• North Dakota’s Proposed Projects

    North Dakota’s Proposed Projects North Dakota needs no incentive programs to attract business. Several oil and gas projects are expected to be under construction in North Dakota this year, including natural gas processing plants. Read More
  • Best Small Cities for Jobs - From Forbes

    Surprisingly, our list of the best small areas for jobs does not include many of the scenic small communities that tend to attract affluent emigrés from large cities. Instead most of our leading areas from the last 10 years tend to be those driven by the energy industry, led by Read More
  • Pet Resort Opens Second Store

    Pet Resort Opens Second Store Big Sky Pet Resort, an upscale pet boarding, daycare, grooming and training facility, is scheduled to open its second Billings location on April 1. The company has reached an agreement with Winchell Enterprises Inc. to acquire the former Dog Spot location at 1749 Grand Ave. The facility will provide Doggie Read More
  • Off the Charts

    Payroll employment increased by 313,000 jobs in February, prompting the head of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Ray Keating, to call it “Off the charts good.” But the good news began sooner than most reports indicated. Read More
  • Manufacturing Doing Well Across the Nation

    Manufacturers added 31,000 workers in February, and revisions in the December and January data increased employment in the sector by 28,000 in total from previous estimates. As such, the latest jobs numbers confirm that the labor market has tightened significantly, with manufacturers increasing employment by a rather robust 18,876 per Read More
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Market Update

  • South Billings TIF District Makes Bid for Sports Facility

    Following immediately upon the release of a survey that concludes that Billings has need for a wide range of sport facilities, the South Billings Urban Renewal District (SBURD) informed the Billings City Council that they have the financial wherewithal, and want to build them – as soon as possible. Steve Zeier, Read More
  • SBA Names Skip King Business Person of Year

    SBA Names Skip King Business Person of Year Charles “Skip” King, owner of King’s ACE Hardware, Billings, has been named Montana SBA Small Business Person of the year for 2018.  This annual award from the U.S. Small Business Administration recognizes the hard work, challenges, innovation, and community investment that is required of America’s most successful small business men Read More
  • Montana Chamber Gives Justices Annual Grade

    Montana Chamber Gives Justices Annual Grade   The Montana Chamber of Commerce has released its 2018 Judicial Review, which reviews actions of the Montana Supreme Court over 2016 and 2017. Coupled with other judicial news, it adds to an improving picture regarding Montana’s judicial system – something that is pleasing the Montana Chamber of Commerce as it Read More
  • SBA Business Awards - Week April 29-May 5

    SBA Business Awards - Week April 29-May 5 National Small Business Week this year is April 29-May 5. In recognition of Montana’s small businesses, the Montana US Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold a luncheon event in Billings on May 3 at the Camelot Ranch. Read More
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  • One Big Sky Awaits Funding for Planning Study

    The Strategy Partnership for One Big Sky District (OBSD) Development held an information rally, last week, for its membership and the public. Getting more information out to the public in support of a planning study for two proposed downtown business districts is “about what could be, in our community,” said Read More
  • Officials Launch Research into Restoring Hockey to Metra

    Officials Launch Research into Restoring Hockey to Metra A gathering of county officials, Metra Park administrators, and hockey enthusiasts met a couple weeks ago to weigh the possibility of bringing hockey back to Metra Park. The question has been raised by a group of investors who would like to establish a team for the ECHL, a major professional Read More
  • New Owners for Women’s Magazine

    New Owners for Women’s Magazine The popular women’s publication, Yellowstone Valley Woman, has been sold to new owners. Jeremy and Haley Vannatta have been publishing Yellowstone Valley Woman (YVW) in Billings since 2006, and in 2016 they started a second publication, Raised in the West. In January they sold both publications to Julie and Ken Read More
  • CDC Award Presented to Garrett Scott of Yellowstone Bank

    CDC Award Presented  to Garrett Scott of Yellowstone Bank     Garrett Scott of Yellowstone Bank has received Montana & Idaho CDC’s first ever Montana Small Business Lender of the Year Award. Scott helped connect several Billings-area entrepreneurs to capital to see them through short term growth needs and prepares them for a longer-term bank loan, through the CDC Read More
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  • Downtown Does Need a Plan by Evelyn Pyburn

    Downtown Does Need a Plan by Evelyn Pyburn

    It’s true that downtown Billings should have a “plan” for the future. A plan that takes into account what is happening downtown and what is likely to happen and what the city needs to do to facilitate private sector development – such as having adequate utility lines in the right place and streets and lights to accommodate the safety of citizens. A plan to do what city government is supposed to do.

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  • Taxes on Spirits

    Montana has the 12th highest tax on spirits in the nation at $9.78 per gallon.

    Compared to taxes on alcoholic beverages such as wine and beer, distilled spirits are taxed at much higher rates across the states, ostensibly to adjust for higher alcohol content.

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Sunday, April 08, 2018
Montana State University’s Continuing, Professional and Lifelong Learning will offer a workshop...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
State personal income increased 3.1 percent on average in 2017, after increasing 2.3 percent in...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Just launched is RanchMeat, a new, web-based community sales platform designed to offer a better...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Cenex Harvest States will move its three Kalispell area businesses into the Glacier Rail Park....
Sunday, April 08, 2018
The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted affirmatively on an order that will accelerate...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Registration is open for the 39th Annual Heart & Sole Run on Saturday, June 16. Entry fee for...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Congressman Greg Gianforte (R-MT) held a roundtable discussion with seven Montana Farm Bureau...
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Stockman Insurance Inc. and MutualAid eXchange (MAX)donated a grant to the Montana Rescue Mission....
Sunday, April 08, 2018
Yellowstone County Commissioners approved a zone change request on Barrett Road in the Heights,...