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"It's not because things are difficult that we dare not venture. It's because we dare not venture that they are difficult." -- Seneca
2013 State Business Tax Climate Index - Montana #8 http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html
Montana Department of Commerce
Montana Goes to Mount Everest
- Montana tourism advocates travel state in search of ideas to boost visitation
The office will draw from the feedback as it prepares its 2013 strategic plan, said Victor Bjornberg, the state Office of Tourism's development and education coordinator.
- Free Data User Workshops, 10/23-24, Helena, Montana
The Census & Economic Information Center (CEIC) at the Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) is hosting a one and a half day Census Data User’s Conference with an optional hands-on half day introduction to Esri’s new ArcGIS Online cloud-based interactive mapping tool.
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
- Everest - Montana students follow as MSU team climbs world's tallest mountain
Students and teachers across the Big Sky state, via email and Facebook updates, hung on the expedition's every move as the team flew to Nepal, trekked to Base Camp and began studying the geology of the region--all while avalanches crashed around them, evacuation helicopters hovered overhead, and the imposing, wind-scoured Everest summit loomed far above.
- The Federal Trade Commission Updates the Green Guides for Environmental Marketing Claims
General principles that apply to all environmental marketing claims and help marketers avoid making environmental marketing claims that are unfair or deceptive under Section 5 of the Federal Trade Commission Act (the FTC Act)
- How Small Retail Businesses Can Use 'Big Data'
Incorporating A/B testing into your business practices, something I call "evidence-based management," is becoming more common because the volume of data continues to grow and competition is driving companies to scour their operations for every last nickel of profit.
- Time has come for chief analytics officers
Extracting business value from the data can offer tremendous benefits to companies.
- Predictive analytics go to work
Interest is high in organizations that are still focused on historical "descriptive analytics" and in businesses that are expanding the focus of established predictive analytics practices beyond traditional niches such as marketing and risk management.
- Healthcare execs must prepare for big data
"Big data is going to change the rules of IT departments and beyond. We have to become experts at managing data."
Come Home Montana
- TechLink - Featured Technology Summaries
TechLink helps the Department of Defense to commercialize leading-edge new technology by partnering DoD labs with private sector companies for technology licensing, transfer, and research and development.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Program Operations Director - Missoula Food Bank
Under the direct supervision of the Executive Director, the Program Operations Director is responsible for supervision of Missoula Food Bank's food distribution system, inclusive of program and clients services, and daily operations inclusive of food rescue, food purchase and food warehousing.
- Back To Montana - the mario blog - to live an interesting life - October 10, 2012
I came to America as a sixteen year old kid. I thought I'd be surfing on a beach, yet instead I ended up moving pipes on a ranch. In a small town. In Montana. And I fell in love with the state. Its mountains, its rivers but mostly its people. I've never met more friendly, more down-to-earth people than Montanans. They made me feel so welcomed, I decided to extend what was supposed to be one year of high school exchange and try to stay in America for good - much to the unliking of my mother.
- Montana Career Opportunity - Loan Officer - Great Northern Development Corporation
Qualifications include undergraduate degree in finance, accounting or business administration, with course work in business finance and analysis preferred.
- WIRED Magazine co-founder Montana State University graduate Barbara Kuhr
The magazine pioneered a new understanding of how Internet technology would change the flow of information. It was also widely recognized for its use of fluorescent colors and eye-catching design.
MEDA -Montana Economic Developers Association
- To lead, don't be afraid to pause
Why is it important to step back?
- MEDA Fall Conference Summary - Photos and Presentation Files
In case you missed it, we had an amazing MEDA Fall Conference. Check out all of the presentation files and photos. Thanks once again to Snowy Mountain Development Corp for hosting an amazing event.
Montana Economic Development
- Rivertop Renewables Appoints Michael J. Knauf as Chief Executive Officer
"Mike is a strong leader with successful go-to-market experience in the renewable chemicals markets," said Jere Kolstad, President of Rivertop Renewables.
