October 18th, 2013



October 15th, 2013


CONTACT:  Webb Brown, 406-442-2405; webb@montanachamber.com 
Helena, MT:On October 8-9, the Montana Chamber of Commerce held its Annual Meeting in Kalispell.  Don Chery of Glacier Bancorp (Kalispell) took the reins of the Montana Chamber.  He follows Bill Woody of Consumer Direct   
(Missoula) as Chair of the Board of Directors.  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, with the  departure of Tami Christensen of Tri-County Implement (Sidney).  Other concluding Board of Director members were Mary Oliver of First Madison Valley Bank (Ennis) and Betty Stone of Cottonwood Inn
(Glasgow).  The Montana Chamber Foundation also conducted its Annual Meeting.  Kelly Cresswell of Student Assistance Foundation became President, following Rick Reid, who also finished his term on the Board of Directors.  Christensen was named to the open seat.  Attorney General Tim Fox provided excellent remarks on the business issues facing his office at the Annual Banquet.  Our thanks to the many sponsors:  BlueCross BlueShield of Montana; Cloud Peak Energy; Glacier Bancorp; GlaxoSmithKline; Liberty  Mutual; Montana State Fund; Mountain West Benefits;
and NorthWestern Energy.   The Montana Chamber of Commerce is the advocate of business in Montana and the
driving force in promoting a favorable business climate.  The Montana Chamber represents over 1,500 business members -- from small mom-and-pop operations to local chambers of commerce to large companies, from retail to  
  manufacturing to tourism to agriculture. The Foundation promotes and improves the economic development opportunities of the state and its communities by participating in educational projects and research.      

October 07th, 2013


 Webb Brown (406) 431-9508 
Manufacturing Council, Center, and Bureau Recognize Manufacturing Day
The  Montana Manufacturing Council, Montana Manufacturing Extension Center, and UM Day in Montana October 8 in Kalispell.  Events include manufacturer tours and a press conference.  The tours will visit Pierce Manufacturing, starting at 2 PM.  The next stop will be a press conference at 3 PM at Compatible Manufacturing, followed by a tour of that facility. 
The Bureau will report on its 2013 "State of Montana Manufacturing" study at the press conference.  
The event is free and open to the public.  For more information and registration, go to:http://Events.MontanaChamber.com/?ee=88

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                  
  CONTACT: as of Noon, 26 September, 2013          
  Webb Brown (406) 431-9508
Montana AG to Keynote Montana Chamber Annual Banquet
 Montana Attorney General Tim Fox will keynote the Annual Banquet of the State Chamber's 2013 Annual Meeting.  Fox will speak Tuesday night, October 8th, 2013 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kalispell. 
"We're  grateful and excited to have Attorney General Fox speak to us," said Webb Brown,  President/CEO of the Montana Chamber.  "We're excited to hear about the goals of his office for Montana as well as what he has been working on since he was elected." 
The Attorney General's Office and Legal Services Division function as the lawyers for the State of Montana.  The Office is focused on developing a safer and more prosperous future for the people of Montana. 
The Montana Chamber Annual Meeting will kick-off Tuesday, October 8th at 2:00 p.m. by celebrating National Manufacturing Day in Montana with local manufacturing plant tours and a press conference.  The Annual Membership Banquet will begin that night with a 5:30 p.m. reception followed by dinner promptly at 6:15 p.m.  The group will be addressed not only by Attorney General Fox, but also by the incoming and outgoing Chairs of both the Montana Chamber of Commerce and Montana Chamber Foundation Boards. 
Sponsors  for the Annual Meeting currently include BlueCross BlueShield of Montana, Cloud Peak Energy, Liberty Northwest, Montana State Fund, Mountain West Benefits, NorthWestern Energy and Glacier Bank/Glacier Bancorp.  More information can be found at http://Events.MontanaChamber.com.
CONTACT:  Stacye Dorrington, 406-442-2405; stacye@montanachamber.com 
Helena, MT:On
    September 9-10, chamber representatives from Sidney to Anaconda, Kalispell to Baker, and in-between, met in Helena at the Holiday Inn Downtown Conference Center for the Fall 2013 Montana Association of Chamber    Executives (MACE) conference. MACE is the professional-development, continuing-education organization for chamber of commerce staff and volunteers in the Treasure State. The Montana Chamber of Commerce serves as    the administrative body for MACE.  Our featured presenter was Renee Radcliff Sinclair, former Washington State
legislator and Executive    Director of U.S. Chamber Northwest Regional Office, and now Strategic Initiatives leader in the western United States for Apple Inc. She presented on Foundations for Success: Building a Chamber to Stand
the Test of Time.   Special speakers for the event included the Honorable Governor Steve Bullock (who thanked chambers for assistance in getting tax relief during the 2013 legislative session) and Attorney General Tim Fox, who addressed economic development through his position on the Land Board. Other speakers represented theMontana    State Fund, NorthWestern Energy, Cloud Peak Energy, the US Chamber of Commerce, and a panel of media experts.  Members selected their 2014 officers during the conference. They are: 1st Vice President, Bruce Solberg    of the Bigfork Chamber; incoming President, Mike Mergenthaler of the Helena Chamber; Soon-to-be Past President Wade VanEvery of the Sidney Chamber;  Secretary Stacye Dorrington and Treasurer Webb Brown, both of the Montana Chamber.  Thank you to the fall conference sponsors: Mountain West Benefits; Allied Waste Services;    PayneWest Insurance; NorthWestern Energy; Montana State Fund; BlueCross BlueShield of Montana; Liberty Mutual; Cloud Peak Energy; Morrison Maierle;  Holiday Inn Downtown Conference Center; Valley Bank of Helena; Rocky
    Mountain Credit Union; Montana Community Finance; Perkins Family Restaurant and Bakery; Helena Regional Airport; Home Beautifiers; American Federal Savings Bank; Sandy Mac's Distributing; and Mountain West Bank. 
The purpose of MACE is to    provide training, education and networking; connecting staff and volunteers as a statewide resource. The Spring 2014 Conference will be held May 5-6 at Fairmont Hot Springs Resort. For additional information about MACE,    including sponsoring MACE and/or the conference, contact Stacye at: Stacye@MontanaChamber.com    or 888-442-MONT (6668).

