• Women-owned Businesses Increase 50% in Montana

      Montana has an estimated 37,400 women-owned businesses, employing 35,000 and attributing to roughly $4,771,100,000 according to the seventh annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express OPEN. The report analyzes data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Read More
  • GTUIT at Abu Dhabi Nation Exhibit

      GTUIT, a Billings-based manufacturer of mobile gas treatment systems, will participate in the Abu Dhabi International Petroleum Exhibition and Conference taking place in Abu Dhabi Nation Exhibition Center, November 13-16. The company will be showcased by Caterpillar in its exhibit as technology “that keeps our customers connected to their Read More
  • Chalet Market Has New Owners

      Chalet Market, a long-standing Billings deli and gift shop, is changing hands this month, as owners Dean and Callie Cromwell prepare to retire from the business that Dean’s family started in 1981. New owners Julie and Ryan Johnson, also a husband-and-wife team, are relocating from Fort Collins, Colorado, to Read More
  • Next e-commerce “Big Play” unfolds in Billings

      The next “big play” in e-commerce may very well be a company recently founded in Billings, Montana. It’s taken five years and millions of dollars to develop the new app, but WebBuy is now available to car dealerships throughout the country. The first-of–its kind, WebBuy is a fully integrated Read More
  • World Markets Matter to Montana

      In a recent report, University of Montana economist, Paul Polzin, underscored the importance of worldwide economic conditions to Montana.  As the recent downturn — due in large part to a drop in world commodity prices — in the state’s economy demonstrates, what happens in other countries matters in terms of jobs, Read More
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  • County Offices to Move to Stillwater Building

      Yellowstone County will expand its office space across the street to the former federal building, now known as the Stillwater Building. County Commissioners made the decision on Tuesday based upon the recommendation of the committee they appointed to review proposals. The proposal to lease space on the third floor Read More
  • Montana Outlook Seminars Set for 2018

      This year’s Economic Outlook Seminars will examine the question of how, and how well, Montana’s higher education system returns value. The Future of Higher Education in Montana - will be presented by Robert Nystuen, vice chair of the Montana University Board of Regents. He is president at Glacier Bank in Read More
  • Better Control of Wildfires Could Reduce CO2 Emissions

    Better Control of Wildfires Could Reduce CO2 Emissions   Could Montana achieve carbon emissions reductions with better wild fire management?  While carbon emissions are “rarely included in carbon policy discussions,” it is an option that could reduce carbon emissions in Montana in a less costly way in terms of jobs, incomes and economic production.  The suggestion comes from Read More
  • Sustaining the Engine that Does it All

    Sustaining the Engine that Does it All   “What keeps you up at night about your business?” Lachlan Perks asked some of the Montana family business owners at the 2017 State Farm Family Business Day Awards Luncheon in Bozeman. Interestingly, all of the answers had to do with employees, including Perks own answer to his own question. Read More
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  • Montana Women’s Run Donates over $90 Thousand to Groups

      The Montana Women’s Run announced donations to women’s health and fitness programs in the Billings community from funds raised this year.  Read More
  • Montana Gets a B for Business Friendliness

      Thumbtack, the app and website that finds you local professionals (pros) for any project, released the grades from its 2017 Small Business Friendliness Survey, the largest continuous study of small business perceptions of government policy in the U.S. Thumbtack surveyed more than 13,000 small business owners in 50 states Read More
  • Employers Advised to Keep Holiday Celebrations Safe

      The holiday party season is here, and the Small Business Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business is advising its business owners to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas – drunk driving and harassment. An increasing number of states require employers to exercise reasonable Read More
  • New Parking Garage Planned for Downtown

    New Parking Garage Planned for Downtown   EEC, a local engineering and architectural firm, announced that the existing Diamond Parking Lot located at 317 North 26th in Billings was recently acquired by a new owner.  The new owner, who was not identified, plans to construct a new, six level, state- of –the- art parking garage on Read More
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  • Paying for Cuts, Means No Cuts

    When politicians – at state or federal levels — talk about cutting taxes and then start pondering how to “pay” for it, I lose all interest in the conversation. “Paying” for tax cuts renders the whole endeavor and even the conversation meaningless. Whatever such strategists are up to, one can be assured it has nothing to do with cutting taxes; they are simply scattering peas.

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  • Millenials

    by Evelyn Pyburn

    As much as everything changes, yet it remains the same.

    There’s some kind of saying about that.

    What it really speaks to, one has to suspect, is the re-discovery of the same truths, generation after generation. The past seems to be quickly forgotten and we fail so miserably at teaching history that each new generation comes to believe it is special in its ability to discover realities that no one else seems to have even noticed.

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We can do it!” is the theme for the sixth annual Women in Ag Conference, an engaging, interactive...
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Yellowstone County Commissioners approved giving Phillips 66 a tax incentive on the company’s...
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Montana has the 6th most competitive tax code in the nation, according to the Tax Foundation’s...
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Glacier Bancorp Inc. has signed an agreement to acquire Inter-Mountain Bancorp Inc., the bank...
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Following the departure in December of longtime Executive Director Robyn G. Peterson, oversight of...
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Members of the millennial generation are nearly twice as likely to be registered nurses as baby...
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Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries is planning to expand its All-American, retro-themed diner to...