Richland Economic Development Corp awarded its sixteenth loan for the expansion of a business in Fairview. The loan was for Tim Neu for  Neu’s SuperValu. The loan was applied for in partnership with Stockman Bank of Sidney. Tim purchased the SuperValu from Bill Huft in 2015, and then began upgrading the store.


Yellowstone Marketplace, downtown Sidney, recently opened a new antique store called “Archer’s Antiques.” The store is an on-going project of collected merchandise. Owners Russ and Linda Wells already have one pod crammed full of antiques. The Marketplace has several stores including a newly named and revamped $1 and $2 store, and the “Garage.” The Used Furniture store has been expanded and includes all kinds of household furniture plus office furniture. The Fine Arts Gallery includes artwork, jewelry and pottery from Eastern Montana. Several flavors of decadent, locally made fudge as well as hard ice cream entice customers at the Fudge & Ice Cream Store. It is also home to Mucho Si Mexican Restaurant.


Bittersweet Hide Out & Coffee Shack has opened in the Shoppes at Peifer’s General Store, 141 7th St. S.W. in Sidney.


Wyoming’s economy continues to rebound from its latest energy bust, but economists say the state has only recovered about a third of the jobs lost during that time. The Wyoming Tribune Eagle reports an economic analysis released by the Wyoming Department of Administration and Information this past week shows growth across multiple sectors in the fourth quarter of 2018. The state’s total employment grew by 2,800 jobs in the last quarter compared to a year earlier. It is the largest year-over-year growth since 2015.


North Dakota became the latest state to untangle natural hair braiders and eyebrow threaders from a thicket of licensing red tape thanks to a bill signed by Gov. Doug Burgum. Before, threaders could only work in North Dakota if they became licensed estheticians, a credential that requires a minimum 600 hours of coursework. The requirements for braiders were even more burdensome: They needed a license in cosmetology, which takes at least 1,800 hours of classes, or around 420 days. In contrast, pharmacy technicians need just three months of experience to become licensed, while emergency medical technicians—who literally hold the lives of others in their hands—have to finish at least 150 hours of coursework. But under HB 1345, braiders and threaders are completely exempt from licensing and are now free to work without a government permission slip.


Discretion Partners, a Belgrade cannabidiol company, has signed major distribution deals and provided CBD products to professional sports teams and players, according to the company's CEO Larry Harmon. The business has a 6,500-square-foot research and development product facility. Harmon said that the 2018 Farm Bill that took hemp off the federal government's list of controlled substances could make Montana one of the top hemp producing states. Montana saw the most hemp production in the entire country in 2018, going from 542 acres in 2017 to 22,000 acres in 2018.


Locati Architects has developed a 45,000-square-foot commercial building in Bozeman at 1101 E. Main St. which will house D. A. Davidson and other businesses. Owners say a restaurant may open in the facility.


A news release from Prospera Business in Bozeman reveals that workers are having a hard time keeping up with housing prices in Gallatin and Park counties as people with diverse sources of income move in. Incomes have risen but not fast enough to match skyrocketing housing costs, a problem that can be found across the state, but especially prevalent in Gallatin and Park counties.


A bill approved by the North Dakota House aims to prevent people from tampering with pipelines and other energy infrastructure, but opponents argue it will stifle free speech. House members voted 76-14 in favor of Senate Bill 2044, introduced in response to activists who turned an emergency valve of an oil pipeline in northeast North Dakota in 2016. The bill includes a penalty for an organization that is found guilty of conspiring with an individual who tampers with or damages critical infrastructure.


The U.S. Small Business Administration has recognized the Montana Women’s Business Center at Prospera Business Network located in Bozeman as the 2019 National Small Business Week Women’s Business Center of the Year. “Montana is fortunate to have Suzi Berget White, the Montana Women’s Business Center and Prospera Business Network to support the dreams of women entrepreneurs in our state, said Wayne Gardella, SBA Montana District Director.