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.

Heritage Christian Wins 2018 Challenge Bowl

Click here for press release.
Click here for press release from Spring 2018 HSBC winners.
Click here for press release from Fall 2017 winners – the other Great Eight in the “Sweet Sixteen” Challenge Bowl!

Click here to view all 2018 Challenge Bowl Final Stock Prices.

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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. The Challenge Bowl incorporates four inputs (equivalent of a year in business) into a single day.

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 input (representing a 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

If you are an educator interested in offering the Montana High School Business Challenge to your high school or college age students, please contact our partner, the Montana Council on Economic Education. Below are rlevant materials for the class.

Challenge Bowl

See above for Heritage Christian, Winners of the Challenge Bowl!

The top eight teams from the fall and spring semesters competed against each other in the 2nd Annual Business Challenge Bowl May 2. Teams were assigned a Business Mentor from their community to provide business acumen and offer assistance as needed. Teams completed four inputs (equivalent to decisions made throughout four business quarters) and final team standings were based upon final stock price.

Participants from the first place team each received a $1,000 scholarship. Second place finishers received a $750 scholarship each; third place team members each received a $500 scholarship. Teams not finishing in the top three received a $100 scholarship per student.

Other scholarships were 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 were awarded at the conclusion of the fall semester and the spring semester. Team members received a $100 scholarship each.

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

Interested in serving as a mentor next Challenge Bowl? Contact Stacye@MontanaChamber.com to learn more.

MT HSBC Business Advisor Overview

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

2017/2018 SPONSORS

CHAIR OF THE BOARD
– Associated Employers
– Cloud Peak Energy
– EBMS
– First Interstate Bank
– Glacier Bancorp Inc.
– Montana State Fund
– NorthWestern Energy

MAJOR STOCKHOLDER
– Charter Communications
– Tri-County Implement

CEO
– Blackfoot
– CHS
– Kaufmann’s Overhead Door
– McDonald’s of Bozeman
– Olson Family Foundation
– PayneWest Insurance
– Steve Arntzen
– Washington Co.

VICE-PRESIDENT
– Michael Best & Friedrich
– Midland Claims Service
– Wood’s Powr-Grip

MANAGER
– Columbus IGA Plus
– Connie Prewitt
– Dax Schieffer
– Ed Bartlett
– Ink Realty Group
– Jim Stipcich
– Marks-Miller Post & Pole
– Monida Healthcare Network
– Niles Hushka
– PrintingForLess
– Wild West Shirt Company
– Yellowstone Valley Parts & Equip.

SHAREHOLDER
– Bequet Confections
– Courtney Kibblewhite
– Industrial Automation Consulting
– Jake’s Garage
– Katrina & Dustin Delridge
– Linda Shaw Meuret/Music Maker’s Conservatory
– Loren & Michelle Brown
– Montana Milling
– Nicholson Inc.
– Northwest Tower
– PacificSource Health Plans
– Power Townsend
– Schellinger Construction Co.
– Steve Holland
– Susan Wolff
– Three Rivers Bank
– Webb & Kathy Brown
– Western Outdoor