• Patrick W. Cobb, MD, managing partner in St. Vincent Frontier Cancer Center; and Bradley D. Brown, CPA, Weber Dobson & Jensen, P.C. have joined Stockman Bank Billings advisory board. Cobb and Brown join current board members: Bill Coffee, CEO of Stockman Bank; Pam Doherty, branch manager of Stockman Bank Shiloh; Spencer Frederick, branch manager of Stockman Bank Grand; Andy Gott,
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  • Seven businesses based in Montana will receive Family Business Day awards, including one from Billings.The annual awards will be presented at the 2015 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 23, at the Best Western Plus GranTree Inn in Bozeman.
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  • First Interstate Bank announced Commercial Loan Officers Clayton Augustine, Katie Edwards, and Alex Martin have been promoted to Vice President.Originally from Great Falls, Clayton Augustine moved to Billings in 1999 and began his career with First Interstate in 2001. In addition to his banking role, Augustine is a Captain in the Montana Army National Guard and serves on the Boards
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  • On 9-11-2015, a commentator noted that if the US had been attacked in the same manner as on 9-11-2001, by a country, we would have been at war with that country. We have been, 14 years since, struggling with the significance of being at war, with not a country, but with ideas – the ideas held by those responsible for
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  • While it’s looking like another good year for the sugar beet business, the industry faces a serious challenge in public perception regarding the healthfulness of its product.The sugar beet business would most likely not even be alive, today, in Yellowstone County, if it were not for the development of “Round-up” resistant beets, but anti-GMO public sentiment against that same technology
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  • Lifting sanctions on Iran will have impacts on oil in the US. Sanctions are expected to be lifted by an agreement reached by President Obama by the end of November.The country is expected to increase petrochemical output by 500,000 barrels a day within a week after sanctions end and by 1 million barrels a day within a month after that.
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  • Insulation Snakes has chosen Billings for their new United States location.Insulation Snakes manufactures a reusable, weather-proof, economical, insulating system for surface equipment mainly focused on the oil and gas industry. Their new location is at 6840 Trade Center Avenue. Owner, Brian Impey, chose Billings because, “Billings is business friendly, and plain old friendly. It is a breath of fresh air.”Impey
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  • Visit Billings has announced that the Gold Wing Road Riders Association will return to Billings for its 38th Annual Wing Ding, Sept. 1-4, 2016. The group is expected to bring over 10,000 attendees to the area. The Rally will be held at Metra Park.“Billings previously hosted this group in 1997, 2000 and 2007,” said Visit Billings Executive Director Alex Tyson.
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  • If the future of our economy is to be measured by the outlook for rail transportation, then it would seem that it will be booming, based upon comments from Matt Jones, Regional Director of Public Affairs for BNSF Railway Company, in speaking to the attendees of the Montana Petroleum Association annual meeting.The freight shipped by BNSF is identified in three
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  • “We are doing a good job in our industry,” summed up Don Hrap, President, Lower 48 ConocoPhillips, in speaking to guests at the annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on September 2.Hrap told his audience that recent US oil production has “taken us to places we have never seen before.” US oil production is expected to reach between 14 million
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  • Officially, 5872 people attended the BMW MOA International Rally in Billings on July 23-25, representing 50 states, nine Canadian provinces and nine foreign countries.Over 100 vendors also attended, giving away over $100,000 in door prizes.
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  • It’s a growl, it’s a snarl, it’s a sound that’s unique, but it’s the unmistakable sound of a Harley Davidson Motorcycle. With years of numerous assignments to the various Air Bases, I compare it to the sound of a jet fighter plane coming in after a sortie, approaching base, as they back off military power, first to circle, then to
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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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