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TwispWorks and MVLTRO Provide Emergency Funding to Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Small Business Emergency Grant Donate ImageTwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization are pleased to announce the first round of funding to ten recipients of the Small Business Emergency Grant program. The program provides $1,500 to small businesses impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic and can be used to pay rent, utilities and other fixed business expenses as well as to help businesses become more resilient in the future.

Small Business Emergency Grants were awarded to the following organizations:
• Linwood Restaurant LLC
• Kevin’s Collision Auto Repair
• Twisp Daily Business
• Old School House Brewery
• Thrifty Fox
• Fiber LLC
• Diamond Patina
• True North Letterpress
• Yo Dog
• Golden Horn Enterprises

“Small businesses are the lifeblood of the Methow Valley economy. TwispWorks and the Methow Valley Longer Term Recovery Organization know that there are many small businesses who have had to shut down completely or dramatically modify their operations and desperately need financial assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are pleased to offer these businesses this support and are equally appreciative to all the individuals and organizations who have contributed to the emergency fund. It is only through donor support that we can provide this critical funding to help our local economy recover stronger and more resilient,” said Don Linnertz, TwispWorks executive director.

Parties interested in making a restricted contribution to the fund can do so by clicking below:

Become a Funding Partner – Donate Now →
Or donations can be mailed to TwispWorks are PO Box 264, Twisp, WA 98856, please note MV Small Business Emergency Grant in the memo line.

Businesses interested in being considered during the next round of funding can apply by clicking below:
Take the Survey/Apply for the Grant →

Small Business Emergency Grant Launches

In partnership with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization (MVLTRO), TwispWorks is pleased to announce the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant opportunity for small businesses in the Methow Valley. Our shared vision is to help build resiliency and diversity in our vital small business community to minimize business closures due to the pandemic.

Since its inception in 2014, MVLTRO has been identifying unmet needs in our community and building capacity at local non-profits like TwispWorks, Room One, The Cove and Aero Methow to build stability in our community during times of crisis. Through the course of outreach to Methow Valley Businesses and clients, TwispWorks and Room One simultaneously identified an emerging need among many small business owners who need a safety net while they wait for unemployment or loan requests to be fulfilled or who may not qualify for other aid. This need translated into the creation of the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant. Starting May 21st, business grants of $1,500 will be awarded for either immediate relief (paying rent, utilities, and other fixed business expenses) or for recovery purposes (projects to help businesses pivot to new markets and become more resilient and viable).

The Challenge:
The Methow Valley Small Business Community is diverse, resilient and fragile. While many businesses have secured COVID-19 relief funding through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) or have been able to put employees on expanded unemployment benefits, some businesses are still falling through the cracks. Here are some examples:
• A small office/art supply store that received PPP is able to pay employees, rent and utilities, but has no working capital to purchase inventory and is not able to pay herself
• A hairdresser who is a sole proprietor has been unable to secure PPP and rent on her salon is past due. It will be many weeks before she is able to reopen
• A restaurant owner who’s employees are on unemployment but who has little working capital to purchase ingredients for a new take-out menu
• A number of recently purchased businesses do not qualify for PPP because they do not meet the requirement of being in business prior to February 15, 2020
• An unknown number of house cleaners, trainers, landscapers, therapists, music teachers, performers and other self-employed small business owners are struggling to meet fixed expenses that cannot be met through assistance from our food bank and social service agency

The Opportunity
Become a funding partner in the creation of the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant, administered by the TwispWorks Foundation. Provide a direct donation to the TwispWorks Foundation that will be used to fund and administer a local Small Business Emergency Grant fund making $1,500 grants to businesses who have immediate needs that are not being met by existing programs.

The Fund will be announced the week of May 11 with selection and funding of the first round of businesses complete by May 21. Additional funding rounds will be rolled out as funding becomes available. Visit our COVID-19 Business Resource Page to apply!

If you want to partner with us and support the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant, you can donate online at TwispWorks.org or mail a check to TwispWorks, P.O. Box 264, Twisp, WA 98856 and indicate your gift is for “Small Business Emergency Grant”. THANK YOU for investing in the sustainability of our community and for supporting the small businesses that are the heart of the Methow Valley Economy.

Questions? Email BusinessSupport@TwispWorks.org

2019 TwispWorks Annual Report

In light of the CIVD-19 pandemic and TwispWorks commitment to using our resources wisely, we are distributing our annual report electronically. Click the button below to review our 2019 report. Thank you for making this work possible!

2019 TwispWorks Annual Report

GiveBIG Kicks off April 15th

Give Big is a 2-day event, May 5-6 where people can donate to participating nonprofits. Early giving kicks off April 15 and allows people to record a donation that then be processed during the May event.

Using a case worker model, TwispWorks is reaching out to every one of the more than 400 businesses in the Methow Valley. In just the past few weeks, TwispWorks has contacted more than 200 local businesses, providing support and helping connect them to resources and financial assistance. Because everyday matters, this outreach has resulted in a 50% increase in our staff hours. By supporting TwispWorks, you are advancing the critical work we’re doing right now assisting small businesses impacted by COVID-19. While the recovery process will take time, we know we will emerge stronger and more resilient!

“Spend A Ben” Campaign Launches

TwispWorks and the Methow Conservancy believe that a strong, resilient local business economy is essential to the Methow Valley community we all know and love. We know now is definitely not a time for business as usual.

We feel like it is time to bring back the “Spend a Ben” campaign – an online marketing campaign to encourage people to think about spending a “Ben” (think of a Benjamin, as in $100, since Ben Franklin is on the $100 bill) with a local business.

We’d like to offer the opportunity for any business in the community to be listed in our on-line directory of places to spend your Bens in the Methow. If you are a business and you’d like to learn how you can participate in this program click here for details.
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