- MCDC to receive $175K operating grant
The Montana Cooperative Development Center is a statewide nonprofit organization the purpose of which is to promote, develop and improve all types of cooperatives businesses, through education, training and technical assistance in order to improve the economic and community conditions of rural Montana.
Come Home Washington
- Grad schools add big-data degrees
Colleges and universities are moving swiftly to create advanced degree programs to help meet what's expected to be rapidly rising demand among employers for specialists who can manage and analyze big data.
- The 7 Deadly Sins of Cover Letter Writing
What are some of the gravest sins you could make when composing a cover letter?
Come Home Utah
- Washington Career Opportunity - Web Developer - Vision Tech360
VisionTech360(TM) gives clients the ability to build, manage and display their strategy.
- More than 400 new full-time job opportunities available through two Utah companies
Two Utah-based companies, ENVE Composites, Inc. and OrangeSoda, Inc. are adding more than 400 high-paying positions, according to press releases from the Governor's Office of Economic Development.
Incubators and R&D
- 2013 State Business Tax Climate Index - Montana #8
The Tax Foundation's 2013 edition of the State Business Tax Climate Index enables business leaders, government policymakers, and taxpayers to gauge how their states' tax systems compare.
Oregon Economic Development
- In Montana, 'Dr. Trout' battles the planet's most dangerous diseases
In his day job, Marshall Bloom is the associate director for scientific management at the Rocky Mountain Laboratories, a cutting-edge federal research campus in an unlikely place: Hamilton, Mont., a town of about 4,500 in the beautiful Bitterroot Valley.
- Buying into the Silicon Forest: eBay finds a home in Portland
"We want the renaissance engineers out there, the guys that see the big picture."
- Feds award Portland area groups $1.8 million grant for manufacturing jobs
The three-year Innovations in Advanced Materials and Metals grant will target small and mid-sized businesses and help them enter new markets.
Regional Economic Development
- SBA Loan Dollars in FY 2012 Reach Second Largest Total Ever Nationally; $30.25 Billion Second Only to FY 2011
Overall, the pace of SBA loan-making is a healthy sign for the economy and the credit markets and is one of the foundations for ensuring the availability of financing to small businesses trying to establish themselves, grow and create new jobs for Americans.
- OVP Venture Partners Winding Down
Kirkland-based venture capital firm OVP Venture Partners http://www.ovp.com/ is winding down its operations after over 30 years in the business.
- Obama Administration Announces $20 Million in Grants to Support U.S. Manufacturing Clusters
Investments designed to promote job creation and economic growth in local industry clusters in nine states.
- Building Successful Economic Development Organizations
Join us in Atlanta, October 29-30, as technology-based economic development leaders from across the country come together to discuss the cutting-edge models and disruptive practices that are re-shaping our field.
21st Century Education Initiative - "You Should Care..."
- Senator Baucus Secures Major Partnership to Train Montana Students for High-Tech Jobs
"Many private-sector businesses and jobs in our state trace their existence or success to the $200 million worth of competitive research conducted annually on university campuses in Montana. The fact that Siemens PLM Software sees the potential here is a compliment to what we're accomplishing in Montana."
Montana Education Excellence
- Platform provides tools for young people to set up a business
According to its founders, users can start their business immediately after completing the three-minute account setup, which asks for the main details of the startup and guides them through the creation of a Bizinate page.
- Can entrepreneurship reverse rural 'brain drain'?
“We teach entrepreneurship across the curriculum,” he said. “Our instructors understand entrepreneurship and stress that in all of their classes.”
- Missoula County Public Schools Will Sponsor Free Early Childhood Screening, 10/24-26
Children will be checked for development of vision, hearing, speech and language, fine and gross motor skills, social and intellectual development. The screening is not designed to determine kindergarten readiness, but rather to help parents of young children identify and understand areas of development where their child may need special assistance.
- Mentors needed for after school programs
Are you a LEGO person? A Wii wiz?
