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.

MV Broadband Team working with the State Broadband Office

Broadband Advocacy LogoThe Methow Valley Broadband Action Team needs to hear from you about your internet speed and service. Please take 2 minutes to complete a brief survey. Working with the Washington State Broadband Office, this mapping initiative will help identify gaps in high-speed internet service and areas in the Methow Valley where broadband infrastructure needs are greatest. This information will help us secure state and federal funding for local projects that can enhance service in the Methow Valley. Thank you for your help!

Take the Survey here

TwispWorks Awards Third Round of Emergency Business Grants

TwispWorks and the Methow Valley Long Term Recovery Organization are pleased to announce the third round of funding to 13 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.

Among those awarded was Hayley Mowen with 3rd Avenue Salon. 3rd Avenue Salon stylists have been pivoting their business to include house calls and the purchase of PPE. They expressed gratitude for the extra support for those industries who maintain close contact with clientele. The Methow Valley Inn also expressed gratitude for the grant, stating that they will be opening an outside coffee bar in the garden to help supplement lost income streams with money from this grant. The Idle a While in Twisp has also made improvements such as keyless locks so they can text clients their access code and conduct 90% of their customer interaction via telephone. The Small Business Emergency Grant will be used to purchase PPE for staff and house cleaners.

In Winthrop, the retail shop, Gathered and Oliver’s Kitchen both plan to reopen safely with money from the emergency grant. While Bear Creek Golf Course will use their emergency funds to maintain their equipment and undertake some special projects on the course.

Small Business Emergency Grants were awarded to the following organizations:

Idle a While * 3rd Avenue Salon, Hayley Mowen * Floyd Company * Methow Valley Inn * Tappi’s * Olivers * River Run Inn * Mt Gardner Inn * Bear Creek Golf Course * Gathered * Methow Rafting * Allison Childers Darwood, LMP * Alondra’s Cleaning Service

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.

Honoring Mary Kiesau

We are pleased to announce the launch of the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund. The Fund will support the independent projects of artists, photographers, and naturalists working to further their own creativity, professional development, and the community’s connection to the land, art, and each other.

The Fund is held at the Community Foundation of North Central Washington and will be guided by Mary’s partner Merle Kirkley and her mother, Carolyn Townsend. Artists, photographers, and naturalists will have an opportunity to apply for the Fellowship, which will provide funds to support their “field” work and ultimately the creation of artistic works and knowledge that can be shared with the community.

Mary Kiesau was a woman of extraordinary energy and drive. This fellowship honors her legacy through celebrating Mary’s educational and artistic passions:

• living in harmony and balance with the earth and its finite resources
• being observant, interested in, and connected with the natural world in order to gain a deep appreciation for the place one calls home
• helping to create a strong, resilient, and enlightened community that is composed of the Methow flora, fauna, and people.

The Fund emerged from a series of conversations with Mary’s close friends, family, and those who worked and served with her at TwispWorks and the Methow Conservancy.

To honor Mary’s legacy and support the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund, please donate online or send your check, payable to the Mary Kiesau Community Fellowship Fund to CFNCW, 9 South Wenatchee Avenue, Wenatchee, WA 98801. Thank you!