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Gianforte supports Liability Protections Bill

News from the office of Governor Gianforte HELENA — Governor Greg Gianforte announced his support for SB 65, legislation designed to offer liability protections to businesses, health care providers, places of worship, and nonprofit organizations that follow public health guidelines to combat the spread of COVID-19. In a letter Governor Gianforte emphasized the importance of protecting health care providers who are working to mitigate the threat of COVID-19 and care for their patients. Governor Gianforte writes, “Such health care providers and manufacturers remain especially vital to the state’s ongoing pandemic response and current initiatives to protect the mos...


LCCDC offers free workshops

News from Karen Kallestad, LCCDC RONAN — Lake County Community Development Corporation has free workshops coming up.  On Jan. 20, Digital Strategies for Small Businesses: learn how to develop a digital strategy to reach your target markets from 9 a.m.–2:30 p.m. at the Boys and Girls ...


Business owners, entrepreneurs to share $350,000

News from the office of the Governor MONTANA – The Governor’s office announced $350,000 in funding to support the growth of 34 Native American-owned small businesses in each of the eight Tribal Nations in Montana through the Indian Equity Fund Small Business Grant program at the Montana Depa...


Unmatched resolve: reflections on a 56-county small business road trip

MONTANA — As director for the U.S. Small Business Administration Montana District, I have the unique opportunity to work with entrepreneurs and small business owners across Montana to help provide capital and connections that support growth for our state’s businesses. This year has kept my team b...


Polson Shop Talk Polson Shop Talk

While 2020 may not seem like an auspicious year to launch a new business, five intrepid women have opened retail shops in downtown Polson since June 15.  River Rock Mercantile at 7 3rd Ave. E. opened June 15, just two days after the Hallmark store closed at the same location. The new owner, Megan Com...


Iconic Polson theater expands with 70 years of history Iconic Polson theater expands with 70 years of history

POLSON — Remember what if feels like to settle into a comfy theater seat, minus all the distractions of home (dogs, kids, the drone of a dryer) and – popcorn in hand – sink into a story on the big screen?  Even now, amid a pandemic, audiences can indulge in that experience at the ne...


Scavenger hunt comes to Polson on Small Business Saturday Scavenger hunt comes to Polson on Small Business Saturday

News from the Polson Chamber of Commerce  POLSON — The Chamber of Commerce and Polson Business Community have joined forces to launch the Find Frosty’s Hat Scavenger Hunt, a community event designed to encourage people to shop locally this holiday season and help Frosty find his missing...


Remember to shop Small Business Saturday

Small Business Saturday is a relatively new American tradition. While Black Friday has been an informal holiday for more than 60 years, it wasn’t until 2010 that the Saturday after Thanksgiving earned its official title, designating it as a day to shop local and support hometown retailers. In a year...


Small Business Saturday supports community

LAKE COUNTY — On Nov. 28, the Saturday after Thanksgiving, many local businesses will have their doors open for Small Business Saturday with special sales and giveaways.   Business owner Carol Lynn Lapotka of handMade Montana in Polson said shopping at small businesses is vital to the local eco...


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 ...


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