• Billings has been named America’s Best Town 2016 by Outside Magazine, emerging victorious over some 64 other cities nationwide in a social media competition.Billings went into the contest as a wild card, so to have come out on top is “sort of a Cinderella Story,” said Kelly McCandless of the Billings Chamber of Commerce, who helped organize the voting campaign.
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  • Over the last 17 years, Travel Café’ owner Billie Ruff and her team have helped thousands of clients plan business trips and vacations to places far and wide from her office on North Broadway. Now, she says, it’s time for the travel company to make a move of its own.
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  • Setting aside the political world and re-entering the business realm, former state representative Ken Miller and his wife, Peggy, of Laurel, are launching a new business – one that holds great promise for home owners and other would-be entrepreneurs.
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  • The Billings Chamber announced $120,000 in major contributions to the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive Site. The donations bring the total amount of money raised to $383,780 from 42 individual and organizational contributors.
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  • Registration is open for the 31st Annual Big Sky State Games in Billings. Most sports fall on the weekend of July 15-17. This Olympic-style multi-sport festival for amateur athletes of all ages and skill levels draws 10,000 athletes each year. Elite, junior, senior and recreational athletes will compete for coveted medals in 36 sports.
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  • The new High Horse Saloon and Eatery at 3953 Montana Avenue will hold its Grand Opening on Friday and Saturday, May 20 and 21.The former location of Montana Chad’s has been completely remodeled and updated. Guests will be greeted with a completely new look, says co-owner and manager, Reid Pyburn. The menu too is new, featuring home cooking with lots
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  • Montana Merchandising, Inc. was started in 1972 by Eugene Thayer in Great Falls. After graduating from Montana State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics (the first in his family to earn a degree), Eugene worked for General Mills and Greely Elevator Company. Eugene didn’t want to leave Montana so he saved up $35,000 and started his own grain
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  • Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc. and owners Jim Markel and Perry Jones are this year’s Montana Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, named by the Montana Small Business Administration.Red Oxx was started in 1986 by Jim Markel’s veteran father, Jim Senior. A veteran himself Jim Senior had a passion for fitness and decided to create and sell unique gym workout accessories;
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  • 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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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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