New Improvement Grants Available

October 1, 2015

To: Members of the Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture (GRVCCA)


The GRVCCA Board is pleased to announce a new program we are implementing this Fall. We know how important our Main Street corridors are to promote and enhance our communities. We also know how difficult it can sometimes be to set aside the necessary funding to improve our store fronts/facades. With this in mind, the GRVCCA Board has decided to award five (5) improvement grants of up to $500 each to businesses on the Main Street corridors or within one block of the Main Street corridors. We invite you to apply for an improvement grant for your business. The requirements are as follows:

1. The applicant must be a current member of the GRVCCA.

2. The applicant must either own or occupy a business on Main Street or within a one block radius of Main Street in either Sheridan or Twin Bridges.

3. The project must be to improve the store front/façade appearance ( ie. Painting, signage, windows, awnings, brick or rockwork, etc.) in keeping with the downtown appearance and historic preservation of the Town(s).

4. The applicant must be able to provide matching funds and show ability to complete the project. The grant funds will not be paid until completion of the project. The project must be completed within one year, or by October 31st, 2016. 

5. Applications are due by November 1, 2015 and will be awarded at our annual meeting on November 7th. The GRVCCC has the sole discretion to approve, deny or modify, or table a request for grant assistance based upon the above criteria. Applications not approved can be resubmitted the following year.

We hope you will consider taking advantage of this program. Submit your grant application on or before November 1st to the

Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce & Agriculture
PO Box 134
Twin Bridges, MT 59754

or drop them in person to Ruby Valley National Bank in Twin Bridges or Sheridan Attention: Karen Town, President GRVCCA. If you have any questions, contact a Board Member.

ApplicationClick here for PDF application. You will need to right click, and save to your computer in order to print.
Twin Bridges Montana

New! Photo Gallery Page

The Greater Ruby Valley is well-known for its natural beauty and the abundance of fishing and hunting opportunities. But what really makes it special is the sense of community and wholesome family values. Check out our first photo gallery from the summer of 2015.

Photos courtesy of Saddlescenes Photography. We welcome photo contributions showcasing community events, towns, outdoor activities, business events, and Greater Ruby Valley landscapes. Photos should be high quality .jpg files, at a minimum of 1200px wide. Digital files may be attached to email: (Please limit to 3 at a time.) Photographer will be credited if photos are used.

Go to Photo Gallery

The Greater Ruby Valley communities are never at a loss for good old-fashioned summertime fun. Check out our Photo Gallery featuring a few recent events include the Sheridan Volunteer Fire Department barbeque; the 4-F Floating Flotilla days sponsored by the Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce; a team-roping going on at the same time at Madison County Fairgrounds, and a 3-Rivers Arena Club Youth Rodeo to kick off the Madison County Fair which is going on this week, August 12-16, 2015.

Photos courtesy Saddlescenes Photography. We are missing several 2015 events, and would happily consider submissions. Minimum size 800px. Attach in email to site webmaster.

Summertime Community Photos
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July Fun in Ruby Valley

The next two weeks in Twin Bridges and Sheridan are full of fun events with something for everyone. Be sure to mark your calendars starting with this Saturday, July 11, 2015. Click on the posters below for full details. (Posters run as slide show. Click the pause button at the top right of the viewer to view the one you want.)

RVChikeSaturday, July 11:
Sheridan: Ruby Valley Community Hike & Picnic – Beginning at 10 a.m. Rides available, and hot dogs provided by Christ Episcopal Church, and you are welcome to bring side dishes to share. Branham Lakes. 406-842-7713





ride4cureSaturday, July 11: Twin Bridges: Ride for the Cure – Barrel Race and Team Roping at the Madison County Fair grounds. Saddle, Buckles, and lots of prizes–as long as you or your horse are wearing pink. Silent auction to benefit Southwestern Montana Mammography Program – Barrett Hospital. Becky Kington, 925-0708. 3 Rivers Arena Club



Next week:


floatingflot1Friday, July 24, Floating Flotilla, Day 1, at Twin Bridges starting at 5 p.m. – Cow Pasture Golf, Dance at Fairgrounds, and more.
Saturday, July 25, Floating Flotilla, Day 2 – Raise flag at 9 a.m. then take your pick! Farmer’s Market, Horseshoe Tournament, Poker Run, and across the road – Cruz by the River car show. Kid’s events start at 10 a.m. Stick around for Floating Flotilla Parade, Pete Novich Memorial Team Roping, Brewery Follies, and Rubber Duck Race.

