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.

2020 Annual Meeting for Members

Last month, the Missoula Midtown Association (MMA) held its Annual Membership Meeting to provide updates on the organization and activity around Midtown. The event was a great success thanks to a highly-collaborative effort by the Events Committee under the direction of Sandy Bollom and three of the association’s newest members: Fairbridge Inn & Suites who hosted, Notorious P.I.G. who served lunch, and Big Dipper Ice Cream who provided dessert.

President of the Association, Mark Bellon, gave a brief recap of the association’s history and accomplishments over the course of 2019 before detailing the strategic goals the Board of Directors has set for the remainder of 2020, including growth of membership, the establishment of a partnership with the Western Montana Fair, diversification of revenue sources, and the initial framework for the Midtown Master Plan.

In addition to the information presented by Mark, three additional speakers shared updates from around Midtown – Emily Brock, Director of the Missoula County Fairgrounds; Tim Winger, General Manager of Southgate Mall; and Claire Matten, CCIM with Sterling Commercial Real Estate Advisers, who enlightened attendees with facts and figures related to development and jobs around the Midtown area.

Finally, everyone present was asked to participate in a working session to brainstorm and share ideas on how to improve the association and the Midtown community, resulting in several great suggestions.

A huge Thank You to everyone who assisted in making this event happen, our Gold & Foundation Sponsors, and all Members who make up this enthusiastic and growing organization.