Graduation Year

2015

Graduation Month

May

Document Type

Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelor of Science

School or Department

Business School

Major

Management Information Systems

Faculty Mentor

Dr. David Firth

Faculty Mentor Department

Business School

Keywords

Bitcoin, Credit Cards, Small Business, Virtual, Currency, Business

Subject Categories

Entrepreneurial and Small Business Operations

Abstract

This research paper discusses my findings in assisting Lake Missoula Tea Company become one of the first businesses in Missoula, Montana to accept Bitcoin, a virtual currency, as payment. First, I will offer a background of how Bitcoin technology works, and draw on notable historical issues to better understand its evolution, leading up to how it is currently used. I will explore possible economic benefits realized through utilizing Bitcoin in a business environment, such as transaction fee savings through substitution of traditional credit card processors, alleviating security and privacy issues, as well as publicity and marketing benefits. Serious roadblocks of the applicable usefulness of Bitcoin for a business are also discussed, based on my experience with Lake Missoula Tea Company and other examples. I hope to educate the small business sector on the risks and rewards of virtual currency, as well as enabling them to properly accept and process it as payment for goods or services.

Honors College Research Project

Yes

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