Mar 1, 2012 6:10 PM by U.S. CHAMBER OF COMMERCE
Two Montana small businesses were named Blue Ribbon Small Business Award® winners today by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. The companies were recognized for their dedication to the principles of free enterprise and their contributions to restoring jobs and prosperity.
"The recipients of this year's Blue Ribbon Award excelled in business amid great uncertainty and thrived despite difficult economic times," said Thomas J. Donohue, U.S. Chamber president and CEO. "More important than profits, their successes have provided much-needed jobs and hope to the people in their communities."
The awards program, sponsored by Sam's Club®, honors companies that demonstrate excellent business practices in several areas, including strategy, employee development, community involvement, and customer service.
Montana Blue Ribbon winners include:
• Lakeland Feed and Supply - Hamilton, MT
• The Natural Baby Company - Bozeman, MT
"These award winners embody the spirit of American free enterprise," said Donohue. "Today, the Chamber celebrates the positive impact made by these Montana companies and is proud to recognize them for their outstanding achievements."
This year's 75 Blue Ribbon winners were selected from a record number of nationwide applicants and will be honored at America's Small Business Summit 2012, May 21-23, in Washington, D.C. On March 15, seven of the Blue Ribbon recipients will be announced as award finalists, and one will be named the DREAM BIG Small Business of the Year during the summit. The winner will be presented with a $10,000 cash prize courtesy of the U.S. Chamber.
Blue Ribbon businesses are also eligible for the Community Excellence Award, which will be decided in March through online public voting. In addition, 25 Free Enterprise Honorees were commended for their strong business practices and contributions to the economy.
To learn more about America's Small Business Summit, visit www.uschambersummit.com
The U.S. Chamber of Commerce is the world's largest business federation representing the interests of more than 3 million businesses of all sizes, sectors, and regions, as well as state and local chambers and industry associations.