Update on Business Resources for assistance during COVID19

With the impact of COVID19 on local business, many are in need of financial assistance for payroll, operations, and marketing.  Here is an update on the resources available locally and nationally:

Sharing an announcement from our friends at Prospera:

“The Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and Advance –
Lapse in Appropriations Notice: SBA is unable to accept new applications at this time for the Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL)-COVID-19 related assistance program (including EIDL Advances) based on available appropriations funding.

  • Due to limited appropriations funding, the application portal for the EIDL–COVID-19 assistance program (EIDL loans and EIDL Advances) is temporarily closed.
  • Applicants who have already submitted their applications will continue to be processed on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • SBA is processing EIDL applications as quickly as possible. SBA will provide those whose applications are approved with loans that will cover the business’s short-term working capital needs.

Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) –
It is expected PPP will reach its ceiling very soon.

This is a loan from the SBA that is forgiven by the US Treasury. This loan is available through local banks. It is meant so you can pay yourself and your employees for 8 weeks, as well as some operations costs for expenses like rent and utilities.  75% of your loan must be used for payroll, and your staff must be clocking in and out for paid work days in order for you to use this money to pay staff.

  • By law, the SBA will not be able to issue new loan approvals once the programs experience a lapse in appropriations.”

Bozeman Chronicle Advertising Grant
Local businesses can apply for a grant to advertise with the Chronicle.

Bozeman Strong List of Operating Businesses
A list of various local business operating hours and offerings is available here, and you can add your listing.  You can purchase items directly from these businesses. bozemanstrong.org

Help Montana Gift Card Pack Initiative
Businesses can sign up to be part of a gift card pack initiative.  When a gift pack is purchased, businesses get paid for their gift card in the pack by the website host.  $5 of a gift card pack purchase can be donated to an employee (employees create a profile on the site to receive money from the purchases). Customers can use their gift cards to buy items from businesses that are partially operating, or can save the gift card for later when businesses open up again. helpmontana.org

Montana Tip Jar
This is a site where donations can be made and distributed to the profile of employees in service industries who have lost income due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Anyone working in one of Montana’s service industries can register (2 min max) using the form below, allowing you to receive tips directly into your Venmo account. montanatipjar.org

Questions About Local Rules and Restrictions? Contact Gallatin Co. Health Dept.
Healthy Gallatin’s COVID Call Center is open seven days a week from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. to answer questions about COVID-19. Reach the Call Center by phone at 406-548-0123 or email at callcenter@readygallatin.com, or browse their website https://www.healthygallatin.org/coronavirus-covid-19/

 Local Events – All About Gender Equity!

March is International Women’s Month. This year, Equal Pay Day falls in March (the 31st) AND 2020 is the Centennial Anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment and women achieving the right to vote.

We invite you to join BPW and other local organizations in activities pertaining to recognizing the importance of continuing to fight for equity for all.  Mark your calendars!

-Attend the BPW Educational Luncheon, “Equal Pay Day Update,” presented by City HR Manager, James Henderson at 11:30am on March 18th at Riverside Country Club, . The update will outline the City’s ongoing efforts to close the gender pay gap, will highlight the progress the city has made in the last year, and will outline practical ways the city will work towards gender pay equity, including different forms of outreach that will be employed to reach more diverse groups that represent traditionally under-represented segments of our city.

-Attend the City of Bozeman Commemoration of Equal Pay Day, to be held at Bozeman City Hall, 121 N. Rouse as one of the first agenda items for the Commission Meeting on Monday, March 23rd, 2020.  The meeting begins at 6pm.  All are welcome to attend this public meeting and commemoration; we recommend you arrive early to find your seat and pick up your copy of the agenda and materials that will be available.  Suggest that attendees WEAR RED, both to symbolize how far “in the red” women, non-binary, and minority peoples are in their annual earnings compared to men, and to honor Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women.

-Stick around City Hall on March 23rd at 6:30pm for the announcement of the City of Bozeman Equity Plan and to hear the Bozeman for CEDAW Initiative‘s 2019 Report and Recommendations for advancing the Status of All Women and Girls!

