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MT SBA resource partners to help service members

News from MT Department of Commerce    MONTANA — The Montana Small Business Development Center network recently completed a first-of-its-kind Veteran Ready Business Advisor training with the COMMIT Foundation, a national nonprofit working to change the narrative around veteran transition.  Delivered in partnership with the Big Sky Veterans Business Outreach Center, SBDC advisors and resource partners expanded their cross-cultural awareness to better serve their veteran clients transitioning to small business ownership in Montana. “As Montana’s economy continues to recover from the pandemic, our SBDC advisors know that a diverse entrepreneurial ...

Tester, colleagues demand beef market investigation

News from the office of Senator Tester BIG SANDY — Senator  Tester and his bipartisan colleagues are calling on the U.S. Department of Justice to investigate whether the control large meatpackers have over the beef processing market violates U.S. antitrust laws and fair competition principles...

Getting back to business Getting back to business

POLSON – More than 40 business community members took a moment out of their work week to share knowledge and learn about resources as they head into a post-COVID-19 pandemic world.  Organizers called the event Polson Bounces Back. The City of Polson and Mission West Community Development Partne...

Farmers market begins in Polson, others to follow Farmers market begins in Polson, others to follow

LAKE COUNTY — The farmers market season picked up in Polson on Friday with a thriving second event as other markets get ready to kick off. The Polson market is held every Friday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Third Avenue West, in front of the Cove Deli.  Linda Sheridan, Polson market spokesperson, r...

Sister Sallie’s Store supports SAFE Harbor services, recycles Sister Sallie’s Store supports SAFE Harbor services, recycles

News from Dana Grant for Sister Sallie’s Thrift Store  RONAN — It started with a pile of clothes by the office door. Next, the stack included dishes. Other days, one might find a dishwasher or a couch or a sack of mismatched socks. The donations left at SAFE Harbor’s office for ov...

NorthWestern Energy to refund customers $8.1M

News from NorthWestern Energy MONTANA — NorthWestern Energy will begin refunding its electric customers in Montana $8.1 million as a result of a recent settlement concerning the price of transmitting power over NorthWestern’s system. The Montana Public Service Commission’s final ord...

Glacier Bancorp increases quarterly dividend

News from Glacier Bank Glacier Bancorp’s board of directors, at a meeting held on March 31, declared a quarterly dividend of $0.31 per share, an increase of $0.01 per share.  The Company has declared 144 consecutive quarterly dividends and has increased the dividend 47 times. The dividend ...

SBA launches portal to begin accepting grant applications April 8

News from SBA The U.S. Small Business Administration is launching a splash page for the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant application portal in anticipation of opening applications for the much-anticipated critical economic relief program on Thursday, April 8.  “Help is here for venue operat...

Montana-made true crime thriller premieres at international film festival

News from the Montana Department of Commerce MONTANA — Filmed on-location in Montana, the true-life crime thriller “Ted K” recently premiered at Berlinale, one of the top film festivals in the world. The film was largely shot in and around Lincoln, Montana, where producers held a lo...

Celebrate the first day of spring with the ‘Last Best Pale Ale’

News from Matt Leow, Director of Montana Brewers Association MISSOULA — Breweries across Montana are releasing their own unique take on the same beer, the Last Best Pale Ale. Montana brewers, hops growers and maltsters have teamed up to produce this collaboration beer. It’s a Montana craft b...

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