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In May of 2020, TwispWorks launched the Small Business Emergency Grant, now the Small Business Resiliency Grant (SBRG), to provide relief for businesses impacted by the Covid-19 Pandemic. Partnering with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Group and Okanogan County Economic Alliance, the initial program gave businesses throughout the Methow Valley $1,500-$5,000 grants to cover essential expenses such as rent and utilities, advertising costs, and working capital to purchase goods. Over the course of the next two years, we gave out a total of 77 grants and distributed $138,750 throughout the business community.

Today, Small Business Resiliency Grants have pivoted to reflect all crises including pandemics, recessions, and natural disasters like wildfires. SBRG is an ongoing grant program, administered by TwispWorks to address the changing business needs of small businesses in the Methow Valley.

Updated September 14, 2021

140

Applicants

77

Grants Awarded

138750

Distributed Thoughout Community

Future of SBRG

We believe that the SBRG has played an important role in the Methow Valley. For many small businesses, the grant has been more than money—it is a symbol of comradery and support that has encouraged, inspired, and brought hope to many small businesses during Covid-19. With the rural restructuring in our community and the subsequent rise in housing and living costs, economic disparity is increasing. Many small business owners do not have the capital to innovate, pivot, or change business plans. The SBRG represents an important transition from a community who not only buys local, but supports its businesses because they are fundamental to the diversity and socioeconomic health of our community.

Because of our outreach during Covid-19, we are more aware of the problems small businesses face, such as lack of training, access to education, resources, affordable housing, and capital to make the changes they need to survive and thrive in the Methow Valley. In light of the challenges and opportunities that Covid-19 has wrought, we plan to continue the SBRG with special considerations for businesses who want to invest in climate friendly and long-term resiliency changes. As part of our partnership with Methow Valley Citizen’s Council Climate Action Plan, we envision pivoting the SBRG in the future to fund projects that would enable businesses to develop long term strategies and climate friendly practices, such as installing solar panels and other energy efficient technologies, developing online marketing tools, funding for training or business seminars, and other innovative projects.

SBRG Recipients 2022

Previous SBEG Recipients

2021 Recipients

  • Brix
  • The Fork Food Truck
  • Methow Moments Tent and Event Rentals
  • Methow Valley Ciderhouse
  • Methow Valley News
  • Motive Yoga
  • Skalitude Retreat
  • Winthrop Fitness

2020 Recipients

  • Bear Creek Golf Course
  • Diamond Patina
  • eqpd gear
  • Fiber
  • Gathered
  • Goldenhorn Enterprises
  • Hoodoo Blooms
  • La Fonda Lopez
  • Mary Gray
  • The Merc Playhouse
  • The Methow Valley Community Center
  • Motive Yoga
  • Mount Gardner Massage

  • Nectar Skin Bar
  • Old Schoolhouse Brewery
  • River Run Inn
  • Terry’s Appliance Repair
  • The Barnyard Cinema
  • The Iron Horse
  • The Thrifty Fox
  • True North Letterpress
  • Twisp River B&B
  • Twisp River Wellness
  • Winthrop Guitar Studios
  • Winthrop Ice Rink
  • YoDog







TwispWorks partners with several economic development organizations around the state to ensure our business community has access to training, one-on-one mentoring and support for new and existing businesses. We keep the business community up to date with quarterly eNews, business checkins, and events to promote the art and culture of the Methow Valley! Click on the links below for lending services, business consultations, and news from across the region, or email us at businesssupport@twispworks.org.

  1. Read the latest TwispWorks Business Support eNews
  2. NCWEDD: Northcentral Washington Economic Development District provides regional development and economic support for Chelan, Douglas, and Okanogan counties and the Colville Confederated Tribes.
  3. Economic Alliance of Okanogan County: Support for small businesses of Okanogan County.
  4. Washington SBDC: A network of over 30 expert business advisors to help Washington businesses grow through advising, education, and research.
  5. Washington State Microenterprise Association