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ZooMontana has been named a winner in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, and will receive a Toyota Prius, which will be used to help ZooMontana transport animals and biofacts to farther reaches of the state, allowing the Zoo to target Montana’s many rural schools.
The Billings Public Library will be closed for its move to the new Library building starting December 14, 2013. The Library will reopen in the new location – still at 510 North Broadway – on Monday, January 6, 2014. The first week, the Library will have slightly shorter hours to permit more staff to be available to provide assistance to customers finding their way around the new building for the first time. The new Library building’s dedication will be held Saturday, February 1, 2014 from 1:00-4:00 pm. Click here to learn more.
High Plains Architects of Billings, Mont. announced that the Wyss Wilderness Medicine Campus has achieved LEED® Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for New Construction and Major Renovation v2009 rating system. They also announced that the Tracy Lofts achieved LEED® for Homes Platinum certification under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes v2008.
Join GymJay’s membership drive! Bring a friend. If your friend signs up, you get one month free! Everybody who comes gets one week free!! Get fit for the New Year! Move like a kid!!! Questions? GymJay Owner Jay Marschall at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Billings Outpost is seeking businesses to sponsor the school lunch menus of Billings and the surrounding schools from January-May 2014. They are also running a Youth Edition weekly focusing on academic and athletic achievers in Billings and the surrounding community. This is a great placement for your business in addition to supporting local kids. Please contact Paul at 794-7806 or email@example.com if interested in either opportunity.
With the closure of Internet Montana, Zee Creative is offering former IMT customers 3 free months of hosted email or web hosting if they transfer to Zee Creative by January 31, 2014. Offer available on yearly paid plans only. Call 259-6730 for more information or to transfer your service and learn more.
The CenturyLink Foundation will once again be awarding $20,000 in grants to K-12 teachers in Montana through funds allocated to Montana ACTE. During the 2012/2013 school year close to $10,000 was awarded to teachers right here in Yellowstone County! Teachers can apply for the grant by clicking here.
The Billings Job Service Jobs Jamboree, the largest of its kind in Montana, is a valued event by both employers and job seekers; 100 employers and over 1,500 job seekers attended the 2013 event. Deadlines for Early Bird registration and sponsorships are December 13th, 2014. For more information click here or call 406-655-6081.
One lucky teacher from Montana will be selected to ride in the world’s most popular New Year’s parade, the Tournament of Roses Parade® in Pasadena, California, thanks to Farmers Insurance and its Thank Montana Teachers initiative. Click here to vote!
ZooMontana is one of 250 finalists in Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program, which will award vehicles to 100 nonprofit organizations based on votes from the public that began on Oct. 1, 2013. Toyota’s 100 Cars for Good program will showcase five nonprofit organizations each day for 50 days at Facebook.com/Toyota. Visitors to the page will receive two votes each day to select two separate winning organizations they feel are most deserving of new Toyota vehicles. ZooMontana will be one of the five organizations highlighted for voting on Thursday, November 7, 2013. Local residents are encouraged to support ZooMontana in their quest for a new Toyota Prius V. If ZooMontana receives the most votes and is awarded the vehicle, it will allow the Zoo to reach all corners of Montana while conserving fuel costs. Click here to vote for ZooMontana on November 7th!
American Idol finalist, Lakisha Jones and friends will join the Billings Symphony for its Sixties Revolution pops concert. The concert will take place on Saturday, November 9 at 7:30 p.m. at the Alberta Bair Theater (ABT). Learn more.
Adecco is putting on a citywide food drive and the Chamber/CVB is a drop off location! All of the food will be donated to the Billings Food Bank. Bring items you wish to donate by the Chamber/CVB during business hours.
KLJ is celebrating 75 years in business with an Open House on Friday, November 15th 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. at their office located at 2611 Gable Road. Call 406-245-4599 to learn more or RSVP.
BikeNet and its board of directors will be hosting a member appreciation event, sponsored by Lonewolf Energy Inc., November 14th, 2013, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The event will be held at Yellowstone Cellars & Winery, where Lonewolf Energy will provide wine and hors d’oeuvres. Members will have a chance to network with fellow trail advocates and the BikeNet organization.
ZooMontana is proud to announce they have donated over $15,000 in passes, memberships, programs and rental spaces during the Zoo’s 2013 fiscal year. The donations are used by other local and regional charities to raise money at their respective events. Recipients include large and small charities such as the Make-A-Wish Foundation, Special Olympics, Buddy Walk and the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation among many others.
