Resort Business Opportunities (RBO) and Recreational Partners, Billings, have announced a collaboration to bring together their expertise in buying, selling, and operating resort, vacation and outdoor recreation businesses. They have established a consulting firm to help clients buy, sell, improve and value campgrounds and other recreational businesses.
Resort Business Opportunities operates Go-RBO.com, the only online marketplace of resort and recreation businesses for sale around the U.S. Recreational Business Partners are widely respected business transaction consultants who specialize in recreation businesses.
When starting a business, not many entrepreneurs think to ask themselves questions such as: How good am I at making decisions? Am I prepared if necessary to temporarily lower my standard of living until my business is firmly established? or How will my business affect your family?
Stockman Bank was recognized by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) as one of the top 20 industry performers in 2011 for Community Banks with more than $500 million in assets. Stockman Bank has received this distinction numerous times since recognition began in 1998.
Pizza Ranch, the popular Midwest family-style buffet concept featuring a family-friendly atmosphere, has signed a franchise agreement with Mike and Angie Christianson to open a new location at 2505 King Avenue West in Billings. The new restaurant is slated to open in August 2012 and is the first of eight restaurants the Christiansons plan to open throughout Montana.
A quaint, old fashioned styled, yet contemporary, handmade two-wheeled cart is what catches the eye on the corner of South 37th and 1st Avenue South in Billings. It's a smaller-than-scale, made-to-order, curio-styled patio piece built by Glenn Beall. Originally from Roberts, Mt. and former owner of his own framing and carpentry business in Colorado, Beall started designing lawn picnic tables around 1981 when he contracted with the Village Resort, at Breckenridge, CO., and for the Red Lodge Mountain Ski Lodge, near Red Lodge.
A new Billings business promises to bring the very best of quality olive oils and other kinds of oils, as well as a number of other specialty food items, including flavored vinegars, for local connoisseurs. The Yellowstone Olive Company is the new business of James and Jana Pennington. It's a sister-store to Olivelle in Bozeman, which offers a similar line of products. With a wide variety of oils and vinegars, customers are welcome to taste to their hearts content. They may mix and match flavors in customizing their choices. Celebrating their Grand Opening this week and next, Pennington said that they have been happily greeted by customers who previously had to travel to other cities to get their high quality and unique products. Yellowstone Olive Company is located at 529 24th Street West, next door to Real Deal, another business that the Pennington's own.
DOR Proposing New Liquor Rules
The Montana Department of Revenue (DOR) has proposed new rules for establishments serving liquor. The proposed rules can be viewed here: http:// www.mtrules.org/ gateway/ShowNoticeFile.asp?TID=4124. DOR is proposing to amend current rules and adopt new rules to increase the public's and licensees' understanding of liquor licensing laws. Their stated goal is to eliminate any potential confusion by applicants, licensees, and the public of the premises suitability requirements for each license type where alcoholic beverages may be served or sold for either on-premises consumption or off-premises consumption, and to reflect legislative changes
Environmental Reports Available
The Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) reports its 2012 303(d) list, part of the state's Water Quality Integrated Report, was approved by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Montana is one of only 10 states to have submitted the final list and report to EPA by the April 1st deadline. The final document, including appendices, attachment, GIS maps, and searchable electronic database, is available via the web at http://cwaic.mt.gov
The Environmental Quality Council office has available the latest edition of the Montana Index of Environmental Permits, a reference guide published by the EQC since 1976 that describes the permits and licenses required for activities that affect the state's environment. Go to:
http:// leg.mt. gov/ content/ publications/ environmental/ 2012-permit- index. pdf. If you have questions, or would like to order by phone, you can reach the EQC office at 444-3742.
F-15s Could Stay in Montana
A bill, approved by the Senate Armed Services Committee, would block transfers of planes and personnel for Air National Guard bases for a year and reject the Pentagon's request for another round of base closings. The action means the Montana Air National Guard (MANG) could retain its F-15 flying mission through fiscal year 2013. The Pentagon's budget plan to bring C-130 transport plans to the Great Falls unit on Gore Hill in fiscal year 2014 remains unchanged. Ironically, the bill was brought forward by the Texas Congressional delegation to prevent the transfer of the C-130s from their state.
As part of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and National Chamber Foundation's "Hiring Our Heroes" program, world-renowned rock band KISS hired a veteran to serve as a roadie on its 2012 concert tour. Army veteran and longtime KISS fan Paul Jordan was selected after a review of 1,900 applications received by Hiring Our Heroes. To date, Hiring Our Heroes has hosted 176 hiring fairs in 48 states and the District of Columbia, helping close to 10,000 veterans and military spouses find employment. That includes working with the Montana Chamber of Commerce on three job fairs in the past and more in the future.
Committee Seeking Comment
The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee of the Montana Legislature is seeking public comment through June 29 on draft legislation in response to questions raised about rural electric cooperatives related to transparency, organization, and decision-making processes. The draft legislation is now available on the ETIC Web site at: http://leg.mt.gov/content/Committees/Interim/2011-2012/Energy-and-Telecommunications/Meeting-Documents/July-2012/LCet01.pdf.
The Energy and Telecommunications Interim Committee is also seeking public comment through June 29 on a draft report reviewing Montana's underground facility damage prevention program, also known as "one-call" or "call before you dig". The draft report is available at: http:// leg.mt.gov/ content/ Committees/ Interim/ 2011-2012/ Energy-and-Telecommunications/ Meeting-Documents/ July-2012/ DIGGING%20INTO%20ONECALL.pdf
Stockman Bank had a groundbreaking ceremony last week at the site of its fifth full-service bank in Billings, the corner of 14th and Grand Avenue.
The lot has been cleared and construction crews have begun building the three-story, 18,600 square-foot facility that depicts the design of other Stockman Bank buildings, but with a six-lane drive up. The completion date is set for early 2013.
"We have seen extensive activity on Grand Avenue," comments Wayne Nelson, President of Stockman Bank Billings. "With a fifth location in Billings, we will make it as convenient as possible for our customers to do their banking anywhere in town."
Stockman Bank currently has five Billings area locations at 2700 King Avenue West, Shiloh and Grand, Hilltop and Main, Downtown at 4th and Broadway and in Worden.
Stockman Bank specializes in commercial, development, real estate and Ag lending. Established in 1953, Stockman Bank is still Montana owned and operated. There are 24 full-service locations in Montana. A 25th location in Helena is set to open mid-May. The Grand Avenue bank will be Stockman's 26th statewide location.
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