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Six businesses win 2009 Montana Family Business awards

September 1, 2009 -- MSU News Service

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Businesses from Fairfield, Bozeman, Missoula, Helena, Anaconda and Chinook are winners of the 2009 Montana Family Business awards.

The businesses, which range in size from fewer than 10 employees to more than 50, will receive their awards at the 2009 Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Sept. 25, at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

The 2009 top family businesses in Montana are: Treasure State Seed of Fairfield in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees); Colombo's Pizza of Bozeman in the small business category (10 to 30 employees); Axmen of Missoula in the medium business category (30 to 50 employees); Diamond Construction of Helena in the large business category (more than 50 employees); Jamieson Motors, Inc. of Chinook in the old business category (operating for at least 50 years); and Giddy Up Tack & Feed of Anaconda in the new business category (operating 10 years or less.)

"It is wonderful to be able to recognize exemplary family businesses that have all shown a commitment to customer service, family values and diversification to satisfy the needs of their markets, often in challenging situations," said Nancy Dodd, director of the Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business program and a professor of management.

Dean Folkvord, chief executive officer of Wheat Montana Farms and Bakery, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held prior to the awards ceremony. Wheat Montana won a Family Business award in 1994. Entrepreneur Magazine named Folkvord the Montana Entrepreneur of the Year in 1996 and, in 1997, the Montana Small Business Person of the Year.

A $20 registration is required to attend the event. For more information or to make a reservation, call Karen Beach at 994-6797 or e-mail familybusiness@montana.edu.

The Montana Family Business program is in its 16th year. The MSU College of Business and State Farm Insurance, in honor of Robert Jaedicke, host the program. Stockman Bank underwrote the awards, with additional support for the program provided by the Montana Chamber of Commerce.

Audrey Lee, (406) 994-7026 or Audrey.lee@montana.edu