• Top Teams Announced in Business Challenge

      After eight weeks of managing and making a variety of business decisions, the winners of the 2017 Fall High School Business Challenge (HSBC) have been calculated. Read More
  • Poll Shows Voters Want Government Spending Controlled, Health Care Access

      According to the 2017 Business-Base (B-Base) poll commissioned by the Montana Chamber of Commerce, Montana voter priorities for the next legislative session include controlling government spending, improving access to healthcare and increasing education funding. Twenty-two percent of Montana residents polled said their top priority is controlling government spending, while Read More
  • No Matter Who Else Is, Business Is Happy with New Tax Bill

      While the news is filled with opinions about the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, recently passed by Congress — often with previously unheard-of perspectives from people not liking tax cuts – press releases have flooded media from organizations that are ecstatic with the legislation – mostly from business-related organizations. “This historical tax Read More
  • Market Resolves Threat of Colony Collapse of Honeybees

      Beginning in 2006, there was much media attention about the collapse of bee colonies and the threat that that could pose to food production, but there has been little news about how the crisis has been averted. Read More
  • Making History

      With Democrats and many other commentators expressing gloom and doom about the passage of the tax cut bill, a position amplified by most of media, it should not be surprising that many people are dubious about what is to come. Citizens are not being exposed to many of the Read More
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Market Update

  • State Worries About Tax Cuts Based on False Assumptions

      While State of Montana officials are predicting that the state will lose up to $46.3 million in revenues in 2018, because of federal tax cuts passed by Congress this month, the Tax Foundation disagrees, stating that the state will likely come out slightly ahead in revenue than without the Read More
  • Montana Tourism Does Well in 2017

      Tourism is a leading industry in Montana and continued its strong economic performance in 2017 supporting over 53,000 jobs. Tourism provides jobs in lodging, restaurants, retail and many indirect positions supporting real estate, construction, architecture and banking. Non-resident visitors spent $3.3 billion according to the preliminary traveler expenditure report Read More
  • EDA-EDC Updates on Airline, Funding, New Officers, Programs

      American Airlines has been very pleased with the success of the Dallas Fort Worth/ Billings flight, reported Steve Arveschoug, following a trip to Texas to confer with airline officials. Arveschoug reported the success of the community’s efforts to expand air service for Billings during the joint board meeting of Read More
  • Seminar Looks at Future of Higher Ed

    Higher education is a future-oriented business – educating and preparing the leaders of tomorrow. But what is the future for colleges and universities themselves? In an economy that increasingly rewards knowledge and expertise, the need to cultivate and grow a competitive, skilled and educated workforce is more vital than ever. Yet Read More
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  • Kenney Promoted to President of Charter College

    Andrea Kenney has been promoted to the position of president of the Charter College campus in Billings, where she serves as the senior, on-site management representative for the location. She provides direct and indirect leadership and operational management for five areas of business: admissions, financial aid, education, student success and Read More
  • Metra Park Weighs Offer for ECHL Hockey Franchise

    Billings is once again being asked to host a hockey franchise, only this time it is a professional team, a new one to be formed as part of the ECHL. "The ECHL is a major professional league with 27 teams in the US and Canada. The play of ECHL hockey Read More
  • 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
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  • Why Evil Triumphs

    by Evelyn Pyburn

    Amid all the accusations and revelations about sexual abuse in the entertainment and political world, one must remember that this is not something we haven’t seen before, most especially within the education and religious institutions.

    We have seen very high profile cases in which victims of horrendous sexual abuse were secretly “the given” for many, many years, tolerated by respected leaders of academia and churches. Years and years, during which victims suffered in silence and obscurity.

    One cannot watch the unfolding of this latest phenomenon without thinking it is a manifestation of the truism by Edmund Burke, “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing.”

    Within the realm of professional sports, all kinds of abuse was not only tolerated, but at times almost snickered about, on a very public platform. So long as players delivered on the field, society was willing to give them carte blanc. So long as they did not abuse dogs, they could do nothing that a minor fine couldn’t rectify.

    What kind of message was that sending to perpetrators, and more importantly, their victims?

    When we were told that the sexual misconduct of elected officials

    Read More
  • US Economy Expands 3% for Two Straight Quarters


    The Bureau of Economic Analysis reports that the U.S. economy grew by 3.2 percent in the third quarter. The bottom line is that the U.S. economy has expanded for two straight quarters by at least 3 percent, and if the current forecast holds, that streak should extend to three consecutive quarters.

    Read More
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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced $1,430,000 in funding to assist...
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