It is nice to see people step up to help businesses in the community. Two local women – AshLy Tubbs and Karli Mosey created Community Crate (find it under Community Crate, Helena, MT on Facebook), which is a service that showcases items from some of Helena’s local businesses.
The idea sprung from seeing businesses unable to bring in cash flow during the pandemic. Locals can sign up for monthly boxes to be delivered (April boxes sold out quickly). The May boxes will feature Gulch Distillery, Wildflower Craft Boutique, Sole Sisters, Birds and Beasleys, The Local (magazine) and the General Mercantile. April featured Big Dipper, JMacs Pottery, and Montana Book Company, among others. Sign up on their website: https://www.community-crate.com/.
The Independent Record is offering a grant program with marketing assistance for businesses impacted by COVID-19. Their program offers matching marketing funds to businesses. They know it is imperative for businesses to deliver their message and promote their business to their customers now more than ever to recover.
Locally owned and operated businesses can use the matching advertising grants in the IR for print and digital publications and services. This complements the IR’s Buy Local gift card program and their program helping local restaurants.
The Montana Radio Company has created a program called $50 by 5 asking the community to spend $50 at a local business between now and May 5 to make a big impact of infusing dollars into the local economy.