Calendar of Events

November 4, 2015

Innovation Initiative: Exit Planning: An Executive Briefing

Five million businesses will transition in the next 5 years, many by them closing their doors. This exit planning presentation will discuss The Seven Step Exit Planning Process™, designed to ensure that:

  • you can sell your business to the parties of your choosing
  • at the time of your choosing
  • at the right price
  • with minimal tax consequence

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Len Hornung, CLU, ChFC, CExP

For 3 ½ decades Len has been helping owners and entrepreneurs successfully prepare for what is likely to be the single biggest financial impact event of your lifetime, the sale and exit of their business!

In addition to his consulting, Len does comprehensive insurance, wealth management and investment advisory services, and estate planning with proprietary tools and an expert team within his practice. The firm prides itself on understanding clients life goals and ambitions and “removing the obstacles” that might prevent the achievement of a legacy, a successful exit, and a secure retirement.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: November 4, 2015 4:00 pm
End: November 4, 2015 5:30 pm
Venue: Missoula Chamber of Commerce Training Room
Phone: 4065436623
Address:
825 East Front Street, Missoula, MT, 59807, United States
Cost: Free

October 27, 2015

Big Data Alliance

Big Data Analytics or Data Science is a field devoted to gleaning real-time, useful information out of the exploding quantity of data available to businesses.

We’ve been meeting at MonTEC with leaders from the private, public, and educational sectors to facilitate a working group to address infrastructure and workforce needs.

If you are unable to attend, you can call in to the meeting:

Dial in #: (406) 541-5646

Participant Code: 061231

Category: Big Data/Analytics
Start: October 27, 2015 2:15 pm
End: October 27, 2015 3:15 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

October 21, 2015

Innovation Initiative: Value Proposition Design

Value Proposition Design:  How to Create Products and Services That Customers Rave About

 

This session will navigate participants through a simple but powerful framework for determining what your customers want and why, and how to design or adapt your products or services to meet (or exceed) customers expectations. This session will help with product and service design, development and marketing and is appropriate for startups and existing businesses.

Paul Gladen

Paul Gladen is the Director of the Blackstone LaunchPad at the University of Montana. Paul is also President & Founder of Muzeview Research LLC a Montana based research, training and advisory firm focused on the professional services sector. Paul is a co-founder of Hellgate Venture Network, a Missoula-based network for the entrepreneurially-minded. Prior to founding Muzeview, Paul was a Partner with Arthur Andersen where he played a key role in growing Arthur Andersen’s Technology, Media and Communications Industry practice in Europe. He was also a founding member of Andersen’s Center for Research & Innovation based New York. Paul has a MA in Mathematics from Oxford University, an MBA from Manchester Business School and is a UK Chartered Accountant.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: October 21, 2015 4:00 pm
End: October 21, 2015 5:30 pm
Venue: Missoula Chamber of Commerce Training Room
Phone: 4065436623
Address:
825 East Front Street, Missoula, MT, 59807, United States
Cost: Free

October 13, 2015

Missoula Economic Partnership Investor Pitch Session

We’ve got a busy (but fun) two weeks ahead preparing five companies for an Investor Pitch Session on October 13th. We put together one or two of these a year and this week we are doing dry-runs with the companies to work out all the bugs before they present to potential investors. If you are interested in securing capital through the MEP Angel/Investor Network visit: http://www.missoulapartnership.com/grow-your…/angel-network/

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Start: October 13, 2015 1:00 pm
End: October 13, 2015 4:30 pm
Venue: First Interstate Bank
Address:
101 E. Front Street, Missoula

April 15, 2015

Innovation Initiative: Taking Fear Out of Finances

How to Use Your Financial Reports to Understand Your Business and Make Better Decisions

Financial reports can make any business owner tremble.  The secret to overcoming your fears is seeing that each report is just part of a greater story about your business.  This workshop will help you view your finances in a different light – not as an intimidating mass of confusing numbers – but as a mystery novel in which you are the detective uncovering hidden (and critical) clues about the state of your business.

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Michael Harkin (MBA, PMP) is a certified EMyth Business Coach with Fortis Business Coaching and the President of CHEMcorr, lnc. an engineering company, with operations in MT, WA, VA, CA and Japan.  Prior to working in business, Mike served as a US Marine Corps officer, stationed in the US and overseas.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: April 15, 2015 5:30 pm
End: April 15, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

March 25, 2015

Innovation Initiative – Planning to Grow in 2015

 How To Build a Business Development Plan for the rest of 2015

We all want growth but are we willing to do the ‘behind-the-scenes’ work to make it happen?  This workshop will focus on some key practical steps you can take to fuel that growth in 2015.  Not only will we identify what areas of your business need the most attention but how you can take concrete action right now to fix those problem areas.  The end result – a more focused, results-driven company primed to meet your goals.

