Lengthy-awaited grant cash arrives for some Montana efficiency venues | Financial system

Jay Owenhouse owns and runs one of the largest touring magic shows in the United States. His Bozeman-based company had to shut down for 16 months due to the pandemic, but recently announced federal grants will help him – and others – keep the show going.

Senator Jon Tester announced Friday that 23 different companies across Montana were receiving just over $ 8 million from the Shuttered Venue Operators Grant Program. Six of these companies are located in Bozeman – including Owenhouse’s – and are expected to raise approximately $ 740,000.

Logjam Presents LLC, based in Missoula, is said to be receiving more than $ 3 million, the largest portion of any company to date to have received the funds in the state.

The money comes from the Small Business Administration, which received around $ 15 billion for small entertainment businesses and live events as of December 2020 COVID-19 economic aid package.

That was packed in the aid package Save our stage actwho got the ball rolling for venues and small entertainment businesses across the country to apply for funding to keep the doors open.

“When this pandemic broke out, Montana live venues were the first to close their doors to keep people healthy in our communities and now, more than a year later, they are among the last to reopen” said Tester in the press release. “I’m proud to have worked with these small businesses to make sure they have the resources they need to get the Montans back to work and support our local economy.”

Owenhouse has owned and operated Owenhouse Promotions since the early 1990s. He scoured the country for a location that could provide a safe stage for his performance, but became frustrated when it became increasingly clear that no venues would be opened during the pandemic.

His business was that first Received government funding in early June. Owenhouse applied when the scholarship was first announced, but waited months for payment. He was considered a first priority applicant identified as a company that has lost 90% of its revenue due to the pandemic. He received nearly $ 300,000.

“Without the scholarship we would be out of business,” said Owenhouse.

However, the scholarship program launched in early April was overshadowed by technical difficulties. Problems with the website application portal resulted in the website temporarily closing and reopening weeks later.

More than half of all US Senators – including Sens. Tester and Steve Danies – sent one letter to the head of the Small Business Administration, Isabella Guzman, in mid-June, urging them and the administration to speed up the process in order to get funds paid out.

Brian Buch, deputy district director of the regional office of the Small Business Administration in Helena, compared the problems to a busy motorway that was so full that applications clogged the funding portal.

Buch said that the Small Business Administration will hopefully let around 70% of all applications go through this month. A report dated July 6th said the Small Business Administration has received more than 14,000 applications from the United States and has determined whether 74% of applicants will approve funds.

So far, $ 2 billion in funding has been paid out.

Broad House Productions LLC, home of Broad Comedy, has received more than $ 34,000 in grants. Broad Comedy director Soren Kisiel said in an email that the company applied for the grant in April. The Small Business Association approved the application last week.

Kisiel said the grant money would be used for lost revenue as they were unable to tour and pay for their actors.

Owenhouse said the grants his company received would be used to pay his employees, rent payments for his warehouse, and publicity to help restart his business – strict guidelines dictate how the money can be used, he said.

“We’re just grateful that we didn’t go out of business as a Montana-based company,” said Owenhouse. “This grant was essential to keep us alive.”

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Alex Miller is the county and state government reporter and can be reached at amiller@dailychronicle.com or by phone at 406-582-2648.

Rickie Fowler aiming so as to add long-awaited main substance to his fashion

KIAWAH ISLAND, SC – Adam Scott is a former Masters Champion and Tyrell Hatton is number 8 in the official golf rankings. On Thursday, they spent 18 holes of a major championship listening to fans cheer on the 128th player in the world.

Lots of people love Rickie Fowler, which is why many people don’t. Almost anyone in golf will say that Fowler is as nice a person as he is at the game, who is prone to small, friendly actions and who is constantly aware that other people have feelings too. Yet it is rumored that he is a marketing creation – a player with only five PGA Tour wins and what appears to be ten times as many referrals. Regular viewers of the PGA Tour are used to Fowler being in a “featured group” for television whether they want to see him or not, and commercial breaks just bring another onslaught from Fowler. It’s annoying that he became a star by wearing light colored clothes, had a pretty face, and (these days) sporting a mustache that looks like it has grown just to show that it could make him look good .

Rickie Fowler steps onto the second green during a practice round for the 2021 PGA Championship on the Ocean Course at Kiawah Island Resort.

That’s right, but it also shows how well Fowler played. He won the Players Championship and fought in all major subjects. He came here this week in a terrible break-in, so bad that he smiled when asked if he had any problems in the past few months and said, “Well, it’s definitely been more than a couple of months.”

It has. Fowler wasn’t invited to the Masters and needed a special invitation to this week’s PGA Championship. He relied on some famous friends while he passed out; He saw part of the Masters with Tiger Woods and played a lot of golf with Michael Jordan at Jordan’s new course, The Grove XXIII. Fowler said playing with Jordan is a great way to prepare as he has to give Jordan 10 punches which Jordan is too good to make, money is always at stake and challenging, good with MJ to play chirping in your ear.

“He’s not silent,” said Fowler.

The best way for Fowler to get critics on his side would be to enlist majors. But the next best thing, bizarrely, might be to do what he did: play like a PGA Tour fringe player for a while. It erases the perception that he’s only heading for third place. Golf fans generally appreciate it when players struggle and succeed. If Fowler regains his form, he could go from over-the-top to the charming underdog.

He appeared to be on his way back on Thursday, finishing 1-0 on a brutal ocean course. But even Fowler understands this was just one lap.

