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During the recent Energy Forum, Rep. Duane Ankney, R-Colstrip, said he was shocked that Governor Steve Bullock vetoed his bill, which passed both houses by wide margins, which would have helped communities that are being impacted by oil and gas development.
SB 218 was the same bill that Bruce MacIntyre, Director of Business Advocacy & Government Affairs of the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce, heralded as a modicum of success in the effort of a coalition of Eastern Montana counties and cities to get passed legislation which would help build infrastructure to support the growth of Montana's petroleum industry.
The Montana State University College of Business is seeking nominations for this year's Family Business Awards. The College of Business and State Farm Insurance sponsor the awards which are made each fall on Family Business Day, which recognizes the contribution of family businesses to the state's economy.
Joe Billion of J. C. Billion in Bozeman has been named Small Business Person of the Year by The Montana District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA). He and the other Small Business Week award winners for Montana will be recognized at an awards ceremony on June 13, at the Hilton Garden Inn in Bozeman.
Bringing oil and gas tax revenues back to the communities which generated it was a top priority for the Montana Legislature by members of Billings Community Leadership, spearheaded by Bruce MacIntyre, Director of Business Advocacy & Government Affairs of the Billings Area Chamber of Commerce.
The results were somewhat disappointing according to MacIntyre, but there was some success.
During the first half of fiscal year 2013 (October 1, 2012 – March 31, 2013), the Montana SBA District Office approved 144 loans totaling $41,932,400, an eleven percent increase in dollar amount compared to last fiscal year at this same time. Of the 144 loans, 126 totaling $29.3 million were approved under SBA's flagship 7(a) guaranteed loan program, and 18 loans totaling $12.5 million were made through the 504 Certified Development Company Program, a program that provides growing businesses with long-term fixed-rate financing for major fixed assets, such as land and buildings.
The Montana Department of Commerce is awarding a total of nearly $36,000 to five Montana Main Street (MMS) communities, one of which is a brand new member to the program. The previously enrolled communities of Glendive/Dawson County, Shelby, Terry and Whitehall will receive grants, along with the newest Affiliate Community Member, the City of Helena.
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