Two of the Chamber's seven proposals were heard in the Senate Business and Labor Committee:
SB 139 (Walker - Billings): Patterned after the federal Regulatory Flexibility Act (RFA) and laws in 42 other states, SB 139 would require agencies to look at how a proposed rule or regulation would adversely or positively impact small businesses in the state. Furthermore, they have to identify the class or group of businesses impacted. And, if there is an adverse impact, the agency must consider alternatives that are less burdensome to small businesses while still achieving the goals of a proposed rule. SB 139 defines a small business as 50 or fewer employees. According to the Small Business Administration, the federal RFA has saved small businesses $200 billion since 1998. In fiscal year 2011 alone, small businesses saved $11.7 billion. The Chamber believes that SB 139 would provide the similar cost-savings to small businesses in Montana and we anticipate broad support.
Barry Usher has sold Hi Mountain Recreation to its former manager, Chuck South.
Usher owned and operated the company in concert with Beartooth Harley Davidson. Usher retains Beartooth Harley Davidson at 6900 Frontage Road, Billings, along with locations in Red Lodge and Cody.
South is the managing partner of Hi Mountain Recreation, now located at 141 Moore Lane. The company is the dealer for SkiDoo, SeaDoo, CanAm, and General Scooter.
In an out-of-the-way location near the Yellowstone River, along a very quiet street at the edge of Lockwood, there's a remote control (RC) helicopter company serving hobbyists all over the world.
The company manufactures, designs and markets electronic helicopter kits, as well as providing one-stop-shopping for all the parts and supplies for enthusiasts everywhere. The company's goal is to be the biggest and the best in the industry, capable of providing everything their customers could possibly need or want.
Aspen Air, a manufacturer of nitrogen, oxygen, and argon, in Lockwood, is expanding their facility. "We are extending our commitment to the community. To add more volume, so we can have more molecules for customers," announced owner Onkar Dhaliwal.
The Calgary-based company first built in Lockwood in 2006.
Billings Clinic Becomes Member of Mayo Clinic Care Network
Mayo Clinic announced Billings Clinic as the newest member of the Mayo Clinic Care Network. Billings Clinic is the first health system in Montana to have passed Mayo’s rigorous review process and been selected as a member of the network. Billings Clinic’s group practice structure is a team-oriented community of physicians who work together in a collaborative manner to provide primary and specialty regional medical care for the entire population of Montana, the western Dakotas and northern Wyoming, with a regional population of more than half a million.
“We are extremely excited to welcome Billings Clinic to the Mayo Clinic Care Network. We have a long-standing relationship with this excellent organization and its dedicated staff, working together over the years to improve patient care,” says David Hayes, M.D., medical director, Mayo Clinic Care Network. “Collaborating with other medical providers to provide the best possible care for patients has always been part of Mayo’s culture, and through the Mayo Clinic Care Network we can work in new ways with community care organizations to enhance the lives of patients.”
The Montana Chamber of Commerce has hired Glenn Oppel as the new Government Relations Director. Oppel most recently served as Government Affairs Director for the Montana Association of Realtors and Policy Director for the Montana Policy Institute.
"We're delighted to have Glenn join us," said Webb Brown, President/CEO of the state chamber. "His skills and dedication will be a great asset to the businesses and economy of the Treasure State."
EBMS has promoted Laura Rookhuizen to be the new director of health risk management with EBMS' CareLink Department. Rookhuizen will assume responsibility for the Disease Management Department, the Health Risk Management Department, the miHealth Manager benefits portal, as well as health coaching.
The Occupational Safety and Health Administration recently designated PPL Montana's Billings office as a Voluntary Protection Program Star site. Star status is the highest recognition for sites that have distinguished themselves with the highest level of safety and health excellence.
Jeff Henckel, support compliance professional at PPL Montana, led the four-year process to earn VPP's Star status, which included a comprehensive written application process that addresses the major elements of the program; management and leadership involvement; worksite analysis; hazard prevention and control; and safety and health training.
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