U.S. Bank has hired Thomas (“Tom”) Potter as a commercial banking relationship manager for the Montana region. As relationship manager, Potter manages credit, deposit, and other banking needs of commercial clients and helps bring in new business. Potters works at U.S. Bank’s main office in downtown Billings, located at 303 N. Broadway. Potter graduated from Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He resides in the Billings area.
The Montana Chamber of Commerce announces Don Chery of Glacier Bancorp (Kalispell) as their new Board chair. Newly elected Board of Directors members include Frank D’Angelo of D.A. Davidson and Co. (Missoula), Niles Hushka of KLJ Engineering (Bozeman), and Tom Spika of Spika Welding and Manufacturing (Lewistown). Todd O’Hair of Cloud Peak Energy (Helena) joins the existing Executive Committee members. The Montana Chamber Foundation names Kelly Cresswell of Student Assistance Foundation as President.
Congratulations to Trailhead Spirits for receiving a Bronze Medal in the 2013 Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards for their Healy’s Gin. This award put them on the same list as the E&J Gallo, Brown Foreman, Pinnacle, Woodford, Jim Beam, and Bacardi’s of the world.
The Billings Job Service invites members to attend their annual business seminar “Performance Management” presented by Jim Nys on Wednesday, November 6th. You’ll learn the art, science and legalities of hiring, how to create job satisfaction and willingness to perform at a consistently high level, common obstacles faced in the day to day work environment and how to correct substandard behaviors and performance. Learn more and register: www.employbillings.com
Congratulations to CTA Architects and Engineers for celebrating 75 years of business!
Rocky Mountain College announces that their premier scholarship benefit – Black Tie Blue Jeans – is moving home for the 26h annual event in the Fortin Center on campus, Friday, November 1, 2013. For table sponsorship, auction item donation, or tickets, contact Kelsey Daer at Kelsey.firstname.lastname@example.org or 406.657.1006.
Congratulations to Computers Unlimited for celebrating 35 years in business!
Brewer Dental Center Orthodontic and Pediatric Facility to open in Spring of 2014! Brewer Dental Center continues its commitment to provide additional services to better serve the community and surrounding areas. Join them for a Groundbreaking Celebration, Thursday, October 24, 2013 at 1:00 PM, at 2900 Central Avenue.
Heart and Sole Run organizers presented over $27,000 of proceeds from the 34th Annual run to the YMCA Strong Community campaign and BikeNet for the development of trails in Billings. The YMCA was awarded $15,000 and BikeNet received $12,643.55.
The Big Sky State Games has been awarded a grant from the Foundation for Healthy Montanans to being Fit Kids Clubs to 100 elementary schools across Montana. The program will run February 1 to May 1, 2014. Fit Kids Clubs were piloted in 28 schools across Montana in 2013.
Espresso (part of the Wind River Hotel and Casino in Riverton, Wyoming) is having a drawing! The Winner receives two tickets to the November 23rd home game in Laramie – UW vs. Hawaii! They also get a parking pass, one night’s stay at the Hilton, and the basket full of prizes displayed at Espresso.
At the AlphaGraphics Annual Conference in Nashville, AlphaGraphics of Billings owners Jake Eaton and Dustin Frost were presented with the AlphaGraphics 2013 Top 10 Sales Award, recognizing the locally owned center’s annual sales volume as 10th highest among the nearly 300 AlphaGraphics business centers worldwide.
AlphaGraphics also announced the hiring of Lindsey O’Tremba as the newest Graphic Designer in the Billings based print communications firm’s Design Services department. O’Tremba received her Associate of Applied Arts degree in Graphic Design from The Art Institute of Portland in 2008.
Sanderson Stewart has been recognized as one of the 100 fastest-growing firms in the A/E/P & Environmental Consulting industry. An accomplishment amplified by the fact that the firm is thriving at a time when many of the over 100,000 firms in the industry have struggled. Placement on the list is based on a firm’s percentage revenue growth and dollar revenue growth over a three-year period compared to the other entrants.
The Hilton Garden Inn of Billings announced recently their current ranking as the #1 hotel in the nation out of 542 Hilton Garden Inn’s!
Bartlett & West announced will be hosting an Open House for their new Billings office on Wednesday, September 4 from 4-6 p.m. Fellow Chamber/CVB members are invited to attend. The office is located at 3470 Gabel Road, Suite 1.
