When and Where January 15 2012

Montana State University College of Business management instructor Craig Ehlert will discuss "Managing in Challenging Times – Things Seven Outstanding Montana Family Businesses Have Done" from 1:30-3 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, at the Best Western Helena Great Northern Hotel in Helena. The free event is part of the college's State Farm Insurance Family Business Program On the Road, and it is held in conjunction with the Montana Chamber of Commerce Business Days at the Capitol. Ehlert's program will focus on seven outstanding family businesses in Montana whose distinguished practices have allowed them to be successful in challenging times. Each company's story includes lessons that all companies can employ to be successful, according to Ehlert. To RSVP for Ehlert's seminar in Helena, contact Audrey Lee at (406) 994-7026 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The Lincoln Reagan Dinner in Billings will be held on March 31, at the Holiday Day Inn Grand. Event organizer is Jennifer Olsen at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Where and When November 1 2011

Jewelry, jams, candles, cool kitchen stuff and so much more are all part of the 26th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival Nov. 19-20 at the MetraPark Expo Center in Billings. The show is looking for artisans, crafters and bakers who want to get their products in front of more than 10,000 eager shoppers. The Holiday Food and Gift show is the weekend before Thanksgiving, so this is a great way for vendors to get their handiwork and products seen shortly before Black Friday and the big Christmas shopping rush. For more information visit our website, www.TheHolidayFoodandGiftFestival.com. To reserve your space contact Douglas Sidwell, D&D Productions, 406-696-6585 or emailThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Once again cows, bulls and heifers will be loitering on Reserve Street in Missoula. It’s all part of the Montana Farm Bureau Federation (MFBF) Annual Convention Nov. 6-9 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Missoula.  More than 500 farmers and ranchers from across the state of Montana will come together to discuss issues, learn about new developments in agriculture, visit with others in the farming/ranching community, and make policy for the coming year.

The holidays are a good time for family caregivers returning home to tune into the signs that an older adult may need extra help to remain safe at home. To learn more about those signs, register for the free Home for the Holidays web conference, moderated by a representative from the Home Instead Senior Care network, hosted by the American Society on Aging, and co-sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving. The hour-long web conference will be offered on two dates: Nov. 15, at 11 a.m. or Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. To register, go to the Family Caregiver Education link on CaregiverStress.com. The web conference will feature information about countering senior resistance to assistance as well as resources that can help family caregivers and senior care professionals.

Computers Unlimited will be hosting the Nov.17 meetings of TecNet. The networking opportunity group for businesses and employees engaged in technology endeavors will meet at McCormick’s Conference Center (on the same block as Computers Unlimited).

The Ag Technology Show, December 15-17 at the MetraPark Expo Center in Billings will feature all types of great agricultural products under one roof. Whether it’s panels, a barn, a tractor or a concrete waterer—or smaller items like hand tools, wound spray, buckets or wheelbarrows, the Ag Technology show will have it. Running concurrently with the Ag Technology Show is the first-time Montana Cowboy Christmas Show, along with the popular Chase Hawks Rodeo. Cowboy crafters and artisans will be set up with a variety of goods from bridles, saddles, bits, spurs, decorative arts, wild rags and much more. Deadline for space reservations for both shows is Nov. 30. 

Amirazizi to Speak at State Chamber Meeting

Ladan Amirazizi, Acting Consul General and Senior Trade Commissioner for the Consulate General for Canada, will keynote the Annual Meeting Banquet for the Montana Chamber of Commerce. The event will be held at the Crowne Plaza in Billings Thursday, October 13, starting with a reception at 6 p.m.

Amirazizi has represented Canada in Colorado, Utah, Montana and Wyoming since September 2009. She has been Acting Consul General since September 2011. Prior to that, she worked with the Latin America and Caribbean region for over 10 years. Ladan has had two other experiences representing Canada abroad: Uruguay and Chile. She will talk about current and future relations between Canada and Montana.

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Where and When December 15 2011

Lyle Knight, President/ CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Billings, will keynote the Lawmaker Appreciation Banquet of the State Chamber’s 2012 Business Days at the Capitol.  Knight will speak Thursday night, January 19, at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel.

