Announcement: Premium Content sections will only be available to subscribers as of June 1, 2013. If you are a subscriber please register for the site. Once you register for the site use the Change My Status link from the Premium Content menu to make sure we get your user status correct. If you are not a subscriber, you can become a subscriber for just $29 per year!
Stevenson and Sons Funeral Home in Miles City has been recognized as the 2011 Family Business of the Year. This flourishing family business has expanded through multiple generations to serving a significant portion of Montana and to include a number of different enterprises.
Frieling Agriculture Equipment, this year's Family Business Award winner in the "Very Small" category, is a business that totally epitomizes the iconic profile of small business in America. The Frieling Family started the company in 1995, in the basement of their family farm home, with no outside employees and only one single service line of sales – grain vacs. Gross first year sales totaled $12,500.
Montana Monster Munchies, LLC of Bozeman is the recipient of the 2011 Family Business award in the "new business" category.
The name Carisch is probably readily recognized in many communities in Montana in association with theaters. And, well it should be. Gerald F. Carisch was a significant player in the movie theater business in Montana for many years. His business story is one of ups and downs in a volatile industry that changed dramatically over his career. What he learned over those years, Carisch explained in "Eight Lessons of Business," which he conveyed to other business owners and their families/ employees at the Family Business Day Awards Luncheon in Bozeman.
Carisch is co-founder of Carisch, Inc., which today is mostly invested as an owner of 85 Arby franchises in seven states. Carisch, Inc. once owned and operated 95 movie theaters. It also once owned a medical transcription company, and still owns retail and office buildings.
Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC of Three Forks was recognized for its business achievement in a "special recognition" category of the 2011 Family Business Awards.
The company makes custom seat covers for vehicles.
Paul Lindsoe started Headwaters Seat Covers, LLC in 2006 with the simple idea of making the best fitting, most durable seat cover with everything a sportsman and outdoorsman would want, and to get it to them in a timely fashion. In starting the company, Lindsoe was very resourceful, utilizing resources like the Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC), Prospera Business Network (previously Gallatin Valley Development Corporation) and the Montana State University College of Business.
A long-held desire to live in the mountains brought Joe Billion to Bozeman to continue the legacy of a family business that this year is recognized as the Family Business of the Year in the "large business" category.
For almost three-quarters of a century the Harrington family has been growing Harrington Bottling Company of Butte, serving an every expanding area of southwestern Montana, an achievement for which they were recognized this year with the Family Business Awards, in the "old business" category.
Aadsen Ford in Ronan is the recipient of this year's Family Business of the Year in the "small business" category.
The late Don Aadsen established this successful dealership, following some ups and downs in the automotive industry. Since its establishment the business has seen three generations of the Aadsen family become involved with its continued growth.
The Big Sky Business Journal
P.O. Box 3262
Billings, MT 59103