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CenturyLink, Inc. announced the Billings and Red Lodge areas as winners of the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation’s Teachers and Technology grant program. The program awards grants to schools in CenturyLink’s local service areas on behalf of teachers who have developed specific plans to innovatively implement technology in their classroom. Winners were: Eagle Cliff Elementary School earning $5,000 toward the “Connected Learning” project;  Red Lodge High School earning $5,000 toward the “Math and Movies” project; Castle Rock Middle School earning $1,700 toward the “Move it, Move it” project; and Beartooth Elementary School earning $2,800 toward the “Kinder-active Inquiry” project.

Allegra Marketing • Print • Mail in Billings recently announced that Dana Bishop joined the organization as a marketing and print consultant. Bishop, a resident of Billings, has more than 30 years of sales experience; 15 consulting in the printing industry.

Billings Wolves season tickets are on sale at MetraPark. The Wolves will play 7 regular season games next season from February to June. Pricing: Red Zone $231, Lower Level (Front Row) $231, Lower Level $175, Mid-Level $105, Upper Level $77, and G.A. Pass $50.

AlphaGraphics announced the addition of Kimberlee Garcia as the newest Account Executive to join Billings’ premier print communications firm’s sales team. Garcia brings over 20 years of sales experience including 5 years with the Billings Chamber of Commerce.

After conducting a nationwide search, President Waded Cruzado introduced Dr. Mark Nook as the new chancellor of Montana State University Billings. Nook will succeed Dr. Rolf Groseth who announced his retirement in January.

Registration is open for the Heart and Sole run! Click here to sign up.

Dave Kelsey, active member of the Chamber’s Ag Committee, received recognition from the Montana FFA Foundation for his commitment to education, furthering the goals of FFA and engaging Montana’s future leaders in agriculture.

The U.S. Small Business Administration and Big Sky Economic Development announced the 2014 Small Business Week Awards Luncheon. Congratulations to Randy & Janna Hafer, High Plains Architects, for winning Small Business Person of the Year; to Ted Lovec, American Title and Escrow of Billings for winning Small Business Person (11-50 employees); and to Big Sky Economic Develop Corporation for recognition as the Top Certified Development Company (FY13) for their 17 loans totaling $12,380,000.

The Education Foundation is offering fun reading activities for children in the parks along side School District 2’s free lunch program. Please consider volunteering to read with kids over the lunch hour in the park, as your schedule allows​. If you have high school age family members, we encourage them to join us too!​ Volunteers typically commit once/week for 45 minutes, or, businesses schedule a day to join us and then send a volunteer. Reading Rocks begins June 23rd through July 31st at noon.  If interested in volunteering, please complete this registration form or click here for more information.

Congratulations to Trailhead Spirits awards at tasting competitions ranging from American Craft Associations members, International Tasting competitions, and consumer driven taste opinions. Entering 11 spirits into 5 different competitions, they earned 9 medals ranging from Bronze to Platinum. Great North Vodka- Silver and Healy’s Gin – Silver - Denver International Spirits Competition. Healy’s Gin- Bronze – American Craft Distillers Association. Healy’s ReserveSilver – American Distilling Institute. Healy’s Reserve – Platinum (Best of class) -  Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards. Healy’s Gin- Gold - Spirits International Prestige (SIP) Awards. Healy’s Gin- Silver- International Craft Spirits Competition (*Consumers Choice Award winner). Healy’s Reserve – Silver- International Craft Spirits Competition

Montana’s municipal and county law enforcement officers raised $9,500 for a special camp for kids held each summer at the Beartooth Mountain Christian Camp near Nye. Camp POSTCARD (Peace Officers Striving To Create And Reinforce Dreams) is a camp for 5th and 6th grade children that is put on by Volunteers of America.

In January of 1993, a series of hate crimes rocked Billings. The people of Billings rose up in defense of our neighbors and faced down the threats of hate with actions of love and solidarity. The extraordinary actions of the community inspired a national movement called Not in Our Town. In June, celebrate the 20th anniversary of these events here in Billings, honoring the birthplace of the movement. Local volunteers are working hard to prepare a welcome for national and international visitors.  More help and contributions are needed.  To learn more or to register please click here.

Governor Steve Bullock announced winners of the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year and 2013 Exporter of the Year awards in Bozeman at the Manufacturing & International Trade Day. Congratulations to Wood’s Powr-Grip, accepting the 2013 Manufacturer of the Year award.

Congratulations to Trailhead Spirits receiving three medals at the Denver International Spirits Competition: Great North Vodka- Silver; Healy’s Gin – Silver; and Healy’s reserve {cask rested gin}- Bronze.

For the seventh time, Underriner Honda received the prestigious president’s award for exceptional performance in 2013. Congratulations!

