Headframe Spirits wins Small Business Majority’s 2016 Community Development Award

Montana Standard

by Montana Standard Staff

Sen. Jon Tester presented Headframe Spirits co-owner Courtney McKee with an award this week in recognition of the distillery’s efforts to give back to the community.

The presentation came during the Small Business Majority’s 2016 Small Business Leadership Summit in Washington D.C.

The organization’s Community Development Award is for small-business owners who go above and beyond to give back to their community by using business as a tool for community development.

Since 2012 Headframe has had a gross economic impact of over $7 million in Butte and has donated nearly $150K to the community, according to a news release.

“Montana is a great place to start and grow a business,” said Tester. “Headframe Spirits has proven that with hard work, common sense, and a commitment to the fine folks in Butte, America, you can thrive in Big Sky Country.”

McKee said: “We’ve built a business – two actually – that embrace and further a vision for economic development in our community.”

“We’re proud to have created 26 jobs and counting,” she continued. “Living in a place that’s gone from 100,000 to 35,000 residents, we’ve got great opportunities to re-imagine our place in the world, and every one of those jobs is incredibly valuable.”

The summit brought together more than 150 small business leaders from across the country to the nation’s capital to interact with policymakers, members of the media, issue experts and senior members of the Obama administration. The purpose of the summit was to emphasize small business’ role in public policy conversations.

Headframe Spirits was joined at the summit by the Montana Governor’s Office of Economic Development and Small Business Advocate Andy Shirtliff.