Treasure State Tuesday Spotlight - Black Dog Farm

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Black Dog Farm

Livingston, MT

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Montana Women's Business Center

Black Dog Farm

Kira Jarosz and Tim Anthony started Black Dog Farm in 2017 out of a desire to raise food in a humane way for themselves, and this ambition quickly spiraled into growing food for other people. Outside of Livingston, Montana, Black Dog Farm raises pasture-raised pork, poultry, and eggs and partners with ten other local food producers to provide a one-stop shop. Black Dog Farm offers online ordering through their website with home delivery once a week for customers in Gallatin and Park counties. Currently, Black Dog Farm is delivering to an average of 70 customers per week.

Jarosz took the advice of an acquaintance who had started her entire business with support from Prospera and the MT Women's Business Center and contacted the organization for help in expanding Black Dog Farm’s processing operations. Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, there were very few funding and grant options for businesses like Black Dog Farm. Because she reached out to the WBC, Jarosz was introduced to, and received, a Women’s Business Impact (WBI) grant as well as other CARES funding opportunities for local food processors
including the Agriculture Adaptability and Growth Through Agriculture grants.

Jarosz said, "I think it’s pretty cool that they’re bringing these women business owners from all over the state together and providing this funding opportunity,
supporting those businesses and bringing to light the really cool and creative things that women all over the state are doing." "Also, I appreciated all of the help I received in applying for the CARES funding; they had great advice and helped me in my application submission."

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*Treasure State Tuesday Spotlight stories are not an endorsement by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) of any individual, business or organization.  The support given by the U.S. Small Business Administration to this activity does not constitute an express or implied endorsement of any cosponsor’s or participant’s opinions, products, or services. All SBA programs are extended to the public on a nondiscriminatory basis.

These stories are provided by the SBA Resource Partner network in Montana which includes the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana Women's Business Center, W.E.L.L. Women's Business Center, Veteran's Business Outreach Center, SCORE, along with the State Trade Expansion Program.

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