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'Women Owned Wednesday' event set for February 21

After a successful inaugural event earlier this year, the Three Forks Chamber of Commerce is hosting a second “Women Owned Wednesday” on Wednesday, February 21, at 6 p.m. at Main Street Office.

According to Chamber President Leann Bryant, Montana ranks seventh in the nation for growth in jobs created by women-owned businesses, employing 37,000 and generating roughly $4.7 million for the economy last year.

“Women Owned Wednesday is an opportunity to recognize that growth and impact locally,” Bryant said.

The event is the brainchild of the newest Three Forks Chamber Board Member, Stacy Miller.

“Stacy owns Kora’s Kreations, a small home-based business where she uses her immense talent and skill to create lovely wood and leather goods. While we were talking about the revitalization of the Chamber of Commerce, she noted there are numerous women-owned or operated businesses in Three Forks, and perhaps that is something we could take advantage of to offer an innovative networking opportunity,” Bryant said.

Looking toward the second Women Owned Wednesday, Bryant said something a little bit different about these events is the dialogue.

“At each event, the business owner or operator is asked to tell the attendees a little about themselves, their business, their motivation for being in Three Forks and are encouraged to share any plans or goals they are excited about. Our first event at Headwaters Area Food Bank was a success and generated a buzz around how these events could continue to support our community,” Bryant said.

Chamber officials are also excited to be hosting a Women Owned Wednesday at the Main Street Office with Christina Kamps, which will let those in attendance learn more about the long-time Three Forks business.

“This month marks their 29th anniversary, so we are thrilled to celebrate their success,” Bryant said.

While the Chamber has coined these events as “Women Owned Wednesday, “ Bryant said it should be noted that the gatherings are not exclusive to women in attendance.

“We invite everyone to join us, including the men that support those women, who want to learn more about our local businesses, and those that want to take advantage of a free networking opportunity,” said Bryant. “Also, if you are interested in hosting an event, you don’t necessarily have to be the ‘owner’ of your business. If you lead the team, if you’re responsible for dotting the I’s and crossing the T’s, or if the place would just simply fall apart without you. We want to hear from you.”

Those interested in hosting an event should email the Three Forks Chamber at [email protected].

“And keep your ears open for more exciting moves your Chamber of Commerce is making this year,” Bryant said.