The second quarter brought exciting things to Bellmont Partners, including work with four Minnesota-based organizations. We appreciate the unique blend of industries we’ve added to our growing roster and the connections that form through our work with these new clients and initiatives. We are delighted to welcome (or welcome back!) the following:
GIE Medical, a clinical stage company, is developing technologies to transform gastroenterology, starting with solutions for patients suffering from benign stricture(s) of the esophagus or bowel. GIE Medical’s Drug Coated Balloon could offer a new solution for treating GI strictures, potentially creating sustained patency and reducing the number of treatments.
Minnesota Alliance With Youth is a nonprofit that works with and for youth, engaging them as equal partners in finding the most effective and equitable solutions to the state’s graduation crisis. The Alliance manages three AmeriCorps programs: VISTA, Summer Youth Support Fellows and Promise Fellows. This summer, The Alliance is specifically ramping up its recruitment efforts for Promise Fellows, a program that implements a prevention-oriented approach to addressing student dropout by targeting students in grades 6–12 who show early warning signs of school disengagement. Bellmont Partners is providing communications support as they hit the road for the next few weeks, on a mission to find more than 50 individuals to serve as Promise Fellows for the 2023–24 school year.
After working with Minnesota Grown for several years on a project-basis for early season apples, we began work in June on a 16-month campaign highlighting a variety of specialty Minnesota crops, including berries, farmers’ markets, Christmas trees, maple syrup, honey and of course, apples. We hit the ground running and coordinated fresh strawberry drops to TV stations around the state, highlighting the first day of summer and the start of growing season in Minnesota.
Returning to an in-person event for the first time since 2019, Bellmont Partners once again had the opportunity to promote Wordplay, Minnesota’s largest celebration of readers, writers and great books. Starting in April, we worked with The Loft, organizers of Wordplay, to share with media the lineup of authors appearing at the 2023 event, and coordinated interviews and segments leading up to the July 8 event in downtown Minneapolis.