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Exciting news! The Jefferson County Fair Board is writing a master plan and we want your ideas for improving the grounds! Come to the open house February 27, 6:30 pm at the Volunteer Hall!

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Small Business Summit in Helena {free}

February 6, 2018, 5:00pm - February 8, 2018, 1:00pm

Montana's Small Business Summit - Helena (free) Free trainings for Montana's small business owners + employees Please share this event on your social media pages! Sponsored by the MT DOT, the Disadvantaged Business Enterprise, Small Business Enterprise, Prospera Business Network, and the Montana Women's Business Center Attend one, two, or all three days! Register here: To book a hotel room: A room block has been reserved under MT DOT for $99/night until January 6th, 406.457.5500. Sponsorship and vendor opportunities available by contacting Shannon Hahn at or calling 406-444-7287 A bus will be traveling from Prospera on February 7th, to reserve your seat visit: SMALL BUSINESS SUMMIT AGENDA BEST WESTERN – GREAT NORTHERN HOTEL FEBRUARY 6TH, 7TH & 8TH Tuesday February 6th, 2018 4:00pm – 8:00pm 12-9:00pm Vendor Setup 4:00-5:30 Pre-Registration 6:00-8:00 Networking Social – No Host Bar w/ Appetizers Shannon Hahn –MDT Small Business Specialist Mike Tooley – MDT Director Lt Governor – Mike Cooney Kasey Nicholson – Comedian & Emcee Location - Empire Room Wednesday February 7th, 2018 7:30am-6:30pm If coming from Bozeman, meet at 6am at Prospera to catch the bus, you will be back by 7pm (the bus will just be there for February 7th only). Register here: 7:30-8:30 Registration & Buffet Breakfast 8:30-9:00 Welcome Address Shannon Hahn – MDT Small Business Specialist Kasey Nicholson – Comedian/Emcee Mike Tooley, Montana DOT Director Location - Empire Room 9:00-11:00 Kasey Nicholson- Comedian/Emcee Frances Cole Jones – Key Note Speaker Owner of Cole Media Management & Author of “How to Wow” 10 Things You Can Do Today to Wow Tomorrow 11:00-11:30 Break & Exhibitor Visit Morning Breakout Session 11:30-12:30 Sara Elkins Owner Elkins Consulting How to Build a Professional Network (online & offline) Moderator – Kirtrena Deen Location – Iron Horse Room Megan Armstrong Owner Armstrong Marketing Solutions Branding + Why the Branding Process Matters Moderator – Maggie Metzger Location – Oriental A, B, C Room Julie Jaksha Regional Director of the Butte Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Understanding Your Break Even and Creating Positive Cash Flow Moderator – Chris Ferguson Location – Oriental D Room 12:30-1:45 Buffet Lunch – (provided) ` Kasey Nicholson – Comedian/Emcee BB Webb, Entrepreneur, Speaker, Author, Business Coach & Media Personality Owner - Arriving with BB Webb – Solutions for business growth! Build Your Brand. Win the Client. Grow Your Business! Location - Empire Room 1:45-2:00 Break & Exhibitor Location - Western Star Room Afternoon Breakout Sessions 2:00-3:00 Nicole Cosby MDT Civil Rights EEO Supervisor What You Need to Know About Sexual Harassment Moderator -Kirtrena Deen Location - Iron Horse Room Sue Thompson Owner of The CFO Agency Bookkeeping the Right Way - How to Keep More of Your Money Moderator – Maggie Metzger Location – Oriental A, B, C Room Suzi Berget White Director of the MT Women’s Business Center Top 20 Marketing Tips - That Will Make a Difference in Your Small Business Moderator – Chris Ferguson Location –Oriental D Room 3:00-3:30 Break & Exhibitor Visit Location – Western Bar Room 3:30-4:30 Luke Lucas Senior Technology Advisor for Morrison-Maierle Cyber Security - What You Really Need to Know Moderator – Kirtrena Deen Location –Iron Horse Room Kate Stewart Owner of Iron Scaffold LLC Negotiation Skills for Small Business Owners Moderator – Maggie Metzger Location – Oriental A, B, C Room Michelle Edmunds Owner of Westaff Services Human Resources - The Things You’ve Never Known But Should Moderator – Chris Ferguson Location –Oriental D Room 4:30--6:30 Social Networking – No Host Bar & Appetizers Kasey– Comedian/ Emcee Frances Cole Jones – Book Signing (Books Courtesy of DBE Program) Staff – Raffle Drawing Location – Empire Room Thursday February 8th, 2018 7:30am-2:00pm 7:30-8:30 Buffet Breakfast Location – Hallway/Empire 8:30-9:15 Opening Remarks Kasey Nicholson – Comedian/Emcee Location – Empire Room 9:15-9:30 Break & Exhibitor Visit Location – Western Star Room Morning Breakout Session 9:30-10:30 Panel (3) Stephanie Hagerman MDT Contract Plans Specialist Megan Handl MDT Civil Rights Supervisor Dustin Rouse MDT Consultant Design Bureau Chief Contracting with the Department of Transportation Moderator – Kirtrena Deen Location –Iron Horse Room Phillip Luebke Director of Bozeman Procurement Technical Assistant Center Contracting with the Federal Government – Sneak Peek at SAMs New Program Moderator –Maggie Metzger Location –Oriental A, B, C Room Casey Kyler-West Out Reach Section Supervisor for Dept of Labor & Industry Managing Your Workers Compensation Moderator – Chris Ferguson Location – Oriental D Room 10:30-10:45 Break & Exhibitor Visit Location - Western Star Room 10:45-11:45 Panel (2) Jason Smith State Director of Indian Affairs Harlan Wells Secretary of State Business Services Director Small Business Must Knows: Working in Indian Country/Everything Secretary of State Moderator – Kirtrena Deen Location – Iron Horse Room Megan Holmlund Chief Procurement Officer for the State Procurement – What eMACS Is All About & Why You Should Be Registered Moderator –Maggie Metzger Location – Oriental A, B, C Room Panel (5) Casey Lozar Bureau Chief for Department of Commerce Chad Moore SBDC State Director Heather Sobrepena-George Business Development Specialist Angelyn DeYoung International Trade Manager Lindsey Hagmaier Mt Technology Innovation Partnership Program Manager The Department of Commerce - What They Can Do for Your Small Business Moderator – Chris Ferguson Location – Oriental D Room 11:45-12 Break & Exhibitor Visit Location -Western Star Room 12-2:00 Buffet Lunch (Provided) Closing Remarks Kasey Nicholson – Comedian/Emcee Maghan Strachan, Maggie Metzger, Shannon Hahn - Small Business Specialists Raffle Drawing for Prizes (Must Be Present to Win) Location – Empire Room For a PDF version of the agenda please email

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