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Michael Harkin (MBA, PMP) is a certified EMyth Business Coach with Fortis Business Coaching and the President of CHEMcorr, lnc. an engineering company, with operations in MT, WA, VA, CA and Japan.  Prior to working in business, Mike served as a US Marine Corps officer, stationed in the US and overseas.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: March 25, 2015 5:30 pm
End: March 25, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

March 18, 2015

Innovation Initiative – Business Modeling Through Branding

Sean Benton has a way of capturing the personality of a company or product by making it interesting, likeable and desirable, regardless of the category.  Sean will provide an overview of brand development, and will share examples of about thinking about your brand,
particularly at times of transition — such as during start up or M&A — can help shape your business model.

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Bio

If you have lived in Montana for long, you have heard or read Sean’s words. As the lead copywriter at PartnersCreative since 2000, Sean has penned many of their most memorable ads across the spectrum of media — billboards, newspaper, radio, TV and Web. With the help of his work, the company’s clients have not only sold goods and services, they’ve protected the environment, sheltered kids in need, encouraged safe driving and improved workplace safety.

Sean leads our strategic branding development process by helping clients home in on their core positions. He has a way of capturing the personality of a company or product by making it interesting, likeable and desirable, regardless of the category.

Sean’s work has won numerous awards over his professional career, including more than 200 ADDYS (including two Montana best of shows and regional awards), as well as Omni, IBA, Hatch, Graphis, CA Exhibit, National Health Care Association and Utility Industry Association awards. Sean won the National Business-to-Business ad of the year for Blackhawk Tool; he also won National Business-to-Business best of online for the Deloitte Green Room on Facebook.

He tells great stories involving his experiences at restaurants all around the country and loves dogs and hunting, although if you ask him he’ll be the first to tell you he’s a terrible wing shot.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: March 18, 2015 5:30 pm
End: March 18, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

March 11, 2015

Innovation Initiative – National Sales and Marketing from “The Last Best Place”

Are you looking to expand your business and reach a client base outside of Montana?  Come learn from Kent Bradford how small start ups and firms can escape the geographical tyranny of Western Montana and mount a national sales effort without breaking the bank.

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About:

Kent is a retired, software, sales and marketing executive who has recently moved to Missoula to be near his son Spencer, wife Molly (local GatherBoard founder) and the grandchildren.

After an initial job in computer sales with IBM Kent spent the balance of his 35 year career doing sales and sales management for for a variety of startup software companies in New England.

Notable of these companies was one that Kent took from selling the first copy of a “Beta” product, through a revenue ramp to $50 million and an IPO on the Nasdaq stock exchange in just 5 years finishing as the Sr. VP of Sales and Marketing. Later he was hired as VP, of Sales & Marketing by an on-line learning company (think early “GoToMeeting” for corporate training) that was struggling with sales issues.  In 18 months he grew revenues from $400,000 to $2 million a year that resulted in a high value acquisition by an international public company. He also successfully ran his own, one man, company, had another company go belly up, and got fired twice.

After spending 5 years sailing in the Caribbean and the Mediterranean he and his wife Carol have settled here in Missoula.

Coming to realizing how much all the requisite Missoula toys cost, (ski’s, bikes, rafts, etc) he has decided to “semi retire” and is doing some part time sales and marketing consulting here in Western Montana.

 

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: March 11, 2015 5:30 pm
End: March 11, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

March 4, 2015

Innovation Initiative – Google Analytics

As part of the Montana Get Your Business Online series, we’re presenting a workshop on Google Analytics.  In this session, you’ll learn how to use Google to help you monitor your business, keep track of your goals, and how to use data to make better decisions.

 

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Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: March 4, 2015 5:30 pm
End: March 4, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free

February 18, 2015

Innovation Initiative – Exit Strategies for Business

John J. Earll, CPA, MS of B2B CFO Partners, LLC will be presenting a seminar titled “Business Succession and Exit Planning Strategies – Fundamentals, Approaches and Timing Considerations for Small and Medium-Sized Business”. John’s presentation will be of interest to businesses in any phase of their organizational lifespan. Seminar topics include discussions related to valuation, timing and execution strategies for exit planning and business succession. The seminar will allow for time for participant interaction so come prepared to “pick John’s brain”.

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John brings 28 years of progressive business experience to his clients as a CPA, corporate executive, business owner and independent consultant. Having worked in many industries, he has much to offer those who face the varied challenges inherent in today’s fast-paced world. His approach is to provide proactive business and management planning for better organizational health.  John is member of the Montana Society of Certified Public Accountants and the Montana Healthcare Financial Management Association. He lives in Missoula, Montana and hails from Great Falls, Montana. He and Melinda, his wife of 32 years, are the proud parents of Lauren and Jesse. In his spare time, John loves to fish, mountain bike, hike and hunt in his home state. He also loves to entertain visitors by engaging in the above mentioned activities.

Category: Innovation Initiative
Start: February 18, 2015 5:30 pm
End: February 18, 2015 7:00 pm
Venue: MonTEC
Address:
1121 East Broadway, Missoula
Cost: Free
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