Sponsored by your own Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture


cruzSaturday, July 25, Cruz by the River car show at Twin Bridges Jessen Park. Enter between 9 and 11 a.m.



Telecommuting from Montana

TobRtGrafStageRd1200Best of both worlds. A great job with high pay–that allows you to telecommute from Montana. Greg Gianforte of will be visiting with the Whitehall Chamber of Commerce and interested community members for an informal roundtable on Tuesday, June 23rd at 10:30 a.m. at Pepper Tree Deli at 105 West Legion Avenue in Whitehall.

He will be discussing his recent telecommuting project, where he is spreading awareness and encouraging telecommuting throughout the state as a means for bringing Montanans back here to work, and providing high-wage jobs in the state. He welcomes local members of the community and businesses to attend and join the dialogue. See the brochure here.


Rain, Beautiful Rain

JFF-twin650A series of stormy weather patterns has provided much needed spring moisture for the Ruby Valley. A check of precipitation totals provided by the National Weather Service shows this part of southwest Montana being above normal for the year ranging from 105% at UMW in Dillon to 170% at Norris. Photo of Twin Bridges, courtesy of “Hayes” from Just for Fun Photography.


Beginner Roping Clinics

Three Rivers Arena Club is presenting Beginners Roping Clinics for anyone interested in learning roping basics from the ground up. Clinics will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds. Coaches for the clinics are Ray Marxer, Jann Potter, Pete Novich, and Luke Novich.

The first clinic will be held this Saturday, May 30 from 1 to 5 P.M. Roping dummies will be used for horse work and horsemanship sections rather than live cattle. All but 2 slots are filled. Cost is $25, and pizza will be provided.

The 2nd clinic will be Friday, July 24th, and live cattle will be used. Participants are welcome to compete at the Pete Novich SWATR rookie roping the next day, July 25 at the Twin Bridges fairgrounds. Clinic cost is $35, and pizza provided.

Clinics are limited to 12 participants, so sign up now. Contact Becky Kington at 925-0708, email; or message Becky or 3 Rivers Arena Club on Facebook. Click poster to enlarge.



Ride for the Cure – July 11

Pretty in Pink

Whether you're a Barrel Racer, a Team Roper, or a Spectator looking for entertainment, Ride for the Cure is a fun event with proceeds benefiting the Southwestern Montana Mammography Program at Barrett Hospital. Proceeds from concessions go to Relay for Life.

The 4D Barrel Race followed by the #8 Handicapped Draw Pot Team Roping will be held at the Madison County Fairgrounds on July 11, 2015. Awards include a trophy saddle and belt buckles, a "Best Dressed in Pink Award", as well as ticket drawings for great prizes all day. BUT, the contestant or their horse must be wearing pink to claim! Everyone can get in on the action since there will also be a Silent Auction held during the day.

To donate prizes or items for the silent auction, or to sponsor events, or for more information, contact Becky Kington at 925-0708,, or Jann Potter at 925-2811,


Ride for the Cure


Local Business Expo a Success!

Lunch Expo

The Local Business Expo held May 2 was a deemed a success!  Over 40 businesses showcased their products and services.  And over 200 folks enjoyed a free lunch provided by your Greater Ruby Valley Chamber of Commerce.  Therese and Roger from Main Street Market barbequed and served the lunch so a BIG thank you to them for feeding us all.

Those attendees that visited each business, had their card entered into the drawing for the Chamber sponsored $50 cash door prize!  Our lucky winners were Pat Day and Penny Peterson from Sheridan, Keith Johnson – Twin Bridges and Bob Hiers from Virginia City.

Thank you to Bob Reimard, our Chamber Director, that spearheaded and organized the Expo.

The Expo is  a great opportunity to get your home based business in front of the public and to gain exposure.  Attendees always comment that they didn’t know we had so many businesses in our area!  Landscapers, carpet installation, gifts, candy, personal care products, catering services and even libraries and wild bird feeders –a very diverse group of businesses.  Plan on attending next year to see for yourself why you can really shop local!

Expo1 May Expo