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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.
“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.
Legendary investor Warren Buffett, chief executive of Berkshire Hathaway, doesn’t casually associate his company’s name with any business venture that comes along.
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.
Does decorating a vacant house with furniture, wall hangings and home furnishings really translate into quicker sales and higher prices?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Any way you slice it, the new Lucky’s Market at West Park Promenade is committed to bringing home the bacon.
With Yellowstone County’s unemployment rate expected to fall to around 2 percent within a year or two, many employers worry about where they’ll find qualified workers.
Hiring more women as top managers and appointing them to corporate boards isn’t just a feel-good exercise in political correctness. It makes good business sense.
A first-of-its kind wind- and solar-powered traffic signal warning drivers in a school crossing zone on 32nd Street West has gone operational just in time for school.
When supporters began putting together a campaign to pass a $16.3 million library bond issue in the spring of 2012, Suzanne McKiernan figured she would spend long hours at Rimrock Mall and the Yellowstone Valley Farmers’ Market, handing out literature and trying to convince voters about how …
The merger of two longtime Montana contracting firms took about 18 months and required many steps along the way. But all of that paperwork was worth the effort, as company officials look forward to new opportunities.
Mayor Tom Hanel proudly touts Billings at groundbreakings, conferences and ribbon-cutting ceremonies. And, his job as the city's promoter in chief just got a whole lot easier after Kiplinger's Personal Finance named Billings as one of the nation's top 10 places to live.
On most days, the 27 service bays in the new Montana Peterbilt truck dealership are occupied by large rigs undergoing maintenance and repairs.
Vicki Dickinson, who was laid off last month after ExxonMobil switched to a non-union contractor, was back outside the refinery gates Thursday morning, hoping to raise awareness about the plight of displaced workers.
When System Building Solutions set up a plant to manufacture modular homes, the owners said they preferred to concentrate on “building boxes” and not worry about payroll, human resources and other tasks associated with running a business.
As the summer of 2013 unfolds, the nation’s housing market continues to show signs of improvement.
A little more than a year ago, former Gov. Brian Schweitzer plopped down in the guest chair beside TV host David Letterman and bragged up the Big Sky state to a national audience. Although his trip to New York included handing out Montana-made beef jerky and huckleberry jam, Schweitzer said …
When it comes to creating jobs, a one-size-fits-all approach to economic development doesn’t cut it, Gov. Steve Bullock says.
Thirty-five union workers have been out of work since May 23 in the wake of a decision by the ExxonMobil refinery to switch contractors that do certain maintenance work at the refinery.
LAUREL — Five years ago, the skyline over Laurel was permanently transformed after CHS Inc. completed a $400 million refinery renovation that featured the installation of a petroleum coker that squeezes more fuel from each barrel of crude oil.
Gov. Steve Bullock on Wednesday defended his veto of a bill that would have provided up to $15 million in financial assistance to Eastern Montana counties feeling the effects of rapid energy development.
Outside, a cold north wind sent fat snowflakes skittering across the sidewalk.
The newly renovated Northern Hotel opened to rave reviews over the weekend. At one point during the festivities, Steve Arveschoug, executive director of Big Sky Economic Development, asked co-owner Mike Nelson what the county economic development agency could do to help assure the Northern’s…
Jim Muri, a Montanan whose legendary flying prowess saved his stricken bomber and crew during the Battle of Midway in World War II, died Sunday at age 93.
A Texas company that has been fabricating equipment used in Canada’s oil sands at a Billings manufacturing plant has apparently sent temporary workers home as the project winds down.
Every day during the first nine months of this year, at least 77 percent of the 4,000 hotel rooms in Billings were booked. That’s a healthy 22 percent increase in hotel occupancy from three years ago.
If you’re thinking about selling a business that you’ve steadily built over the years, or if the market has boosted the value of certain shares within your stock portfolio, it’s a good idea to pull the trigger before the end of the year, financial experts say.
Don Bottrell, a visionary business developer whose ventures include energy, technology, real estate, banking and retailing, died unexpectedly Tuesday. He was 61.
With the holiday season fast approaching, the Billings Chamber of Commerce/Convention and Visitors Bureau is again urging area residents to shop locally as a way to boost the economy.
New to Billings? Theresa Cassady wants to make sure your move to the Magic City starts off on the right foot.
Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad will continue shipping millions of barrels of crude oil from the prolific Bakken oil play even if the proposed Keystone XL pipeline is built, BNSF’s chief executive said Wednesday in Billings.
Strolling around with an empty doll-sized chair tucked under her arm, Gail Beauchamp summoned her inner Clint Eastwood during Thursday's appearance of the Tea Party Express.
Billings business leaders and educators on Thursday pledged to address School District 2's drop-out rate.
Montana homeowners and small businesses will see sharp increases in their property taxes if 130 corporate taxpayers succeed in altering the way their own property is assessed, Gov. Brian Schweitzer said Tuesday.
A historic building that’s traditionally relegated to housing livestock was positively energetic Thursday afternoon. The first Energy Day at MontanaFair gave representatives of regional and national energy companies an opportunity to network, share stories and tell fairgoers about the energy…
Pedaling on a cross-country bicycle tour is helping Colleen Bushnell heal from the trauma she experienced during her military service.
When Alexis Wineman, Miss Montana 2012, discusses her desire to help people with autism, she’s not speaking in flowery beauty pageant platitudes about trying to make the world a better place.