• Brenda Hittmeier has been promoted to managing director at Stockman Asset Management (SAM) in Billings. Her responsibilities include investment account management, economic analysis, business development and employee supervision and development. She works with Montana families to provide holistic wealth management services.
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  • by Renée Jean, Sidney Herald MINOT — Operators have been saying the Bakken is getting better and better, but North Dakota Department of Minerals Director Lynn Helms had the numbers to show it. Not only are today’s wells vastly superior to wells of even two years ago, Helms said during the annual conference of the North Dakota Petroleum Council, but
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  • Tourism is a dynamic industry. What it brings to a community is far reaching, diversified and often wholly unpredictable.From comedians to construction, from hiking to fine dining, from education to exciting careers, visitors to Montana bring it all.
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  • Fred Stout said his company was “elated” to receive the 2016 Montana Family Business award in the Small Business category, “because it is an outstanding event and award.”“We are sharing this award with many small businesses that could be here more appropriately,” he said.
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  • In attending the award ceremony of MSU’s College of Business’ Family Business Day, one walks among true greatness, as affirmed by the stories these families tell about their history, their struggles and their achievements. Everyone involved with the program says much the same thing about how much they enjoy it. One always leaves the event, more so than any other,
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  • Because someone said “I can do this better,” a small family business was born.That business, Elliotts of Montana, was recognized in the Very Small category of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards from the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, during an awards ceremony last week. Each year, the event is co-produced by State Farm Insurance,
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  • Many small businesses relate start-up experiences of working in their basement or a garage, but the 2016 Montana Family Business award winner in the Medium Category began business out of the trunk of a car. Don Cowles owner of Wild West Shirt Co. began his business in 1974 selling t-shirts to employees of Yellowstone National Park from the trunk of
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  • Given the growing popularity of local breweries in Montana, it isn’t too surprising to find that one of the winners, of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards, is a newly established brewery in Glasgow — nor, that it is a winner in the New Business category.
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  • General Distributing Company has grown to be one of Montana’s premier businesses, with locations in Great Falls, Glendive, Butte, Bozeman, Helena and Billings. As the family business of the Bliss Family it was recognized with a 2016 Montana Family Business Awards from the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship, during an awards ceremony last week. It
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  • In Montana agriculture few names are as readily recognized as the Cooper Hereford Ranch, a pioneer in the production of purebred Hereford cattle.Over a hundred years in the making, the business was recognized as one of Montana’s top family-owned businesses in the Old Business Category of the 2016 Montana Family Business Awards presented by the Montana State University’s Jake Jabs
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  • Stockman Asset Management (SAM), an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and provider of integrated wealth management solutions based in Billings has acquired Peak Investment Management, Ltd. Peak is also an RIA firm based in Missoula. The two firms now offer their services on a larger scale with locations in Helena, Missoula, Conrad and Billings.
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  • The National Association of Manufacturers (NAM) released a new study that outlines the destructive legacy this administration’s relentless labor regulatory agenda will leave for manufacturers, their employees and the communities in which they live.
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shape upEntries are now being accepted for the 10th Annual Shape Up Montana program, a three-month team-based project of the Big Sky State Games that encourages Montanans to make healthier nutrition choices and be more physically active.

Since it began in 2003, over 43,000 Montanans have logged more than 10 million activity miles and shed 82,948 pounds! Organizers are working to reverse the progression of obesity and overweight trends in Montana.  This year’s program features a new user friendly website.

The early entry deadline is January 24. 

The “Shape Up Montana” program works with the business community, member organizations and families to engage their employees and members in a team format that spurs increasing physical activity and encourages healthy eating habits.  Past Shape Up Montana teams included businesses, church groups, organizations, friends, clubs, school staff and families.

 The team competition offers two categories:

  Accumulated Activity based on logging miles with the aid of an activity conversion calculator and Weight Loss due to healthful eating and physical activity. 

Teams of 4 to 10 individuals work together for three months (February 1 - May 1) helping each other and their team to either log mileage or lose weight.  Mileage is converted from regular daily activities (yard work, housework) and aerobic activity (swimming, running, walking, cycling, etc.). 

The cost for the three-month program is $15 and $10 for employees of Big Sky State Games (BSSG) program sponsors.  Everyone who enters will receive a Shape Up Montana T-shirt, weekly challenges, exercise videos, nutrition and physical activity tips/articles, access to numerous wellness calculators and free entry into the 27th Annual Big State Games Fitness Walk held July 20, in Billings.  Awards will be presented to the top three teams in each division.

Online registration, entry forms and more information are available at www.shapeupmontana.org or call (406) 254-7426.    Entry forms are also available at the Big Sky State Games Office in Billings (490 N. 31st, Suite 200).  

Shape Up Montana is presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana. Community Sponsors include Billings Clinic, Billings Gazette and Montana’s News Station (KTVQ, KBZK, KXLF, KRTV, KXLH, KAJ18, KPAX). 

Contributing partners include Albertsons, Eat Right Montana, Montana Chamber Choices, TwoMedicine, Montana Beef Council and Wendy’s.

The Big Sky State Games’ Major Sponsors are First Interstate Bank, Kampgrounds of America, and Montana Cycling and Ski.


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