• Boelter Joins Special Investment Bank Program

    Boelter Joins Special Investment Bank Program Kathy Boelter, Billings, founder and President of Arrow Solutions Group, was recently accepted into the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses program, a very coveted award for small business owners who demonstrate dynamic leadership in business. The program, a co-investment between Goldman Sachs and Bloomberg Philanthropies, focuses on job creation and Read More
  • Very Small Business Award - Midland Claims Service, Billings

    Very Small Business Award -  Midland Claims Service, Billings   Midland Claims Service, Inc. has been recognized as one of Billings’ and Montana’s outstanding family businesses in the category of very small businesses as a recipient of the State Farm Montana Family Business Program awards, presented each year by the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Read More
  • Small Business Award - L. P. Anderson Point S Tire & Automotive

    Small Business Award - L. P. Anderson Point S Tire & Automotive   L.P. Anderson Point S Tire & Automotive Service, Billings, is the recipient of the State Farm Family Business award in the Small Business category, presented by the MSU Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. The company, which is as well-known as any landmark in Billings, is now being Read More
  • New Business Award - Bauer & Clausen Optometry, Billings

    New Business Award - Bauer & Clausen Optometry, Billings   Bauer & Clausen Optometry of Billings has been recognized as an outstanding family business in the New Business Category, of the State Farm Montana Family Business Program awards, presented each year by the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship. David Bauer and Robyn Clausen Bauer Read More
  • Investment in North Dakota, $1.8 Million per Capita

      North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources Director Lynn Helms was asked recently  what has been the impact on North Dakota from the oil and gas industry. Those numbers show a total of $125 billion invested within North Dakota’s portion of the Bakken, Helms said, which works out to $1.8 Read More
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Market Update

  • Coal Coalition Looks to Future

      “A stronger Colstrip is a stronger Billings.” “A stronger Lewistown is a stronger Billings.” “We are working together to bring the best to our region,” said David Trost, President of the Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC). Improving the economic strength of every community, “will strengthen all of us,” Read More
  • Montana Manufacturing Jobs Increase at Double Rate of Nation

      The number of jobs that the manufacturing sector provides in Montana has increased at a rate more than double the national rate, according to a new report commissioned by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center at Montana State University. Read More
  • Report: State Improves Manufacturing Grades but Still Below Average

       Montana improved its grades in manufacturing, and productivity and innovation, but the state is still below average, says a new report from Ball State University.  Read More
  • Merger Forms Big Sky Finance

      Big Sky Finance is now an official entity with the successful merger of the business finance program of Big Sky Economic Development Corporation in Billings and the Montana Community Finance Corporation, based in Helena. Read More
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  • Restaurants Like Shiloh Commons

      The developers and marketers of the proposed Shiloh Commons have been surprised at the level of interest from restaurants in the new residential/retail complex under construction at the corner of Shiloh Road and Central Avenue. So far seven – and maybe eight– have committed to locating in the first phase Read More
  • DeVries Announces Retirement

    DeVries Announces Retirement At the end of the year, Sue DeVries plans to retire from her position as assistant manager of Metra Park.  In submitting her written notice to Yellowstone County Commissioners, DeVries said it was one of the hardest decisions she has ever had to make. “I love my job,” she said, Read More
  • USS Billings to Launch Soon

    A US combat ship currently in the making will soon be christened the USS Billings. The USS Billings is one of nine ships currently being built in the Marinette, Wisconsin shipyard of the Lockheed Martin Corporation. It is scheduled to be christened and launched on July 1, under the sponsorship Read More
  • East Billings Business District Makes Plans for Future

    Plans for a pedestrian bridge to cross Exposition Drive which runs in front of Metra Park, and for a lighting project to improve the livability and safety of the east end of downtown Billings, are among the priorities for the development of the East Billings Urban Renewal District (EBURD). Read More
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  • Thank you, for being who you are.

     

    by Evelyn Pyburn

    In a day when headlines are daily dismaying. When one is pushed to wonder if the whole world has gone crazy. When one hears of incident after incident of people behaving badly, you might be forgiven if you forget the greater reality of the people all around you who make our communities great.

    Nothing reaffirms the true reality of exactly how great people around us are, more so than Family Business Day when we recognize people whose values, work ethics and contributions to society, makes our spirits soar.

    Having attended MSU Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship’s Family Business Day for almost every year of its 24 year history, I can attest that there is no event that happens in Montana more uplifting and inspiring.

    The families whose hard work, enterprise and success are recognized during this event are among the most wonderful people in the state to meet and to hear about. Each of their stories is riveting and amazing, and each of their stories offer a valuable lesson about the opportunities that are possible to anyone who reaches for the best within themselves.

    Everyone owes it to themselves to attend this event at

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  • The Shale Revolution

    The Shale Revolution

     

    by Evelyn Pyburn

    While undoubtedly every bit as significant as John Harpole declares the Shale Revolution to be, (front page article of this issue of the Big Sky Business Journal), as an example of the average American citizens’ ability to impact the world, is not that unusual.

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Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Montana High Tech Jobs Summit in Missoula, October 8-9, will feature panelists from across...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
In the Very Small Business category, Visser Greenhouses of Manhattan is the recipient of a State...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Cowboy Cricket Farms of Belgrade was given an award in Special Recognition of their family...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Office Supply Co. dba Missoula’s Office City of Missoula has been recognized for its longevity...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
The Kalispell Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring tours of local manufacturers to celebrate...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Carroll College (Helena) ranks No. 1 as a top regional college, while Montana Tech (Butte) has...
Thursday, October 12, 2017
Mark Francis has joined the administrative services division of Vertex Consulting Group as the...
Sunday, September 17, 2017
The Montana Department of Agriculture is searching for food purchasers to sign up to attend the...
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Cody Siems has been promoted to credit review officer at Stockman Bank. His responsibilities...