MONTANA DEPARTMENT OF COMMERCE
Business Resources Division
Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Julie Jaksha, Butte SBDC Director, Headwaters RC&D, (406) 533-6780
Ronja M. Abel, Communications Director, Department of Commerce, (406) 841-2557
2014 Montana Small Business Conference to Focus on Embracing Technology
(HELENA) – The Montana Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network will be hosting their fifth annual Invest in Success small business conference April 16 and 17 at Montana Tech in Butte. The Montana SBDC Network is a statewide network of ten regional service centers serving all 56 counties in Montana. The SBDC staff offer professional business counseling to emerging and growing small businesses.
“Montana’s economy depends on entrepreneurs to provide jobs, opportunities and inspiration for others,” said Governor Steve Bullock. “Small businesses are the heart of our communities and make up an overwhelming majority of businesses in the state. Because of this, I am firmly committed to supporting our main streets through the SBDC Network and other economic development resources.”
The theme of this year’s conference is “Embracing Technology” and will focus on how small business owners and entrepreneurs can enhance their financial, marketing and managerial skills through the use of technology.
The first day of the conference includes a behind-the-scenes tour of REC Silicon in Butte and a networking reception at Butte Brewing Company. New to this year’s conference is a business plan competition where selected Montana entrepreneurs will have the opportunity to present their ideas to experienced business owners and investors. The winner of the competition will receive $1,000.
“The SBDC conference has proven to be a valuable event for Montana’s entrepreneurs,” said Meg O’Leary, Director of the Montana Department of Commerce, which hosts the SBDC Lead Center. “We are proud to support the efforts of the SBDC Network and applaud the help they provide to Montana’s small business owners.”
Patrick Schwerdtfeger, a leading authority on global business trends including big data, self-employment and the social media revolution, will be delivering the keynote presentation at the conference. He is the author of the award-winning book, “Marketing Shortcuts for the Self-Employed,” and “Webify Your Business: Internet Marketing Secrets for the Self-Employed.”
Last year’s most popular session, “Tales from the Trenches: Montana Entrepreneurs” will be back with panelists including Chuck Schnabel (Grand Bakery and Quarry Brewing), Mark and Denise Bausch (Bausch Potato), Tiffany Lach (Sola Café), Inga Lake and Julie Brubaker (Agape Home Health), and Pat Dudley and Ray Rogers (National Center for Health Care Informatics).
Julie Jaksha, Conference Committee Chair and SBDC Director at Headwaters RC&D in Butte, is excited to host the conference in Butte again this year. “The 2014 conference will focus on providing small business owners and entrepreneurs with the resources and information to help them get to the next level of business,” said Jaksha.
Interested individuals are encouraged to register early and take advantage of the early bird registration discount. To register for the conference and access a full list of conference speakers and workshops, visit http://www.regonline.com/investinsuccess2014 or contact Julie Jaksha at (406) 533-6780.
The Montana SBDC is funded in part through a Cooperative Agreement with the U.S. Small Business Administration. Reasonable accommodations for persons with disabilities will be made if requested at least two weeks in advance.