January Monthly: Tradeshow Update and more!


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Made in Montana Monthly

January 2021

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2021 Made in Montana Trade Show

Made in Montana Tradeshow

The Made in Montana Trade Show for Food and Gifts is rescheduled for September 17 and 18, 2021 in Helena MT at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds.

The public health situation in Montana and Lewis and Clark County continues to evolve and a large event in March 2021 is not a feasible option. To keep our Made in Montana members and Montana community safe, we rescheduled the annual show to September 17 and 18, 2021 with a tentative plan for a wholesale and public day trade show that aligns with public health guidelines.

Exhibitor registration will open in early May 2021 and wholesale buyer registration will open in early July 2021. We encourage Made in Montana members to verify their membership status and information in the online directory at madeinmontanausa.com is accurate and up to date.

Domestic trade show grant

Export Montana Offers Grants

Are you planning on exhibiting at any U.S. trade shows outside Montana between July 1, 2020 and June 30, 2021?  If so, Export Montana has grant funds available to reimburse you for up to $3,000 of your expenses!

The Trade Show Assistance Program (TSAP) can help you with out-of-state market expansion by exhibiting at U.S. trade shows (including virtual shows) for the first time.  You can apply for these funds to get a 50% reimbursement, up to $3,000 for:

  • Exhibit space fees and registration
  • Booth rental
  • Display elements (booth rental, graphics, banners, signs, racks, decorations, lighting)
  • Booth furnishings (table, chairs)
  • Shipping and storage (drayage, freight, exhibit storage)
  • Show services (set-up and tear down, utilities, card reader, security)
  • Trade show literature (brochures, sales sheets, business cards, etc.)
  • Travel expenses (hotel and airfare)


Celebrating Made in Montana

Good news from the Made in Montana inbox! Check out these highlights from several Made in Montana members  - from launching new products to celebrating milestones.  If you have news you would like to share, please email the press release or publication link to madeinmontana@mt.gov

Adventures with Vrah webcomic created by Made in Montana member Sarah Weaver. Sarah grew up in Billings, and now lives in Polson. She created the poster "What 6 feet looks like in Montana" reflecting her experiences growing up in Montana.

Last Best Supply Co.—Owner Brooke Blacker (Last Best Supply Co.) is working in collaboration with women owned businesses in Missoula in the development of a new project called Soula Box. They are assembling Montana Made items from each of the businesses into gift boxes for the holidays. They will also be raising money to deliver gift boxes to local healthcare workers in thanks for all the hard work they are doing. To learn more about this project, visit soulabox.com

Riverfeet Press, Livingston announces a new book from Helena author Tom Harpole.  "Regarding Willingness: Chronicles of a Fraught Life" is a collection of sixteen of his most loved stories.  Available online from Riverfeet Press

Backpacking food manufactured in Bozeman by Alpen Fuel highlighted in a recent article from the Bozeman Chronicle.

SporeAttic LLC, a new Grown in Montana member, grows gourmet mushrooms and sells to consumers and restaurants.  “Growing mushrooms is science.”


  • Montana COVID-19 Hotline: 1-888-333-0461 or COVID19info@mt.gov 
  • Montana Coronavirus Information: COVID19.MT.GOV
  • CDC: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/travelers/index.html
  • Montana Aware Toolkit: Montana Aware is a statewide effort designed to help Montana’s tourism partners and local businesses slow the spread of COVID-19 by promoting safety measures for those traveling in the state. As part of this initiative, the Montana Office of Tourism and Business Development has developed a toolkit of resources to help you educate residents and visitors on safe travel best practices. The toolkit includes a web badge, printable posters and flyers, social media posts, and other customizable materials and is available at https://marketmt.com/ISO/Montana-Aware-Toolkit