Montana High School Business Challenge

In partnership with Reach Higher Montana and the Montana Council on Economic Education, the Montana Chamber Foundation coordinates the Montana High School Business Challenge, the leading program in Montana for teaching business concepts.

This business simulation runs for eight weeks each semester, spring and fall. Since its inception in 2000, more than 20,000 students have participated, with over $80,000 in scholarships awarded. Despite its name, the competition is not limited to high school students, with primary schools and higher education institutions participating as well.

The Montana High School Business Challenge not only educates future generations about owning and operating a business, but piques interest in entrepreneurship. We encourage you to support future generations of entrepreneurs through sponsorship of this competition.

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How It Works & How to Compete

Students form teams of two to five students. Each week, they make all the operating decisions for their simulated business which manufactures and markets a Digital Music Player. The decision inputs are then matched against the other teams in the competition as all teams “go to market”, competing against one another.

Each week of classroom decisions represents a business quarter. The game runs for eight weeks during a semester, or the equivalent of two years in their business cycle. Students make decisions in:

  • Research and Development
  • Marketing and Advertising
  • Production and Inventory
  • Pricing
  • Ethics
  • Cash Flow Analysis
  • Hiring and Firing
  • Financing and Debt Management

Each week (business quarter), the MCEE game administrator collects the team decisions, evaluates them against “competitors” (other teams), computes the sales for that quarter, and returns the results to the teams, who then make new decisions. Each team starts with a stock price of $25/share. The final stock price is based on:

  • Total Profits
  • Profit Trends
  • Return on Sales
  • Stock Price and Dividends
  • Good Corporate Citizen
  • Mini-Cases

Instructor Resources

Each week (business quarter), the MCEE game administrator collects the team decisions, evaluates them against “competitors” (other teams), computes the sales for that quarter, and returns the results to the teams, who then make new decisions. Each team starts with a stock price of $25/share. The final stock price is based on:

The top eight teams from the fall and spring semesters compete against each other in the Business Challenge Bowl the last Saturday in April. Teams are assigned a Business Mentor from their community who will be available to discuss business acumen and offer assistance as needed. Teams complete four inputs (equivalent to decisions made throughout four business quarters) and final team standings are based upon final stock price.

Participants from the first place team will each receive a $1,000 scholarship. Second place finishers receive a $750 scholarship each; third place team members each receive a $500 scholarship. Teams not finishing in the top three will receive a $100 scholarship per student. Other scholarships are awarded for finishing in the top quartile of stock prices and for realizing the largest stock price rebound from the mid-point of the competition until the final week. These scholarships are awarded at the conclusion of the fall semester and the spring semester. Team members receive a $100 scholarship each.

The Montana Chamber Foundation is pleased to partner with Reach Higher Montana to coordinate and leverage these awards. Winners are also presented with recognition plaques at a ceremony in their community. Teachers of the top team each semester are also recognized and rewarded.

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Absarokee
Augusta
Bainville
Baker
Belfry
Belgrade
Big Timber
Bigfork
Billings Alternative
Billings Career Center
Billings Central
Billings Christian
Billings Senior
Billings Skyview
Billings West
Bonner Middle School
Boulder (Jefferson High)
Box Elder
Bozeman
Bozeman Home School
Brady
Broadview
Browning
Butte
Cascade
Chinook
Circle
Clyde Park
Colstrip
Columbia Falls
Columbus
Conrad
Corvallis
Culbertson
Cut Bank
Darby
Drummond
Dutton
Ekalaka
Ennis
Fairfield
Forsyth
Fort Benton
Frazer
Froid
Fromberg
Geraldine
Geyser
Glasgow
Glendive
Grass Range
Great Falls Central
Great Falls CMR
Great Falls High
Great Falls Home Schoolers
Hamilton
Hardin
Havre
Hays-Lodgepole
Helena Capital
Helena Christian
Helena High
Heritage Christian (Bozeman)
Hindsdale
Hobson
Hot Springs
Huntley Project
Hysham
Joliet
Jordan
Judith Gap
Kalispell (Flathead)
Kalispell (Glacier)
Lambert
Laurel
Lavina
Lewistown
Libby
Lincoln
Livingston (Park Co.)
Livingston Home Schoolers
Lone Peak
Malta
Manhattan
Manhattan Christian
Melstone
Miles City
Mission Valley Christian
Missoula Big Sky
Missoula Hellgate
Missoula Loyola
Missoula Sentinel
Montana Tech
North Star (Rudyard)
North Toole (Sunburst)
Park City
Park Home Schoolers
Petra Academy (Bozeman)
Plains
Plentywood
Plevna
Polson
Power
Rapelje
Red Lodge
Reed Point
Richey
Riverside
Roberts
Rocky Boy
Ronan
Rosebud
Roundup
Ryegate
Saco
Savage
Seeley Lake
Shelby
Shepherd
Sheridan
Shields Valley
Sidney
Simms
St. Labre
St. Regis
Superior
Terry
Townsend
Troy
Turner
Twin Bridges
Valley Christian
Victor
Westby
White Sulphur Springs
Whitefish
Winifred
Winnett

