• It’s not without its critics. The tax abatement program that Yellowstone County and the City of Billings use to incentivize business growth, expansion and recruitment is often viewed as a “free pass” for some businesses, but it is anything but that according to city and county officials.“It’s an incentive to succeed,” described County Commissioner Denis Pitman.
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  • Stockman Asset Management, an independent Registered Investment Advisor (RIA) and a provider of integrated wealth management solutions has changed its name to Stockman Wealth Management. The change was enacted to better describe the company’s “client-first” service philosophy, detailed financial planning services and investment management focus. Stockman Wealth Management offers services in Billings, Helena, Missoula, and Conrad.
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  • Roughly half of all small business owners say regulations are a “very serious” or “somewhat serious problem,” according to new research made public recently by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB).
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  • Every year, thousands of participants fill the streets of downtown Billings, wearing the current Montana Women’s Run t-shirt. This year, the streets will be filled with walkers and runners wearing the 2017 berry shirt.
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  • The Montana Petroleum Association (MPA) testified in support of a bill recently to require full disclosure of chemicals used in hydraulic fracturing. Last legislative session, MPA opposed a bill requiring full disclosure on the grounds that Board of Oil and Gas Conservation (BOGC) could not adequately protect trade secrets if the bill became law. Montana’s Uniform Trade Secrets Act protects
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  • The opening of new companies has been driving Montana manufacturing since 2010, keeping the rate of growth in manufacturing above the national average ever since the recovery of the Great Recession began in 2010. Montana manufacturing employment grew at 4 - 5 percent annually while the US was posting increases in the 2-3 percent range, according to economist Paul Polzin in
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  • Some days one has to wonder what we are doing to our children.At every turn young people are stymied in pursuing anything which might help them understand the world in which they live, get to know themselves or to build a future.
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  • State lawmakers heard several hours of testimony on a proposal to establish public charter schools in Montana.The House Education Committee held its initial hearing on House Bill 376, sponsored by Democratic Rep. Jonathan Windy Boy of Box Elder.
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  • Just in time to provide fodder in support of increasing Montana’s gas tax, The National Transportation Research Group has released a report called TRIP that concludes that Montana will face an $874 million annual shortfall through 2021 in improving road, highway and bridge conditions, traffic safety and modernizing its transportation system.“While the state will be able to address some needed
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  • The Montana Chamber of Commerce recently reported on what it sees happening during the first half of the Montana State Legislature, and what its experience has been in supporting and opposing various pieces of legislation. It’s a good insight for business people.
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  • Over the years in reporting on business in Montana, and as once more I see the dismal rating of Montana in the SBE study about the kind of environment in which entrepreneurs must function, I am struck at how little difference reality makes in political circles.
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  • For a state that has the highest ratio of entrepreneurs, Montana does not rank well in how it treats those entrepreneurs, and the impacts of those policies are far reaching for every citizen.
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Hawkins, David C/Huppert Construction Company, 2328 Henesta Dr, Demolition Permit Residential, $10,000

Perman, Walter C & Carol R/Spoonheim Building Service, 2608 Custer Ave, Res Addition Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,150

Nielsen, Leland S Jr & Mathild/Exterior Technologies Inc, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Richau, Kevin L & Pamela C/Jah Const, 2324 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $15,130

Cummings, Barry K & Linda S/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 739 Wagner Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,600

Peterson, Toni J, 1540 Burlington Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Larsen, Kay M/Property Improvements Co, 611 Glen Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,550

Maxin, Sharon/Engelhardt, Everett, 4241 Mitchell Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $880

Mallak, Adam A/Mcphail Roofing & Const, Inc, 116 Broadwater Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,400

Dempster, Edna/Kirkness Roofing & Supply, 301 Clark Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,100

Wright, R Dean & Leila J/Rambur Construction, 2504 Woody Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $4,700

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Rinney Fujiwara, 4125 Morgan Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,500

Carpenter, Alice Kay &/Appelt Custom Concrete, 1812 Virginia Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,900

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $8,000

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,500

Horgdal, Robyn & John, 901 N 19 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Mckeown, Joan R/Sprague Construction, 1119 N 26 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Hutsell, Joeseph D & Rochelle/J & T Roofing, 720 Ave B, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,700

Kathryn C Barth Irrevocable Tr/Gerald Anderson, 2507 Lewis Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,200

Mark Barth/Gerald Anderson, 1303 19 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,800

