center operations.
Montana World Trade Center
- Idaho National Laboratory sponsoring energy workshop for Idaho K-12 teachers
“The United States wants to maintain its edge in this area and there’s no better way to do that than to provide more hands-on training for our teachers,” Luna said. “The state Department of Education is committed to doing that by helping sponsor programs like this one."
- Center for Advanced Energy Studies awards $10,000 in scholarships
The Center for Advanced Energy Studies today awarded $10,000 in scholarships to university students who interned at Idaho National Laboratory this summer.
- Montana World Trade Center July 29 Newsletter
U.S. – Africa Business Summit: Did you know?
Highway 12 Ventures
- Video conferencing prompts Silicon Valley companies to cut travel plans
New systems are so reliable that companies have no hesitation to use them to conduct sensitive contract talks and other high-level meetings.
- “Opting In” To Advertising
This is the holy grail of local advertising: Advertisers able to reach people when they’re in buying mode.
Missoula Children's Theatre
- The Boomtown Institute - Going Strong After 25 Years - The Center for Innovation at the University of North Dakota
Congratulations to everyone at the Center for Innovation at UND, and Thank You for all you do!
- Missoula Children's Theater Summer 2009 Newsletter
From San Diego, California, to Sigonella, Italy, MCT is in the Navy now, visiting more than 20 installations during Summer 2009.
- Shining on stage: Intense Missoula Children's Theater school finishes first summer session
“They've been working their little heads off,” said Jim Caron, founder of the Missoula Children's Theater, the parent organization of Next Step Prep. “To see the change in some of these kids in terms of their skills ... ” Caron trails off. There are no words to describe it.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Let There Be Wifi - Modwest brings WiFi to Caras Park in Downtown Missoula
Since we're so close and sitting on a boatload of bandwidth, we thought it'd be good to share with the community, and so this summer, we deployed outdoor wireless devices which give pretty decent coverage throughout the park.
- Flynn's Harp: Kauffman's focus on inspiring young entrepreneurs
With economic trauma still besetting the country, it might seem like the most challenging of times for the goals of Global Entrepreneurship Week. But Carl Schramm, CEO and president of the Kansas City-based and entrepreneur-focused Kauffman Foundation, would argue that it may actually the best of times.
- Inspect What You Expect
One of the biggest myths about management is the fantasy that if you tell your employees to do something they will do it.
Montana Economic Development
- Hurry!!! Get Registered Now for Montana SBA's Women In Business Conference 8/27-28, West Yellowstone, Montana
As a women business owner or leader you won’t want to miss this great opportunity provided by the Helena SCORE Chapter and the Montana Small Business Administration.
- Montana Grant Development Firm, Nittany Grantworks, Surpasses $9.2 Million Raised for Communities
Nittany Grantworks specializes in providing project development, grant writing, and grant administration services to units of government such as cities, boroughs, townships, counties, water and wastewater districts, Native American tribes, and states.
- INROADS Newsletter - Paving the Way for Montana’s Disadvantaged Business Enterprises
Do you know someone who could be a DBE? If they are a small business owned by a minority or a woman and have less than $750,000 in personal net worth and less than $22.41 million in sales averaged over the last 3 years, they may qualify! Tell them to contact Wendy Stewart, DBE Program Manager at 406-444-6337 or email@example.com for an application packet.
- Governor Schweitzer Talks to GM – Gets Commitment to Talks with Stillwater
“We congratulate General Motors for agreeing to reopen their discussions with Stillwater Mine,” said Schweitzer. “I am pleased they have agreed to talk to Stillwater Mine and was encouraged by my conversation with Fritz Henderson.”
- Montana Information Technology Alliance Work Comp Risk Pool Luncheon, 08/13, Missoula
According to the Montana Department of Labor & Industry studies, the IT industry in Montana had 142% higher work comp claims than the national average! This equates to higher work comp rates for Montana IT Companies!
- Montana Chamber of Commerce. Honors Reps. Scott Mendenhall, R-Clancy, and Chuck Hunter, D-Helena as Champions of Business
Three other lawmakers received “honorable mention” from the state chamber: Sens. Dave Lewis, R-Helena, and Terry Murphy, R-Cardwell, and Rep. Mike Miller, R-Helmville.
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Department of Commerce, Special Events Grants Now Available
"Special Events Grants provide important support to one of Montana's leading industries - tourism and recreation. Ten million people visit Montana annually, and these grants help support the local community events that draw these visitors into our towns and to our main street businesses, restaurants and lodging facilities," said Governor Schweitzer.
- MACDEP Happenings/Member News August 2009
As summer begins its August wane, I encourage our Community Development colleagues from Montana and beyond to explore all of the various opportunities to interact with colleagues from across the nation and internationally.
- U. S. Chamber of Commerce Recognizes Montana's Senator Baucus for His Support of Economic Development
“Montana is lucky to have Senator Baucus representing the state and providing leadership on a number of issues,” said Webb Brown, President/CEO of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, “He supports bills that help the private sector create good-paying jobs and allow businesses to thrive.”