Greg Gianforte encourages the potential of Montana high-tech business and also models mentorship to help develop Montanan entrepreneurs. Community leader and technology entrepreneur, Gianforte will address graduates at 1:00 p.m. Saturday, May 3, during the 132nd Commencement of Rocky Mountain College.

Congratulations to Keller Williams Premier Brokers, announcing the construction of their new building to be located at 2320 Rosebud.

Registration is now open for the Heart and Sole run! Click here to sign up.

Sanderson Stewart has been named this year’s Northwest regional finalist for the 2014 DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year Award, sponsored by Sam’s Club®. This is the first time a Montana business has been in the top 100 let alone the top 7. The winner will be announced at a program in Washington DC June 12.

Congratulations to Brian McGovern, owner of Allegra Marketing • Print • Mail in Billings, who was recently honored by Alliance Franchise Brands with two of the franchise network’s prestigious 2013 awards: the Sales Excellence Award, earned by the top 10 percent in the international network of marketing and print services providers, and the Two Star Award which recognizes his record-breaking sales achievement. Congratulations also go to General Manager Allen Halter who was named one of the Top Ten Sales Performers in North America. He also earned the Honors Gold Award which is based on sales volume and achieving an outstanding level of customer service.

Phillips 66 Billings Refinery recently made an $8,000 contribution to the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams), a camp for children.

Billings Public Library will host a series of programs in commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the Civil War during the month of April. All presentations are free and open to the public. The schedule includes a movies series lasting into May, an interactive program for teens, and several programs for a general audience. For more information, please call Billings Public Library at 406-657-8258.

Riverstone Health is calling for volunteers to participate in a practice drill to simulate a public health emergency. Volunteers are needed for approximately 20 minutes between 1 and 3 pm on April 17th. Call 247-3313 to learn more.

The Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C) has unveiled its 2014-15 season, which includes six season concerts, several special events, and a “Country Idol” contest in collaboration with the Billings Gazette. The 64th season is generously sponsored by The Oakland Companies. More information is available here.

VITA wants business owners to know that if they have employees who made $52,000 or less in 2013 they can get their taxes prepared for free at HRDC on Wed. and Thurs. from 2-8 pm, Fridays 2-5 and on Saturdays from 10-3 at the library. The last day preparing taxes at HRDC is April 11th (next Friday) and the last day at the library is Saturday, April 12th.

The Billings Wolves will bring hometown football back to Billings when they kick-off their inaugural season in 2015. In the meantime, the team is  working hard to build community support and they’re offering first opportunity on some great advertising and promotional opportunities to you as Chamber members. Before season tickets are available, you can name team/player awards after your company or an individual for just $1,000. Many other opportunities exist. Click here to learn more, or e-mail the Wolves General Manager Marc Burr by clicking here.

Avitus Group announces the acquisition of Altitude Technologies, a 5-year old technology firm based out of Billings. With this merger, Avitus Group is combining Altitude Technologies IT support services with it’s own business services model.

Registration is open for Big Sky State Games‘ spring events: dance, figure skating, and ice hockey. Learn more.

The Western Heritage Center will offer a new series, Big Sky Writers Workshops, this winter/spring. Various workshops with different focus will be held. For more information, click here.

The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) announced that they elevated 139 AIA members to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. Congratulations to Montana architect and owner of High Plains Architects Randy Hafer, the only Montana architect in 2014 elevated to the College of Fellows. He joins only a handful of architects in Montana who have received this recognition over the 60 year history of the AIA College of Fellows.

Congratulations to The Burger Dive chef Brad Halsten! Halsten won a top prize at the National Burger Bash Cook-Off! The “Blackened Sabbath” burger won the $10,000 prize and will be featured on Red Robin menu’s nationwide.

The Board of Trustees of Montana State University Billings Foundation announce the selection of Chuck Wendt as the next MSUB Foundation President and CEO. Mr. Wendt was chosen after a national search and will begin his duties on March 4, 2014.

Congratulations to Steve Arveschoug, Executive Director for Big Sky Economic Development (BSED), who has been invited to serve on the Strengthening Workforce Alignment in Montana’s Manufacturing and Energy Industries Leadership Committee that will focus specifically on high level system objectives, to help maximize a $25 million grant across the state to benefit students, businesses and our economy.

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. For more information click here or call 406-655-6081.

First Interstate Bank, First InterstateBanc Systems Foundation and Stockman Bank will each present $10,000 checks to Yellowstone Boys and Girls Ranch Foundation. The Foundation, Ranch and Academy celebrated the hiring of two new school based teams (each team consists of a therapist and behavioral specialist) at the Academy and a new team at Laurel High School.  Each team will serve at least 10 more emotionally disturbed children in our community.

