• The most cataclysmic outrage about the failure of the Keystone XL Pipeline isn’t so much about its need in the market, or the loss of jobs, or the waste in expended capital – it’s the way the US Government has used the authority it was given to assure “health and safety,” to instead manipulate markets, and advance political agendas against
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  • Because of cooling ag prices and low commodity prices, Montana’s economy so far this year is not shaping up to be as good as last, according to Patrick M. Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research, in reporting on the mid-year state of the Montana economy. And, Yellowstone County, where commodities and agriculture play a strong economic
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  • There has been a decline in entrepreneurship, and it seems to be an alarming trend. According to data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the U.S. Census Bureau, and the IRS — as a share of the relevant population — during the last near-decade there has been a decline in the incorporated self-employed, unincorporated self-employed, employer firms, business startups
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  • Last week Yellowstone County officials were asked to abandon an undeveloped public road right- of -way to make way for the expansion of a Billings area business.Town and Country Supply Association, a cooperative that serves area agriculture producers, has been searching for a location to expand its fertilizer facilities for a number of years, according to general manager, Wes Burley.
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  • In response to concern in the community regarding the level of air service that is available in Billings, a meeting to discuss Billings’ air service will be held on August 24 at the Crowne Plaza, 3d Floor Ballroom.Hosted by the Billings Chamber in partnership with the Big Sky Economic Development and Billings Logan International Airport, the program runs 11:30 a.m.
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  •   Trending right now is a debate about what makes entrepreneurs.It seems that the understanding that entrepreneurship is the basis of building a strong economy is finally being accepted as true, and there is a political interest in finding out where to get more of them. Montana becomes a point of focus because it seems the state has, for decades,
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  • The annual Callan Taylor Fund for Kidney Disease Charity Golf Tournament will hold its fifth event in Billings this year on Sunday, September 11 at Pryor Creek Golf Course. Previous tournaments have been held in San Diego, CA, where the fundraiser was first launched by the family of the little boy, who is its namesake.
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  • The Montana Petroleum Association (MPA) will hold its annual Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on Wednesday, August 31, as part of its annual conference which will begin on August 30.
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  • Registration is now open for the Compete Smart Conference, October 5-7, at Fairmont Hot Springs Hotel and Conference Center.The conference theme is “ 20 Years of Making It Happen Under The Big Sky.”
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  • Visit Billings in conjunction with Rocky Mountain College will once more make a bid to capture the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) National Women’s Basketball Championship Tournament. While an effort to win the event failed in 2013, Visit Billings Executive Director, Alex Tyson is optimistic that the community has a good chance to win the event for two years,
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  • In an effort to enhance the airport experience, Visit Billings and the Billings Chamber of Commerce completed a major upgrade to Billings Logan Airport. As passengers exit the secure area of the airport to head down the stairs to the baggage claim, the concourse is now a vivid and exciting welcome to Billings.
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  • While Montana has lots of its own regulations that curb small business and opportunities for making a living – everything from licensing bartenders and hair dressers to squeezing local food producers out of the market – perhaps there is some comfort in knowing that other states have it just as bad if not worse.Here from Watchdog.com are some recent Nanny
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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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