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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?
Having retired from one career, Jose A. Bustos, Jr. of Billings has launched another.
Bustos is a consultant under the auspices of America Approved Energy Services, which is based in Ft. Myers, Florida, helping businesses and organizations in the region find energy savings.
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.
First Interstate Bank and Glacier Bancorp were among two financial businesses which were recognized as "America's Most Trustworthy", an analysis from Forbes Magazine of what businesses don't have problems. Other business, on the list of 100, which would be readily recognizable in Montana, who also made the list, include, La-Z-Boy, Red Robin Gourmet Burgers, Whole Food Market, and Buffalo Wild Wings.
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.
Ryan Auer has joined Stockman Bank as the residential real estate market manager. He will oversee and manage the real estate department for all four Billings Stockman Bank locations. His responsibilities include coordinating the residential real estate activities in Billings and surrounding areas. Auer, a Billings native, has an extensive background in banking, lending and real estate.
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.
Montana remained status quo for 2012 in terms of economic performance and economic outlook, in a report issued Wednesday by a Washington, D.C.-based nonpartisan association of state legislators.
The state retained its ranking from 2011 of No. 3 for economic performance and 36th for economic outlook, according to the fifth edition of "Rich States, Poor States: ALEC-Laffer State Economic Competitiveness Index."
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