November 30, 2021: “What We Love: While a lot of attention in the social impact movement goes to urban-based entrepreneurs, Sarah Calhoun makes her mark through rural empowerment with a focus on women.”
November 30, 2021: The goal, according to Torgerson, isn’t merely to tell stories, it’s to discuss ideas and hopefully allow rural communities to learn from each other and work collaboratively towards solutions to place-based issues. Guests for season two include Sarah Calhoun, founder of Red Ants Pants the first company dedicated to making workwear for women.
September 30, 2021: Best known for her celebrated achievements as the entrepreneur and founder behind women’s workwear brand, Red Ants Pants, Calhoun is also a dreamer, a doer and a convener. As the Executive Director of the Red Ants Pants Foundation, she organizes a homegrown music festival that brings thousands of people together each year to swing dance in a cow pasture, raise their koozies toward the Big Sky and celebrate rural Montana. The festival also helps fund a Girls Leadership Program, timber skills workshops and community grants that support among other things, family farms and ranches. I spoke to Sarah a month before Red Ants Pants Music Festival’s 10th anniversary this July.
May 7, 2021: During Small Business Appreciation Week, Red Ants Pants again partnered up with The Base Camp to bring attention to the importance of supporting local businesses, the backbone of our communities.
May 3, 2021: White Sulphur Springs was a thriving community until the early 80s, when the railroad left and a sawmill that employed several hundred people shut down. The county still has one of the lowest per capita incomes in the state, but thanks to one enterprising woman, it has also become a popular tourist destination, as well as the site for one of Montana’s most popular annual events, The Red Ants Pants music festival. My guests this month are the founder of Red Ants Pants, Sarah Calhoun, and Barry and Chris Hedrich, the owners of 2 Bassett Brewery, which opened right on Main Street in White Sulphur five years ago.
March 8, 2021: “There’s not a good ‘ol girls club for women in business like there is for men. So, anything we can do as female businesses to really turn around and help anyone up behind us is essential.” – Sarah Calhoun, founder & owner of Red Ants Pants
January 31, 2021: Red Ants Pants’ GSD “Get Stuff Done” Pants are a great canvas summer work pants for women. They are still very durable, but made with a lightweight canvas fabric that also has a bit of stretch to it.
December 9, 2020: The Red Ants Pants online shop includes essentials like work shirts, shorts, pants, hoodies, and aprons. This is a brand that represents all that is right with American workwear and is a great option for women who need dependable clothing.
Great Falls Tribune: Red Ants Pants Represents Montana in National Small Business Holiday Gift Guide
November 28, 2020: “I think what we’re seeing, and I hope this continues, is that our nation understands the importance of U.S. manufacturing and being able to sew things right here on our home soil to supply, not just PPE, but our general apparel needs in demand,” said Calhoun. “I think that shift is hopefully gaining some traction.”
October 13, 2020: These pants come in both straight and curvy cuts (for more hourglass and pear-shaped people). They’ll Skype with you to get your size and cut correct, and they offer short, medium, long, and extra-long inseams. Red Ants Pants is a women-owned company with ethical labor practices, and the pants will last forever and mold to your body.
September 24, 2020: Sarah Calhoun, founder of Red Ants Pants Company and Red Ants Pants Festival, will present “The Art of Rural Entrepreneurship” during a livestream Gallery Conversation presented by the YAM on Oct. 1. Calhoun is one of four panelists in the conversation.
September 23, 2020: The Montana Department of Commerce announced Wednesday that six Made in Montana program members will produce 25,000 masks as part of the state’s “Montana Aware” initiative to promote safe and responsible fall travel.
September 13, 2020: “I think the thing about Montana that gets me,” Calhoun said, “is that there’s so much possibility to dream big.” >>video<<
September/October 2020: Page 85 – “There’s so much potential for entrepreneurship in small towns and rural areas,” Sarah says. “The quality of living is high and the cost of living is low. Small towns often have an eager, hardworking workforce, historic Main Street buildings that can house brick and mortar storefronts and even high-speed internet. The Big Sky allows us to dream even bigger!”
July 15, 2020: Red Ants Pants manufacturing face masks and level 1 and 2 surgical gowns.