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Gregg Kamas, a national leader in employer-based wellness and clinical management programs, has joined EBMS as chief health officer, a new executive committee position with oversight over all care coordination, health management, pharmacy benefit management, and onsite clinic programs.
His responsibilities will include: CareLink, EBMS' comprehensive care coordination program, which forms an inter-connective link between members, providers and their health plans; EBMS Rx and miRx mail order prescriptions, EBMS' proprietary pharmacy benefit management programs; and, miCare, which administers employer-sponsored medical clinics.
Partners Roger Daniel and Andrew Hayashidu celebrated the opening of Mooyah Burgers, Fries & Shakes at 2695 King Ave. W. in Billings, last week. It is the first in the state, but more are planned according to Daniel, who owns the franchise for Montana and Wyoming.
Montana ranks among the top ten states for having the strongest housing markets, according to 24/7 Wall St.
The report said that "Montana shares characteristics with several of the Plains States. It never suffered from high unemployment during the recession; as a matter of fact, the jobless rate has been extraordinarily low. The agriculture and oil industries did well, and commodity prices were high. The cost of living was, and still is, relatively low compared to the national average, and so are home prices. The benefits of being a homeowner in Montana should continue. Corelogic predicts that the appreciation in home prices in the state will be the 14th best among all states from the first quarter of 2013 to the first quarter of 2014, and the 12th best among all states from the first quarter of this year through the first quarter of 2017.
Roxanne Sullivan has moved to the Stockman Bank Downtown office, 4th and Broadway, to resume her responsibilities as a commercial loan officer. She will continue to develop financing packages to fit the needs of each business client, as well as servicing new and existing commercial loan relationships.
After almost 50 years at the corner of 3rd Avenue North and 11th Street, in Billings, Montana Peterbilt is moving to a new facility now under construction in Lockwood at the corner of I-90 and I-94, 3255 N. Frontage Rd. An official ground breaking was held last Wednesday with a number of local dignitaries in attendance. Pictured here is one of those dignitaries, US Congressman Denny Rehberg, talking with Montana Peterbilt owners, brothers Kevin and John Gustaionis. The new $2-3 million facility will include a 54,000 sq. ft, 26-bay full service dealership, It is expected to be operational by May 2013.
Three Billings companies are applying for grants from the Big Sky Trust Fund. The applications were approved the Big Sky Economic Development Authority (EDA) at their most recent board meeting. The state Department of Commerce must now approve the applications.
The grants reimburse companies for expansions which result in the hiring new employees. The applicants include Earnest Health Incorporated, Anvil Corporation, and Canadian American Structured Solutions (CASS).
Almost every economic projection has a downward trend, reported Webb Brown, Director of the Montana Chamber of Commerce, about a recent survey his organization conducted of small businesses in the state. He presented the results to the attendees of the Mid-year Update of the Economic Outlook for the state.
The respondents seemed to be “jittery” about the coming elections, said Brown, “they seemed to be waiting for the outcome of the elections.”Hence the naming of his presentation, “Waiting for Elections.” Making them jittery are the unknowns about what Congress will do, although there was some general improvement in confidence levels about business locally.
Energy Day will be a new feature at Montana Fair this year, one that will, undoubtedly, be continued in the future.
Focusing some attention, at Montana Fair, on what is fast becoming a significant base of the local economy, seemed like an idea whose time had come to Montana Fair planners. Forming a collaboration with Metra Park, the Billings Chamber of Commerce, Big Sky EDA, Montana Energy, and synergystation.com, Energy Day mushroomed so quickly that planners realized that more than timely, it is something that is long past due, and could prove to be one of the Fair's most popular features.
While Energy Day at the Fair is August 16, once open, it will remain open for the duration of the Fair through August 18. While it will be an unprecedented kind of exhibit, it will be more than just an exhibit; each day will be full of educational and fun events, and many opportunities for business people to connect with each other, and for job seekers to connect with potential employers and training.
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