 OCTOBER 2013 
A new email scam purports to tell the taxpayer their efiled return did not go through: 
If you get an unsolicited email that appears to be from the IRS, please report it by sending it to phishing@irs.gov.
‪ If you find a suspicious website that claims to be the IRS, please send the site’s  URL by email to phishing@irs.gov,
  using the subject line: suspicious website. 
Health Care
 ▪ SBA webinar: 
What Healthcare Reform Means to your Small Business.  
  Montana and Wyoming,
Tuesday,  Sep 17, 2013, 11:00 AM MDT, Register  here Health  Care Tax Tip 13-01,
Website Explains Tax Provisions of the Health Care Law; 

USA.gov's Health Insurance  has information on the new Health Insurance Marketplace and other types of health
▪ Revised Form  8822-B, Change of Address or Responsible Party - Business, is being released early to allow taxpayers time to adjust to the new requirement of notifying IRS when the Responsible Party of a business has changed.

Tax Tip 13-26 Three Tax Scams to Beware of 
 ▪ Publication 5067,
  concerning the t Voluntary Classification Settlement Program, should be  available at irs.gov on approximately September 19, 2013.
▪ The U.S. General Services Administration recently released the fiscal year (FY) 2014 travel per  diem rates, which will take effect on October 1, 2013.   
▪ Employers Should Exercise Caution When Using Third Party Payroll Service Providers
Outsourcing Payroll and Third Party Payers
 Reporting Agents File (RAF)
 Third  Party Arrangement Chart
 Electronic Federal Tax Payment System

 employment tax  investigations
 Fact Sheet 13-09
►LOCAL/ OTHER AGENCY ▪ According to the Department of Labor,  
Myth: The  federal minimum wage is higher today than it was when President Reagan took  office.
 Not true:  While the federal minimum wage was only $3.35 per hour in 1981 and is currently $7.25 per hour in real dollars, when adjusted for inflation, the current federal  minimum wage would need to be more than $8 per hour to equal its buying power  of the early 1980s and more than $10 per hour to equal its buying power of the  late 1960s. Subscribe to Minimum Wage Updates 

SBA Affordable Care Act 101 Weekly Webinars
The Small Business Administration and Small Business Majority
are excited to announce the next set of Affordable Care Act 101 weekly webinar dates. During each presentation, small business owners can learn
the basics of the Affordable Care Act and what it means for their company and employees.   
Thursday,  September 12 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to Register 
Thursday,  September 19 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to RegisterThursday,  September 26 at 2:00 PM ET: Click to Register

 ▪ UI eServices' new website in 2014 will provide employers with a "one-stop shop" The Department of Labor and Industry is seeking employer representatives and accountants to help test the UI eServices If you are interested in becoming a tester for the new site, please visit the UI eServices for Employers.