- $3.5 Million in Grants Available from the Montana Historic Preservation Competitive Grant Program
According to the Montana Preservation Alliance, Montana is the only state in the country to have allocated federal stimulus funds for historic preservation grants.
- Public Invited to Help Design Montana's Energy Future
Montana lawmakers are asking the public to weigh in on how best to update the state's energy policy.
- Montana Business Incubator Needs Revamping
A lot of issues were covered in the course of this month’s regular meeting of the joint boards for the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (BSEDA) and the Economic Development Council (EDC).
Funding and Building your Business
- SBA Newsline Eight August 2009
Buy Local – Buy Small Business. Today’s RA column talks about the importance of supporting your locally-owned small businesses. This is especially critical given the upcoming holiday season.
- You're Not From Around This Watershed, Are You?
Tim Collins, carrying on a family tradition, suggests that for long-term development, we must organize around our relationships to water and to the other communities, urban and rural, along those same waterways.
Montana Education Excellence
- Building Startup Sales Teams: Tips For Founders
1. Don’t hire sales people too early. In the early days, the founders should be able to sell (and should be selling).
- Defining Workplace Cultural Values
Lots of companies have nice sounding value statements? What does yours say?
- Will Anyone Pay for Anything?
Juxtapose this panel with reports of how media moguls get together and decide that they are going to start charging for content and services. Once they get off their private planes, the moguls will have to tell the young people what to do—how hard could that be?
- How to Design a Flat Organization
When it comes to managing a company big or small, we need organizations to be highly ordered, with a strong and well-defined structure. But what if that’s wrong?
- Montana State University Billings College of Business students fired up over potential of regional training facility
“This was one of the most extensive business cases that I’ve seen,” said Dr. Gary Young, the dean of the College of Business. “I was very impressed.”
- Montana State University Department of Intercollege Programs for Science Education course offers high school teachers a glimpse at the inner workings of solar cells
"The thing I love about it is, now I can talk about what it was like in there," Hodges said. "It gives me something to relate to the kids."
- University of Florida to Create $13.2M 'Innovation Hub' to Bolster Spinout Formation
"Tech transfer is a contact sport," Jane Muir, associate director of the UF OTL, told BTW this week. "It's about people talking to people and building relationships — whether it's an entrepreneur with a scientist or an investor. By creating this hub where all these elements of new company creation come together, it's going to expedite technology commercialization."
- ClickShops finding success a name at a time. Sandpoint, Idaho Web retailer’s formula is about mastering the domain game
The twist is that Sandpoint-based ClickShops doesn’t make anything it sells.
- Qwest's Idaho Falls call center hiring 100 people
Qwest Communications needs to hire 100 people in the customer service and sales positions. The jobs are customer service and sales positions for Qwest’s residential products and services, including broadband, voice and video. Jobs range in pay from $10 to $11 an hour.
- Idaho nuclear power plant developer says he may move outside Elmore Co.
State disputes statements in CEO's announcement
- CTC Telecom Inc. to get money to expand wireless in Idaho counties
CTC Telecom Inc. will use the money to serve Boise, Gem, Adams and northern Washington counties.
Connectivity & Communications
- Can Corporate Funding Save Endangered College Classes?
Could the next step in saving American education be Introduction to Nutrition, Sponsored by McDonald's or PricewaterhouseCoopers' Financial Accounting 101?
- Budget cuts devastate California higher education
When California college students return to campus this fall, they'll find crowded classrooms, less access to faculty members and counselors, fewer campus services and more difficulty getting classes they need to graduate — all while paying higher fees.
- 5 Tips for Raising Your Girl Geek
Being a geek kid isn’t easy; and being a geek girl might even be harder. Here are some things to keep in mind if you are raising a geek girl that might help her–and you–get through the school years.
Energy and Climate Change
- Game On For Net Neutrality
Internet access service providers have an economic interest to discriminate in favor of their own services, content, and applications and against other providers.
The Creative and Cultural Economy
- Plastics that convert light to electricity could have a big impact
The goal is to develop cells made from low-cost plastics that will transform at least 10 percent of the sunlight that they absorb into usable electricity and can be easily manufactured.
- Obama announces $2.4B in stimulus money foster the manufacture of batteries and electric vehicles.
Citing what he called an "innovation agenda." Obama said other programs will "plant the seeds" for jobs and economic recovery, including the development electric batteries for plug-in and hybrid cars.
- Science-Related Film Projects Invited for 2010 Sundance Institute/Alfred P. Sloan Commissioning Grant
The award includes a cash grant of up to $20,000 to provide support during the writing period, a stipend of up to $5,000 for a science advisor, plus creative support during the writing process from a select group of advisors, the possibility of a fellowship to a Sundance screenwriters lab, and strategic and practical support from the Sundance feature film program staff.
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