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Join us for the Billings Chamber of Commerce’s ANNUAL MEETING & BUSINESS SHOWCASE presented by PayneWest. Hear how a new community leadership group (Billings NOW) is helping to shape our community priorities and how we can bring those priorities to reality through legislative action including Montana’s local option authority (ACT: Authorize Community Transformation). Discover how you can help your community ACT NOW!

September 27th 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. at the Red Lion Hotel & Convention Center (formerly the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Tickets are $35 each or $280/table of 8. Click here to buy your tickets.

Don’t miss the Membership Celebration from 4:00 – 6:00 p.m. sponsored by Cape Air! The celebration will be held in the new courtyard with live music from the Max Band (music will be played from 4pm-7pm). Cost to attend is $5 at the door and includes one drink ticket and food. Plan to connect and use the valuable opportunity to build your network.

The Business Expo returns this year from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. Don’t miss this great opportunity to showcase your business and connect with others. For booth space contact or 245-4111.


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Billings Chamber Honors Bill and Merilyn Ballard with the 2016 Legacy Award

The Billings Chamber of Commerce announced today that Bill and Merilyn Ballard have been selected as the Legacy Award honorees. The Ballards long history in Billings showcases their philanthropy, business support and dedication to the community.

“Bill and Merilyn’s visionary leadership and nearly boundless philanthropy have been an inspiration to all of us,” shares Chamber Board Chair Bill Cole. “They have strengthened the economic, medical, and cultural fabric of our community and left a legacy that will last for generations.”

The Ballards have devoted their livelihood to the community of Billings. Merilyn, a Montana native, convinced Bill, an Arkansas native, to move to Billings in 1956. Montana had much to offer in raising a family and in the state’s vast energy reserves. In partnership with Bill Cronoble, Bill formed Balcron Oil Company in 1963. After selling Balcron, Bill created Ballard Petroleum in 1992 and is the chairman and CEO. For more than 25 years he has worked with sons Dave and Jeff, in their oil and gas exploration company which employs 30 in Billings and another 17 in Gillette, Wyoming.

As their three children grew and the company flourished, Bill and Merilyn devoted more time to strengthening our community. Bill has served as director on the Billings Clinic and Rocky Mountain College boards for decades. In addition to providing leadership within healthcare and higher education, Bill has served on Rotary Club’s board as well as the Montana Petroleum Association board.

Merilyn and Bill have invested in growth initiatives in healthcare, higher education, service and their faith community, First Presbyterian Church.  They believe in helping people and organizations working to achieve positive outcomes. They are true heroes to many people within our community and have lived such generosity to mark a lifetime of achievement.

“We live in a great community because we have people like Bill and Merilyn Ballard,” continued Cole. “The Chamber board of directors believes that the Ballards’ selfless devotion to others over more than half a century makes them the perfect recipients for this award.”

Join the Ballards in Celebrating!

The Ballards will receive the Legacy Award during the Billings Chamber Annual Meeting Luncheon on September 27th. The program begins at 11:30 a.m. at the Billings Hotel and Convention Center. Click here for tickets and more information.