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Bureau of Business And Economic Research Director Details Missoula Tax Burden [YouTube]

At the State of Missoula event this week, the discussion of local taxes was conducted by Patrick Barkey, Director of the University of Montana Bureau of Business and Economic Research.

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Photo courtesy of Missoula Chamber of Commerce

Governor Steve Bullock and the Montana Department of Commerce Encourage Montanans to Shop Local on Small Business Saturday

A single dollar spent at a locally owned business will result in five times that amount of economic activity through increased wages and the purchase of goods and services by that business.

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Ravalli County Fair Parade
The Ravalli County Fair Parade is a great tradition! (Fullerton Photo)

Sign Up for the Ravalli County Fair Parade at the Chamber Office

The Ravalli County Fair Parade is Wednesday, August 28 at 10 a.m. in Hamilton.

As always, the parade starts at the west end of Main Street, in the area of north 7th and 8th Streets, and heads east on Hamilton's Main Street, turning onto North 2nd Street for the finish

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Fred Thomas recieved honor from the Montana Chamber.

Ravalli County Legislators Honored by State Chamber of Commerce

Montana Senator Fred Thomas of Stevensville has received the "Champion of Business" award from the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

The award honors legislators who showed a commitment to business issues during the latest Montana legislative session

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Board of Realtors office
The Bitterroot Valley Board of Realtors office on North 4th in Hamilton. (KLYQ Photo)

Hamilton is on This Week’s Tour of the Montana Chamber of Commerce

The bi-annual tour through the state by the Montana Chamber of Commerce started Monday and will reach Hamilton and Missoula on Wednesday.

The Chamber uses the meetings to update members on the Chamber issues at the 2013 Legislature

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Montana State Capitol
The capitol dome (KLYQ Image)

Bitterroot Chamber Plans Trip to Helena Legislature March 20

On March 20, a bus will leave Hamilton on a day-trip to the Legislative session in Helena.

The Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce Leadership Bitterroot Class is sponsoring the bus for $45 a person, which includes lunch, traveling expenses and Capitol tour

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Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce office
the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce office in Hamilton. (KLYQ Photo)

Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce Elects Board Members

Following a mail-in ballot from the membership, the Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce has announced the newest members to the chamber board.

Executive Director Al Mitchell reported 6 new directors. They are:

  • Ann Bethea of Florence Ace Hardware
  • Dixie Dees, retired USFS Information Director
  • Scott Henderson, First Interstate Bank, Hamilton branch president
  • Andy Polumsky, co-owner of By Owner/Polumsky Properties Inc.
  • Laura Reichart, co-owner of
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    Everyone’s A Winner !

    The awards were plentiful at the 105th Bitterroot Chamber of Commerce Annual Banquet. Former Chamber President Rosie Huckstadt was MC for night.
    Award winners were:
    Business of the Year - Hidden Legend Winery
    Business Person of the Year - Al Mitchell of the Paper Clip
    Unsung Hero - Colleen Meyer of Stevensville
    Community Asset - Bitter Root Humane Association
    Volunteer of the Year - DeeDee Adams
    Economic Development - Cal Ruark of Darby
    New Business of the Year - Max Coleman's Sleeping Child Farms
    "Spark Plug" Award - Bunny Robbins and Tony Dees
    The "Laurel" Award - Carol Smith
    Executive Director Rick O'Brien had positive comments about the coming year and there were brief presentations from outgoing President Mike Pflieger and Incoming President Dr Dirk Beyer

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