• George A Warmer, CCIM, Managing Partner, Coldwell Banker Commercial CBS, Billings, has been awarded the Certified Commercial Investment Member (CCIM) designation by the CCIM Institute. The designation was awarded during the Institute’s Annual Governance meetings Oct. 29 in Austin, Texas. Warmer was among the 244 commercial real estate professionals who earned the designation by passing the CCIM Institute’s Comprehensive Examination,
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  • When shopping for Christmas, check out local businesses first. Encouraging community support of local businesses is the purpose of “Small Business Saturday”, November 28 in Billings. It’s the time for local Billings businesses to shine!Each year the Billings Chamber of Commerce invites small and local businesses to participate in the Small Business Saturday program and rally communities to support local entrepreneurs.
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  • It was called a “jewel for Yellowstone County” when it was first announced that the Sindelar family is donating 720 acres along the Yellowstone River for public use. And, as one stands on a precipice, rising a hundred feet over the river, gazing across the property, the landscape does seem ethereal, and the river does sparkle like a diamond. Looking
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  • Montana’s new school choice program is scheduled to launch in January, but already it’s running into constitutional problems. Proposed regulations don’t allow faith-based schools to participate in the program, which is discriminatory and unconstitutional, one attorney says.Potential regulations for Montana’s new school choice program would unconstitutionally ban religious schools from participating, an attorney says.“They’re interpreting their own constitution to require
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  • Almost immediately after the Obama administration’s Clean Power Plan was posted on the federal register, dozens of states filed a lawsuit challenging the regulations.But North Dakota didn’t join those other states as co-plaintiffs. Instead Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem, a Republican who is expected to run for governor in 2016, filed a separate suit against the federal government.The Clean Power Plan
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  •   To open a medical school in the state without first identifying where students can find residency positions is not a plan that he’s “comfortable” with, said Nicholas Wolter, MD, CEO of Billings Clinic, in talking with board members of Big Sky Economic Development.And, to establish a medical school in Montana that the Billings medical community doesn’t support, “with the
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  • Jerry Brown, Governor of California, declared that California was burning because of climate change, and, he said, “We can’t wait for the government to act.”How profoundly perceptive. He has nailed it. Unfortunately, (and this is a head scratcher) he made the statement while at the same time appealing to government for help.If, indeed, the climate changes in ways that are
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  • Wood’s Powr-Grip in Laurel is in the process of moving into a new addition – one that will allow the company to expand to meet a growing market. The company manufactures and distributes vacuum lifting equipment, to markets around the world.“We are fortunate to see sales back on an upward trajectory and we want to make sure we position ourselves
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  • A family business is about hard work and dreams.The family businesses which were honored at the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship Family Business Day were families who know about the hard work and have been successful in achieving those dreams. And, they are on their way to achieving even greater dreams – and embracing more
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  • Three Billings civic organizations are taking steps to expand air service at the Billings airport, by offering to subsidize service from American Airlines for flights to and from Dallas, Texas.Last week, the Big Sky Economic Development Authority’s executive committee voted to recommend that their board commit $25,000 toward a goal of $750,000 in commitments from the community as a source
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  • A Bozeman- based company with locations in Billings, Big Sky, Sidney, Ralston WY; Williston ND, and Dickinson ND, received special recognition at the Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship during their Family Business Day awards presentation in Bozeman on October 23.Williams Companies of Bozeman, a business that provides leading-edge plumbing services to the region is the
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  • One of Montana’s outstanding startup businesses came close to being shut down by proposed legislation earlier this year. Fortunately, the bill was “tabled,” and the Garrity family – and independent, family breweries across the state — were able to move forward with their dreams.Michael Garrity has a passion for making beer. He and his wife, Erin, began to dream of
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This issue of the Big Sky Business Journal features the 2012 award winners of the US Small Business Administration's (SBA) annual recognition of outstanding businesses and champions of small business in Montana. The awards are presented in coordination with the National Small Business Week each year.

Montana's slate of stars includes an especially bright star this year, with Sarah Calhoun, founder and owner of Red Ants Pants in White Sulphur Springs, capturing the Regional and National award for Women in Business Champion, in addition to that of Montana.

Tyler Jarosz, Bozeman, owner of Twenty6 Products, Inc. was not only the Montana winner of the Young Entrepreneur award for Montana, but also for Region VIII. 

Also, Montana's winner of the Veteran Small Business Champion award, Brian Hoornbeek of Stevensville, also captured the title for Region VIII.

All of the award recipients will be recognized for their achievements at the Small Business Week awards ceremony in Bozeman on June 7.


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