Small Business Emergency Grant
In response to the COVID-19 crisis and in partnership with the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization (MVLTRO), TwispWorks launched the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant opportunity for small businesses in the Methow Valley. Our vision is to help build resiliency and diversity in our vital business community and to minimize impacts due the pandemic.
Since its inception in 2014, MVLTRO, a group of nonprofits and key stakeholders in the community, have worked together to identify unmet needs in our community and build capacity within local non-profits like TwispWorks, Room One, The Cove and Aero Methow. The goal of MVLTRO is to build stability in our community during times of crisis, such as Covid-19. Through their outreach to community, TwispWorks and Room One have identified several emerging needs among small businesses who don’t fit the requirements for federal funding, or have not yet received unemployment benefits. We recognize that doing business in the Methow Valley is difficult under the best of times, and we want to help all small businesses survive and ultimately thrive.
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Updated October 1, 2020
ABOUT THE GRANT
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 five months we have raised over $116,500 and given a total of 48 grants to local businesses.
Become a funding partner in the creation of the Methow Valley Small Business Emergency Grant, administered by the TwispWorks Foundation. When you donate to TwispWorks through June 15, your donation will go directly to this important program. Your gift will help build resiliency and diversity in our small business community and help our local economy recover stronger.
THE SUCCESS STORIES
Thanks so much for your generous grant to the Barnyard Cinema. Although we have been able to re-jig our operations in the form of private screenings and a new film series we hope takes flight, and we definitely benefit from the incredible support from this community, our overhead is significant and we live on the edge of uncertainty daily. The Small Business Emergency Grant helps.
Bear Creek Golf Course
Receiving an emergency grant is such a relief to us during the Covid-19 business climate. Our grant will go directly towards fixing our main work cart that has been out of service for over a month so far! This work cart is important to us for our daily maintenance operations, as well as for necessary special projects on the golf course. It is a very big expense for us, so this Grant will go a long way to helping relieve some of the financial stress of paying the invoice. And, we can now take on those projects we have been delaying until the work cart is back on sight and running! Thank you, TwispWorks Foundation, for helping our anchor community business during this 2020 Covid-19 golf season!
Diamond Patina feels extremely blessed for this opportunity to receive such an amazing grant. We just started this small business journey not even a year ago and this money has allowed up to stay afloat during these hard times by helping with our many bills and providing comfort when we needed it the most. We are so very grateful!
Thank you TwispWorks Foundation for continuing to support small businesses in the valley.
We have been partnered with you since 2014 and it’s for reasons like the Small Business Emergency Grant we remain here in continued mutual support of our missions. I feel like we help reinforce the values of creative business and inspire others to continue or start their own. Thanks for looking out for us, it’s nice to feel both needed and supported. We will use this grant to both help offset current payroll expenses, and to train a new full-time employee. We are happy to call Twisp our home and glad we can be here for each other! Thank you TwispWorks and to all those who contributed to the fund – we deeply appreciate your support.
Thank You TwispWorks for this small business grant! My business fell through the cracks of all the big government grants and even state level grants. This local grant will help cover my rent for 2 months while I try to regain all the momentum my business had before the covid shutdown. Thank You to all the donors that want to keep our valley healthy and prosperous. Now we just need shoppers!
The Small Business Emergency Grant money will help Gathered build an online presence that could help sustain business during the uncertain winter months to come.
The Emergency Small Business Grant has enabled me and my yoga business, Goldenhorn Enterprises, to continue to pay rent for my yoga studio space at Twisp Movement Studio. I have not been able to teach yoga since late March and as a result, have had no income coming into my yoga business. Before I received this grant, I was contemplating closing my yoga business after teaching in Twisp for over ten years. This grant has enabled me to plan for the time when I will begin to teach classes in the studio setting again. I am deeply grateful to those that made this grant possible and gave me the boost I needed to continue on during this challenging time. Namaste
We picked a unique time to start a small farm business. Before the pandemic, we anticipated in-person community connections, to help us make our presence known, and distribute our products. Given social distancing mandates and lockdowns, we’ve had to restructure. Thanks to this grant, we’re able to offset those unforeseen marketing costs and purchase our first greenhouse! Thanks to the generosity and support of so many here in our Methow community, in the form of relief funds, we can grow a wider diversity of nutritious and delicious food.
La Fonda Lopez
Hey TwispWorks, thank you very much for the grant. In this pandemic time this grant will help a lot and thank you for supporting small businesses in the Methow Valley. We will use this grant to help pay for utilities, buy some inventory also to help pay employees. Thank you again!
Mary Gray, certified personal trainer, “I’m immensely grateful to whoever the decision-makers are for the small business grants. It is encouraging to know that people feel that I’ve contributed to the health and wellness of Methow Valley. That’s what I strive to do.”
The Merc Playhouse
The Merc is grateful to receive a TwispWorks Emergency Grant because funding is helping us provide after school programming at Methow Valley Elementary’s Cub Club. Students from each cohort in grades 3 and 4 have the opportunity to dance with Missi on Tuesdays and Thursdays. They will learn a variety of dance styles to lots of different music while learning how dance can enhance theater in many ways. While The Merc doesn’t have programming income through ticket sales and tuition, the funding from TwispWorks is helping provide this program to the 19 students currently registered.
The Methow Valley Community Center
Thank you so much for your help. The Methow Valley Community Center is addressing the possibility of adding ESL and Spanish as a second language for the facility. We have the room to start small and provide a much needed service to those from Spanish speaking nations, and to people who wish to travel there with more ease.
We are so very grateful, Thank You!
