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Information Technology Core (ITC) has opened offices in Billings. The company, with roots in Helena, is a service and solutions company. “We are here to make technology work for you and not make you work for technology,” said Ron Liming, who manages the Billings office, located in the Coldwell Banker building, 1215 24th St. West.
While ITC is a major hardware provider for Montana companies, government agencies, and educational institutions the company’s primary mission is to make hardware a simple tool that their clients can use to reach their goals.
ITC is Montana’s largest HP reseller and Montana’s exclusive Xerox Managed Print Services provider. ITC’s hardware and services range from low priced supplies , computers, servers, printers, copiers, telephone systems, surveillance systems, SANS, and managed services (aka offsite backup, monitoring, patch management etc).
By Evelyn Pyburn
With extensive experience in business and most especially in the campground business, there are few people better qualified to advise prospective campground buyers than John Halstvedt and Dan Singer. Recognizing a need and understanding the unique means they have of addressing that need, these two Billings men have started a new enterprise – Recreational Business Partners.
Habitat for Humanity, Mid Yellowstone Valley received funding from Stockman Bank to further its mission of building affordable houses for families in need. Habitat will build a house at the MontanaFair, being held August 13-21. Stockman Bank’s grant will be used to move the Habitat house from the Fairgrounds to a Southside lot, where it will be finished after the Fair. In addition to funding, teams of volunteers from Stockman Bank will be working onsite during various construction phases.
Change the Game will be the focus of the 2010 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference. Meet company leaders in person, tour and explore new possibilities with your peers and allies on October 7 & 8 in Billings.
A newly released report indicates a 27 percent increase over a 25 year period in the amount of developed land in Montana. The report compiled by the Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) National Resources Inventory (NRI) was based on land-use patterns between 1982 and 2007 . NRCS State Conservationist Joyce Swartzendruber says “almost 227,000 acres of land in Montana was added to the acreages classified as developed land.”
Developed lands include land converted to urban , residential, commercial and other uses and to rural transportation corridors including roads and railroads. During the same time period cultivated cropland in the state decreased by approximately 3.3 million acres or about 23 per cent. However, officials say about 90 percent of that amount was land enrolled in the USDA’s Conservation Reserve Program. Nearly 30 percent of the increase in developed land was previously rangeland and 28 per cent came from land that was previously crop land.
Integra Telecom Inc., an integrated communications provider for business, has increased its, voice and Internet network capacity by four times in the Billings-Bozeman, area. In Billings the company is located at 206 North 29th Street. The upgrade provides customers with improved high speed Internet and voice service quality and reliability. Said Mark Geiselmayr, senior vice president for Integra Telecom of Montana. “Our Bozeman and Billings upgrades enable more businesses to be on the network with faster speeds and fewer outages.”
Jon R. Wetmore has been named ExxonMobil Billings Refinery Manager. Wetmore replaces Geoffrey A. Craft who has transferred to ExxonMobil Pipeline Company in Houston, Texas.
Wetmore was born in Canada and received his BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. In 1994, he began his career at the Canadian affiliate of ExxonMobil, Imperial Oil, in Toronto. In 1996, he moved to the Chemical’s business where he held three successive roles in technical and business analysis. Wetmore then returned to Refining in 2000 at the Strathcona Refinery in Edmonton, Alberta, where he worked as a crude optimizer, then later as a business team leader responsible for several processing units. His next move was to Dartmouth Refinery in Nova Scotia as the Technical Manager in 2003.
First Interstate Bank Foundation has donated $14,000 in private funds to the Montana Department of Commerce to encourage Native American business development in Montana.
The funds will enable the Montana Department of Commerce to provide additional grants to two Montana Native American business owners through the Montana Indian Equity Fund.
The Montana Department of Commerce will use the funds to make $7,000 Indian Equity Fund awards to Sharlene Evans, owner of Komenha “Pure Woman” Jewelry located in the Northern Cheyenne Native American Community and Merle Big Bow, owner of Big Bow Fine Arts and Crafts located in the Flathead Native American community. Both business owners will use the awards for important business expansion efforts.
“First Interstate Foundation is proud to be a partner of the DOC in supporting the MT Indian Equity Fund. Our investment has helped the DOC expand its support of Native American Business to two additional entrepreneurs. Congratulations and good luck to Merle Big Bow and Sharlene Evans as they use these awards to expand their businesses,” stated Kelly Bruggeman, Executive Director.
Evans began her journey as an artist as a child growing up in the Northern Cheyenne community. As a child she participated in summer youth programs where she learned from elders the art of creating Cheyenne style moccasins and beaded jewelry. This was the beginning of a long period of study and development that led Sharlene to becoming a skilled craftswoman, mastering the art of designing and creating jewelry of exceptional quality and beauty. Sharlene’s business is named on behalf of her Great Grandmother Komenha. Komenha translates into Pure Woman. Komenha was a daughter of Chief Dull Knife. She also survived the Fort Robinson Breakout in 1879. Sharlene will use her $7,000 to purchase a clay metal firing kiln, fixtures and equipment, that will increase her capacity and allow her to expand her business.
Big Bow is located on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation. Merle’s artwork reflects his deep sense of respect for the creative process and his products. For example, when Merle makes his drums, he remembers what he was taught by his grandfather, sun dance singer Earl Big Boy. “Always approach a drum with deep respect only making the instrument when your mood is positive.” Merle prefers to make his drums when the sun is coming up. Merle has won many awards for his work. He makes his home in the Flathead community with his wife Nicole. Merle will use the $7,000 for the purchase of equipment and tools which will allow him to expedite his operations and creations and reach new markets.
The Montana Indian Equity Fund is an initiative of the Montana Department of Commerce. Now completing its fourth year, the Department through the SBDC Entrepreneur Development Program, has provided $364,000 to 53 Native American business owners. In addition, it has provided $96,000 to Native American community based organizations providing technical assistance to support the development of these business owners.
The Big Sky Business Journal
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