Small Business Person of Year: Greg Thayer, Montana Milling


Montana Merchandising, Inc. was started in 1972 by Eugene Thayer in Great Falls. After graduating from Montana State University, with a bachelor’s degree in agricultural economics (the first in his family to earn a degree), Eugene worked for General Mills and Greely Elevator Company. Eugene didn’t want to leave Montana so he saved up $35,000 and started his own grain merchandising company, Montana Merchandising, Inc., now Montana Milling.

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Red Oxx Named Veteran - Owned Business of Year


Red Oxx Manufacturing, Inc. and owners Jim Markel and Perry Jones are this year’s Montana Veteran-Owned Small Business of the Year, named by the Montana Small Business Administration.
Red Oxx was started in 1986 by Jim Markel’s veteran father, Jim Senior. A veteran himself Jim Senior had a passion for fitness and decided to create and sell unique gym workout accessories; crafting fitness products one at a time in his home’s basement, Jim Senior set in motion the vehicle that is now known as Red Oxx Manufacturing.

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Golden Entertainment Purchases Amusement Services


Golden Entertainment, Inc. has purchased substantially all of the assets of Amusement Services, LLC, owned by co-founder, Tim Carson, Billings.
Amusement Services is one of the largest distributed gaming operators in the state of Montana and currently operates more than 1,800 gaming devices located in approximately 180 retail locations across the state, including five Native American locations with contracts that comprise approximately 350 gaming devices.

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Lena Wharton, Wharton Asphalt, Woman-Owned Business of Year

Lena Wharton of Wharton Asphalt LLC in Billings named SBA’s 2016 Montana Woman-Owned Small Business of the Year.
Wharton Asphalt is an asphalt construction and maintenance company based in Billings, specializing in services including patching pot-holes, sealing driveways, crack sealing, paving roadways, and all things in between. Wharton Asphalt also currently does work in Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Idaho and Utah.

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Updates - From the Montana Chamber of Commerce


Judge Rejects Plea
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts rejected a plea to block a contentious air pollution rule for power plants in a big victory for the Obama administration.
Roberts’s order came despite his court’s 5-4 decision last year ruling that the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) regulation, known as the Mercury and Air Toxics Standards, is illegal.

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Award Winners - Bibs and Binkies of Bozeman


Husband and wife team, Dustin and Rachel Rising, owners of Bozeman-based retail store Bibs and Binkies, will be presented the 2016 Montana Small Business Administration (SBA) Millennial Entrepreneur of the Year award on May 2 in Missoula.
Bibs and Binkies is a Bozeman retail store focusing on high quality baby gear and gifts at competitive prices. They strive to provide excellent customer service and educate their buyers on their products; specializing in car seats, strollers, furniture, baby carriers, maternity clothing and nursery accessories.

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Montana Wasting Milk?


Quartz, a world wide on-line news site, reports that Montana is pouring thousands of gallons of milk down the drain because of arbitrary regulations.
A piece written by Emily Broad Leib, Director, Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic, writes: Glug, glug, glug… That’s the sound of milk being poured down the drain in Montana.
Montana wastes untold amounts of milk every day due to an outdated law that requires a “sell by” date of 12 days after pasteurization and prohibits sale or donation after that date.

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