Montana Trainings & Workshops - June 2022

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Trainings & Workshops

June 2022

Note:  There are many offerings (listed by date) so be sure to scroll all the way through to find the trainings your small business needs!


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The Small Business Webinar Series: Business Transition Readiness

Date: 6/2/22
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (MDT)
Registration Deadline: 6/2/22 11:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)

Training Topics: Buy/Sell Business, Managing a Business
Description:
Topic:

This webinar is designed to help business owners begin creating their own paths to more successful transition outcomes. For business owners contemplating a change of control, this session will introduce key concepts, such as what transition readiness is, why it matters, and how to improve both personal and business outcomes. Participants will learn actionable insights to help them tackle the thorny challenges ahead:

Why should owners care about Transition Readiness, and what are the key elements?

What is my business worth today, what risks threaten value, and what will make it more valuable?

What transition readiness outcomes must be achieved in the next 12-18 months?

This is a 30-minute webinar from 11-11:30am Mountain Time.

Presenter:

Alistair Stewart - Montana Manufacturing Extension Center (MMEC) Senior Business Advisor | Bozeman and Southwest Montana

Presenter Bio:

Alistair Stewart is an alumnus of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) center in Chicago. He rejoined the MEP system in 2015 as MMEC’s Specialist for Billings and then Bozeman. His non-MEP experience includes leveraging operational excellence to accelerate & improve portfolio company performance for private equity investors, including consulting practice leadership with Giga Information Group (now Forrester), and positions of increasing responsibility with firms such as Baxter Healthcare, British Gas, and British Technology Group.

Alistair holds a Master of Science degree in Managerial Communication from Northwestern University. He is Montana’s only Certified Exit Planning Advisor, and holds additional professional credentials in Innovation, Lean, and Six Sigma. He serves as a Senior Advisor at an Investment Banking firm focused on the lower middle market, and as an Advisor to one of the country’s leading Transition Readiness consultancies.

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To join the webinar, click here:

https://www.montana.edu/extensionecon/smallbusiness/

Hear experts provide an overview of small business development topics and phone in or type/chat questions or comments. We will follow-up with requests for additional information. All webinars are free and open the public at 11 a.m. and will be recorded and archived.

The Small Business Development Webinar Series is presented in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, the Montana Small Business Development Centers, Montana State University Extension, Montana Economic Developers Association, the Montana Department of Commerce with additional assistance from the University of Montana and Great Falls Development Authority.


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Funding Your Business with MoFi

Date: 6/6/22
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 49 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/6/22 12:00 PM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Ashley Metesh-McCoy

Location: Suite 250, University Center, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula MT 59812-0001

Training Topics: Accounting/Budget, Business Financing, Business Start-up/Preplanning, Cash Flow Management, Woman-owned Businesses

Description:
Looking for funding for your business? Join Alyssa Peterman, MoFi Business Development Manager to discuss the many business funding options available through MoFi.

The event will be at the Innovation Factory (Suite 250, University Center, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812). The Innovation Factory is right above the UM Bookstore.

Instructions:
Looking for funding for your business? Join Alyssa Peterman, MoFi Business Development Manager to discuss the many business funding options available through MoFi.

The event will be at the Innovation Factory (Suite 250, University Center, University of Montana, 32 Campus Drive, Missoula, MT 59812). The Innovation Factory is right above the UM Bookstore.


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Assistance for Business Clinics Resume in Person this June

After a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic, the Department's Assistance for Business Clinics are returning! These in-person information sessions provide business owners, accountants, bookkeepers, human resource professionals, and attorneys with updated information on various topics important to businesses of all sizes.

Topics include unemployment insurance tax requirements, workers’ compensation coverage, Independent Contractor regulations, tax incentives, minimum wage and overtime rules, new hire reporting, and USERRA laws and regulations.

The first series of clinics will be held in June in the following towns:
• Great Falls -- June 8th
• Lewistown -- June 9th
• Miles City -- June 14th
• Sidney -- June 15th
• Wolf Point -- June 16th.

