2012 Montana Women in Business Conference

Date: 
Thursday, June 14th 2012

***REGISTRATION DEADLINE IS JUNE 11***

U.S. Small Business Administration, Prospera Business Network and the Montana Women’s Business Center, in conjunction with local partner Ravalli County Economic Development Authority, present

         

2012 MONTANA WOMEN IN BUSINESS CONFERENCE 
Shaping Your Business For Success

Thursday, June 14
7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Bitterroot River Inn and Convention Center
139 Bitterroot River Plaza
Hamilton, Montana

Conference Registration: $65
(includes breakfast, lunch and conference materials)

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Become a conference exhibitor for $75. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Exhibitor Booth Registration Form 

Hotel Accommodations

Guest rooms for the Montana Women in Business Conference are available to attendees for a discounted rate of $109 per night (additional taxes and fees not included in this rate). Please reserve your room by June 11, 2012 to take advantage of the conference rate.

For reservations, contact The Bitterroot River Inn and Conference Center toll free at 877.274.8274. For the discounted room rate, please refer to the Montana Women in Business Conference.

ABOUT THE CONFERENCE

The 2012 Montana Women in Business Conference, Shaping Your Business For Success, will welcome speakers from around the state presenting on topics current for women’s business needs including entrepreneurial success stories, cash flow management, financing for small business, strategic marketing, social media, business development, customer service, business planning, government contracting, communications and networking. This year’s Conference will feature keynote speaker, Sarah Calhoun, owner of Red Ants Pants.

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EVENT AGENDA

7:30 a.m. Registration and Networking Breakfast

8:30 a.m. WELCOME REMARKS

9:00 a.m. MORNING PRESENTATION

Targeting Your Customer with High Impact Marketing Tactics, Karen Porter, University of Montana

10:30 a.m. MORNING BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS

Breakout 1: Getting Lean with Cash Flow Training, Nicole Marshall and Sharon Rhodes, JCCS 

Breakout 2: Flexing Your Business Model with Government Contracting Opportunities (Panel) 

  • Crystal Baker, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Tanya Chemodurow, Abatement Contractors of Montana
  • Paulette Drozda, Montana Community Development Corp and Montana Procurement Technical Assistance Center
  • Wendy Stewart, Montana Department of Transportation Disadvantaged Business Enterprise

12:00 – 1:30 p.m. NETWORKING LUNCH AND KEYNOTE PRESENTATION

The Story of Red Ants Pants: Following the Passion and Instincts of Sarah Calhoun

1:30 p.m. AFTERNOON BREAKOUT PRESENTATIONS

Breakout 1: Strengthening Your Social Media Muscle Endurance with a High Impact Plan, Cynthia Rademacher, CMR Marketing Strategies 

Breakout 2: Healthy Financing for Your Business (Panel) 

  • Rena Carlson, U.S. Small Business Administration
  • Julie Foster, Ravalli County Economic Development Authority
  • Jeffrey Fuller, Rocky Mountain Bank
  • Linda Kindrick, Montana Community Finance Corp.
  • Kim Maines, USDA Rural Development, Missoula

3:00 p.m. AFTERNOON PRESENTATION

All You Have to Do is Ask: A Mompreneurs Step-Up To Success, Elke Govertsen, Mamalode

4:00 p.m. AFTERNOON PRESENTATION

Toning Your Sales Strategies for a Bigger Bottom-Line, Nancy Roberts, Income 180

5:00 p.m. Closing remarks and conference adjourn 

ZUMBA BREAKS are also included in conference agenda

CONFERENCE SPONSORS

Presenting Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Supporting Sponsors
Blue Cross Blue Shield of Montana
Montana Chamber of Commerce
Montana Department of Transportation DBE
NorthWestern Energy

Contributing Sponsors
Dorsey & Whitney LLP
JCCS CPA’S PC
Montana Community Finance Corporation
Raymond James Financial Services
Rocky Mountain Bank

For questions, contact Kelly Valentine, Prospera Business Network at 406.587.3113 or kvalentine [at] ProsperaBusinessNetwork [dot] org.

Montana WBC is a program of Prospera Business Network and is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. All SBA programs and services are provided on a nondiscriminatory basis. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance. Contact Amanda Schultz at 406.587.3113 or info [at] MontanaWBC [dot] org.