Montana Trainings & Workshops - July 2022

Montana District Office 

u s small business administration

Montana District

Trainings & Workshops

July 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!


event_online

The Small Business Webinar Series: Small Business Retirement Plans - A Tool to Retain Employees

Date: 7/7/22
Time: 11:00 AM - 11:30 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Registration Deadline: 7/7/22 11:00 AM (MDT)
Fee: No Fee

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

Program Format: Online Meeting (Live)
Training Topics: Human Resources, Managing a Business
Description:
Topic:

Small business owners are constantly looking for the best way to attract and retain good workers. Retirement plans are a great tool to help keep employees and make it easier to ensure financially stable retirement years for you and your employees. This session will cover the basics of what small business owners need to consider before starting a retirement plan.

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

Presenter: Joel Schumacher; Montana State University Extension, Associate Specialist; Family and Consumer Scienes & Ag and Natural Resources Program Leader

-----

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.


event_physical

Profit Mastery

Date/Time:
Session #1 - Module 2 (Module 1 done prior to the workshop) 7/8/22 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)
Session #2 - Modules 3-5 7/15/22 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 7 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/8/22 8:00 AM (MDT)
Fee: $145.00 Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314
Location: 405 3rd St NW, Suite 203 , Great Falls MT 59404-4115

Program Format: Multi-session Course
Training Topics: Accounting/Budget, Business Financing, Cash Flow Management, Managing a Business

Description:
In our hands-on Profit Mastery workshops you'll learn to understand your financials, learn how to manage your business to increase profitability, and strengthen your relationship with your lender. Discover how to actively manage YOUR business and accomplish YOUR goals. Alongside other business owners and managers, you will analyze real-world business problems and uncover how to: Overcome common business problems Understand your financial position Use tools to take active control of your finances Make effective pricing decisions Evaluate and manage cost patterns Make your business bankable Avoid cash crunches Plan for transition Strengthen your lender relationships We've drastically reduced the price of this workshop from $895 to $145 (a $700 savings plus an additional $50 discount over our online course) thanks to our generous sponsors at the Montana Department of Transportation's DBE program. Click here for more on the class: http://www.brs-seattle.com/workshop

Instructions:
The course registration fee of $895 is discounted to $145 (a $700 savings plus an additional $50 discount over our online course) thanks to our generous sponsors at the Montana Department of Transportation's Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program. Your $145 registration fee includes the course materials and lunch both days. Check out the Profit Mastery website for more information: http://www.brs-seattle.com/workshop


Montana Women's Business Center

Women Owned Business Tour - The Clothesline & La Cuisine-July 2022

Date: 7/12/22
Time: 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 21 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/12/22 8:00 AM (MDT)
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 - The Clothesline and La Cuisine

Date: Tuesday, July 12th | 12-1:00 pm
Presenters: The Clothes Line and La Cuisine
Event Address: Start at 815 W Main Street End at 2405 W Main Street Ste 6
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 The Clothesline

12-12:25: Victoria Allee, one of the owners of The Clothesline will talk about the process of purchasing an existing business, financing, and celebrations/challenges of owning a brick and mortar client-facing business. She is also going to teach you how to fold a fitted sheet!! There will be mimosas, snacks and a 20% off coupon for a single drop-off order!

12:25-Drive to La Cuisine

12:30-1:00: Hear from the owner, Tina Tusker as she tells her business story that is all about building a community around the table. She is offering appetizers, a door prize, and 15% off store-wide during the tour!

This is a FREE event thanks to generous sponsorships from Republic Services, Erin Yost/Charles Schwab, and Anderson Zuermuehlen.

The Montana Women's Business Center and all of its programs and activities are accessible to and usable by disabled persons, including persons who are deaf, hard of hearing or blind, or who have sensory impairments. Please reach out to the Montana Women's Business Center Program Director after registration to inform them of your accommodation needs. Call 406-587-3113 or Email sblaser@prosperamt.org.


Montana Women's Business Center

Power Up - July 13, 20, 27- ZOOM

 

Date/Time:
Session #1 7/13/22 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)
Session #2 7/20/22 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)
Session #3 7/27/22 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 8 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/12/22 4:00 PM (MDT)
Fees:
Non-Member $375.00
Prospera Member $300.00
2nd Company Representative $175.00
Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Shayna Blaser (406) 587-3113
Location: ZOOM, Bozeman MT 59718

Training Topics: Business Start-up/Preplanning

Instructor/Presenter: Karen Lum

Event Description:
This 3 session course has been specifically designed for individuals who are brand new to business, wanting to start a business, and new business owners or individuals looking to start a second business.

