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ILC Expands Footprint & Programming at TwispWorks

ILC Expansion: The Tree HouseThe MVSD, working in partnership with TwispWorks recently completed the renovation of the home located at 408 Lincoln Street. Located on the TwispWorks campus, the renovated home adjoining the “Bunkhouse,” will now serve as a new schoolhouse to ILC students and staff. Affectionately referred to by ILC students as the “Treehouse,” it will provide the additional space necessary to accommodate the ILC’s steady growth in enrollment.

ILC New ClassroomIn addition to the expansion of classroom spaces, ILC students are currently engaged in the research, design, and renovation of the antiquated shop located next to the Treehouse. With the intent of launching the district’s new Automotive Tech Program later this fall, interested students are working under the guidance of Trent Whatley, MVSD CTE instructor, through all phases of the design and construction process.

Anticipating high levels of student interest in the Automotive Tech Program looking forward, interested ILC students are working with local architects to research and develop a long-range plan that includes the construction of a larger facility able to accommodate more student enrollment in the program.

ILC Garage Construction TwispWorks and the Methow Valley School District would like to thank those amazing community members whose generous support have helped make these long-held dreams a reality!


Small Business Emergency Grant - Winthrop Ice RinkTwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization are pleased to announce the fourth round of funding to 11 recipients of the Small Business Emergency Grant program. The program provides $1,500 to Methow-Valley based 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 business become more resilient in the future. This grant cycle focused on businesses who are vital to our community and sense of place.

Small Business Emergency Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Mount Gardner Massage * La Fonda Lopez * eqpd * Winthrop Gallery * Methow Valley Community Center * Methow Valley Jewelry Collective * Barnyard Cinema * Winthrop Rink * Methow Valley Interpretive Center * Nectar Skin Care * The Merc Playhouse

The Small Business Emergency Grant program is made possible thanks to tremendous generosity of our local community and business owners, the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization, and the towns of Twisp and Winthrop, and the mighty Twisp Washington and Winthrop Washington Chambers of Commerce.

Methow Made 2021 Membership Drive

Methow Made Annual Meeting The 2021 Methow Made membership drive is underway! Methow Made, brought to you by TwispWorks, is a marketing program aimed primarily at increasing the visibility of Methow Valley artists, producers, growers, craftspeople and makers and driving sales in the Valley and beyond.

Now entering its ninth year, the Methow Made program is funded in large part through annual membership dues and delivers a wealth of benefits to members including:
• A dedicated page on the Methow Made website
• Inclusion in the annual Methow Valley News Made in the Methow magazine
• Access to the special Methow Made display shelves featured in stores throughout the Valley
• Methow Made collateral including stickers and shelf hangers
• Early access to TwispWorks programming and events
• Social media promotion and monthly eNewsletters

Another less tangible but very valuable benefit of membership is access to a large network of artists, small business owners, entrepreneurs and producers, all trying to succeed in a challenging physical and economic environment. If you’re a Valley maker and you would like to learn more about the Methow Made program please email MethowMade@TwispWorks.Org for more information or visit

Making Business Work In the Methow: COVID, The Childcare Crisis & What We Can Do

Childcare Webinar PosterTwispWorks, Little Start Montessori and Room One are happy to bring you a virtual discussion as part of our series on Making Business Work in the Methow: Covid, the Childcare Crisis and What We Can Do, 5:30-7 PM September 23, 2020. Join us for an evening of presentations from childcare workers and state officials on the true cost of childcare, the impacts of Covid-19, and what you can do to help.

This webinar will happen via Zoom – click here to join or copy and paste this link:

Contact Julie Tate-Libby with any questions.

4th Round of Funding Announced

2020 SBEG Becky StudenThe Small Business Emergency Grant is pleased to announce a 4th round of funding, opening September 8th, 2020. In partnership with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization and Okanogan County’s Economic Alliance, TwispWorks launched the Small Business Emergency Grant in May this year to give $1500 to those businesses most impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic. Over the past four months we have raised $91,600 and given a total of 37 grants to local businesses. Read more about the grant and how to apply here.