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Amazon hopes to swipe market share with mobile payment app

NEW YORK — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smar…

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Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers said they were looking for somebody to help grow b…

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.

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Women business owners at a disadvantage when seeking bank loans

Women are a growing force in the business world, but if they own a company, they may still struggle to get a loan from a bank.

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Architects, designers preparing for a changing climate

There’s little question many architects and builders are convinced of the threat of climate change and are urging clients to plan for a future of weather extremes.

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Google, Barnes & Noble team up to promote same-day book delivery

Google and Barnes & Noble, taking on their mutual rival Amazon.com, have paired up to offer same-day delivery of books purchased online.

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Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Battle in the Bull Mountains: Northern Plains files suit to overturn coal lease

Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.

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Business licenses

The following business licenses were issued during July 2014. The information is collected by the city of Billings. Fed Ex Ground Package System Inc., 3605 Hesper Road, 412-859-5903. Supreme Construction, 1915 Burnstead Drive, 927-7685. Pres…

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Montana patents

Below are listed U.S. patents issued to Montana inventors June 24 through July 15, 2014. For assistance in patent filing, call Billings patent attorney Antoinette M. Tease at 406-294-9000. David Snow of Bozeman, Michael Chase of Bozeman, Ale…

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Construction Zone: Empire Parking Garage adds variety, additional parking for downtown

Construction Zone: Empire Parking Garage adds variety, additional parking for downtown

Change is in the air. Over the past several years, downtown Billings has witnessed a massive transformation, including remodeled buildings along Montana Avenue, a new library, renovated Northern Hotel, a new federal courthouse and a plethora …

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Construction Zone: Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration completes renovation

Construction Zone: Alpha-Omega Disaster Restoration completes renovation

Willy Johnson and his wife, Julie, are pressure cookers.

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Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

Cloud Peak taking more active role in coal debate: ‘We want it to be a factual discussion’

DECKER — The 300-foot dragline juts into southern Montana skyline like an industrial tower, a titan among giant equipment at Cloud Peak Energy’s Spring Creek Mine.

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Business digest

The Montana Grazing Lands Conservation Initiative in Bozeman has launched a new web-based planning and record-keeping program for ranchers and grazing managers. GrazeKeeper is an electronic tool to manage livestock and pasture inventory, graz…

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Business digest

Blue Rock Products Co. of Sidney has been named among three finalists for Pepsi-Cola’s Donald M. Kendall Bottler of the Year Award, the highest honor given to independent Pepsi bottlers by PepsiCo Americas Beverages. Led by president and CEO …

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Billings lodging options expand with opening of La Quinta Inn

Billings lodging options expand with opening of La Quinta Inn

The hotel boom in Billings continued last week with the opening of La Quinta Inn and Suites on the West End, and lodging experts say the boom should continue through the rest of the year.

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Mall of America targets North Dakota oil workers

Mall of America targets North Dakota oil workers

BISMARCK, N.D. — The largest shopping mall in the country is targeting workers in one of the nation’s top oil-producing areas.

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EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.

EPA to open environmental crimes office in N.D.

BISMARCK, N.D. — For the first time and because of environmental issues in the Bakken oil fields, an office of the Environmental Protection Agency’s Criminal Investigation Division will open in North Dakota.

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Fichtner Chevrolet sells to Rimrock Auto Group

Fichtner Chevrolet sells to Rimrock Auto Group

LAUREL — In 1961, 21-year-old Leonard Fichtner became the youngest General Motors franchise owner in history after acquiring the family business from his father. As far as he knows, there has never been a younger GM dealer.

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United flights between Williston and Houston begin

WILLISTON, N.D. — Flights between the North Dakota oil patch hub of Williston and Houston are now underway.

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Amazon hopes to swipe market share with mobile payment app

NEW YORK — Amazon is taking direct aim at mobile payment systems such as Square by introducing the Amazon Local Register, a credit card processing device and mobile app designed to help small business owners accept payments through their smar…

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Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Banking on the boom: Five minutes with Colter DeVries

Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers said they were looking for somebody to help grow b…

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

Montana Energy Quarterly: Carbon capture research project under way in Montana

The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.

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