By Nancy Zalutsky, Ponderosa Advisors

If you haven’t noticed, Montana has found itself in the center of a triad of unfortunate circumstances regarding water. The state is still undergoing statewide adjudication where water users must prove their historical use, claim water for formerly exempt uses, and defend challenges to their water use. This water rights adjudication process is now taking place against a backdrop of catastrophic drought and fires.  You got it – this



Eight businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2017 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 6, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman. The event includes a free succession planning workshop.


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.


In a victory for class action fairness, an appeals court rejected a settlement in the Subway Footlong case that would have paid plaintiffs’ attorneys over half a million dollars while leaving the class members with nothing.

Manufacturing Day is October 6. It is an annual celebration of modern manufacturing during which manufacturers invite their communities — including students, educators, business people, media, and politicians — to their facilities in a collective effort to educate visitors about manufacturing career opportunities and improve public perceptions of manufacturing.