MT Small Business Summit

Date: Wednesday, February 13, 2019at 7:30am - Thursday, February 14, 2019 at 3:30pm
Event Venue: Best Western Premier Helena Great Northern Hotel
Event Address: 835 Great Northern Blvd, Helena, Montana 59601
Event Description:

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The Montana Department of Transportation - Small Business Program are collaborating with the Montana Women's Business Center and Prospera Business Network to bring you an exciting conference! Join us for 1 day or all 3 days to learn from the knowledge and experience of subject matter experts and each other.


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Tuesday, February 12th

Tribal Relations Training (7:30 am - 4:00 pm)
Come experience and learn about Montana's Tribal Nations and become a Partner in Building a Stronger Montana. The training includes topics on How to Conduct Business in Indian Country and keynote speakers on Entrepreneurship and Government Relations.

Small Business Social (6:00 - 8:00 pm)
Governor Bullock is joining us to kick off the 2019 Small Business Summit at Exploration Works. Explore the museum, socialize with your elected officials, enjoy drinks and appetizers, and listen to some home-grown tunes.

Wednesday, February 13th

Small Business Summit (7:30 am - 4:30 pm)

This year's Keynote Speaker, Steve Beck, is an author, master facilitator and coach who brings more than 20 years of corporate executive experience to his programs and events. People who have attended Steve's presentations have described him as "Wildly entertaining, engaging, funny, and highly motivational."

There will also be several breakout sessions on topics such as Bonding, Marketing, Human Resources, Cyber Security and more.

Thursday, February 14th

Small Business Summit (7:30 am - 1:00 pm)

Steve Beck will kick off the morning and is followed by more great breakout sessions including Contract Law, Employee Retention, and Doing Business with the State of Montana.

EEO Training (1:15 pm - 3:15 pm)

Nicole Cosby, EEO Specialist Supervisor, with the Montana Department of Transportation (MDT), Office of Civil Rights will present a 2-hour training course with a focus on EEO requirements on MDT contracts.

This conference will be a great opportunity to network and learn. If you have any questions, please contact:

Shannon Hahn, Small Business Specialist, Montana Department of Transportation

There are room blocks for the conference at $99 per night plus tax at the following hotels:

Best Western Hotel Great Northern Helena
835 Great Northern Blvd
Helena, MT 59601

Home 2 Suites by Hilton
3325 North Sanders St
Helena, MT 59601

Please make reservations early as the room block closes on January 11, 2019.

7:30 am Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Opening Ceremony and Welcome Address
8:30 am Keynote Speaker
9:30 am Montana Tribal Nations 101
10:00 am How to Conduct Business in Indian Country
11:00 am Entrepreneurship and Healthy Eating
11:30 am Lunch
12:30 pm Overview of the History of Tribal Nations in Montana
1:30 pm Contemporary Ways to Preserve Native Indian Languages
2:45 pm Keynote Speaker: Entrepreneurship and Government Relations
3:45 pm Closing Remarks

6:00 pm Small Business Social at Exploration Works

7:30 am Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Welcome Address
9:00 am Keynote Speaker: How to Have a Great Day Every Day
11:15 am Breakout Sessions:
HR Panel
Bonding & Insurance
12:15 pm Lunch and Small Business Speaker
1:30 pm Breakout Sessions:
Commerce Panel
Cyber Security
3:30 pm Breakout Sessions:
Banking Panel
Workman’s Comp Costs
Social Media

7:30 am Continental Breakfast
8:00 am Keynote Speaker: Exceptional Customer Service
9:45 am Breakout Sessions:
Doing Business with MDT
Employee Retention and Benefits
Simple Squarespace Websites
11:00 am Breakout Sessions:
Government Contracting
New Taxes for Small Businesses
Contract Law
12:00 pm Lunch

1:15 pm EEO Training