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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 surely diversifying, and that society may benefit because of it.

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Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

Montana Energy Quarterly: Union workers worry as EPA prepares to regulate carbon emissions

The J.E. Corette coal-fired power plant is back in operation with the completion of repairs to fix a burst steam tube that forced a plant shutdown last February.

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Labor-saving design helps speed along motel project

Labor-saving design helps speed along motel project

As a new five-story Holiday Inn Express reaches into the sky, builders have welcomed a labor-saving design that has helped make up for numerous winter weather delays.

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Rimrock Auto Group's new GMC Cadillac store already attracting new customers

Rimrock Auto Group's new GMC Cadillac store already attracting new customers

Billings auto dealer Steve Zabawa believes that Rimrock Auto Group’s new GMC Cadillac store on Shiloh Road is the best location in Billings.

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Montana Energy 2014 to feature energy advocates, executives

Montana Energy 2014 to feature energy advocates, executives

Author Robert Bryce, who has written about the rise and fall of Enron and is a frequent critic of green energy and the goal of energy independence, will join a host of energy company executives as keynote speakers for Montana Energy 2014, a conference and trade show April 2-3 at MetraPark.

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Tax Foundation: Montana ranks 7th best in tax climate

Montana has the seventh-best tax climate for businesses in the 50 states, according to the 2014 ratings released recently by the Tax Foundation.

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Statewide tourism numbers strong, but Billings travel lags 2012

Statewide tourism numbers strong, but Billings travel lags 2012

State tourism officials say Montana’s summer travel season has a chance to surpass last year’s

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Business 2013 Conference explores the roles of women in business

Business 2013 Conference explores the roles of women in business

Two U.S. Chamber of Commerce experts on women in business will speak at the Business 2013 Conference and Expo, which takes place Sept. 25-27 in Billings.

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Multiple offers put home sellers in control

Multiple offers put home sellers in control

As the nation’s housing market recovers from the recession of 2008, real estate professionals are encountering something they hadn’t seen in years: multiple offers on properties.

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Federal oil and gas lease sale nets nearly $50 million

A recent oil and gas lease auction in Billings netted nearly $50 million from the sale of 87 federal leases totaling 19,015 acres, in North and South Dakota.

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Seminar for women-owned businesses Aug. 6-7

A workshop designed to help female business owners become certified as a women-owned business for federal contracting takes place Aug. 6-7 in Billings.

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Fox, 2 other attorneys general, say Internet sales tax is unconstitutional

State Attorney General Tim Fox is teaming up with his counterparts in two other states without sales taxes to fight the Internet sales tax bill before the U.S. House.

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MSU Billings names new dean of College of Business

MSU Billings names new dean of College of Business

A former Montana State University Billings professor has returned to Billings as dean of the school’s College of Business.

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Agreement allows multiple games on a single device

Two gaming companies have entered into an agreement that provides more options for people who play video gambling machines.

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Wahrlich named Tourism Person of the Year

Wahrlich named Tourism Person of the Year

Steve Wahrlich, owner of the Best Western Clocktower Inn in Billings, was named Tourism Person of the Year at the 2013 Montana Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Helena. Tourism award winners are selected for their outstanding contributions to Montana’s tourism industry.

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Billings firm named Montana Exporter of the Year

Gov. Steve Bullock honored MRL Equipment Co. Inc. of Billings as Montana’s 2012 Exporter of the Year during the recent Manufacturing and Trade Day event at the Capitol.

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Construction Zone: Bishop & Heenan Law Firm christens new West End building

Construction Zone: Bishop & Heenan Law Firm christens new West End building

As an attorney specializing in consumer protection law, John Heenan is passionate about advocating for his clients.

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Construction Zone:  New federal office building enhances downtown area

Construction Zone: New federal office building enhances downtown area

Billings recently celebrated the addition of a new Department of Interior building downtown at 2021 Fourth Ave. N. Sally Mayberry, regional public affairs officer for the Rocky Mountain Region with the General Services Administration, spoke with Billings Business staff about this project.

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Western Security Bank remodels West End location

Western Security Bank remodels West End location

Western Security Bank has begun a multimillion-dollar remodeling project at its bank at 24th Street West and Grand Avenue.

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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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Study: Business startups down, but Montana still leads nation in entrepreneurship

Fewer people are starting small businesses now that the job market is looking better.

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West Park makeover includes grocery store, other retailers

West Park makeover includes grocery store, other retailers

A grocery store and other retail outlets will anchor the longtime Billings hopping center that has been renamed West Park Promenade.

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Baucus: Top executives headline September economic summit

Baucus: Top executives headline September economic summit

Facebook chief operating officer Sheryl Sandberg, ConocoPhillips chief executive officer Ryan Lance, the president of software giant Oracle and Boeing’s chief executive are among a slate of prominent business leaders headlining a two-day economic summit in September, according to Sen. Max Baucus.

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New Scheels store scheduled for September 2014 opening

New Scheels store scheduled for September 2014 opening

Steel beams for the new 220,000-square-foot Scheels sporting goods store at Shiloh Crossing are reaching into the Montana sky as workers prepare for a September 2014 opening of the area’s largest stand-alone retail store.

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Steel for new Scheels store reaches into the sky.

Steel for new Scheels store reaches into the sky.

When the Billings store was announced in the fall of 2011,

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Meadow Gold Dairy meets Energy Star Challenge requirements, saves energy

Meadow Gold Dairy, the local Billings Dean Foods plant, has met the requirements for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's  “Energy Star Challenge for Industry” by reducing its energy intensity by 13.4 percent.

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Montana banking conditions improed in 2012, Federal Reserve says

Montana banking conditions improved in 2012, generally consistent with a previous forecast from the Federal Reserve, although bank lending declined slightly from the previous year.

