• In such a busy world it is easy to quickly note the Montana businesses which have been recognized with the SBA Small Business awards, and scan on by without giving more than a passing thought, but I would urge readers to take a second look and ponder a moment, that which we all take so very much for granted about
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  • Lena Wharton of Wharton Asphalt LLC in Billings named SBA’s 2016 Montana Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.Wharton Asphalt is an asphalt construction and maintenance company based in Billings, specializing in services including patching pot-holes, sealing driveways, crack sealing, paving roadways, and all things in between. Wharton Asphalt also currently does work in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.
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  • Golden Entertainment, Inc. has purchased substantially all of the assets of Amusement Services, LLC, owned by co-founder, Tim Carson, Billings.Amusement Services is one of the largest distributed gaming operators in the state of Montana and currently operates more than 1,800 gaming devices located in approximately 180 retail locations across the state, including five Native American locations with contracts that comprise
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  • County Commissioners have asked the Montana Department of Revenue to act more expediently on the CHS refinery’s tax protest and to more accurately set the county’s taxable valuable, so tax jurisdictions in the county can better budget.“This is big stuff,” said Kevan Bryan, County Finance Director, concerned that CHS is seeking more a of reduction than the county guesstimated and
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  • A team of researchers from universities around the world, including Montana State University have been studying the dialects in the howling behavior of wolves and other canid species.” A recent report from MSU concludes that howling wolves have dialects, one group from another, as well as across species.
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  • Montana Small Business Person of the Year is Greg Thayer, CEO of Great Falls-based Montana Milling, Inc. Two Billings businesses were also among the honorees announced by the Montana US Small Business Administration.Lena Wharton of Wharton Asphalt LLC in Billings has been recognized with the Montana Woman-Owned Small Business award; and Jim Markel and Perry Jones of Red Oxx Manufacturing,
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  • The Montana Supreme Court received a 60 percent rating in the sixth biennial review conducted by the Montana Chamber of Commerce. Focusing on its decisions on crucial business cases, the review saw “ just a slight drop from its 63% rating on the 2014 review but much higher than its 41% rating in 2012,” reported the Chamber.
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  • The Interior Department announced its plans to cancel a decades’ stalled oil and gas lease in the Badger Two Medicine region of Northwestern Montana. This decision followed a hearing [on March 16], wherein U.S. District Judge Richard Leon gave the Interior Department 24 hours to act.
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  • During a tour of campaign stops and press conferences in the Billings area, a couple weeks ago, Republican Gubernatorial Candidate Greg Gianforte focused on energy issues and the potential impact of the Clean Power Plan (CPP). He urged everyone to “stand united” with Colstrip as its future is threatened with the implementation of the CPP.
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  • Among Montana businesses that hang in the balance depending on the outcome of the legal issues and implementation of the Clean Power Plan is the Hardin Generating Station.Located near Hardin, the core of Big Horn County, the plant is the state’s cleanest coal-fired plant, generating 119 megawatts of electricity, under the management of Colorado Energy, LLC.
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  • Montana Chads at 3953 Montana Avenue will become the High Horse Saloon and Eatery under new ownership in April.Partners Reid Pyburn, Scotty Ugrin and Jim Kisling are purchasing the business from Ted Fink, who started the business ten years ago.
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  • In a split vote, County Commissioners approved a highly controversial zone change request– one that will allow a 50-year old family-owned helicopter business in Yellowstone County to continue to grow next to the Billings Airport. The decision came after almost 40 citizens testified during a two and a half hour public hearing in a standing-room-only commissioners’ board room.
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Sport Clips Haircuts opened a new location on 315 Main St. in Billings on March 1. This is the second location in the city, adding to the more than 1,000 locations across the country. The first location opened in May of last year. "Sport Clips has really caught on here, and having this additional location will make it even more convenient for guys to take care of their haircut needs," said Shelly Johnson, a Billings native who co-owns the new Sport Clips with business partner Scott Riggins.

 

Sport Clips offers clients:

* The MVP Experience – precision haircut, massaging shampoo, steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage

* Stylists who specialize in male hair care and stay up-to-date on industry trends

* Haircut services without an appointment – walk-ins are welcome

* Large, flat-screen televisions playing sports programming at each haircut station and in the lobby, along with reading materials

* Special lighting and massaging chairs in the shampoo area to promote relaxation

* Male-focused hair care and styling products

"Sport Clips is about providing men and boys with a comfortable environment in which to get a great haircut," said Johnson. "We are excited to be a part of the business community in Billings and to have the opportunity to provide these great services, create jobs, and give back to the community through local fundraising." Johnson and Riggins plan to open their next Sport Clips in Bozeman, next year.

The new store is offering free MVP upgrades, including a massaging shampoo, hot steamed towel treatment, and neck and shoulder massage, to new clients who purchase a regular haircut service.

Sport Clips is open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more information, visit http://haircutmentrailheadbillingsmt.com/

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