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'TIS THe season to say “Thank you."

For all those who give to the greater good of our community and our economy: “thank you.”

It is a special time of year. The holidays! Although Thanksgiving has passed, showing appreciation to the people and organizations that continually provide Billings with limitless energy and support should be a year-round effort. For all those who give to the greater good of our community and our economy: “thank you.” To the small businesses and their owners who keep Billings unique; who took a risk; and now reinvest in their hometown, “thank you.” And thank them by shopping local.

Granite Peak level CenturyLink Holiday Station Stores U.S. Bank

Beartooth level Albertsons District Office Bay, LTD Big Sky Economic Development BNSF Century 21 Hometown Brokers Computers Unlimited Crowley Fleck PLLP Denny Menholt Chevrolet ExxonMobil Refining & Supply Co. Gainan’s Integra Kampgrounds Of America Montana-Dakota Utilities Co. Olsen Ortho Studio PayneWest Insurance Phillips 66 Rocky Mountain College Spectrum Business (Formerly Charter Business) Stockman Bank, Billings Underriner Honda Vertex Consulting Group Walmart, Heights Walmart, Westend Western Security Bank, Downtown

Site. “Thank you, Phillips 66!” Our trail network is growing and connecting our heritage for all to enjoy, including the Yellowstone Kelly site. Over 15 businesses generously contributed financially (nearly $600,000) to our pitch to secure American Airlines service to Dallas. “Thank you” Billings Gazette, Billing Clinic, PayneWest Insurance and so many others. Read more about their impact on air service in this issue.

In this issue of LiNK we once again look at some of the workforce challenges these businesses and large businesses are struggling with and how our 3.0% unemployment is being tackled.

Chamber staff: a big “THANK YOU!” Your work is helping Billings grow and improve while changing lives. You are making it happen. Alex, Jennifer, Bruce, Kelly, René, Megan, Nick, Andy, Kevin, Dan, Stefan, Alyssa, Jessica; you all are the best. Our members, volunteers and our board (especially Chair Jeff Walters): “Thank you.”

Last week Phillips 66 announced an $80,000 contribution to the Yellowstone Kelly Interpretive

Happy Holidays to everyone, and for those who celebrate Christmas, have a merry one.

Crowne Plaza MSU Billings

LiNK is proudly distributed at these member businesses: • Atlas Chiropractic • Beartooth Vision • Brewer Dental • Montana Medical Aesthetics • Olsen Ortho Studio • Riverstone Health • St. Vincent Healthcare

• Barnett Opticians • BioLife Plasma • Grand Avenue Dental • Moulton Bellingham • Prill Dental • Starbucks

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Kelly McCandless


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