His fall was confusing. “When I started being outside the top 50 in the world, it didn’t start being in Augusta,” he said. “I had to deal with it for a few months.” In his words, he only recently started playing golf instead of playing “golf swing” – developing strategies and taking shots instead of thinking about the mechanics.

He’s been as bad off as in years. That’s confusing too, but it’s pretty normal too. Players who work so hard to fix their swing tend to lose their sharpness on the greens. It happened to Jordan Spieth in the last few years. Fowler said he spent “three or four hours” on the practice greens this week, apart from preparing for the course, to get his putting feeling back.

Once Fowler regains his game, he can resume the challenge that preceded his demise: finishing a major. It is possible that, as critics say, he was consumed too much by car chases. But it’s just as likely that his sensitivity and tendency to empathize with others makes it harder to develop a Jordanian mentality.

Maybe he doesn’t need that mentality. He came here determined to take advantage of his special invitation – not just by playing well, but by appreciating it.

“In a way, it’s just a perspective and an understanding that I can do this for a living,” he said. “And that’s great. I’ve had a great run out here so far. I definitely want more. But at the end of the day we can play an awesome game to make a living … we damn good out here and we’re having fun. Go play golf. “

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Jeep unveils long-awaited Grand Wagoneer SUV topping $111,000

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DETROIT – Jeeps long awaited Grand Wagoneer SUV will continue to propel the quintessential off-road brand into luxury vehicles with a fully loaded model over $ 111,000 when it goes on sale later this year.

The new three-row SUV will test whether Jeep can expand its product range to the market lucrative luxury SUV segment and attract new customers like Cadillac, Lincoln and Land Rover. Jeep has expanded its mainstream SUVs to a full range of vehicles in recent years amid the influx of new competitors.

The Grand Wagoneer will be the premium sibling of a lower-priced SUV called Wagoneer, which starts at $ 57,995. Both vehicles are the same size, but the Grand Wagoneer – starting at $ 86,995 – has a slightly different exterior design, a more powerful engine, and exclusive interiors. Both vehicles are to be presented online on Thursday.

“Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are born from Jeep, but their character is different from the rest of the brand,” said Jeep CEO Christian Meunier during a press conference prior to the unveiling. “They are modern and future-oriented. There is pure DNA on which we build to make these products absolutely unique.”

Screens galore

While the exterior of the Grand Wagoneer is unmistakably a jeep, the interior of the SUV may be unrecognizable to current owners. It has screens up to 75 “, including an available 10.25” touchscreen in front of the passenger for streaming video and video Amazon Fire TV and control certain functions like navigation and outside cameras.

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The interior of the vehicle is also equipped with high-quality materials such as satined American walnut wood, aluminum and Nappa or Palermo leather seats with leather upholstery.

“You can match this interior of the Grand Wagoneer against anything in the market,” said Jim Morrison, head of Jeep’s North American office. “I’m not just saying any SUVs, you can take that up against anything on the market.”

Overall, compared to the Grand Wagoneer, the Wagoneer has fewer standard functions and high-quality materials. For example, the cheaper Wagoneer offers up to 50 ”screens compared to 75”. Some of the screens are smaller and do not have touch screens for convenience settings. Amazon Fire TV is available as both a passenger touchscreen and a front passenger touchscreen, which is not visible to the driver through a filter.

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Jeep said both Wagoneer models will eventually offer hands-free driver assistance systems on “approved roads,” but a spokesman declined to offer additional details. The vehicles are started with a driver assistance system that can control the speed, braking and distance of the vehicle between other vehicles. However, drivers must keep their hands on the steering wheel.

Wagoneer

The Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer are expected to hit dealerships in the second half of 2021, including a top-end Grand Wagoneer Series III model starting at $ 103,995. Jeep is accepting refundable deposits of $ 500 for both vehicles through the Jeep website starting Thursday.

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Jeep dealers must be certified to sell the models. Certification includes training and an undisclosed investment. You have to fulfill 10 “promises” for Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer owners, ranging from free WiFi and car washes during service visits to a “high-tech and efficient sales and service experience”. The automaker also offers 24-hour customer service to the owners.

“Customer satisfaction with the product and the way they are treated throughout the buying process is paramount to the overall Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer experience,” said Meunier.

The names Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer were previously used by Jeep for large SUVs from 1963 to 1991. The company had promised to revive the Wagoneer name for almost a decade in order to better survive in the highly profitable large SUV segment.

The seven- or eight-person vehicles are largely based on a Concept version of the vehicle that the company revealed last year. The concept incorporated similar design elements, as well as many features and screens of the interior. Notable missing elements from the concept include an illuminated grille, an all-glass roof, and a plug-in hybrid petrol electric motor.

V-8 engines

Jeep has announced all of its new models will offer some form of electrification, such as the plug-in hybrid system, but executives declined to comment on the alternative powertrains for the Wagoneer and Grand Wagoneer. Meunier said the brand has “a plan for electrification”.

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Jeep’s new parent company, Stellantis – the product of a $ 52 billion merger between automakers Fiat Chrysler and Groupe PSA – plans to offer a range of all-electric or hybrid products Vehicles by 2025.

The Wagoneer comes standard with a 5.7 liter mild hybrid V-8 developing 392 horsepower and 404 foot pounds of torque. The Grand Wagoneer comes standard with the 6.4 liter V8 engine delivering 471 horsepower and 455 foot pounds of torque. Each engine is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission.

The hybrid engine has a 48-volt battery that offers better fuel consumption and faster acceleration, as well as other benefits.

Jeep has not published any estimates of the vehicles’ fuel consumption.