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Billings Public Library open to entrepreneurs The Billings Public Library is making moves to become a place for not only books, but for workforce and economic development. By collaborating with existing partnerships, the Billings Public Library helps train future workers in the Yellowstone Strengths Academy , a program created to address identified specific needs of employers in the Billings community. Given that Montana has...
Thanksgiving came. Thanksgiving went. You ate all the food. Maybe shopped some sales. And hopefully took in a few of the recent Montana sunsets (#nofilter). Now, go ahead and take a minute to get caught up with this week's skim of Montana business news below... Billings Clinic to build 97,000-square-foot ambulatory center in Bozeman Billings Clinic ( hiring ) officials recently announced plans to build a 97,000-square-foot...
Skim while telling everyone, "I voted."  Montana companies named among Outside Magazine's 50 best places to work Two Montana companies were recently named among the top 50 best places to work by Outside Magazine and a third received honorable mention. Coming in on the list at number 22, the Helena-based conservation organization, Montana Wilderness Association (MWA), noted its high average salary (more than...
ClassOne Technology of Kalispell extends business to Japan, plans for major expansion in Kalispell ClassOne (currently hiring ) opened up an operations arm in Kalispell six years ago, refurbishing Semitool processor machines that create wafers, which hold microchips and go into all types of technology. The company deals in electroplating equipment, electroplating tools, spray solvent tools, and spin rinse dryers. ClassOne...
PHOTO CREDIT: DAVID HEBERT PHOTOGRAPHY & DESIGN Industry's fastest home equity loan now available online from FinTech company Figure™ San Francisco-based Figure Technologies, Inc. (FigureTM), a FinTech company with offices now in Bozeman, recently announced the release of its first product, the Figure Home Equity LoanPLUS. Figure's flagship product allows consumers to borrow against the equity in their homes...
Chernin Group acquires controlling stake in Steven Rinella’s Bozeman-based MeatEater Inc. Chernin Group has become the principal investor in MeatEater Inc. , ( hiring  a VP of Finance ), a new outdoor-lifestyle media company based in Bozeman, Montana. It was founded by Steven Rinella , author, podcaster and host of Netflix’s “MeaterEater” series. Rinella recently relocated to Bozeman from...
PHOTO CREDIT: HAZER LIVE MSU business college to honor six Montana family businesses on Oct. 26 Six businesses will receive Family Business Day awards at the 2018 Montana State University Jake Jabs College of Business and Entrepreneurship State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Oct. 26 in Bozeman. The 2018 winners are: Eaton Turner Jewelry of Helena in the very small business category (fewer than 10...
Missoula's ATG acquired by international firm Missoula’s Advanced Technology Group (ATG) ( hiring ), a revenue consulting firm, announced Tuesday that it’s been acquired by Cognizant , which is a leading global provider of digital transformation services. Missoula ATG founder Tom Stergios called it an “incredibly exciting time” for his consulting company, which he built from his basement into one of...
Alberta Bair Theater in Billings gets record $1M private donation The Alberta Bair Theater (find volunteer opportunities ) has received a $1 million gift from private donors Jim and Chris Scott, pushing the performing arts organization above the $9 million mark in fundraising as it prepares to renovate the aging theater. The organization anticipates renovation and expansion costs of $12 million. The renovation plan, developed...
School is in, smoke is out, and our fishing game is strong. Get your weekly skim of Montana business news below while hanging onto this last bit of summer.  From basement hippies to fastest growing, Missoula tech company continues to scale Missoula-based Submittable (currently hiring ) recently made Inc. Magazine’s list of the nation’s 5,000 fastest-growing companies.  Founded in 2010 by...
First Interstate BancSystem purchases Inland Northwest Bank Billings-headquartered First Interstate BancSystem ( hiring ) completed its purchase of Spokane-based Inland Northwest Bank (INB) on Thursday in a $160.9 million stock deal. INB customers will see no immediate changes, according to First Interstate BancSystem. The parent company of First Interstate Bank has 120 offices across Montana, Washington, Idaho, Oregon, South...
Butte tech company Synesis7 Corp. co-winner of $47 million defense contract, to double workforce Butte-based Synesis7 Corp. ( hiring ) expects to hire approximately 25 new employees in the months ahead thanks to a four-year, $47 million contract that the U.S. Department of Defense recently awarded to the company and to ManTech International Corp. , a Virginia-based company collaborating with Synesis7. The award, which was...