Twenty-three years ago The Billings Gazette launched a monthly business-to-business magazine whose aim was to provide in-depth coverage about the region’s diverse and fast-evolving business community. Originally named Western Business, this publication went through a series of tweaks, re-designs and a couple of name changes before Billings Business, its current title, came to be.
Billings Business was envisioned as essential reading for professionals seeking to keep abreast of the latest trends affecting Montana businesses. For more than two decades it has been a regular fixture in waiting rooms, bank lobbies and coffee shops.
Back in 2008, after working on a variety of beats at The Billings Gazette for more than two decades, I accepted an invitation to run Billings Business.
Over the past nine years I have continued to write for the daily paper, but most of my efforts have been devoted to featuring businesses large and small. My favorite stories were those in which folks have overcome long odds, made major innovations or have succeeded through grit, determination and luck.
But the media landscape is changing. It’s with a touch of sadness that we are announcing that this will be the final issue of Billings Business as a stand-alone publication.
However, much of the content that goes into Billings Business — including the monthly listings, the “By the Numbers” statistics, Construction Zone and other information — will appear monthly in the Gazette’s Sunday Business section.
Along with the changes in how Billings Business is published, my 33 years at The Billings Gazette is also coming to an end.
Editing and writing Billings Business has been a great adventure and lots of fun. Building a 10-times-per-year publication has given me the opportunity to meet hundreds of creative and dedicated business owners from throughout Montana. Thanks to members of the business community for letting me share your stories, and thanks, especially, to the columnists, Gazette photographers and other experts who have contributed to the success of Billings Business.