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After recognizing a great love for her salsas in the community of Bozeman, Claudia Krevat started Claudia’s Mesa in 2009. At the time, Claudia was working as a designer for a local flooring business and she gifted her salsa to her construction clientele. She would arrive at construction sites dressed in her Latin-Caribbean flare and offer chips and salsa to the construction workers. Claudia, along with her salsa, quickly became a local favorite and she recognized a greater opportunity for her salsas.

She started to sell her salsas in local grocery stores and began teaching cooking classes, which helped her develop her brand and credibility. Today, Claudia’s Mesa offers a unique line of marinades, chutneys, salsas and dips. She also features pop-up events and cooking classes, which have become the most thriving part of her business.

As a young child growing up in Barranquilla, Columbia, Claudia spent most her time in the kitchen helping the family cook of three... Read More

Lessons to be Learned from Tanya Chemodurow of Abatement Contractors of Montana

After eight years, Tanya Chemodurow finally has a place to hang her kimono. 

 

Sitting in Tanya’s very modern office at Abatement Contractors of Montana, LLC, with a kimono hanging on the wall, it’s hard to believe she started in an old 100 square foot apartment building in East Missoula.  Touring her new 6,000 square foot facility, Tanya’s passion and devotion for the business she has developed from the ground up is evident. 

 

Chemodurow is an SBA all-star.   She’s received an SBA 504 loan through Montana Community Finance Corporation, became 8(a) certified for federal contracting and graduated from SBA’s e200 Emerging Leaders program. 

 

“All really go hand-in-hand,” said Chemodurow.  

 

She learned about the 8(a) program while attending a PTAC (Procurement Technical Assistance Center) conference.  SBA’s 8(a) Business Development program is a nine-year program established to assist eligible socially and economically... Read More

Joe Billion, of J.C. Billion, Inc., has been named the Montana Small Business Person of the Year for 2013 by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

Billion was nominated for the honor by David Ely, President/CEO, Energy Design Service Systems.

J.C. Billion, Inc. was started by Joe Billion in 1978, when he and his father purchased a General Motors dealership in Bozeman, Mont. Eventually, Joe took over sole ownership of the company. Over the past 30 years, Joe has grown the company significantly. J.C. Billion, Inc. now includes four auto dealerships, J.C. Billion Nissan, J.C. Billion GMC/Buick, J.C. Billion Dodge and Billion Livingston, and two additional businesses, Billion Auto Body & Executive Detail and Eco Joe's Car Wash.

When J.C. Billion, Inc. opened in 1978 it had a total of 32 full time and two part time employees. As the sales grew and the business expanded, the number of employees also increased. Today, the company employs a total of 133... Read More

SBA STEPping Up to Help Montana Businesses Export

Did you know 95% of the world’s consumers live outside of the United States?  That is why it’s so important for small businesses to explore the opportunity of exporting their product(s) and/or continuing to expand their existing global markets.  Exporting helps bring new revenue into Montana which helps our business community sustain and grow, supports other local businesses and creates good local jobs.

In 2011, Montana businesses exported $2.46 billion worth of products and services to countries like Canada, Republic of Korea, Mexico, China, Japan and many more. 

The President has a goal to double U.S. exports and give America a stronger competitive edge in the global market. To build on this goal, as authorized under the Small Business Jobs Act of 2010, the U.S. Small Business Administration initiated a pilot grant program called the STEP (State Trade and Export Promotion) Program.  This program, administered by the Montana Department of Commerce, aims to increase... Read More

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