Jelt honored for making impact through business

Jelt, a social enterprise, makes elastic belts from recycled plastic bottles and manufactures in Montana. The company was recently honored for “Best in Community” in the “Best for the World 2019” initiative from B Lab, a nonprofit that honors nonprofit organizations creating the greatest impact through their businesses. Jelt underwent a rigorous evaluation process issued by B Lab in 2017 to receive its B Corp certification. The company operates as a social enterprise, ensuring the highest standards of social and environmental performance, transparency and accountability, leading up to this recognition.

Jelt incorporates multiple programs beneficial to social and environmental issues into their business model, all of which contributed significantly to this nomination. The belts are made from 100% recycled plastic bottles. They are manufactured in the United States via the Montana Correctional Enterprise Program. This voluntary and progressive program allows women incarcerated at the Montana Women’s Prison to apply, interview, and be trained in manufacturing of the belts. They receive legitimate wages applied towards restitution, child support, or into a savings account they have access to upon release. Jelt also employs women residing on ranches in rural Montana to aid in the manufacturing of the belts.

The company directly donates a portion of sales to local nonprofits that serve local Montanans and people all over the nation. For more information on Jelt, visit www.jeltbelt.com.

Local business recognized in Inc. Magazine

Advanced Electronic Designs, Inc. (AED) has been recognized by Inc. Magazine as one of America’s Fastest-Growing Private Companies for the second year in a row. This announcement comes just weeks after AEDs recognition as one of Inc. Magazine’s Best Workplaces.

The Inc. 5000 list represents a unique look at the most successful companies within the American economy’s most dynamic segment—its independent small businesses. Not only have the companies on the 2019 Inc. 5000 been very competitive within their markets, but the list as a whole shows staggering growth compared to prior years. The companies that comprise the 2019 Inc. 5000 list achieved an astounding three-year average growth of 454 percent and a median rate of 157 percent.

The growth at AED has prompted the need for a larger facility, which is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion this November. Complete results of the Inc. 5000 can be found at www.inc.com/inc5000.

Sanderson Stewart temporarily changing locations

Sanderson Stewart, a multidisciplinary community design firm currently located at 106 E. Babcock St., is temporarily moving while its current space is being remodeled. From Oct. 1, 2019 to approximately Oct. 1, 2020, it will be located at 1610 Ellis St., Suite 2B, Bozeman, MT 59715. For directions, questions, or more information please contact 406-522-9876 or visit sandersonstewart.com.

New business offers animation, motion graphics, commercials

Westslope Creative Studio is a new local business located in Bozeman. It is owned and operated by Bozeman native Sarah Gullickson with her sister Marilyn Ridder as the social media and marketing manager. It offers animation services, from motion graphics to explainer videos to commercials as well as post production editing and effects. It also offers brand consultations for brand strategy, logo design and marketing materials. To learn more about Westslope Creative Studio’s services, please visit westslopecreative.com.

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