Scholarships

The Montana Chamber Foundation, in partnership with Reach Higher Montana, offers the following scholarships each semester to teams that participate in HSBC. The scholarships are for post-high school education to any two or four year institution.

Business Challenge Bowl Participants not placing in the top three will receive $100 per student.

Top Quartile Drawing

Awarded to students on a team that finishes in the top 25%, determined by a random drawing of the top quartile teams. Business Challenge Bowl teams are excluded from the drawing. $100 per student on this team.

Most Improved Team

Awarded to the team members that improve the most from the 4th week until the final 8th week in the semester $100 per student on this team

1st Place Business Challenge Bowl Winner

$1,000

per student on the 1st Place Team

2nd Place Business Challenge Bowl Winner

$750

per student on the 2nd Place Team

3rd Place Business Challenge Bowl Winner

$500

per student on the 3rd Place Team

"Chair of the Board" Level
Associated Employers of Montana
Cloud Peak Energy
EBMS
First Interstate BancSystem
Flathead Lake Lodge (Auction)
Glacier Bancorp
Montana State Fund
NorthWestern Energy

"Major Stockholder" Level
Alaska Airlines (Auction)
Blackfoot Telephone Cooperative
Brown Ranches
Delta Airlines (Auction)
Gianforte Family Foundation
Republic Services
Tri-County Implement

"CEO" Level
3 Rivers Communications
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
BNSF Railway
Davidson Companies
Marks-Miller Post & Pole
PayneWest Insurance
PrintingForLess.com
Sacajawea Inn
Spika Design & Mfg.
Stillwater Mining
Town Pump Hotel Group

"Vice-President" Level
Arrow Solutions Group, Inc.
Berg Garage
Best Western Great Northern Hotel (Auction)
Buffalo Hill Golf Club (Auction)
Consumer Direct Healthcare
Cottonwood Inn & Suites (Auction)
Darigold
Eagle Bend Golf Club (Auction)
Ed & Marilyn Bartlett
Fairmont Hot Springs Resort (Auction)
Hilton Garden Inn - Kalispell (Auction)
Hilton Garden Inn - Missoula (Auction)
LyCox Enterprise, Inc.
Meadow Lake Golf Course (Auction)
Midland Claims Service, Inc.
Montana Health Solutions
Montana Independent Bankers
Moody's Market
Northern Pines Golf Club (Auction)
Red Lion Hotel - Kalispell (Auction)
Sletten Construction
Spika Welding & Manufacturing
Wyo-Ben, Inc.

"Manager" Level
ALPS Corporation
Ballard Petroleum Holdings, LLC
Berg Garage
Bigfork Montana Chamber of Commerce of Commerce
Billman's Inc.
Connie Prewitt
Electrical Consultants, Inc.
Electrical Consultants, Inc.
First Madison Valley Bank (Auction)
Freeman & MacLean
Kramer Enterprises
Holiday Inn - Bozeman (Auction)
LC Staffing
LyCox Enterprise
Marks-Miller Post & Pole
Montana Independent Bankers Assn.
Montana Milling, Inc.
Montana State University (Auction)
Rocky Mountain Contractors
Simms Fishing
Spika & Bantz, CPAs
University of Montana (Auction)
VisionNet
Wild West Shirt Company

"Shareholder" Level
Carroll College (Auction)
Crowley Fleck Attorneys
ExxonMobil
Fort Peck Dinner Theatre (Auction)
Great Falls College MSU
Loren & Michelle Brown
Nicholson, Inc.
Nite Owl Restaurant (Auction)
Power Townsend
Silver Star Steakhouse (Auction)