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Globalization Partners International
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- If your company is trying to sell to other counties, do you know i18n and L10n?
Localization is the process of adapting internationalized software for a specific region or language by adding locale-specific components and translating text.
- 4 countries clear hurdle for non-Latin Web names
ICANN has received applications from 16 countries in eight languages since mid-November.
- Program to improve graduation rates launched in Missoula today. "Graduation Matters Missoula"
"Goal No. 1 is that all students will graduate," Apostle said. "That is a huge goal. A constancy of purpose will ensure this happens."
- Graduation Matters Missoula - Superintendent Apostle's audacious plan aims to curb dropouts
"My feeling is that America's students can and will and must compete against students from anywhere," says Apostle in full Knute Rockne mode. "Not only compete, but win. That's the type of system we're trying to create here in the city of Missoula."
Idaho National Laboratory
- SBA Lending Increases Sharply For 1st Quarter of FY10 - More loans and dollars are going to small businesses in Montana compared to last year’s numbers
"With additional access to capital, small businesses have the ability to create and retain jobs, make investments, and take other steps that stimulate growth and improve the local and national economy," said Montana District Director, Michelle Johnston.
- Commerce Department Taking Up Need to Commercialize More Federal R&D
His first priority will be focused on how to commercialize more of the federal research conducted within universities.
- "A" Is The Way - Workshop Event With Geoff Smart, CEO Of GhSMART, 3/19, Billings, Montana
Learn practical tools that every manager must have to create a team of 100% "A" players!
Highway 12 Ventures
- What's in Your Food Stash at Work?
You can track the progress of a start up by their lunch menu.
- The Golf Course Interview
Can you envision a better interview environment?
Come Home Montana
- Big Company Blues? It’s A Great Time To Make The Jump to A Start-Up
Good ideas and capital are commodities that are relatively easy to find. What’s really rare are exceptional people.
Warren Miller Freedom Foundation
- Montana Career Opportunity - Chief Operations Officer (COO) - The Biomimicry Group
The Biomimicry Group, headquartered in the Rocky Mountains in the city of Missoula, Montana, seeks an experienced professional who, as Chief Operations Officer, can optimize the internal operations of our growing and evolving group of companies.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Warren Miller's World: Inch of Water in our Montana home.
A kitchen pipe had broken and the water had been flooding and freezing in our winter home in Montana for many hours. Water was deep in our living room, dining room and kitchen on the main floor and the ceilings and walls in the lower floor were falling down and water was everywhere.
- 2010 State of Entrepreneurship Address
Schramm also unveiled a new survey of entrepreneurs, commissioned by the Kauffman Foundation and conducted by Douglas Schoen, LLC that shows entrepreneurs are optimistic about their companies but are struggling to expand and create jobs in the current economy.
- The “One Thing” Approach to Leadership Development
I think Curly may have been on to something in regards to how we approach our development as leaders.
Montana Economic Development
- Marijuana Business, Zoo Mountain Natural Care, Joins Missoula Chamber of Commerce
"Don't make a big deal out of it," he says. "They're a legitimate business...They want to be very out in the open. They want to do everything per the law."
- West Paw Design in Bozeman, Montana doubling its size in ‘green’ expansion
“People continue to spend money on their pets even in down times.”
- Missoula says it doesn't deserve listing among nation's "worst" cities for job losses
While the picture isn't rosy and there's more sussing out to be done, Mayor Engen said he doesn't want Missoula painted close to "the worst" if it isn't so: "It's important for us to make sure that if folks are portraying something as fact, that it's factual. And in this case, it doesn't appear that it's factual."
Regional Economic Development
- Montana Film Office Hits Main Street for the 2010 Sundance Film Festival
The Montana Film Office is partnering with the Bozeman Convention and Visitors Bureau and Moving Pictures Magazine to co-host the Moving Pictures Media Lounge at the Sundance Film Festival.
- Session set to create a brand for Great Falls
The competition to attract new businesses, investment and new residents is increasing, and the Great Falls Development Authority is committed to leading the effort to make the community more competitive in that arena.
- Missoula Job Service, Housing Authority team up to help people toward economic independence
The idea of pairing up the two services first arose last year. "We'll help families overcome barriers to move them into wage-earning positions. We get to do something creative and provide services for our clients."
- Barrett Productions of Missoula leads group to study airfare disparity for Montana travelers
Barrett is seeking state support - $25,000 from the Montana Department of Commerce - to study the cost of airfare in and out of Montana as compared to other states. The outcome of such a study, he said, would likely create a better travel environment for all Montana businesses that must frequently fly their employees.
- EDA Offers $37 Million for Trade Adjusted Communities
Funds are available for communities that have experienced, or are threatened by, job loss resulting from international trade impacts.
- U.S. Venture Partners Co-Hosting Agriculture 2.0 Conference, 3/24, Palo Alto, CA
The problem of sustainably feeding the planet is at the intersection of Cleantech, Health Care and Information Technology. Please join me in learning more about this opportunity on March 24th. Paul Matteucci U.S. Venture Partners
Funding and Building your Business
- Do you have a job opening or are you looking for a job?
