August Chamber Newsletter

Events, acknowledgements, the latest Chamber news... This newsletter has it all. 

Upcoming Events
Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce Meeting

Wednesday, August 9

12 pm - 1 pm at The Grand


Come to the monthly meeting of the Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce. See what's happening in the county from a business point of view.

Banjo Workshop & Concert
Thursday, August 10
Workshop at the Carnegie Public Library
10 am - 12 pm
Concert at Two Rivers Art Gallery
7 pm - 9 pm

Clawhammer Banjo Workshop instructed by Mary Z. Cox, five time Florida State Banjo Champion. She has recorded over 10 CDs of Banjo music and is an excellent instructor of both the banjo and mountain dulcimer. 
City Council Meetings
August 7 & 21    7 pm
Big Timber City Hall

Come to a City Council meeting. Know what is happening in Big Timber and be an active participant in your local government.

Ranching 101
Friday, August 11    5 pm
Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds

Wondering what’s going on at those ranches you see while you’re driving around the Big Sky state? Curious about weed control? Plan to attend Ranching 101. The theme focuses on dirt and water and features guest speakers from The Montana DNRC, The Sweet Grass County Weed Department and Montand Department of Agriculture. For more details click here.

Please RSVP by August 7 to sgcofarmbureau@gmail.com.  
Dulcimer Workshop
Friday, August 11 - Sunday, August 13
Big Timber Carnegie Public Library

2 Day Mountain Dulcimer workshop instructed by Mary Z. Cox (intermediate to advanced) & Steve Harvey (beginner). 

Friday 7 pm to 9 pm Root Beer Social Meet & Greet and workshop registration. Saturday 9 am to 3 pm Dulcimer workshop, Saturday 7 pm to 9 pm Dulcimer Concert, Sunday 11 am to 3 pm Dulcimer workshop.
Lunch & Learn - Facebook Content Creation
Wednesday, August 16   12 pm - 1 pm
Extension Office Conference Room

On average, Facebook boasts 1.57 billion mobile monthly active users and 1.03 million mobile daily active users. Investing in building and sustaining a presence on Facebook is a great way to reach potential customers. Join us at this month's Lunch & Learn to talk about content creation for your business page.
Beef & Brew Fest & Ranch Rodeo
Saturday, August 19    1 pm 
Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds

A ranch rodeo, cold beer, local beef and live music by Western Skies...doesn't get much better than that. 

Hosted by Crazy Peak Cattle Women & Crazy Mountain Stockgrowers Association.
Red Dirt On The Range
Saturday, September 2   
Overland Gold Course

Join us for the third annual Red Dirt on the Range Golf Scramble followed by a public concert on the golf course. 

Live music by William Clark Green. 

For tournament details, call 406-930-1670. Concert tickets available online at  Eventbrite.com, at the Overland Golf Course, and Teri’s Gift Shop.
Meeting Attendance Drawing Winner
Crazy Mountain Museum
If you have not been to the Crazy Mountain Museum (ever or in a while), you really should go. The museum houses a collection of artifacts that have touched the lives of those who call or have called Sweet Grass County home. Exhibits range from archaeological and geological finds to the Pioneer Room featuring early settlers and their families. Checkout a replica of 1907 Big Timber, Jack Hines paintings of Sweet Grass County called Historic Crossroads, a replica Norwegian stabbur, a tipi, a one room schoolhouse, the widely-acclaimed gardens, and much more.

Currently on exhibit is the quilt display from Heart Mountain. Catch it while you can. 
In the wake of the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor in 1941, 120,000 Japanese Americans were detained by the government in 10 "relocation camps" around the country. One camp was constructed in the shadow of Heart Mountain between Cody and Powell, Wyoming. The exhibit  features a quilt made by former Heart Mountain incarceree Naoko Yoshimura Ito and quilts made by the Textile Artists of Greater Yellowstone. 
  Quilt by Heart Mountain incarcaree Naoko Yoshimura Ito   
New Chamber Member
The Buzz Sheet

Free weekly newspaper distributed in 3 counties (Sweet Grass, Stillwater & Carbon) in over 70 locations and growing. Primary objective is to support small business owners. Check The Buzz Sheet out at www.buzzsheetonline.com. 
Know the Resources Available to your Business
Knowing all of the resources available to you and your business is not easy. Organizations are constantly changing and programs evolve over time. With this in mind, the Chamber is actively trying to compile resources for you. Below are a few resources that may be able to help your business grow.

  1. The Made in Montana Program: This program assists Montana businesses in developing and marketing their products both in and out of the state. The program, which also includes Grown in Montana and Native American Made in Montana, helps build recognition for products that are "authentically" Montana. 
    To apply visit www.MadeInMontanaUSA.com/Join.aspx
    Program Contact: Erinn Donnell, Marketing Coordinator
                                  madeinmontana@mt.gov    (406) 841-2757                                 
  2. The Montana Endowment Tax Credit: Offers you a credit of 40% of a qualifying planned gift's federal charitable deduction, up to a maximum of $10,000, per year, per individual. It also allows a credit of 20% of a gift's federal charitable deduction for a direct gift by a qualified business up to a maximum of $10,000 per year.
    To learn more visit www.mtnonprofit.org/endowMontana
  3. BSED Contracting with the State of Montana Worshop: This workshop offers personal, timely advice on contracting with the government and will go over the most commonly purchased goods and services, government procurement techniques, where to find bids and proposals, how to register as a vendor, resident preferences, tips for winning state contracts and available resources.
    Admission is free, but you must register.
    Register and find out more at www.montanaptac.org/services/upcoming-training


Remember, if you have questions about what resources are available for your business please call the Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce. We want to help. 

Business Tip of The Month
More and more businesses are turning to online services to get the word out about their products. There are many methods offered and most small businesses working with a limited budget are undoubtedly interested in the free methods. LinkedIn is one free method that may work for your business. 

With LinkedIn, the world’s largest professional network, you can generate leads, produce sales, and hire top professionals to fuel your growth. Follow this link to see seven ways to grow your business using LinkedIn. 
Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce | (406) 932-5131 | sgchamberdirector@gmail.com www.bigtimber.com