• 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
  • Sign Up for Shop Local, Shop Small Business Saturday

    Sign Up for Shop Local, Shop Small Business Saturday In preparation for holiday shopping, small locally owned businesses are once again being encouraged to participate in what has become one of the Billings Chamber of Commerce’s most popular programs – “Shop Small” on “Small Business Saturday,” November 25. It’s become so popular in fact that the organizers have found it Read More
  • Motivating Amazon?

      Many states have an east versus west or urban versus rural divide on policy issues. In Washington state, it’s more like Seattle versus the entire 71,000 square miles of the rest of the state, and nowhere is this difference more pronounced than in the tax policy arena. The tax Read More
  • Montana, Good Place for Business

      The president of D.A. Davidson Co., Larry Martinez, shared what the company is seeing in market themes and why businesses should be headquartered in Montana on Oct. 26 at the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s Annual Meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn in Great Falls. Martinez, who was the keynote Read More
  • Bozeman Business Gets National Recognition

      A Bozeman business won the second place award in the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) 2017 InnovateHER Challenge. Jessica Dehn with Dino Drop In won $20,000 in the SBA’s nationwide live-pitch competition, which highlights the innovative products, services, and technologies developed by visionary entrepreneurs that have a measurable impact Read More
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  • 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
  • Local Tax Rankings

    Local Tax Rankings   Total state and local tax collections per capita vary drastically across the country, but the highest collections might surprise you. The three states with the highest state and local collections per capita are North Dakota ($9,746), New York ($8,410), and Alaska ($7,555). The three states with the lowest state Read More
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  • 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
  • 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
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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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  • A Conversation Assessing the Gun Control Debate


    by Evelyn Pyburn
    So, do you know what the word “pusillanimity” means?
    It was a word used frequently in an on-line conversation I recently came across involving people from around the world regarding Americans and the issue of gun control.
    The perspectives were interesting, but rather sadly, the conclusion of most of those involved was that eventually American “pusillanimity,” would result with Americans giving up their guns.

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