Downtown Helena, Inc.

Downtown Helena, Inc. (DHI) is a 501(c)6 a non-profit business membership organization established in 1964 that works to ensure that local businesses in the Downtown Helena community thrive and have their voices heard.

Our Mission Statement

Downtown Helena Inc.’s mission is to promote and publicize Downtown Helena in our community; encourage and develop a spirit of cooperation among members; establish and develop cooperative advertising and promotional campaigns activities; and foster favorable public relations for Downtown Helena in various communities, organizations,  and agencies in the area served by Downtown Helena.

Strong Communities Need Strong Businesses

Downtown Helena, Inc. is here for you, the local businesses of Helena, to provide support and a sense of community downtown. Please consider becoming a member of DHI today and together we can ensure that Helena comes out of this stronger, together.

Downtown Helena, Inc. Membership Benefits

Helena Pioneer (1st/2nd Year Business): $100/$175/year

  • Free participation in DHI events (excluding Alive at 5)
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Inclusion of events on our online calendar and social media
  • Participation in Downtown Helena Nuggets currency program
  • Promotion on our Instagram story
  • Welcome email to members

Helena Eats (Food Truck or Vendor): $125/year

  • First come participation in DHI events (*excluding Alive at 5)
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly email newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Inclusion of events on our online calendar and social media
  • Promotion on our Instagram story
  • Welcome email to members

Helena Advocate (Non-profit/govt): $200/year

  • Free participation in DHI events (excluding Alive at 5)
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly email newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Include events on our online calendar and social media
  • Promotion on our Instagram story
  • Welcome email to members

Helena Defender (Standard): $300/year

  • Free participation in DHI events (excluding Alive at 5)
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Inclusion of events on our online calendar and social media
  • Include events in our physical annual calendar (*limit of 2 events)
  • Participation in Downtown Helena Nuggets currency program
  • First-come business profile in monthly email newsletter
  • Announcements or updates included in email marketing per request
  • Logo included in online marketing for Alive at 5 and other events
  • Entered into a raffle for logo and business description included in annual calendar for one of the following months: Jan, Feb, March, April

Helena Hero  (Advanced): $500/year

  • Free participation in DHI events (excluding Alive at 5)
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Inclusion of events on our online calendar and social media
  • Include events in our physical annual calendar (*limit of 2 events)
  • Participation in Downtown Helena Nuggets currency program
  • First-come business profile in monthly email newsletter
  • Announcements or updates included in email marketing per request
  • Logo included in online marketing for Alive at 5 and other events
  • Include events in our physical annual calendar (*limit of 3 events)
  • Entered into a raffle for logo and business description included in the annual calendar for one of the following months: May, June, July, Aug
  • Logo included in digital marketing

Helena Guardians (Elite): $1,000+/year

  • Free participation in DHI events
  • Logo in bottom banner of monthly newsletter
  • DHI member events and networking opportunities
  • Inclusion of events on our online calendar and social media
  • Include events in our physical annual calendar (*limit of 2 events)
  • Participation in Downtown Helena Nuggets currency program
  • First-come business profile in monthly email newsletter
  • Announcements or updates included in email marketing per request
  • Logo included in online marketing for Alive at 5 and other events
  • Include events in our physical annual calendar (*limit of 7 events)
  • Entered into a raffle for logo and business description included in the annual calendar for one of the following months: Sept, Oct, Nov, Dec
  • Logo included in print and banners for Alive at 5 and other events

 

BONUS: 25% off for all members on DHI room and equipment rentals!

Downtown Helena, Inc. Board of Directors

Meet our board of directors to learn what Downtown Helena means to them and why they’re committed to ensuring that our downtown local businesses can thrive.

Riley Tubbs, President
46 N Last Chance Gulch
Term Expires: 3rd

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I chose to sit on the DHI board because our community is stronger with more participation and if we all work to make our downtown a better place we can change it together.

