September Newsletter
Events, acknowledgements, the latest from the Chamber... This newsletter has it all.
Upcoming Events
Red Dirt On The Range
Saturday, September 2
Overland Golf Course

Enjoy a golf tournament at one of Montana's best golf courses followed by live music by William Clark Green, Aaron Einhouse, TJ Broscoff and El Wencho.
29th Annual Great Montana Sheep Drive
Sunday, September 3
Reed Point

Hundreds of sheep take to Reed Point's main street during this Labor Day weekend staple. Events begin at 10 a.m. and include a street fair, parade and street dance.
Big Timber City Council Meetings
Monday, September 4 & 18
7 pm at 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.
Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Meeting
Wednesday, September 13
Noon 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.
Dornix Park Community Picnic
Sunday, September 17
1 pm - 3 pm

Free community picnic at the Dornix Homestead House. Food will be provided. 
Lunch & Learn - Health Insurance Basics
Wednesday, September 20 12 pm - 1 pm Extension Office Conference Room

The September Lunch & Learn hosted by the Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce features guest presenter Becky Todisco with VOYA Financial who will talk about the basics of health insurance for you and your employees.
Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser 2017
Saturday, October 7
10:00 am in McLeod, MT

The festivities include a 3 mile walk/run, 6 mile run, Halloween costume contest, kids' activities and chili feed. The fun run course takes participants through two private ranches south of Big Timber that allow unprecedented access for this event. The Raw Deal Run is organized by Sweet Grass Community Foundation.
Ambassadors of World Food Tourism
Visit Big Timber
Big timber hosted two exciting guests for a couple of days in August, culinary travel professionals and owners of Food Travelist Sue Reddel and Diana Laskaris. Sue and Diana spent two days in Big Timber hiking at Natural Bridge, touring a real working ranch, drinking tea with the ladies of Tumblewood Teas, relaxing at Homestead Bed & Breakfast, and of course eating great food. Sue and Diana had lunch from Big Timber Bakery, dinner at The Grand, and breakfast featuring bacon from Pioneer Meats cooked by Nancy Williams at The Homestead Bed & Breakfast.

Yellowstone Country Montana brought Sue and Diana here from Chicago to tour Yellowstone Country following a press trip to Chicago. The ladies got to visit Bozeman, Big Sky, Chico Hot Springs, Big Timber and Livingston. They had a very busy trip and experienced a lot in a short period of time.

The ladies had wonderful things to say about Big Timber and enjoyed their stay here.
Sue and Diana's first stop was the Visitor Information Center were they watched the eclipse along with travelers who pulled over to watch the natural phenomenon.
Sue is known for her love of tea so a trip to Tumblewood Teas to meet Riza Gilpin and Laurie Rennie was a must on the itinerary. Everyone enjoyed some delicious tea and great conversation.
The Common Thread & Big Sky Prints and Graphics Ribbon Cutting
Ken and Linda Millman are loving their new location at 403 McLeod Street next to Lariat Laundry. Both businesses, The Common Thread and Big Sky Prints and Graphics, found their new home in July and celebrated with a ribbon cutting and open house Wednesday, August 29. The building is owned by Doug and Mary Lair who did an amazing job remodeling the space with features such as reclaimed barn wood and unique horseshoe quilt hangers. The great businesses and the great remodeling are both worth stopping into see.

Ken and Linda served food, including cake, and drinks. They also offered a free candle with all purchases over $10. It was a great time celebrating a new chapter for these two Big Timber businesses.

Come by and visit The Common Thread and Big Sky Prints and Graphics at their new location!
New Member
KGLT - FM: Alternative public radio in Southwest Montana with over 85 DJs playing music around the clock over six signals. DJs have been trained in apprentice classes held three times a year. Has been on the MSU Bozeman campus since 1968. Streams at KGLT.net. Over 1300 listeners per week and produces well over 1500 public service announcements per year. KGLT is supported by underwriters, listeners, grants and the Corporation For Public Broadcasting as well as the Associated Students of Montana State University.
Support the Beautification of Big Timber
- Banners, Flags & Christmas Decorations - Through the Raw Deal Run Fundraiser
Join us ... for another exciting Raw Deal Run this October. The Sweet Grass Community Foundation (SGCF) will once again host this unique fundraiser creating a great opportunity to support the Chamber’s mission “to promote business and commerce in Sweet Grass County.” 

This year the Chamber is raising money to purchase new Christmas decorations, US and Montana flags and Join Us banner brackets to help improve our downtown image as part of the Chamber’s ongoing effort to revitalize and beautify downtown. 

Contributions made during the Raw Deal Run Community Fundraiser giving period are matched which makes your contribution during this time period all the more impactful. Tax-deductible contributions on behalf of participating organizations are made directly to Sweet Grass Community Foundation. The Raw Deal Run will be held on Saturday, October 7, 2017, at 10:00 a.m. in McLeod, MT. Please make checks payable to Sweet Grass Community Foundation.

Join Us banners and flags currently fly on light poles along McLeod St. We want to add more!
The Chamber plans to commission local trades people, crafts people, artisans and students to build the most amazing Christmas lights ever so we can look like the town above.
Business Tip of the Month
Customer service is indisputably one of the most important aspects of any business. From restaurants to hotels to store fronts good customer service will bring costumers back and bad customer service will send them out the door for goo d. In fact, a  recent study  from NewVoiceMedia found that US Companies collectively lose about $41 billion per year as a result of poor customer service experiences.

Customer service is so important there are endless tips on what you should do. This month, I want you to take a moment to think about what you should not do. Read the article 5 Critical Customer Service Don'ts to avoid making these customer losing mistakes.
Resource of the Month
Montana Trade Show Assistance Program: This program assists Montana based companies in exploring new domestic and international wholesale markets by encouraging first-time exhibition at new trade shows outside of the state. It is not only for companies new to trade show exhibition, but can also be useful for established companies who are looking to exhibit at a show that they have never been to before. It is not intended for a company to use for a trade show at which it has previously exhibited or currently exhibits. 

Sweet Grass County Chamber of Commerce
(406) 932-5131 | sgchamberdirector@gmail.com | www.bigtimber.com