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2013-07-28T00:00:00Z Business digest The Billings Gazette
July 28, 2013 12:00 am

This year’s Wyoming Forum will be Nov. 19-20 at Little America in Cheyenne. This will be the second “Governor Matthew H. Mead’s Business Forum.”

Confirmed speakers include Gov. Mead, Pulitzer Prize winning author David McCullough on civility, and Herb Meyer regarding the “Siege of Western Civilization.” As with the first Governor’s Business Forum two years ago, there will be some 20 Wyoming Success Stories featuring a wide variety of unique perspectives.

In conjunction with the Forum, on Nov. 19, there will be Wyoming’s First Business Hall of Fame Dinner and Program. Organizers of this event, in addition to the Wyoming Heritage Foundation, are the University of Wyoming College of Business and the Wyoming Business Council. Registration for the forum and dinner is $300; the forum separately $225 and the dinner separately $90. For information, go online to


The free TRAC Regional Energy Convergence is being held from 6 to 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Billings Holiday Inn.

Bob van der Valk, managing editor of the Bakken Oil Business Journal, will present his seminar, "Bakken — Back to the Future." The presentation will include facts and figures to assist anyone interested in finding out more about why the Williston Basin is enjoying an oil boom and how long it may last for Montana energy and equipment supplier companies.

As an extra treat, Justin Voeller from Billings will drive his classic 1983 DeLorean with flux capacitor to the Holiday Inn for the presentation at this TRAC Regional Energy Convergence seminar.

For more information, call Laura K. McRae at 696-5433 or go online to


Fall classes will soon begin at Montana State University Billings, and so will the Yellowjacket Market. Businesses can meet new and returning students who are seeking part time jobs and who want to learn about local business/services. Space is limited so businesses should register right away to attend one or both events at The times are 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. both days, and the locations are Sept. 10 at City College Campus, 3803 Central Ave., and Sept. 11 at the University Campus at 1500 University Drive. For more information, call 657-2168 or email


Farmers, ranchers and other agricultural producers have until Aug. 1 to nominate eligible candidates to serve on local FSA county committees. These committees help local farmers through their decisions on commodity price support loans, conservation programs and disaster programs and by working closely with county executive directors.

To be eligible to hold office as a county committee member, individuals must participate or cooperate in a program administered by FSA, be eligible to vote in a county committee election and live in the local administrative area where they are running. A complete list of eligibility requirements, more information and nomination forms are available at

All nominees must sign the nomination form FSA-669A. All nomination forms for the 2013 election must be postmarked or received in the local USDA Service Center by close of business on Aug. 1. Ballots will be mailed to eligible voters by Nov. 4 and are due back to the local USDA Service Centers on Dec. 2. The newly elected county committee members will take office Jan. 1, 2014.

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