Elena district business briefcase

The Chamber is hosting a lunch with the government

Members of the business community are invited to join the Helena Area Chamber of Commerce from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm on October 26 for a “Local Government Lunch” at the DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown.

Attendees will gain insights as representatives from the cities of Helena and East Helena, along with Lewis and Clark County, share updates on projects, progress and pressing issues shaping life, work and business in the community. There will be an opportunity to ask questions.

Register at https://cvent.me/51z8xL

DoubleTree by Hilton Helena Downtown is at 22 N. Last Chance Gulch.

Kueber passed the factory test

Garrett Kueber has passed the Certified Plant Specialist exam, the Montana Nursery and Landscaping Association announced.

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The exam tests knowledge of the principles and practices of horticulture and the identification of plants found in the region. Passing the exam requires a broad knowledge of the factors that affect plant health, as well as identifying different plant materials by scientific name. The CPP certification program has earned a reputation among horticulture professionals as a difficult exam.

Kueber is employed at Cashman Nursery in Bozeman.

“I started working at Tizer Botanical Garden and Arboretum in 2020 and discovered that I love plants. After exploring my other academic options at MSU, I turned to horticulture and it continued the passion I developed working at Tizer Gardens. From there I started working at Cashman Nursery and decided to make a career out of doing something I love.”

The Montana Nursery and Landscape Association is a nonprofit trade association of members from the United States and Canada.

The association works to provide education, information and professional development opportunities to its members. For more information, visit www.plantingmontana.com

Moratelli joins St. Pete

Saint Peter’s Health Medical Group welcomes new nurse practitioner Biliana Moratelli to its general surgery team.







Biliana Moratelli

Biliana Moratelli


Moratelli earned her master’s degree in nursing as an adult gerontology nurse practitioner from the University of South Florida. She received her Bachelor of Science in Nursing from St. Petersburg College.

Moratelli is board certified as a nurse practitioner in adult gerontology. She is a member of the American Nurse Practitioner Association and the American Nurses Credentialing Center. Her practice is located in St. Peter’s Health Group General Surgery – Maria Dean, at the east entrance of the Regional Medical Center.

The state’s unemployment rate was 2.7 percent in September

Montana’s unemployment rate of 2.7 percent in September was the 23rd straight month of unemployment below 3 percent, state officials said Friday.

The rate was 2.5% in August.

“Thanks to the hard work of job creators and our pro-jobs, pro-business policies, Montanans have more opportunities than ever to obtain and thrive in good-paying jobs, from high tech to the construction trades,” said Gianforte in a news release.

Montanans have created more than 8,400 jobs in 2023 and more than 40,000 jobs since Gianforte took office in 2021, his team said.

Montana’s workforce grew by more than 625 workers in September, adding more than 8,000 workers since the start of the year.

The unemployment rate in the country for September is 3.8%.

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