Business Days at the Capitol, to be held Jan. 19-20, is the largest annual event of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. It features two days of programs about business issues, along with the traditional “State of Business” address by the Montana Chamber Board Chair, the Banquet, the Eggs & Issues breakfast, and concluding luncheon. Sponsors for Business Days at the Capitol currently include BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Liberty Northwest, Montana State Fund, Mountain West Benefits, MWI Benefits Group, and NorthWestern Energy.  More information can be found at http://Events.MontanaChamber.com.


 

Where and When October 15 2011

Larry Ziemba, President, Global Refining of ConocoPhillips, will be the keynote speaker for Big Sky Economic Development Corporation (EDC) 2011 Annual Meeting Luncheon, Oct. 20. Ziemba will share an overview of ConocoPhillips, provide a history of the Billings refinery as well as an update on the coke drum project. Business development related to the many surrounding energy plays is one of Big Sky Economic Development's key strategic priorities. Also, Tom Rolfstad from Williston Economic Development will make a presentation on the challenges and opportunity his community of Williston, North Dakota is facing with such rapid growth of the oil industry in Eastern Montana and Western North Dakota. Building Success will run from 8:30-11:30 am at the Crowne Plaza Hotel. More details are available at www. bigskyeconomicdevelopment.org. RSVP's are required by calling 406.265.6871.

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When and Where September 25, 2011

Explore advances and techniques that have manufacturers thriving in Montana during "Seeing to Learn," – a day of plant tours, learning and fun in Kalispell on October 5, 8:30 am to 7 pm. The event is being sponsored by the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), and will feature Alex Philip of TerraEchos as the keynote luncheon speaker. Plant tours include: Algae Aqua-Culture Technologies, Timberline Tool, Applied Materials (AMAT, formerly Semitool)—Main Assembly Plant, AMAT Birch Grove—Fabrication Shop, Nomad Global Communication Solutions, Fun Beverage Plant, & Glacier Stone Supply. For more information go to: http:// www.eiseverywhere.com/ ehome/ index.php? eventid= 25554. Also, sponsoring the event is the Montana Chamber of Commerce and the City of Kalispell.

The next TecNet Event – a networking opportunity for people involved in technology pursuits – will be held on Thursday, Sept. 22, at the 1st Interstate Bank Center, Yellowstone Room, 1800 6th Avenue North, in Billings. Refreshments will be served at the gathering from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. For more information contact Judy Chapman at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

The largest school carnival in the region makes its annual appearance at Pioneer Park Saturday, September 24. There will be lively games, imaginative booths, food galore, and live entertainment. Events begin at 10 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m. Tickets for Saturday Live will be available at each of the schools and will also be available at Pioneer Park the day of the event.

Rocky Mountain College will be the site of "Cardboard Box City on Saturday, Oct. 1. Volunteers will spend the night outside in a decorated cardboard boxes to raise money for Interfaith Hospitality Network's homeless families and increase awareness of homelessness in the community. Citizens are urged to drive by and make contributions that evening. For more information go to www.billingshn.org or call 406 294-7432.

To honor veterans, Waddell & Reed's "Honoring Our History" Traveling World War I Exhibition will roll into Billings for its 13th stop on a national 75-city tour at the Western Heritage Center on Sept. 23, from 7 am- 5 pm. Admission will be free. The "Honoring Our History" Tour honors WWI veterans – and all veterans since – while raising awareness and funds for cultural institutions across country during tight economic times. Donations are appreciated. All donations collected on Friday will be divided between the Western Heritage Center and the National World War I Museum. More info is available at www.honoringourhistory.com.

Living With Loss, a RiverStone Health Hospice Services grief education program, is beginning a six week educational support group series on Saturday, September 24. The programs will take place 9:00–10:30am in the Big Horn Conference Room on the first floor of the Lil Anderson Center (new building on the RiverStone Health campus), located at 123 S. 27th Street. For more information and to reserve your place, call RiverStone Health at 406 651-6500.

