• Pet Resort Opens Second Store

    Big Sky Pet Resort, an upscale pet boarding, daycare, grooming and training facility, is scheduled to open its second Billings location on April 1. The company has reached an agreement with Winchell Enterprises Inc. to acquire the former Dog Spot location at 1749 Grand Ave. The facility will provide Doggie Read More
  • Off the Charts

    Payroll employment increased by 313,000 jobs in February, prompting the head of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, Ray Keating, to call it “Off the charts good.” But the good news began sooner than most reports indicated. Read More
  • Manufacturing Doing Well Across the Nation

    Manufacturers added 31,000 workers in February, and revisions in the December and January data increased employment in the sector by 28,000 in total from previous estimates. As such, the latest jobs numbers confirm that the labor market has tightened significantly, with manufacturers increasing employment by a rather robust 18,876 per Read More
  • Manufacturing Up in Montana

    Manufacturing Up in Montana While facing challenges of finding qualified workers, and strategies on how to expand their businesses, Montana manufacturers are holding firm after a decade of growth that exceeded the national average. Read More
  • Nominate Manufacturer & Exporter of Year

    The Montana Manufacturing Association, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, and the Montana District Export Council (DEC) are looking for the 2017 Montana Manufacturer of the Year and the 2017 Montana Exporter of the Year. Read More
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Market Update

  • SBA Business Awards - Week April 29-May 5

    National Small Business Week this year is April 29-May 5. In recognition of Montana’s small businesses, the Montana US Small Business Administration (SBA) will hold a luncheon event in Billings on May 3 at the Camelot Ranch. Read More
  • More Tax Reform to Come

    When it comes to reforming the federal tax code, there is still more work to be done. The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), enacted in December 2017, made several significant changes to the federal income tax. The bill reduced tax rates for both corporations and individuals, limited major deductions, Read More
  • MDT Announces Plans for Main Street and Airport Road

    The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) announced a proposal to improve roadway segments and intersections near the intersection of Airport Road and Main Street in Billings. Read More
  • Job Jamboree

    The 27th Annual Billings JSEC Jobs Jamboree will be held March 21 at the MetraPark Pavilion in Billings, from 11:30 am to 6 pm, with early entrance for Veteran’s, Guard and Reserves at 11 am. The Jobs Jamboree is touted as the best job fair to learn about the thousands Read More
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  • Tax Abatement Generates $8 Billion Economic Impact

    Tax Abatement Generates $8 Billion Economic Impact Tax Abatements awarded by the City of Billings and the County of Yellowstone, over the past few years, will generate an $8 billion direct and indirect economic impact on the community based upon the salaries of the jobs the new business growth created. Read More
  • ZZ Top Comes to Billings

    ZZ Top Comes to Billings ZZ Top will be the headliner for Magic City Blues Festival this summer. The rock band will perform the first night of the two-day event in downtown Billings, August 3 and 4. Read More
  • Swain Makes Red Door Success

    Swain Makes Red Door Success A valued West Billings locale for meeting friends for food, for drinks and friendly chatter is the Red Door Lounge, 38th and Grand Avenue.  Owned by Dave Swain and his son, Aaron Swain, the Red Door provides a rustic yet colorful, classy and exciting experience.   Read More
  • GOP Candidates Forum Set for April 24

    The public is invited to meet the primary GOP U.S. Senate candidates at a forum on Tuesday, April 24, at the Elks Lodge in Billings. All of the GOP candidates have committed to participating, which include Russell Fagg, Matt Rosendale, Troy Downing and Albert Olszewki – all are vying for the Read More
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  • Montanans are Pretty Happy

    To find some of the happiest, healthiest people in the nation, head to “The Land of Plenty” – South Dakota. The state tied with Vermont for the top spot in the Gallup-Sharecare 2017 State of American Well-Being Rankings. The report measures how Americans feel about their physical health, social connections, finances, community and sense of purpose.
    The two states show frequently in the top ten of the list.
    Montana ranked 10th.
    “For those of us who follow this closely over the years, it’s not a surprise to see South Dakota and Vermont sharing that perch. They’re both historically very high well-being states,” Dan Witters, research director of the Gallup-Sharecare Well-Being Index, told TODAY. “They both have a lot of good things going for them.”
    Residents in both states are in good physical health, eat a healthy diet, feel safe in and proud of their communities, and manage their finances well, he noted.
    South Dakotans, in particular, report little significant worry or stress on any given day and say they like what they do. Vermonters, meanwhile, enjoy a lot of supportive relationships and love in their lives.
    The top five states for overall well-being are:
    1. South Dakota (tie)
    1. Vermont (tie)

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  • Get Used to It by Evelyn Pyburn

    "This is the new normal, get used to it.”
    Remember those words?
    I for one refused to get used to it, and so it seems did many others.
    I was dismayed that we had leaders who even thought “getting used to it” was an acceptable plan of action.

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