The nation’s top entrepreneurs will be honored at the U.S. Small Business Administration’s National Small Business Week events May 18-20 in Washington, D.C. Under the theme, “Empowering Entrepreneurs,” a series of events and educational forums will mark the 58th anniversary of the agency and the 48th annual proclamation of National Small Business Week.
Verland Thomas, a former banker and businessman who lives in rural Yellowstone County, wants the owners of mobile homes to know that in all likelihood their mobile home has been assessed at a value far above its real value, and that they are paying taxes much higher than need be.
Having protested his property tax assessment last year, and having succeeded in getting the assessment of his 1995 mobile home lowered from $31,400 to $13,385, Thomas said he wants mobile home owners to be aware of how the Montana Department of Revenue is valuating their mobile homes, and how he believes they should be valued. And, he wants them to know that they can do something about it.
Researchers at Montana State University are seeing an increase in the number of samples of pulse crops containing actionable amounts of Ascochyta in 2011 as compared to 2010. This is probably due to delayed harvesting this fall. With pulse crops going into the ground soon, there is some confusion about the acceptable level of Ascochyta in the crop.
The state House of Representatives passed a bill just before mid-break that would authorize a health care compact seen as an alternative to Obamacare in that it would take health care out of the hands of the federal government and give it to the states.
House Bill 526, sponsored by Rep. Champ Edmunds, R-Missoula, now heads to the Senate for action after a 62-36 vote in the House.
Kamut International of Missoula has been named Montana’s 2010 Exporter of the Year, during the Global Trade Day event at the State Capitol.
Kamut International was selected to receive the Governor’s Excellence in Exporting Award for its success in exporting Montana wheat products. The award is sponsored by the Governor’s Office and the Montana District Export Council. Sara Warren of the Montana Department of Commerce nominated Kamut International as 2010 Exporter of the Year.
Loveland Products Receives Award for 3rd Year
Loveland Products, Inc. – Billings has received the 2010 EcoStar Award. EcoStar is a Pollution Prevention Program of the Montana State University’s Extension Service. LPI-Billings has won the award for three years in a row. The manufacturing plant continues to prove their dedication to being environmental stewards and conservationists as well as a leader in sustainable agriculture.
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