Montana CARES

Episode 1, Add-A-Tudez Entertainment Company: In 2002, Trevor Hughes was diagnosed with severe kidney issues. More than 70 surgeries and mountains of medical bills followed. The family soon became a medical bankruptcy family. Trevor and his brother made a decision to start a company and take their lives back. Read more here.
Episode 2, LeVeque Ranch: Miles from the nearest big town, it might be hard to imagine how the LeVeque Ranch in Cascade could have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The family-owned businesses consists of 2,600 acres of land, 300 beef calves, and countless animals, farm and otherwise. The best part about this series is the businesses that were featured varied greatly in size, industry and location. Read this story here
Episode 3, Wheels of Thunder: When the roller skating rink first opened nearly four years ago, it wasn’t an overnight creation. The business was the product of 10 years of hard work, planning, modeling, remodeling, and marketing. That’s one of the many reasons why Janine Hieb wasn’t going to let her business fall by the wayside in the wake of COVID-19. Read more here.
Episode 4, C.M. Russell Museum: The renowned C.M. Russell Museum temporarily closed its doors to the public early on in the pandemic. While they might not be a mom and pop business in Montana, they have seen their fair share of struggles since COVID-19 arrived in Montana. Click here for the full story.
Episode 5, Chase Your Dreams VR: Chase Your Dreams Virtual Reality in Great Falls did close their doors for a stretch early on in the pandemic, but they never lost hope. A combination of fun and Cares Act funding has helped the locally-owned business stay on their feet. Teenager Chase Morgan started the company in February 2020 after being inspired by a similar business he visited in Idaho. Read the full story here.
Episode 6. Upper Missouri River Guides: Another business that’s not your typical main street store, Upper Missouri River Guides brings people, (often tourists) on guided tours of the Missouri River, including camping for the night, and an authentic Montana meal. A large portion of Upper Missouri River Guides’ customers come from out of state, and as a business in the tourism industry, there was certainly concern that the pandemic could do some serious damage to their business. Read the full story here.