September 2011 Newsletter 

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Annual Awards Ceremony


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On October 26th at The Loft, the SBC will host its annual Sustainability Awards Ceremony, honoring nonprofits, businesses and community members in the following 6 areas: 



SBC Volunteer 

STS Program Achiever



New Venture


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Member Opportunities


Member To Member Benefits  

Did you know that more than 60 member businesses provide discounts to other SBC members?  

Click here to check out the full list of incredible deals.


Featured Benefit


Big Bear Sign Co. offers a 10% discount on purchases to all SBC members.  

For more information call 406-542-1871 or email Wendy. 

Member Website Need Updating?


If your SBC member page needs updating, let us know! We'd be happy to get your page current and help you promote everything your business does to be sustainable.

Send your update to


National News   


A recent Union of Concerned Scientists report encourages government
measures to increase the amount of Farmers' Markets in the United

Recognizing the benefits of increasing jobs, stabilizing local
economies and increasing access to local and healthy food, the report suggests measures such as providing funding through the 2012 Farm
Bill, expanding food stamps to allow for Farmers' Market shopping, and
reallocating funding away from big agriculture to boost local markets.

The report also looks into how much the access to Farmers' Markets is growing with 20 times as many markets now as there were 40 years ago.

The benefits and rapid growth of other local food programs such as
Farm-to-School are also featured in the report. Click here to download the full report and/or a summary. 

Get Involved! 


We are currently looking for community members to join our Buy Local, Community Outreach, & Fundraising Committees. If you are interested in any of these positions, please email Miriam at or visit our Volunteer and Intern Opportunities page. 


Thanks to our sponsors!

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Thank you to all who made our first annual Membership Appreciation Night a big success!


A big thank you to the sponsors: 


The Missoula Winery and Event Center

The Montana Small Business Alliance

And to the donors who made it all possible:

All Events Catering

Bridge Pizza 


The Buttercup Market

Farm to Family

Le Petit Outre     


Also in this newsletter, enjoy an article about the  West Lawn Market and the Cast Iron Chef competition, as well as the Strive Towards Sustainability Profile for Liquid Planet. 


Hope to see you at an event soon! 


Member Events & News   


-MT Public Service Commission Hearing -


The Clark Fork Coalition encourages you to attend  

a public hearing on the sale of Mountain Water Co.  

to the Carlyle Group  

Monday, September 26, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

City Council Chambers 


For questions or more information,  

visit or Brianna.  

Montana Farm To Table Connection - 


Monday, November 7, 2011    

Montana Department of Commerce, 301 S. Park, Helena 

Register by October 25, 2011 


The Montana Department of Agriculture is proud to host a combined Montana Farm to Table Connection, in which Montana agricultural producers are connected with Montana chefs, restaurants*, and distributors, and now independent grocery stores** in order to increase the presence of Montana agricultural products available on Montana menus and in stores.

* The term restaurant is used here to mean any kind of food service eatery, such as restaurants, cafes, cafeterias, caterers, etc.

** The term independent is used here to mean the buyer is located in Montana and has independent purchasing authority (i.e. not reliant on corporate purchasing agents).


For more information, contact Angelyn DeYoung, Marketing Officer, Montana Department of Agriculture at (406) 444-5424 or learn more and register here.


- Offer from -


"Tired of a brown lawn and dragging the hose around?"
Call EEI today for their "Fall Lawn Sprinkler Installation Special" 
50% due upon completion, 50% due in 60 days!
Extensive industry experience.

Contact Mike Merlesena at 406-880-3064 or

- Missoula Housing Authority's

- Recycling Program Is Up! -


Three MHA properties now have curbside recycling for plastics #1 and #2, newspapers, magazines, and junk mail!   


For more information contact Amelia Lyon, Licensed Property Manager, MHA Management/Missoula Housing Authority 406-549-4113 x112


To submit your member event, email


Feature Article

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Competition Heats Up at the 2011

Cast Iron Chef Cook-Off 


The 2011 Cast Iron Chef match was as exciting as it was beautiful......and tasty!  Five very talented teams competed to assemble a winning dish in 90 minutes, with Erin Crobar of Finn and Porter declared the winner of $500 first prize money.  His celebrity Sous Chef Russ Klave, the owner of Fuddruckers, was the proud recipient of a fabulous BBQ generously donated by the Axman.


