Business Bites: St. Patrick’s Day Parade canceled; Spark Architecture now a B-Corp; Rocky Mountain BiometRX opens in Great Falls; NeighborWorks kicks off fund drive; Howard’s Pizza opening downtown dining room; Park and Rec office reopening; Corder donates to Toby’s House

St. Patrick’s Day Parade

“Friends, It is with great regret we inform you once again, the annual St. Patrick’s Day parade has been canceled due to Covid-19 and our concern for the public’s health and safety. We look forward to next year when we can all celebrate our Heritage on March 17.”

Great Falls Division, Ancient Order of Hibernians

Howard’s Pizza

Howard’s Pizza is opening the dining room at the downtown location Feb. 26.

To go orders can be picked-up inside all locations; however, curb-side is still available for those who would choose that option.

Howard’s announced that its beginning construction on a new southwest location at 750 6th St. S.W. that will initially be for pick-up and delivery only, but will have dine-in available in the future.

The city issued an interior remodel permit on Feb. 25 to allow Howard’s to get started with the project, according to Tom Micuda, deputy city planning director.

City Park and Recreation

The Great Falls Park and Recreation office has been closed to the public since November due to COVID-19.

The office will reopen the administration office to the public on March 1 with normal operating hours. Masks will still be required.

For further information or assistance, contact the Park and Recreation office at 406-771-1265 or online here.

Spark Architecture

Spark Architecture, a certified woman-owned firm in Great Falls has reorganized as a Public Benefit Corporation (B-Corp). Shareholders at Spark Architecture are looking at long term, mission-based growth.

The difference in a public benefit corporation (B-Corp) is that this bottom line has three parts: People, Planet, and Profit.

“Founder Sophia Sparklin is optimistic that being accountable to quantify the Positive impact the firm has on people, the planet, and profit will further operationalize Spark’s guiding principles of Health, Clarity, Care, Learning, and Excellence as she and her team continue to grow the firm. Sophia is committed to transparency and diversity in all aspects of running Spark Architecture. The payscale and financials are openly shared, and the growing team has women in 50 percent of leadership roles, alongside a mix of individuals with Montana Tribal, Latino, and European backgrounds. What really makes Spark different is Sophia’s belief that the best work is done by an organization that supports its employees to thrive in everything they do. She is deliberate in positioning the firm as the antidote to the burnout culture she has personally experienced, researched, and witnessed in similarly sized and situated industry firms. Spark offers 30 hour work weeks with full benefits, and pays employees for every hour above it,” according to a release from Sparklin.

Spark actively seeks talented partners, investors, and most of all project opportunities to apply their skills, philosophy and professionalism to. The firm is located in Downtown Great Falls at 410 Central Ave., Suite 506. Further information on the firm and examples of completed work can be found on their website: Spark406.com, or by reaching out directly by email or phone at Sophia@Spark-Architecture.com and office 406.453.0001.

Rocky Mountain BiometRx

Rocky Mountain BiometRx has opened in Great Falls at 3511 1st Ave. N., Suite 2.

The company is an onsite biometric screening company that provides preventative blood screenings and flu shots. Biometric screenings are clinical health assessments used to measure key aspects of an individual’s health. They can identify early onset health conditions including high cholesterol, diabetes, as well as individuals at risk of serious health complications such as cancer and heart attacks.

Ty and Melanie Hinderager founded the company in 2020.

NeighborWorks Kicks Off 2021 Fund Drive

NeighborWorks Great Falls has been helping neighbors throughout Cascade County since 1980. To make that happen, NeighborWorks hosts an annual Fund Drive, bringing together local businesses and volunteers to raise awareness and solicit support on behalf of NeighborWorks Great Falls.

This year, the following businesses are hosting a fundraiser during the week of March 1:

  • The Block: A portion of all Take and Bake dinners sold from March 1-6 will be donated to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
  • Central Avenue Meats: All breakfast sausage sales on March 6 will be donated to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
  • Smith’s Food & Drug: Collection jars will be placed at each cash register from Feb. 27 through March 5.
  • Ferrin’s Furniture: A percentage of all sales from March 1-5 will be donated to NeighborWorks Great Falls.
  • Brush Crazy: 50 percent of sales on March 4 will be donated to NeighborWorks Great Falls.

In addition to these local fundraisers, several businesses will be participating in a Fund Drive phone-a-thon, including Embark Credit Union, Wells Fargo, PayneWest Insurance, and Universal Lending. Internal fundraisers will be held at the following places: Montana Credit Union and Chicago Title Company.

Corder and Associates donated to Toby’s House Crisis Nursery

Corder and Associates recently donated $1,500 to Toby’s House Crisis Nursery.

Corder and Associates realty group donate a portion of every sale to their “Give Back Program” to benefit a nonprofit organization each year. The realty agents choose a nonprofit that speaks to their hearts, selecting Toby’s House Crisis Nursery this year.

“Every contribution makes a tremendous impact for children in our community,” Susie Zeak, executive director of the crisis nursery, said in a release. “Each week we are helping more children whose families are in true crisis, with no other place to turn for help. We are able to help with safe childcare, respite, warm meals and supplies for struggling, hard-working families.”

Toby’s House Crisis Nursery provides families with a safe place to bring their children ages 0 to 6 in times of crisis or need. Toby’s House currently offers care Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to midnight.

The nursery is located at 421 5th St. N. and the phone number is 406-770-3191. Visit the website for more information.

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