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Montana ranked 30th in what has become one of the most significant rankings of states for business.
SBE Council's "Business Tax Index 2013" pulls together 21 different tax measures, and combines those into one tax score that allows the 50 states to be compared and ranked. Among the taxes included are income, capital gains, property, death/inheritance, unemployment, and various consumption-based taxes, including state gas and diesel levies.
Tom Spika and Spika Welding received the first-ever "Manufacturer of the Year" award in Helena. The award was presented by the Montana Manufacturing Council, a subsidiary of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, at the biennial Trade & Manufacturing Day at the Capitol. Governor Steve Bullock attended the presentation.
Todd Hanna has been promoted to vice president, commercial loan officer for Stockman Bank Billings Heights. His responsibilities include developing financing packages to fit the needs of each business client, as well as servicing new and existing commercial loan relationships.
Hanna has been with Stockman Bank since 2001 and has over 20 years of banking experience. He is currently a member of the board of directors for Eagle Mount Billings, Heights Exchange Club and Child Abuse Prevention Foundation. He also coordinates the Stockman Scramble golf tournament, which benefits Young Families Early Head Start.
MRL Equipment Company, Inc., of Billings, has been named Montana's 2012 Exporter of the Year. The announcement was made during the Manufacturing & Trade Day at the State Capitol, by Governor Steve Bullock and members of the Montana District Export Council.
Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR), a Department of Defense operational committee, announced that three Montana employers have been selected as semifinalists for the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award. The Freedom Award is the DoD's highest honor for employers that provide extraordinary support to their Guard and Reserve employees. This year, 138 semifinalists stood out among 2,899 employers nominated by a Guard or Reserve employee.
Billing's businessman, Steve Wahrlich, was among three statewide tourism award winners honored by the Montana Tourism and Recreation Industry at the 2013 Montana Governor's Conference on Tourism and Recreation, in Helena, March 24-26. Tourism award winners are selected for their outstanding contributions to Montana's tourism industry.
Wahrlich, owner of the Best Western Plus ClockTower Inn in Billings, was named 2013 Tourism Person of the Year. The Montana Dragon Boat Festival was named the Tourism Event of the Year, and the Gardiner Gateway Project was named the Tourism Partnership of the Year.
Through June 16, guests at MacKenzie River Pizza locations will have a chance to vote on how much each, of seven non-profit groups, should receive from a total $20,000 donation from MacKenzie River Pizza.
MacKenzie will give a portion of the donation to a worthy civic group in each area of their seven Montana locations, in recognition of their 20 years in business and to thank Montana communities for supporting their restaurants. In Billings the organization is Chase Hawks Memorial Association.
Plante Moran Cresa, a real estate consulting firm representing Elizabeth Zeiler, announced that the City of Billings, has approved the annexation and rezoning of the 63.32 acre farm located at 1236 Mullowney Lane along Highway 90. The Zeiler family has owned and operated the farm for nearly 100 years and is now anticipating the sale of the property for development. This annexation and re-zoning will allow for access to city services and utilities which will increase its development potential substantially.
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