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KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

Kampgrounds of America Inc. didn’t kick back and rest on its laurels as it marked its 50th birthday in 2012. The Billings-based company marked the milestone by adding 18 locations to its 489-campground system in North America.

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Montana Ambassadors announce 2012 honorees

Montana Ambassadors announce 2012 honorees

HELENA — Gov. Steve Bullock and the Montana Ambassadors have announced the 2012 honorees who have made an outstanding contribution to economic development in Montana.

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Trailhead Spirits: Distilling Montana's essence into memorable beverages

Trailhead Spirits: Distilling Montana's essence into memorable beverages

After endless hours of jumping through hoops to comply with state and federal regulations and working through numerous delays that cropped up at nearly every turn, Casey McGowan finally got down to business in early January.

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KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

KOA sees significant growth, national exposure during 2012

Kampgrounds of America Inc. didn’t kick back and rest on its laurels as it marked its 50th birthday in 2012. The Billings-based company marked the milestone by adding 18 locations to its 489-campground system in North America.

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Fundraising professionals honor outstanding philanthropists

Fundraising professionals honor outstanding philanthropists

Health care and higher education have always been a passion for William and Merilyn Ballard, who have been named Outstanding Philanthropists for 2012 by the Association of Fundraising Professionals.

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Special K Ranch, Montana Silversmiths dedicate new building

COLUMBUS — A new building where residents of the Special K Ranch do work for Montana Silversmiths has been dedicated.

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Industry groups, governors concerned over proposed fracking rules

Industry groups, governors concerned over proposed fracking rules

Industry officials and the governors of Wyoming and Montana have voiced concerns about proposed federal rules that would require petroleum companies to disclose the chemicals they use in hydraulic fracturing.

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Billings Clinic announces $10.9 million expansions

Billings Clinic announces $10.9 million expansions

Forty years after pioneering open-heart surgery in Montana,

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Ready for something big? Check out the new Scheels store at Shiloh Crossing

Ready for something big? Check out the new Scheels store at Shiloh Crossing

Everything about the new Scheels store at Shiloh Crossing is going to be big.

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Dennis Washington No. 63 on Forbes list of wealthy Americans

Montana industrialist Dennis Washington ranks No. 63 on the 2012 Forbes ranking of the 400 wealthiest Americans.

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Austin-Lehman Adventures announces partnership to expand ecotourism in Africa

Austin-Lehman Adventures announces partnership to expand ecotourism in Africa

Billings-based tour operator Austin-Lehman Adventures, which offers adventure tours on five continents, has formed a partnership with Wilderness Safaris, a conservation and ecotourism company in southern Africa.

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Fracking 101: Sanjel training facility emphasizes safety for oil field workers

Fracking 101: Sanjel training facility emphasizes safety for oil field workers

In the corner of a Billings commercial park, 10 men clad in hardhats and fire-resistant overalls go about practicing the tasks they will soon be doing for real in the oil field.

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Making it in Montana: Paint Factory offers brings variety to retail business

Making it in Montana: Paint Factory offers brings variety to retail business

Jeff Keller was just 13 years old when he started his own painting business in Great Falls. More than 30 years later, Keller has experienced all aspects of the paint and coatings industry. He has worked as a painting contractor, a sales representative and most recently owner of a retail pain…

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From the editor

Woody Allen said famously, “Eighty percent of success is showing up.”

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40 Under 40: Dustin Frost, partner, 47 North Communications

40 Under 40: Dustin Frost, partner, 47 North Communications

At age 30, Dustin Frost is a veteran of numerous statewide and local political campaigns. Despite his obvious enthusiasm for politics, Frost’s bucket list doesn’t include running for office.

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40 Under 40: Leah Johnson, vice president of human resources, Wendy's of Montana Inc.

40 Under 40: Leah Johnson, vice president of human resources, Wendy's of Montana Inc.

Leah Johnson isn’t afraid to take on a challenge. In 1999, when Wendy’s of Montana was looking for a human resources director, Johnson volunteered to take on this crucial management position.

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40 Under 40: Nina Hernandez, regional director, American Heart Association

40 Under 40: Nina Hernandez, regional director, American Heart Association

Nina Hernandez is the kind of person who can’t turn down a good cause. While living in Texas, she volunteered for a human rights organization that paired her with a Sudanese woman who was seeking asylum in the United States.

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40 Under 40: Kally Amundsen, senior media buyer, A.D. Creative Group

40 Under 40: Kally Amundsen, senior media buyer, A.D. Creative Group

It’s no secret. Clients expect results when they entrust their marketing budgets to Kally Amundsen and A.D. Creative Group.

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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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40 Under 40: Kevin D. Evans, undersheriff, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department

40 Under 40: Kevin D. Evans, undersheriff, Yellowstone County Sheriff's Department

Former Yellowstone County deputy sheriff Dave Evans once had to wrestle a chimpanzee that had escaped from its cage and was tearing up the house in its owner’s absence. After a bit of a struggle, the deputy managed to get the beast out of the living room and back into the garage without gett…

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40 Under 40: Kori Keller, owner, Kidz Cutz, Short Cuts, coordinator of Ryan's Run

40 Under 40: Kori Keller, owner, Kidz Cutz, Short Cuts, coordinator of Ryan's Run

For Kori Keller, 2011 was a year of tremendous success and great sadness.

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40 Under 40: Clinton Hull, owner, Alternative Athletics/Crossfit

40 Under 40: Clinton Hull, owner, Alternative Athletics/Crossfit

At Alternative Athletics/CrossFit, you won’t find treadmills, weight machines or a lot of fancy fitness equipment.

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