COVID-19 Resources for Montana-based Trade Practitioners and International Businesses
As we face these trying times together, we are continuing to strive to bring Montana businesses the guidance and assistance needed to navigate international trade. On this page, we are assembling resources for Montana businesses that will address a variety of potential issues as COVID-19 continues to affect business worldwide. Please check back periodically as we continue to update this page with additional resources.
CARES Act: Montana SBA and EXIM Bank Guest Lecture – Leveraging Public Funds for Business Online Course Recording
On April 3rd, 2020, Brigitta hosted Brent Donnelly and Sandra Donzella as guest speakers for her Leveraging Public Funds for Business online MBA course. Brent Donnelly, Director of the Montana SBA District Office, spoke about the CARES Act and what it means for Montana businesses. Sandra Donzella, EXIM Bank’s Deputy Managing Director for the California, Montana, and Wyoming region, also covered important EXIM Bank services that will be helpful as Montana businesses are working through COVID-19-related trade issues. View the recording here.
MWTC/MTDEC Montana Business COVID-19 Response Virtual Happy Hour
On April 7, 2020, MWTC and the Montana District Export Council co-hosted a virtual happy hour during which businesses from across the state discussed the challenges that they are facing due to COVID-19, and how they are managing these issues. View the recording here.
SBA Disaster Assistance Loans News Release
Here you will find the news release concerning SBA’s disaster assistance loan program information: SBA COVID-19
Montana Business COVID-19 Impact Survey
Starting on April 2nd, MWTC published a survey to record the impact of COVID-19 on business across the state. As this pandemic continues to impact trade, we are asking that all Montana-based businesses trading internationally complete this survey, so that we can better assemble our tool chest of services to help businesses navigate these rocky waters.
The survey can be found here: COVID-19 Impact Survey
Below is the report with responses up to April 8th: COVID-19 Impact Survey Report 4.8.2020
International Trade Updates
We have decided to make Montana World Trade Center’s Weekly Trade News Update available free of charge through Q2 of this year to keep local business apprised of trade-related issues as they develop. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to be added to the mailing list.
CARES Act Info Relating to International Business
Here is the language in the CARES Act regarding the cancellation of trade shows and trade missions. We are still seeking guidance on exactly what this language means for firms that may have had shows/trips/plans canceled as a result of COVID-19.
World Trade Center Association Resource Page
On this page, one can find links to resources shared by various other World Trade Centers around the globe. WTCA COVID-19 Resources and Updates