More dates and locations will be added in the coming weeks. To register and learn more, click below:

Register & Additional Info

For more information please contact;
Andy Shirtliff
Business Engagement Specialist
Montana Department of Labor & Industry
Workforce Services Division

PHONE (406) 444-6171
Andy.Shirtliff@MT.gov


Montana Women's Business Center

Business Finance 101: Get To Know Your Numbers + Use Them to Grow Your Business

Date: 6/8/22
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 8 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/8/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fees:
Prospera Member $225.00
Non-Member $300.00
Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Shayna Blaser (406) 587-3113

Location: Propsera Business Network Training Center 865 Technology Blvd, Bozeman MT 59718

Training Topics: Accounting/Budget

Description:
Business Finance 101: Get To Know Your Numbers + Use Them to Grow Your Business

This workshop is intended to provide entrepreneurs, small business owners and business leaders with the fundamental knowledge to ensure your business succeeds financially. We will be teaching the "language of finance and accounting" - helping you to read and interpret various financial reports and make informed operational decisions based on your financial position. You should leave having a thorough understanding of the various roles within finance and accounting, a deeper understanding of your financial statements and how to read them, as well as a better general base knowledge of the various terms and accounting fundamentals that will aid in your growth.

Who Should Attend:

Business Owners
Business Leaders
What You Will Learn:

Key Financial Roles and How to Leverage Them Within Your Company
Accounting Fundamentals
Understanding Financial Statements and What They Mean for Your Business
Business Expenses Management
Terms and Common Misconceptions

We recommend taking the 201 class one week later to grow your financial knowledge.

This training may be eligible for Incumbent Worker Training grant funding. For details on applying for this grant to pay for this training please contact Shayna at SBlaser@prosperamt.org. We recommend applying 30 days prior to getting pre-approval.


Montana Women's Business Center

Business Finance 201: Driving Financial Growth and Profitability

Date: 6/15/22
Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 11 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/15/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fees:
Prospera Member $225.00
Non-Member $300.00
Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Shayna Blaser (406) 587-3113

Location: Propsera Business Network Training Center 865 Technology Blvd, Bozeman MT 59718

Training Topics: Accounting/Budget

Description:
Business Finance 201: Driving Financial Growth and Profitability

This workshop is intended to provide entrepreneurs, small business owners and business leaders with the knowledge to level-up their financial acumen and begin thinking about their business finances strategically. Attendees will learn the fundamentals of the Cash Conversion Cycle and what that means for their business. Additionally, with a thorough overview of financial ratios, cash flow drivers and a solid scorecard, individuals can expect to leave with a handful of powerful tools to help them move their business forward.

Who Should Attend:

Business Owners
Business Leaders
What You Will Learn:

Understanding Your Cash Conversion Cycle
Scorecard, Measurables, and Key Performance Indicators
Fundamentals Ratio Analysis
Revenue Types
Cash Flow Drivers

This training may be eligible for Incumbent Worker Training grant funding. For details on applying for this grant to pay for this training please contact Shayna at SBlaser@prosperamt.org. We recommend applying 30 days prior to the start of class for pre-approval.


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Grow With Google

Date: 6/15/22
Time: 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 30 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/15/22 1:00 PM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Courtney Loeffler (406) 533-6781
Location: 65 E Broadway St, Butte MT 59701-9305

Training Topics: Social Media

Description:
Grow with Google presentations

Headwaters RCD is partnering with Grow with Google and Girl Geek Communications to help our community learn digital skills, with a workshop at 65 E. Broadway Street, 5th Floor Conference Room, on June 15. At these workshops, individuals will learn the following:

Get Your Local Business on Google Search and Maps
Use YouTube to Grow Your Business
Make Your Website Work for You

This workshop will take place at 65 E. Broadway Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 1 PM - 4 PM. Class is $15 and lunch will be provided.