What you will learn:

- Clarity and fresh perspective about starting a new business
- Solid first draft of your Business Plan - In-depth understanding of your industry and competition
- Documented sales projections and marketing strategy based on industry research & geography
- Projected cash flow for one year
- Shared experience with other local entrepreneurs and subject matter experts
- Valuable resources and processes that support your business planning journey

PROSPERA CLASSES ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

Scholarships may be available for this course. Apply here: https://www.prosperamt.org/scholarship-requests


Montana SBDC

Need Help With Your Website? - Wolf Point

Date: 7/26/22
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)

 

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 20 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/26/22 8:00 AM (MDT)
Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Quincy Walter (406) 650-2524
Location: 233 Cascade Street, Wolf Point MT 59201-1409

Training Topics: eCommerce, Managing a Business, Market Research, Marketing/Sales, Social Media, Technology

Description:
If you Google your business, what will you find? Is your business’s website telling your story correctly? Join us for a day to learn about search engine optimization and website design/editing.

This interactive day will be unlike any other class you have been to. We will discuss what your customer is looking for on social media and a search engine in the morning. In the second half of the day, we will take a deep dive into YOUR website and how you can maximize it. Laptops will be provided; come prepared with ideas on:

Making a list of your website needs

Defining your ideal customer

Clarifying your website key benefit statement

Developing a call to action

Structuring your homepage

Deciding on the content, you'll need/want on your website

Mobile considerations

Measuring website traffic and conversions

Platforms to consider

Register today for these unique classes brought to you by GNDC SBDC and the DBE. The fee is $15 for lunch, so register today!

*We reserve the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollments are not met.

Funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration and the Montana Department of Commerce. All opinions, conclusions or recommendations expressed are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect those of the SBA. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.


Montana SBDC

Need Help With Your Website? - Scobey

Date: 7/27/22
Time: 9:00 AM - 3:00 PM (MDT)

 

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 20 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/27/22 8:00 AM (MDT)
Fee: $15.00 Registration Policies

Point of Contact: Quincy Walter (406) 650-2524
Location: Scobey - TBD, Scobey MT 59263

Training Topics: eCommerce, Managing a Business, Market Research, Marketing/Sales, Social Media, Technology
Description:
If you Google your business, what will you find? Is your business’s website telling your story correctly? Join us for a day to learn about search engine optimization and website design/editing.

This interactive day will be unlike any other class you have been to. We will discuss what your customer is looking for on social media and a search engine in the morning. In the second half of the day, we will take a deep dive into YOUR website and how you can maximize it. Laptops will be provided; come prepared with ideas on:

Making a list of your website needs

Defining your ideal customer

Clarifying your website key benefit statement

Developing a call to action

Structuring your homepage

Deciding on the content, you'll need/want on your website

Mobile considerations

Measuring website traffic and conversions

Platforms to consider

Register today for these unique classes brought to you by GNDC SBDC and the DBE. The fee is $15 for lunch, so register today!

 

*We reserve the right to cancel a class if minimum enrollments are not met.


event_physical

Becoming a Franchisee: An Alternate Path to Business Ownership

Date: 7/29/22
Time: 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM (MDT)

Register & Additional Info

Status: Open - 18 places remaining
Registration Deadline: 7/29/22 8:00 AM (MDT)
Fee: No Fee

Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke (406) 750-0314
Location: 405 3rd Street NW, Suite 203, Great Falls MT 59404-4115

Training Topics: Business Financing, Business Start-up/Preplanning, Franchising

Description:
Are you an entrepreneur at heart, but have yet to come up with that million dollar idea and are looking for another way to get into business ownership? Of the three ways to get into owning a business, franchising might be the most well known but least utilized. We see franchises every day. We eat at them. They service our vehicles. They give us fun activities. They help our aging parents.

Join us as we walk through the franchising. In this course we'll cover:

Define what franchises are
Analyze advantages and disadvantages
Discover how to fund a franchise
Provide tools to find an opportunity that best fits you
Best practices in succeeding
We'll also hear from active operators of franchises to learn why they chose the opportunity they chose and their biggest challenges.

PRESENTER: Jason Nitschke - Vice President, Great Falls Development Authority; Regional Director, Great Falls area Small Business Development Center


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.

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 


sba logo

SBA Learning Platform

More resources available at the SBA Learning Platform.  SBA's online learning programs are designed to empower and educate small business owners every step of the way.

SBA Learning Platform


Ascent: elevate your business

Ascent for Women

A free online learning platform for women interested in starting or growing their small businesses.

ASCENT for Women

SBA Montana District Office