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GTUIT Gets EcoStar Award

GTUIT, LLC, Billings, MT was awarded the EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award for 2019. The award was presented at a reception hosted by Governor Bullock at the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena. The award recognizes GTUIT for taking environmentally responsible steps to reduce air emissions in oil producing regions, maximize upstream oil and gas operation efficiencies, conserve Read More…

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Kevin O'Leary: Based on my 'Shark Tank' firms, 'I've never seen a stronger economy in my life'

Kevin O’Leary Scott Mlyn | CNBC “Mr. Wonderful” Kevin O’Leary, looking through the prism of his more than 50 “Shark Tank” companies, raves about the U.S. economy. “Most of the Sharks have a similar portfolio,” O’Leary told CNBC on Wednesday. “It’s an amazing index on America’s economy because they’re almost in every state, in every Read More…

Small business owners strongly back Trump's handling of business matters, survey shows

President Donald Trump greets well-wishers after arriving at Des Moines International Airport, en route to a campaign fundraising dinner in Des Moines, Iowa, June 11, 2019. Kevin Lamarque | Reuters President Donald Trump’s popularity with the general public has been wobbly but his standing with business continues to be strong. Small business owners in particular Read More…

City ransomware attacks and huge payouts mean a once-private corporate problem has gone public

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms waits to speak at the Atlanta Press Club luncheon, Tuesday, June 18, 2019, in Atlanta. Andrea Smith | AP City governments are under assault from ransomware, malicious software that infects entire computer networks, freezing up important files and equipment until the organization pays for a key to unlock the information. Read More…

GTUIT Gets EcoStar Award

GTUIT, LLC, Billings, MT was awarded the EcoStar Pollution Prevention Award for 2019. The award was presented at a reception hosted by Governor Bullock at the State Capitol Rotunda in Helena. The award recognizes GTUIT for taking environmentally responsible steps to reduce air emissions in oil producing regions, maximize upstream oil and gas operation efficiencies, conserve Read More…

Main Street feels the pinch from China tariffs

Sandra Payne, owner of Denver Concrete Vibrator. CNBC Sandra Payne said she held out for as long as possible before raising her prices. The owner of Denver Concrete Vibrator, which manufactures equipment that strengthens and settles concrete for infrastructure projects, said tariffs finally took a toll on her business. Raising prices modestly became necessary to Read More…

Beverly Hills could become first US city to prohibit sale of all tobacco products

Beverly Hills City Hall in Beverly Hills, California on January 13, 2018. Raymond Boyd | Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images LOS ANGELES — The Beverly Hills City Council will consider a first-in-the-nation ban on all tobacco sales next Tuesday. The ordinance would apply to cigarettes, cigars, pipe tobacco, chewing tobacco and electronic cigarettes sold Read More…

Amazon's drug push has one start-up cutting staff, selling pharmacies to help businesses compete

Analysts say Amazon is poised to disrupt the $934.8 billion dollar global pharmaceutical industry. PillPack Nimble Pharmacy was among a crop of emerging companies, backed by venture capitalists, aiming to deliver prescription drugs from their own pharmacies to consumers’ homes or offices. Then Amazon bought online pharmacy PillPack in 2018, and Nimble needed to find Read More…

2019 Disruptor 50: No. 14 Kabbage

Founders: Rob Frohwein (CEO), Kathryn Petralia (President), Marc GorlinLaunched: 2009Headquarters: AtlantaFunding: $489 millionValuation: $1.2 billion (PitchBook)Key technologies: Artificial intelligence, cloud computing, machine learningIndustry: Credit, financial services, lending Small businesses are continuously touted as the lifeblood of the U.S. economy, but it doesn’t seem like the big banks know that. Getting a loan from any of Read More…

Where Trump has support in battle with Fed over rates: The smallest small businesses

Waring Abbott | Michael Ochs Archives | Getty Images Facing both the tightest labor market and the highest interest rates in years, small business owners often face a tough trade-off: whether to emphasize hiring and retaining employees or focus on other aspects of running their businesses. In most cases, according to the latest CNBC/SurveyMonkey Small Read More…

NFIB Joins Suit on Climate Change

NFIB (National Federation of Independent Business) has filed a friend-of-the-court brief in Juliana v. United States—urging dismissal of a controversial lawsuit, which seeks to compel the federal government to more aggressively address climate change. The brief was filed in conjunction with the Texas Public Policy Foundation and other concerned businesses and business groups. The case Read More…

What Every Small Business Owner Needs To Know About Online Review Feedback

When you’re running a small business, you fight for every customer, client and sale. That’s why it’s frustrating whenever something unexpected throws a wrench in the works. One of those unexpected wrenches for many small businesses is online reviews. Positive reviews can springboard your business toward success, while negative reviews can seriously poison the well. Read More…

North Dakota lenders recognized for small business loans

Eight North Dakota lenders have earned the 2016 Director’s Award from the U.S. Small Business Administration North Dakota District Office, honoring their participation with SBA in supporting the growth and expansion of small businesses in their communities. The winners are: Dakota Certified Development Corp., U.S. Bank, Capital Credit Union, Choice Financial, VISIONBank, Starion Financial, Town Read More…

Family Business Day honors tight-knit Montana entrepreneurs

A pair of local businesses were honored as part of the 23rd Annual Family Business Day hosted by Montana State University’s Jake Jabs College of Business & Entrepreneurship. Bozeman baked goods company Elliotts of Montana and retailer Wild West Shirt Company were among the six businesses awarded at Friday’s event. Busted Knuckle Brewery in Glasgow, Read More…

Burger Dive wins at ZooMontana, advances to World Food Championships

Burger Dive’s “I’m Your Huckleberry” is the People’s Choice at the the Zoofari burger competition at ZooMontana on Friday night. The very first Zoofari brought burgers, brews and bands for a big party and fund raiser. The Montana Beef Council sponsored the competition. Callaghan Enterprises, Grille 406 out of Bozeman, Stacked, a Montana Grill and Read More…