About Us

Malta Area Chamber of Commerce

Our goal at the Malta Area Chamber of Commerce is simple:  We want to help you and your business grow!  To that end, we are available to serve our member businesses, staff, volunteers in many ways.  We work toward promoting a culture of community among our talented pool of business leaders and always root for their success!

Directors and Committees

Board of Directors

Jessica Pankratz – Independence Bank ~President
Katie Smith – Westside ~ Vice President
Kaylee Williamson – Bank of Malta ~ Sec/Treas
Jasmine Crasco – PC Hospital
Tanner Kelly – First State Bank
Julie Snellman – Art’s Furniture
Laura Pankratz – Bill’s Classic Autobody & Malta Trails
Dara Wilke – Todd’s Technology

Malta Merchant’s Committee

Julie Snellman, Art’s Furniture – Chair
Eric Wilke, Todd’s Technology/Radio Shack – Vice Chair
Kaylee Williamson, Bank of Malta – Sec/Treas

Chamber Staff

Anna Merriman, Executive Director

Malta Chamber Strategy and Objectives

Why We Do Business Here and Why You Should Too!
  • We do business in the Malta area because we have all the necessities of life with a personal touch. It’s more than a place, it’s our community.
  • Whether it’s crowded roads, safety issues, or drains on your time to get from place to place, the choice to live and work in Malta solves those.
  • Our small community boasts big technology with high-speed internet and the ability to do business anywherein-store owners and managers who know their industries, and a strong sense of support for each other’s business.
  • If you want all this, wrapped up in a community that has vast amounts of outdoor recreation as well as cultural events, then the Malta area should be your next step.

What Does Chamber Do?

  • Support Our Members
  • Support the Community
  • Encourage New Business

Overall Strategy

We focus on creating value for our members through programs that will provide skill development for themselves and their employees, create visibility to available jobs and opportunities in our area.  We dedicate energy to tourism, promoting our area and its small town values, to populations outside of Malta.  Finally, we develop various programs that support and encourage our community to be active and engaged in investing in ourselves.

Program Goals

  1. Business Mentor Program (Supporting Members)
  1. Technology Fair (Supporting Members, Encouraging New Business)
  1. Job Fair for Malta Area (Supporting the Community, Supporting Members, Encouraging New Business)
  1. Educational Resources and Courses for Members
  1. Marketing and Tourism (Supporting Members, Encouraging New Business)
  2. Development of Standing Committees (Supporting Members, Encouraging New Business)

Marketing and Tourism Plan

Malta and the surrounding areas continue to increase the amenities and attractions available to visitors and travelers.  With comfortable and clean lodging, a luxurious soak in a hot springs, a hike in the mountains or on the prairies, delicious and unique restaurants, a step back in time through our museums or a distinctive shopping experience, Malta can meet many visitor’s needs.  We pride ourselves on our hospitality and customer service, to those we know and those we just met.

Visitors through Malta are looking toward destinations related commonly to Montana’s natural wonders. We have the opportunity to encourage them, while they are on their way, to stop and experience this vibrant small town, and the relaxing atmosphere we offer.

This plan positions Malta and the surrounding area to two markets. First, as a stop on the way to the “place”, with the hope that as travelers experience Malta, they want to come back to experience more.  Second, to position Malta as a local destination for Eastern and Central Montanans and southern Canadians who are looking for a unique weekend getaway.

The plan incorporates low-cost, but effective, efforts to build recognition of Malta’s amenities and attractions to the two defined audiences through website promotion, printed brochures, travel articles, vacation guides, press releases, blogs and partnerships.

This is the first step in a long- term focus on travelers and tourism in the Malta area.  Throughout this we want to maintain our integrity as a community, but promote our businesses and location as a place to do more than fuel up before continuing down the road.

   Marketing Strategic Goals

  • Promote Malta and Phillips County as a viable weekend destination and stop between the larger places
  • Increase visibility to Malta events and attractions through targeting marketing to Hiline and central Montana to encourage visitors coming through the area to stop, and to make Malta a local destination for weekend end trips.
  • Maintain current bed nights and ITRR levels
  • Work with PhillCo to establish TBID and partnerships with hotels in area
  • Increase ability to promote and invest in local events/programs

   Marketing Technical Goals

  • Complete Historic Walking Tour
  • Promote #PCLifestyle
  • Complete Border crossing billboard
  • Send out printed brochures
  • Create online vacation guide
  • Send out periodic newsletters/press releases
  • Submit articles to travel magazines.

Membership Info

Chamber Programs

Dino Dollars

Dino Dollars are certificates available in $5.00 increments from the Chamber of Commerce office or any local bank.  They are good at any Chamber member, for their goods and services, as cash.  Purchasing Dino Dollars is a simple and very effective way to ensure that those dollars are kept in the local economy.  If you are going to give a gift card for a special occasion, consider Dino Dollars instead and with that easy choice, you can feel good to Shop Local!

Christmas Scrip

The Scrip program provides up to a $1,000 interest free loan, through any of our local banks, during the holiday season.  The funds are only able to be spent at participating Chamber businesses, and during the open Scrip window (normally from Halloween through Christmas Eve).  The funds are paid back in 10 equal monthly increments throughout the rest of the year.

Person of Influence Award

This Chamber of Commerce program strives to honor and recognize those individuals in the Malta and Phillips County area who go above and beyond to make this area a great place to live and work.

Anyone can nominate someone for the award.  Nominees need not be a Chamber member to be recognized.  This is a way to give some much deserved recognition to those who are working to make our community better.

Honoree’s will attend and receive a certificate of recognition at a Member’s meeting.  They will also have an article in the Chamber newsletter, coverage on the Chamber’s social media sites and in local local media.

Malta Chamber Mentors

Chamber Mentors is a program that pairs various members together to work on specific business topics or needs.  Members can be both mentors and mentees, depending on their needs.  Pairings are done voluntarily, and to cover a specific topic or reach a specific goal.  Some examples of mentoring goals include; financial acumen, marketing, social media, succession, employee motivation, store design and layout, and customer satisfaction.

Join the Malta Area Chamber of Commerce Today!

Our goal at the Malta Area Chamber of Commerce is simple:  We want to help you and your business grow!  To that end, we are available to serve our member businesses, staff, volunteers in many ways.  We work toward promoting a culture of community among our talented pool of business leaders and always root for their success!

Click the “Join Today” button below to process our membership application to enjoy the benefits of being a member of the Malta Area Chamber of Commerce.