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Export trainings available from ExportMontana at the Montana Department of Commerce

As the world of international trade continues to be somewhat uncertain, perhaps you’re thinking now would be a good time to learn more about exporting, research new markets, tweak the website, etc. Below are some trainings, both live and on-demand, that can help with your needs.

Polson business wins Retailer of the Year Award at 2021 Made in Montana Tradeshow

“It’s small business owners like Carol at handMADE Montana who highlight the very best of Montana-made handcrafted goods while providing a supportive platform for local artisans,” said Montana Department of Commerce Director Scott Osterman.

Montana ARPA Communications Advisory Commission Meeting 9/14 – State Capital and Zoom

Public comments may be submitted during the meeting or by submitting comments here.

The Montana Film Office is at the 47th Festival of American Cinema in Deauville, France

A friend of my daughter’s, Lauren Hadaway, is promoting her new film “The Novice” at the Deauville Film Festival.  She sent my daughter a picture of some of the marketing info for the Montana Film Office that’s widely available at the festival.  Go Montana Films!.  Russ

Montana Department of Commerce – CDBG Housing, Community Facility, Public Facility Grant Application Deadline Extended

Based on public input, the Montana Department of Commerce has decided to extend the deadline for the CDBG Community Facility, Public Facility and Housing grant applications deadline from September 15, 2021, at 5:00 pm to October 28, 2021, at 5:00 pm.

Montana panel backs $22 million investment in job training

The Department of Commerce recommended spending $10 million for training grants to businesses.

Made in Montana Trade Show features Montana goods, connects buyers and sellers September 10-11

The 2021 Made in Montana Trade Show kicks off Friday at the Lewis and Clark County Fairgrounds in Helena. The 125 vendors from 52 Montana towns and cities are traveling to this year’s show.

Panel moves to fund $125M in Montana infrastructure projects

The money is part of more than $2 billion Montana received through the American Rescue Plan Act, passed by Congress in March to offset some of the economic impacts of the pandemic. The state is receiving its money in two rounds, and the ARPA Infrastructure Advisory Commission is expected to award another round of water and wastewater grants next year.

Montana’s post-pandemic economy is robust, says UM economist

“There’s no cooling-off of the economy right now,” said Patrick Barkey, director of the Bureau of Business and Economic Research at the University of Montana and the event’s keynote speaker. 

Yellowstone logs first million-visitor month in July, Park Service requires masks

Yellowstone National Park logged its first million-visitor month in July, a milestone symbolic of the heavy tourist traffic across the country’s national parks, as visitors travel to wide-open spaces in response to—and in spite of—the surging delta variant of COVID-19.