Most counties would love to be in Yellowstone County's shoes. We have a $100 million budget, a double A+ bond rating, adequate reserves and very little debt. I take great pride in showcasing a well-managed local government. Would it not be great if our federal government could make that clai…
The first steps are usually the toughest for budding entrepreneurs, so a group of experts is coming to Rocky Mountain College to help.
Scheels Sporting Goods has officially closed in the Rimrock Mall, but mall retailers say they are optimistic after losing a major anchor tenant.
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 from his estate to St. Vincent Healthcare and the Billings Clinic.
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 smartphones and tablets.
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.
It was just a few weeks ago that I sat in a room with many other business owners in our community at a special-invite breakout session from the Big Sky Economic Development. Steve Arveschoug, executive director, asked each business leader to share their suggestions of what they thought the B…
When running or starting your own business, it can be easy to slip into self-deception. This begins when you start rationalizing any opposing evidence that is presented against your business idea.
Everyone tells you to meet with the decision maker.
City finance director Pat Weber gave Billings good news Monday when he recommended a 2014 total property tax levy that is 10.58 mills less than last year.
WASHINGTON — It’s a Democratic campaign consultant’s dream: a study from two respected academic economists concluding that, since the late 1940s, the economy has consistently performed better under Democratic presidents than Republican. The gap is huge. From 1949 to 2013, a period when the W…
“Ribbit!” It’s the first sound one hears after opening the front door at Big Frog, a new business specializing in custom T-shirts, apparel and gifts. Big Frog’s amphibian-inspired doorbell and a décor that’s designed around a rain forest, aims to be fun.
If being green keeps your business in the black, then you will want to keep a close eye on your environmental marketing claims. Recently the Federal Trade Commission has filed claims and settled with two plastic lumber manufacturers, whose products are used in decking, fencing and outdoor fu…
It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask, “What's the best way to close a sale?”
Several years ago, my wife and I played "Heads or Tails" at the Chase Hawks Memorial Banquet in Billings. Four hundred people in attendance joined in the game, each standing with one hand placed on either their head (for heads) or bottom (for tails). The emcee flipped the coin and declared “…
The highways America needs can’t be built in five months. Major projects may take years of planning and multiple years for construction.
The U.S. Postal Service has been struggling financially for years while Congress has failed to reform laws that micromanage this big, important business.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t casually associate his company’s name with any business venture that comes along.
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 Ec…