Oct 15 2009

Department of Commerce – Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Published by Admin - Rick under National

This is not about Montana but hopefully this will be good news for Montana businesses and innovators.  Developing ideas into products and services can be a major project that requires resources and capital.  This new office at the US Dept. of Commerce is to provide both.

Commerce Secretary Locke Announces New Commerce Initiatives to Foster Innovation and Entrepreneurship

WASHINGTON—U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced today his plans to create a new Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship within the Department of Commerce and launch a National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship. Both substantial new initiatives will help leverage the entire federal government on behalf of promoting entrepreneurship in America. The new office is expected to announce additional initiatives in the coming months.

Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship
The mission of the Office of Innovation and Entrepreneurship is to unleash and maximize the economic potential of new ideas by removing barriers to entrepreneurship and the development of high-growth and innovation-based businesses. The office will report directly to Locke and focus specifically on identifying issues and programs most important to entrepreneurs. Working closely with the White House and other federal agencies, this new office will drive policies that help entrepreneurs translate new ideas, products and services into economic growth. The office will focus on the following areas:

    - Encouraging Entrepreneurs through Education, Training, and Mentoring
    - Improving Access to Capital
    - Accelerating Technology Commercialization of Federal R&D
    - Strengthening Interagency Collaboration and Coordination
    - Providing Data, Research, and Technical Resources for Entrepreneurs
    - Exploring Policy Incentives to Support Entrepreneurs and Investors

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      Sep 24 2009

      Women in Business get a Boost in Bozeman

      Published by Admin - Rick under Bozeman, Montana

      Prospera Business Network has been awarded a $750,000 grant to establish the Montana Women’s Business Center in Bozeman, with satellite offices across the state, Prospera and the Montana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration announced.

      Complete News

      By Tribune Staff • September 16, 2009
      Great Falls Tribune

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      Sep 23 2009

      University of Montana – Research = Money, Jobs, Prestige

      Published by Admin - Rick under Missoula, Montana

      UM brings big dollars for research in to Missoula and Montana in general.  That research trickles down into the economy and creates jobs and new opportunities for the state’s residents.

      Here is an interesting article about this from the Montanan – UM’s Magazine about the university.

      The Ideas Market
      UM research brings money, jobs, innovation to state
      By Jacob Baynham | Photos By Todd Goodrich

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      Sep 18 2009

      Montana Cooperative Development Center Receives Government Funding

      Published by Admin - Rick under Great Falls

      A Great Falls-based nonprofit that provides technical assistance to cooperatives was awarded a $200,000 grant Tuesday from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

      The grant to Montana Cooperative Development Center, Inc., was part of approximately $4.8 million in grants announced by Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan.  Keep Reading Article

      By Tribune Staff • September 16, 2009
      Publisher:  Great Falls Tribune

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      Sep 17 2009

      National Restaurant Chain Investing in Montana

      Published by Admin - Rick under Helena

      A national restaurant chain known for chicken wings, beer and sports on television is advertising for employees for a new Helena location with an eye toward a February opening.

      Buffalo Wild Wings Grill & Bar is looking for managers for a new store here. The restaurant is headed for the development between Shopko and Lowe’s on the north side of Custer Avenue.   Continued

      By John Harrington | Posted: Sunday, September 13, 2009
      Publisher: helenair.com – Helena, MT

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      Sep 16 2009

      Sweet Harvest for Montana Sugar Beet Growers

      Published by Admin - Rick under Montana

      Profits are at a 28-year high — with prices nearing $50 a ton — thanks in part to a world sugar shortage. Mike Hoffer with Western Sugar Cooperative says farmers in the Billings area are seeing a bumper crop, with an average yield of 31 tons per acre.  Complete Story

      Published September 14 2009
      By: The Billings Gazette, Grand Forks Herald

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      Sep 15 2009

      Gov. Brian Schweitzer makes more Wind for Power news

      Published by Admin - Rick under Montana

      Schweitzer said the trip yielded new opportunities and investments in Montana for wind projects in the state.

      “It was a great opportunity to build and grow energy business in Montana and create more high-paying jobs for workers in our state,” Schweitzer said.

      Schweitzer said European companies are interested in investing in Montana because the state has “some of the most extraordinary wind resources on the planet.”

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      Sep 11 2009

      Montana Wind for Profit

      Published by Admin - Rick under Great Falls

      Great Falls man harnesses wind power for business

      Posted: Sep 9, 2009 06:06 PM
      Matt Austin Reporting for KRTV

      You don’t have to drive to a wind farm to see Montana’s potential energy future – in fact, you may just have to look over at your neighbor’s yard.

      Scott Palmer founded Wind Power of Montana, a wind turbine business in Great Falls, and business is good – he’s already installed 15 across Montana. Palmer said, “I’ve always had an interest in wind power, in alternative energy. And we got one of the greatest natural resources in the world here: wind!”

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      Sep 10 2009

      A Bozeman’s Couple’s Simple Idea Hits the NFL

      Published by Admin - Rick under Bozeman

      Who says there are no more simple profitable ideas.

      Bozeman couple’s ice boot scores with NFL teams

      By GAIL SCHONTZLER Chronicle Staff Writer

      Sometimes the best ideas are the simplest.

      A Bozeman couple has invented a neat solution to a problem faced by millions of athletes n how to hold ice on an injured ankle or foot in a way that allows the athlete to get up and move around, but doesn’t cause a mess when the ice melts.

      Because of those added conveniences, the ice boot Debbie and Warren Morris invented also helps injuries heal faster than the conventional ice pack and Ace bandage.  The Rest of the Story

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      Sep 01 2009

      Missoula keeps making the News – Good Luck Bipen!

      Published by Admin - Rick under Missoula

      Tipu’s Tiger Chai Tea hitting the big time
      Source: missoulian.com
      Bipen Patel is all smiles these days after a group of investors have stepped in to market his Tipu’s Tiger Chai Tea globally. MICHAEL GALLACHER/Missoulian

      Missoula can no longer boast about having the best and most unique tea in the country because Tipu’s Tiger Chai Tea is on its way to becoming a global sensation.

      With substantial investment from a group of deep-pocketed, mostly Whitefish-area investors called the Frontier Angel Fund, Tipu’s Tiger Chai Tea is going into mass production.

      No one is more surprised about this turn of events than Bipen Patel, a Missoula restaurateur and creator of the spicy caffeinated beverage that it is native to his family’s homeland in India. Keep Reading..

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