When and Where January 1 2013

The Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold Business Days at the capital on Jan .7 and 8. The highlight of the two-day event is a banquet on Monday. The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. The cost is $30 per persons for the Eggs and Issues Breakfast the next morning. The Legislator Appreciation Reception starts at 5 p.m. at the Helena    Civic Center, and is followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Billings Area Chamber of Commerce is taking a delegation to the event. For more information call Bruce MacIntyre, 869-3723 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Montana State University College of Business management instructor Craig Ehlert will present "10 Ideas for Success for Family-Run Businesses" at the Montana Chamber of Commerce 13th annual Business Days at the Capitol, January 7-8 in Helena.   The seminar will run from 1:30-3 p.m. Monday, Jan. 7, at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel.

The 2013 Montana/Wyoming Sugar Beet Symposium will be held in Billings at the Big Horn Resort on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10. The symposium will feature top experts from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University, the federal Agricultural Research Service (from Sidney and Kimberly, Idaho stations), as well as from private industry. There will also be a trade show with exhibits by many agricultural input suppliers.
Wednesday's program will focus on malt barley production, irrigation, grain storage, corn genetics for dry-land and irrigated growers, pulse crops and crop protection (including managing weed, disease and insect pests of corn, dry beans, and wheat grown in rotation with sugarbeets and barley).
There will be presentations by faculty from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Pioneer Hi-Bred, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University. Meteorologist John Pulaski will present a 2013 weather outlook.
The full agenda and registration information are available at http://ipm.montana.edu. Pre-registration is $20 per day. Registration at the door is $25 per day. The 2013 symposium was developed by representatives from Sidney Sugars, Western Sugar, Wyoming Sugar, as well as MSU and others.

The 10th Annual Cowboy & Cowgirl Reunion for the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame will be held in Billings on Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 pm to 11 pm at the Holiday Inn Grand. The event is a fundraiser for a scholarship program, and is billed as the best western party of the year. Reservations may be made by calling 406-256-6515.

Montana Farm Bureau Convention Slated for Billings

A 5K race, informative workshops, social media training, the prestigious awards banquet and the resolution session are all part of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Convention Nov. 11-14. This is the first year the state's largest agricultural organization will hold their convention at the newly remodeled Billings Hotel and Convention Center, allowing them increased space for their trade show.

The event kicks off with Hoofin' It for Hunger, a 5K run or one-mile fun run at Riverfront Park to raise money for the Montana Food Bank Network.

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When and Where August 15 2012

The annual meeting of the Montana Petroleum Association will be held in Billings on August 28 and 29. The Petroleum Industry Appreciation Day Luncheon on Wednesday at the Crowne Plaza, will feature keynote speaker Robert Bryce, author of "Gusher of Lies" and "Power Hungry," with a talk on "Power Hungry: The Myths of 'Green' Energy and the Real Fuels of the Future." US Congressman Dennis Rehberg, will be the speaker at a barbecue on Tuesday evening, following a golf tournament at Pryor Creek Golf Club. Other presenters include Tim Davis, Department of Natural Resources, speaking on "Water Right and Use Options for Oil Well Development;" Lynn Peyton, Ph.D., Senior Geophysicist, Anschutz Exploration Corp, on "Regional Geology, Tectonic History and Petroleum Systems of the NW Montana Thrust Belt;" and Melissa Simpson, Director of Gov't Affairs & Science Based Conservation, Safari Club International, on "'Hunting for Access' Sportsmen & Industry Partnerships."
For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 406 442-7582.

Two Major Conferences
Jay Timmons, President/CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, will speak at a luncheon October 11 in Missoula.  The lunch is the closing event of the annual meeting of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the opening event of the biennial "Compete Smart" manufacturing conference of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.  The Montana Manufacturing Council (MMC) is the NAM affiliate for Montana. Timmons became head of the largest manufacturing association in the United States in January 2011. Compete Smart is a once every-other-year conference especially for manufacturers in Montana. Produced by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, this year's event will be held in Missoula, Oct. 11 and 12. The event features a number of noted speakers, break-out sessions and its heralded Showcase of made-in-Montana products. For more information go to http:// www. mtmanufacturingcenter. com/

When and Where – December 15 2012

The Montana Chamber of Commerce will hold Business Days at the capital on Jan .7 and 8. The highlight of the two-day event is a banquet on Monday. The cost of the dinner is $85 per person. The cost is $30 per persons for the Eggs and Issues Breakfast the next morning. The Legislator Appreciation Reception starts at 5 p.m. at the Helena    Civic Center, and is followed by dinner at 6 p.m. The Billings Area Chamber of Commerce is taking a delegation to the event. For more information call Bruce MacIntyre, 869-3723 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