Barta, Valerie J, 205 14 St W, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,000

Bradford, Dane A & Sandra J/Bradford Roof Management Inc, 3118 Comyn Coulee, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $35,000

Schott, Karen L & Keith R/Rocky Mountain Roofing, 1537 Province Ln, Rs Fence/Roof/Siding, $12,000

Dorn Property Llc/K. W. Signature Homes, Inc., 836 Royal Ave, Res New Single Family, $156,582

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5145 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Krv Partnership/Horgdal Construction Llc, 1503 Colorado St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,220

Meyer, Robert L & Cheryl A/Win-Dor Industries, 3121 Turnberry Cir, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $840

Brandon Arthur, 2602 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Robyn Westby/D-N-S Roofing, 4150 Morgan Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $7,000

Nathan & May Stevens/Platt Construction, 2 Stanford Ct, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $20,000

Verdon, Kelley & Heidi/American Exteriors Llc, 1432 Yellowstone Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $14,521

Royer, M Joan/American Exteriors Llc, 2921 Morledge St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,422

Loar, Steven A/American Exteriors Llc, 1330 N Church St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $13,459

Schutt, Frederick W & Linda R/American Exteriors Llc, 1248 Mading Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,186

Brum, Amber L/American Exteriors Llc, 1243 Galway Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $10,245

Fain, Bruce F & Patricia L/Shylo Const Donn Schye, 2917 17 St W, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,500

Ruggles, Josh/American Exteriors Llc, 2117 Fair Park Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,047

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3120 Amelia Cir, Res New Single Family, $147,264

Image Builders /Image Builders, 2337 Larchwood Ln, Res New Single Family, $363,994

Na/Jeff Junkert Construction, Inc, 5149 Castle Mountain Trl, Res New Single Family, $133,008

Lyle, Sean R & Cynthia M/Ty Nelson Construction, 2008 Spruce St, Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Robert Morehead/Big Sky Exterior Designs, Inc, 1014 N 32 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Murphy, Donald J/Dorman Construction, 1519 Custer Ave, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,500

Sherburn, Marcus L & Brenda L/Dorman Construction, 340 Covert Ln, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,800

Stuart, Kolby B/Rambur Construction, 424 S 29 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $2,600

Hawk, Roberta J/Dustin Davison Construction, 4434 Loma Vista Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $10,000

Buscher Construction /Buscher Construction Ltd, 3380 Dunlop Ave, Res New Single Family, $207,563

Oakland Home Builders /Oakland Home Builders Corp, 3345 Lucky Penny Ln, Res New Single Family, $168,028

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5818 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5817 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $175,580

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5823 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $208,319

Shawn Brady, 1015 Miles Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $300

Chrfri Llc /C & F Resources, 217 Terry Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,000

Latin Am Dist Council In The, 514 S 37 St, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $1,200

Ward, Cheryl/Christison’s Remodeling/Repair, 1742 Bitterroot Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $6,000

Howick, Bruce & Claudette Aka/Matt Welch, 1674 Lakehills Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,800

Freda Erwin/B. John Construction, 4020 Corbin Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $7,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $5,129

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $13,362

Steinmetz, Melvin J & Maxine C/Sprague Construction, 3013 Myrtle Dr, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $3,000

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 5811 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $193,911

Trails West Development /Stock Construction Company, 5806 Arrowleaf Trl, Res New Single Family, $181,880

Trails West Development Llc/Stock Construction Company, 1205 Wilderness Dr, Res New Single Family, $152,500

Shirley Guerrero, 920 N 19 St, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $42,908

Herington, Donald J & Nancy A/Lynnrich Inc., 2926 Custer Ave, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $9,352

Castles, Carl G & Shelly K/Freyenhagen Construction, Inc., 2279 Darcy Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,365

Audet, Allan R & Simarae S/Win-Dor Industries, 3318 Prestwick Rd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $4,677

Shoemaker, Dorothy A/K-Designers, 3415 Winchell Ln, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $3,521

Shahan Enterprises Inc.,  3003 Leeann Blvd, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $15,000

Ballock, Steven A & Patricia I/Norse Builders, 724 Tepee Trl, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $2,000

Villa, Ruben R & Bonita M/Billings Window & Siding Spec., 816 Circle Dr, Res Remodel Single/Duplex/Garage, $5,868

Edwards, Bruce V/Donahue Roofing, 644 Ave F, Res Fence/Roof/Siding, $11,000

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