Art Alley
 Saturday September 14, 2013; 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Art is for everyone at The Square. Join us on Saturday afternoon for a FREE family friendly event filled with fun for the whole family. 
  Art Sales& Demonstrations:
pottery, painting, wood carving, leather working, blacksmithing and more
 Wood Kiln Firing Demonstration, Root Beer Float, Fundraiser
 Hands-on Activities Include: Face Painting, Try the Potter's Wheel, Make Your Own Tile, Mural Painting 
Beer, Bands and BBQ
Saturday September 14, 2013; 4:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Cost: $20/ Person. 
(Tickets may be purchased at Montana Federal Credit Union locations, or by calling The Square at 727-8255.) 
Join Paris Gibson Square Museum of Art for an evening of music, food, dancing and drinks for the last party of the summer under the Big Sky.  
The Alleged, Jeni Dodd,Fireside, Grant Stebbins Rockin' Blues
 Food and Drinks: Williams & Robert’s BBQ, Pizza Baron, Eagle Beverage & Nin Kasi Brewing Company         
Wood Kiln
: A firing demonstration will heat things up on-site; offering patrons the opportunity to get an up-close look at the unique process of firing with wood, salt and soda.
 Silent  Auction:
includes fine art, wine tasting & appetizer package from Trapper Peak Winery, and a selection of items from businesses across Great Falls. Proceeds from the event will go towards further advancing The Square's Education Department. Come out and support the arts in Great Falls...its HOT! 
A Special Thanks Montana Federal Credit Union and all the Arts on Fire 2013 Sponsors! 
For more information, please visit: http://www.the-square.org/Events_Clay.html
  Jeff Kuratnick
Curator of  Education Paris Gibson Square Museum ofArt
 1400 First Avenue North Great Falls, MT 59401
 406-727-8255  ext.305

September 6, 2013
For more information:
 Lori Ryan, MDT, (406)
 Kas Manderle, MDT, (406)
Great Falls –United Materials of Great Falls will  begin boulevard work on the east side of 9th Street North between
2ndAvenue North and 3rd Avenue North on September 9th. The project will include removal of curb and sidewalk  continuing  along both sides of 9th Street North to the 8th Avenue North intersection.  Travelers should expect narrowed two lane traffic, lane and side street closures, reduced speeds, and minor delays throughout the project.
Travelers and pedestrians are encouraged to adjust their schedules accordingly. United Materials is dedicated to expediting this project and apologizes for any inconvenience. Motorists are reminded to watch for work crews and equipment as well as signs indicating reduced speed limits. Posted limits are enforced until signs indicate that the work zone has ended. Fines double in work zones 
For more information contact Kas Manderle at (406) 454-5921. For the latest construction and weather reports, please dial 511 or visit www.mdt511.com
Lori K. Ryan Public Information Officer
 Montana Department of Transportation
P.O. Box 201001
  Montana 59620-1001 
Email – lryan@mt.gov
406-444-6821, 406-431-6885
Fax: 444-7643 

August 07th, 2013


Join the Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming 
FIRST LEGO League Robotics Team in Great Falls! 
The best way to summarize FIRST LEGO League is to say that it is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds which is designed to get children excited about science and technology -- and teach them valuable employment and
life skills.  In FLL, the children do the work! And the work is programming an autonomous robot (using the LEGO® MINDSTORMS® robot set) to score points on a thematic playing surface, creating an innovative solution to a problem as part of their project, all while being guided by the FLL Core Values. These three elements - the Robot Game, Project, and FLL Core Values - make up what we call our yearly Challenge which is: 
Can FIRST LEGO League teams help us master natural disasters?   In the 2013 NATURE’S FURY?
Challenge, over 200,000 children ages 9 to 14 from over 70 countries will explore the awe-inspiring storms, quakes, waves and more that we call natural disasters. Teams will discover what can be done when intense natural events
meet the places people live, work, and play. Brace yourself for NATURE’S FURY!
FLL challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During NATURE’S FURY teams will build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. They will also choose and solve a real-world problem in the project. 
A grant has been provided to support Great Falls’ first Girl Scout FLL team with the robot, parts, and computer. 
We are now looking for girls that are interested in being part of the team and also volunteers and mentors to help the girls with time management, robot construction, presentation development, computer programming, and being
amazing role models to get girls interested in science, technology, engineering, and math!
An informational meeting for interested girls, parents, and volunteers will be at the
Girl Scouts of Montana and Wyoming Great Falls Service Center, 
4930  Ninth Ave South 
August 21, 2013 at 5:30pm
For more information contact Jessica at 406-453-2477 
Space is limited!  Come check it out and see where robotics can take you!