Montana High School Business Challenge


Heading towards the finale of the spring semester, Anaconda is vying to sweep the top eight spots, and secure their place in the 3rd Annual Challenge Bowl.  For seven weeks, or ‘business quarter’ over 200 teams from across the state have been learning to manage a manufacturing company.  Starting with a stock price of $25/share, as they navigate every aspect of running a business, they are working towards having the highest stock price.

The top 16 teams for the year go head-to-head in the Challenge Bowl with teams shifting back to a stock price of $25/share.  They will complete four inputs, with each input representing one business quarter, in a matter of a few hours.  Each first place team member will receive $1,000 scholarship; second place team members will each receive a $750 scholarship; third place team members will each receive a $500 scholarship.  All other competitors receive a $100 scholarship.

Week 7 Leaders

  • Our Tunes (Anaconda) – $86.55/share
  • SABR (Melstone) – $85.98/share
  • Sound Deck (Anaconda) – $85.35/share
  • Blue Wolves (Anaconda) – $85.35/share
  • Ovonel (Anaconda) – $85.35/share
  • Boost (Anaconda) – $84.95/share
  • Gross (Anaconda) – $84.55/share
  • Mixr (Melstone) – $83.58/share


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 $100,000 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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Donation Total: $3,000

spring 2019 challenge coming soon!

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

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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.

Challenge Bowl

Challenge Bowl Slated for May 2019

The top eight teams from the Fall 2018 and Spring 2019 semesters will compete against each other in the 3rd Annual Business Challenge Bowl in May. 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.

Interested in serving as a mentor? Contact to learn more.

MT HSBC Business Advisor Overview


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


per student on the 1st Place Team

2nd Place Business Challenge Bowl Winner


per student on the 2nd Place Team

3rd Place Business Challenge Bowl Winner


per student on the 3rd Place Team

2017/2018 SPONSORS:

– Associated Employers
– Cloud Peak Energy
– First Interstate Bank
– Glacier Bancorp Inc.
– Montana State Fund
– NorthWestern Energy

– Charter Communications
– Tri-County Implement

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

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

– 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.

– 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