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Social Media Small Businesses 101

Date: 6/15/22
Time: 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 30 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/15/22 9:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Courtney Loeffler (406) 533-6780

Location: 65 E Broadway St, 2nd Floor Conference, Butte MT 59701

Training Topics: Social Media

Description:
Course Title: Social Media for Business 101

So you’ve got a Facebook page for your business. Maybe you’ve even “boosted” your posts a time or two. But how do you know if your efforts are really helping you meet your marketing goals?

This workshop will discuss some key components of incorporating social media into your business marketing plan, including:
– Demographics and usage of the main social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube, Linked-In)
– Using social media as a tool for communicating with your customers
– Setting appropriate goals for your social media presence
– Paid advertising
– Debunking some common myths about social media reach

This workshop will take place at 65 E. Broadway Street, 2nd Floor Conference Room on Wednesday, June 15, 2022, from 9 AM - 12 PM. Class is $15 and lunch will be provided.

Instructions:
We will be having this training in the 2nd-floor conference room. Please use the Wyoming Street Entrance to get into the building.


Montana Women's Business Center

Women Owned Business Tour - Great Turning Healing Center & Gallatin Natural Medicine- June 2022

Date: 6/15/22
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 25 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/15/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Shayna Blaser (406) 587-3113

Location: 81 W Kagy Blvd, Bozeman MT 59715-6052

Training Topics: Woman-owned Businesses

Description:
Women-Owned Business Tour - Great Turning Healing Center & Gallatin Natural Medicine

Date: Wednesday, June 15th | 12-1:00 pm

Presenters: Great Turning Healing Center & Gallatin Natural Medicine

Event Address: 81 W Kagy Blvd

Event Itinerary:
For group sizes of 30 or less, we will give the attendees to introduce themselves at the beginning of each tour.

12:00 pm: Meet at Great Turning Healing Center

12-12:30: Susannah Freeman, owner of Great Turning Healing Center will give you an overview of what she does at GTHC, who they help and how they promote health and wellbeing.

12:30-1:00: Doctor Breana McElgunn will present a general overview of natural treatments for menopause and thyroid conditions.


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STAR
Quarterly Strategic Teaming Alliance Roundtables
hosted by regional PTACs

PLEASE JOIN US: June 16, 2022, at 8:00 a.m. (Mountain Standard Time) in the second of a series of STAR roundtables designed to assist small businesses navigate and benefit from doing business with the federal government and large federal contractors (often referred to as Primes)! Connect with panelists from a variety of large and small businesses currently successfully performing as prime and subcontractors. Learn helpful tips to assist you in achieving your government contracting goals.

Register & Additional Info

This is a series of events and new panelists will provide unique information at each roundtable!

What: The Strategic Teaming Alliance Roundtable is a resource for small businesses to learn how to team up and/or bid on government contracts available on or near the missile wing Air Force bases and beyond.

When: 8 am MST, the third month of each quarter on the third Thursday. Future dates will be September 15 and December 15.

Who: June 16, 2022 ~ Representatives from Northrop Grumman Corporation, Draper Labs, Lockheed Martin, and 4M Research will showcase large federal contractors and small businesses currently doing business with either Northrop or subcontractors. Also joining the June Star will be Angela Klein, Director of Business Operations/Small Business Specialist Minot AFB will be on the call.

WHY SHOULD YOU ATTEND?
• Each STAR panel is unique and offers new presenters and perspectives
• Meet new large and small contractors and learn how to connect
• Learn about new opportunities nationally and on or near missile wing Air Force bases
- (Cheyenne, FE Warren, Malmstrom and Minot)
• Gain insight and information about the importance of registering with the large
contractors, SAM.gov, and others to help you get noticed and propel your
contracting opportunities.
• Find out about free resources to help you on your journey

Register! https://und.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_jcTYhBDFTdOQdDYKTiuu1A


Montana SBDC

Business Exit Strategies

Date: 6/16/22
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 23 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/16/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Christine Littig, Business Advisor/COVID-19 Specialist (406) 240-6310

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)

Training Topics: Business Plan, Buy/Sell Business, Risk Management

Description:
Business Exit Strategies

Is it time to prepare for selling or sell?