 

When and Where November 15 2011

Lyle Knight, President/ CEO of First Interstate BancSystem, Billings, will keynote the Lawmaker Appreciation Banquet of the State Chamber's 2012 Business Days at the Capitol. Knight will speak Thursday night, January 19, at the Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel. Business Days at the Capitol, to be held Jan. 19-20, is the largest annual event of the Montana Chamber of Commerce. It features two days of programs about business issues, along with the traditional "State of Business" address by the Montana Chamber Board Chair, the Banquet, the Eggs & Issues breakfast, and concluding luncheon. Sponsors for Business Days at the Capitol currently include BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Liberty Northwest, Montana State Fund, Mountain West Benefits, MWI Benefits Group, and NorthWestern Energy. More information can be found at http://Events.MontanaChamber.com.

Once again, The Community Christmas Tree will be lit the day after Thanksgiving, just prior to the Holiday Parade. The traditional lighting ceremony is scheduled for Nov. 25 at 6 pm at the Community Park on Division Street and 1st Avenue, across from Central High School. Join neighbors and friends from throughout the community for caroling and hot chocolate to mark the beginning of the holiday season. This is a free public event and street parking is available throughout the neighborhood.

The holidays are a good time for family caregivers returning home to tune into the signs that an older adult may need extra help to remain safe at home. To learn more about those signs, register for the free Home for the Holidays web conference, moderated by a representative from the Home Instead Senior Care network, hosted by the American Society on Aging, and co-sponsored by the National Family Caregivers Association and the National Alliance for Caregiving. The hour-long web conference will be offered on Dec. 5, at 6 p.m. To register, go to the Family Caregiver Education link on CaregiverStress.com. The web conference will feature information about countering senior resistance to assistance as well as resources that can help family caregivers and senior care professionals.

The Ag Technology Show, December 15-17 at the MetraPark Expo Center in Billings will feature all types of great agricultural products under one roof. Whether it's panels, a barn, a tractor or a concrete waterer—or smaller items like hand tools, wound spray, buckets or wheelbarrows, the Ag Technology show will have it. Running concurrently with the Ag Technology Show is the first-time Montana Cowboy Christmas Show, along with the popular Chase Hawks Rodeo. Cowboy crafters and artisans will be set up with a variety of goods from bridles, saddles, bits, spurs, decorative arts, wild rags and much more. Deadline for space reservations for both shows is Nov. 30.

Jewelry, jams, candles, cool kitchen stuff and so much more are all part of the 26th Annual Holiday Food and Gift Festival Nov. 19-20 at the MetraPark Expo Center in Billings. The show is looking for artisans, crafters and bakers who want to get their products in front of more than 10,000 eager shoppers. The Holiday Food and Gift show is the weekend before Thanksgiving, so this is a great way for vendors to get their handiwork and products seen shortly before Black Friday and the big Christmas shopping rush. For more information visit our website, www.TheHolidayFoodandGiftFestival.com. To reserve your space contact Douglas Sidwell, D&D Productions, 406-696-6585 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Appreciating Downtown Architecture

In an effort to Celebrate Architecture by promoting good design, advocating the profession, and engaging and educating the public, the Billings Architectural Association in conjunction with the Downtown Billings Association hosts this year's local architecture and graphic design competition during the December ArtWalk in Downtown Billings in the Visible Vault at the Yellowstone Art Museum.

The Downtown Billings Association is working on a project to improve the alleyways and other "found space" in Downtown Billings. The goal is to make these spaces more pedestrian and bike-friendly, create relationships between business and parking, improve connections between downtown districts, and capitalize on economic opportunities for downtown businesses.

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Where and When July 15 2011

Glacier Bancorp and Northern Broadcasting join us again as series sponsors of the Midyear Update of the Economic Outlook this summer. “Montana’s Construction- Less Recovery; Housing and Real Estate Continue to Struggle” is the theme of the Midyear Update to the Economic Outlook series.  Montana University, the educational arm of the Montana Chamber Foundation, is pleased to once again present the Midyear Update this summer.  Speakers are Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research in the School of Business at the University of Montana. Sponsors include:  BlueCross BlueShield of Montana; Glacier Bancorp; Liberty Northwest; Montana State Fund; Mountain West Benefits/MWI Benefits Group; Northern Broadcasting System, and NorthWestern Energy.

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