"Shop local," is the message of two initiatives which have been launched by the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Billings Tourism Business Improvement District (TBID).
The initiatives include "Small Business Saturday," and "Mingle Bells," and both are aimed at strengthening the Billings community and improving the local economy during the holiday season, by urging residents and visitors to shop at the many small, locally owned businesses.
Curling is one of the fastest growing sports in the US, and not to be left out, Billings now has its own curling club – The Billings Curling Club – and founder, Darryl Sobering is seeking enough participants to field two leagues.
To introduce locals to the sport Sobering is holding two clinics on Oct. 13 and 14 at Centennial Arena . Growing up near Ottawa in Ontario, Canada, Sobering has curled since the age of ten. Now a businessman in Billings, Sobering was missing the sport which he said is sort of like golf only more social.
In visits to a number of cities, The Montana Chamber will be "Giving Thanks", appropriately with the season of Thanksgiving to reflect on the 2012 election results, discuss the Montana Chamber's agenda for the upcoming legislative session and to highlight the many benefits of membership.
Business people were issued an invitation to attend programs planned for 20 Montana cities and enjoy an opportunity to network, partake of refreshments and hear about the Chamber's agenda.
The meeting will be held in Billings on Nov. 19 at the Crowne Plaza at 5 p.m.
Dozens of local builders, contractors and suppliers will join Image Builders to build a house valued at over $400,000 to benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. A groundbreaking was held in Ironwood Estates, on Aug. 28, on a lot donated by Wells Brothers. The house will be the second St. Jude Dream Home to be raffled in Billings.
Representatives of Image Builders, KTVQ, Benedetti Media Group, Cellular Plus, St. Jude Dream Home Chair Wayne Nelson, and local St. Jude patient James Buchanan and family were all in attendance for the momentous occasion.
Expressing appreciation to donors who help YWCA-Billings achieve its mission of saving and changes lives, the 105-year old organization hosted a patio party on Sept. 25 at YWCA headquarters. Honored guests included many past board members and Margaret Ping whose leadership and support of the YWCA Billings dates back to the 1960s. Over a span of 35 years, Ping also served YWCAs in other U.S. cities and internationally in Peru and Mexico.
Antiques to Modern, and Anything in Between...
That has been Jeff Richardson's motto since 1995 the year he founded "People's Choice Repair & Refinishing," a small and efficient business dedicated to the restoration of furniture, both for residential and commercial needs.
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