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Strategies for Success: Don't forget the link between price and value

Strategies for Success: Don't forget the link between price and value

Recently, I had lunch with some business leaders in a restaurant in Fort Worth, Texas. This restaurant has been in business, in this incarnati…

July 02, 2015 10:00 am(0)
A new market for art: Five minutes with Staci Daniel

A new market for art: Five minutes with Staci Daniel

There had to be a better way for artists to offer their work for sale. That’s why Staci Daniel started My Art Fair, an online marketplace for …

July 02, 2015 7:00 am(0)

Better Business: Be careful when using endorsements, testimonials in marketing

Using testimonials, endorsements and good reviews in your marketing can help bolster your brand and increase sales. But you need to be careful…

July 02, 2015 7:00 am(0)
Sales Moves: To make a sale, it helps to track down the real decision maker

Sales Moves: To make a sale, it helps to track down the real decision maker

The prospect tells you, “I only need one more approval and the order is yours.”

July 02, 2015 7:00 am(0)
Construction Zone: Service-oriented Valet Today goes the extra mile with new processing center

Construction Zone: Service-oriented Valet Today goes the extra mile with new processing center

From the Hidden Valley to your necktie, the ranch dressing stain made for a sour end to your important lunch meeting.

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Construction Zone: Musser Brothers, a Montana auction institution, offers online sales. live auctions

Construction Zone: Musser Brothers, a Montana auction institution, offers online sales. live auctions

When Merton Musser’s parents started their Wyoming-based auction business in 1956, they dealt mainly with farm equipment and real estate.

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The big stuff: Hardin fireworks stand's sales are explosive

The big stuff: Hardin fireworks stand's sales are explosive

HARDIN — His shopping cart held enough pyrotechnics to send a country mailbox into space, but Tom Maertens still wasn’t done.

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New chauffeur service offers 'dignified transportation' to Billings area

New chauffeur service offers 'dignified transportation' to Billings area

By TOM HOWARD

July 01, 2015 8:00 am(0)

Commercial building permits

Fence/Roof/Siding#2921 First Ave. S.#Brinkman M. Dean#Commercial Roof Wtr Proof#$55,000

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Residential building permits

Demolition Permit Residential

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Montana patents

Below are listed U.S. patents issued to Montana inventors April 21-May 26, 2015. For assistance in patent filing, call Billings patent attorne…

July 01, 2015 7:00 am(0)

From the Editor: Well-known angel investor welcomes venture capital fund

To many Montanans, the high-flying world of venture capital sounds foreign and a little bit scary.

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Bankruptcies

Billings-area bankruptcy petitions filed in U.S. Bankruptcy Court May 2015. Address is in Billings unless otherwise noted

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Business licenses

The following business licenses were filed with the city of Billings in May of 2015.

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Special report: Farm stay vacations part of the mix at scenic Stillwater County ranch

Special report: Farm stay vacations part of the mix at scenic Stillwater County ranch

To millions of Americans, vacation means queuing up in long lines, screaming through five minutes of terror on a roller coaster and cavorting …

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It's all about employee engagement: Elation strives to change the way people work

Elation, a Billings company founded on the idea that companies succeed when their employees thrive, continues to spread the gospel of employee…

June 30, 2015 7:00 am(0)
Are you engaged? Elation helps businesses achieve success through employee engagement

Are you engaged? Elation helps businesses achieve success through employee engagement

When Joe Soria went to work for Elation Inc., an upstart company that was launched to improve the way businesses operate, his first task was t…

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Montana tops nation again in number of new businesses

Montana tops nation again in number of new businesses

Not long ago, Helen Lee realized that she could no longer manage living alone at the family ranch in the Blue Creek area.

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Entrepreneurs: Ink-and-toner providers strive to keep up with changes

Entrepreneurs: Ink-and-toner providers strive to keep up with changes

Consumers aren’t the only ones frustrated with the lightning pace of computer innovations. By the time you figure out your computer, it’s obsolete.

June 28, 2015 12:30 am(2)

Business digest

NorthWestern Energy was recently honored by New York Stock Exchange Governance Services in its annual Governance, Risk & Compliance Leader…

June 28, 2015 12:00 am(0)
APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

APNewsBreak: Tentative agreement on Iran sanctions relief

VIENNA (AP) — World powers and Iran have reached tentative agreement on sanctions relief for the Islamic Republic, among the most contentious …

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Would Greek exit help or hurt Europe's currency union?

Would Greek exit help or hurt Europe's currency union?

