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"True or false: The most important part of a business plan is the section about the management team. The answer is False.* The executive summary, all one page of it, is the most important part of a business plan." Guy Kawasaki
MEDA Entrepreneur Working Group
- Learn from entrepreneurs' mistakes
Even without knowing a lot about the respective companies, I found their responses interesting and thought-provoking — and perhaps instructive to entrepreneurs everywhere.
- Startup Secrets of the Successful. "How long can you go without a paycheck?"
What does it take to become an entrepreneur and get your business off the ground? Here are some tips from those who have done it
- Entrepreneur Day 2006 For Montana Students , 2/16, MSU, Bozeman, Montana
Entrepreneur Day is a day hosted by the MSU College of Business http://www.montana.edu/cobfilled with informative sessions for students, budding entrepreneurs and established entrepreneurs.
- UM environmental health science progam bound for rural schools
The center says it will use the award to promote environmental health education among the state's rural youth.
- Big Audacious Goal of the Montana School Boards Association
ll stakeholders at the federal, state and local level work collaboratively to develop excellence throughout Montana's K-12 public education system. Children served by Montana's public education learn at high levels and develop into capable well-informed citizens.
- UM officials hope to attract more in-state graduates with scholarship program. Vermont proposes 12,000 scholarships to keep students in state.
The 15-year, $175 million Vermont Promise Scholarship program would be paid by an increase in funds from the settlement with the tobacco industry.
- College Aid Plan Widens U.S. Role in High Schools
For the first time the federal government will rate the academic rigor of the nation's 18,000 high schools.
- To help recruit 32,000 new teachers - Give all of them laptops says Florida Governor
'Today we're presenting a total package that in Florida, we don't only want to recruit you -- we want to retain you,''
Montana Economic Development
- Sage International Receives Governor’s Desiree Taggart Memorial Award as Outstanding For Profit Business By Montana State Workforce Investment Board
The annual business award recognizes Sage International’s ongoing commitment to impacting communities across Montana through community-based programs and job creation.
Funding and Building your Business
- Sizable donation moves downtown Missoula whitewater park along
“We take our corporate responsibility seriously at the Washington companies and we are honored to partner with the Brennan's Wave organization to make this happen,” said Mike Stevenson, president of Envirocon.
- Tax-increment financing law helps Missoula development park attract businesses
The old tax-increment financing law has two main components - one for urban revitalization, the other for industrial infrastructure.
- Times are changing in Pony, Montana
One of the developers of the millionaires-only Yellowstone Club in Big Sky is part of a group of investors who recently bought the 8,000-acre Hollowtop Ranch.
- Montana Indian business conference runs Feb. 1-3 in Great Falls
“This conference will focus on strengthening tribal economies and tribal sovereignty,” Gov. Brian Schweitzer said this week. “As we move Montana’s economy forward, we have to make sure we are all moving forward together.”
- Explosive growth in Southwest Montana? Get ready, ’cause here it comes
The new landowners may actually be improving the land.
- Death, Taxes, and Series A Cap Tables
“I resolve to give away 50% of my company in a Series A round, and smile while I am doing it”
- The Zen of Business Plans
True or false: The most important part of a business plan is the section about the management team. The answer is False.* The executive summary, all one page of it, is the most important part of a business plan.
- The Price Is Right. Five things to consider before pricing your business
“An appraisal assesses what that business is going to do financially for a buyer now—not how hard the previous owner worked to get there,”
- Practical Marketing Tips For New Entrepreneurs
Many would-be entrepreneurs have great ideas for products and services, but often they don't know how to market them.
- How to Be a Demo God by Guy Kawasaki
#1. # Create something worth demoing....duhhhh
Regional Economic Development
- The Future Of Outsourcing. How it's transforming whole industries and changing the way we work
Ever since the offshore shift of skilled work sparked widespread debate and a political firestorm three years ago, it has been portrayed as the killer of good-paying American jobs.
- Best places to live. How life in Western suburbia is changing
Western suburbs are becoming more like big cities, and because of it, suburban living is growing richer and more sophisticated.
- Irvine Foundation Study Confirms Collaborative Regional Initiatives Work
CRIs are defined as partnerships of government, business, and community representatives working together to promote the economic vitality and improve the quality of life in their regions.
- Idaho's got the work, but not the workers. Employers have hard time filling thousands of jobs
Idaho Commerce & Labor said there were 12,578 unfilled job listings statewide as of last Friday, including 6,221 in the Treasure Valley.
- Site near Cody eyed for exclusive resort by Tim Blixseth, the developer behind the exclusive Yellowstone Club near Big Sky.
"We're not looking at doing the same types of things as the Yellowstone Club,"
- Entrepreneurs for Sustainability. Connecting People, Planet and Prosperity
"Sustainability is an Economic, Environmental and Community Design Strategy that starts by transforming buildings, businesses and products and ends up transforming our community." - Holly Harlan, E4S Founder and President
Incubators and R&D
- Ben's frank advice is still timely
He that falls in love with himself will have no rivals.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Research Roundup at Montana State University (#256), Walleye vs. sauger, Volcanic interruption, Maggot therapy, Streams of Montana
- New Internet Portal is a Growing Network for Experts & Sharing Research
This new directory http://www.digitaluniverse.net aims to collect the best of the Web in one spot.
- UM, Missoula College of Technology Dean, Paul Williamson Takes on New Role at UM to Develop Alternative Energy Projects and Long-Range Building Programs
“Paul wanted to pursue two really critical areas he has been passionate about since he got here - getting a new building for COT and putting together hydrogen research initiatives, which he was instrumental in securing grants for,” Muir said.
- Some characteristics sought by employers
There are some characteristics so essential that not possessing them will reduce your employment opportunities substantially and even cause the loss of a job.
- Work on your invisible resume
"There's a physical résumé we all work on that is our tangible work history, but an invisible résumé, which is just as crucial, goes beyond skills,"
Connectivity & Communications
- Companies donation program focuses on 1 recipient per year
With the program, the company and the local employees focus on one charitable organization per year.
- 802.11n Proposal For Next-Gen Wi-Fi Approved
An industry-standards group has given its blessing to a proposal for the next-generation 802.11n Wi-Fi standard, paving the way for 600-Mbit/s products by 2006.
- A Browser Built for Web 2.0
If you live your life on the Web in total 2.0 style, Flock has a bunch of tools to make your daily tasks much easier.
- S.F. offers more wireless access than any U.S. city. Does it still need a need a citywide wireless system?
"We need Wi-Fi for all San Franciscans."
- Saddle Up Yer Velomobile
The modern velomobile is the closest that anyone has come to building a truly practical all-weather, human-powered vehicle.
- Allegiant Airlines coming to Billings
The company was founded in 1997 and offers air service to Las Vegas and Orlando, Fla., from a variety of American cities, according to the corporate Web site. Air travel is ticketless, all fares are one-way, and Saturday night stays are not required, the Web site said.
City Club Missoula
- Program Offers Unique Opportunities For Volunteers - The Office for Civic Engagement, a program of The University of Montana’s Davidson Honors College
The program provides ways for people to learn about and participate in civic work and helps community agencies connect with volunteers.
- In a fast-growing county, sprawl teaches hard lessons
Today it's the poster child for development run amok.
- City Club Missoula - Community: “Keep Lolo Resort Talks Open” & Public Amenity or Private Playground?
Williams said someone “up high” came to the developer and asked if he “wanted to slam-dunk this… they’d like to do it for the development.”
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