The Montana Chamber is offering a trip to China for $1,999 per person (based on double occupancy). Set for April 18-27, 2011, the ten-day, all inclusive tour (from Seattle) repeats a very successful trip sponsored by the Chamber last March.
The trip is open to anyone, they do not have to be a Chamber member, nor even in business (it is not a trade mission.)
An orientation for people interested in the trip will be held in Billings on Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5 pm. at the Crowne Plaza. Refreshments will be served for the first half-hour, with pictures and videos from the last trip. Starting at 5:30 p.m., the Montana Chamber will go over details of the trip, ending with an opportunity for registration before ending at 6:30 p.m.
Montana Chamber of Commerce
Repeal Part of Law
The Montana Chamber of Commerce supports the passage of the Small Business Paperwork Reduction Act and an amendment expected to be offered to H.R. 5297, the Small Business Jobs and Credit Act of 2010. Both would repeal Section 9006 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA) that requires Form 1099s to be filed on every business transaction (cumulatively) over $600 per year, unless done by credit card. This requirement, intended to catch “tax cheaters” and used to “fund” PPACA, is an additional burden on business. We oppose another amendment to H.R. 5297, that would provide some relief, but create even more red tape, with differing levels of exemptions. The Montana Chamber joins the U.S. Chamber of Commerce in supporting passage of H.R. 5141, the “Small Business Paperwork Mandate Elimination Act” that would also repeal Section 9006. We thank U.S. Rep Denny Rehberg for being a co-sponsor of H.R. 5141.
The Montana Chamber has partnered with the Business & Industry Political Action Committee (BIPAC) to give your business and your employees the tools and information to fully participate in the 2010 Election. There are a number of important elections this cycle that will affect key decisions in Helena on job creation, out-of-control government spending, medical marijuana, health care, resource development, taxes and much more.
A new report ranks the Montana state highway system second-best in the nation based on performance and cost-effectiveness. The ranking by the Reason Foundation in Los Angeles released last week considers eleven indicators, including highway spending, pavement and bridge condition and fatalities. The state moved up three notches from last year in the overall rankings despite being dead last in the category of fatalities per highway miles traveled. The report found Montana averaged 2.12 fatalities per 100 million miles traveled, the worst in the nation. For the full report, go to: http:// reason.org/ news/ show/ 19th-annual- highway- report
Debbie Singer of NorthWestern Energy provided a website showing unemployment numbers. It shows unemployment levels across the United States from January, 2007 to May, 2010 on a month-by-month basis. It is pretty revealing on what has happened to unemployment levels the past three years in the U.S. Go to: http:// cohort11. americanobserver. net /latoyaegwuekwe/ multimediafinal.html. Be sure to click the PLAY button in the middle of the map and take note of the dates and unemployment rates above the U.S. map, as it advances month-by-month.
Nationally-recognized energy conservation and efficiency firm, Pure Energy, has announced that it will open an energy efficiency training center between Lavina and Roundup in October.
The Pure Energy Center and Ranch will provide energy efficiency training programs and certifications for people in Montana’s construction industry and for those who need to be re-skilled to meet today’s energy savvy customers.
Green Oasis Environmental Inc., a Florida corporation, has announced that the Montana location of its wholly owned subsidiary Custom Carbon Processing Inc. (CCP) is now in full production and has produced 3,062 barrels of oil in its first month of operations.
The Waldo Processing Facility is CCP’s newest site in which processing operations are taking place. This site has been operating successfully since its inception, and has proven its capability to produce decent volumes of oil. Further additions are currently being made to this facility to ensure that processing operations can be maintained year round. The site is located in the Sidney area, and in Richland County.
Besides getting Montana oil production to market, which will not only encourage greater production but bring producers higher prices, the building of a pipeline by TransCanada, through the state of Montana means hundreds of millions of dollars in new spending and substantial revenue for local governments, according to one speaker at the Montana Petroleum Association, Paul Miller,
Miller quoted from an independent study that said the construction of the Keystone Gulf Coast Expansion Pipeline will have positive contributions to the Montana economy valued at $421 million.
Opportunity, challenges and insights into how you can change the game will be the focus of the 2010 Compete Smart Manufacturing Conference in Billings on October 7 and 8. Come hear company leaders in person, tour thriving operations and explore new possibilities.
Hear Keynote Speaker Jeff Metts and local businessman, Bill Lundberg, CEO at Roscoe Steel & Culvert.
NorthWestern Energy is seeking a five-year electricity contract for 50 megawatts of on-peak power to serve its Montana customers beginning July 1, 2012 through June 30, 2017.
The company has issued a Request for Proposal for energy delivered to any available interconnection point on its transmission system or through an exchange on the Mid-C trading hub. Proposals are due on September 21, 2010.
Interested parties may obtain a copy of the RFP at www.northwesternenergy.com or by contacting Kevin Markovich at 406-497-3336 .
A company that encourages Montana farmers to add lentils to their crop migration will create 60 jobs statewide and will use a new international container handling facility in Shelby to ready the goods to be sent around the world.
Anish Vaid, president of American Pulses Ltd., said his company has invested $7 million and will expand its operations in the state. It now has facilities in not only Shelby, but Hingham, Kremlin, Inverness, Malta and Broadview and plans to invest in other communities.
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