July Chamber Newsletter 

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

Upcoming Events
Second Sunday's Art Walk
Sunday, July 9   11 am - 2 pm
Downtown Big Timber

Enjoy delicious brunch at The Grand Hotel and take a tour of Hodges Fine Art, Montana Framing & Art and Two Rivers Gallery. Visit some of Big Timber's unique shops along the way. 
Yellowstone River Boat Float & Boat-Float-A-Palooza
July 7 - 8

Float the Yellowstone River during the day and enjoy live music and celebrations during the evening. 

Friday night offers live music by Curtis Grimes and TJ Broscoff at Thompson Ranch. On-site camping, food and bar, and a free shuttle to and from Big Timber and Otter Creek. 
Glow Ball Scramble
Saturday, July 8   10 pm
Overland Golf Course

Escape the heat and golf after the sun goes down. Gather a 4 to 5 player team and play this 9 hole scramble at Overland Golf Course. 
Mountain Dulcimer Concert
Saturday, July 8   7 pm - 9 pm
Carnegie Public Library

Crazy Mountain Dulcimer Players Summer Concert and Dulcimer Raffle drawing. Plank Road Dulcimer will be awarded to lucky raffle winner.
Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting

Wednesday, July 12   12 pm - 1 pm

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.

City Council Meeting
Monday, July 17   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.

Lunch & Learn - Beartooth RC&D
Wednesday, July 19   12 pm - 1 pm
Extension Office Conference Room

Beartooth RC&D will talk about the resources they offer businesses including the Revolving Loan Fund and Food & Ag programs.  
Sidewalk Chalk Art Contest
Saturday, July 22
Downtown Big Timber

Show off your art skills or your love of sidewalk chalk on this fun day full of bright colors. Residents and businesses are encouraged to grab some chalk and draw on the sidewalks of downtown Big Timber. 
Shakespeare in the Park
Sunday, July 23   6:30 pm - 8 pm
Lion's Club City Park

A play involving a comedy of errors and confused identities that tells the story of Mrs. Clandon, her three children and a wisdom dispensing waiter with the titular phrase "You Never Can Tell." 
Sweet Grass County Fair
July 24 - 28

The Sweet Grass County Fair is a 4-H, FFA, & FCCLA fair with open class indoor categories. There will be hundreds of exhibits in the livestock show, Round Robin Competition Fun on the Farm, and daily concessions. The sale takes place Friday evening.
Congratulations to Virgil & Gusts of Big Timber for 70 Years in Business!!!
Gusts of Big Timber opened its doors in 1947 and is owned and operated by WWII veteran Virgil Gust. Today, 70 years after those doors opened, you can still find Virgil welcoming customers into his wonderful shop. Gusts celebrated the 70th anniversary June 16 & 17 with a good old-fashioned balloon pop with one balloon even containing a 96% off coupon representing Virgil's age. 

Thank you Virgil for providing quality service for 70 years.
The man himself, Virgil Gust
Mabel Halverson serving cake
Audrene Kunda, winner of the 96% off coupon
Meeting Attendance Drawing Winner
Crazy Mountain Chiropractic
Are you looking for a traditional chiropractor to fix your aching bones? Look no further than Greg DeBoer at Crazy Mountain Chiropractic. Greg has 28 years of experience and knows the beneficial chiropractic treatment for you. If you have discomfort, pain or simply hear crackling each time you get up, make an appointment today and feel better tomorrow. 
June Chamber Meeting Guest Presenter
Timothy McCutcheon, Account Executive with NBC Montana, joined the June Chamber meeting to discuss television advertising opportunities with NBC. Timothy provided customized advertising packets in which multiple businesses can partner together in order to lower costs. For example, three merchants can purchase one ad in which all three businesses along with the community in general are advertised. This allows businesses to split the cost while still receiving a quality ad. 

If you are interested in partnering with a neighboring business to purchase an ad with NBC please contact The Chamber for more information. 
Spring Clean Up at the VIC
A huge thank you to Greg DeBoer and Paula Hudson for helping to spruce up the Visitor Information Center. Hours of chainsawing dead branches and pulling weeds resulted in the most beautiful VIC around and a lot of ice cream eating. 
Business Tip of The Month
Network, network and network some more. Why? Because it's free and endless. Networking with business owners and community members increases exposure of your business which can lead to traffic into your business. The more people that know about your business, the more people referring your business. 

How often do you ask a friend or family member who they recommend for a hair cut or where they recommend eating? Word-of-mouth advertising is free and more importantly trustworthy. The two best ways to get word-of-mouth advertising are to 1. provide good quality that results in happy customers and 2. network with fellow business owners and community members. 
Have Your Business Featured on The Chamber Facebook Page
The Chamber wants to recognize the great businesses in Sweet Grass County by having a business featured each month on Facebook. If you would like to have your business featured, please fill out the  Business Feature Questionnaire
Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce | (406) 932-5131 | sgchamberdirector@gmail.com www.bigtimber.com