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- University of Montana investigating financial impact of 700-student drop in enrollment
"Last spring we estimated a certain amount of enrollment that predicted we would have about $161 million to use for our budgeting this year," said Dawn Ressel, associate vice president for planning, budgeting and analysis. "Because our enrollment came in below that, we're not going to meet the $161 million."
- Graduation Matters
Montana Superintendent of Public Instruction Denise Juneau launched Graduation Matters earlier this year, challenging public schools to boost graduation rates and better prepare students for work or college.
- Why not UM? Why Montana students chose different colleges
Peggy Kuhr, interim vice president for Integrated Communications, said students are not returning for numerous reasons, including not enough help from financial aid, loss of Pell Grant eligibility, a push to join the work force, and better offers from other universities.
- Rare Element Resources Supports Research at Montana Tech
"They have given me the opportunity to not only achieve a master's degree and become involved in an exciting area of industry, but also provide the unique experience of working on something that could help, and keep me in touch with, my home town area."
Funding and Building your Business
- City's offer includes two months rent free
A downtown revitalization program has an offer that will be tough to refuse for businesses looking to open a storefront in the historic downtown district: free rent during the holiday shopping season.
Energy and Climate Change
- 15 Lessons Everyone Learns At Business School
There are some classic cases that every business student should know, like why Apple changed its name and how Ryanair beat two industry giants.
- How To Start A Business and Structure Your Business
Over the next several weeks here on Small Business Trends, we're kicking off a series of articles in our guide about starting a business and choosing the right structure.
- 8 Entrepreneur Mistakes Which Will Kill Seed Funding
Too many people still believe the urban myth that you can sketch your idea on a napkin, and people will throw money at you. Fundraising is indeed brutally tough at all stages, and the seed funding is the hardest to find. The simple answer is that if you need funding, do your homework early and completely.
- 74% of workers are actively looking for a new job
For employers, these findings underscore the need to put as much effort into "marketing" their job opportunities and employment brand as they do their products, services and consumer brand.
Making the Most of the American Prairie
- Online films document research on fires, humans and climate change
A new series of short films helps citizens of Montana and the Rocky Mountain West understand how scientists study the impact of fire on ecosystems.
- New Software Helps Visualize a City's Greenhouse Gas Emissions
The software corrals publicly available data wholly unrelated to climate change.
- American Prairie Reserve - Join Us in a Toast: 150,000 Acres and APR Bourbon
Thanks to your support, American Prairie Reserve is growing faster than ever before. In August, we more than doubled the size of the Reserve.
Cool Stuff That's Coming
- Video: Tech Leaders Seek Innovative Solutions for Basic Problems in City
San Francisco technology leaders Jack Dorsey, Biz Stone, Hosain Rahman and Brian Chesky discuss IT solutions to common problems in a new promotional video.
- How Location-Based Data Can Improve Government Services
The possibilities for government to incorporate location intelligence into decision making are limitless - but don't necessarily have to be government solutions.
- The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) Launches New Collaboration Website
The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) launched a new website on Wednesday, Oct. 10, to promote collaboration across jurisdictions and agencies within state and local government.
- Code for America Accelerator Program Takes Shape
"The purpose is to truly accelerate -- to find companies in what we call the civic technology space. That's the intersection of technology and government."
- Telehealth's Chance to Revolutionize Health Care
If states can get out of the way, advances in telehealth could lead to savings by reducing unnecessary hospitalizations and catching chronic problems early.
- Breast Cancer-Sensing Bra Detects Tumors Years Before Some Mammograms
In three clinical trials, the bra correctly identified 92.1 percent of tumors, compared to the 70 percent accuracy of routine mammograms.
- The Onion To Launch Weekly TEDTalks Competitor On YouTube: "No Mind Will Be Left Unchanged"
Onion Talks: the most important ideas from greatest thinkers on the planet. http://youtu.be/hEzMNp2d6Bk
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