The Yellowstone County Museum announced the opening of their new, permanent deck tent. The deck is located on the south side of the building, overlooking the city from atop the Rimrocks. The venue is availale for rent.
Brian McGovern, owner of Allegra Marketing Print Mail in Billings, is celebrating 25 years in business! Allegra is an award-winning, full-service marketing company that has gone from putting ink on paper to include digital and web services, strategic marketing planning and more.
NOVA Center for the Performing Arts’ Youth Conservatory is entirely devoted to the stage. The program has something for everyone – from acting, singing and movement to creative play writing, set and light design, and stage fighting. They are pleased to announce classes for K-12 start September 9 and it’s not too late to register! NOVA instills a love of the arts, the importance of being able to express oneself and perform in front of a crowd, and promotes the fun of exploring your imagination. Be part of something wonderful!
Michael Sanderson, PE, PTOE, LEED AP announced that Sanderson Stewart recently won the Employer Recognition Award at the Institute of Transportation Engineers Western District Annual Awards Banquet in Phoenix, AZ. Congratulations Sanderson Stewart!
Bartlett & West announced the opening of an office in Billings at 3470 Gabel Road, Suite 1. The firm is headquartered out of Topeka, Kan., and provides engineering, surveying, land acquisitions, technology solutions and other professional services to a wide range of clients.
AlphaGraphics announced the hiring of Randy Gerringa as Director of Sales and New Business Development. With over 25 years of sales and marketing experience, including the last 8 years as Sales and Marketing Director for the Northern Broadcasting System, Gerringa will lead the AlphaGraphics sales teams as they continue to expand their print, design, direct marketing, web, and business communication services for customers throughout the region.
Townsquare Media Billings announced the launch of a new radio station, The New PopCrush 97.1. PopCrush 97.1 represents Billings’ most exciting new radio brand, reaching its audience over the air and online at popcrush971.com. The station’s pop music offering combined with its focus on pop stars, culture and fashion, as well as everything worth knowing for pop music fans in Billings, are expected to attract a strong fan base.
The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C) hired Darren Rich as its new executive director. Rich replaces Sandra Culhane, who left in April after nearly eight years with the BSO&C to take the position as executive director with the Boise Philharmonic. Welcome Darren!
The Wendy’s of Montana Foundation elected to grant ZooMontana $5,000 to support a new education program utilizing SMART board technology. The monies granted will be utilized to build the program while providing enough funds for several years of program sustainability. The SMART Board interactive whiteboard allows users to manipulate objects on a large touch screen. This interactivity provides the perfect match for zoo animal programming. Programming will be complemented with the addition of live animals.
Alberta Bair Theatre announced their 2013-2014 season. Explore their lineup here.
The Montana Chamber of Commerce announces the hiring of Glenn Oppel as the new Government Relations Director January 1, 2013. Oppel most recently served as Government Affairs Director for the Montana Association of Realtors and Policy Director for the Montana Policy Institute.
Avitus Group is making its debut on the Xbox 360 video game, Forza Motorsport 4. Gamers can now drive two Avitus Group Porsche Cayman cars in the racing video game. The Avitus Group cars are replicas of the real life cars Avitus Group sponsors in the ITC or Intercontinental Trophy Cup racing series. Learn more about Avitus Group Racing.
Parmly Billings Library is adding additional parking slots for the duration of the construction of the new library building. The library is leasing the Diamond Parking lot on North Broadway between 5th and 6th Avenue North. Parking in this location will be available beginning January 2, 2013 and is available at no charge.
Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch received a $500,000 Federal Grant for Tele-Medicine. For the next 2 years YBGR will partner with Head Start, Billings Clinic, St. Vincent HealthCare, Office of Public Instruction and several rural school districts to set up tele-medicine units and establish standards and certification for school-based health centers.
National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Rocco Landesman announced that the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale is one of only 153 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. The $10,000 grant will support their series: Fanfare: A Celebration of American, Latin and British Composers. The first concert of this series will take place February 9, 2013.
Dr. Bill and Merilyn Ballard were honored on December 6th by the Billings Family YMCA with the 2012 Philip N. Fortin Award. The Philip N. Fortin Humanitarian Award is bestowed upon an individual or couple by the YMCA Board of Directors in recognition of a lifetime of distinguished volunteer, civic and professional achievement which has improved the quality of life within the community.
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