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Big Sky Commerce: A Year for the Books!

2023 was a year filled with significant milestones for Big Sky Commerce and a renewed focus on supporting the businesses that fuel our communities.

Two Decades Strong: This year marked our 20th anniversary! We’ve navigated the ever-evolving world of payments, from the rise of online shopping to the emerging possibilities of fintech. Seeing businesses grow alongside us has been an incredibly rewarding journey.

Welcome Back, L.A. Design: We were thrilled to reconnect with L.A. Design, a valued client who returned to Big Sky Commerce after a brief absence. Their return testifies to the quality of our service and our dedication to building long-lasting partnerships.

Supporting Local Heroes: Giving back to our community is core to our values. This year, we recognized the hardworking educators, and all that they do, at Hellgate Elementary by holding a teacher appreciation breakfast. Making a positive impact on those who educate our future generation is truly meaningful.

From Restaurant to Food Truck: We helped Sa Wad Dee, a beloved local restaurant, embrace change by facilitating their smooth transition into a food truck. Our flexible payment solutions empowered them to take their delicious Thai cuisine on the road and reach new customers.

Embracing Innovation: We didn’t stop at celebrating past achievements. 2023 was also about proactively exploring the latest fintech advancements. By constantly learning and adapting, we ensure our clients have access to the most secure and innovative payment solutions available.

Eyes on the Future: As we enter 2024, we do so with gratitude for our clients, partners, and the incredible community we serve. We’re excited to see what the future holds and remain committed to being the trusted payment processing partner for businesses that dream big.

Thank you for being part of the Big Sky Commerce journey. Together, we’ll continue building bridges, processing transactions, and making a difference in the years to come!

Client Spotlight: Morgenroth Music

We’re excited to highlight yet another incredible, local Big Sky Commerce client—Morgenroth Music. If you or someone close to you is a musician, chances are you’ve paid them a visit.

Morgenroth has been operating as the only full-line music store in Western Montana since 1985, providing a wide range of services from beginners’ music lessons to expert tuning for seasoned professionals. With music being such an integral part of our community, it’s no wonder that Morgenroth has become such a staple.

We’ve been proud to work with Morgenroth for years now, providing a range of payment processing solutions. They enjoy state-of-the-art POS and payment gateway solutions on top of automated recurring payments for their instrument rentals. When it comes to high ticket items like grand pianos and fragile instruments, Morgenroth can always trust us to deliver secure payment systems and pick up the phone whenever they have questions.

If you’re a new musician in Missoula, we encourage you to check out Morgenroth.

Welcoming New Team Members to the Big Sky Commerce Team

We were thrilled to expand the Big Sky Commerce team in 2021 with the addition of Tim Sweeney and Jordan Nelson. Between Tim’s expertise in the industry and Jordan’s fresh outlook on business and marketing, they’ve already become incredible assets to our clients and staff members.

Tim is our newest Account Executive, and he began working at Big Sky Commerce in May 2021. He worked for the largest merchant processing company in the world for over 16 years prior to joining our team, and now he appreciates our family-owned and community-driven mission more than ever. Tim moved to Missoula in 1978 to complete his college education and immediately found himself at home—when he’s not at work you can often find him golfing, recreating outside or cheering on the Griz.

Jordan began working as our Marketing Intern in September 2021. She grew up in Bigfork and came to Missoula to attend the University of Montana, where she fell in love with the unbeatable access to outdoor recreation. After studying marketing and business in school, she felt like Big Sky Commerce was a great place to start gaining experience. Like Tim (and the rest of our team), Jordan loves the community-oriented outlook at Big Sky Commerce.

It’s been great having Tim and Jordan join us this past year, and we can’t wait to see what else they bring to the team in 2022.

Client Spotlight: Pink Grizzly

The Big Sky Commerce team is excited to be serving yet another Missoula business: Pink Grizzly. You may know this small business as your go-to for Christmas trees and wreaths in the winter, plant starts in the spring, landscaping necessities in the summer, or all the above and more. Pink Grizzly is a year-round greenhouse and beloved Missoula business that’s been serving our community since 1987. The owner, Shane Clouse, runs the business with the help of his family, who made Missoula home in the 1950s.

Pink Grizzly was originally working with a big out-of-state processor that couldn’t offer local representation and hands-on customer support, so they decided to switch things up. We took them on as a client in Spring 2021 and were thrilled to lower their fee structure and streamline their payment processing right away.

For Shane, working with a local company has made all the difference. He explained, “Big Sky Commerce provides us with very competitive processing rates and, more importantly, provides our business with immediate, family-style services when we need help. Their representatives give you attentive services you can’t find through a call center!”

We look forward to working with Pink Grizzly for years to come, and we encourage everyone to swing by this holiday season and pick out the perfect Christmas tree and wreath for their home! You might just catch one of our team members there doing the same thing.   

Helping to Keep Reserve St. Clean with the Big Sky Commerce Team

Everyone on the Big Sky Commerce team is grateful to live and work in a place like Missoula, and that’s why we make time to give back. After raising their two children and starting a business in Missoula, owners Kevin and Carolyn feel especially passionate about keeping their community happy and healthy for generations to come.