"Economic Outlook for 2013 and Beyond"
Michael Brown, Charlotte, North Carolina, Economist, Wells Fargo Securities, LLC, will be a featured speaker at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Montana Taxpayers Association, in Helena. The theme of the event is "The Outlook – the Vision – the Future." The event will be on December 31, at the Red Lion Colonial Inn Hotel. For more information contact call 406-442-2130 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The 2013 Montana/Wyoming Sugar Beet Symposium will be held in Billings at the Big Horn Resort on Wednesday and Thursday, January 9-10. The symposium will feature top experts from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University, the federal Agricultural Research Service (from Sidney and Kimberly, Idaho stations), as well as from private industry. There will also be a trade show with exhibits by many agricultural input suppliers.
Wednesday's program will focus on malt barley production, irrigation, grain storage, corn genetics for dry-land and irrigated growers, pulse crops and crop protection (including managing weed, disease and insect pests of corn, dry beans, and wheat grown in rotation with sugarbeets and barley).
There will be presentations by faculty from Montana State University, University of Wyoming, Pioneer Hi-Bred, North Dakota State University and Kansas State University. Meteorologist John Pulaski will present a 2013 weather outlook.
The full agenda and registration information are available at http://ipm.montana.edu. Pre-registration is $20 per day. Registration at the door is $25 per day. The 2013 symposium was developed by representatives from Sidney Sugars, Western Sugar, Wyoming Sugar, as well as MSU and others.

The 10th Annual Cowboy & Cowgirl Reunion for the Montana Pro Rodeo Hall and Wall of Fame will be held in Billings on Saturday, Jan. 26, 1 pm to 11 pm at the Holiday Inn Grand. The event is a fundraiser for a scholarship program, and is billed as the best western party of the year. Reservations may be made by calling 406-256-6515.

 

Where and When October 1 2012

Retired Montana State University Professor Mike Reilly will head the lineup of speakers at this fall's "Compete Smart" Manufacturing Conference to be held Oct. 11 and 12 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula. Hosted by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center and Northwestern Energy, the event will also feature several speakers giving national manufacturing perspective and insights from a variety of innovative Montana company leaders. Reilly will give the keynote address titled "Advances in Payload Delivery Technology: the Cruise Missile Outperforms Saturation Marketing," will explain how to combine enduring principals of marketing with targeted information age tools to reach "Homo Digitus" — the Digital Man. Jay Timmons, who took the helm at the National Association of Manufacturers, last year, will give welcome remarks at the luncheon. An evening event will feature Clara Asmail, Senior Technical Advisor with the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, a program of the Department of Commerce's National Institute of Standards and Technology.  She will share key strategic imperatives identified for the U.S. to respond to the challenges of globalization, the growing importance of innovation and sustainability. Her remarks will be followed by James Stephens, president and chief scientist of Blue Marble Biomaterials in Missoula, the first zero-waste chemical biorefinery in the United States. For a complete schedule and information about cost, visit http://www.etouches.com/42020.

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. on Oct. 26 in Bozeman. For more information call (406) 994-3511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
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 speakers include: George Haynes on the status of Montana and U.S. agriculture; Gary Brester and Eric Belasco with an update on the role of cattle cycles and drought on the U.S. beef industry; Vince Smith with insights on the implications of the Canadian Wheat Board reform; Anton Bekkerman on changes in the elevator industry in Montana; Tim Fitzgerald on landowners and oil leasing; Myles Watts on banking reform and small ag lenders; and Steve Anderson on the 2012 Census of Agriculture.
The conference will conclude with lunch and a keynote speech from John Anderson on agricultural policy in a volatile environment. Anderson is the deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau.
The cost of the conference is $20 and includes a free parking pass. Early registration goes through October 13. 
For more information and to register, visit www. ampc. montana.edu/fallconference.html or contact Keri Hayes at (406) 994-3511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

 

Where and When June 15 2012

Chamber Ag Tours

The Billings Area Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring two agriculture tours that will include a tour of the PPL Colstrip Generation complex at Colstrip. The first will be on June 15 and the other on June 22. The tour also includes a visit to the Westmoreland Mine. For more information contact Bruce MacIntyre at the Chamber — Phone 406-869-3723  or email: bruce@ billingschamber. com

Chamber at Ft. Benton

Bill Johnstone, President and CEO of Davidson Companies as the keynote speaker for the Montana Chamber of Commerce Summer Banquet, June 20 in Fort Benton. Johnstone will present "Taking Stock: Montana's Economy and the Financial Markets — An Off-Wall Street Perspective on Recent Developments in the Financial Markets and Montana's Economy".  Space is very limited at the Grand Union Hotel so make reservation now.  The Montana Chamber of Commerce will meet around this event, June 20-21, mostly interviewing (possibly endorsing) candidates for the Fall Election. The Board will also review normal Chamber business during this time. For more information and to register, go to http:// Events. MontanaChamber. com.

