August 26, 2020
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A lot has happened over the past year. As a community we have faced unforeseen circumstances; small businesses being forced to shut down, nearly 400 covid cases countywide, and numerous changes to commerce, seemingly overnight across all industries. While we aren’t out of the woods yet, we’re still here, continuing to strive for excellence. Many amazing things happened at Missoula College over the last year. Over 900 local high school students earned college credit in our dual enrollment program. We partnered with numerous businesses to lead workforce education trainings and programs with the goal of better equipping our local workforce. Hundreds of students received degrees and certificates, while hundreds more continued on their own pursuit. Read about these accomplishments and more in our 2019-20 newsletter. None of this would be possible without the unwavering support of our incredible Missoula community, of which we are extremely blessed to be a part of. Go Grizz!
Register for the Virtual Student Employment Fair (Off-Campus Opportunities)
We invite organizations from the Missoula community to meet virtually with qualified students on Thursday, August 27th from 11:00am - 2:00pm during the Student Employment Fair - Off-Campus Opportunities, for your paid, part-time, non-work-study, work-study and internship opportunities.
Please REGISTER. (You will need a Handshake account-Get Started)
Upon registration, we will review the details you submitted for approval. At the fair, you will be able to engage with students in a variety of formats including:
·   Video, audio, and chat communication with students
·   Group meetings with up to fifty participants
·   1:1 meetings scheduled in advance or after a group session
Note: During registration, you will be asked to share the number of representatives who plan to attend the fair – up to 15 representatives per employer are able to participate in the fair. Each representative you register will be able to create their own unique schedule to engage with students at the fair. To learn more about these features visit this Handshake-hosted training webinar.

Note that each representative will need to have a Handshake profile to participate.
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Business Adaptability grant program limit increased
The cap on the Business Adaptability grant program has been increased to $10,000. If your organization originally applied when the cap was $5,000, you can now submit additional receipts for reimbursement to reach the $10,000 maximum amount.
Montana-based, for-profit and nonprofit businesses of any size and in good standing and have incurred eligible expenses since March 1 are eligible. Eligible expenses include costs related to communication, remote work equipment, cleaning supplies, tools to enhance social distancing and sanitation, travel and hotel costs related to quarantining worker. More information and application can be found at []
  • Businesses may apply for reimbursement to this program for up to a maximum of $10,000 (Previously $5,000)
  • Businesses that have already applied during the period June 1, 2020 to July 26, 2020 may submit a second (new) application to receive the difference between their original award and $10,000. 
  • Businesses must submit all itemized receipts, invoices at the time of application.
  • Businesses that have already applied during the period June 1, 2020 to July 26, 2020 must submit new payment receipts and include the itemized receipt documentation spreadsheet included in the application. 
  • Costs must be PAID - and proof of payment must be clear and included with the itemize invoice/receipt documentation
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All Missoula Area Chamber of Commerce events and committee meetings are currently canceled or being held virtually. Please check with Chamber staff for the status of meetings or events.
Thank you to our Visionary Members!