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Better Business: Beware of companies' claims about products' environmental benefits

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…

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Sales Moves: Forget closing the sale; focus on earning it

It never ceases to amaze me how many people still ask, “What's the best way to close a sale?”

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Your Money: When it comes to investing, it's best not to trust your future to luck

Your Money: When it comes to investing, it's best not to trust your future to luck

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 “…

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Gazette opinion: Politics leave Highway Trust Fund running on empty

The highways America needs can’t be built in five months. Major projects may take years of planning and multiple years for construction.

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Gazette opinion: Congress must deliver post office business reforms

The U.S. Postal Service has been struggling financially for years while Congress has failed to reform laws that micromanage this big, important business.

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Prudential Floberg Realtors joins Berkshire Hathaway family

Prudential Floberg Realtors joins Berkshire Hathaway family

Legendary investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t casually associate his company’s name with any business venture that comes along.

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Big Sky Economic Development: SBA 504 program is a win-win for business finance

Big Sky Economic Development: SBA 504 program is a win-win for business finance

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…

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Strategies for Success: For many business owners, leasing makes more sense

A new client who was in the restaurant business decided to run a food truck after his restaurant closed due to road construction.

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Gazette opinion: Time to refuel America’s Highway Trust Fund

America’s transportation program is running on empty.

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Guest opinion: Drilling IT benefits economy, environment

Credit for the continuing success of America’s shale oil and gas boom goes primarily to new technology and new applications of existing technology.

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Guest opinion: Keystone XL will boost crude prices in Montana

Does this sound familiar, Montana?

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Gazette opinion: Initiative won't lower cable bills

Two weeks ago, a Gazette opinion urged Montana voters to scrutinize Charter Communication’s effort to cut its taxes by proposing Initiative 172.

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Travel and Leisure: Here's how to get the most from your business travel budget

Business travel is an investment in the success and future growth of your business. A recent study commissioned by the National Business Travelers Association, and executed by IHS Global, indicates that business travel does indeed contribute to sales and increased profits.

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Better Business: Be cautious when purchasing telemarketing lists

For businesses selling services direct to consumers, telemarketing is likely a key component of their sales plan and ultimate success. Several avenues exist to gain leads, including referrals from current customers, partnerships and customer information sharing with businesses in a similar i…

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Better Business: Exercise caution when developing sales leads for telemarketing

For businesses selling services direct to consumers, telemarketing is likely a key component of their sales plan and ultimate success. Several avenues exist to gain leads, including referrals from current customers, partnerships and customer information sharing with businesses in a similar i…

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Big Sky Economic Development receives $400,000 in EPA grants for environmental testing

Big Sky Economic Development has received two Environmental Protection Agency grants worth $400,000 to conduct environmental testing for potential contamination from hazardous materials and petroleum.

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Guest opinion: Federal regulations slow small business growth

Within days of each other this month, Gov. Steve Bullock released his business plan for Montana, and the federal Bureau of Labor Statistics issued its latest jobs report.

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Guest opinion: Let's leverage state's good bond rating for infrastructure

As mayors of communities directly impacted by oil and gas development in the Bakken, we know firsthand of the infrastructure needs our communities face. And we know of the incredible opportunity that the state of Montana has to use our stellar bond ratings to make significant investments in …

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Robert J. Samuelson: Are Americans under-saving for retirement?

WASHINGTON — Can America afford to retire? As millions of baby boomers pass their mid-60s, the specter of widespread under-saving has taken hold. It’s a scary vision. But is it likely? Probably not.

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Strategies for Success: Sochi Olympics provides lessons on budgeting

When Russia was awarded the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympics, the costs were originally estimated at close to $12 billion. However, when the final budget information was compiled, more than $52 billion was spent in making the various forums and venues where the Olympic athletes competed.

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