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Six businesses win 2010 Montana Family Business awards

September 8, 2010 -- MSU News Service

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Businesses from Billings, Bozeman, Fairfield, Great Falls and Havre are the winners of the 2010 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 2010 Montana State University College of Business State Farm Insurance Family Business Day, set for Friday, Sept. 24, at the Holiday Inn in Bozeman.

The 2010 top family businesses in Montana are: TwoMedicine Health & Financial Fitness of Bozeman in the very small business category (fewer than 10 employees); Red Rock Power, Inc. of Havre in the small business category (10 to 30 employees); Montana Merchandising, Inc. of Great Falls in the medium business category (30-50 employees); BioScience Laboratories, Inc. of Bozeman in the large business category (more than 50 employees); Teton Banks of Fairfield in the old business category (at least 50 years); and Agri-Best Feeds, Inc. of Billings in the new business category (operating 10 years or less).

Kathy Stark, co-founder of Starky's Authentic Americana in Bozeman, will be the keynote speaker at a luncheon held prior to the awards ceremony. Stark's presentation, "Back from the Blast: Comeback Strategies for Success," will tell how the small family restaurant has seen tragedy and success. Stark is expected to discuss the challenges her business faced following an explosion that destroyed their building, the comeback strategies they implemented and the importance of their unique mission statement.

A $20 registration is required to attend the keynote luncheon. For more information or to make a reservation, call Karen Beach at 994-6796 or e-mail

The Montana Family Business program is in its 17th 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