Billings Advertising and Marketing Club, (BAM), is seeking applications from local non-profit organizations that would like help with their marketing and public relations in 2014.  BAM will donate their creative services to the non-profit(s) selected by the Public Service Committee. BAM provides professional development and networking opportunities for our members, giving back to the community using their time and talents. Click here to apply. Deadline for applications is March 15, 2014.

If you’re a member of the Billings Chamber/CVB and would like to share good news from your company, please send the details to kelly@billingschamber.com.

Scott Sehnert has been hired as Executive Vice President and Senior Commercial Banker for Rocky Mountain Bank. His primary responsibilities will be managing RMB’s credit function and commercial sales process. Sehnert has 29 plus years of experience, leading all areas of banking and business development.

The Western Heritage Center will offer a new series, Big Sky Writers Workshops, this winter/spring. Various workshops with different focus will be held. For more information, click here.

Greg Kohn brings CEO Peer Groups to Billings to create sounding boards and mentorship for C-Suite Executives with Vistage Billings. Nationally known speakers are also brought in six to eight times each year to address individual groups, which are made up of approximately 12 to 16 CEO’s from non-competing businesses. Membership in peer groups is not automatic, business leaders must go through an application and interview process.

Stillwater Mining Company has awarded a grant of $2,500 for the Volunteers of America Northern Rockies Camp P.O.S.T.C.A.R.D. (Peace Officers Striving to Create and Reinforce Dreams). The Camp is held for 5th and 6th grade at-risk children and counselors who are law enforcement and school resource officers from the children’s’ respective counties.

Congratulations to Trailhead Spirits celebrating their one year anniversary!

BikeNet is having its Annual Meeting for the public Thursday, Feb. 13, from 6:30-7:30 p.m., at the Fortin Health Conference Center in the Billings Clinic. Meet Jeffrey Butts, Billings’ new Alternate Modes Coordinator, and hear what BikeNet does with the money we earn from Ales for Trails!  The public will learn about the projects that are in the pipeline for 2014 and what BikeNet is doing to help make them happen.

On March 24, 2014 the 67th Annual Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) State Leadership Conference will take place in Billings. To make the competitive events a success, over 100 volunteer judges are needed! Please contact Lindy Hockenbary, judge coordinator, at lindyhockenbary@gmail.com or 406-853-2661 if you’d like to volunteer.

The Billings Public Library is now OPEN! 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.

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program offers free tax help for low to moderate income individuals and families in our area. Anyone can volunteer to assist. Millions of dollars in specialized credits go unclaimed every year in Montana, often because families and individuals don’t know about them.  Learn more: 247-4707 or click here.

National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) announced that the Billings Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (BSO&C) is one of 150 not-for-profit organizations nationwide to receive an NEA Challenge America Fast-Track grant. The BSO&C is recommended for a $10,000 grant to support “Bringing the World to Billings,” a three-concert series within the BSO&C’s 2013-14 season that will include several community outreach events.

Allegra Marketing, Print, Mail in Billings announced the recipients of this year’s Allegra FootPRINT Fund®, which helps nonprofit organizations “leave a footprint” in the community by awarding print and graphic design services for promotional and informational materials. Award recipients include: Big Sky Senior Services, Billings Community Connect Planning Committee, Billings YoungLife, City of Billings – Billings Metro VISTA Project, Family Support Network, Friendship House of Christian Service, LaVie, Make-A-Wish Montana, Montana Audubon, NAMI Billings, The Center for Children & Families, Yellowstone County’s “Extra” Special Kids, Yellowstone Master Gardener Association, Yellowstone Valley Children’s Advocacy Center and ZooMontana.

Alberta Bair Theater announces that it received an ArtWorks Grant from the National Endowment for the Arts to support its 2014 series New Music in the Old West. ABT was one of 895 nonprofits nationwide to receive the coveted award that has already greatly impacted programming and outreach for the Theater.

Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming are seeking volunteers for their Financial Literacy Program. 15-20 hour commitment, you choose days, times, location, and age group! Call 800-736-5243 to learn more.

Congratulations to Big Sky Economic Development celebrating newly remodeled offices located on the second floor of the Granite Tower!

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. Deadline is January 10, 2014.

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.

The Billings Job Service Employers’ Council would like to recognize businesses that create great workplaces in our community by presenting them with the Employer of Choice award.  The Billings JSEC will recognize two employers; an employer with 25 or more employees and an employer 24 or less employees. Winners are also  voted on for a state level Employer of Choice Award. Nominations are due on February 14, 2014. Click here for more.

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 coach@coachjay.com

The Billings Outpost is  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 paulp@billingsnews.com if interested in either opportunity.

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 coach@coachjay.com

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 paulp@billingsnews.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.daer@rocky.edu 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.

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