Small Town Tourism Chat Live 3:30 pm on Wed 2/19 on Twitter!

Hop on Twitter tomorrow at 3:30 pm Choteau local time and take part in the #SmallTownTourismChat chat live, right on Twitter!

Topics will include vacation plans, road trip preferences, unusual places you’ve visited, the influence of food & restaurants, roadside attractions, and travel tips.

Learn How to Sell Your Product on Alibaba

Are you interested in selling your products via Alibaba but don’t know where to start?  ExportMontana is sponsoring up to 10 Montana companies to participate in the Montana World Trade Center’s (MWTC) training. Build Up Webinar
February 11th
10 – 11 am
Free for MWTC members & first 10 Montana companies
$25 for non-MWTC members is one of the world’s largest B2B marketplaces.  They recently announced they are now open for U.S.-based businesses to sell on their platform with the ability to reach over 10 million global active business buyers. Their mission is to make it easy to do business anywhere, and connecting suppliers and business buyers is an important part of that. They are helping businesses to access the $23.9 trillion B2B ecommerce opportunity.

Join the World Trade Centers – Montana, Kansas City and Denver and to learn more.

Contact the MWTC to register: or 406-243-6982

New Tech Startup? You can compete for $50k!

Via the MATR newsletter:

Early Stage MT is a nonprofit that has a simple goal: To accelerate the growth of emerging technology businesses in Montana. They do that by helping early stage tech companies avoid mistakes that slow growth, and connecting them to the training, mentors, contacts and financing to scale quickly.

They’re looking to take 15 businesses from multiple showcases happening across Montana and the first-place winner receives $50,000 in investment money.

Register Now: Enewsletters as a Marketing Power House

Register for the Webinar

Is your eNewsletter a little on the – um – boring side? Are your open rates flat? Your click rates through the floor? Do you ever wonder why you are sending an e-newsletter at all? It’s time for a change.

What will I learn?
Good news! 2020 is your year to punch up that electronic newsletter and make it work for you instead of the other way around. In this webinar, we will challenge you to take a hard look at this trusty (if time-worn) place marketing tool and consider ways to turn it into the lead generation tool it really should be.

What will we be covering?

  • Why are you even sending an e-newsletter (or why AREN’T you sending an e-newsletter?)
  • Know your audience
  • Define – and achieve – objectives that will make it worth your while
  • Content. Content. Content – Where to get it & how to make it interesting.
  • Tracking results (how, where & when)
  • Much, much more!

The presentation will be followed by a Q&A.

ITRR: Tourism and Recreation Data Questionnaire

As you’re all aware, we’re living in an increasingly data-driven society.  Everybody everywhere seems to be worried about data.  How do we get more data?  What do we do with the data?  What does the data mean?  Data, data, data!  No surprise that many of you are actively collecting and interested in data!
With all the data out there, the Institute for Tourism and Recreation Research (ITRR) would like to compile a list of data sources that are currently collected or purchased by the tourism industry and related businesses/organizations in Montana.  The objectives of compiling this list are:

  • To better determine costs, collection needs, and feasibility of future research projects.
  • To connect and better serve the tourism industry and stakeholders when data or research are available outside of ITRR.
  • To possibly reduce data collection costs and efforts across the tourism industry and stakeholders.
  • To better coordinate data and research for all users (when feasible).
  • To catalog past research and data collection efforts.

Please take the time (approximately 5 minutes) to complete the following survey and answer each of the questions to the best of your ability.  If you are purchasing the data, please take a moment to review the proprietary nature of your data service before beginning the survey.

Feel free to contact Matthew Pettigrew at ITRR with any questions or concerns.
406-243-5635 OR

If you are a tourism-based business, follow this link to the Survey:
Take the Survey

September 2018 Upcoming Events

School is starting, which means schedules are getting full! Get your calendar out and pencil in these events so you won’t miss anything!

Chamber After Hours:
–1st Bank of Montana and BTMC Foundation-Aug. 30, 5:30-8:30PM

School Calendar–see attached

Rocky Mountain Front Farmer’s Market
–Saturday’s, 8:30AM-1:30PM

Just a reminder to keep Chamber member Cherry Creek Media in mind for promoting your events!

BTMC Shadows of the Past Art Show & Auction:
–Sept. 7 and 8 (See for more information)

Choteau Chamber of Commerce General Roundtable Meeting:
–Choteau Country Club, Sept. 12, 5:30PM (Pizza)
–Christmas Stroll 2018

TASGA Threshing Bee
–Sept. 15 and 16

Montana State Fiddle Contest
–Sept. 27 and 28


EMPLOYERS® Announces Partnership with Montana Chamber of Commerce

Montana Safety Choices Program Members May be Eligible for Discounted Workers’ Compensation Insurance Coverage
EMPLOYERS®, America’s small business insurance specialist®, has been named the workers’ compensation insurance provider of choice for the Montana Chamber of Commerce (MCC) effective immediately. Representing more than 1,400 Montana businesses ranging in size and industry, eligible MCC members can receive a 5 percent discount on their workers’ compensation premium on policies placed with EMPLOYERS.
In addition to offering eligible members a 5 percent discount, EMPLOYERS will provide MCC members with information and services to implement risk management programs designed to help reduce costs and promote profitability. EMPLOYERS provides these resources to all of its policyholders through its Loss Control ConnectionSM, a web-based loss control platform that combines safety and loss control information with a suite of unique software programs that can help manage risk and reduce losses.
“We’re excited to work with EMPLOYERS to emphasize the importance of safety in the workplace,” said Webb Brown, President and Chief Executive Officer, MCC. “This program will address a significant expense for Montana’s employers, as well as help our members reduce workplace injuries and the expense associated with workplace accidents.”
“At EMPLOYERS, we are committed to meeting the unique needs of small businesses across the country,” said Russel Newman, chief sales officer, EMPLOYERS. “Similar to the Montana Chamber of Commerce’s commitment to its members, our core focus is on providing policyholders with information and tools to successfully operate and grow their businesses. We are pleased to join together with the Montana Chamber of Commerce to provide its eligible members with these valuable services at a discounted rate.”
Founded in 1931, the Montana Chamber of Commerce, a non-profit organization, is the advocate of business in Montana and the driving force in promoting a favorable business climate. Information about this program can be found at or by calling 888-442-MONT (6668).
MCC members interested in receiving more information about the 5 percent workers’ compensation discount available through EMPLOYERS can visit or call 888-682-6671. Not all members will be eligible for coverage, and members can be removed from the program due to adverse loss experience.