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Glacier Raft and Outdoor Center
Globalization Partners International
- Glacier National Park, Montana
Glacier – untouched, massive, overwhelming natural beauty everywhere.
University of Montana Tech Transfer
- Glearch stands for "Global + Search"
Glearch selects the top results from Google, Yahoo and bing as well as the most popular search engines for the selected country and returns results.
- University of Montana's Tech Transfer Notes - Inventions and Innovations
Dr. Geoffrey Nicholson, inventor of the Post-It™ note, once said, “Research is the transformation of money into knowledge. Innovation is the transformation of knowledge into money.”
Missoula Public Schools Excellence
- SBA salutes creativity, persistence in Montana
"During Small Business Week, we honor the entrepreneurs, small business owners and advocates who are the engine of our economy," said Crystal Baker, spokeswoman for the U.S. Small Business Administration Montana office. "Their ingenuity and hard work are critical to Montana's prosperity."
- Public Invited To SBA Awards Ceremony Honoring Montana’s Top Small Businesses & Advocates,6/2, Gallatin Gateway, MT
Economic development organizations, community organizations, banks and individuals from throughout Montana nominated outstanding entrepreneurs and small business advocate champions in a variety of categories to compete for these prestigious awards.
Blackfoot Telecommunications Group
- Collaboration moves Missoula County Public Schools ahead. “Graduation Matters Missoula”
We need to continue believing in our community and the great people of Missoula. Stay tuned for better days and an even greater future for all of us. After all, this is Missoula, Montana.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Blackfoot Launches New Home and Business Security Service
“As a local company, we have the ability to hear from our customers and talk about their needs. Through those discussions, we discovered that an affordable and local security solution for our business customers was top of mind,” said Blackfoot Product Marketing Manager Chris Kirschten.
Idaho National Laboratory
- Dorsey eUpdate: New Online Copyright Infringement Law in the UK
Unprecedented New Enforcement Measures Introduced in the United Kingdom to Tackle Online Copyright Infringements and Unauthorised File-Sharing
- DOE Selects Bechtel BWXT Idaho For Small Business Achievement Award
“Small business is an integral part of Idaho, adding diversity, strength, and value to the economy of the state. This is an achievement we are extremely proud to receive.”
- PrintingForLess.com APRIL 2010 Printing Matters - Delegation 101
In this month's newsletter we're featuring a new partnership with Century Payments, providing our final installment of our 3-part series on integrated marketing, and offering tips for taking control of your crazy schedule.
City Club Missoula
- Don’t Take Angel Investments from VCs – a dissenting opinion
Entrepreneurs should always do “due diligence” on potential investors.
MAPS™ : Media Arts in the Public Schools
- "City Club Missoula - Judge Karen Orzech - "Dealing With DUI In Missoula", 5/10, Missoula
Repeat DUI's are a huge issue in Missoula and Montana in general. How do we get a handle on this issue and how are other places in the country finding alternative ways to deal with the DUI problem?
Montana's "Big Sky Blue" Supercomputer
- MAPS (The MAPS Media Institute) Signs A New Client
“We enjoyed reading the news article on how the MAPS program has been successful in teaching students the art of filmmaking. The fact that they are performing well in other core subjects as a result of this program is impressive and encouraging.” Edith Harvey, Director, Improvement Programs, Department of Education.
MSU Leadership Institute
- Montana's Supercomputer (Big Sky Blue) could help in firefighting strategy
“Instead of just historical data, you can predict the future.”
Come Home Montana
- David W. Orr - “Down To The Wire: Local Responses To Climate Destabilization,”, 4/22, Montana State University, Bozeman
Orr is a professor at Oberlin College, dubbed one of the “greenest” campuses in the nation and led the effort to design and build the first substantially green college building in the United States.
Developing Tech Jobs in Rural Communities
- Montana Career Opportunity - General Manager/CEO - iConnect Montana LLC
The General Manager must be able to provide direction and leadership toward the development and achievement of iConnect Montana’s philosophy, mission, strategy, and its goals and objectives. Expertise in the financial, sales & marketing, competitive and technical arenas affecting the data center industry is essential.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Executive Director - International Choral Festival
The applicant should have an appreciation of choral music and a passion and expertise for presenting cultural events to the public.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Field Engineer I - Missoula - Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC)
MMEC's objective is to enhance the competitiveness and profitability of Montana manufacturers by providing technical, engineering, and managerial assistance.
- Montana Career Opportunities - Professional Position Vacancy Announcements - Montana State University
These professional positions are currently being advertised by Montana State University in Bozeman. For a complete description and application information, please click on the specific position title.
