• Manufacturing Up in Montana

    Manufacturing Up in Montana While facing challenges of finding qualified workers, and strategies on how to expand their businesses, Montana manufacturers are holding firm after a decade of growth that exceeded the national average. Read More
  • Nominate Manufacturer & Exporter of Year

    The Montana Manufacturing Association, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and the Montana District Export Council (DEC) are looking for the 2017 Montana Manufacturer of the Year and the 2017 Montana Exporter of the Year. Read More
  • Montana, Not Friendly to Business

    The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) released its 22nd annual look at how public policies in the 50 states affect entrepreneurship, small businesses and the economy. Read More
  • Montana in Midst of Tech Boom

    Montana in Midst of Tech Boom Montana is in something of a technology boom, one which has caught national attention by media such as the Associated Press and CBS News.  And, while the boom is concentrated in Missoula and Bozeman, its tentacles are reaching out into other Montana communities, and its rapid growth is expected to Read More
  • 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
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Market Update

  • Job Jamboree

    The 27th Annual Billings JSEC Jobs Jamboree will be held March 21 at the MetraPark Pavilion in Billings, from 11:30 am to 6 pm, with early entrance for Veteran’s, Guard and Reserves at 11 am. The Jobs Jamboree is touted as the best job fair to learn about the thousands Read More
  • Changes Made to Transportation Plan

    Changes made to the Montana Department of Transportation’s (MDT) plans for Yellowstone County indicate a very busy summer on Interstate 90 as it gets a new bridge, an additional lane, and resurfacing from the west -end interchange through Billings and Lockwood to the Pine Hills Interchange. Read More
  • 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
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  • Medicine Crow Middle School Wins Top Honors from Association

    Medicine Crow Middle School Wins Top Honors from Association The Metal Construction Association (MCA) awarded Medicine Crow Middle School in Billings, its 2017 Chairman’s Award in the education - primary and secondary schools category. Read More
  • New Smoking Regulations in Effect

    New Smoking Regulations in Effect The RiverStone Board of Health (City County Board of Health) has adopted regulations that control where people can use e-cigarettes and restricts smoking within 20 feet of any doorway or window of a public building or a private building that offers public access. Read More
  • Tavern Owners Sue over Smoking Regs

    Not everyone is happy with the new regulations against smoking in public places. The Yellowstone County Tavern Association filed suit on Thursday against Yellowstone City-County Board of Health (Riverstone Health) and against Yellowstone County over the recently issued restrictions on smoking of tobacco and e-cigarettes. Read More
  • New Distillery in Downtown Area

    Thinking that it should be a lot of fun, two friends are opening a distillery in downtown Billings, adding a new dimension to the building commonly known as the “old Spaghetti Depot,” 2223 Montana Avenue. Read More
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  • Montanans are Pretty Happy

    To find some of the happiest, healthiest people in the nation, head to “The Land of Plenty” – South Dakota. The state tied with Vermont for the top spot in the Gallup-Sharecare 2017 State of American Well-Being Rankings. The report measures how Americans feel about their physical health, social connections, finances, community and sense of purpose.
    The two states show frequently in the top ten of the list.
    Montana ranked 10th.
    “For those of us who follow this closely over the years, it’s not a surprise to see South Dakota and Vermont sharing that perch. They’re both historically very high well-being states,” Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, told TODAY. “They both have a lot of good things going for them.”
    Residents in both states are in good physical health, eat a healthy diet, feel safe in and proud of their communities, and manage their finances well, he noted.
    South Dakotans, in particular, report little significant worry or stress on any given day and say they like what they do. Vermonters, meanwhile, enjoy a lot of supportive relationships and love in their lives.
    The top five states for overall well-being are:
    1. South Dakota (tie)
    1. Vermont (tie)

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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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Wednesday, March 07, 2018
Building-industry coach and educator, The Aspire Institute, is presenting a one-day advanced...
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Two housing authorities in Montana have received $375,652 of federal funds to “subsidize...
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Montana Resources will begin treating water from the Berkeley Pit by the end of this year or the...
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CoreLogic, a global property information, analytics and data-enabled solutions provider, reports...
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Farmers and ranchers expressed relief following action by the U.S. EPA and Army Corps of Engineers...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Getting a college degree is worthwhile according to Robert Nystuen, president at Glacier Bank, and...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Brewer Elected to Board John Brewer, CAE (Certified Association Executive), President/CEO of the...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Billings Clinic held an open house for its new Psychiatric Stabilization Unit on February 24. The...
Tuesday, March 06, 2018
Following two years of investment in its acquisition of Rowland, Thomas & Co., Avitus Group...