• New SBA 504 loans were approved for submittal to the US Small Business Administration for three Montana businesses by the Big Sky EDC, last week.The businesses were L & L Site Services Inc., Belgrade; SWIM, LLC/ Marinefighter,LLC (Sidewinders Tavern), Bozeman; and Mattress Land USA, Inc. (Barthel Properties, LLC), Billings.
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  • For a state that has the highest ratio of entrepreneurs, Montana does not rank well in how it treats those entrepreneurs, and the impacts of those policies are far reaching for every citizen.
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  • After something of a boom year in 2015, Montana’s economy slowed in 2016. Growing just short of four percent in 2015, growth in 2016 was just a little over half that. Economist Pat Barkey, Director of the Bureau of Business and Economic, projects that 2016 growth will be about 2.6 percent, but the final data is not yet available to
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  • A need for a program with more emphasis on banking has resulted in a partnership between Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship and the Montana banking community.
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  • Did you know Montana manufacturers exported more than $1 billion in goods in 2015?March 1 is Manufacturing and International Trade Day. It will be recognized at a luncheon sponsored by the Montana Chamber of Commerce at the Montana State Capitol on March 1 from 10:30 am to 1:30 pm in the Rotunda.
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  • While the economic news for Yellowstone County is less than stellar, it could be worse and it is not without its bright spots.
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  • The Montana Department of Transportation (MDT) is seeking comments on a proposal to design and rebuild/ rehabilitate approximately 2 miles of 1st Avenue North from the intersection with Division Street to the intersection with North 9th Street in Billings.
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  •   What kinds of businesses will be responsible for charging, collecting and remitting a local option (sales) tax, if the frame work for implementing such a tax is approved by the Montana State Legislature and a community adopts the tax?The answer is: primarily those businesses which most directly serve tourists and other visitors to the community. Other businesses could be
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  • Next Steps for TEDDNow that the TEDD in Lockwood has been created for the purpose of developing an industrial park, Big Sky Economic Development Authority (BSEDA) is pursuing the next step in the process. That step is to develop an infrastructure master plan that will help in designing the Billings Bypass, according to Steve Arveschoug, BSEDA Director. “We need to
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