The Innovate Montana Symposium is Montana's signature annual business and networking event, connecting innovative ventures from diverse industries with economic opportunity. Over the course of two days, we'll provide the insights, tools, and collaboration that foster thriving businesses and communities in our state. The event's high impact speaker series will be paired with focused breakout sessions so inspiration is directly channeled into action plans. Brain dates and social events will make sure the right people are in the room for creating new ventures and powerful partnerships.
Learn how to develop a marketing budget, determine your competitive advantage, and reach and grow your audience affordably. Jen Fredette of Mountain Pearl Media will take you through the process so you can leave knowing how to move forward.
Date: Wednesday, October 19th
Trainers: MSU Extension Agents Roubie Younkin & Ardis Oelkers
Location: GNDC Conference Room
Contact: Lorene Hintz, 653-2590 or firstname.lastname@example.org
PLEASE RSVP BY OCTOBER 7TH
What You Will Learn
Real Colors personality testing helps people:
- Learn to work together
- Break down organizational silos
- Increase work productivity
Real Colors is:
- A fun, interactive workshop
- Will provide you with skills to understand human behavior
- Will provide skills that are easy to incorporate into everyday life
The basis of this workshop is the Real Colors Personality Instrument:
- A user-friendly, intuitive tool
- Identifies four personality types common to all people
- Gold, Green, Blue and Orange
"Working Toward the Future - Sustainability and Culture in Economic Growth"
Montana Economic Developers Association (MEDA) 2016 Fall Conference Features:
Welcome by CSKT Tribal Vice-Chairman and Yamncut Drum Group
Economic Development and Native American Tribes - How it Works
Entrepreneur Assistance and Success Stories
How do they do it? Government Contracting
Table talks with agency representatives & hot topics
MEDA Awards Luncheon
State Legislative Leadership update (invited)
Gubernatorial Forum (invited)
Working it Out - Multigenerational Workforce
Closing by Polson Mayor Heather Knutson
United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) News Release
U.S. Dept. of Agriculture agencies will hold town hall meetings at 18 locations across Montana to discuss opportunities for and barriers to maximizing access to USDA programs and services.
In early 2016, 13 Montana counties were designated as "StrikeForce" counties, a rural growth and opportunity initiative launched by USDA in 2010 in economically challenged areas to improve USDFA services by building partnerships to help challenged communities shape a future based on local assets and regional strengths.
Montana leaders from the USDA Natural Resources Conservation Service, Farm Service Agency, Rural Development, and Food and Nutrition Service will listen to concerns from local citizens and community leaders at town hall meetings:
September 19, 2016 Culbertson County Building, 1:30PM
307 Broadway Avenue, Culbertson, MT
September 20, 2016 Poplar Greet the Dawn Building, 9AM
605 Indian Avenue, Poplar, MT
John George, (406) 449-5000 ext. 101
September is “Rural Development Month” at the Department of Agriculture (USDA), and USDA’s Rural Business-Cooperative Service (RBS) is holding a series of informational webinars to share success stories and best practices on how customers and partner organizations have used RBS programs and resources to support businesses in rural and Tribal communities. Customers and stakeholders interested in learning more about RBS programs—and how customers have used our financing tools to support entrepreneurship—are encouraged to participate in this opportunity to engage with diverse partner organizations, ask questions, and learn more. For additional information, or to request special accommodations, please contact email@example.com.
September 14, 2016
Stories 2-3:30pm EST
Nature+Commerce: Recreational Business Development Success
Facilitator: Angela Callie, RBS Community Economic Development
Speaker: Rob Riley, Northern Forest Center
September 16, 2016
USDA Rural Development Programs for Native American Entrepreneurs
Facilitator: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development
Speakers: Tedd Buelow, USDA Development, Bill Hamilton, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, Small Business Development Services
September 22, 2016
Stronger Economies Together: Regional Planning & Business Development Success Stories
Facilitator: Hiwot Gebremariam, RBS Community Economic Development
Speakers: Larry Wright, Oklahoma State University Cooperative Extension; Janice Stroud-Bickes, USDA Rural Development in Virginia; Martha Walker, Virginia Tech University Cooperative Extention; Peggy Schlechter, South Dakota State University; Paul Johnson, Jill Reese, USDA Rural Development in Oregon, Amanda Heoy, Mid-Columbia Economic Development District (tentative)
September 27, 2016
Cooperatives as a Tool for Community Solutions
Facilitator: Margaret Bau, USDA Rural Development, Co-op Basics
Converting existing businesses to employee ownership, Rob Brown, Cooperative Dvelopement Institute, Maine
Turning trailer parks into resident owned communities, Diane Gasaway, Northwest Cooperative Dvelopement Center, Washington
From farmworkers to farm owners, John Flory, Latino Ecomonic Development Center, Minnesota
September 29, 2016
Local Food Financing and Cooperative Business Models
Speaker & Facilitator: Jim Barham, USDA Rural Development
Voices of Montana Tourism will be in Glasgow to host a business education roundtable with local business leaders on the hi-line. The event issponsored by Montana Lodging and hospitality Association, Montana restaurant Association, and Cottonwood Inn and Suites.
Please RSVP to Dax Schieffer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Dax Scheiffer, Director
Voices of Montana Tourism
Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.
*source: United States Dept. of Labor
Native American Development Corporation
NADC 8th Annual Conference
"Nation Building-Empowering Economic Development"
August 3-4, 2016, Northern Hotel, Billings, Montana
The Native American Development Corporation (NADC) invites you to submit a proposal to present at the 2016 NADC Conference held on August 3-4, 2016 at the Northern Hotel in Billings, MT.
Our goal is for attendees to leave the conference with specific tools and strategies to strengthen the economy on reservations through private sector and community/tribal activities. The annual conference has attracted Native-owned small businesses, Tribal Leaders and prime contractors from the region as well as gained national attention as the premier economic development and procurement conference in the Rocky Mountain and Great Plains Regions.
FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CLICK HERE
SMALL BUSINESS ROADSHOW
FREE- Open to the Public
Tuesday, May 24, 5pm
at The Poplar American Legion Supper Club
Join us for a casual evening of networking, sharing ideas, and discussing innovative ways to promote small business success in Poplar, MT. Learn about the tips and resources for jump starting your ideas, while hearing from successful entrepreneurs in your area.
Nellie Garfield, Owner of Napa Auto Parts
Elaine Boyd, Owner of Rosa's Fabrics and Quilting
Terry Pawlowski, Owner of Round Towne
For more information please call 406-444-5634 or visit http://www.innovatemontana.com. Refreshments will be provided.
The Largest Small Business Conference in Montana.
Invest in Success is an annual statewide conference designed by SBDC Business Advisors that focuses on leading businesses into the future with relevant, on-trend workshops and sessions. Attendees will enhance their financial, managerial and technical skills, all invaluable assets to entrepreneurship. Highlights include:
- Shark Tank Live Pitch Competition with $5,000 prize!
- Tours: Havre Beneath the Streets and Wahkpa Chu'gn Buffalo Jump
- 20 Workshops to improve your business and strategies