Missoula Fresh Market to celebrate grand opening

Missoula Fresh Market will hold grand opening celebrations for their new stores Wednesday, May 27, from 3-6 p.m. and Saturday, May 30, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

The celebrations will include barbecued and smoked food, contests and games. A charity shopping spree contest between six local charities will kick off a three-week contest that shoppers can sign up to participate in.

“We’re excited to get to know our shoppers better over the next few weeks and show them what Missoula Fresh Market is all about,” said co-owner Craig Holtet. “We have some great activities planned and think everyone is going to have a lot of fun.”

The May 27 celebration is at 3801 S. Reserve St., with a ribbon cutting at 3:45 p.m., and the May 30 celebration will be at 800 W. Broadway.

The locally owned and operated store offers a wide product selection with 800 new specialty items, including organic and gluten-free options, more than 400 wine and beer choices and a full Montana Made product offering with more than 500 items as well as popular brands like Western Family and Full Circle, a high quality and affordable organic brand, all at competitive prices. For more information, visit missoulafm.com.

State awards Collection Bureau Services approved vendor status for debt-collection services

Collection Bureau Services Inc. announced last week that it has been chosen by the state of Montana as an approved vendor for debt collection services. The state issued a request for proposal in October. Vendors from across the nation submitted proposals. Based on a rigorous scoring calculation, CBS was easily the highest performing applicant, netting 987 out of a possible 1,000 points. The nearest competitor received 699 points.

According to CBS President Jeffrey J. Koch, this is the second consecutive award for CBS, which also was the high scorer in a similar RFP issued in 2007. Under Montana law, each award is valid for up to seven years.

As an approved vendor for the state, any government entity that is a public procurement unit can take advantage of the award and use CBS for debt collection without having to go through a new RFP or other approval process. Most state, county and city government units qualify.

Missoula city and county agencies, as well as any businesses needing collection services, are welcome to contact CBS with questions about how the agency can best serve their needs, with the assurance that they will be receiving the best collection services available in the state.

Established in 1976, CBS has offices in Billings, Kalispell and Missoula. CBS is a full-service collection agency handling all manner of debt collection. CBS is committed to remaining a Montana-based company and focuses on clients in the state. Its 26 employees, comprised of collection agents, attorneys, legal assistants, clerical staff and customer service representatives, are among the most experienced in the nation.

Deb Blong of Opportunity Resources named Direct Support Professional for Montana

On May 5, the American Network of Community Options and Resources  recognized Deb Blong of Opportunity Resources Inc. in Missoula, Montana as the Direct Support Professional of the Year.

“We at Opportunity Resources are proud of Deb. The award shows the dedication she has to support people with disabilities and reflects the quality of services provided by our organization,” said Jesse Dunn, Opportunity Resources CEO who was with Deb as she received her award presented at the 2015 ANCOR Annual Conference: Ignite! in Arlington, VA.

ANCOR received hundreds of nominations highlighting DSPs from across the nation and Deb Blong stood out for her “ innate ability to understand, honor, and support each individual’s right to self-determination in her 20 years working at ORI,” according to Annette Beckham, Assistant Director of Congregate Living. Nominees are judged on the work they’ve done to build social networks, substantive community participation and advocating for the people they serve.