• West Paw Launches Apprenticeship Program

    Governor Steve Bullock visited West Paw’s manufacturing facility in Bozeman to recognize the company’s new apprenticeship program aimed at training workers to meet the demands of the growing business. This injection molding training program is Montana’s first registered apprenticeship in the manufacturing industry. Read More
  • FIB's Sara Becker Promoted

    FIB's Sara Becker Promoted First Interstate Bank announced the promotion of Sara Becker from Client Communications Manager to Marketing Manager of First Interstate Bank. In her new role, Becker will oversee the execution and strategy of all marketing functions across First Interstate’s six-state footprint as well as manage a team of marketing professionals. Read More
  • Montana Improves Rank

    The U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR) ranked Montana at No. 27 in its 2017 Lawsuit Climate Survey: Ranking the States report, announced the Montana Chamber of Commerce. This is up seven spots from 2015 and up 18 spots from 2012. To improve Montana’s standing in terms Read More
  • Taco del Sol Plans Second Location

    Taco del Sol Plans Second Location Business has been good for Taco Del Sol since its opening in the Heights – so good, in fact, that owner Bruce Grendahl plans to open a second location in Billings, at Shiloh Commons, a planned community development at the corner of Shiloh and Central Avenue. Read More
  • Pipe Dogs Outdo Technology in Smelling

    Pipe Dogs Outdo Technology in Smelling The safest means of transporting hydrocarbon fuels is by pipeline. Pipelines are kept safe by constant monitoring and integrity testing by the industry, an important safeguard that can be challenging. Read More
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Market Update

  • Economic Pulse of Billings

    Economic Pulse of Billings   While comparing Billings with other Montana communities is a common endeavor and certainly an annual one with the Economic Outlook seminar, Big Sky Economic Development (EDA) conducts another study that compares the Magic City to the economic performance of other cities in the region. Read More
  • Economists Reveal Reason for Low State Revenues, and Biggest Industry Recovery

    Economists Reveal Reason for Low State Revenues, and Biggest Industry Recovery The “quiet” recovery of the oil industry is the biggest story for Montana in 2017, according to Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research (BBER) of the University of Montana. A second big story has been the budget woes of State government, and a third was Read More
  • Status of Important Montana Industry -- Agriculture

    Traveling anywhere in Montana, fields of big round bales, corn, sugar beets, wheat, barley, etc. or pastures of grazing cattle or sheep roll by the car window, rather mundanely, but they should be heralded for what they represent, one, if not THE, most important basic industry to the state’s economy. Read More
  • Protested Taxes Reaches $30 million Mark

    Protested taxes remain an issue of concern for county government. Most of the budgets for Yellowstone County’s many departments are “functioning as planned,” according to the county’s director of finance, Kevan Bryan, in reviewing the mid-year budget for County Commissioners, but Bryan reiterated concerns about the growing balance of protested Read More
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  • It’s Time to Register for the Montana Women's Run

    Montana Women’s Run has opened registration for the 37th annual run in downtown Billings.  The 2-mile and 5-mile runs will be held on May 12, the day before Mother’s Day.  This Montana Women’s Run expects more than 9,000 athletes to participate in the yearly event.  The 5 mile race will Read More
  • NAIA Division Women’s Basketball

    NAIA Division Women’s Basketball Once again Billings is hosting the NAIA Division Women’s Basketball National Championship, and the Billings Chamber is asking local businesses and organizations to play an active role in supporting the tournament. Businesses or organization may volunteer to be an honorary coach or to otherwise join the welcoming party. Business engagement Read More
  • RBC Recognizes Top Performers

    RBC Wealth Management, a securities firms, recently recognized a number of its Billings members. Teresa Darnielle, Vice President – Financial Advisor, and Anne-Marie Wade, a Senior Vice President – Financial Advisor, were selected to be a member of the firm’s Senior Consulting Group, an exclusive group of advisors recognized for their success Read More
  • New Radio Talk Show

    New Radio Talk Show A veteran broadcaster and political activist has launched a new Billings-based talk radio show, “Montana Talks.” Aaron Flint hosts the morning talk radio show weekdays from 6 am to 10 am. He can be heard on 95.5 FM and 970 AM. Read More
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  • Get Used to It by Evelyn Pyburn

    "This is the new normal, get used to it.”
    Remember those words?
    I for one refused to get used to it, and so it seems did many others.
    I was dismayed that we had leaders who even thought “getting used to it” was an acceptable plan of action.

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  • What’s the Status of Freedom in the World?

    Freedom is on the decline according to one study.

    Global freedom has moderately declined, from 7.05 to 6.93 on a ten-point scale, since 2008 through 2015, according to the third annual Human Freedom Index (HFI), the most comprehensive measure of freedom ever created for a large number of countries, according to a recent report from CATO.

    The United States does not rank in the top ten. It comes in at 17th, which is higher than its ranking since 2008, although its index score has remained relatively flat. The US score of 8.27 compares to a 8.38 in 2008.

    The top 10 most free countries are Switzerland, Hong Kong, New Zealand, Ireland, Australia, Finland, Norway, Denmark, and, tied at 9th place, the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.

    Canada ranks 11th, Sweden 13th, Germany 16th, Japan 27th,  Mexico 73rd, India 102, Russia 126th,  China 30th, and Venezuela 158th.

    The report quoted a co-author, Tanja Pornik, saying, “In many parts of the world, freedom is under assault, with nationalism, populism, and hybrid forms of authoritarianism being sold as viable alternatives. As such, the largest deteriorations in freedom have occurred in Syria, Egypt, Venezuela, Belize, and Greece. The good news is that freedom has taken

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The Yellowstone Art Museum announced that Brian W. Knicely of Evansville, Indiana, has accepted...
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Ground has been broken on a new facility that will be home to Big Mountain Cider Works in...
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Strong shipper support with 20-year commitments to move 500,000 barrels of crude oil per day has...