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Starting at the bottom and clawing your way to the top of the corporate ladder worked for baby boomers and their parents.
Neon accent lights that trace the distinctive facade on Cellular Plus stores have been part of the Billings company’s branding strategy for years.
Colter DeVries, a business relationship manager with Wells Fargo Bank in Billings, has been getting a firsthand view of the energy boom in North Dakota and Eastern Montana. When bank managers said they were looking for somebody to help grow business in Eastern Montana, DeVries, a native of R…
The effort to address climate change has gone underground, in a matter of speaking.
Cracks in the ground, some deeper than a man’s height, are cropping up on hillsides in the Bull Mountains.
Alex Epstein says he’s not too worried about running out of oil. But he sometimes worries that the industry won’t always have the freedom to develop it.
LAUREL — In 1961, 21-year-old Leonard Fichtner became the youngest General Motors franchise owner in history after acquiring the family business from his father. As far as he knows, there has never been a younger GM dealer.
Yellowstone county officials are rolling out the welcome mat for the developers of a proposed $500 million oil refinery being considered for the Billings area.
The Billings area is being considered as a site of a proposed $500 million "clean energy center" that would refine Bakken crude into diesel fuel.
Shane French had years of experience working in the excavating business, but couldn’t find an opening when he moved to Billings some 3½ years ago.
“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.
Local cycling enthusiasts are encouraged by signs that Billings is becoming a more bicycle-friendly community.
Step inside of Spinners, a self-serve yogurt shop at 3031 Grand Ave., and one gets the impression the store was developed by some savvy franchising company that put years worth of effort into developing a cutting-edge retail concept.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t casually associate his company’s name with any business venture that comes along.
Prudential Floberg Realtors, one of Billings’ oldest and largest real-estate firms, is getting a new name that’s associated with billionaire investor Warren Buffett.
ArtWalk took root 20 years ago when Vicki Van Buskirk, owner of Toucan Gallery, convinced other gallery and shop owners to stay open late for an event that aimed to kindle interest in local artists. The effort started out slowly, but has enjoyed steady growth since then. Van Buskirk sold the…
A concrete structure that helps deliver water to farmers along the Big Horn Canal was in danger of failure because of water-caused erosion stretching over decades.
It didn’t take insurance adjusters long to tally millions of dollars in hail damage to roofs, siding, windows and automobiles in the Billings area after the May 18 hail storm.
Four Billings breweries brought home a total of nine medals from the recent North American Beer Awards competition in Idaho Falls.
Kit Jennings says Billings is the perfect place to host an energy conference. That’s why the 15th annual Energy Exposition and Symposium is set for June 25-26 at MetraPark’s ExpoCenter.
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.
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.
When Frosty Erben went into the real estate business in 1988, he initially thought it was a good way to generate income during the winter, when his landscaping business was slow.
Does decorating a vacant house with furniture, wall hangings and home furnishings really translate into quicker sales and higher prices?
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.
Red-hued calves that started life frolicking on the Bowen ranch last April will spend the next two years grazing on pastures, without ever eating a mouthful of corn or setting foot in a crowded feedlot.
If there’s one thing Rod Wilson has learned in his career as a real estate developer, it’s that spring weather always brings customers to his door.
The great white winter of 2013-14 caused countless strained backs and worn-out snow shovels thanks to a record 99 inches of snowfall that buried Billings. But all of that snow proved to be a bonanza for Montana ski areas.
Omaha has Warren Buffet and his blue-chip investment firm, Berkshire Hathaway.You may have heard about a little company named Microsoft that calls Redmond, Wash., home.
Sisters Jewel Jones and Amanda Roth have spent the past two years collaborating on a project to provide comfortable, functional garments geared specifically toward truckers.
Lisa Donnot took over as executive director of Family Promise of Yellowstone County, the organization formerly known as Interfaith Hospitality Network, last December.
Whenever Shane and Tanya Flowers sell their locally raised meat at the Yellowstone Valley Farmer’s Market, shoppers invariably ask when they’re planning to open a Billings storefront.
A recent study by the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research at the University of Montana found that cycle tourists spend about $79 per day, compared to $58.24 in daily expenditures for non-resident travelers who arrived by car or other means.
Sisters Jewel Jones and Amanda Roth have spent the past two years collaborating on a project to provide comfortable, functional clothing specifically for truckers.
Oil-and-gas production from unconventional sources such as the prolific Bakken shale has exploded, and the U.S. now produces more oil than it imports.
Exec says pipeline will help
The proposed Keystone XL pipeline was touted Tuesday as a key factor in the nation’s efforts to obtain secure energy resources and improve national security.
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 accumulated in every parking lot in town will have melted and washed down the storm drain.
Canadian teams won gold medals in both men’s and women’s hockey at the Sochi Winter Olympics. But it would be wrong to assume that Canadians have cornered the market on dedication to this fast-paced game of sticks, pucks and nets. Montana hockey parents aren’t afraid to pack their youngsters…
Lucky’s Market, a specialty retailer based in Boulder, Colo., has built a Billings store that emphasizes community involvement, local products and aggressive promotions for select products.
Frequent migraine headaches made Krista Stetson’s life miserable from the time she was a teen-ager.
Throughout his extended training, Elichai Fowler knew that sooner or later he would own his own custom jewelry business.
When Stockman Bank opened a branch at 1450 Shiloh Road 12 years ago, employees sometimes joked about working at a frontier outpost.
Collin Hanson grew up in a quiet West End neighborhood near 19th Street West and Miles Avenue, and he was looking for a similar atmosphere when he went looking for a larger retail space to house his business, Collin’s Bike Shop.
A national energy expert says the proposed Keystone XL pipeline would help revive a sluggish national economy and enhance the nation’s energy security.
Brad Fimrite and Wayne Wilson of Billings helped Yellowstone National Park solve a nagging waste disposal issue by developing a machine that recycles leftover fuel from propane cylinders that campers use in lanterns, heaters and stoves.
Any way you slice it, the new Lucky’s Market at West Park Promenade is committed to bringing home the bacon.
Anyone who ever hustled to boost sales, roll out new products and make payroll understands that starting a business can be a monumental challenge.
Whenever a business has been around for more than a century, it must be doing something right. Doug MacPherson’s great-grandfather, George MacPherson, started Montana Shoe Co. in Butte in 1908. Butte’s population had grown to nearly 100,000 during the years surrounding World War I, as the Mi…
Bigfork artist John Rose’s handcrafted copper Christmas ornaments, wall hangings and jewelry are big sellers in gift shops, galleries and museum stores throughout the West. But rather than hitting the road to sell to individual stores or paying sales reps to call on retailers, Rose rents a b…