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Becker’s Hospital Review, a health care publication, named West Park Hospital one of 100 Great Places to Work in Health Care in its May 2013 edition. West Park Hospital is the only Wyoming hospital that made the list. In the past year, Becker’s also included West Park Hospital in its list of 100 Great Community Hospitals.

Organizations were chosen through nomination and editorial research, which looked at factors such as robust benefits, wellness initiatives, professional development opportunities and work environments that promote employee collaboration and satisfaction. In addition to these, Becker’s specifically cited West Park Hospital’s physician/employee collaboration and its in-house child-care facility, the Seedlings Center.

Becker's Hospital Review features up-to-date business and legal news and analysis relating to hospitals and health systems including hospital and health system news, best practices and legal guidance geared toward hospital leaders.

 

Going from one state agency to another to obtain and renew all the licenses that a business needs to operate in Montana can be a lengthy process for owners and managers, along with having to fill out separate forms for each of the licenses and cutting several checks for each fee. In 1997, Montana lawmakers enacted a bill that launched the “one-stop business licensing” project to consolidate the application and renewal process of seven state licenses administered by five agencies under one roof at the Montana Department of Revenue.

An example of the service that One-Stop Business Licensing provides is that a grocery/convenience store may obtain or renew food, tobacco and petroleum licenses all at one time, using one master form and making one payment rather than one for each license. Businesses can obtain seven different licenses administered by five different agencies. There are more than 6,300 business locations in the state with one or more licenses issued through the project.

The Department of Revenue is developing software that will allow businesses to apply for, pay for and renew licenses online. The software should be ready to use by the end of the year. For more information about One-Stop Licensing, go to revenue.mt.gov/forbusinesses/onestop_licensing/default.mcpx.

 

Montana State University Extension honored 22 recipients with Ecostar Pollution Prevention awards. The program recognizes small businesses, institutions and nonprofits that are leading efforts in Montana to voluntarily focus on pollution prevention and create a more environmentally sustainable model for business and education.

Local businesses winning the award include Mackenzie River Pizza Co., St. Vincent Healthcare and Sage Spa Living in Billings, and Red Lodge Mountain in Red Lodge. The Billings companies are all repeat winners.

 

The Montana Chamber office staff will visit 30 cities to update members on the outcome of the Montana Chamber Agenda at the 2013 Legislature, the programs the Chamber offers, benefits of membership and the upcoming trips to China and Cuba.

Eastern Montana member visits include:

May 30: 8 a.m. at the Astoria Hotel in Glendive; noon at the Jubilee Room at the Plentywood Courthouse; 4 p.m. at the Sleep Inn in Miles City and 5 p.m. at the Neomont Friendship Room in Scobey.

May 31: 7 a.m. at the Cottonwood Inn in Glasgow; 8 a.m. at the Crowne Plaza in Billings; noon at the Yogo Inn dining room in Lewistown and noon at the Rotary meeting in Laurel.

RSVP to Jessica Nolan by calling 406-442-6668, ext. 100, or emailing Jessica@montanachamber.com.

 

First Interstate Bank has partnered with Bank2 in Oklahoma, to provide affordable housing loans to Native American customers.

Available through the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Section 184 Indian Home Loan Guarantee Program provides home mortgages specifically designed for American Indian, Tribes, or Tribally Designated Housing Entities. As a 100 percent tribally-owned financial institution, Bank2 has specialized in the Native American lending for years.

Section 184 loans can be used, both on and off Native lands, for new construction, rehabilitation or purchase of an existing home. The loans offer a low down payment and competitive interest rates. In addition, monthly mortgage insurance is not required. According to HUD, the Section 184 program has guaranteed over 12,000 loans to individuals, tribes and TDHEs.

Customers interested in obtaining a Section 184 loan should contact their local First Interstate Bank branch; local bank representatives will then refer the customer to Bank2 as appropriate.

 

Montana State University researchers have produced a new line of hard white winter wheat that shows potential to produce as well as one of the most popular red winter wheat varieties grown in Montana.

The new hard white winter wheat variety, a line identified as MTW08168, is similar to the widely popular Montana variety of Yellowstone red winter wheat in yield, agronomic characteristics and resistance to prevalent races of stripe rust.

MSU is the major supplier of new wheat varieties for Montana growers with approximately 2.5 million acres of MSU varieties grown in the state from 2010 to 2012, according to the Montana Agricultural Statistics Service.

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