- Montana Career Opportunities - University of Montana
A career at The University of Montana (UM) is more than a job.
- Telecommute Taxes On The Table
H.R. 2600 can and should be enacted as a stand-alone measure.
- The New Suburbs, a Plane Ride Away
Now it is getting more practical for people to live in the Pacific Northwest and continue working for Bay Area-based companies, as more employers loosen their telecommuting policies.
- Debunking the Myths of the Telecommute
It’s hard to believe, but some people still don’t understand telecommuting.
- New Poll: Employees Don't Trust Their Leaders - 10 Ways to Inspire Trust as a Leader
Employees’ trust toward their workplace has taken a severe hit, with employees across all industry segments citing a lack of trust in not only senior leaders, but direct managers and co-workers as well.
Business Plan Forums
- MMEC Forward Focus
Spring is a time for new beginnings!
- Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce hopes raise funds to send Huls Dairy to Washington to accept U.S. Chamber of Commerce Blue Ribbon Small Business Award Recognition
To jumpstart fundraising, Manzella said they have arranged to offer tours of Huls Dairy, where people can learn how the digester works to reduce the farm's greenhouse gas emissions, generate electricity, as well as turn cow manure into a marketable solid and liquid fertilizer.
- 'Green' plan takes advantage of slime: Scientists, loggers look to generate energy, fertilizer in Columbia Falls
The loggers have lots of leftover wood chips. The science geeks have that mechanical cow. Together, with a little help from the sun, they think they can generate power, heat, steam and the finest organic fertilizer on the market.
- 2010 Clean Tech Open
Teams registering by April 22nd receive a $50 discount on their application and have until the final deadline of May 22nd to update and complete their application.
Developing Funding Opportunities in Montana
- The gender gap in technology companies
Women own 40% of American businesses, but they create only 8% of venture-backed high tech startups.
- Boom Times for Young Workers
Cost-Cutting, Layoffs Create Opportunities to Move Up Quickly and Acquire Responsibilities
Funding and Building your Business
- Helping small business get products to market. Bills seek new round of government grants to bridge the “The Valley of Death”
“Typically, there are suitable pots of money for early-stage development,” Olenick said, “but not for the scale-up phase of product marketing. That’s what the senator is trying to target here.”
- The Consequences of Entrepreneurial Finance: A Regression Discontinuity Analysis
This study demonstrates the importance of angel investments to the success and survival of entrepreneurial firms. It also offers an empirical foothold for analyzing many other important questions in entrepreneurial finance.
Montana Education Excellence
- Tech Sector in Hiring Drive
Google, Intel Add Workers as Profits Snap Back; Start-Ups Also Fight for Talent
- Entrepreneurs Doing Business by Avatar
In the past few years, much has changed, and many companies are doing virtual business—just not the kind they originally envisioned.
- What's an Angel Investor?
If your business—say, a corner deli or gift shop—has no great plans to expand or enter new markets, an angel investor simply won't be interested.
- Founder Institute is training minds for a great idea
The institute encourages business minds to enter the four-month program unattached to an idea. TechStars and other so-called accelerator programs screen applicants based on their business concepts.
- "To Be Sure Your Messages Get Through, Open Up A Can Of Message Glue"
Message Glue is a strategic communication system.
- The Art of the Elevator Pitch: 10 Great Tips
When crafting your pitch there are two key things to keep in mind: its content and its form.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Gazette Opinion: Billings K-12 schools lag behind in technology. You owe it to Montana's future to VOTE!
“We’re trying to turn out 21st-century learners,” McKinney said. “They need to be technology-literate so they are able to go into the workplace and higher education and have the skills employers want,” McKinney said, noting that her budget for the high school library is the same as it was 11 years ago. Unfortunately, it doesn’t buy as much as 11 years ago.
- Montana Western leads the way in one-course scheduling
At the University of Montana Western in Dillon, where a unique scheduling system that allows students to take one course at a time is putting this tiny college on the map.
- New West awards $20K in healthcare scholarships to Montana students
New West wants to encourage Montana students to stay and work in the state's health industry.
Small Business Innovative Research (SBIR)
- Small Cities Rankings - 2010 Best Cities for Job Growth - Includes Great Falls, Billings, Missoula
This year's survey, measuring growth from January 2009 to January 2010, found only 13 metros with any growth.
