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From the Editor: Lower gas prices please consumers, but producers face challenges

With the holidays at hand, consumers are feeling a little more flush now that gas prices have dipped below $3 a gallon.

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From the Editor: Don't expect door-to-door sales to go away anytime soon

Business experts have declared the door-to-door salesman an endangered species for quite some time, and there’s good reason for the gloomy pre…

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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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From the Editor: Our community is better because of people like Paul Metzger

Thousands of people, many of them not yet born, stand to benefit from the generosity of Paul Metzger, the Laurel farmer who left $38 million f…

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From the Editor: These MBA students are lending a hand on Main Street

Last summer, a team of graduate students from Harvard University rolled into White Sulphur Springs to lend a hand to one of the central Montan…

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From the Editor: Maybe you didn't think about this Montana industry as an export

One of the most important Made in Montana exports doesn’t involve loading commodities on trains, jumbo jets or pipelines. In fact, this produc…

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From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

From the Editor: A ranch visit gives a glimpse of what the future could be like

After visiting the Bowen Cattle Co. ranch near Worden on a recent spring day, I began thinking about how the beef industry is slowly but surel…

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From the Editor: Soon these Billings businesses may shine in the national spotlight

Omaha has Warren Buffet and his blue-chip investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway.You may have heard about a little company named Microsoft that…

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From the Editor: Especially this year, businesses eagerly await the arrival of spring

Welcome to spring. By the time you read this, the polar vortex will be a fading memory, and those 6-foot-tall piles of snow that have accumul…

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From the Editor: Experts say Rand Paul's business survival claims are off base

Anyone who ever hustled to boost sales, roll out new products and make payroll understands that starting a business can be a monumental challenge.

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From the editor: NAHB confirms Billings market is hot

The Billings housing market ranks as one of the nation’s strongest, with building activity climbing to levels not seen since before the recess…

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Want to retire rich? The slow and steady approach will likely get you there

Go ahead and admit it. Every time the Powerball jackpot climbs into the stratosphere, you find yourself fantasizing about what you’d do with a…

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From the editor: Slovakian businessman has a special connection with Billings

Growing up in Czechoslovakia before the fall of communism, Daniel Laco could never bring himself to embrace the party line that was taught in …

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From the editor: Being older than dirt has its advantages

In my nearly 30 years working at The Billings Gazette, I’ve had the good fortune of witnessing a lot of fascinating business start-ups as well…

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From the Editor: These Billings inventors may have the next big thing in eating

Now that Karl Schwartz and Kevin Scharfe have exceeded their goal of raising more than $20,000 via Kickstarter, surely it’s just a matter of t…

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From the Editor: An old photo provides a window into an earlier era in business

From the Editor: An old photo provides a window into an earlier era in business

In a tattered scrapbook tucked away in our home office, a photo of two early 20th century captains of industry serves as a reminder that succe…

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From the Editor: Experts working to wring more oil from the ground

Mike and Chris Nelson’s gift to Billings came wrapped with a giant red bow.

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From the Editor: Detrick's departure leaves a void at the MMEC

Business owners and economic development specialists expressed shock and sadness after learning that Dale Detrick is no longer working for the…

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From the Editor: Distilleries hope to tap into brewing success

Can you believe that it’s been nearly two decades since the craft brewing industry first took hold in downtown Billings?

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From the Editor: Energy advocates say innovation will bring a brighter future

If you’re old enough to remember block-long lines at gas stations during the 1970s energy crisis, you witnessed the  widespread frustration an…

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Monthly Features

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

How oil's decline could spatter North Dakota

BISMARCK, N.D. — The abrupt decline in oil prices stands to be bad news in North Dakota, a state that has reaped billions in tax revenue as new drilling techniques made it the second-leading producer in the U.S. behind Texas. But a lot of fac…

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Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

Poised for growth: Helena's economy remains slow, but leaders optimistic

In the long term, Helena’s stable economy was not as heavily impacted by the recession as other areas of Montana, said Director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research Patrick Barkey.

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Government spending down in Montana

Government spending down in Montana

HELENA — Montana’s economy has not grown as fast in 2014 as was predicted and the reasons seem to be drops in commodity prices and lower federal government spending.

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