Motive’s yoga studio opened its doors for our first yoga class on February 8 and on March 14 we closed them due to covid-19. The first thing I asked myself as a brand- new studio owner was “How can we continue to serve the Valley’s yoga community especially in a time like this?” This grant will help us finance the technology and marketing needed for our online offerings and to help pay the lease on our beautiful studio space that we will warmly welcome our students back to with a slow re-opening. Thank you TwispWorks for helping us weather this storm with a feeling of support and hope!
Nectar Skin Bar
Thank you TwispWorks for the Small Business Emergency Grant. This grant will help with improvements to our website as well as getting more inventory for the holidays. Over the past six months our website has become more important for our business. We began online sales in March/April during the shutdown and people continue to use the website more now than ever before. With increased traffic to the website we have realized that it is a great time for updating and making it more user-friendly.
Old Schoolhouse Brewery
The Old Schoolhouse Brewery was delighted to be selected for this grant, and immediately put this money to work hiring new staff and training all staff on the new COVID-19 Protocols. We concurrently purchased several pallets of cans and hired a mobile canner so that we can put our beer into more markets. This pandemic has been very hard on the hospitality industry, and the brewery industry as a whole, and we are grateful for this local grant that enables us to continue being a leader in the Methow Valley.
River Run Inn
The River Run Inn is a small, private, family-owned business that relies solely on tourism and people looking for a place to go for vacation. Unfortunately, since the state had been closed for non-essential travel/activities and being a small business with no outside funding, we are really hurting right now. This grant is really going to help us in paying off some bills we are behind on due to the pandemic. Thank you so much for choosing our business for the TwispWorks Small Business Emergency Grant, this is such an honor and a huge help to our small business here in the Methow Valley.
Terry’s Appliance Repair
My responsibility as “Terry’s Appliance” consist of repairs to domestic household appliances including refrigeration and warranty work. I am 79 years old in good health but due to my age and other household member’s health, I had to discontinue working in March. Appliance repair is considered essential due to the need for clean laundry, refrigeration and cooking and I have recently returned to work on a part time basis. The lack of income for 2 months created a need for additional funds for continued obligations to creditors, utilities and suppliers. Thank you for the support.
The Iron Horse
Owner Misuk Ko, “The generous grant will allow us to cover expenses for the nearly two months we were entirely closed prior to Phase I curbside sales: the (generously reduced) rents at the Farmers Exchange Building, utilities, and the costs of opening up online retail at the-iron-horse.company.site”
The Thrifty Fox
The Thrifty Fox had just made it through the slow winter and we were gearing up for a busy spring when we had to close. With the grant I received from Twisp Works, I was able to pay off my very late water bill that was growing way too large, was also able to pay rent and power for the month of June. My small savings that had dwindled over the winter had just run out, and I received this grant just in time! I am so grateful for our generous community, and feel so lucky to have a business here that people are willing to fight for. We miss everyone and we’ll see you soon!
True North Letterpress
This little hamlet of a town never ceases to amaze. Thanks this grant the presses at True North Letterpress will keep turning. Small rural businesses like ours rely on their local community for longevity and we are SO thankful to be a part of this one! As a new business I was having a hard time qualifying for any of the federal funding available after Covid-19 stay at home orders went into place. With the help of this grant we’ve been able to stay in the black and purchase much needed supplies for printing more goods to sell as things start to re-open again. Establishing a business in an economy as small as ours takes time and without this little bit of help we may not have been able to see our vision through after such a major set-back.
Twisp River B&B
Denise and myself are very excited to have received a SBEG grant. The corona virus will have a lasting impact on us, as we have been closed for two months and we will now have reduced lodging capacity due to cleaning and sanitation protocol. We have been running the Twisp River Inn Bed & Breakfast for over 15 years in the upper Twisp River valley and have embraced the spirit of this community. Thank you for your support!
Twisp River Wellness
Owner Chaya Kudla, “This grant has been so helpful. I haven’t been successful acquiring other means of support for my business during this time and the Twispworks grant helped pay for some of my monthly overhead expenses, to keep my business afloat. With children home from school and my practice abruptly halted, it was a relief to have some assistance during this time. Thank you so much!”
Winthrop Guitar Studios
Owner Steve Kish, “The Small Business Emergency Grant has manifested a moment of calm, and peace of mind. Like the contours of a melody emanating from the Symphony, fully engulfing the mind, allowing for a respite from uncertainty. CoVid and the lockdown, literally shutdown all my income streams. Not only reeling from the magnitude of a global pandemic and its immediate impact on my family and our well being, but then the reality of how do I pay rent? Where do I go from here? How secure is my safety net, and how long will my savings last? This grant gives me answers and clear direction. Thank You Twispworks and to all the people and organizations that have helped fund this project!”
Winthrop Ice Rink
Since the Covid-19 public health emergency closed the Winthrop Rink mid-March, we have been unable to offer our popular summer programming of drop in pickleball, roller/inline skating, and roller hockey. We are now focused on reopening for winter operations, subject to public health safety guidelines. The Small Business Emergency Grant from Twisp Works will help fill the void of summer revenues and to cover costs of reopening the Rink for the winter. We look forward to providing a safe and exciting season of outdoor recreation- for our mind, body, and souls!
The business grant was much appreciated for YoDog. Being closed for a month and a half and receiving no other financial help took a toll on the pocketbook. The money will be used mostly to pay the bills. After several unsuccessful applications to regional grants, it was nice to finally feel the love from my local community. I have been open almost five years now and being a first time business owner I didn’t know what to expect. In these four years I have continued to receive an overwhelming amount of support and gratitude. Thanks a million. Very happy to live here. Perhaps when this all blows over we can get together in the new YoDog backyard for yappy hour and chat about it.