April Monthly: Alberta Gift Market, Grown through Agriculture Grants and more!


Made in Montana, Grown in Montana, Native American Made in Montana

Made in Montana Monthly

April 2020

Our logo is a badge of honor for artisans, growers, manufacturers and craftspeople working for something bigger than the bottom line

items Made in Montana

Join us for the Alberta Gift & Home Market

Join your fellow companies at the inaugural Made in Montana Pavilion at the Alberta Gift & Home Market on August 23-26, 2020 in Edmonton, Alberta. Applications to exhibit in the Made in Montana Pavilion are due April 17. We will select eight Made in Montana member businesses to participate.

Apply to attend the show!

Join us for summer export trainings! Our Montana Export Team will host their Riddle of the Exporter training in Billings on July 28 and Kalispell on July 30. These trainings are free and will help members prepare for the Alberta Gift & Home Market. 

Register for trainings here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/6GCT7SH 

Learn More MiM Blue

For questions, contact Angelyn DeYoung at 406-841-2783 or adeyoung@mt.gov.

*Although the Canada border is closed for now, our planning continues for important opportunities like this scheduled later in the year. Currently, the Alberta Gift & Home Show organizers are moving forward with the show as planned. Learn more here.

Grants Available: Growth Through Agriculture Program

Funding is now available with the Growth Through Agriculture (GTA) Program in the form of mini grants through the Montana Department of Agriculture. All projects need to demonstrate how they expand Montana agriculture, but given the current public health situation with COVID-19, special attention will be paid to projects that strengthen and expand local food offerings, distribution, and infrastructure.

Learn more here: https://agr.mt.gov/GTA

Contact Marty Earnheart for more information. 406.444.9126 | mearnheart@mt.gov


From Spirits to Hand Sanitizer: Montana Distilleries Help Meet Supply Demands

We are so proud of our Made in Montana Distilleries who are rising to the occasion and repurposing their operations to manufacture hand sanitizer for medical personnel, first responders and communities.

Let's give these guys, and every business stepping up a round of applause!

WildRye Distillery | Bozeman

Trailhead Spirits | Billings

Montgomery Distillery | Missoula

Headframe Spirits | Butte

Bozeman Spirits Distillery | Bozeman 

Whistling Andy Distillery & The Good Stuff Botanicals | Kalispell 

The Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990

No matter where you are in the United States, it is illegal for anyone to sell arts and crafts as "Indian made" if they are not in fact made by an enrolled member of a federal- or state-recognized tribe. Doing so is a violation of the Federal Indian Arts and Crafts Act of 1990. It was enacted to curtail exploitation of tribal artists and art forms.  

Use this guide to help you in your purchase of authentic Indian art and craftwork. It includes buying tips and contact information for federal and state agencies handling complaints of products fraudulently marketed as being Indian made.

Learn more about this act here. 

Governor Bullock Announces Emergency Loans Now Available for Small Businesses in Montana

Small businesses across Montana impacted by the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) are now eligible to apply for emergency loans through the Small Business Administration.

“We are monitoring the impacts of coronavirus in real time – both from a public health perspective and an economic health perspective,” Governor Bullock said. “Ensuring that small businesses in Montana have access to capital and resources that will allow them to weather temporary closures and bounce back from critical quarantine efforts is paramount to my administration.”

Businesses may now apply directly to the SBA’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan program here: https://www.sba.gov/funding-programs/disaster-assistance