"Fracking" is currently the Left's "biggest target and it will go on that way for a long time, because it [fracking] is a game-changer," said Ann McElhinney, Director and Producer of FrackNation, who was the featured speaker at the Montana Petroleum Association's Annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon.
Less than seven months after it was formed out of the union of Payne Financial Group and Western States Insurance, Missoula-based PayneWest Insurance was named the 35th largest insurance broker in the United States by Business Insurance Magazine.
"We believed that we would be stronger as one company, and this ranking is a great testament to the success we have achieved by bringing our people and resources together," said Kyle Lingscheit, co-CEO of PayneWest Insurance.
Integra, a provider of fiber-based, carrier-grade networking, communications and technology solutions, has completed a broad-scale expansion of its IP and carrier Ethernet network infrastructure in Montana. The expansion enhances the services available and increases bandwidth in the Billings and Bozeman areas. By connecting its backbone national IP network to its metro network in the state, Integra can now deliver its complete portfolio of enterprise-grade offerings, featuring Carrier Ethernet Services, IP/ MPLS VPN and Managed and Cloud Services, including Integra's Hosted Voice Service and Cloud Firewall Service, to businesses throughout Billings and Bozeman.
If you are an ag producer who has a product to sell directly to the consumers, the Montana Farm Bureau is looking for you. The state's largest agricultural organization is in the process of developing Bountiful Big Sky, a local grower connection. Currently they are seeking growers of all kinds who want to share their bounty with other Montanans.
Globally engaged U.S. companies are an engine for growth in Montana, accounting for 38 percent of Montana's private-sector economic output and 31 percent of its private-sector jobs in 2011. Montana's economy includes 259 U.S. companies that operate internationally, competing in global markets on a daily basis for capital and customers. Business Roundtable highlights these and other important facts about the benefits of globally engaged U.S. companies to Montana's economy in a new state-by-state analysis.
In the first quarter of 2013, Montana banks reported greater problem assets, negative loan growth and flat earnings, according to March 31 quarter-end regulatory financial reports from the state's 62 commercial banks. According to Ron Feldman, senior vice president of Supervision, Regulation and Credit at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, "Montana-based banks generally show year-over-year improvement, but weakened in the first quarter. At the state median bank, problem loans increased, loan growth fell to more deeply negative rates and earnings remained essentially flat at the comparatively low levels reported at the end of 2012. The median Montana bank continues to lag its national peer."
The owners of the Golden Phoenix Restaurant and the Asian Sea Grill & Sushi Bar have a vision of having a third restaurant in downtown Billings – on the ground floor of the new Empire Parking Garage that is currently under construction on Montana Avenue between North 28th and North 27th Streets.
While the prospects for realizing the dream are dependent upon a lot of things, to be able to contemplate such a step is the result of many years of hard work and successful entrepreneurship in their other restaurant endeavors.
Curt McCamish, CIC, AFIS, has been hired as an insurance producer/agent for Stockman Insurance in Billings and Worden. McCamish, a licensed insurance agent, will oversee the insurance needs of Billings and the surrounding areas.
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