MATR is happy to post job openings and resumes for management and technical positions in the areas covered by the Roundtable.
- Stay Put and Start the Revolution
The most unorthodox step for a young American may be remaining in his or her hometown, working there and building on traditional ties.
Montana Education Excellence
- Hunting vs. Harvesting: Which Method Describes Your Customer Acquisition Strategy?
Imagine you are out on a camping trip. You didn’t pack any food with you and you’re hungry. You’ve got two choices
- Venture Capitalists' Increased Investments Will Have Some Industries Feeling Left Out
In particular, companies in areas such as networking equipment, telecommunications, semiconductors and alternative fuels may be fresh out of luck, venture capitalists said.
- How a pizza joint became a management mecca
Its two restaurants in the northwest suburbs of Chicago have attracted visitors from far and wide who have heard about Sarillo's approach to management and the effect it has had on employees. The numbers tell the tale.
- How to Value Your Startup … and Why Pigs Fail to Fly
Be realistic about the present and the potential value of your startup. Appreciate the angel’s perspective. Do the math. Successful negotiations may depend on it.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Smaller Montana schools serve as hubs of their communities - the “Butte effect.”
When tiny Montana towns lose their small community schools to consolidation, the result is often what Renee Boisseau calls the “Butte effect.”
- Requirements keep Montana from applying for first round of federal education funds
"It's really pushing an urban agenda onto our rural states."
- University of Montana College of Technology Offers Windows Server 2008 Training For IT Professionals
Within a year, students can complete the three classes required for the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist credential.
- Montana schools hope to save green by going green
Hundreds of school representatives were in Helena Wednesday for the 2010 Energy Summit: Repowering Montana Schools, where energy efficiency experts from the region came armed with information and strategies.
- 'Chicks In Science', 2/13, Montana State University Billings
'Chicks in Science' event aims to crack stereotypes on science/technology careers for girls
- New Education Trust Report on Student Progress, Achievement Gap Highlights Montana's Gains
"This analysis shows that Montana is making progress in closing the achievement gap among students, but our job is not done until all children are equipped with the skills and knowledge they need to compete in the 21st century." Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau
- Montana State University News Service: College recruitment and career fair visits state's tribal colleges
Although the fairs are geared to college students and high school students, they are open to anyone interested in pursuing post-secondary education and career research. Parents are encouraged to attend as well.
- Montana Association of Realtors awards grant to Montana high school program to expand history competition
History Day is a yearlong program to challenge middle and high school students to improve their analytical, research and communication skills.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- PNNL recognized for tech transfer - Lab earns 2 Federal Laboratory Consortium awards
The Federal Laboratory Consortium has announced that PNNL won two awards in 2010 for Excellence in Technology Transfer. The consortium is a nationwide network that encourages federal laboratories to transfer lab-developed technologies to commercial markets.
- Investors may finally be close to angel tax credit legislation
We don't want these young companies to leave because they can't find capital."
- Business leaders launch Idaho Technology Council
“Idaho has certain core competencies when it comes to technology: information technology, energy and agriscience. Our objective is to be able to look at those technology platforms and figure out how we can grow those core competencies and make them stronger.”
Oregon Economic Development
- Despite Praise, Portland Has Room for Improvement
Because Portlanders are happy with their city, why change?
- Request for Proposal—State of Entrepreneurship in Portland, Oregon
The project is intended to inform and energize the conversation about entrepreneurship in Portland and detail how the City, through its economic development efforts, can better support entrepreneurial development and activity.
- School districts could also be eligible to win a share of the federal education grants if the race continues next year.
The $4.35 billion race, authorized by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, rewards states that improve student achievement.
- Big Investment in Ethics Education at the U Eccles business school awarded $1.25 million as part of four state ethics initiative
Through the grant, the David Eccles School of Business becomes part of a new initiative involving eight universities across four states that will collaborate on developing programs designed to instill a high standard of ethics in business school students.
- “A New Beginning for American Education” - New film offers powerful argument for merging early ed and elementary school
“Whatever Azure decides to do down the road I already know he is going to be a success because he believes it. There is no ‘I can’t do.’ He is always saying ‘I can do that. I can do that mom.’ “ said Cynthia Holloway, whose son Azure attends South Shore.
- Foreign Languages Fade in Class — Except Chinese
“It’s really changing the language education landscape of this country.”
Energy and Climate Change
- Montana Governor Schweitzer Announces Another $18 Million in Savings
“This is a major cost savings for the taxpayers of Montana,” said Governor Schweitzer. “Just like any small business we have to make tough choices about when to update our computer systems. Now is not the time. We will continue to be accountable for every dollar.”
- Solar Shingles See the Light of Day
The solar shingles will cost 30 to 40 percent less than other solar-embedded building materials and 10 percent less than the combined costs of conventional roofing materials and rack-mounted solar panels, according to company officials.
- Six States to Develop Comprehensive Action Plans to Improve Energy Efficiency of Existing Buildings
These measures will be used to help states design larger-scale building retrofit programs that lead to lower energy use, the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and the creation of new jobs.
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