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Montana's minimum wage going up to $8.05 an hour

HELENA — Montana's minimum wage is going up 15 cents an hour to $8.05 beginning in January.

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Oil boom widens wage gap between the sexes

BISMARCK, N.D. — North Dakota's unprecedented oil bonanza has boosted the state's median household income to record levels.

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This entrepreneur started young: Five minutes with Magnus Johnson

This entrepreneur started young: Five minutes with Magnus Johnson

Magnus Johnson got a jump on a business career years before he was old enough to drive. His company, MagMHJ LLC, is a technology company that specializes in website development and other services.

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New TV set-top boxes yield $168M in electricity savings

Consumers saved an estimated $168 million in electricity last year as a result of improved efficiency of television set-top boxes, the industry said in a recently released report.

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Name change to CVS Health part of plan to halt tobacco sales

As CVS sharpens its focus on customer health, the nation’s second-largest drugstore chain will tweak its corporate name and stop the sale of tobacco nearly a month sooner than planned.

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Montana patents

Below are listed U.S. patents issued to Montana inventors July 22-Aug. 19, 2014. For assistance in patent filing, call Billings patent attorney Antoinette M. Tease at 406-294-9000.

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Business licenses

The following business licenses were issued during August, 2014. The information is collected by the city of Billings.

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Chamber News

As we read national headlines about stagnant economic activity around the country, Billings has been marching a path of steady growth. This growth provides local businesses, workers and families opportunities many parts of the world would env…

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Commercial building permits

Fence/Roof/Siding#1 Shadow Place#Zarn Gerald W. & Arlyne Michel#Rambur Construction Inc.#$18,454 Fence/Roof/Siding#2 Shadow Place#Longoria Reneau J.#Rambur Construction Inc.#$13,841 Fence/Roof/Siding#8 Shadow Place#The Robert & Donna…

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Jell-O can't shake its sales slide

NEW YORK — Jell-O has lost its jiggle and nobody knows how to fix it.

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Dairy industry group urges farmers not to allow tours, on-farm interviews

BOISE, Idaho — An Idaho dairy industry group has sent a letter to its members urging them to deny media requests for tours and on-farm interviews in the wake of a new law that makes it illegal to secretly film animal abuse at agricultural facilities.

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Residential building permits

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Yellowstone County commissioners look at rural taxing district for development

Yellowstone County commissioners look at rural taxing district for development

Billings-area business leaders are pushing Yellowstone County commissioners for a new rural taxing district to boost industrial development.

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Montana arborists, foresters, and natural resource professionals are invited to the fifth annual Northern Rockies Tree School in Cody, Wyo., Oct. 8-9. On average, more than 130 people representing various natural resource backgrounds attend t…

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Meet MSUB hall of fame business class

Meet MSUB hall of fame business class

They started in different fields and different eras, but they found something in common in the end: success.

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Yaak yurt builders move company to Missoula to network

Yaak yurt builders move company to Missoula to network

MISSOULA — Hays Daniel and his family lived and worked out of yurts in the remote Yaak Valley for nearly four years, so he knows just how cozy and comfortable the structures can be, even during harsh Montana winters.

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Jefferson Lines finds temporary new home in downtown Billings

Jefferson Lines finds temporary new home in downtown Billings

The Jefferson Lines bus station has found a temporary home in downtown Billings and is using state money to renovate permanent digs.

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North Dakota official: More environment protections needed

DICKINSON, N.D. — A top North Dakota public health official told a meeting of energy company representatives in Dickinson on Wednesday that more needs to be done to ensure environmental protections in the state amid its oil boom.

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Starbucks could open store in Williston

WILLISTON, N.D — Coffee drinkers in the state's oil country could become familiar with the green-aproned barista.

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40 Under Forty 2015 Nominations

40 Under Forty 2015 Nominations

Do you know a young business professional under the age of 40 who deserves recognition for outstanding leadership, innovative ideas or dedicat…

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Follow these tips for 40 Under Forty nominations

Follow these tips for 40 Under Forty nominations

October is always a busy time at Billings Business because it represents the monthlong nomination period for the annual 40 Under Forty awards.

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Better Business: Employers cite reasons for conducting employee background checks

There are many reasons a business would have a background check policy for job candidates. The main reason is protecting the business, its employees and its customers from harm and legal action.

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