Healthcare Forum

The next Montana HealthCare Forum gathering is a large group meeting on June 25, Monday in Helena at the Red Lion Colonial Hotel starting at 10:30 a.m. to approximately 3 p.m. We expect a Supreme Court Decision on the Affordable Care Act will be rendered by that time.  In addition, we will cover plans for a candidates' forum in September and the annual HealthCare Forum Conference in November.  As we confirm details, we will provide a more detailed agenda. A light lunch will be available at noon.  The cost for the meeting will be $10. To RSVP register online at:http:// events. montanachamber. com

 

When and Where October 15 2012

MSU Extension and the Department of Agricultural Economics will offer a conference entitled "Agriculture 2012: A Changing Landscape" from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 26 in Bozeman. For more information call (406) 994-3511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

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 speakers include: George Haynes on the status of Montana and U.S. agriculture; Gary Brester and Eric Belasco with an update on the role of cattle cycles and drought on the U.S. beef industry; Vince Smith with insights on the implications of the Canadian Wheat Board reform; Anton Bekkerman on changes in the elevator industry in Montana; Tim Fitzgerald on landowners and oil leasing; Myles Watts on banking reform and small ag lenders; and Steve Anderson on the 2012 Census of Agriculture.

The conference will conclude with lunch and a keynote speech from John Anderson on agricultural policy in a volatile environment. Anderson is the deputy chief economist for the American Farm Bureau.

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

For more information and to register, visit www. ampc. montana.edu/fallconference.html or contact Keri Hayes at (406) 994-3511 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. 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.

 

When and Where September 15 2012

Credit Law Update
The National Association of Credit Management is offering a seminar on Oct. 9 in Missoula featuring speaker, Benjamin Hursh, Attorney from Crowley Fleck PLLP. The topic of the presentation is "Credit Law Update 2012." It will be held at the Staybridge Suites 120, Expressway. The program begins at 8:30 a.m. and will run until noon. The event costs $50 for NACM members and $65 for non-members. CEU and CLA credits are available for the seminar.  NACM is a national non-profit organization that provides commercial business with cooperative buying power for credit reports, collections and other member benefits.  For more information email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or  call  509-326-2550.

Saturday Live
The largest school carnival in the region makes its annual appearance at Pioneer Park Saturday, September 29. This year Saturday Live celebrates its 20th anniversary. The first Saturday Live raised $12,500 for Billings public schools. Last year, the schools raised over $108,000. There will be lively games, imaginative booths, scrumptious food, and live entertainment. New this year will be two Zoo Montana shows on the stage. Jeff Ewelt, Executive Director of Zoo Montana, will showcase live animals in onstage shows, as well as at a booth throughout the day. The day begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 4 p.m. Another reason to celebrate is the 5th Annual Fun Run, sponsored by Billings Clinic, at 9 am. For more information visit www.efbps.org.

Two Major Conferences
Jay Timmons, President/CEO of the National Association of Manufacturers, will speak at a luncheon October 11 in Missoula.  The lunch is the closing event of the annual meeting of the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the opening event of the biennial "Compete Smart" manufacturing conference of the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center.  The Montana Manufacturing Council (MMC) is the NAM affiliate for Montana. Timmons became head of the largest manufacturing association in the United States in January 2011. Compete Smart is a once every-other-year conference especially for manufacturers in Montana. Produced by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, this year's event will be held in Missoula, Oct. 11 and 12. The event features a number of noted speakers, break-out sessions and its heralded Showcase of made-in-Montana products. For more information go to http:// www. mtmanufacturingcenter. com/

Homesteader Days - Bellamy Brothers Scavenger Hunt

The Huntley Project Community website has launched a contest for Free Homesteader Days concert tickets to Bellamy Brothers with an online scavenger hunt. 

Visitors to the website www.huntleyproject.net will be able to search to find free tickets to the Bellamy Brothers and The Bucky Beaver Ground Grippers concert  throughout the months of June and July.

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