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Ronda Smith & Associates will be hosting a women’s only financial workshop “Taking Control -- Financial Strategies for Women” on Tuesday at Yellowstone Cellars and Winery, 1335 Holiday Circle, from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The workshop will focus on topics ranging from investment fundamentals, retirement strategies, maximizing Social Security benefits and preparing for the unexpected, including divorce and widowhood. There is no cost for the workshop and complimentary appetizers will be served.  Call 294-5650 to reserve a spot.

Job Connection is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a dinner at the Billings Depot, 2310 Montana Ave. on Oct. 4. Doors open at 5:30 p.m., with dinner at 6. For 30 years, Job Connection has formed a partnership between people with disabilities, their families, their team, employers and the community. The event includes memories and stories, dinner, a beer and wine bar and a silent auction. Reservations are required, and seats are limited. Call 245-6323.

 

The Montana Wheat and Barley Committee board meeting is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Oct. 10, at the Columbus Center, 1601 Second Ave. N., second-floor conference room in Great Falls. There will be opportunities for public comment and the public is invited. Call 406-761-7732 for more information.

 

Now is the time to submit nominations for the 2012 Chamber/CVB Roche Jaune Awards for Business Excellence. Do you know someone who deserves to be recognized? There are several categories to choose from including customer service, employer of the year, volunteer of the year, business person and more. Go online to http://www.zoomerang.com/Survey/WEB22GBZDXCWN6 for a full list of categories and to nominate someone deserving. The deadline for nominations is 5 p.m. Oct. 1. The 2012 Roche Jaune Awards will take place on Thursday, Nov. 8, at the Billings Depot. To learn more about the event, visit www.billingschamber.com/events/rochejuaneawards/.

 

The Montana Department of Commerce (MDOC) awarded nine Big Sky Economic Development Trust Fund planning grants. Those in Eastern Montana receiving planning awards are:

Great Northern Development Corporation (GNDC) in Wolf Point received $21,000 to assist Sand Creek Winds, LLC with the completion of a feasibility study that is necessary for the wind farm to be able to connect to the Western Area Power Administration (WAPA) power grid. If fully developed, the wind farm, which is proposed to be located in McCone County, could generate approximately 50 to 70 megawatts of green energy.

Great Northern Development Corp. also received $100,000 to assist coalition efforts in Eastern Montana with an impact study to encompass a 16-county area that has been impacted by the recent oil and gas development in Montana. GNDC has teamed with Eastern Plains Economic Development Corp., Southeastern Montana Development Corp. and Richland County Economic Development with this project.

Chippewa Cree Tribe received $26,250 for the completion of a preliminary engineering report for the Middle Dry Fork area, which has been designed as a tribal development area for future community buildings, including the new tribal clinic.

Fort Belknap Indian Community Council received $25,000 for the completion of a comprehensive appraisal of the paleontological and archaeological resources on the Milk River Ranch, which is 25 miles north of Gildford in Hill County.

For additional information about BSTF, visit www.bstf.mt.gov.

 

Businesses in Billings and Chinook have won 2012 Montana Family Business awards and will receive their awards during the 2012 Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Day on Sept. 28 at the Best Western GranTree Inn in Bozeman.

Area businesses winning in the family businesses category are Bear Paw Livestock of Chinook in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees), Pine Cove Consulting of Billings in the small business category (10 to 30 employees) and Air Controls of Billings in the medium business category (30 to 50 employees).

Larry Merkel, owner of Round House Sports Center, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held before the awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Merkel's presentation, "Learning from Experience: Successful Business Strategies," will draw from more than 40 years of family business experience.

A $20 registration fee is required to attend the keynote luncheon and awards ceremony. For more information or to make a reservation, call Phyllis Johnson at 406-994-6796 or email familybusiness@montana.edu.

 

Prime Medical Supply has been awarded a three-year accreditation in orthotics by the American Board for Certification in Orthotics, Prosthetics & Pedorthics Inc. The company was recognized for achievements in the areas of organizational management, patient care standards, quality assurance, supplier compliance and facility and safety management. This award represents the highest level of accreditation achievable in the profession of orthotics and prosthetics. Prime Medical Supply has been offering orthotic services in the Billings area since 1996 and specializes in custom molded orthotics, cranial remolding helmets for infants and bracing for all joints. They may be reached at 252-7225.

 

MSU Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics and Economics will offer a conference entitled “Agriculture 2012: A Changing Landscape” from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Oct. 26 in Bozeman.

The conference will provide agricultural business leaders, bankers, producers, and others in agriculture with information from experts on agricultural policy, livestock and grain markets, and the Montana economy, addressing current issues facing Montana agricultural producers.

The cost of the conference is $20 and includes a free parking pass. Early registration goes through Oct. 13.

For more information and to register, visit www.ampc.montana.edu/fallconference.html or contact Keri Hayes at 994-3511 or khayes@montana.edu. This event is part of MSU’s Celebrate Agriculture. A full schedule of events for the weekend is available at: http://ag.montana.edu/excellence/agappreciation.htm.

 

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