• Montana's beer and wine distributors are major contributors to the economy, with impacts throughout the state and across industry sectors, reports the Bureau of Business and Economic Research. Because of the operations of the Montana Beer and Wine Distributors Association, Montana's economy is larger, more prosperous and more populous, write Colin Sorenson and Patrick Barkey in the most recent issue
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  • As one listens to the rhetoric regarding President Obama's power- grab as it pertains to the issue of illegal immigration, one has to wonder where thinking Democrats really are – after all, if such Presidential fiat is left to stand, what a wondrous tool for the next Republican President, not to mention the end of "rule of law" for commoners. But
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  •   When it comes to trade, who Montana's top trading partners are is usually quite a surprise. The data is hard to track but a recent research project from the Brookings Institute which mapped the direction of freight from one point to another gives some insight into where Montana gets its goods and who gets Montana exports. Understanding the movement
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  •   In an effort to increase tourism to Billings and building visibility for the community as a destination, Visit Billings takes over part of the Minneapolis/St. Paul airport this holiday season, purchasing all of the advertising space in Delta's Concourse G from November 24, through January 4. Concourse G handles both national and international passengers for Delta and will serve
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  • The Montana Women's Run announced that $100,000 is being donated to women's health and fitness programs in the Billings community from funds raised this year. This year's funds are being donated to five organizations, the YWCA, $43,000; Billings Clinic Foundation, $27,000; Rocky Mountain College Women's Cross-Country Scholarship Program, $5,500; MSU-B Women's Cross-Country and Track Scholarship Programs, $5,500; and Billings YMCA,
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  • Seafoods of the World, 5800 Interstate Avenue, is expanding their store. About their expansion Owner Dave Smith said, "It became apparent after our move into our new building 10 years ago that we would someday have to expand our facilities." The business sells wholesale and retail fresh seafood. They ship product to nine western states. Jones Construction has broken ground
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  • by Jessica Sena, Montana Petroleum Association   One of the most exciting things to take place in this country over the last few years has been the resurgence in American oil from American soil. The conversation about energy has changed from one about scarcity to one of abundance. Along with the tremendous uptick in drilling and production, has come the
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  • A familiar group of people will be providing the same services in the distribution of Chevron and Exide products, in Billings, but under a different company and in a new location. George and Lynne Fairchild, Terry Thomas and Ron Berry of the staff from the Chevron division of GM Petroleum/Pelican Oil have opened the Billings branch of Fickler Oil Company
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  • Weaver Cattle of Big Sandy was the recipient of the Family Business Award in the old business category (operating at least 50 years). The award was made during the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, Oct. 10, in Bozeman. The land that has shaped the Weaver family was purchased in
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  • Project Meats of Billings was the recipient of the Family Business Award in the new business category. The award was made during the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, Oct. 10, in Bozeman. Developing customer trust and confidence was what Shane and Tanya Flowers, Huntley, knew was the challenge when
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  • Nxgen Payment Services of Whitefish received the Family Business Day award in the medium business category (30-50 employees). The award was presented by the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, Oct. 10, in Bozeman. Providing credit card processing services the company does business in a dozen states, Canada, the United
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  • Gruber Excavating of Clancy was the recipient of the Family Business Award in the very small business category (10 or fewer employees). The award was presented during the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, on Oct. 10, in Bozeman. Gruber Excavating started in 1975 with the purchase of a dump
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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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