FRANKFURT, Germany (AP) — With aid negotiations off and ATMs running out of money, it's not speculation any more. Greece could leave the euro.…

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Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

Government faces burden in proving airlines worked together

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the governm…

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Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice

Campaigns halt as Greeks face tough referendum choice

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Campaigns halt in Greece on Saturday on the eve of a closely watched bailout referendum — with voters in a dead heat ove…

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Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

Greek campaigns, neck and neck, reach dramatic finale

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greeks packed city squares for dueling rallies late into the night Friday, as polls showed a dead heat between the 'yes'…

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Government: Accounting exec earned leniency in Madoff case

NEW YORK (AP) — A 79-year-old former New York accounting firm executive who did work for some of Bernard Madoff's most important clients has e…

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'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator'

'Inside Out' celebrates edge over 'Magic Mike,' 'Terminator'

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Even with the flashy competition of Terminators and male strippers, the little feelings inside a young girl's head proved t…

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Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

Military recruits still not using American-made sneakers

BOSTON (AP) — New Balance thinks the U.S. military is dragging its feet.

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The Latest: Greek PM urges voters to ignore scaremongers

The Latest: Greek PM urges voters to ignore scaremongers

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — The latest news on Greece's financial woes and its upcoming referendum on Sunday (all times local):

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Russia mulls new selective sanctions against Western nations

Russia mulls new selective sanctions against Western nations

MOSCOW (AP) — Russia will consider new selective retaliatory measures against some specific Western countries, the nation's security chief sai…

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Aetna to buy Humana as health insurer landscape shifts

Aetna aims to spend about $35 billion to buy rival Humana and become the latest health insurer bulking up on government business as the indust…

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World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

World stocks drift lower ahead of Greek vote; China plunges

World stock markets mostly drifted lower Friday ahead of Greece's weekend referendum, while China's main stock benchmark plunged as government…

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Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring

Yes or no? What Greece's landmark vote might bring

LONDON (AP) — On his 10-year trip home, the Greek hero Odysseus at one point had to steer his ship and crew down a narrow stretch of water men…

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Greek voters confused by referendum wording as vote nears

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — Greek voters facing a momentous vote Sunday that may determine the country's future in Europe can be forgiven for scratc…

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Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

Greek villagers' secret weapon: Grow your own food

KARITAINA, Greece (AP) — Ilias Mathes has protection against bank closures, capital controls and the slashing of his pension: 10 goats, some h…

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Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

Independence Day? To some, July 4 is Barbecued Spareribs Day

NEW YORK (AP) — To most Americans, July 4 is Independence Day. But on Marlo Anderson's calendar, it's also Caesar Salad Day and Barbecued Spar…

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Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

Job market's new normal: Smaller workforce, sluggish pay

WASHINGTON (AP) — Even after another month of strong hiring in June and a sinking unemployment rate, the U.S. job market just isn't what it us…

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Wine ice cream, maple water: 5 foods of the future?

Wine ice cream, maple water: 5 foods of the future?

NEW YORK (AP) — Chips made out of broccoli, chickpeas and kale. Wine-spiked ice cream. Popcorn that didn't quite fulfill its destiny.

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US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

US airline probe would need proof beyond business as usual

WASHINGTON (AP) — As the Justice Department launches an investigation into possible collusion in the airline industry, experts say the governm…

July 03, 2015 7:28 am(0)

Correction: Greece-Bailout story

ATHENS, Greece (AP) — In a story July 2 about the Greek referendum, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the International Monetary …

July 03, 2015 7:00 am(1)

Russian parliament votes to adopt controversial privacy law

MOSCOW (AP) — Lawmakers in the Russian parliament on Friday voted for a bill forcing online search engines to remove search results about a sp…

July 03, 2015 6:51 am(0)
Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

Let's make a deal: mega-mergers drive M&A frenzy

NEW YORK (AP) — Deal makers from New York to London had a busy first half of the year, and mega-mergers drove the frenzy.

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China reduces planned IPOs for July after market turmoil

BEIJING (AP) — China cut the number of initial public offerings planned this month by two-thirds on Friday, adding to frantic efforts to shore…

July 03, 2015 5:32 am(0)
Uber suspends low-cost service in France amid legal pressure

Uber suspends low-cost service in France amid legal pressure

PARIS (AP) — Uber is suspending its low-cost ride-hailing service in France, hoping to defuse an escalating legal dispute and sometimes-violen…

July 03, 2015 4:51 am(0)
BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

BP to pay record $18.7 billion to states affected by spill

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — More than five years after the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history fouled beaches, coated seabirds in thick goo and th…

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