• by Evelyn Pyburn What was behind the Donald Trump presidential victory? While pundits dissect, bisect and analyze every nuance of every issue and every demographic sector, wondering what they missed before, and are now hoping to get it right – there’s not a one who’s mentioned the real underlying theme of it all — the rule of law.The election demonstrated
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  • The Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold a briefing for its members and interested business people regarding its 2026 Strategic Plan on November 30, 12 pm in Billings at the Northern Hotel.
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  •   Following Black Friday comes Shop Local Saturday, November 26. The purpose of the day is to focus on the importance of supporting local businesses.Over the past few years, Shop Local Saturday” has grown in its impact year over year, as communities realize that small local shops are an important part of each community’s economic base. To support them means
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  • Farmers Insurance has launched an innovative insurance policy for food truck owners – a growing market. Farmers have begun to offer licensed food truck owners a single policy that combines commercial automobile coverage for their truck with a restaurant business owner policy.Montana is one of the 28 states where the policy is now available.
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  • The proposed Inner Belt Loop which would connect the Heights to the westend of Billings has been pulled from the back burners by the Billings City Council, and urged forward with the likelihood of being funded by issuing bonds.The plan has been talked about for a long time, said Mayor Tom Hanel, and it’s time to “get serious” about what
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  • The Montana Infrastructure Coalition is working on a non-partisan legislative package that will help address some of the most pressing infrastructure needs in the state – most especially water and wastewater systems for communities. The Montana chapter of the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) estimates that the total annual reinvestment by Montana communities, to maintain their $15 billion dollars
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  • Asian Fusion has opened in the food court of Rimrock Mall, the newest venture of the husband and wife team of Howard Shen and Tina Wu.
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  • Associated Employers, a support organization for employers in Montana and Wyoming, celebrated one hundred years in 2016. For any organization to sustain itself for 100 years is a significant achievement in any arena, but for a non-profit service organization, relying on voluntary membership fees from individuals noted for their pragmatism, it is especially noteworthy.
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  • The Billings Chamber of Commerce announce that the Institute for Organization Management, the professional development program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, has appointed Jennifer Reiser, IOM, Chief Operating Officer of the Chamber, to the West Board of Regents. As a member of this Board, Reiser will implement the policies created by Institute’s National Board of Trustees.
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  • Oil in the Bakken may be making a comeback that will surprise many and it may be more than some might wish, Lynn Helms, director of North Dakota’s Department of Mineral Resources, is being reported as proclaiming this past week. While the process is slow, the numbers are building up, according to Helms, who believes that his department’s projections of
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  • To be in business is noble and virtuous.To implement a plan for a good environment in Montana for business will cost Montana Chamber members a million dollars.Business people were called upon by Greg Gianforte to be proud of what they do in the private sector, and to do their part in planting “a spark” of entrepreneurship in young people. Gianforte
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  • Susan Lynch has joined Stockman Bank as compliance lending officer. Her responsibilities include developing and integrating policy and procedure consistent with regulatory requirements for lending functions, as well as developing and presenting training programs for employees on lending compliance procedures in all 34 Stockman Bank locations.
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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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