Classroom

The Montana Small Business Development Center statewide network holds online and in person trainings at each location. If you're looking to start, grow or buy a business in Montana, we will help you on your journey. Below are our most recent recorded trainings and accompanying materials.  


Upcoming Trainings


The Small Business Webinar Series: Getting Your Business Online
October 5, 2017 11:00-11:30 am | Join the free webinar live at this link.
Point of Contact: Jason Nitschke or Paul Lachapelle

This webinar will discuss best practices, as well as details related to setting a budget, understanding your customer and how that relates to where to locate online, and how to craft a message that motivates action. Presented by Jason Nitschke, MA; EDFP, Great Falls Small Business Development Center Regional Director; Certified Business Advisor - Great Falls Development Authority. This webinar is a partnership between MSU-Extension and Montana SBDC. Recording to be posted here after the webinar is live. Accompanying materials to come.

The Small Business Webinar Series: Employee Retention: Creating a Positive Company Culture
November 2, 2017 11:00-11:30 am | Join the free webinar live at this link.
Point of Contact: Paul Lachapelle

Happy employees make for thriving businesses.  In this webinar you will learn how to create a positive corporate culture buy identifying larger business goals.  Get tips on hiring smarter, keeping employees engaged, and handling employees' concerns. Presented by Julie Jaksha, Butte Small Business Development Center Regional Director; Headwaters RC&D. This webinar is a partnership between MSU-Extension and Montana SBDC. Recording to be posted here after the webinar is live. Accompanying materials to come.

The Small Business Webinar Series: Developing your Story: A Foundation for Funding
December 7, 2017 11:00-11:30 am | Join the free webinar live at this link.
Point of Contact: Paul Lachapelle

This webinar discusses how your story is the foundation for your business and will be your pitch to generate funding. We will explore ways to effectively use your story to fund a new business idea (via crowdfunding, perhaps?), develop networks that may lead to business venture partnerships, and determine if lending is a good fit for your project. Numbers and analysis are key characters, but your story will drive your success. Presented by Anya Petersen-Frey, Bozeman Small Business Development Center Regional Director; Montana State University. This webinar is a partnership between MSU-Extension and Montana SBDC. Recording to be posted here after the webinar is live. Accompanying materials to come.
 

 

Previous Class Recordings


The Small Business Webinar Series: Understanding Credit Card Processing
Click here to watch the recorded webinar | Click here for the presentation

This webinar covers the fundamentals of understanding credit card processing and how this complex industry can be kept SIMPLE! Stephanie Cummings from Heartland Payment Systems will cover the basics of interchange, the roles the card associations, banks and processors play, and the importance of doing business with people you TRUST!


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