Chris Parson has been awarded the Small Business Development Center Excellence and Innovation Award by the Montana US
Small Business Administration (SBA).
Rachel Carlyle Edington has been named 2013 SBA Small Business Person of the Year for a business with fewer than 10 employees.
Gluten Free Mama Kitchen, LLC, Polson, manufactures and sells gluten free flours and product mixes to grocery stores and health food retailers throughout the United States. Rachel Carlyle Edington started Gluten Free Mama in 2006 in her home and currently has a separate warehouse facility in Polson that employs 5 people.
A Midwest sandwich chain is heading west, and Billings is one of the first cities on its expansion list.
A company press release states that Erbert & Gerbert's Sandwich Shop, plans to add three locations in Billings by the end of 2014. The company plans to add 10 locations total in Montana over the next year.
Serena Rundberg has been named as the 2013 Small Business Person of the Year for a business with 10 to 29 employees.
After a successful 12 year career in software sales in California, Serena Rundberg started The Nova Café in 2005 in downtown Bozeman.
Julie Brubaker and Inga Lake have been named as 2013 SBA Small Business Persons of the Year for a business with more than 30 employees.
Brubaker and Lake opened the doors of Agape Home Care, Inc. in December 2007 in Kalispell, Montana. When Agape began serving clients, they had three employees, and five short years later they have grown to more than 70 employees and their client base has skyrocketed to more than 250.
The friendliness of Billings, as well as the status of Montana as a state with the second highest potential for wind energy, has netted the community a new manufacturing business.
Taisei Techno America Inc., recently formed as a Montana corporation and the US subsidiary of a $50 million- Japanese company, plans to manufacture and assemble a unique wind turbine, under contract with Rhyno Stinchfield, CEO of GreenWorld Partners, Billings.
Joe Billion of J. C. Billion, Inc. has been named as the 2013 SBA Small Business Person of the Year for Montana.
Joe Billion started J.C. Billion, Inc. in 1978 when he and his father purchased a General Motors dealership in Bozeman. Since
then Joe Billion has become sole owner of J.C. Billion, Inc. and now includes four auto dealerships and two complementary
businesses, Billion Auto Body & Executive Detail and Eco Joe's Car Wash.
The Suds Hut... a regional landmark for a third of a century, a belfry for those seeking a scrumptious meal of broasted chicken or palate pleasing shrimp — an ice cold beer, a glass of wine or a cocktail.
The Suds Hut, prior to 1976, was known as the Frontier Club. Enter Chuck Schmidt - he bought it, and changed the name to The Suds Hut. With the beer and wine license secured, Schmidt developed a menu that generates envy among food service establishments; and wa-la, we have a household word: The Suds Hut.
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