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

The thing I love most about downtown Helena are the people. They are the reason our downtown is so unique.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

My name is Riley Tubbs and I am a co-owner of an Ten Mile Creek Brewery and I was born and raised in  helena Montana

Sarah Hamblock, Vice President
406 N Last Chance Gulch
Term Expires: 1st

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I am excited to assist downtown Helena into developing into a more vibrant and dynamic community, while still maintaining its historic roots

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

I love walking around downtown, and running into all the amazing friends, business owners, and characters that make up our community.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I am the owner of the Western Bar and Gold bar, on the 400 Block of downtown Helena!

Quinn Mahoney, Secretary/Treasurer
Term Expires: 1st

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I love living and working in downtown Helena and wanted to give back to the community,

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

The people!

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I have worked at Valley Bank of Helena for the last 7 years. I have worked at each of our 5 convenient locations in that time, but my last 3 years have been at our amazing branch downtown.

Deb Whitcomb, Board Member
50 S Park Avenue
Term Expires: 2nd

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I wanted to learn more about what was going on in Downtown Helena.

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

The energy and vibe of the people that work and shop/recreate downtown.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I am the managing broker of Berkshire Hathaway Home Services/Montana Properties. We have an awesome location right next door to Park Avenue Bakery.

Daniel Barry, Board Member
336 N Jackson Street
Term Expires: 2nd

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I have always enjoyed the downtown setting. Helena is a very intimate little downtown with so much history. Downtowns bring people together and keep the spirit alive. I chose to be on the board to connect Local and Visitors to our downtown treasure.

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

Downtown has so much to offer…good food, good beer, good atmosphere and all in walking distance. Accessibility whether biking or walking is easy. I enjoy the small business owners doing their best to offer our small community something unique.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I am the Owner of Great Divide Cyclery at 336 N. Jackson Street. I own two buildings and really enjoy investing and donating to Helena. We are a bike shop that brings many cyclists to the City of Helena and truly contributes to the town.

Chelsia Rice, Board Member
331 N Last Chance Gulch
Term Expires: 1st

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

Since my partner and I moved back to their hometown in 2011, I’ve always seen potential in our historic downtown. Long before I was able to become a business owner on The Gulch, I dreamed of diners, breweries, and boutiques living in what at the time were empty storefronts. Our downtown has been transformed since there, and I’m honored to be part of this unique community.

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

I love the collaboration and encouragement I’ve seen between businesses. I’ve been mentored by business owners, we’ve come together during this time of great adversity, and we’ve worked together to meet the needs of our community who have been harder hit by the pandemic. We are a supportive group of business owners, and I believe Downtown Helena is an organization where we can address needs and challenges, as well as celebrate our historic downtown.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I am the Co-owner of Montana Book Company.

Lisa Hahn, Board Member
1250 Prospect Avenue
Term Expires: 1st

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

With my passion for creating connections and building community, I can’t think of a better way to get involved with the city that I love.

What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

There’s always been a special energy in Downtown Helena: the people, the businesses, the history – it’s *chef’s kiss* amazing.

What is your affiliation to downtown?

I’m proud to be the Creative Director for my family’s business, Point S Tire & Auto Service – locally owned and operated since 1980.

Onawa Linden, Board Member
330 N Last Chance Gulch
Term Expires: 1st

Why did you choose to sit on the board in a volunteer capacity?

I would love to join fellow volunteers to help plan the direction and promotion of downtown events, planning, marketing, and growth, with the focus of supporting our members. I think I have the expertise and history that would benefit the businesses, community, and tourists that we’d be supporting.

 What do you love most about Downtown Helena?

Being raised in Helena, downtown was a big part of my youth. From working at On Broadway, The Windbag and even volunteering at the Holter, to supporting downtown businesses and attending downtown events and years of hanging with friends at the library green space, downtown Helena was part of what shaped my youth. My heart is here and a part of my present, my future, and the present and future of my children. We love our community.

 What is your affiliation to downtown?

I own Proof Marketing and the building, 330 N Last Chance Gulch. I also co-own The Virago Collaborative. I also work closely with Mickey and Mike, DHI and BID, and support the growth of many downtown businesses through bold marketing.