Success Stories

Company Hewed Success Despite Tumultuous Economy


During the collapse of the building industry in 2008 and 2009, while other lumber businesses were scaling back and even shutting down, Steve Marks, of Marks Lumber in Clancy, Montana, boldly invested in new equipment.  The outcome of this risky business move was the company’s strongest sales figures of the past decade, a 93% net revenue growth in 2010. 

As a result of the new equipment purchased, Marks’ capitalized on the devastating Mountain Pine Beetle infestation that took over the forests of Montana and the west.  Marks won a contract from the Montana Forest Service for forest fuel treatment of 900 acres and a 10 year 30,000 acre contract from the Bureau of Land Management.

As a third generation timberman, Marks started falling timber on neighboring ranches  at age 16.  Shortly after graduating high school, Marks started his first business buying stumpage and harvesting timber to sell to mills in western Montana.

Then came the crash... Read More

Revolutionizing the Diaper Industry from Bozeman, MT

Kim Ormsby, CEO and President of The Natural Baby Company, has been named SBA’s 2010 Montana Small Business Person of the Year.

After being laid off as a corporate exec in 2001, Ormsby started an online retail store called “Montana’s Diaper Store” from her laundry room.  Montana’s Diaper Store grew each year and today, it is known as “The Natural Baby Company”.

The Natural Baby Company now carries their own label of cloth diapers, has catapulted the growing industry forward and is emerging as one of the top-selling cloth diapers in the global market. 

Ormsby was forced to switch to cloth diapers as her oldest daughter had eczema, a common skin problem that can be exacerbated by the drying capabilities of disposables, as well as the chemicals found in them.  At that time cloth diapers were hard to find and Ormsby decided to start the online store and sell her favorite cloth diaper brand, plus some toys and other infant and toddler products.  She became... Read More