• The Greatest Story Never Told about Environmental Successes

    The Greatest Story Never Told about Environmental Successes The US has made some amazing strides over the past few years within the realm of energy, in terms of markets and technology and environment, but despite that there remains risk to the industry, primarily from “anti-energy environmentalism” opposition, which means “we have to continue to be resilient,” said Matthew Read More
  • ND Plans 6 Gas Plants

    North Dakota pipeline authorities have announced that six natural gas processing plants are coming on-line in the Bakken over the next few months. Two are being completed this year, and four others are scheduled next year. The two coming on line in September and October – representing a $300 million investment Read More
  • Montana Oil Outlook Trending Up

    During the Montana Petroleum Association conference in Billings last week, a wide ranging conversation among some attendees highlighted the status of the industry in Montana. “I am optimistic about stable oil prices,” said David Linn, Manager and Senior Engineer of WBI Energy, Inc., a view that was reinforced by Jim Read More
  • Jami Shaw Promoted at Stockman Bank Worden

    Jami Shaw, Worden Branch Manager, has recently been promoted to Vice President, Branch Manager for Stockman Bank Worden. Her responsibilities include overseeing bank operations, management and employee supervision, and all lending activities in Worden. Shaw brings over 33 years of experience to the position that will continue to provide valuable Read More
  • Permaletter Sells

    On August 1, 2018 Zee Creative, Inc. acquired Permaletter Sign Company, from Ron and Ronda Bachman.  The new owners, Mike and Sabrina Marshall, plan to retain the existing team of employees – “talented people who have helped build a successful company and that we have known for many years.” Read More
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Market Update

  • Women-owned Business Contributes $4.5 Billion to State Economy

    Montana has an estimated 36,500 women-owned businesses, employing 34,400 and attributing to roughly $4,654,100,000 according to the eighth annual State of Women-Owned Businesses Report, commissioned by American Express, a comprehensive report analyzing data from the U.S. Census Bureau’s Survey of Business Owners and factoring in relative changes in Gross Domestic Read More
  • Taxpayers will See Some Increase in County Tax Bills

    Taxpayers in Yellowstone County will probably see an increase in the countywide levy of 12.63 mills, about 11.3 percent increase in the number of mills, over last year. About two-thirds of that increase is due to a voter approved public safety /County Attorney levy, according to County Director of Finance Read More
  • PSC Shores-up Monopoly Status of Missoula Company

    – In a closely-decided vote, the Montana Public Service Commission voted not to permit L & L Site Services to begin waste hauling operations in Missoula County. Like most transportation companies, garbage disposal requires a Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity from the Public Service Commission in order to do business Read More
  • PSC Authorizes Kalispell Moving Company

    The Montana Public Service Commission voted unanimously to permit the sale of Dunne Moving and Storage’s Motor Carrier Certificate of Authority No. 334 to C & N Enterprises, Inc., doing business as A-Team Moving and Storage. Commission Chairman Brad Johnson, whose district includes Kalispell, said, “A-Team has been in business Read More
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  • Join Golf Fundraiser, September 30 2018

    Join Golf Fundraiser, September 30 2018 Play golf for a good cause and a good time, on Sunday, September 30 at the Pryor Creek Golf Club, Huntley. Participate in the seventh annual Callan Taylor Fund for Kidney Disease Charity Golf Tournament. The event is being held in Montana for the third time. Previous tournaments have been Read More
  • More Stores to Open at Rimrock Mall

    Rimrock Mall is introducing three new stores to the Billings area - the city’s first-ever Candy Clubhouse opens at the mall in September followed closely by Pro Image Sports who debuts in October. Shoe Dept. Encore will have a November grand opening. “One of our goals is to offer new experiences Read More
  • NAIA Adds Year to Billings

    Visit Billings and Rocky Mountain College announced the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) selected Billings, as the host community for the Division I Women’s Basketball Championship through 2020. The event, held in Billings in both 2017 and 2018 at MetraPark, was originally contracted through 2019, but the success of Read More
  • Montanans Love Traveling Montana

    Montanans Love Traveling Montana In- state residents of Montana, traveling in the state have a significant impact on local economies in Montana – and none more so than Yellowstone County. According to a recently released study by the University of Montana for the Institute for Tourism and Recreation, in- state travel by Montana residents has Read More
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  • Opportunities Abound by Evelyn Pyburn

    Opportunities Abound by Evelyn Pyburn


    So as economists, politicians, civic leaders and economic developers wring their hands in concern about the “eco-system” for entrepreneurs and what to do to encourage them, there comes a typical example of what the state does to destroy them. The Public Service Commission comes out with an announcement of a decision in which they denied a permit to a company that wants to haul garbage in Missoula. This follows the approval of one in Roundup a couple weeks prior.

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  • Medical Industry Contributes $2 Billion to State Economy


    Often one can hear the different industries in Montana claim to be the state’s largest. Agriculture is commonly considered Montana’s largest, but a recent analysis by 24/7 Wall St., concludes that its hospitals, nursing, and residential care facilities, which is true of only five states.
    The study excluded real estate, the largest contributor to GDP, because housing is a universal need and fails to illuminate economic differences.
    As in the other states with the same largest industry, Montana’s population is older than that of the U.S. as a whole. The typical state resident is 40 years old compared to the 38 years median national age. Additionally, 17.6% of the population is age 65 or older, well above the comparable 15.2% share of Americans nationwide.

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How to do Business with the State of Montana On Oct. 3 a seminar on How to do Business with the...
Wednesday, September 05, 2018
A legal dispute with state regulators, will impact the approval by Federal officials of the first...
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Kelly McCandless, Communications & Strategic Priorities Manager for the Billings Chamber of...
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The uncertainty and expense that would be prevented by implementing the Confederated Salish &...
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Inc. Magazine has recognized Montana-based SleekEZ LLC as one of the country’s top 500 fastest...
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Despite record hot and record cold weather, during the week, Montana Fair pulled in numbers that...
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Eighty percent of construction firms report they are having a hard time filling hourly craft...
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Billings Clinic has again been recognized as the No. 1 hospital in Montana and a Best Hospital for...
Monday, August 27, 2018
Karen Alderman Harbert, President and Chief Executive Officer of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s...