-Attend the Expanding the Story of Suffrage:  19th Amendment Centennial Panel Discussion, at the Museum of the Rockies, 600 W. Kagy Blvd.  This free, public event will explore the history of suffrage in the United States, and bring attention to the challenges women of color faced on the path to gaining their right to vote.  

-Stop by  Bozeman Brewing Co. Cheers for a Change, March 29th 2pm-8pm. $1 from each drink purchased will benefit the Women’s Foundation of Montana  

-Stop by Bridger Brewing Cheers for a Change, March 30th 5pm-8pm, $1 from each drink purchased will benefit the Women’s Foundation of Montana

-Participate in the Equal Pay Day Discount Campaign by visiting Bozeman businesses on March 31st that are offering a an 18%-off discount for women to represent the average national wage gap.

 Nominations for Montana Tourism Awards now open

A Message from the Montana Department of Commerce:

Montana Department of Commerce

Tourism Award Nomination Deadline Extended to 3/1

Montana Department of Commerce sent this bulletin at 02/14/2020 08:53 AM MST

Tourism Awards Nominations Open Until 3/1 Submit a nomination for a Tourism Award! These awards recognize outstanding accomplishments of the people, businesses, organizations and communities that strengthen Montana’s tourism and recreation industries. Nominations are now open until March 1, 2020 Marketing Campaign of the Year Public and Private Collaboration  Outstanding Tourism Volunteer Heritage and Cultural Tourism Award Tourism Ambassador of the Year  

Winners and finalists will be honored at the Tourism Award Banquet on April 27, 2020 in Billings as part of the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation on April 26-28, 2020.  Register for the Conference Today Join us for the Governor’s Conference on Tourism and Recreation in Billings, Montana on April 26-28, 2020. Bringing together tourism and recreation leaders from every corner of the state continues to elevate these industries by inspiring innovation, educating through on-the-ground insights, connecting partners across the state, and experiencing all that the host city has to offer.  Register now for the special price of $229. Prices increase on April 1, 2020. Lodging A limited number of rooms is available at the host sites: the Northern Hotel | 406.867.6767 and the DoubleTree by Hilton Billings | 406.252.7400.

Please call hotels directly for assistance and be sure to identify yourself as a conference attendee when making reservations. Other hotels in the area:  Best Western Plus Clocktower Inn | 406.259.5511 Best Western Plus Kelly Inn & Suites | 406.256.9400 Home2Suites by Hilton Billings | 406.252.2255 Homewood Suites by Hilton Billings | 406.656.0525 MTGovernorsConference.com

301 S. PARK AVE. | PO BOX 200533 | HELENA, MT 59620-0533
P: 406.841.2870 | F: 406.841.2871 | TDD: 406.841.2702

 Sky Oro invites BPW Members to attend Afternoon Tea event

Sky Oro, located in Bozeman’s Cannery District, is a membership-based community co-working space for women.  In addition to offering a comfortable office setting, Sky Oro is a club with a vision to build meaningful connections and relationships between women entrepreneurs. Sky Oro hosts events and workshops for its members in addition to providing a co-working space.

Sky Oro invites member of Bozeman BPW to attend their Afternoon Tea event on Saturday, February 29th at 2:00pm.  This event is FREE, and will include a brief educational overview of featured teas from Townshend’s Teahouse, to be followed by conversation and snacks, with goodies provided by Sky Oro members!

When:  Saturday, February 29th, 2:00pm
Where:  Sky Oro, 107 E. Oak Street, Bozeman

Registration is required.  Please follow these steps to register:

  1. Follow this link to register as a “Proximity Member” of Sky Oro’s website (their website is powered by a web platform called Proximity, you are registering for a free Proximity account).  Once on the page, click the “Register” button:  https://members.skyoro.club/login/true

  2. Fill out the Registration Form that will register you for a Sky Oro free Proximity account

  3. Once you’ve registered as a Proximity Member, you’ll be directed to Sky Oro’s membership options webpage – this is where you can shop for various levels of Sky Oro membership, however if you just want to attend the Tea event you do not need to purchase one!

  4. Click here to be directed to the Tea Event page and register to attend the event (you must be logged in to your Proximity account that you just created in order to register):  https://members.skyoro.club/events/29-feb-2020-afternoon-tea