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Montana Small Business Summit – 2/13-14 – Helena

February 13 @ 7:30 am - February 14 @ 3:30 pm


  • 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.

    Schedule — Check website for up-to-date changes

    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
    [email protected]
    [email protected]

    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


February 13 @ 7:30 am
February 14 @ 3:30 pm


Great Northern Hotel
835 Great Northern Blvd
Helena,MTUnited States
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