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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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SBA Official: 'Obamacare' won't kill jobs

New federal health insurance laws won’t be the job killers that critics fear, a U.S. Small Business Administration official said Thursday in Billings.

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High Plains Architects owners win SBA award

Two Billings business owners received recognition in the Small Business Administration’s 2014 Small Business Week Awards announced Tuesday.

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Gazette opinion: Make 'Small Business Saturday' an everyday event

Small Business Saturday is really a misnomer.

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Guest opinion: Lack of customers No. 1 concern for small businesses

Initial numbers from the Consumer Insight Survey by the National Federation of Independent Business show last weekend’s Small Business Saturday improving on its prior year’s totals, but is the jump enough to give Main Street shops what they really need: Customers walking in the door every day.

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Exports in the bag: More Montana producers are cashing in on foreign sales

Exports in the bag: More Montana producers are cashing in on foreign sales

Nine years ago the Outside Magazine Buyer’s Guide selected a bag by Billings-based Red Oxx Manufacturing as part of its Gear of the Year. Such widespread exposure for Red Oxx’s PR5 Safari Beanos bag helped spark interest from buyers scattered all across the globe.

September 01, 2013 12:15 am Photos

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Big Sky EDA: Commercial construction on upswing in Billings area

Big Sky EDA: Commercial construction on upswing in Billings area

Construction season is in full swing in Billings, and new commercial growth seems to be outpacing last year. According to the City of Billings’ Building Division, the department, in the first half of 2013 approved 35 commercial building permits totaling $70,464,327 — way up in value from the…

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SBA honors Montana businesses for Small Business Week

Bozeman auto dealer Joe Billion has been named the Montana Small Business Person of the year as part of the Small Business Administration’s Small Business Week awards.

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SBA’s e200 class offers instruction for Montana small-business owners

SBA’s e200 class offers instruction for Montana small-business owners

Chuck Archambault was reluctant to sign up for last year’s e200 class, put on by the Small Business Administration in Helena.

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Buck Elk selected small business person of the year

Harold L. Buck Elk, owner of Fort Peck Tech Services, Inc., of Poplar, was selected as the Small Business Administration's Region VIII Minority Small Business Person of the Year Award winner. The company is Native American owned and has demonstrated its ability to overcome extreme economic a…

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Loans offered to Dahl fire victims

The head of the U.S. Small Business Administration says low-interest loans will be offered to qualifying residents and business owners affected by the Dahl fire near Roundup.

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SBA disaster loans available to small businesses in 10 Wyoming counties

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Small, nonfarm businesses in 10 Wyoming counties are now eligible to apply for low interest federal disaster loans from the U. S. Small Business Administration.

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Gazette opinion: Public investment pays off with BSED

Every taxpayer in Yellowstone County is an investor in Big Sky Economic Development.

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40 Under 40: Rebecca Hedegaard, director, Small Business Development Center, Big Sky Economic Development

40 Under 40: Rebecca Hedegaard, director, Small Business Development Center, Big Sky Economic Development

When clients ask Rebecca Hedegaard for help starting a business, they usually have something in mind, like a restaurant, a house cleaning service, a day care or a specialty retail store.

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Montana SBA: Feeling stuck in a rut? Sometimes a break makes all the difference

Montana SBA: Feeling stuck in a rut? Sometimes a break makes all the difference

Every so often, most all of us need to “take a break,” even business owners. Thinking about how to deal with the same business issues, problems or even opportunities day after day can eventually produce little additional insight or progress. It’s called getting stale.

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Drive to succeed: Billings entrepreneurs say SBA class in Helena was worth the trip

Drive to succeed: Billings entrepreneurs say SBA class in Helena was worth the trip

After 15 years at the helm of Clean Team of Montana, a diversified cleaning service based in Billings, company president Aubrey May was on the verge of changing careers.

November 13, 2011 12:10 am Photos

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Big Sky Economic Development: To grow or not to grow: Financing is the question

Small business is the heartbeat of the American economy. Data from the last economic census shows there are over 5,500 small businesses in Yellowstone County -- that accounts for nearly 15 percent of all small businesses in Montana. According to the Small Business Administration, 80 percent …

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SBA recognizes local businesses

The U.S. Small Business Administration Montana District Office recognized 14 small businesses in a graduation ceremony in Helena. The goal of the SBA Emerging 200 initiative is to identify inner-city and Native American businesses across the country that show a high potential for growth and …

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Feds open Disaster Recovery Center in Roundup

Feds open Disaster Recovery Center in Roundup

A Disaster Recovery Center for businesses and individuals who suffered flood damage this spring and summer opened in Roundup on Monday.

August 01, 2011 5:20 pmLoading…
McClure takes over reins at SBA office

McClure takes over reins at SBA office

The Small Business Administration will soon know what kind of assistance it can provide to Montana businesses that have sustained damage during a record-setting flood season, said Joe McClure, the federal agency’s new district director in Montana.

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