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"Entrepreneurship is not a one-time transformation that qualifies you long-term success. It is a lifestyle, like many others, which requires constant effort to keep you ahead of the crowd in a rapidly changing business environment. Standing still is falling behind. What is your action plan to continually re-invent yourself and thrive?" Marty Zwilling
SBIR/STTR Air Force Roadshow, 9/22, Bozeman, Montana http://www.matr.net/ar ... .html --- "Introduction To The DoD SBIR Program" Webinar, 9/16 http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5188 --- The Kalispell Chamber Of Commerce Luncheon, 9/17, Kalispell, Montana http://www.matr.net/ev ... =5173
Kalispell Chamber of Commerce
Montana Data Focused Business Cluster
- Kalispell Updates Economic Growth Strategy
The opening line of Kalispell's updated growth policy offers a bold statement about the present -- the city is at a turning point in its history and its future.
Montana Department of Commerce
- Former Home Depot Managers Depict 'C-Level' Security Before the Hack
Home Depot's (HD) in-store payment system wasn't set up to encrypt customers' credit- and debit-card data, a gap in its defenses that gave potential hackers a wider window to exploit, according to interviews with former members of the retailer's security team.
- How Main Street Will Pay for Home Depot's Data Breach
For every dollar lost to fraud, merchants spend a further $3.08, to replace lost inventory and cover chargeback fees and other penalties, according to the survey.
Montana Technology Innovation Partnership
- Gov. Steve Bullock leading trade mission to China to drum up support for Montana businesses.
"The main goals of this trip are for Governor Bullock to open up doors for the people of Montana that are currently doing exports to that country as well as explore the opportunities for those that want to get into the export business with their product. We're also looking for the relationship piece in the cultural exchange," Montana Department of Commerce Director Meg O'Leary said.
Visit Montana - Montana Dept. of Tourism
- SBIR/STTR Air Force Roadshow, 9/22, Bozeman, Montana
During his visit, David will provide overviews of the DoD and Air Force SBIR/STTR programs, and will be available to answer your questions. He will also meet individually for one-on-one consultation sessions.
Montana Department of Transportation
- Looping through Montana's mountains and prairies on a tank of gas
This -- the friendly towns along two-lane highways, the agriculture, the mountains and the wide-open ranges -- is iconic Montana.
- Key To Getting Your Money On Time, Starting 10/07, Billings, Bozeman, Sidney, Glendive, Missoula, Kalispell
You'll learn: Filing Notices of Right to Claim a Lien, Why a notice helps you get paid, Getting Paid Faster and more
Come Home Montana
- How GM uses big data to generate sales
GM is combining big data, analytics and geographic information systems (GIS) to model dealership performance. Not only that, the company is pushing these capabilities out to its dealers.
- Big Decisions: Executives rely more on experience and advice than data to make business-defining choices... and it costs them dearly
Highly data-driven companies are three times more likely to report significant improvement in making big decisions, but only 1 in 3 executives say their organisation is highly data-driven.
Developing a more Entrepreneurial Montana
- Montana Career Opportunities - Contract PHP & .NET developers needed - Bigfork Web Development, Inc.
Web Designer, Social & Search Expert & Digital Marketing Strategist
- Slow Money invests in small food enterprises - Why doesn't Montana have an investing network? FLASH! Montana IS going to get an investing network!
The idea is to take "a little bit of our money out of the abstract craziness of the stock market" and instead put it to work closer to home.
- Missoula Entrepreneur, Mario Schulzke Hit the Road to Set Ideas on Fire
It was a powerful journey, to say the least. Not only did this trip unite entrepreneurs from across the country, but it also broadened the IdeaMensch crew's horizons.
Montana Economic Development
- Invizeon Corporation Appoints Three New Members To Senior Board of Advisors
Invizeon Corporation was established in 2000 to address emerging global security concerns and provide advanced solutions to government and commercial customers around the world.
- Omnibar - Whole-Food Nutrition Born from UM Research Now Available Across Northwest
"It's basically a dinner plate in a bar,"
- Missoula-based Montainer helping simplify life by taking a different apporoach to building homes.
A model Nomad Montainer is available to tour near the corner of Higgins Avenue and Pine Street in Missoula.
- Study: Montana's tax system is fairest among states
Montana also was rated as first in tax fairness by liberals as well as conservatives, according to the Wallet Hub report.
- Slow growth in Old Sawmill District draws concerns from Missoula officials
"Even though private development hasn't yet followed public dollars, the Old Sawmill District already can be called a success" Ellen Buchanan, director of the Missoula Redevelopment Agency.
Come Home South Dakota
- What 9 Successful People Wish They'd Known About Money In Their 20s
The people who start and run awesome companies, write best-sellers, and become household names haven't always known what was best for their money. How do we know? We asked them.
- Mitchell, South Dakota -- Home of the Brain Gain
Traditionally known for its Corn Palace, the South Dakota city has invested in high-tech infrastructure and created a new identity based on old strengths of community.
- Montana Department of Revenue will be traveling to 18 different cities and towns throughout Montana to present informational sessions about how the state determines property values.
The Property Reappraisal Road Show begins on Sept. 16 in Billings, Miles City and Glendive and ends on Oct. 16 in Great Falls and Fort Benton. For a list of all roadshow dates, times and locations, visit http://www.revenue.mt.gov.
Regional Economic Development
- FCC subpoenas state of Idaho over broadband contract
The FCC Office of the Inspector General has subpoenaed the state for documents related to the Idaho Education Network, which has been the subject of a five-year lawsuit alleging the state illegally awarded the contract to provide broadband service to Idaho schools.