Daniel Colson, president of NEXT Investments, assists entrepreneurs in both buying and selling businesses. Only 20% of businesses listed ever get sold and about 70% of family transfers end up failing. Join us as Daniel shares insights and best practices of business exit strategy. Your business exit strategy begins now.

Daniel will conduct a 40 - 45 minute webinar and leave 15 - 20 minutes for Q&A.


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Startup Roadmap

Date: 6/16/22
Time: 1:30 PM - 3:30 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 17 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/16/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Kayla Vokral (406) 254-6014

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)

Training Topics: Business Start-up/Preplanning

Description:
Designed for individuals who would like to start their own business. This is a great overview of things to know about start-up costs, financing options, and business planning. A wealth of information and resources are provided free of charge.


Montana Women's Business Center

Ales & Trails Networking Event - Cherry Creek Trailhead & MAP Brewing Co.

Date: 6/21/22
Time: 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 12 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/21/22 12:00 PM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Point of Contact: Rachel Hinkle (406) 587-3113

Location: 27812-, 27822 Frontage Rd, Bozeman MT 59718

Training Topics: Marketing/Sales

Description:
Ales & Trails is an open networking event series for anyone who is looking to make connections, get outside, and/or drink great beer (and coffee)! At each short hike, we will have a valuable networking topic to guide conversations, but we'll maintain a casual vibe throughout. After the hike, the group will travel to a local establishment to refresh and continue making connections. Five events total, June through October, covering all corners of the Gallatin Valley. All are welcome!

Hike will last no longer than 1 hour

Please bring clothing layers, water bottle, and appropriate footwear. We will hike rain or shine.

1 beverage provided for each attendee at secondary location.

Time of event varies each month. Please double check dates/times of each that want to attend!

Please, no dogs.

Questions? Email Rachel rhinkle@prosperamt.org


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Boots to Business

Date/Time:
Modules 1-4 6/23/22 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
Modules 5-8 6/24/22 8:30 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
Status: Open - 39 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 6/23/22 8:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314

Location: Airman and Family Readiness Center Malmstrom Air Force Base, Great Falls MT 59405

Program Format: Multi-session Course

Training Topics: Accounting/Budget, Business Financing, Business Plan, Business Start-up/Preplanning, Buy/Sell Business, Franchising, Government Contracting, Intellectual Property, Legal Issues, Licensing, Managing a Business, Market Research, Marketing/Sales, SBIR, Selling to Government, STTR

Description:
This is a pre-business workshop for transitioning military service members at Malmstrom Air Force Base as part of the Transition Assistance Program. Active duty military, veterans, and military families are welcome. Please inquire about eligibility prior to registering at JNitschke@GrowGreatFalls.org.

PLEASE NOTE: This class will be delivered in-person at Malmstrom Air Force Base. Attendees will need to have or request base access.

Instructions:
This course is available to active duty, veterans and military families. Please confirm access to Malmstrom Air Force Base and eligibility with Transition Assistance Program manager David Burger.


Small Business Resources

Right Here in Montana!

SBA resource partners provide business consulting, mentoring and training services.

Montana SBDC

Montana Small Business Development Center Network

https://sbdc.mt.gov/


Montana Womens Business Center

Montana Women's Business Center

https://www.prosperamt.org/womens-business-center/overview


WELL

Women's Entrepreneurship and Leadership Lab

(Women's Business Center)

https://www.umt.edu/passion/


VBOC

Montana Veterans Business Outreach Center

https://bigskyvboc.org/


SCORE

Bozeman:  https://bozeman.score.org/

Billings:  https://billings.score.org

Western Montana:  https://westernmontana.score.org 


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