• As the old year waned and the new year dawned, Montana lost a legendary businessman and one of agriculture’s greatest innovators and entrepreneurs.It’s hard to think of anyone who, single-handedly, left a greater mark on Montana business.Throughout rural Montana, on the farms and ranches across the state, Pat Goggins is a household name, and has been for over a half
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  • Recently someone on some television program announced that “Americans are takers.”Americans are extremely fortunate in the quality of life we have and in the wealth of resources available to us. It is unparalleled in all the world and in all history. But, how did it get there? It is not a matter of luck.
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  • As the population bubble of babyboomers begin aging the demand for all kinds of healthcare and quality- of- life care services is expected to increase significantly. Two couples in Billings, all of whom are closely aligned with the healthcare profession, are launching a new business that will address that growing need.Rob and Laurie Gagnon and Dean and Lisa Sukin have
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  • Arch Coal Inc. joined the ranks of bankrupt coal miners, last week, following a number of other bankrupt coal companies because of changing markets and burdensome regulations.Arch Coal owns Otter Creek Coal in southwestern Montana near Ashland. The company has been a major player in coal regions across the U.S., including Appalachia and the Powder River Basin. In the Northwest,
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  • In an effort to attract people in pursuit of jobs and careers to the Billings area, where there is a labor shortage, BillingsWorks has launched a recruiting website – www.yourdreamcareerishere.com.The website focuses on providing job seekers with information about what makes Billings a great place to live and work, explained Brittney Souza, Director of BillingsWorks, a coalition of area business
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  • Proposed designs for roundabouts at the Johnson Lane Interchange and how they could impact Lockwood’s truck traffic was the primary topic of discussion at the Lockwood Business Group (LBG) meeting on Dec. 15.Concern that roundabouts could negatively impact the life-blood of about half of Lockwood businesses quickly put the issue on the front burner for those attending one of the
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  • (Editor’s note: Watchdog.org has been featuring a series of articles on the “nanny state.” They have named Missouri as Nanny State of the Year, after reporting on Pagedale, MO. Pagedale demonstrates the run-amuck potential of regulations because of the legal premise upon which they are based. But, Pagedale actually isn’t all that extreme, there have been Montana cities that have
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  • The Montana Farm Bureau has expressed dismay with Montana Governor Steve Bullock’s decision to allow for the presence of bison year-round in Montana on the perimeter of Yellowstone National Park (YNP). Bison will be permitted to occupy suitable habitat in Montana outside of the park within manageable confines and subject to seasonal limits on numbers.
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  • 2015 was a sobering year regarding the prospects of oil for Montana and Yellowstone County. Billings businesses were saved from the worst of the Great Recession, and were rapidly growing and expanding, in direct contrast to the rest of the country, because of the Bakken Boom in western North Dakota. But other things must also have been going on to
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  • For all the angst that Presidential Candidate Donald Trump is causing the Republican establishment, they should certainly understand that he is a creature of their own making.Donald Trump is just as much a creation of the Republican establishment as was President Barack Obama. The emergence of both should have been seen as the logical consequence of a half century of
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  • The holiday party season is here, and the Small Business Legal Center at the National Federation of Independent Business is advising its members to keep celebrations safe by watching out for two problem areas – drunk driving and harassment.An increasing number of states require employers to exercise reasonable care to prevent injuries by intoxicated employees. To minimize the risk of
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  • When it comes to attracting companies, Billings and the surrounding area is most attractive to manufacturers and to businesses in western Canada.Those are two conclusions that Big Sky Economic Development (EDA) has reached after two or three years’ experience in courting businesses, according to Allison Corbyn, EDA Business Recruitment and Outreach Program Manager. Corbyn reported on the organization’s recruitment efforts
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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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