Each team was given an identical mystery box with Blue Moon beer and a goat roast, as well as money to spend on produce at the West Lawn Market. After a bit of a late start, caused by the injured but brave Sheila Callahan of Mountain FM, things really heated up! Sheila was Sous Chef to 2nd place winner Casey Stekly of Silk Road, who was awarded $300.


Som Chai of Sa Wad Dee worked his Thai magic along with the SBC's own board chair Susan Estep as his Sous Chef! They were awarded the 3rd place ribbon and Som Chai took home $200.


A novel dish was presented by Creekhouse Chuckwagon Chef, Ned Larson and KECI TVs own Heidi Mieli cheered him on with encouragement and enthusiasm.  Montey Colby of Blue Canyon had the true celebrity Mrs. Montana Kila Reynolds helping him out, and they received an Honorable Mention along with the Chuckwagon team.


A good time was had by all, a large crowd listened, learned and tasted, and it was truly a memorable event celebrating creativity with local ingredients at the Western MT Fair.



Upcoming SBC Events


- STS Workshop -


Tuesday, October 18th, 8:30 am - 12 pm


 Free for members, dependent on level.


At the workshop participants will interact with other business owners, board members, and employees and together:

  • Hear the business case for sustainability and get a short "sustainability 101" course
  • Complete a comprehensive sustainability assessment questionnaire
  • Develop a sustainability priority area and set a goal in that area for the upcoming year
  • Identify barriers to pursuing sustainability and ways to overcome them
  • Become eligible to participate in the STS recognition program and hear about the follow-up and goal-setting process that the program entails

For more information or to register early click here 


Questions? Email     

- Sustainability Shot Series -


Thanks for joining us at the September 21st series kick off with David Loewenwarter of Fill THE Gap!


Other Sustainability Shots planned for the 2011-2012 season include the following discussions:

  • Wednesday, November 16 - a presentation by Hollie Greenwood of Real Cooking
  • Wednesday, April 18 - a presentation by Molly Bradford of Sustainable Building Systems
All of the Sustainability Shots are free and open to the public and will be held at  

The Loft of Missoula, 119 West Main. 


The Shot Series is co-sponsored by Cherry Creek Radio & Missoula Independent.


- Sustainability Awards Ceremony -


Join us as we honor local community members for their dedication and innovation. Hear from the winners and bid for items in a silent auction as we celebrate the amazing people that help the SBC and the Missoula area thrive.


SBC Awards Winners Circle 


The evening of Wednesday, October 26th

The Loft of Missoula   

To vote for the 2011 winners, click here




The Strive Towards Sustainability (STS) Program 

is the SBC's own graduated recognition program. 

It includes a half day workshop, nine area assessment instrument, and research and marketing assistance for participants. For more information click here.


Featured Member:  

Liquid Planet    


  Liquid Planet received their Striver Eco Seal by sending one representative to the workshop, and earning five out of nine STS Eco-area badges.  


Some highlights from Liquid Planet's operations include:     

  • Management: Includes sustainability in the company's written mission or values as well as day to day practices 
  • Purchasing: Uses biodegradable, compostable hot and cold to-go cups and is the first in the world to commercially use a corn-based fully biodegradable compostable overwrap to cover non-bleached compostable sachet containing organic tea    
  • Transportation: Encourages employees to use efficient or alternative transportation by offering bus passes    
  • CustomersEducates customers about sustainability by offering products in environmentally friendly packaging and posting informative signage    

To read the complete results of Liquid Planet's STS assessment visit their  SBC member page and click on the 'Read More' link next to their Eco Seal.  


If you have been through the workshop and filled out the assessment, but have not received your Eco Seal, please contact Drew at  



We look forward to seeing you soon!




The Sustainable Business Council  

Board of Directors and Staff