One way our team decided to give back is by “adopting” and maintaining the N. Reserve portion of US Hwy 93 in Missoula. Big Sky Commerce adopted this section back in 2019, and we’ve been organizing trash cleanups and caring for the landscape ever since. We love this ongoing project because it’s not just big box stores on N. Reserve—teachers, medical personnel, small businesses, young families, and retirees live and work along this stretch.  

You can spot folks from our team cleaning up the highway 2-4 times a year, and we hope our efforts inspire other businesses and organizations in Missoula to give back in their own way as well.

Client Spotlight: Gull Ski and Snowboard

We love working with our local clients, getting to know their business or organization, and watching as they grow and evolve with Missoula. Today, we’re especially excited to recognize a longtime client and quintessential Missoula business: Gull Ski and Snowboard.

We started working with Gull Ski and Snowboard back in 2008. They needed a way to accept electronic payments and manage gift cards, and we got them set up with a POS system that met their needs. Fast forward 13 years, and we’re still happy to be working with this amazing Missoula business and supporting them in any way we can.

This year we’re celebrating Gull Ski and Snowboard’s 70th anniversary AND the well-earned retirement of former owner Bob Anderson. Longtime employee Nichole McKittrick and her husband have taken over the business, and we couldn’t be more thrilled to work with them.

As we get closer to ski and snowboard season, we encourage everyone to check out Gull Ski and Snowboard for the best gear and expert advice. Their staff is passionate about winter recreation and ready to help skiers and snowboarders of all levels get ready for the season.

Cheers to 70 years and a great ski season!

Determining The Best Merchant Service Provider For Your Business: Do Your Research And Ask Around

Merchants are being bombarded almost daily by phone calls and emails from payment processors trying to win their business. Processors may offer rates that seem lower than what you are currently paying. Be sure to read the fine print before changing processors. We have had merchants leave us for “the better deal” only to return once they found out that the deal was not quite as good as they expected. Before changing processors, do your homework. Read their online industry reviews. See what others are saying about them. Make sure they intend to support your business needs throughout the contract period.

Big Sky Commerce is proud of its current merchant and online reviews. We have an A+ Rating with the Better Business Bureau as well as several others across the internet, including Merchant Maverick and Free Merchant Account.

Recently, Big Sky Commerce received an A rating from Card Payment Options. All reviews for Big Sky Commerce talk specifically about our great rates and excellent customer service. Don’t be swayed by processors who get you hooked and move on. Be a savvy business person. Do your research. You’ll be glad you did!

Changes in Farm Bill Affect Retailers Processing EBT Cards

In April of this year, all retail merchants who traditionally accepted Electronic Benefit Transfer (EBT) transactions from customers through the USDA Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) were advised that, as a result of the 2014 Farm Bill, FNS will no longer underwrite their processing costs or provide EBT credit card terminals. Starting September 21st of this year, merchants accepting EBT cards may need to purchase a new credit card terminal and/or find a new merchant service provider to process their EBT transactions.

Big Sky Commerce has worked with EBT Merchants for many years and has become a resource for transitioning EBT merchants. This is a crucial and stressful time for merchants who are busy growing their businesses to have to deal with upgrading their credit card terminal and change processors. Big Sky Commerce is here to assist merchants through this process by making their transition as seamless as possible.

If you know a merchant who needs help securing merchant services or EBT processing equipment, please refer them to Big Sky Commerce at 406-327-0611. We can help get their questions answered and advise them on the correct equipment to continue processing EBT transactions.

Montana Hospital Association selects Big Sky Commerce as Preferred Merchant Service Provider

Missoula, MT — The Montana Hospital Association (MHA) based in Helena, Montana has selected Big Sky Commerce as the preferred Merchant Service Provider for its members. MHA member hospitals and clinics in Montana will be able to enjoy significant savings in payment processing services with Big Sky Commerce. “Recommending a local solution for merchant services for our members only makes sense,” states Mike Roberts, Director of Business Development for MHA Ventures. “Big Sky Commerce offers us that solution while focusing on quality customer care and a very competitive rate structure for all aspects of payment processing. They are knowledgeable in the industry representing all major credit card brands and we really appreciate the opportunity to work with a Montana business.” Members of Montana Hospital Association now have access to streamlined methods of accepting all forms of electronic payments, whether it be in the office, through a secure website, or in a mobile environment. Kevin Davis, President of Big Sky Commerce, notes that “to be designated the preferred Merchant Service provider for MHA is an incredible honor. We look forward to working closely with their membership to provide the best possible options for payment processing. Electronic payment processing, along with better efficiencies in accounts receivable, have become more prevalent in the healthcare industry. Big Sky Commerce is excited to offer competitive pricing bundles, exceptional local service, and secure payment processing solutions to members of MHA.” Members of MHA may contact Big Sky Commerce directly to obtain preferred pricing on merchant accounts and payment processing solutions.