- Boise company seeks to use radar to detect elk on road
The projects are part of a larger effort to reduce vehicle collisions with wildlife in Idaho.
- Survey Says: America's Rudest Drivers Are in Idaho
Idaho. The funny-shaped northwestern state is usually associated only with potatoes and... well, potatoes, I guess, but now we have a new stereotype: ungentlemanly drivers.
Washington State Business
- Are Deal Incentives Killing The Economic Development Profession?
Increasingly, the economic development profession is seen as mortgaging a location's future by offering huge incentive packages in exchange for job growth.
- Cut! States Are Walking Back Film Tax Credits
Many states are rethinking once-popular production incentives -- a contrast from California, which is offering more to protect one of its biggest industries.
- How much of our local food system is "local"?
In 1940, food processing was Montana's largest industry. In 1950, 70 percent of our food was produced in state. Today, it might be 2-3 percent.
- Out-Migration Grows in Seattle and Portland
According to the data, about 54,000 people on average relocate from King County to another state each year.
Montana Education Excellence
- Koch brothers tell colleges what to teach
According to the Center for Public Integrity, the Koch brothers have spent tens of millions of dollars on various campus crusades on one condition: we'll give you money, but we tell you what to teach, and sometimes who to hire.
Montana Education/Business Partnerships
- Flathead Valley Community College Churns Out Engineering Talent
FVCC Churns Out Engineering Talent
- MSU's new chief fundraiser sees bright future
"It took about 10 minutes to fall in love with Bozeman," he said. "It's magical."
- University of Montana School of Law Students Launch Business and IP Blog to Assist the Montana Business Community
We'll be updating a new blog http://mtbzip.com/ every week (when school is in session) with a recent case that will have an impact on the Montana business community. About half will deal more specifically with patent, trademark and copyrights issues.
- Missoula, Montana's Hellgate High School to start finance academy
Economists are predicting that much of the job growth in the local economy will be in banking and finance in the coming years.
Funding and Building your Business
- Missoula ranked 8th, Bozeman is 11th in livability in U.S.
Helena and Billings also made the list.
- Knight Foundation to fund ideas to improve cities
The foundation will award $5 million per year in grants for three years.
Energy and Climate Change
- Smart Entrepreneurs Plan Ahead For A Startup Exit
While exit discussions may somehow seem negative, an exit strategy should always be seen as positive.
- Four Ways to Build a Healthier Workplace -- and Country
What does your company stand for when it comes to improving the health and well-being of your employees?
- 3D Printing - How A Burger King Employee Switched Careers And Came Up With A Brilliant Startup That Could Disrupt A $55 Billion Industry
Her product, Mink, promised to help anyone easily 3D print their own makeup from any home computer.
Connectivity & Communications
- Montana Clean Energy Fair, 09/20, Missoula
Everyone who attends the fair will have the chance to win door prizes, including a solar electric kit valued at $1,000. For more information, visit http://www.montanarenewables.org.
- Sun and Wind Alter Global Landscape, Leaving Utilities Behind
Electric utility executives all over the world are watching nervously as technologies they once dismissed as irrelevant begin to threaten their long-established business plans.
- The Emerson Center for Arts and Culture welcomes the largest individual solar array installed in Bozeman city limits thanks to Tim Crawford
Tim Crawford, a longtime supporter of the Emerson, funded the project.
- Burlington, Vermont - 100 percent of its electricity now comes from renewable sources such as wind, water and biomass.
It's part of a broader movement that includes a statewide goal of getting 90 percent of Vermont's energy from renewable resources by 2050, including electricity, heating and transportation. Across the state, Vermonters are urging their electric utilities to provide them with renewable sources of power, and the utilities are listening, Recchia said.
- At least 150 major companies prepare to be taxed on their carbon pollution.
"They're looking ahead. ... They're climate ready."
- Katasi - New Device Stops Incoming Calls and Texting While Driving
Scott Tibbitts is a chemical engineer who built a company that made motors and docking stations for NASA. Mr. Tibbitts, 57, spent the last five years coming up with a novel way to block incoming and outgoing texts and to prevent phone calls from reaching a driver.
- America's Growing Data Divide
Data - driven innovations offer enormous opportunities to advance important societal goals. However, to take advantage of these opportunities, individuals must have access to high - quality data about themselves and their communities.
- For Cities Switching to LED Street Lamps, A Place to See the Light
Green thinking was everywhere. Some lights were powered by solar panels, others by tiny windmills. There were lamp posts with batteries, some underground and others aboveground. Along one bike path, the lights were dim until sensors picked up the presence of a jogger -- the lights brightened in sequence following the runner down the path, then dimmed again to save energy once he had passed.
- Philadelphia's "Community Sustainability Initiative" - a data-driven process for evaluating public investments.
These metrics, not just which neighborhoods are best organized or outspoken, will influence neighborhood improvement strategies over time.
- Bike your way to better sex
89 percent of bikers reported that the time on the pavement allows for the day's stresses to melt away, leading to a better mood, while 66 percent said their relationships improved. 39 percent of the cyclists also said the exercise gives them more energy in the bedroom. Ride on.
- Tesla Motors spawns an automotive ecosystem - The power of clusters
Tesla has more than 1,500 job listings on its corporate site, many of those for positions in California.
- When Adding Bike Lanes Actually Reduces Traffic Delays
Smart street design can eliminate many of the traffic problems anticipated by alternative mode elements like bike lanes.
- France's Bizarre Three-Wheeled Buggies May Be the Perfect EVs
Next month, Toyota and Grenoble will launch a program giving residents access to two of the weirder vehicles built in recent memory.
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