Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” Meeting

Join fellow members of the Missoula Midtown Association via Zoom for a Virtual “Mid-Town Hall” in lieu of our traditional Midtown Mixer on Tuesday, July 7, beginning at 4:00 PM(*Please note the earlier start time).

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Given the lack of regular social gatherings as of late, we would like to host this virtual meeting to connect all members and provide a venue for anyone willing to share news about how your business, organization, and team are doing through these unique times.

Our Association President, Mark Bellon, will provide an update on Midtown’s activity and the progress our group has continued to make as summer gets underway. We plan to then open up the discussion to any participants who would like to ask questions, share information, or chat. 

Some examples of topics that may be discussed include, but are not limited to:

  • Is your business open and operating, and in what capacity?
  • Are you operating under a different schedule than usual?
  • What are some of the biggest challenges your organization has faced over the past few months?
  • What have been some of your strategies/methods in trying to overcome those challenges?
  • What can the Midtown Association and fellow members do to help your business/organization?
  • What can other members of the community do to help your business/organization?
  • How are you, your staff, and your family doing?
  • How have you been spending your quarantine time?
  • Which Netflix series have you been binging lately?

 If your office (or home-office) allows it, we encourage you to enjoy a cold beverage during the call, if you would like, in order to help create that “Mixer” feel!

Please feel free to reach out to us through Facebook, LinkedIn, or via email if you have any questions or would like additional information.

We hope to see you there!

Open for Small Business Initiative from Washington Prime Group & Partnering Organizations

Washington Prime Group, owner of Southgate Mall, and partner organizations have launched the Open for Small Business Initiative, providing an easy to use lease modification template allowing for the deferral of payments until local entrepreneurs can get back on their feet.

Open for Small Business is also hosting educational webcast seminars with government agency officials and private sector experts to discuss how to access SBA guaranteed loans and more.

Resources are being made available to all small businesses whether or not they are a WPG tenant. Additional information can be found here:

NorthWestern Energy Pledges $300,000 to Assist Small Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

Gold Level Sponsor of the Missoula Midtown Association, NorthWestern Energy, has pledged $300,000 to assist small businesses that have been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic.

Below is a link to the grant application for bill credits. Grant recipients must be a NorthWestern customer impacted by the state and local closure directives related to COVID-19, and also must have contacted NorthWestern to discuss management of their utility bill.…/applicationsb

Additional information can be found by visiting the NorthWestern Energy website:

Missoula COVID-19 Business Assistance Information & Links

The Missoula County Economic Recovery Task Force is a partnership of public and private for-profit and nonprofit entities working to ensure our community is informed and positioned for recovery from the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic by:

1) Understanding how you are being affected economically 
2) Improving access to resources that are available to help you now 
3) Making you aware of resources that are in development
4) Identifying any remaining gaps in resources

Click the link below to take look at the Business Assistance resources available.

Member Spotlight: Southgate Mall

Southgate Mall originally opened its doors to the Missoula community in 1978 and has been operating for over 40 years. 
The tagline of ‘Eat. Shop. Play.’ adequately sums up the mission to serve a variety of connection points and experiences visitors and residents can enjoy.

As many malls around the nation have evolved, so has Southgate Mall. The Mall will seek additional food and beverage, entertainment, and home furnishing retailers, while also providing space for local and regional operators. You will notice active common areas with installations for existing and prospective stores, as well as events and activities designed especially for residents and visitors.

Southgate Mall provides the best collection of retailers, services, community events, and restaurants to over 6 million visitors every year. The Mall collaborates, elevates, and fosters new relationships with as many creative, innovative, and motivated individuals or businesses as possible.

Many exciting things are going on at Southgate Mall these days with the recent announcement for the addition of Scheels, a new Now Care center, a new Nail Trix, a new River City Hair Studio, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels, Cinnabon, The Big Dipper, and “The Giggle Box”, Missoula’s first interactive art museum (March-August).

There’s never a shortage of things going on at the Mall – one of Midtown Missoula’s staple icons. For a full line-up of events and updates, click HERE.