Big Sky Economic Development works with many businesses in Billings and the surrounding area utilizing a number of different tools. One of the more important and frequently used tools is the SBA 504 Loan program, or, as it is now called, the Real Estate Advantage Loan (REAL 504). Big Sky Economic Development is licensed by the Small Business Administration as a Certified Development Company in order to administer this loan program to small businesses throughout the entire state of Montana. Don’t get lost in all the names here, one only needs to remember SBA 504 Loans.
A new client who was in the restaurant business decided to run a food truck after his restaurant closed due to road construction.
For retail businesses, the relationship formed with other businesses, organizations and schools can be beneficial. Purchases may only occur one or two times per year, but they are usually large orders to fulfill the needs of multiple employees. If you are in retail, then you know that cultivating business and organization accounts is crucial to retaining that business. You may have special discounts in place just for these types of customers who purchase in bulk. You have most likely informed your staff that your relationship with certain accounts, such as schools, is important to your company’s success. Knowing this, employees are prepared to accommodate.
Q: I am 68 years old and just recently retired from my company after 33 years. My wife and I applied for Social Security benefits. I was shocked to find out that my Social Security may be taxable. Is that true? Can my Social Security benefits be taxed for income tax purposes? John — Billings
Now more than ever, women are striking out and traveling by themselves both for business and pleasure. And, although their reasons for traveling are similar to their male counterparts, women traveling alone have very different needs and concerns. From safety issues to cultural variations, women travelers encounter a variety of difficulties that can be avoided if the necessary precautions are taken. While it pays for both men and women to be educated travelers, it is especially imperative for women to plan every step of their trip — from packing a suitcase to choosing a hotel room. Learning what to expect is the first step in preparing yourself for anything that could go wrong.
One of the most important Made in Montana exports doesn’t involve loading commodities on trains, jumbo jets or pipelines. In fact, this product is consumed without ever leaving the state.