May Chamber Newsletter

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

Upcoming Events
Montana FFA CDE Days
May 1 - 3
Throughout Big Timber

Big Timber is hosting a 3-day state-wide FFA competition that encompasses everything from floriculture to livestock evaluation to job interview skills. 
Severe Storm Spotter Training
Wednesday, May 3
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Sweet Grass County High School Math B Room

Learn how to spot sever storms like the experts. Presented by the National Weather Service (NWS) in Billings.
Crazy Mountain Fiber Fest
May 6 - 7
Saturday 9 - 4 & Sunday 9 - 1 
Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds

Join us for this exciting festival celebrating the fiber arts and Sweet Grass County's rich history of wool production. Fiber arts classes including spinning, weaving, felting & dyeing, a sheep shearing demonstration, vendor fair, and a fiber arts showcase. 
Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, May 10
12 pm - 1 pm 
The Grand Hotel & Fine Dining

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 Meetings
Monday, May 1 & 15
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.

High School Rodeo
Saturday, May 27
Sweet Grass County Fairgrounds 

Watch the next generation of rodeo stars at the High School Rodeo. 
April Member-to-Member
Family Heritage Insurance

Our member-to-member guest at the April Chamber meeting was Chris Fortune with Family Heritage Insurance. This specialized insurance company offers supplemental health & life Insurance. This type of insurance protects families financially against life's unexpected medical events by paying money directly to the customers so they can pay their everyday bills.

If you would like to learn more about Family Heritage Insurance and what they can offer you and/or your employees, please contact
Chris Fortune
(406) 360-1029
chris.fortune@abgpartners.com
www.FamilyHeritageLife.com
April Meeting Special Guests
The Chamber was very excited to have two special guests at the April monthly meeting. 

Alex Amonette with Sweet Grass Associates came to talk about Carbon Fee & Dividend legislation.
The Citizens Climate Lobby is a volunteer nonpartisan group that gives citizens a voice in market-based climate solutions.  A carbon fee is based on the carbon content of the fossil fuel and assessed at the source (i.e. the mine, the well). The carbon fees collected are then distributed to all households as a monthly dividend.


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Barb Beck with Montana FWP came to talk about the economic impact of big game hunting in Montana. Barb had a wealth of information and I think the statistics speak for themselves. 

The big game hunting industry is responsible for 3,300 jobs throughout Montana and $324 million contributed to Montana's economy. 

Annual expenditure by elk, deer, and antelope hunters in Sweet Grass County is $4,984,643.

Barb also talked about invasive mussels which were detected for the first time in Montana in October 2016. When we transport water in our boats we can spread destructive mussels and other aquatic invasive species. Make sure to clean, drain, & dry your boat. 

Local Grade School Class Promotes Big Timber Through Big Timber, Montana ROCKS Project
Have you found a painted rock laying around Big Timber recently? If so, you can thank Mrs. Glavin's 8th grade computer lab class. The class is currently working on a fun and exciting project in which they painted and placed rocks around Big Timber and other communities. On the back of each rock are directions to take a picture with the rock where it was found and post it to the  Big Timber Montana ROCKS Facebook page. 

Thank you Mrs. Glavin and the 8th grade class for helping to spread the word about how great Big Timber is. 

Happy Rock Hunting!!!
Announcements
The theme of Sweet Grass Fest 2017 is Clownin' Around. 

Please make sure your business information with the Montana Office of Tourism is correct and up-to-date. To review your listing visit  http://business.visitmt.com/default.aspx & http://www.visitmt.com/places-to-go/cities-and-towns/big-timber.html   

Business Tip of the Month
Top 3 ways to save time on marketing:
  1. Create an automated email series. When someone joins your email list have a series of emails that go out automatically that start the nurturing process.
  2. Collect and save content ideas. No need to sit and stare at a blank screen. If you have a collection of content ideas stored and ready to go, you'll be able to whip up an email or blog post in no time.
  3. Schedule your social posts. Sit down for an hour every week and create posts that link to your email, blog content, or website and schedule them to go out throughout the week. 
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