Calendar of Events

February 2016

Montana Women's Business Center Trainings

Fwd. Business Series Event 4: Healthcare & Financial Planning Options for Small Businesses
02/09/16 8:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Prospera's Montana Women’s Business Center in conjunction with MSU Park County Extension and Livingston Job Service present

Fwd. Business Series

EVENT 4: Healthcare & Financial Planning Options for Small Businesses

Sarah Skofield, Agent/Owner, Sarah Skofield State Farm
Stephanie Cunningham, Financial Planner, Edward Jones

Tuesday, February 9
8:00 a.m. Breakfast and Networking
8:30 – 11:00 a.m.

The Shane Center
415 E. Lewis Street - Livingston

Registration: $20
(includes a light breakfast and workshop materials)

Registration required by Friday, February 5 or 222-4156.

Recent and ongoing changes in healthcare have created an uncertain landscape for many small businesses. Additionally, business owners are often unaware of financial planning options that can support their employees and help them be better prepared for retirement. Join us for this interactive workshop with Sarah Skofield and Stephanie Cunningham, local experts and members of the Park County BEAR Team. We will discuss specific questions and offer strategies to make running your business easier and more profitable.


Event 5: March 8
Growing your virtual presence with search engine optimization and analytics

Event 6: April 12
Adding value to your business with Lean leadership and planning

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The Montana Women’s Business Center is a program of Prospera Business Network and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Drew Little at (406) 587-3113 to make arrangements.

The Montana State University Extension Service is an ADA/EO/AA/Veteran's Preference Employer and Provider of Educational Outreach.

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Free DBE Summit
02/03/16 7:30 AM to 02/04/16 5:00 PM

The Montana Department of Transportation Disadvanted Business Enterprise program presents

2016 DBE Summit

Wenesday, February 3 - Thursday February 4

Free and open to the public

Helena Colonial Hotel
Helena, MT

The ​primary ​goal ​of ​the ​DBE ​Summit ​is ​to ​bring ​the ​DBE ​ community ​together ​in ​a ​supportive ​empowering ​environment ​to ​ learn ​from ​the ​knowledge ​and ​experience ​of ​subject ​matter​ experts ​in ​the ​industry ​and ​each ​other. ​ ​Summit ​attendees ​ will ​also ​have ​the ​opportunity ​to ​network ​and ​connect ​with ​ the ​right ​people ​to ​build ​relationships ​and ​establish ​ partnerships ​that ​lead ​to ​increased ​contract ​opportunities. ​ ​

The DBE program ​encourages ​everyone ​to ​make ​the ​most ​of ​the ​two ​day ​summit ​by ​embracing ​the ​information ​that ​will ​be ​shared, ​ taking ​notes ​of ​best ​practices ​to ​try, ​introducing ​yourself ​to  ​people ​you ​don't ​know, ​ ​and ​making ​sure ​that ​you ​participate  ​in ​every ​way ​possible. ​ ​Lastly, ​for ​DBE ​growth, ​form ​ partnerships ​that ​will ​help ​your ​business ​to ​become ​stronger, ​ better,and ​more ​consistent.

Get ​Your ​Business ​Online ​Google ​Workshop ​will ​be ​featured ​ both ​days ​at ​the ​DBE ​Summit. ​Get ​found ​on ​Google ​Search ​and ​ Maps ​for ​free!

For more information or vendor registration, contact Shannon Hahn at (406) 444-7287 or Maghan Strachan at (406) 444-0841.

2016 Economic Outlook Seminar: Rising Property Tax Bills: What you should know
02/03/16 7:45 AM to 1:00 PM

The Bureau of Business and Economic Research presents

2016 Economic Outlook Seminar: Rising Property Tax Bills: What you should know

Wednesday February 3
7:45 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

The Commons at Baxter and Love, Bozeman

Cost: $85
Regular tickets include the seminar, Montana Economic Report, lunch, and a one-year subscription to the Montana Business Quarterly (a $35 value).

In addition to the keynote presentation, this half-day seminar and luncheon will highlight the latest economic trends for local, state, and national economies. Bureau economists Patrick Barkey and Paul Polzin will present economic forecasts for each seminar city, and industry experts will provide the outlook for Montana's important sectors: health care, nonresident travel, agriculture, manufacturing, forest products, real estate and energy.

Continuing education credits are available. Groups of five or more may register at a discount.

For questions call (406) 243-5113.

Belgrade Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner
02/19/16 5:45 PM

The Belgrade Chamber of Commerce presents

2016 Annual Dinner

Friday, February 19
5:45 p.m. No Host Social
6:45 p.m. Dinner catered by Riverside Country Club

Riverside Country Club
Fee: $50/person
Purchasing a table is an option, please call the Chamber for details

The entertainment for the evening will be: Paul Draper

For more informationand to register visit or call the Chamber at 388-1616.

Business Journal B2B Networking Luncheon-February
02/29/16 11:30 AM to 1:00 PM

The Business Journal for Southwest Montana presents

B2B Networking Luncheon

Monday,  February 29
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

Hilton Garden Inn, Bozeman

Individual tickets cost $35 until a week before the luncheon and $40 afterward. Tables, package discounts and nonprofit rates available.

The B2B Networking Luncheons are a luncheon series featuring vibrant speakers, engaging networking, various awards and drawings for prizes in a fun, collegial atmosphere. The February luncheon will feature the Fourth Annual 20 Under 40 Awards.

Seating is limited! Deadline to register is one week prior to event. Questions or waiting list requests, contact or 406-582-2699.

Learn more and see the full series calendar here