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Local shoppers show up for Small Business Saturday Local shoppers show up for Small Business Saturday

POLSON — Mission Valley residents rallied together to get some holiday shopping done while supporting local retailers and their employees on Saturday. For the past decade, the Saturday after Thanksgiving has become officially known as Small Business Saturday. The annual event encourages shoppers to think about supporting local businesses while holiday shopping. While Small Business Saturday is important every year, this year it’s more than just a heartwarming bit of public relations as many small businesses across the valley have been heavily impacted by the coronavirus pandemic. On Saturday afternoon, one Polson Main Street business owner said she appreciates and is gr...


Food supply chain is broken

News from the Montana Farmers Union MONTANA — The problem of food security is nothing new. “I found it to be very stressful when going to the store,” said Sheena Annala who is a mother of three from Great Falls. Just like many consumers Annala experienced a threat to food security duri...


St. Luke Community Healthcare receives cardiac recognition award St. Luke Community Healthcare receives cardiac recognition award

News from St. Luke Community Healthcare St. Luke Community Healthcare was recognized with the Cardiac Recognition Award at the Montana Hospital Association’s annual virtual meeting in early October. The Cardiac Recognition Award is sponsored by the Cardiovascular Health Program within the state he...


Revenue potential of taxation on recreational cannabis considered

News from UM Bureau of Business, Economic Research MONTANA ­— The Montana economy could receive a significant boost in revenue, if it were to tax the sale of legalized recreational cannabis, according to a new study released by researchers at the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the...


$237K to be invested in rural business development

News from the U.S. Department of Agriculture RONAN — The Trump Administration announced that the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $237,000 in business development in rural southwestern Montana and across the state. USDA awarded the grants through the Rural Business Development ...


Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives award Providence St. Joseph Medical Center receives award

News from the Montana Hospital Association HELENA — The Montana Hospital Association named Providence St. Joseph Medical Center the winner of the association’s 2020 Excellence in Behavioral Health Service Award. The award recognizes a healthcare organization that demonstrates vision and e...


CSKT accepting business relief grant applications

News from CSKT PABLO — The Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes Economic Development Office is now accepting applications for coronavirus business relief funds.  The CSKT Small Business Relief Grants program offers over $1 million in federally allocated financial assistance to qualified...


Polson Chamber postpones SPLASH, luncheons

News from the Polson Chamber of Commerce POLSON — After careful and considerable deliberation last week, we have decided to postpone all SPLASH and general luncheon meetings for the remainder of the year. This was a difficult decision. We are hopeful that the New Year will bring renewed opportunit...


Polson, Arlee businesses praised for making PPE

News from the Office of the Governor MONTANA — Governor Steve Bullock praised Montana companies for pivoting their normal operations to produce cloth face masks, 3D-printed face masks, face shields, surgical gowns and hand sanitizer, and reminded businesses that funding is available to help suppor...


Hemp producers get even playing field, less red tape

News from the Office of Senator Jon Tester  BIG SANDY — After months of efforts to expand banking services for Montana hemp producers, U.S. Senator Jon Tester announced that the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network has updated its guidance to expand financial services available for hemp busin...


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