Developing an Angel Network in Montana
- Montana Department of Commerce Technology Innovation Partnership (MTIP), University of Montana, Montana State University & Techlink to Sponsor SBIR Events, May 19 (Missoula) and 20th (Bozeman)
The presentations will be provided by Jim Greenwood of Greenwood Consulting Group, a nationally well-known expert on the SBIR program. Greenwood will provide an overview of the federal SBIR & STTR programs, proposal development strategies, drafting and review.
- Standard angel financing transaction documents
In the last year or so, there has been considerable effort to create standardized open source angel investor transaction documents.
- The U.S. Economy Needs a Host of Angel Investors
Never mind Wall Street. The best way to finance small business growth and job creation is to foster angel investing that helps entrepreneurs
South Dakota Economic Development
- Governor Otter: Friendly business climate will help Idaho
Otter says following the recession a key will be not growing the government at the same rate as the economy.
- Study: Five tribes generated 10K jobs, $850M for Idaho economy in 2009
“The study confirms what tribal planners already know - that the tribes are rapidly growing, significant economic engines in the state.”
- Dakota Rising Entrepreneur Fellowship Program
Take the first step in fostering entrepreneurial change in your community by becoming a Dakota Rising Pilot Site!
Washington State Business
- Utah State Agriculturalists Enjoy “Rock Star” Status during Working Tour of Peru
Leading worldwide experts in their respective fields, the Peruvian people welcomed the USU experts as guests Peru and provided a motorcade for their tour of certain regions of the country.
- Utah's 'Bionic Valley' Produces Another Life-Changing Medical Device
"Our decision to locate WorldHeart in Salt Lake City was assisted by the very concentrated critical mass and solid infrastructure here. That, plus the current economic realities and low cost of doing business make Utah very attractive," he adds.
- Washington’s Top 10 Venture Deals of the First Quarter—and Some Reactions
Who’s unable to attract the loot, and why?
- Principal tells ninth graders to study, or leave
Every ninth grader reading at or above grade level was placed in at least one honors course. Every 11th and 12th grader who had taken an honors course was placed in an Advanced Placement course, with a new International Baccalaureate program on the way. In the last two years the number of AP tests taken has grown from 164 to 687, a 319 percent increase.
- Alternate Path for Teachers Gains Ground - Education schools extraneous?
The New York State Board of Regents will vote on whether to greatly expand the role of the alternative organizations by allowing them to create their own master’s degree programs. At the extreme, the proposal could make education schools extraneous.
- School Lunches Called Security Threats
About one-quarter of those age 17 to 24 are too heavy to serve, so military leaders are taking aim at foods served in U.S. schools.
- Bill Gates asks students to reach higher and solve world problems - `Idol Gives Back' promises Bill Gates surprise
"When I'm born, how old will I become before 20 percent of all the people born in the same year are dead? In the U.S., I'd be older than 60. In many countries, the age is 4." Bill Gates
- Federal IT Pros Out-Earn Private Sector Peers
Our data shows that federally employed IT managers and staffers out-earn their private sector counterparts by about 10%.
- Governor Schweitzer Announces Montana Accountability Partnership Final Four Ideas
“We received over 1,000 cost savings ideas from people across Montana,” said Governor Schweitzer. “Montanans know that just like businesses have to streamline in tough economic times, so does state government. We will continue to be accountable for every dollar and I thank everyone who took the time to submit their idea.”
Connectivity & Communications
- Three New Grant Opportunities
- Portland the Weird
Is Oregon’s metropolis a leader among American cities or just strange?
- Big battle brews over control of Web social interaction
As Facebook becomes an ever more important source of traffic to other Web sites, the two companies' rivalry is certain to sharpen.
- America and rural telecom co-ops are at crossroads
It is especially critical that each taxpayer dollar spent in this state to further the nation's broadband goals does not in any way create unintended consequences that would inhibit the ability of Montana's telecom cooperatives to continue their aggressive broadband deployments in rural Montana.
- TR10: Real-Time Search. Social networking is changing the way we find information.
Real-time search means people will be able to track rapidly changing events
- Kirby: Getting nowhere fast in Montana - "Safe and Prudent"
It would be unreasonable and imprudent to land the space shuttle on any Montana highway with more than a 25 percent grade and covered in snow and bison. All of that changed in 1999, when the Montana Supreme Court ruled that a speed limit based on "reasonable and prudent" was far too vague for a buffalo -- never mind the average motorist -- to comprehend. Montana freeways have been 75 mph ever since.
- ALPS Nonprofit Survey of Montana Nonprofits
The final report will highlight common problems faced by nonprofits in rural and urban Montana, enabling nonprofits to build their organizational plan with real knowledge of issues faced by member organizations on a day-to-day basis.
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